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The Battle Queen by RachelleFryatt The Battle Queen by RachelleFryatt
I finally got round to finishing this after starting it months ago. Just a character portrait of Saga, my Norse battle queen character who's been kicking around for years now. Saga is convinced that she's the daughter of the gods; she's a little bit cray cray!

For some funnies, check out how her character (and my drawing style as well I suppose) has progressed over the years :D img.photobucket.com/albums/v45…

Reference used: gamerbrew.com/wp-content/uploa…
Art and character are Rachelle Fryatt
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WilliamFDrake Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2014
Wonderful, wonderful work.  The amazing Charlize Theron as bad ass northern warrior queen. Perfect!
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RachelleFryatt Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you very much :) Hehe, I hadn't noticed that before, but I totally see what you mean! :D
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cancerberus97 Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2014
your version is much better
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RachelleFryatt Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks, but they're all my work, just older pieces :)
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Tearup Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I love how you give your character portraits such believable expressions on top of beautiful faces, rather than just having pretty faces looking nicely into the camera.
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RachelleFryatt Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks very much :aww: Glad you think so ^^' Expressions are something I massively struggle with, so it's awesome to have some encouragement :D
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Fyrisvellir Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
Holy balls, Rachelle! :wow: Saga is lookin' so awesome! :D

I'm loving those markings and that Mjolnir necklace! Very cool. Also, nice work with the lighting on her skin! I love the shine across her forehead and eyes, especially. And the detail in the fur of her clothes, and the hair details - gah! Gimme your skills! :B
You have no idea how much I wish you did tutorials...
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RachelleFryatt Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks for the awesome comment as always, Rob! :D

I always keep meaning to save my progress shots and make another walk through like the Thorin one. Maybe I should just try and draw for a tutorial instead? I wouldn't know where to start, and I always feel so hesitant when I start something, so I'd be worried that the ensuring tutorial would be shite. If you have any ideas or requests on what you'd like a tutorial on though, I'll see if I can give it a go?
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Fyrisvellir Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
Tutorial requests? :D Well, ideally, I'd love to know every part of your thought processes, from visualising your layout to constructing your guidelines to drawing your line art to shading things in and adding detail. :P

But if I had to choose one stage, it'd be your shading work - I'd do anything to be able to paint like you! :worship:
Really anything you have to share would be super-ultra-mega-appreciated! ^^;

I'mma paint like you someday! :shakefist:
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RachelleFryatt Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Hokay :P I'm starting a new self portrait, so I'll start by recording that process :) See if that is of any help! 

And your work is ace, I don't know why you want me to do a tutorial so much. Beeeeeliiieeve in yourself :D
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Fyrisvellir Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
My non-traditional, non-life drawing art is nowhere near professional, and I'm very interested in seeing the techniques and thought processes of other far more skilled artists. Hence my tutorial begging. ^^;
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StillbornParanoia Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2014
Whoa! This picture looks amazing! I mean, just look at the details on hair, fur or necklace for example and the shading is just exellent. How can one do something like this in gray scale? Could I possibly steal Your skills, please? :D
I really like it!
And I guess the character progress image might be also used as Your style progress.
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RachelleFryatt Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you for such a lovely comment :aww: Grey scale is in some ways way more fun that colour ;) 
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StillbornParanoia Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2014
You're most welcome. :)
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