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Aftermath by giadrosich Aftermath by giadrosich
Original Size: 7.5x10
Medium: Brush, Quill & Ink
Copyright Notice: 2007 by Bob Giadrosich/Sharayah Press. All Rights Reserved.

    One of sixteen illustrations for an epic narrative poem entitled Red Snow, depicting the same character I created in Shield Maiden and the battle scene Red Snow.

    I knew that I wanted to do a close-up from the back of a central character in the story (to view the aftermath of the battle), and then, having penciled in most of the details of the composition, I realized that she was wearing chain-mail in the other shots...

    Now, drawing chain-mail up close was not really what I had in mind, but here I was. I do know what real chain-mail looks like.
    This is not it. Consider this a half-breed fantasy version, 'cause there was no way I was going to interlock every link.

   60+ hours went into this one, which caused me to reflect on the words of Boromir in the movie The Fellowship of the Ring, where he states:

"It is a strange fate that we should suffer so much fear and doubt over so small a thing. Such a little thing."

    I've gone off rings for a while...
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Odzilla Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2014
just love the detail
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ArwendeLuhtiene Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Gorgeous!!
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giadrosich Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you so much! :hug: I must admit, however, it threw me off chain-mail (at least close-ups) for the longest time, lol! :D
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ArwendeLuhtiene Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Understandable :D! But you did a great job :)
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ca4good Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2013
beautiful!
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giadrosich Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you so much for your kind word and the fave on this one, ca4good! :D
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Voblin Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
The eloquent and atmospheric picture.
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giadrosich Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks so much for the fave on this one, Vladimir, and of course, the kind words! :D
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Colin-Bentham Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2011  Professional General Artist
damn! this must have taken hours and hours... great stuff
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giadrosich Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks! Yep, this one took a while. Actually, twice as long as need be, because I work over a complete pencil drawing. Needless to say, I went off chain-mail for a while. :D
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TheGypsyAssassins Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2011
This is fantastic!!!! The detail and feeling are just amazing...
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:icongiadrosich:
giadrosich Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks so very much for stopping by and your kind words!

:D
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:iconm-the-copyist:
M-the-copyist Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2010
AWESOME
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:icongiadrosich:
giadrosich Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks so much for saying so! :D
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NDC13 Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2009
Ooooh. cool!! i like it alot :)
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elyeli Featured By Owner May 4, 2009
this piece is absolutely stunning! the amount of detail alone boggles the mind and yet you managed to shade in all that detail work, I'm amazed! and the chain-Mail, The Chain-Mail! its insane! I know what chain-mail looks like I'm making some right now and this is... I'm running out of words to explain how awesome this is, great! fantastic! beautiful!
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venatorfend Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2009
Oh my God! It's wonderful work! :wow: AMAZING!
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Yonaka-Yamako Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2009
Do I know what real chainmaille looks like?..... Hmmmmmm Readers Digest version of the answer: Yes. You don't want the full and epic answer but it has to do with Oppi Untracht and several volumes on jewelry making and metalsmithing. (Must haves if you ever wish to test the strength of your coffee table.) Be glad you did not do 6 in 1. >_<U

Nice penmanship. I love the textures you've created.

How's the West Coast treating you?
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giadrosich Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks so much for the fave! There was no way I was going to draw real chain mail, lol. My patience may be legendary, but not infinate! As for the West Coast, I'm not there yet, silly! I'll be moving in late July. But when I do, Ivar's is on the list of places to visit! The link you sent me was enough to whet the appetite.
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Yonaka-Yamako Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2009
And Osaka in Silverdale. When you see Bo and Aiko, tell them Hi from Kate, Cheerio, and Sarah.

Ivar's on the pier is a great place to enjoy and if you happen to enjoy beer, the microbreweries about the place deserve visits and looking into. Lord knows we loved Thomas Kemper (provided they still exist). We were more fond of their soft drinks especially their vanilla and honey creme ales. Sad but true, we're soda nuts.

If seafood and music is your thing, I can not recomment the area enough and for all the festivals that go on almost year round, it is one of the most likeable places to be.

