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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
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.
Rita-Ria Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
Ganz wunderbare Arbeit
Toradh Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
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.
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…
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 :)
Toradh Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I hope you're right ^^.
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 :)
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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