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Elf Druid of the Hawk by Scarecrowlover Elf Druid of the Hawk by Scarecrowlover
"I'm not here to curry favor from your beloved city. My only interest is that which should concern all of us. To disrupt nature's orenda is the greatest of sins."

This is the first time I've ever used a reference but I'm pretty happy with the result. I used my own face, which I feel caused her to look a bit more human than I would of liked. I slapped on about 120 additional years to her face, but overall, I don't think I've ever looked so young... (Confused yet?)

She's a character in one of my books, although I haven't managed to set my mind on a name just yet. All I know is that her name means "Feather", for she is a druid that follows the ways of the Hawk and the Owl.

EDIT Her name now literally means "Falling Feather".
The name means one who is always on the run, always moving, like a bird. All that is left for those to see is a feather...

EDIT AGAIN Her name now means "Hawk Daughter". Her name is Fenya where "Fe" is a prefix which alone means daughter, but when at the beginning of a name means "Daughter of". "Nya" means Hawk, and is derived from an obsolete onomatopoeia which was used to imitate the call of the Hawks in that region.

For being an elf of the Wild, her attire is particularly formal in this picture. At the time, she was visiting a human city, and it was crucial that she make a good impression.

More fantasy artwork of a similar style:
Red Fox by Scarecrowlover Journey North by Scarecrowlover Drow Queen of the Dragonblacks by Scarecrowlover AWS Inc. - The Scarecrow by Scarecrowlover Tomi at the Mask by Scarecrowlover


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InweEledhwen Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Hi I'm writing a story on Wattpad, and I was wondering if I could use this picture. I'd give you credit, of course.
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Scarecrowlover Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
I see no harm in it. :)
Please send me a link of the Wattpad story when you are finished. I'm not exactly sure how Wattpad works, but you can either credit me as Scarcrowlover by including a link to my dA page, or by my real name if that's necessary instead.
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InweEledhwen Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you so much!!! :D
I really love that piece of art, and that is exactly how I pictured my character.

Here's my link: www.wattpad.com/story/10074411…
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Scarecrowlover Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
Thank you so much!
I'm glad I could help. I'd love to read up on your work when I get the chance.

P.S.
Interesting, since I used my own face to create this piece. People are always asking if it's a self portrait when it so clearly isn't!
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InweEledhwen Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I'd love to know what you think of my story. :)
It's cool you used your face to model it! Do you use a program on your computer?
I'm looking for a good one to use and I want to know if you have any suggestions.
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Scarecrowlover Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
I just use Adobe Photoshop and a Wacom Tablet, which is one of those tablets that transfers the information directly into the computer as you draw, but really you can use any program. If you really have a good hand, you can even use good ol' pen and paper.
The process is the same no matter what you use:

First, I took a picture of myself in the pose I wanted. You can use a webcam if it has a camera feature, or you can ask someone to take a picture of you. I needed the picture because I wanted to get the pose right. Then I made a sketch of my face by using the photo as a reference. It was here that I started to change the features. I made my brown eyes green and made them bigger, and I shrinked the my nose a little, along with other small changes.
I guess I didn't do a very good job at changing her features though, because I guess her bone structure was still such that it still sort of looked like me.

Either way, using references is you absolute best friend. It really helps with keeping realistic proportions and keeping the perspective correct. When I was younger, I practiced by tracing magazine people with thin paper, but eventually I got the hang of it.

If you need any help with anything, I can even make you a few tutorials. I had a friend on here that wanted to learn how to draw this Computer Game characters, so I helped her out by making her a personalized tutorial. I'm not the best artist on the planet, but I love to help. :)
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InweEledhwen Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you so much!! I'll check out those programs.
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drumgirl Featured By Owner May 7, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Very cool looking character! The coloring is gorgeous :D That's neat that you used your own face as a reference. Thanks for sharing this with the wizards club :D We look forward to seeing more from you!
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Scarecrowlover Featured By Owner May 7, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Thank you very much. I'm happy to contribute when I can. Your club is wonderful.
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drumgirl Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
You are extremely welcome! :hug: Aww, I'm really glad to hear it!
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Scarecrowlover Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Aww, thank you ^^ I'm glad you like it.
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tguillot Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2013  Student General Artist
no problem dear!
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MagicalViper Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Pretty awesome! It even reminds me a bit of Link from Zelda.

Great elf from the wild :D!
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Scarecrowlover Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Thank you very much :)
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LivGreteS Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2013
I love this!
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Scarecrowlover Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Thank you :heart:
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Scarecrowlover Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
One of my favorite creations. I'm glad you like her.
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MohamadKaaki Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2013
Oh wow this is really great! I love her face expressions and the colors are great!
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Scarecrowlover Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Thank you :)
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Schlissel-art Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2013
I love how you rendered the face and her eyes are beautiful
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Scarecrowlover Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Thank you ^^
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Schijan Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2013  Professional Interface Designer
Beautiful artwork! ;) I like the delicately chiselled features. :)
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Scarecrowlover Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Thank you very much ^^.
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Scarecrowlover Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Thank you so much. I'm glad you caught the contempt. The drawing has a lot of history behind it. I wanted her to be a bit of a representative of the relationship between elves and humans. I agree about the eyebrows as well. I could have made them a bit more pointed. It is a characteristics I usually give elves, although as you said it would have made it more difficult to create the expression. I need to practice a little more so to really get the look I'm looking for. I do blame the overall human appearance eon the fact that I used my own face as a reference. I do plan to improve once I get my hand son my wacom tablet again.
Thank you so much for your insightful feedback.
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Rovanna Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2012   Digital Artist
I love the little freckles! And how the hair looks kind of messy like she's been running around in the forest. :D
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Scarecrowlover Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Ahh! You noticed the freckles. I didn't think anyone would see them. Thank you. ^^
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gabrielleragusi Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2012   Digital Artist
Nice painting, I especially like her expression! =)
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Scarecrowlover Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Thank you very much. ^^
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Scarecrowlover Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Thank you very much. I'm flattered that you find my face "elfin". Ah yes, the bane of the elven ear... I never know what to do with those damn things!
Overall I still can't feel completely satisfied with the shading. I would have preferred to make a bit more contrast.
I'm glad you liked the clothing and agreed with her modern attire. :granny:
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NaesCadence Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Well I'm just being honest here :D
You could always look up references. To me, they're nothing more than our ears stretched out at the top with a point. :)
I understand what.you mean. If you want more contrast, research color theory and try starting with high contrasting colors and slowly blend them to your liking.
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Scarecrowlover Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Yes, I must get that in my mind: references are your friend...references are your friend...
Thank you for the advice. I always tended to do the opposite but I'll do what you suggest instead. ^^
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NaesCadence Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Haha! Yes, you must XD
I hope that you do! I can see your talent shining through :D
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Scarecrowlover Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Aww, thank you.
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NaesCadence Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
You're welcome :D
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MiniatureMistress Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2012  Professional Artisan Crafter
Using your face was a great idea, because it makes the drawing come to life.
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Scarecrowlover Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Thank you, hehe, I guess it does.
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Amiacis Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2012
i love the face and the look on it <3
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Scarecrowlover Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Thank you my friend ^^
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Amiacis Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2012
no probs ^^
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