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The Raven Queen by WesTalbott The Raven Queen by WesTalbott
This is a piece I did just for fun. I noticed I have no predominantly red pieces in my portfolio, I haven't painted a female character in awhile, and I almost never do pieces just about villains. so that's what this is.

And as usual I set out designing a character purely from my head and it ends up being an existing character. shortly after i finished the line drawing for this I googled "raven queen" and found out she is an official D&D character. So even though I meant this to be an original piece it might as well be a D&D piece which I'm ok with.
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chronolexia Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2014
How nice to see men who paint realistically looking boobs! :D This is so beautiful <3
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AnOptimisticPup Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
A semi-benevolent death god, and one of the more enigmatic power players in the D&D pantheon. I won't get into debates of religion but as a character, she always seems to be interesting, DMs have a lot of room to work with, and by extension they really characterize her strongly. By that vein, she's something of a common crowd favorite.

Lore things aside, the art is impeccable. The coloration is beautiful and I like the subtle gradients you've used. Deep, rich colors contrasting with more light tones. This is a beautiful piece.
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Pomjo07 Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2014  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
very nice, like the armor design
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osmarevaristo Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2014
If a make a tatoo with this queen, have any problem?
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Twisted-Curiosity Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2014  Student
Yuki Sohma Rat (Pretty Eyes) [V1] 
I love her. I love her.  I love her. I love her sooooo much. 
And I love you for making her!
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FatzJinXX Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2013
The armor looks awesome.She commands respect or else.
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SynGrimoire Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
And that is why most of my characters pray to the Raven Queen.
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starcru Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2013
niceClap
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oO-Monkey-Oo Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2013  Hobbyist
Very beautiful work!
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Morgonalafey Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2012   Artist
amazing. i love ravens. and this is just so awesome
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SpectorKnight Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2012
Amazing work :)
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heronoki Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2012
Was just randomly looking at stuff about Teen Titans and somehow came across this when looking at Raven stuff and I'm thankful cause....THIS IS THE BOOOOOOOOMMMMMBBBB!
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WesTalbott Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2012  Professional Artist
haha thanks
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aseariel Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I'm particularly fond of the way her hands look like talons without being... hrm. Cartoonish about it? Not that there's anything wrong with that, but I don't think it would fit this piece as well.
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zakiaybee122 Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2012
Awesome ... like raven from the teen titans only queen
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Dekkkerrr Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Amazing.
How do You manage to make Your pieces so clean?
There is no mud there, no loose strokes, everything is not only perfectly clean and readable, but also balanced and harmonized.
I'd love to see You at work.
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Zousha Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
I think your illustration fits better with my mental image of the D&D goddess.
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GreanRaven Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2012
Wow, this picture is just outstanding! All the amazing details and colors, I keep finding something new when I look up. Her armor design is fantastic. When I saw it I said to myself "I want to wear that."
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WesTalbott Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2012  Professional Artist
haha thanks!
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ninjaelric Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2012  Student General Artist
Well done on the armor
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J3T-irie Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2012
three birds with one stone.
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toppa23 Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2012
great and beautiful
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Mitia-Arcturus Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2012
Tempestuous ,Disruptive , Wild...:heart:


Dear Wes-Talbott

Your Fabulous artwork is featured in
:iconart-portraits: ...and...:iconaction-portraits:

you are Most welcome!!! .............................................:heart:

regards




-Life is an Original field of Experiences , expressions , emotions ...!!!...........:heart:
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Sybarith Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2012
The Raven Queen is actually the god of death in D&D... But since she became so after defeating the older god of death Nerull when she was still a mortal adventurer, your piece could be a very good depiction of her in her (widely unknown) previous life as a mortal..! :)
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Sybarith Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2012
The Raven Queen is actually the god of death in D&D... But since she became so after defeating the older god of death Nerull when she was still a mortal adventurer, your piece could be a very good depiction of her in her (widely unknown) previous life as a mortal..! :)
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WesTalbott Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2012  Professional Artist
haha yeah I didn't really read into it much past her existence. cool to know though.
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CapitanaRecondita Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2012  Professional
great work!!!!!!!!
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TERMINATOR2199 Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2012
Wonderful!
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Malinidk Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Very inspiring piece. I love your use of colours, the character and the scenery itself.

I'm putting together a portfolio myself, and your idea with the colour schemes is an interesting one. Want to show a little difference and that it's not all blood red for example. Any other tips other than varying your pieces too?
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WesTalbott Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2012  Professional Artist
Here's what I keep in mind when arranging my portfolio.

1. Quality control.

If you only have 5 good pieces to show, don't throw in 3 old pieces that aren't at that same level in order to make it seem like you have more work than you do.

2. Variety of subject matter.

Don't have too much of the same thing. However if you are best at landscapes and are showing your work in hopes of getting work painting landscapes, don't show character work. Show variety in textures, locations, time of day etc... Same goes for a character artist. Show you can do both male and female, different ages etc... This is also where color comes in. If every thing you do has a greenish color scheme you may want to considering taking a few of those out and replacing them with blue and red etc...

Lastly I would recommend pinpointing exactly what it is you enjoy most and focus on filling out that portfolio and then if you enjoy other things as well form separate portfolios for those. For example I have a Concept Art portfolio, and an Illustration Portfolio. Some pieces work for both but the portfolio as a whole will lean on one direction or the other.
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Malinidk Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Hey man, I've been having some issues and also due to being bumped by comments and replies - which is why I'm replying by now.

First of all thanks for your insight. Secondly thanks even more for your tips and tricks when it comes to arranging a portfolio. I can really relate to what you would keep in mind. It makes good sense. I'm really grateful for the time you took to put this together. Cheers.

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WesTalbott Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2012  Professional Artist
no problem, anytime.
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o0Magnus Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2012
superb work
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Oktanas Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
looks great
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rahulsilverfang Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
awesome work mate..!!!
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Broadshore Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Wicked work Wes.
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AWishInTheNight Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
the moment i saw this i thought of dragons.... IDK why.
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VVolfsburg Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2012
Woah... increadible atmosphere and concept. This piece could actually cost Steve Argyle his job in Wizards of the coast, hehehe.
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WesTalbott Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2012  Professional Artist
haha thanks man! I dunno about costing him his job but I definitely aim to get the same work he does.
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DanielPLackey Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
how long did this take u?
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WesTalbott Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2012  Professional Artist
1 day for the drawing 2 days for the painting. Not sure how many hrs in each day though.
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DanielPLackey Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
that's pretty good. its hard for me to sit in one spot for to long, so i'm trying to work on my speed... and patience. I thank thee for thy info!
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StevenCrowe Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2012
great as always man. The quality of your pieces makes the wait worth while.
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:iconwestalbott:
WesTalbott Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2012  Professional Artist
Thanks man.
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Stroke1986 Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Whoops instant fav :D
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LordofTibera Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I dig the red black and silver color scheme. I really get a sense of malice from this character
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bearamus Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2012
very awsome! love the fine details :D
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zerrocool76 Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2012
Beautiful. Enough said.
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TribeKnight Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2012
i'm blown away by the amount of detail you managed to pack into this thing! love the raven down in the corner. a really well done piece :)
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:iconwestalbott:
WesTalbott Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2012  Professional Artist
thanks!
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