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Winged Fame by Toradh Winged Fame by Toradh
The only thing I managed to colour during Jenny's workshop, that should tell you how long it took me.
Anyway, this lady certainly had benefit from Jenny's and my fellow attendants' advice!

By the way, to those people who saw the original painting: does the scan look less contrastive (in case you can still remember…) than the original?
My not-calibrated screen doesn't make it easier to judge on that.

And no, that's not an angel – that's Fama, the personification of fame. Inspired by Geoffrey Chaucer's House of Fame, even though I didn't stay 100% true to his description of Fama.

Just for those people who are interested in this wonderful poem, let me quote the passage, feel free to compare what I changed… Yes, it’s Middle English, but easy Middle English!

"But al on hye, above a dees,
Sitte in a see imperiall,
That mad was of a rubee all,
Which that a carbuncle ys called,
Y saugh, perpetually installed,
A femynyne creature,
That never formed by Nature
nas such another thing yseye.
For alther-first, soth in whyle she
Hir tho so wonderliche streighte
That with hir fet she erthe reighte,
And with hir hed she touched hevene,
Ther as shynen sterres sevene,
And therto eke, as to my wit,
I saugh a gretter wonder yit,
Upon her eyen to beholde;
But certeyn y hem never tolde,
For as feele eyen hadde she
As fetheres upon foules be,
Or weren on the bestes foure
That Goddis trone gunne honoure,
As John writ in th’Apocalips.
Hir heer, that oundy was and crips,
As burned gold hyt shoon to see;
And soth to tellen, also she
Had also fele upstondyng eres
And tonges, as on bestes heres;
And on hir fet woxen saugh Y
Partriches wynges redely."
–The House of Fame, 1360-1392



100% watercolour of course!
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haius Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2012  Hobbyist
This is amazing! This may be the only thing you finished, but WOW. I was trying to pick out one thing to compliment, but I can't decide which I like best. So, I'll just say the whole thing is wonderful. :D
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Toradh Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you so much! It proved a really good idea to do this at the workshop, the constant conctructive criticism by the other people was a great deal of help.
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Rita-Ria Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
Ganz wunderbare Arbeit
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Toradh Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Danke!
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GreenSprite Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
I always cheat and make my work just slightly more contrasty than it is right after scanning. Viewing artwork on a screen just doesn't do it justice, so I think this little bit of cheating isn't that dirty. The original will still look better no matter what you do.
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Toradh Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
True, unfortunately. All your effort in making the scan look like the original is futile anyway if other people's screens are not calibrated, anyway…
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GreenSprite Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
It's not all in vain. A high-contrast piece will look better than a low-contrast one pretty much everywhere, regardless of the screen calibration :)
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Toradh Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I hope you're right ^^.
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GreenSprite Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Did you change it? It looks better now, I think. By the way, awesome design and technique :)
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Toradh Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I haven't done anything… Have you done anything to your screen? ;)
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GreenSprite Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Heh, yeah, I'm on a different computer than I was when I first commented, actually.
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Toradh Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Keep the second one, then ;P.
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PetStudent Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I still love it! The detail is amazing and the light is still very nice, though it's a shame that the true splendour of the original got somewhat killed by your scanner. :( You can still see it, though, especially on her arms and legs. Am impressed by the skintones!
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Toradh Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks again!

I'm not sure whether I should try to fix the colours in Photoshop as they tend to turn look even more horrible then. But maybe that's just on my screen…
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Dulliros Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Immer noch super! :worship:
Aber Jenny hat recht: Das Original ist viel "bunter". Das hier ist eigentlich nur ein Abklatsch :-(
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Toradh Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Ich trau mich nie, am Kontrast meiner eingescannten Bilder rumzudrehen. Auf meinem Bildschirm sieht das nämlich immer furchtbar aus!
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Gold-Seven Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
I was just going to say that this looks *exactly* like I remember it from the workshop. I still love this one, Franziska! The part I love most is the light reflection off her right arm and fingers. Beautifully done with such few strokes.

Interesting that it was seven planets at Chaucer's time. Seems Pluto's stint as a planet was even shorter than I thought! :D

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Toradh Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
*happy*

Danke! Ich bin auch zufrieden mit dem Bild. Vielleicht sollte ich nur noch auf Workshops colorieren :D.

…und Pluto ist ein Planet! Mir egal, was die Wissenschaftler sagen!
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