I wish we never had to move as I really miss the place.
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unicornsquest Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
Oh, my! That is just beautiful! The textures are just amazing, you can just feel them! Great job!!!! I am so impressed! Wow....wow..... =)
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artistwannabe Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2009  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Truly amazing detail!!
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CursedOnez Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
those details are indeed delicious!
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Aranov Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2008  Professional Artisan Crafter
The DETAIL is breathtaking. Makes my hand hurt just looking at it... :P GORGEOUS piece.
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giadrosich Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks so much, Aranov, for the fave on this one! Needless to say, I was a wee bit tired of chain mail before it was over with, lol!

:D
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SudsySutherland Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
I'm humbled your patience and persistence to complete a piece like this and put the effort in to capture the detail! Even it doesn't look like real chain mail, nobody can blame you for that considering the effort you put in, on top of the fact that few would really know what it does actually look like!
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giadrosich Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks for your visit and comments, Michael!

That was, indeed, one of the things that I had to consider doing the close up view, whether or not render realistic chain mail. I decided against it, opting for a more stylized "fantasy" construct, as was explained in the description. As you pointed out, not many people would realize the difference, and the fact that the finished illo was reproduced much smaller allowed me to save some much needed time on the deadline process, as this was one of sixteen images which was done for a 10 page poem!

:D
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WILL-I-AM9 Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2008
THIS IS INCREDIBLE! THIS IS MORE THAN TALENT....... GREAT WORK I WOULD LIKE TO SEE A FULL BODY PIC LIKE THIS
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giadrosich Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks so much for your kind words and all the faves, Billy!

:D
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Jennie-Wolf Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2007  Hobbyist General Artist
:wow:
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giadrosich Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2007  Professional Traditional Artist
:hug:
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Jennie-Wolf Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2007  Hobbyist General Artist
:hug:
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KBClise Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2007  Professional Traditional Artist
Wow! What amazing detail! This is beautiful..
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giadrosich Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2007  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks for your visit and the kind words, GM!

:D
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KBClise Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2007  Professional Traditional Artist
No problem! :3
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bluechimeraz Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2007
Wow...again, you're killing me with the detail!! It's amazing!! I love the chain mail. You're making me want to finally stipple something again.
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bluechimeraz Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2007
Yeah but the great thing about stippling is it does look AWESOME when you're done, so that makes it worth it. I haven't drawn in so long -- the last pic I drew was in May, which I've only just posted. And that was my first drawing in 2 years. It's ridiculous. Looking at your stuff is making me want to stipple again because ink is so cool...but to get the creative juices flowing, I'm starting with something simple and just working on a portrait in pencil. It just takes a few hours and then I can prove to myself that I can still draw lol.

BTW, I admire your dedication...I think I would have gotten completely bored making the chain mail and set it aside...forever. lol
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giadrosich Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2007  Professional Traditional Artist
Chain mail! :faint: I think it turned into the "chain mail of doom!" Doom, I say! I would hate to think that I made someone turn to "the dark side," lol. I love stipple, but it takes so long...

:D
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time-warrior Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2007
I really love this piece. I have featured a thumb of your work in my journal [link]
I hope that, that is o. k. with you, if not please note me and I will gladly remove it.
Great job! :D
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giadrosich Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2007  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you!

:D
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time-warrior Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2007
Wow! I love this---the detail is mind-numbingly worth staring at. Speechless . . . . :) :+fav:
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giadrosich Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2007  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks for your kind words, the fave and the watch, TW!

:D
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tjonesutd87 Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2007
Very nice. Amazing perspective, I like where the sword and ponytail meet. The chain mail and cape are the most beautiful parts of the picture though, just gorgeous.
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giadrosich Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2007  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks! I think the ribbon is one of my favorite parts among the repetative pattern of all those rings. :faint:

:D
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Mantina Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2007  Student Filmographer
OMG!!
It's awesome!!! Fantastic!!!
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giadrosich Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2007  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you for your kind words, Valeria!

:D
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Mantina Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2007  Student Filmographer
You're welcome!!
^___^
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tropy-29 Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2007
Such line variation, gawd, and such an eyefest. Fav'd.
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giadrosich Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2007  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks, Trophy, for the watch and latest faves!

:D
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inthename Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2007
Out of this world! look at this detail...whew simply amazing!:clap:
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