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]
---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]