A commission for the ever-wonderful ~Aredhel-Ar-Feiniel
, who is writing a bachelor thesis on Tancred of Hauteville, an eleventh-century crusader. One of the more memorable and fun commissions in recent time.
And mark ye well that on 6 August, 2012, Jenny realised that chain hauberks are not, in fact, striped pullovers, but that the rings run down the arm and don't curl around it. >.<
Liquid watercolours (a mix of Dr Martins and Rohrer&Klingner) on Canson Montval paper. A3 size. (A historical pinup, yay!)
See this blog entry for how I did the textures. [link]
Note I: Please guys, it's good of you to know so much about Tancred, and I'll freely confess I don't. It was a commission and I drew what was requested. I heard of him for the first time a week ago. If I got the hairstyle, the architecture of Antioch, the number of scars (how do you know when this portrait is set anyway?) or the surcote wrong, so be it.
Note II (Much more important than the Hair Colour and Length Debate [TM]):
By drawing a crusader, I do not mean, in any way, to glorify the crusades, or any other atrocity committed during the last few thousand years in this world in the name of religion, race or plain stupidity. And for heaven's sake, I do not wish to see this picture in groups and clubs that glorify or even trivialise atrocities of this manner.