Remember all those WIPs I was posting a while back for that lineart commission I was doing, Blog? Well you lucky little thing, you, you get the honour of being he first to see the completed piece in all its glory. (Yeah, okay, you got me, Blog, I really just forgot to upload this when I finished it, BUT THAT SHOULDN’T MATTER).
Character and Commission belong to the very fine lady over here.
Originally this was just supposed to be a quick little sketch commission, but like I said, HypotheticalWoman is a very fine lady, and I just couldn’t help myself. I ended up upgrading the sketch into full inks. This meant that she lost out on the sketched background (something I don’t do on my sketch commissions anymore) but then since I’m so taken with her, I slapped on a quick freebie of one anyway. I’m also mailing out a printed version of this to her door — again, something I don’t usually do, but she’s a truly great person and deserves it.
As for the character himself, his name is Chris. As you can see, he’s a centaur, but what I like about this guy is that he’s got more of a stocky workhorse kind of build (and personality). I loved that he wasn’t supposed to be one of those willowy, pretty-boy horsemen, but an honest-to-goodness tough nut that can be driven hard, and works harder. Seriously, this character is a tanner; that’s super baddass (and unique) when you look at what type of ‘person’ he is. Still, Chris isn’t supposed to be exceptionally pretty, and I tried to make his face a little longer and a little more … horse-y. Normally he wears a tunic, and his hair’s in a long braid and a mohawk sort of thing, but since he’s so rugged, I decided to let us catch him taking a little me-time. So here he is with his hair let down and his clothes are drying on a handy tree branch off stage left.
Hey now, don’t look at me like that, Blog. Even fantasy folk have to do their laundry too.
The next post will a quick step-by-step compilation of this image and also some closeups of this guy since I’m just that proud of this inking job (and also because I have to run off to a party 5 minutes ago).