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Tarinrul by skratek Tarinrul by skratek
This one is for :icondianae:'s Gods, Goddesses and Mythology competition at [link]

I've been entering quite a few competitions lately - I figured it helps me to actually finish paintings from time to time. Every new painting brings up a ton of new problems and in the end I just realize how little I actually know and maybe I can't paint at all and maybe I should just pick up a shovel instead and start some real work.. How depressing.

A tarinrul is basically a shapeshifter that can change into a wild beast, but it can never be quite a true beast - or a real man.

Comments, suggestions, ideas, favs.. most welcome, as always :D

EDIT: as always I had to change a few things: shading on the shirt, a bit of color corrections and added a shadow on the background.
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:iconadebel:
Adebel Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2012
Amazing work! Congrats!
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:iconskratek:
skratek Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2012   Digital Artist
:D You're very kind, thank you! :thanks:
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Leaving-My-Mark Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2010  Student Writer
Freaky...I love it! The boarder in the background is really neat!
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:iconskratek:
skratek Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2010   Digital Artist
:aww: :thanks:
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differentego Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
cool character :wow: awesome.
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:iconskratek:
skratek Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2010   Digital Artist
:aww: :D thank you!
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:icondifferentego:
differentego Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
you´re welcome :love:
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Rosiello Featured By Owner May 13, 2008
Wonderful... your work gets better and better. The thing I like the most is how you use the textures, everything you draw somehow feels like it can be touched, almost real.
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:iconskratek:
skratek Featured By Owner May 14, 2008   Digital Artist
:aww: :thanks: I'm going for the realism, but not very successfully :XD: still need practice. But it sure feels good to know I'm improving. THank you!! :D
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mstislava Featured By Owner May 4, 2008
wow, this is tight, i love the way u paint clothes;
i like the scars on his face :D

I hope you win :heart:
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:iconskratek:
skratek Featured By Owner May 4, 2008   Digital Artist
:hug: :aww: thanks, though there's not much hope for that.. ;)
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mstislava Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2010
there is always hope tho :tighthug:
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jerry8448 Featured By Owner May 1, 2008  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Those eyes look really freaky! Great job! :)
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skratek Featured By Owner May 1, 2008   Digital Artist
Those eyes were a pain.. I could work on them for months and there would still be something else to add/fix/change ;) But thanks, I'm really glad you like it! :hug:
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SilentPlea Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2008   Digital Artist
Outstanding! :clap:
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:iconskratek:
skratek Featured By Owner May 1, 2008   Digital Artist
:blushes: :giggle: thank you!!
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whitembers Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2008
Really good work. Good luck in the contest!
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:iconskratek:
skratek Featured By Owner May 1, 2008   Digital Artist
:aww: I'll need it with all those amazing entries... but it's also fun just to participate.
You are still welcome to keep your fingers crossed ;)
Thanks!
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GretS-FreedomRider Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
I am surprised there are not that many pageviews in this gallery. There should be! Your work is fantastic. I will admit that the shirt is a bit hard to see.
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skratek Featured By Owner May 1, 2008   Digital Artist
:thanks: Thank you, that means a lot to me.. :hug:
I was going for the Rembrandt style with the spotlight effect on face and hand... But I also didn't detail the shirt very much, so I guess it's better to leave it in the dark ;)
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GretS-FreedomRider Featured By Owner May 1, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
The face and the hand are teh focal points in the picture, and they have such wonderful details, that is fine if a viewer can`t see anything else. Kinda adds to the mood.
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Baldur89 Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2008
You still need to work on the sharpness of the contuor to really make it stand out more :D I love the shirt's "strap-up" :D

I'm not sure if it's a problem that your work's aren't the sharpest. Probably because I'm so used to it through clean line-works and the like. It's always good to work on one skill or side of your ability though :)

On the other side! Your skin tones and textures = infallible, as well as the clothes. 's all good. I especially like the eyes. Are those skulls I see? :)

Bit more highlights would've been fab as well to really gaze at it in it's full glory :)

Good job!
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skratek Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2008   Digital Artist
Hey, how have you been? Again you are full of great suggestions :)
I'm trying to UNSHARP the thing :XD: though I might be overdoing it a bit.. I want it to look natural and artsy at the same time. Another frustration for me I guess ;) I'll keep working on it.
Oh, the skulls weren't intentional, they just sort of appeared there. Hmmm.. should I be worried? :-O And I fixed the lightning a bit, you were quite right about that. As usual :hug:
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Baldur89 Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2008
The "skulls" are one of those "happy surprises" as I call them, keep them or (even better) work on them. Would be a fun detail as he looks to be a god of Death. :)

Your works appear grainy at times, the best I can do to describe it. They have a tendency of sinking into the background.

You're doing great. Your best artwork so far!

I've been busy with friends and drawing pics for my school project having to do with a redesign of the area outside my school :) Went quite well I'd tell ya. Oh oh! And I want to tell you a thing or twoif you're chatting up on MSN by today or tomorrow evening.

Noodles, big sister
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skratek Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2008   Digital Artist
sorry about the delay.. I was internetless over the last week (so called holidays..)
I'll try to bring out the "happy surprise" a bit more. Thanks for finding them! ;)
I'd love to hear how that project of yours went, I'll try to catch you online :D :aww:
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Rafica Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
omg i get so happy when i see your name in my Dev updates!

stunning job, i love your attention to detail!
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skratek Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2008   Digital Artist
:D :hug: :giggle:
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Rafica Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
:glomp:

so how've you been?
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skratek Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2008   Digital Artist
absent :XD: sorry, I was away for the (extended) weekend. I can see you were busy too ;)
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Rafica Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
no worries hun^^ and it's true, i have been busy. spring's a busy kickoff to summer at the ranch, mares coming and going for breeding and to be foaled out, ppl calling and mailing about possible studs and the need for photos of stallions and mares (and the natural having to groom them super well before photos XP)
so how was your weekend?
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skratek Featured By Owner May 1, 2008   Digital Artist
And you still manage to make such pretty artwork at the same time :D you're good...
Yeah, the weekend was intense.. we almost burned down my parents' house :XD: but it was worth it...
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Rafica Featured By Owner May 1, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
well thank you sweetie^^
omg, i'm scared to ask how that happened^^;
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skratek Featured By Owner May 3, 2008   Digital Artist
:giggle: We were doing raku firing of ceramics and a few ceramic balls ran off from the kiln, down the hill and towards our cars, parked by the house. Oh, and their temperature was about 900 degrees Celsius :XD: (what was that song - great balls of fire or something?!)
And the second "close encounter" was primitive kiln construction in the back yard. I still smell like a chimney sweep. And so does everything else...
But the ceramics came out ok, so.. ;)
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