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The Pensive Witcher by LeafOfSteel The Pensive Witcher by LeafOfSteel
My second entry for The Witcher contest. Geralt not quite in a fighting mood :)

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Here's the detail: his face. :)
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GreySarge Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2015
Stunning work!!!!
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FelisiaLettise Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2014
I realy like this work so I used this there felisialettise.deviantart.com/…. I think you need to know.
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Mithrin126 Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2014
Beautiful, just how I picture him! Hard life and many unpleasant memories and all! Love the brown tones!
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metalsympho Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
You have been feature here : metalsympho.deviantart.com/jou… :)
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BrandywineofMilikki Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2013
Geralt contemplating very good,  breathtaking actually.

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LeafOfSteel Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2013  Professional General Artist
Thank you very much :)
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kuba567g Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2013
Best book ever *o*
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Reordann Featured By Owner May 30, 2013
That's the way I imagined Geralt when I was reading the book :) Awesome
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talisath Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
I just saw the detailed picture of his face: WOWOW
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rebellion Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Looks awesome, amazing backlighting. Your palettes are so rich!
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Alexandrinnne Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2013
What a wonderful work! =)
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Pippitypup Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2012
The lighting is highly effective.
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ShoneMaestro Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2012
awsome work
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WhiteWings89 Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Cant explain how beautifull is this for me. Just; thank u for drawing. I love Geralt, and love your work. It's, in a word: art.

Keep on.
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LeafOfSteel Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2012  Professional General Artist
Thank you very much :)
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aMentalSymphony Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2012  Student Digital Artist
Someone has upload this image to another website and is offering it as a cellphone wallpaper. [link]
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LeafOfSteel Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2012  Professional General Artist
Thanks for the info. Unfortunately not much can be done about it :(
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aMentalSymphony Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2012  Student Digital Artist
You can have it removed. The artist who made me aware of this site had their work removed. You can also sue them if they refuse.
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LeafOfSteel Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2012  Professional General Artist
I'll try. To report the image or do anything on that site I have to register. And it's a bit confusing, since it's Spanish :)
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aMentalSymphony Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2012  Student Digital Artist
You can ask Kalosys how they handled it. [link] They got their work removed.
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LeafOfSteel Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2012  Professional General Artist
Ok, I will. When I registered and tried to report it, the site said that I'm not authorized to do it :/
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Legolas13 Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Amazing work ! How did you put all that detail in his hair ??? Please tell me !
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LeafOfSteel Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2012  Professional General Artist
Thanks. I basically paint one strand of hair at a time :D Lots of long curved lines in many colours. But it takes less work than it sounds, because you don't really have to be too careful with the shape.
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Legolas13 Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
But you block in the grey/shadows before detailing right ?

Started Witcher 2 this morning after finishing Witcher last night. KInda disappointed so far. The first one was a lot more diverse and felt more like an RPG than a hack n slash. Still, I wanna make a painting of him and wanna start doing realistic paintings, that's why I'm asking you this. I'm sick of cheating with hair brushes.
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LeafOfSteel Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2012  Professional General Artist
First I paint a base, using only basic colours, the main colour of hair, shadow and highlight. Rarely more than three colours. Then I start working on the detail :) Hair brushes are all nice and dandy, but I found the effect looking a bit too artificial for my tastes. Painting hair by hand is not very hard, but it takes a while, and requires patience :)

Haven't played Witcher 2 yet. Despite the fact I never really liked this character (I was growing up in the 90s, when the Witcher Saga books were all the rage in Poland, where I come from, and every local young fantasy fan was excited about them - except me :D) I loved the first game. A good piece of RPG, really.
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Legolas13 Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks for the help ! One last thing, do you paint the base colours with a soft brush or a hard one ? And do you use opacity control for it ?

I have to admit Witcher 2 has grown on me, took about 30 hours to finish chapter 1 and it becomes very entertaining and just as addictive as the first. If you have a modest machine I suggest you stuy NVidia's gra[hics Tweak Guide for Witcher 2, which will help you with the graphics and options for it, in order to have great graphics and also NOT have any issues with performance. I'm running it at about 34 FPS with a GeForce 9600 GT. Hope we're even now on advices :))
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LeafOfSteel Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2012  Professional General Artist
I always use a hard brush for the base. Hell, I almost always use a hard brush (except for the fine highlights and halos). If I paint with Photoshop, I use very high opacity, sometimes the highest - I control opacity mostly with the pen of my graphic tablet, and since I'm very light-handed, I need all the opacity I can get in case I wanted to paint something completely opaque without having to press the pen very hard.

I won't be able to play Witcher 2 for some time. No money no fun -_-' But I guess when I finally have it, my machine is quite decent, and I should be fine with my GeForce GTX 460.

30 hours just for chapter 1? That sounds rather massive :)
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Legolas13 Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Yup, it sure is massive, and I still left a few missions unfiniiished. Opposed to the previous game, here you can't come back to finish missions from another chapter, since the chapters take place in various kingdoms, not just on. Still, it's a fun game once you get the hang of it. Thanks for the help ! I'll be sure to mention you when I use what you told me in my art :D
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666Fenrir Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2012
Looks nice!
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PeaceLoveHeavyMetal Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
The mood is great and his hair looks fantastic!
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DeepWinter300 Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2012
And rested he by the tumtum tree
and stood awhile in thought.
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Mustuko-chan Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Oh my... oh my... oh my Geralt :XD: :la: That's a~m~a~z~i~n~g!
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OrianeetMoi Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2011
It's an icredible work, with such beautiful colors. The character is very realistic.
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Netzkabel Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2011
again, that is truly amazing.
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Captain-Blood Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2011
Oh god I love this ! Love the way it's done, same style as in the game ! (Loading images, dialogue chips, etc..)
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Kayleeya778 Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2011  Hobbyist
Amazing job!
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Lerate Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2011
:heart:
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Rana-E Featured By Owner May 27, 2011  Student General Artist
Amazing !
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Lara888 Featured By Owner May 17, 2011
I can't describe how awesome this is.Is this game as cool as people say? couse Im thinking about buying it :3
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LeafOfSteel Featured By Owner May 17, 2011  Professional General Artist
The game is good.
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Colomir Featured By Owner May 10, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
wow really poetic!
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Wickerweaver Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
Amazing! That is one huge silver sword!
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starfishenterprise Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2011
I absolutely loved this piece! I could not help but base a pencil drawing on this, do you mind if I put it up on DA (with reference and link of course!)?
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LeafOfSteel Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2011  Professional General Artist
No problem :)
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starfishenterprise Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2011
thanks, I'll let you know when I put it online (at the moment I've only got a crappy photo, but in about a week, I should have a scanner ;-))
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starfishenterprise Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2011
hey, the picture is online [link]
Its not as nice as yours though ;-) And as always with traditional art the original looks better than the online version...
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Pioson Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2010
Geeralt! Great picture!
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Maehedrose Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2010
I really like the mood in this one - his sword blade looks great too.
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kkyak1 Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Beautiful work. He is awesome!
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LeafOfSteel Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2010  Professional General Artist
Thank you! :)
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