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Danathen by Saimain Danathen by Saimain
I need to paint more realism studies; they're so much fun, and very educative! Adding more depth and varying shades of color to skin really brings life to a character, and you can get away with being a bit messy. :) It's quite fitting that Danathen should be the first of my characters to benefit from a realism study, as he has so quietly and humbly waited years for me to draw him again. His last poor little portrait was back in 2004: [link] He's so sweet and patient... ^__^;

You can learn more about Danny and the "Not All Kings Wear Gold" storyline here: [link]

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:bulletred:SIGNED PRINTS AVAILABLE HERE: [link]

Painted from scratch in Photoshop 5.5. Roughly 20-30 hours (gah, it takes me so long to do anything), grain filter added for effect. Loose reference for his eyes and mouth: [link]
Danathen (Danny) İme: [link]
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:iconlilmerlin:
lilmerlin Featured By Owner Edited 6 days ago  New Deviant Hobbyist Artist
It's him I have in mind for my protagonist as I write my manuscript - ! Well, without the long ears lol got his pic taped to my screen ;)
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LisaGorska Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2012
you made him so awesome and beautiful, Adele! also, great skin colours. and... don't kill me for that... but he looks a bit as if he were [link] young and beautiful cousin. i have no idea why i saw it this way... sorry. must be the lips... something in the shadows and the distancies between his features.
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LisaGorska Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2012
oh, and if i may add a bit of constructive criticism, the translucency of his ears lacks a bit of saturated pink to look more natural. or maybe my monitor's playing tricks on me.
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LunaLobitaTiare Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2012  Student General Artist
I really love it!! You are a talented artist!!
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tamakiluv95 Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
So pretty!!!
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Uqhamau Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2011
I'm in love :faint:
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MaddyJordan Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Fantastic detail on the hair. I also love the eyes.
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BlackJakeRandom Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Lovely!! Magical!!!
Xd
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LittleCherryMary Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2010  Hobbyist
Oh my.............

Your works are breathtaking but this especially...
The features are so elaborated... Really-really-really GREAT piece of art!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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Zdaeiyujj Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2010
Braaah VOHH!!! Well done indeed!

I find your use of photoshop to be impressive. Have you posted any tutorials?
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NitTata Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2010
There is something about this that makes him come alive.
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ginkaze819 Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2010
ow how wonderful, hey you have a detail version for this painting?
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ayuICHI Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Eeee so handsome *A* <3 I want him. D:
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alexluna Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2010  Student Interface Designer
Amazing control you have over facial features. The skin tone, eyes, and eyebrows are especially realistic. Nice work.
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forty-two-point-five Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2010  Professional General Artist
I love it! He has such a sweet face.... :love:
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ReztriKted Featured By Owner May 30, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
This looks straight out of a fantasy movie, I love it!
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Mitsuki-ichan Featured By Owner May 29, 2010
can't stop looking at it <3
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Lisadora Featured By Owner May 25, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
beautiful :)
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sintaki Featured By Owner May 24, 2010
beautiful
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Ryivhnn Featured By Owner May 21, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
You think you take a while with 20-30 hours, I take weeks to do anything! There's a lot to be said about skin tones and looks like you got it pretty much down. I am a sucker for well done eyes and hair personally, and this has both, lovely skin tone just adds to :)
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Ryivhnn Featured By Owner May 21, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
You think you take a while with 20-30 hours, I take weeks to do anything! There's a lot to be said about skin tones and looks like you got it pretty much down. I am a sucker for well done eyes and hair personally, and this has both, lovely skin tone just adds to :)
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iancjw Featured By Owner May 21, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
very nice work :)
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brytning Featured By Owner May 12, 2010  Student Traditional Artist
Beautiful painting. I love those eyes.
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Dragonblade99 Featured By Owner May 11, 2010   General Artist
So awesome! I wish your commisions weren't closed.
:(

Question: I'm querying right now to get my novel published and I would really like you to do the cover art if at all possible. If a publisher agreed, do you think you could do it?
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Saimain Featured By Owner May 18, 2010  Professional General Artist
Thanks so much for asking, but I'm afraid I have too much on my plate for the rest of the year, including another book cover. I might have an opening next year, but it will depend on the subject matter of your book and what exactly you wish to have painted for the cover.
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Cri-Kee Featured By Owner May 6, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I have just one word to describe your art: amazing :) I've followed your work for years (although silently :blushes:) and I have to say, you only get better and better, and you never, EVER, disappoint. You're such an inspiration :)

This piece is just unbelievable, I specially like his hair and expression. It's beautiful :heart:
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BetweenAsleepAndWake Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
He is very handsome !:heart: and I love that red !
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Goonlalagoon Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2010
Fantastic work
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Solyarise Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2010
So beautifully!
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Stinger22005 Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2010
As good as usual. No suprise here.
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prismadragonfly Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2010
Very lovely as always! I love the color scheme you chose and the lighting for behind.
It has a very warm feeling to it. My favorite parts has to be the light on his ear
and pretty green eyes.
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Stevegreen Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2010
Cute art
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SaTaNiA Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
:worship:
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Fan-Boy-Not-Gay Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2010
what a face, and those eyes. WOW bravo
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Luk999 Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2010
Great painting!
COngrats!
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Beleleu Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
Very nice your painting

Congratulations
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DolphinSilverwolf Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2010
I'm reminded of Piemur from the Pern series...except Pern doesn't have elves.
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OrenMiller Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2010
Oh the red color you have used is an excellent idea in this peace with the blond hair ! I find his cloth is very realistic ^^

I love the way you did the skin...It makes him alive and "human" (even if he's not human lol)
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Sully-Bean Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2010
He's so lovely! :'3
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Redemmo Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2010
Whoohoo! The long-awaited Danathen realism portrait!
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TheShadowMachinery Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2010
I think this is my favourite of your works. You can do realism really well, glad you did it.
I like how calm and serious, but full of character this portrait is.

And I like how his hair is all random lengths. :D
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Scilens Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2010
ohhmyyygaawwwd. this is perfect!
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WinglessAyngel Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2010
Simply beautiful! I can't wait to see more. :)
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Lupis-Fox Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2010
omg there's a guy at my school who looks just like him
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fantasydreamer59 Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2010
Lovely! :rose:
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AyoWolf Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2010  Student General Artist
those details are amazing, and quit funny hair he has^^
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Silvery-Dragon Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2010
really great work!!!
I love all of your drawings!!! you are my favourite painter!
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juliathedrawer Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2010  Student Traditional Artist
amazing detail,love the eyes :D
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JH-Kael Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
I like the detail in the eyes. The ahir seems a little rushed, tough.
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Mundolibre Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2010  Professional General Artist
wow! look at his eyes! are great
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