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The Strategist by RussellTuller The Strategist by RussellTuller
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Here's another quite complex piece I just finished. First time attempting plate armor with my new paper and coloring techniques. I think it was successful.

Wanted to portray a learned general from the upper class with this one. Intended him to appear imposing yet intelligent and tactical, quite a force to be reckoned with on the battlefield if I would say so myself.

Here he is caught whilst planning his assault against an enemy’s fortress; his armies and his ally’s armies represented by the colored pieces on the map. I do hope they win.

Hope you all enjoy.

Mechanical and Colored Pencils along with Black Felt and White Gel Pens on Parchment Paper.
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Zireael07 Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
I love the pose and the armor and the weapons. Brilliant!
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RussellTuller Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you.
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Mad-Penguin-Rico Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
Beautiful :)
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RussellTuller Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks.
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Mars-Walker Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Sir, your armor work is most excellent! :salute:
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RussellTuller Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you.
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CorvusCaelum Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
It looks great. Lots of detail in the weapons, armor, and background. Most of the proportions are spot on.

However, I feel something is amiss. At first I thought it was the foreshortening of the elbows, but after analyzing this further, I believe it to be that the neck is too long, and therefore makes the arms look longer / more stretched out than normal. Shortening the neck should put the arms/elbows in proportion with the rest of the body.

I often feel bad about commenting about critiques about something that is already well done. I believe that you prefer the feedback though. You can always tell me to stop at any time. :P
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RussellTuller Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you and don’t feel bad, I always like to hear the feedback.

I like to give my anthros longer necks then normal, but I agree this may be a bit too long ( Believe it or not, the neck was longer then this on the first draw out then I shortened it to its current length.) I haven’t really settled on neck proportions for my various species yet and I probably should work on that. The character is wearing two different size pauldrons the lift shoulder being the larger one with 3 layers of plate, this sort of exaggerates the arm length and does not help things either. As always everything came out wonderfully save only one or two things none of which being total game changers.
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RaShan Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
WOW I really love the color. especially his eyes. They look so soft and real! and that armor is amazing.
The hand positioning is also really impressive. <3
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RussellTuller Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
Many thanks.

The foreshortening of the elbow guards where not the easiest of things to render and that was probably the hardest part of the whole venture. At the end I wasn’t sure what colors to make the fur, eye, and hair, but after some thinking I settled upon blond hair, blue eyes, and white fur, many things which I haven’t done very often so it was fun.
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