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Ashana, Female Genie (44012) Or, the Reversal of Fortune.


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I, too, love the story. You put the pics and narrative together in a most pleasing way. I really enjoy the colour scheme of the djinn and the nice blends (wet blending?). 

 

The skin would benefit from more contrast, mostly deeper shadows and I did spot some mold lines on the cloud, which does detract from your great blends a bit.

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Thanks, all! Used an airbrush for most of Ashana's blends. You can see all the airbrush colors jumbled up on the scabbard--I liked the effect. 

21 hours ago, Lostraven said:

I love your story telling. I like your take on the Djinns - very exotic and other-worldly.

I appreciate it! In my games, these are the kinds of entities that are difficult to interact with, in a 'Scanners' kind of way, without wards and protections. Come away from a conversation with one to find you've been weeping blood and your teeth are loose, that sort of thing. Humanoids aren't engineered to encounter that sort of power directly. "The stress of her regard," indeed.

On 2/11/2020 at 9:54 AM, Inarah said:

Your colors and blending are beautiful.  Great to see the "ladies" painted up, too.  

Thanks! I tried to make her more ethereal and vernal than Ziba, more smoke and less flame. I just realized that her hair spectrum ends about where Ziba's begins. Don't think I could have done some of the blending without the airbrush

On 2/11/2020 at 8:18 AM, Iridil said:

I like this colorful version - very different and creative and great story telling!

Thank you! I had fun with the story and always love an excuse to break out these badelf Middle Eastern ladies. The colors were a lot of fun too, though now what will I do for the next genie? I'm thinking more sullen smoky dark reds and slaty blues. 

On 2/11/2020 at 3:42 AM, Peithetairos said:

I, too, love the story. You put the pics and narrative together in a most pleasing way. I really enjoy the colour scheme of the djinn and the nice blends (wet blending?). 

The skin would benefit from more contrast, mostly deeper shadows and I did spot some mold lines on the cloud, which does detract from your great blends a bit.

And you know from colour blending! Yes, a bit of wet-blending to shadow and highlight and get the airbrushed tones to work more as a color gradient.
Good advice on the shading--and the mold lines ARE an issue for these ladies. That's what I get for taking pictures in the setting sun--it's unforgiving on those little ridges at that angle. 

On 2/11/2020 at 1:23 AM, Glitterwolf said:

Wonderful!

Love all those colours and the storytelling is superb!

I wonder how many of Ahmad's former friends will turn out to be untrustworthy..

Thank you, and you know good storytelling! 
The good (?) news is, he didn't have many former friends, and most of those were solid. But for narrative purposes, at least one will be filled with jealous envy. They will sift the sands until they find the wax seals of Suleiman, and through some subtle scheme endeavor to trap their own Djinn. And what if they succeed? and threaten the captive spirit with sorcerous arts learned from forbidden texts unless it grant them wishes? Ahmad is going to need the wits of all his wives to get out of this one!  

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Quite intriguing how you styled the Djinns of your setting. "The stress of her regard" is a great concept (awesome titel for a story section, too) and I am already suspicious of the three wishes granted. It seems Ahmad got all he ever wanted, teeth intact...and he gained the power of insight. Maybe that is his final curse: If you are rich and famous no one is "truly" just your friend, but always has ulterior motives.. even the solid friends from ones humble past. Maybe he can see it in his wives, too. An unsettling idea to have such power ... yet to be never fully happy with it. 

 

7 hours ago, Rigel said:

And you know from colour blending! Yes, a bit of wet-blending to shadow and highlight and get the airbrushed tones to work more as a color gradient.
Good advice on the shading--and the mold lines ARE an issue for these ladies. That's what I get for taking pictures in the setting sun--it's unforgiving on those little ridges at that angle. 

 

I really  need to get more into air-brushing the basic blends. I did try some two-brush blending (so one brush loaded with paint, then a second wet one to fade out the transitions. Works well most of the time, but can get stressfull ;).

 

I got myself a microchisel for mold lines and will be interested to see if it works well on the Bones Black material. Usually I use a really sharp scalpel, but it is a challenge to not cut away too much material. Especially on a shape like the cloud.

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On 2/13/2020 at 2:22 AM, Peithetairos said:

Quite intriguing how you styled the Djinns of your setting. "The stress of her regard" is a great concept (awesome titel for a story section, too) and I am already suspicious of the three wishes granted. It seems Ahmad got all he ever wanted, teeth intact...and he gained the power of insight. Maybe that is his final curse: If you are rich and famous no one is "truly" just your friend, but always has ulterior motives.. even the solid friends from ones humble past. Maybe he can see it in his wives, too. An unsettling idea to have such power ... yet to be never fully happy with it. 

Oh, you are right to be suspicious! When I get another Djinn painted up, I'll have to continue the story...full of betrayal and paranoia, of course! The wheel turns...

"The Stress of Her Regard" is a line from the Clark Ashton Smith sonnet "Sphinx and Medusa," and it was used as the title for a Tim Powers novel about...beings of a greater sort than humans. Siliceous muses, elemental vampires, gorgons, nephilim. Brilliantly written; the guy is one of my favorite authors, and does his homework. "Declare" is another excellent work of his; Cold War supernatural arms race stuff. 

 

On 2/13/2020 at 2:22 AM, Peithetairos said:

I did try some two-brush blending (so one brush loaded with paint, then a second wet one to fade out the transitions. Works well most of the time, but can get stressfull ;).

I got myself a microchisel for mold lines and will be interested to see if it works well on the Bones Black material. Usually I use a really sharp scalpel, but it is a challenge to not cut away too much material. Especially on a shape like the cloud.

Two-brush blending is a good technique. Bones Black responds well to scalpels, but TBH I am usually impatient and/or paranoid when it comes to removing lines. Hope the microchisel works well!

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