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Rebekah by giadrosich Rebekah by giadrosich
Original Size: 10x13
Medium: Brush, Quill & Ink
Copyright Notice: 2005 by Bob Giadrosich/Sharayah Press. All Rights Reserved.

    Originally drawn as an interior illustration for the game company Imagine Roleplaying, Rebekah has gone on to appear on cards, prints, shirts, and other venues.
    Not much more to say about this piece except that, although it was done a while back, it still remains one of my favorite images to date.
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Sol-Caninus Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2010   Traditional Artist
More contrast between the figure and background in the left-hand side of the picture - either at the edge from either side, or by emphasizing the core shade of her ribcage . (The Sundog made me say it. Personally, I think it's beautiful.)
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giadrosich Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
Ha! I agree...but too late now!! :XD:
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Sol-Caninus Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2010   Traditional Artist
Whew! I can't tell you how much I struggled to restrain from evaluating. I start to understand why people settle for "Awesome! Dude." But what good is the connection if it doesn't serve art?

I find myself holding back evaluations (of your work) and, when I do evaluate, I review my comments ever so carefully. And that is good, because I've become too comfortable with analysis. Your agreement is a great relief and also a perilous boon. I'll be full of myself for a few days, now, making it a good time to draw and avoid doing crits!
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giadrosich Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
Lol! Draw away, and create something great!

Any evaluations are welcome, btw, because much of my work is fraught with inconsistencies (Most times, I just hide the mistakes well). It is a welcome change from the mono-syllabic kudos. I never mind to have improvements pointed out by someone who has the knowledge and board time to back up their discerning eye. What bugs me is when someone gives a critique, and when you look at their profile page, they are submitting deviations on lined paper, lol.

I always consider the source! That being said, I'm frightfully aware of most of the things I need to improve on in any given piece, but it is usually long after the fact. It is always nice to have a fresh eye look at the work! Thank you.

:D
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Sol-Caninus Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2010   Traditional Artist
You're a saint.
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SheWolfDanielle Featured By Owner May 28, 2007
I absolutely love this piece. It's one of my top favorites that I've found here so far. Your work is just great, and this woman looks just like myself from a dream I had once... one of those dreams you have where you can see yourself, and you don't look like you do in real life. On top of it, she's wearing armor that, again, looks pretty close to some from a different dream of mine.

I guess you could say that I found my dream picture here on your gallery ^.^.

But to make a long story short, thanks so much for drawing this. My jaw dropped.
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giadrosich Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2007  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks, Danielle. I do apologize about the late reply to your very kind words, but it seems it has been one thing after another, not to mention being out of town and shang-hied internet service, which left me with...gasp...dial-up for almost a week and a half!

In reality, I'm the one who has to thank you for your visit and looking through the art. I'm thrilled that you enjoyed Rebekah. She's one of my favorites.

:D
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Rocketdog57 Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2007  Hobbyist General Artist
Here, in this one amazing piece of work, I have found the face of my Delilah. Thank you. You have a truly amazing portfolio here, on DA.

Such detail, tone and texture and use of space, in what are, very emotive pieces. I know Rebekah will long remain a favourite. Sadly, I wish it were available to buy as a print.
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giadrosich Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2007  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks, Alexandra! This piece remains one of my favorites, because at the time, I was coming to grips with a few things in my art that I wanted to push beyond. In essence, this was sort of a breakthrough for me.
Btw, it is available as a S/N limited-edition print, but not through DA. If you are interested, note me and I'll send you the details.

:D
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Rocketdog57 Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2007  Hobbyist General Artist
Hi Bob

Indeed, I love this style of work as, for me at least, it shows a great deal about how not only does an artist think but how he executes his art, nothing is left to chance or hidden by colour. It's all in the 'details'.

Wonderful work!
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lvl9Drow Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2006
I love the detail to the wardrobe, funny I should say they. That's like saying, "I like breathing" or "The sky is big".
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giadrosich Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2006  Professional Traditional Artist
:thumbsup:

:D
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elegaer Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2006
Wow - what detail! I found your gallery through =Mparker's and am throughly glad I did so. I like this one in particular - her expression, her hair, the *decoartion* on her clothes. Stunning.
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giadrosich Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2006  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks so much for your visit!

Most of the work that I do usually goes through a lot of revision before it gets started, but this particular image was done very quickly, and changed little from conception to completion.
It doesn't happen often, but when it does, I'm extremely grateful. "Rebekah" remains one of my favorites.

