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Theodosios by charcoalfeather Theodosios by charcoalfeather
A drawing of Theodosios for :iconakitku:, who is another winner of my OC contest! Theodosios is one of her OCs from her "Tale of Byzantium and Persia," which can be seen here: akitku.deviantart.com/gallery/….

I referenced his lovely outfit from this picture she drew of him here: fav.me/d4sygan

Yes, everything was drawn by hand! Originally, the mosaic was just a pencil sketch (no, I didn't draw each of the tiles in pencil), but then, as I started colouring, I thought about making the tiles digitally. So I created my own brush (I might upload it sometime) to make the tiles. Basically, I just created a randomly shaped polygon with the lasso, coloured it in, and made a new brush from that, adjusting for the brush tip shape and size, jitter, etc. 

I decided to make Theodosios kind of smirk a bit, as I was a bit inspired by this picture (fav.me/d5utiq2 ), where he's kind of looking scheming or devious.

Zoom in a bit to see his heterochromia, too. You can't tell from the thumbnail, but once you view it in full, you can see that one of his eyes is brown and the other green. 
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:iconcharcoalfeather:
charcoalfeather Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you so much! Actually, the mosaic didn't take a very long time, due to my brush settings on PS6! 
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charcoalfeather Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you! I'm glad you like this one. Yes, that mosaic--I am proud of it to this day. It didn't take a very long time though. With a custom PS brush, I was able to finish that mosaic in 20 minutes. I "drew" lines in the background and the tiles just came out on a line. So I didn't have to individually "stamp" my pen a couple thousand times to get this result. Thank gods. 

Yes, I'd figure the light source would be specific because he's inside a dark place, where there's probably only a candle or some other "weak" light source. 
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My-Sword-is-Bigger Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Ah, but you still had to colour them, and give them shades so each one looks individual >.> Not to mention the different angles, like the ones in the halos.

:nod:
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charcoalfeather Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
I actually didn't have to colour them! The brush did the "colouring" for me. xD The brush settings really helped. 
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My-Sword-is-Bigger Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Wtf, you can do that? (.. Oh yeah, you're not using Gimp though xD dammit.)
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charcoalfeather Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Photoshop, yeah, has that function.

I have no clue how to use Gimp, in all honesty. I tried once and I got horribly confused.
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My-Sword-is-Bigger Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Lol , I say the same about photoshop. Too pro for me
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charcoalfeather Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Nah, it's actually pretty simple once you get the hang of it. Probably the same for Gimp too, but I haven't tried. I heard Gimp might actually be better for the textures.
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charcoalfeather Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks! Yeah, he's susposed to look a bit devious here.

Not really, actually! The brush I made helped me a lot. 
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joolita Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2014
But the brush - as far as i understand - was just one polygon, right?. You had to stamp it on the canvass a few thouand times... and in different colours... How long *did* it take to finish?
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charcoalfeather Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
It used the two colours in the colour selector. For example, if I wanted lighter brown and darker brown, then that came out were alternating the two colours. I just "drew" lines across the background and the tiles came out "in the line," if you know what I mean. I didn't have to individually stamp them. 

I think the drawing itself was probably 30 minutes and then colouring the character was another 20 minutes and then the background was 15 minutes? 
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joolita Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2014
Ah, i was under the impression that when you drag a brush it just creates a line... I'm not too knowledgeable when it comes to digital art, sorry >< Thanks for clearing that up!
The timing seems quite impressive... No wonder you are so productive!
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charcoalfeather Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Some brushes actually can "scatter" some shapes; that's what I meant. I didn't realize until I started playing with the settings, either :P

Thanks. I realized that if I don't set a time goal for myself, I never get anything finished :lol:. So it's kind of necessary for me.
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joolita Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2014
I really need to start working on my digital skills then - it looks like some of my misgivings may be the result of ignorance :)

I know what you mean with time goals - i have realised that in my case work *always* fills the space provided.
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charcoalfeather Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you so much! Yeah, you're right about the figures. Thanks for the tip!
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Sevenlole Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2014  Student General Artist
The colors and details are awesome ! Great piece.
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charcoalfeather Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks!
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FriendlyPineapple Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2014
Theodosios looks like he has a few tricks up his sleeve. The background looks pretty stylish, too! :) (Smile) 
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charcoalfeather Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Yeah, he looks pretty mischievous here. Thank you! The background was actually a blast to do.
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kittycommunism Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
i love your style, the shading on this is great too!
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charcoalfeather Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks!
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charcoalfeather Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you!
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akrassia Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2014
:)
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charcoalfeather Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
No problem at all! I'm very glad you liked it! :heart: The mosaic was very fun to draw and I learned how to make the tiles look convincing from drawing this picture :) 
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charcoalfeather Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
:bow:
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CarlosAE Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Very neat digital paintwork! :clap:
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:iconcharcoalfeather:
charcoalfeather Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks!
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CarlosAE Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Right on!
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:iconcharcoalfeather:
charcoalfeather Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you for your great comment! I'm glad you like the mosaic.
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medievallass Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
You're welcome :D, I'm glad my comment was encouraging. :)

Hayley :floating:
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StankoTheGreat Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2014  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Wonderful!
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charcoalfeather Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks!
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Bettimus Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
beautiful work :)
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:iconcharcoalfeather:
charcoalfeather Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks!
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:iconcharcoalfeather:
charcoalfeather Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you! 
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PictureOnProgress Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
No need :iconexcitedplz:
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charcoalfeather Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you! I actually didn't expect the mosaic to come out so nicely. And originally, I had thought of drawing the mosaic tiles by hand. That would've taken forever. 
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Ktoya Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
its nice you decided to make a brush. Hope someday you will upload that brush as stock :meow:
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charcoalfeather Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
It's a little too similar to what already exists, so once I make a brush that's a little more original, I'll upload that one. 
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Ktoya Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
okay, :D
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