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August 9, 2012
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Prick by icarus-falls Prick by icarus-falls
Lucivar Yaslana, from Anne Bishop's Black Jewels trilogy. I had a serious thing for him in high school and he's still one of my favourite book characters. I've never tried painting him til now, though.

I'm actually pretty happy with how it turned out. He's as much fun to paint as he was to read. :)

Lucivar (c) Anne Bishop.

Edit: After a few people misreading the colour of his hair, I've darkened it considerably. To be clear: the Lucivar I imagine has always had dark hair and I've dulled down the rim lighting behind him to make sure it reads that way now.
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Okay. Critique -- here I go!
As a painting in general I like it -- I love the color use that you used, especially in the wings. The sky is also beautifully done, the whole background really. There are a few anatomy problems that I can see, mainly in the feet and some stiffness/awkwardness around his left shoulder. I agree with others that the shadows around his face are a bit dark, too. Overall though they do not detract from the feel of the picture, which is grim and atmospheric.
Now, onto my critique of this as fanart of a Black Jewels character...that's where it gets a little more in depth. The first thing that I want to address, and am amazed that no one has yet, is that you have made Lucivar blond. If you're going for artistic license, that is one thing, but you did not say you were, and it plainly stated in the books that his hair was not only black, like his brother's and Saetan's, but that it was shoulder length -- an anomaly among Eyriens as they were a warrior race and long hair made for a convenient handhold. So it's more or less impossible for me as a fan to connect this to Lucivar because of that. He is also a little bit too pale, and thin, though again your anatomy in and of itself is well done for the pose (and I forgot to mention I really like your spear :)). The clothes fit the character, and the scarring, and the wings again are really cool. But as Lucivar? I know others have seen him as blond and have stated that they used artistic license in rendering the way they saw him. But I can't see this as Lucivar. A lovely blond winged warrior, yes, but not the Prick.
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Piromanka Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2014
amazing! I always imagined him with longer hair but I still love your art!
icarus-falls Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
I go back and forth on the hair length myself...I could see him with longer hair, too, but it seems like it'd be impractical for combat. I don't recall if they ever specified a length for him. Anyway, I'm glad you liked it! :)
xxsensi Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2012
you drew him really really good
he's my favorite character too ♥
love the colours
Psythiros Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
He looks beautiful. He hair is different than the books but that's ok. ;)
DasEwigGewitter Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2012
An excellent piece of work. The use of lighting and textures are fabulous. I like his Eyrian blade, too. The only thing that is a little amiss for me is the color of his hair- I thought Eyrians had black hair like the Hayllians and Dehmlens? But despite that- a great rendering of the character.
icarus-falls Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
This has come up a couple of times, and I'll fix it when I have a chance--his hair only appears light from the intensity of the light behind him. He's not intended to be anything but dark-haired, and when I have some time I'll remove and tone down some of the highlights to make that more clear.

Other than that, I'm very glad you enjoyed it! :)
princesskaguya2000 Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2012
I think the style is great but I don't love that you've completely inverted his coloring in favor of light skin and hair and the shadows are very dark.
icarus-falls Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
The hair thing has come up a few times--it's not intentional. I see him as having very dark brown-black hair, as in canon, but it's been pointed out that the lighting makes it seem much lighter. When I have some time, I'll go back in to correct it.

The skin does not seem particularly light to me, but perhaps that's a computer resolution thing. Regardless, thank you for commenting. :)
Evon-Adaunt Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This is impressive and it has to be one of my favorite interpretation of how he looks!
icarus-falls Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Aww, thank you! :aww: That's a huge compliment!
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