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Commission Portraits - Set 1 by Saimain Commission Portraits - Set 1 by Saimain
First batch of grayscale commission portraits in the style of "Secrets." Semi-realism, and very fun to paint. ^__^ Click "download" for a larger version.
Done with an 0.5 mechanical pencil and Photoshop 5.5.

First is Heiko, a dark character belonging to ~battgal, second is Elerus, ~Ardwenn's adorable little character holding a teddy bear, and last is Gypsy, a strong, beautiful character belonging to Benedict Wolfe. All characters their creators.

Other commission portraits done in similar style:

You can view the larger, individual portraits on my website: [link]
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Mijakaa Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
What i see is a lot of emotion in these three pictures. This in the middle looks sooo cute and it seems as she is far away with her thoughts. The right one is so beautiful and looks so lovely and the left one seems to be thoughtful and handsome.
i love this work much.
J-Henrique-S Featured By Owner May 23, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I wish I had money to buy all their work.
MysticEyes101 Featured By Owner May 5, 2013  Student General Artist
Love them!
OnyxSkyfire73 Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2012
This is magnificent!!
HallloweenKatt Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2011
This is the kind of thing I strive to be able to do someday! Beautiful, truly beautiful.
MomotsukiNezumi Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Freaking awesome...and the light and dark constast shading is incredible.
Scarlet-Harlequin-N Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2011
Amazing pencil work! They look so real. As a user of .5 mechanical, I am deeply inspired. What size/type paper do you use, and how do you get such clean blending?
also, how would one go about getting a commission from you?
Saimain Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2011  Professional General Artist
I use regular 8.5x11" printer paper (acid free), and I shade in layers--sometimes it takes several layers of shading before I get areas dark enough. I just use an eraser to keep things clean as I go. :) As for commissions, you can find all the information on the commissions page of my website: [link]
ladyEowyna Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2011
I miss the words to say how beautiful your portraits are. You keep amazing me *.*
ZeitgeistSam Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2011
Wow! What a contrast between all these characters. Its really telling to your skill that you can handle such disparate character designs and moods, yet it still all looks as unified as it does.
rhianna1992 Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2011
i LOVE the first one...Heiko... its amazing...!!

not saying i dont like the other ones, he just stood out...! lol

you work is awesome (=
rayarthurshephard Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2011
you've probably explained this before... but how do you do these im to lazy to look for the answer right now
Black-Chii-07 Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2011
Amazing work!
Forgotemme Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Oh my Gosh...
How much does a comission like that cost?
Concidering the greatness, I'll probably won't be able to afford it..
Saimain Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2011  Professional General Artist
I don't charge based on skill, only the amount of time it takes me to complete something. Portraits like these cost around $100-$200 USD, depending on the complexity or number of characters.
Forgotemme Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
That's what I thought, I'm way too broke for that:(
Anyway thanks for the information^^!
Snow-Owl Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Always admired your ability to create charming new worlds in your artworks. :aww: All of the pictures are amazing, but I'm choosing to fave this one, since you gave the last character one of the most alive, piercing gaze that I've ever seen in any artwork! :+fav:
hazeldarkman Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2010
heiko looks awesome ;) :jawdrop: :stupidme:
Billie-Leah Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2010
perfect =)
pri-sakura Featured By Owner May 31, 2010
Loved the guy on the left, he's GORGEOUS!
Dreiks Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Person or project or whatnot. Who would get you as their artist would be the most lucky people there is.
(sadly I want you to join PD game development team but I know you won't agree...)
Muirin007 Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2010  Student Traditional Artist
These are some of the most beautiful portraits I've ever seen. The realism combined with your gorgeous style is a perfect combination. I absolutely love your work, and I'm always thrilled when I look in my inbox and see that you've posted a new piece!
Vampyre-Lover Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2010
Asukan Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2010
Your style is impressive, like I said in my last comment on Set 2. The one on my left is my favorite of this series so far and I hope to see more great work in the future!
MidgetR Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2010
These are beautiful!
MeaNara Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2010
I am in love with the realism of the far left character- Heiko, as well as the far right one- Gypsy. (But especially Heiko) The artistry and detail you put into your work is gorgeous and provokes so many awestruck feelings I can't even write them down for fear of taking up the whole page!!!
missionduorose Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2010
I fav'ed this because i like the differing characters esp the gypsy.
aquafox12 Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2009
I LOVE these!!!! ^___^
Pachaplox Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
These are just so gorgeous! Jeez! I come back after months and you're still at it, amazinggggg!
AardvarkEcho Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2009  Professional Photographer
You are an unfailingly excellent artist, and I do envy you the patience it must take to do some of the pieces that you do. However, I just can't not say this...

That ear... that human ear, on the girl on the far right? Gah, what happened? It looks thick and oversized and kinda droopy too! Everything else in the picture, as well as the other two pictures featured here, is perfect. But that EAR!!

divine--insanity Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2009  Hobbyist Writer
I think my favourites will always be Elerus and Heiko...
illogan Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
did you shade with pencil or photoshop? This is amazing!
Saimain Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2009  Professional General Artist
The linework is done in pencil, the grayscale shading is painted in Photoshop. :)
M13U21S19I9C3 Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2009  Student Photographer
bravo! :clap:
Zarforayna Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
This is positively gorgeous! All your stuff is... Keep up the good work.
hojirosanata Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2009
The shading is incredible!!!
Awesome work!! :)
arabesque-o Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2009  Student Photographer
nono-footballic Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2009
their features are so smooth and perfect.
simply beautiful
iROCKthouSUCK Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
Ohh Heiko sure is handsome! Elerus is an angel(obviously) and Gipsy is charming but dangerous!!xD
SilentSeraphim Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Wow, amazing work. O_O Love the detail and the pencil quality. Gives it a magical atmosphere.
VictorianLegend Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2009
LOVE IT~~~~~~~~~~!!!!!!!!!!
Naharmis Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2009  Hobbyist Photographer
The first is very very very cute ^^ and the second to and the third to... =D
destinykitty Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2009  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I like Heiko, especially the green eye :D
Smell-The-Roses Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2009  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Love them.
Caleb-Brown Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2009
far left is my favorite
Tharshinaa Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2009  Student Traditional Artist
Have you noticed that Gypsy looks a lot like Arundhati Roy? It's been bugging me ever since you posted this portrait because I couldn't come up with a suitable match. XD XD

I like how Heiko stands out above the rest. :)
Ellygator Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
Amazing variation! They are all gorgeous in their own ways.
SybexMed Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2009
Wow enable print :D
gabijonaz Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2009  Student Digital Artist
Unmeimiru Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
my fav is the teddybear girl. uber cuteness! (and killer detail)
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