Family Portrait - commish by blayrd
Family portrait commission (from a friend, for a friend) done late last year that I forgot to upload after it was gifted at Christmas! The original has an even beige border instead of black, since it was framed up, but I think the black looks a tad better on screens.
Tried a looser painting style with this, more scribbling and crosshatching; it was a fun piece to work on!
PS CS5, ~25h
Christmas art comes early! Full view + artist comments here: http://blayrd.deviantart.com/art/ol-knight-d-vine-421840780
Nobody knew if the knight had once been a noble warrior who got lost in the forest of Mir and stumbled upon an ancient coven of druids, or was originally one of the magical forest folk who grew enamored of the armored men who occasionally entered the woods in hunt of some supposedly dangerous creature or other. A popular tale held that she was a dryad who fell in love with a human templar, but unable to leave her tree to be with him, could only watch as he aged and passed away, following which she donned his armor to continue his patrol.
What they did know was that she had always been watching over the forest, as long as the oldest storyteller could remember the oldest storyteller of his age having remembered. It was a rare day that she’d be sighted, a distant figure atop a majestic stag, but the villagers knew that if ever they wandered too deep into the forest they could always call for help, and a trail of vines would lead them back home: but the trees of that lush forest were off-limits to any woodcutter who valued his life.
As the bards sang: “Good ol’ Knight D’Vine, they’d say; ne’er let a man lose his way. The forest greens his to enjoy, so long as not a tree he should destroy.”
Some close-ups, taken with aid of a mirror!