altocello: (complicated colin)
This is part of a series of portraits I've been working on in the Outlander fandom.

The Merriam Webster dictionary defines "scourge" as:

1) someone or something that causes a great amount of trouble or suffering
2) a whip that was used to punish people in the past

As much as we don't like him, I see BJR as being part of a triangle with Claire and Jamie, with Jamie as the fulcrum. Love and hate, compassion and cruelty, and the soul of a man hangs in the balance.

Huge thanks to my cheerleaders and enablers, [livejournal.com profile] jelazakazone, [livejournal.com profile] rocknvaughn, and [livejournal.com profile] k_nightfox, as well as [livejournal.com profile] alby_mangroves and [livejournal.com profile] amphigoury for the beta help. And as much as I truly despaired of ever getting all that gold braid done, all the kudos to Terry Dresbach and the costuming department for this production because that is some serious costume porn right there.

Drawn in GIMP on a Mac with a digital drawing tablet.

Disclaimer: This is a non-profit fanwork: no harm intended, no money made.




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Date: 2015-12-04 05:51 pm (UTC)From: [identity profile] altocello.livejournal.com
:D Thanks! <3

Date: 2015-12-04 03:48 pm (UTC)From: [identity profile] brunettepet.livejournal.com
This is stunning. The detail in his uniform is fantastic and I love the layering of the cravat and the buttons on brocade. Beautiful job.

Date: 2015-12-04 05:52 pm (UTC)From: [identity profile] altocello.livejournal.com
Thank you so much! The costuming in this show is seriously amazing. I'm glad you feel I managed to do it justice! <3

Date: 2015-12-04 08:07 pm (UTC)From: [identity profile] caitri.livejournal.com
ext_409703: (Eomer)
Wow, that's awesome!!!!!!!

Date: 2015-12-04 08:58 pm (UTC)From: [identity profile] altocello.livejournal.com
Thank you! <3

Date: 2015-12-05 01:48 am (UTC)From: [identity profile] yeuxdebleu.livejournal.com
Wow! That is absolutely gorgeous. I'd never have known it was done digitally if you hadn't told us. The details are so exquisitely done. I can't wait to see what you do with Claire and Jamie's Parisian clothes.

Date: 2015-12-05 07:30 pm (UTC)From: [identity profile] altocello.livejournal.com
Thank you very much! I got myself into the detail trap when I rendered his face so carefully, because then I had to do the same to all of that braid (there is a LOT of that gold braid on that uniform). *facepalm* The details in those Parisian clothes may be the end of me, lol, the sneak peeks show Terry and crew have outdone themselves AGAIN.

(and I'm curious, was it that you thought it was a traditional painting?)

Date: 2015-12-21 04:50 am (UTC)From: [identity profile] yeuxdebleu.livejournal.com
You did the gold braid beautifully.

(and I'm curious, was it that you thought it was a traditional painting?)

Well, it just looked like a beautifully executed oil portrait. Usually, in my experience, digital work has sharper edges. Yours has a wonderful softness and beautiful shading, so much so that it seems I could reach out and touch the fabric. It's just gorgeous work.
Edited Date: 2015-12-21 04:52 am (UTC)

Date: 2015-12-21 05:02 am (UTC)From: [identity profile] altocello.livejournal.com
Thank you! And ah! I understand now. I mostly use soft round brushes (and I smudge a lot), because I can't stand hard edges. I started off as a traditional artist, and I'm always trying to get that look, so I'm very pleased to know this one could "pass." :D

Date: 2015-12-05 01:41 pm (UTC)From: [identity profile] asya-ana.livejournal.com
I'm honestly flabbergasted by this! It's so rich and ornate. I never thought I would swoon about textures of the clothing and shadowing, but here we are. You were always amazing but this just blows me out of the water!

Date: 2015-12-05 07:36 pm (UTC)From: [identity profile] altocello.livejournal.com
Thank you so much, Asya! I've been swooning over these costumes for MONTHS, it's what first got me into watching (that and the kilts. And Sam Heughan's knees. And chest. And then he ended up being a lovely person in RL along with the rest of the cast. And the main character Claire is just such a practical bamf lady, I love her to bits. And the story is AWESOME). Which is to say that I'm so glad that my love of those things reached through the art to you! <3

There is so much to swoon over in the costumes in this show, and series one was mostly more homely fabrics. With the exception of Claire's wedding dress, my god, that was exquisite. Series 2 starts off in 18th century PARIS and the court of freaking Louis XV, so we're all going to really die of costume porn whenever that airs, lol. And then I'll have to figure out how to do the texture of silk satin, rather than felted wool. :D

Date: 2016-01-18 02:20 am (UTC)From: [identity profile] thalialunacy.livejournal.com
Look at all that trim!! So gorgeous.

Date: 2016-01-19 01:58 am (UTC)From: [identity profile] altocello.livejournal.com
OMG, the trim. It just about did me in! It's as bad as chain mail or WORSE, I swear! So glad you enjoyed the result, though, it makes it all worthwhile! <3

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