altocello: (complicated colin)
It's been a while since I did a portrait of Colin.

Title: Nathan Appleby in Palette 37
Character: Nathan Appleby from BBC's "The Living and the Dead"
Rating: G
Medium: Digital Painting

@LaTishaMorganLC (RedsFieryDreams) approached me on Twitter a couple of weeks ago, and asked if I'd consider doing a portrait of one of Colin Morgan's recent characters in a style similar to the Outlander portrait series I've been working on. It just so happened that I'd started watching "The Living and the Dead" and had my eye on a promo of Nathan Appleby that I wanted to take a stab at rendering.

I decided against my usual super realistic style; I need to stretch myself a little more. To push the boat out even further I opted to limit my palette to 5 6 colors. So, off I went to find a copy of the Tumblr Palette challenge, armed with my reference and my digital drawing tablet. Here is what I ended up with. I hope you all enjoy it!

Made using GIMP on a Mac, with brush "acrylic 02"

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

Huge thanks to the usual beta and cheerleading crew: [ profile] amphigoury, [ profile] alby_mangroves, [ profile] jelazakazone, [ profile] rocknvaughn, [ profile] gwyntastic; you guys do so much to make it happen! <3

{ETA: I goofed, it was 6 colors. In my defense I didn’t use that aqua color anywhere except the background, b/c frankly I forgot it was in the palette by the time I got to painting Nathan, lol}

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Date: 2016-08-05 04:04 am (UTC)From: [identity profile]
*stares, falls over and can't get up*

Date: 2016-08-05 04:31 am (UTC)From: [identity profile]
*hands you pillows, tea, chocolate, and The Stick* Thanks, Bunny!

Date: 2016-08-05 03:57 pm (UTC)From: [identity profile]
*clings to the stick and gets comfy* :D

Date: 2016-08-05 07:03 pm (UTC)From: [identity profile]

Date: 2016-08-05 04:05 am (UTC)From: [identity profile]
This is beautiful. It looks like a watercolor and it looks like Colin. Lovely work.

Date: 2016-08-05 04:33 am (UTC)From: [identity profile]
Thank you very much!

I really like the texture of that brush, though it doesn't look like an acrylic brush to me AT ALL, it's more like chalk pastel.

Date: 2016-08-05 04:37 am (UTC)From: [identity profile]
Gorgeous! All of it - the colors, his hair, his expression, his eyes, his lips - just really, really wonderful!


Date: 2016-08-05 04:44 am (UTC)From: [identity profile]
Thank you so much, Stacey! <3

Date: 2016-08-05 05:15 am (UTC)From: [identity profile]
Excellent work! I love the lighting, and the colour palette is a very interesting challenge, which works beautifully.

Date: 2016-08-05 07:01 pm (UTC)From: [identity profile]
Thank you so much! It's really ended up being a riff on my favorite orange/blue complimentary color combo, but it did suit the mood. :D

Date: 2016-08-05 08:19 am (UTC)From: [identity profile]
OMG - iz ded from the gorgeousness...

That is fabulous - absolutely beautiful - I'm going off to squee and flail in a corner and stare at it some more!


Date: 2016-08-05 07:01 pm (UTC)From: [identity profile]
Thank you very much, Cookie! <333

Date: 2016-08-05 01:28 pm (UTC)From: [identity profile]
This is really really good. <3

Date: 2016-08-05 07:01 pm (UTC)From: [identity profile]
<3 <3

Date: 2016-08-05 01:40 pm (UTC)From: [identity profile]
This is amazing. You are just so talented.

Date: 2016-08-05 07:02 pm (UTC)From: [identity profile]
Thank you so much! *still blushing*

Date: 2016-08-06 01:49 am (UTC)From: [personal profile] kitty_fic
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That is incredibly gorgeous!

Date: 2016-08-06 04:44 am (UTC)From: [identity profile]

Ah Cello, you knocked it out of the park for sure! DAT SCRUFF! DAT HAIR! Never stop never stopping!


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had a kind o' poetry to it

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