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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!
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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! :)
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xxsensi Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2012
you drew him really really good
he's my favorite character too ♥
love the colours
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Psythiros Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
He looks beautiful. He hair is different than the books but that's ok. ;)
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DasEwigGewitter Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
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.
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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! :)
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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.
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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. :)
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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!
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icarus-falls Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Aww, thank you! :aww: That's a huge compliment!
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Evon-Adaunt Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
no problem I am an avid fan of the series.
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never thought of the wings as rough at the top but I like it!! he's one of my favorite too
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icarus-falls Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks! I'm glad it works for you, and it's nice to meet some fellow fans. :)
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SKitFox Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2012
Very nice Lucivar :D :heart:
Your colouring is also amazing, and I love the texture that you've used through the piece
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icarus-falls Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you, that's very kind of you!

P.S...I love your signature. Airplane's one of my favourite comedies.
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SKitFox Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2012
You're welcome :heart:

Haha, thanks! Good to see someone who gets the reference.
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pandoras-enigma Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2012
Madskills, what medium did you use? Digital?
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icarus-falls Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Lol, thanks! This one's 100% digital.
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bnybriek Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
It's stunning!
Even if it wasn't Lucivar it would still be stunning - it's a gorgeous piece of artwork. :)
And can I just say - He's VERY drool worthy here. XDD
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icarus-falls Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Aww, thank you! :aww:

I always found him droolworthy in the books, so I'm glad he's droolworthy here too! x)
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3EyedGirl Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2012  Student General Artist
I got to see you work on this!!! yay me!!! lol.

Ok, for cerials now. I love the different arrays of textures and colors you used on the wings. Absolutely. It makes it more impressionistic than realistic, but with the way the body and background is portrayed, the balance between that are all the more awesome.

the only thing that gets me is the shadowing of the face... he still seems unusually dark for the way his wing is shaped and how low it is.
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icarus-falls Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
You're more impressionistic than realistic!

*cough cough* I mean, uh. Yes. I'm curious, just for my future reference...which part of the wing texturing gives you the biggest impression of impressionism? Or is it just sort of an overall feel?

Thanks for the con/crit, cous'! :huggle: It was fun working on things near each other!
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3EyedGirl Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2012  Student General Artist
the inside of this wings, where it looks like the ghost of ribbons and dust mites are floating ^_^ I know I probably made it sound bad but it looks realy pretty!
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AndreyRocha Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2012  Student Digital Artist
Cool !
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icarus-falls Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks!
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WestlyLaFleur Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
:clap:
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icarus-falls Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
:bow:
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Maglyt1 Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2012
It's Lucivar. It's an amazing Lucivar.
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icarus-falls Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Lol, thanks! Glad you like him. :aww:
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Maglyt1 Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2012
Gah, no problem!
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StarInsomniac2009 Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
holy gods, that is some amazing work! *0* ever think about painting daemon or saetan? ;)
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icarus-falls Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Aww, thanks! :giggle:

Actually, I've considered it once or twice. I have a big soft spot for Saetan, but I think Daemon would actually be easier to paint.

My next project is probably going to be John Blake, from the new Batman movie. Maybe after that I'll do another Black Jewels piece, though. :)
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StarInsomniac2009 Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
your welcome! :dummy:

woo hoo! :dance:
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icarus-falls Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
:giggle:
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