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WIP (Ave, Frater) by Alsdale
WIP (Ave, Frater)
It seems like most fan art is digital these days, so I thought it would be fun to upload a work in progress sketch that shows a bit of my work space/process.  I just wetted the paper and taped it to the board, so I'm ready to start painting!  As always, the medium will be watercolor and gouache on Arches paper.  My hand and the brush are just shown for scale ... so far, it's just pencil.

This one is a comic-book-style illustration of the Pendergast series by Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child (left to right: Constance Greene, Diogenes Pendergast, and Aloysius Pendergast).  Much like this painting, those books may not be a paragon of artistic achievement, but they are a hell of a lot of fun :D
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journal cover art by Alsdale
journal cover art
Here's something a little different ... My PhD advisors and I wrote a Feature article for the scientific journal Environmental Science & Technology, and they asked us to create some cover art for it.  ACS Publications probably has some rules about reproduction, but I don't think they'll mind if I post it here.

This is the link to the article, for completeness.  It's a review/opinion piece on my research area. pubs.acs.org/doi/abs/10.1021/e…
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Safe (figures by MartAiConan) by Alsdale
Safe (figures by MartAiConan)
She knew.  Soon he would come visiting.  Incarnadine and sweet and sad and broken.  Just like her ...

Someday he would be the one all eggshell hollow empty in the dark ...

Someday he would come, and she would tend to him.

~Pat Rothfuss, The Slow Regard of Silent Things

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Marta Montell (MartAiConan, martaiconan.deviantart.com/) made this absolutely soul-wrenching sketch of Auri and Kvothe from my favorite scene in Pat Rothfuss's Kingkiller Chronicle (the aftermath of the plum bob poisoning, Chapter 7 of The Wise Man's Fear), and I asked her permission to paint it.

little SPOILER__Auri_Kvothe Sketch by MartAiConan


I hope she doesn't mind that I added the background (I don't know what to do with white space) and made a couple changes to the figures (I had to move Kvothe's leg because he was falling off the bed, and I added the vest so that the white shirt wouldn't be a focal point).  I had so much fun painting this.  Thanks, Marta!

Watercolor on Arches watercolor paper, 6" x 7.25"

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The Kingkiller Chronicle © Patrick Rothfuss. This is a derivative work based on the book series, is not official, and was created for exclusively non-commercial purposes :)
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Loved and lost (KKC sketchdump) by Alsdale
Loved and lost (KKC sketchdump)

Left: Kvothe and his mother

Center: Kvothe says goodbye to Trapis before leaving Tarbean.  (Yeah, Trapis looks like Pat.  Works for me.)  

Right: Felurian tries to comfort Kvothe after he meets the Cthaeh. (I really don't think Felurian needs a mature content filter, but I am going to concede to the dA FAQ on this one.)

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Credit:
I'm hoping to improve my figure drawing skills by taking a break from full watercolor paintings and getting back to my sketchbook.  Ideally I'd like to reach a point where I don't need any references to convey realism, but I'm not there yet.

Reference for left: La Carita Educatrice by Lorenzo Bartolini (from a photo I took in Rome a couple weeks ago)

Reference for center: planetgrandparent.com/wp-conte…

Reference for right: Just a lot of websites on anatomy for artists

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More Kingkiller Chronicle art:

The Innkeepers of Newarre by Alsdale   Vengeance by Alsdale   Kvothe by AlsdaleThe Waterside Orphan by Alsdale


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The Kingkiller Chronicle © Patrick Rothfuss. This is a derivative work based on the book series, is not official, and was created for exclusively non-commercial purposes :)

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Amy Dale
Artist | Hobbyist | Traditional Art
United States
I'm an engineering PhD student with a passion for watercolor illustration and fan art (but what's the difference, really?). Welcome to my gallery!
A few months ago, I got this crazy idea that I would get a Ph.D. from two departments instead of just one.  Between the extra course requirements and my second round of departmental exams, I've been struggling to find the time or energy to paint when I get home.  I just want to apologize to my watchers and let you all know that I have rearranged my schedule and finished my departmental exams, and that I should have more time now to get back to painting.  I am working on The Cruel Sister (below) and hope to finish it within the next couple weeks.  So far, I am really delighted with how it is turning out, and I think you will be too.
Yours,
Amy

The Cruel Sister (WIP) by Alsdale

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tarilli Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2015
Happy birthday!
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Alsdale Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks!
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Happy Birthday!
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Alsdale Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
thanks!!
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KupiecKorzenny Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2014  Student General Artist
Happy birthday! :)
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Alsdale Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you!
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tarilli Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2014
Happy birthday! :party:
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Alsdale Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks!
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Azalane Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
I found your gallery with one of the feature journal by Sylwia Telari. I love your artwork. It' s beautiful, well detailed, and your style is special and great. +watch ^_^
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Alsdale Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you so much!  
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