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Llywelyn is dead. Rhyddion has fallen. And the man who has seen a nation rise against its enemy, and lose everything, is left with his life - and that of the woman he loves, though neither of them can take comfort in that as they are forced to leave Rhyddion behind for ever.

Closeup shot

Credits for this pic go to :iconaraniel: for the idea (she drew a scene much like this for my contest last winter; not sure if this will happen like this in the actual story, but be warned, it will be close), and to Mr Helmut Höldl, who was kind enough to send me a high-res version of a picture I used as a reference for the lighting in this piece. (Reference only, this is not a photomanip or anything, some people had asked...)

Pencil lineart, Photoshop.

Find out more about the "Rhyddion Chronicles" here: [link]

Tutorial/step by step: [link]

Updated 24 September, 2009, with lighter version.
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unshelvedgeek Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I love the light play. :)
Scapeatecht Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
This is just beautiful. I can almost feel the warmth of the sun through the trees. I really like everything about this painting and the feeling it creates.
GertrudeFin Featured By Owner May 23, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
After reading your tutorial I had to see the whole painting! A. MAZ. ING!!!! I love it! :D
Eolhin Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2012   General Artist
Really beautiful, nice lighting. :)
ultimatede Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2012
I love her expression, you can feel the pain. Great work!
Evlydia Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2012  Student General Artist
Hello, you've been featured here: [link] Please favorite the article so it can gain more support. :)
alkemie21 Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Really beautiful! :+fav:
blkwhtrbbt Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2012
Apologies for spanning your inbox. I love your stuff. How and where did you learn to color like so?
Gold-Seven Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you! I'm completely self-taught. But over the course of many, many years. :)
blkwhtrbbt Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2012
SO THERE's hope for me YAY!
I'm virtually self-taught; I've had a teacher before for sketch, but all else i learned myself.
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