:D
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elegaer Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2006
And so it should do =D I am absolutely in awe of your work ... I know I'm known for stupid levels of detail, but your pics are just - wow. Just amazing. How long does it take you to actually ink up your final versions?
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giadrosich Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2006  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you so much for your kind words, Elegaer. It really depends on the complexity of the piece as to how much time is involved. Something like Rebekah or The Storyteller would be done fairly quickly because they were originally for publication as an assignment. I think these images were completed in under twenty hours each.
A lot of times I'll work on what I call "spec" pieces, which are done inbetween assignments. When the Strength of Kings Failed would fall into this catagory. These are done with the intention to run limited-edition prints or for promotional pieces, and they can have anywhere from 30-40 hours into them.
And then there are things like New Kid in Town which are a little larger. Here, we are talking 40-55 hours.

Of course, this very rarely includes doing conceptual sketches and noodling out revisions. Many times I do the revisions in my head, playing with a mental image of the work until I have what I think will be alright.

This is one reason why I appreciate your work. Being exact is never a fast process, and your type of design work demands exactness.

Keep it up, and I look forward to seeing more! :D
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Steelpengu Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2006  Professional Digital Artist
Some how I didn't notice this one before either... o_O have you taken stuff out of your gallery or is it just me? Somehow it seems a little thinner.... But this is really gorgeous too, I love the archane element to here exrpession, very mysterious and powerful. As always your textures and patterns are eye boggling spectacular.
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giadrosich Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2006  Professional Traditional Artist
About half my gallery has been in storage for months, and every now and again I remember about a particular piece and take it out. It happen as a result of the whole Jark thing...

Thanks so much for your comments, and keep up the fine work!!

:D
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Steelpengu Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2006  Professional Digital Artist
Ah, I can understand that. I know a couple of people on here who did that. Atleast you didn't pack up and leave like some people!
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xuadobiht Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2005
SUH-WEET! I love all the intricacy of her outfit. Can you make me one that matches hers? (For a guy's build of course)
I like your background work too. It all puts emphasis on her.
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teutelquessir Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2005  Professional General Artist
Incredible work! :clap:
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emblem Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2005
I'm so glad I came across your artwork. Of course, I was first drawn in by your DD, but now that I'm caught in your web, I'm seeing more and more pieces I like better.

This however, is my favorite one so far.

OK. I must admit that I was at first attracted just by the title. It's one of my middle names. . .spelt that way too. Yep. So I'm vain. I know.


And second--this female figure looks so strong and all-powerful. It's like. . .how I WANT to be. I WANT to be strong. She's got iron-will here. Nothing can stop her.

And. . .last. . .I'm such a beginner at stippling, but I love it. I wish I could be more creative and do more with it, but I've only done one completed stipple ever, and I have 2 unfinished works. Your work is so inspiring, and I'm sure I can learn a thing or two just by looking at your work.

The way you choose your negative space, and your shading, and. . . .well. . .you're a genius. Do you do this as a career, or make any money off of your work? Or is it strictly a hobby?

I keep my work strictly hobby. . .well, I'll have to until someone thinks I'm good enough to pay...lol.

Anyways. This is my favorite of your art pieces. . .you now know why. Just out of curiousity, how large is it?
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giadrosich Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2005  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you so much for your kind words.

Rebekah was originally done for a gaming system called Imagine Roleplaying. I beleive this was in their hardbound Players Manual. It was a really fun piece to do because they basically said, "Do what you want." That's the type of art direction that I prefer! lol!! The original is 10x13.

I'm truly honored by your comments about the application of mechanics in Rebekah. Usually, one has to struggle with things such as lighting, composition, shading, etc., but for this one partiuclar piece, it seemed to come together quite rapidly.

I do work full time as an illustrator, but I also sell prints and do quite a few SF/F conventions during the year. While I used to work for many other gaming and book companies, I've kinda gotten out of that in recent years to try and work on my own projects.

Keep at it! Your gallery is really good. I particullarly like the Dog Calendar Stipple image that you have. All that fur must have given you fits!!
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PMSingEvilElf Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2005
this is awsome. i love ur work.
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sias43 Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2004
Excellent use of lighting! The hair reminds me of Frank Miller.
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Anatithenai Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2004
That is amazing... lots of detail... wow. I am in awe. o_o
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darkeneddagger Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2004  Student Writer
holy shit this is good It Fev Time!
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