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Rowan likes gradients by Nimphaiwe
Rowan likes gradients
Ayyyy it's Rowan again, I haven't drawn him since goodness knows when. 

This is a bit of an experiment. I saw this art tutorial on Pinterest about using gradients to help with shading a digital painting, and GOOD GOLLY does it help. This was extremely fun and took me a lot less time than usual... (the tutorial is here  www.pinterest.com/pin/42636428… ) (It might be from dA originally though. :P

The original sketch of his face took about 1 hr and then the coloring was about 4 hrs in Photoshop. 

On tumblr: hanoliviart.tumblr.com/post/11…

Also, sorry I've been so dead. I'm moving into an apartment the beginning of next month and will actually have my scanner and a desk, so that will help. :P 
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  • Mood: Questionable
  • Listening to: airplanes flying in the sky
  • Reading: The Shadow Rising by Robert Jordan
  • Watching: Kill la Kill
  • Playing: Bioshock 2
Hey guys. I moved to Virginia back in February. I'm living with my friend from college, and I've been looking for work. I got a few commissions/contract projects, which is great, but my friend needs to move out soon, which means I need to move too, and no one's going to let me rent an apartment if I only have part-time contract work. So that'll be fun to figure out. :P 



I've been feeling bummed about my art lately. During my one year in art school I improved so much because my professors and classmates pushed me to do better and learn more. I almost wish I would've just gone to art school in the first place instead of having a one year program with my college. I feel like after that one year I stagnated and can't recover. I'm proud of a lot of my art from college, but stuff now is really...meh. I don't know. I have crippling self-doubt at least 50% of the time about my life in general, so that doesn't help. I feel like the art styles that I want to imitate are out of my reach. I'm stuck in one thing. I'm "good" at one thing but the styles I like take me hours and the result is mediocre. I can only see what I need to get better at, and I can't improve everything at once and it just stresses me out thinking about it. I know this will take time but it seems like I'm just aimlessly scribbling and never going anywhere. Sometimes I feel like I'm competing with my peers and without fail they surpass me. I'm happy for my friends' successes but I just don't know what to do for myself. I spend countless hours on paintings that no one really likes. And while I'm all for the whole "just do what you love and ignore everyone else" mentality, I can't help but feel sad about that. :P 

I apologize for this boring and depressing journal. I just needed to rant a little. I really do appreciate all my watchers. Thanks for sticking with me this long. I'll try make more great art so I can post it. :)
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I've been reading Wheel of Time. Egwene, Nynaeve, and Elayne. I'm only on the 4th book so no spoilers in the comments, I beg of you :XD:  
I kind of tried a slightly different shading style this time. I'm happy with this, but it's far from perfect. It was a fun experiment at least. So if you have constructive criticism I'd love to hear it. :) 

Photoshop from a pencil sketch. 20 hrs, maybe? :P 

On tumblr: hanoliviart.tumblr.com/post/11…
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SR4 Jeb by Nimphaiwe
SR4 Jeb
I started playing Saints Row VI at the end of last month (thanks, Steam Sale) and I kind of love it. Although I hadn't seen too much of the previous three, so I have no idea what all the back stories are. I'll probably play SR3 or 2 when I can :P It'll depend on when I can spare money and which of the previous ones are available on Steam. I also have Shadow of Mordor, Dishonored, and some random Skyrim side quests to finish...

Anyways, I'm starting to think of character sheets for a graphic novel, so I figured I'd practice some head and face angles with my boss/president, using in-game screenshots as reference. Her name is Jeb even though that doesn't really matter in the game.

Done in Photoshop 

Does this count as fanart? :P
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Varda Elentari by Nimphaiwe
Varda Elentari
I'm still doing Valar speedpaints. (I've finished about 7 of them if I remember right) This is my favorite one so far. :) 
All those dots were repetitive but worth it. 

Done in Photoshop. 
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  • Mood: Questionable
  • Listening to: airplanes flying in the sky
  • Reading: The Shadow Rising by Robert Jordan
  • Watching: Kill la Kill
  • Playing: Bioshock 2
Hey guys. I moved to Virginia back in February. I'm living with my friend from college, and I've been looking for work. I got a few commissions/contract projects, which is great, but my friend needs to move out soon, which means I need to move too, and no one's going to let me rent an apartment if I only have part-time contract work. So that'll be fun to figure out. :P 



I've been feeling bummed about my art lately. During my one year in art school I improved so much because my professors and classmates pushed me to do better and learn more. I almost wish I would've just gone to art school in the first place instead of having a one year program with my college. I feel like after that one year I stagnated and can't recover. I'm proud of a lot of my art from college, but stuff now is really...meh. I don't know. I have crippling self-doubt at least 50% of the time about my life in general, so that doesn't help. I feel like the art styles that I want to imitate are out of my reach. I'm stuck in one thing. I'm "good" at one thing but the styles I like take me hours and the result is mediocre. I can only see what I need to get better at, and I can't improve everything at once and it just stresses me out thinking about it. I know this will take time but it seems like I'm just aimlessly scribbling and never going anywhere. Sometimes I feel like I'm competing with my peers and without fail they surpass me. I'm happy for my friends' successes but I just don't know what to do for myself. I spend countless hours on paintings that no one really likes. And while I'm all for the whole "just do what you love and ignore everyone else" mentality, I can't help but feel sad about that. :P 

I apologize for this boring and depressing journal. I just needed to rant a little. I really do appreciate all my watchers. Thanks for sticking with me this long. I'll try make more great art so I can post it. :)

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I'm a Christian, first and foremost. I lived in Mongolia for 2/3 of my life. I love drawing, mostly fantasy dudes and ladies with swords and stuff, but I try to do other things every once and awhile.

Also, I'm a freelance illustrator and designer. If you want to contact me, you can send me a note here, or email me from my website below. :)
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DiegoCR Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you so much for the fav!! :D
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Nimphaiwe Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2014  Student General Artist
you're very welcome! :) 
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yuralock Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2013
thank you very much for watching me!
btw, awesome webcam! :D
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Nimphaiwe Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2013  Student General Artist
haha thanks XD
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Mithrandir29 Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks a lot for the fav !! You can see more on : mithrandir-creations.net63.net… or contact me to have some of my works without logo (for your private use)

Have a nice day !
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Cosmic-Cherry-Tree Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Welcome to :iconof-middle-earth:

It's a great pleasure to have you with us! :floating:
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Nimphaiwe Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2013  Student General Artist
Thank you! :) I'm sure it will be fun. 
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Linoru-chan Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Hey man, I really like your art style!
Plus I respect you coming right out and saying that you're christian. That's impressive! :D keep it up!
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Nimphaiwe Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2013  Student General Artist
Thank you! I'm glad you like my art. :) And yeah, I feel like I shouldn't hide it. I figure if people don't like me for that fact alone, that's their fault for judging me without prior knowledge of my character. :) 
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Linoru-chan Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
:D That's so awesome!!! I should do the same....
I'm inspired!
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