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Bran by waxwng Bran by waxwng
It's Bran aka John Jr. (wouldn't that make his son Johnny III? lololololol) from Juliet Marillier's Son of the Shadows. I've always wanted to do a portrait of him because of the tattoos... but was always dismayed by the amount of work that needs to be put in them. So I found a middle ground, I think: photomanipulation.

I know I got a couple of things wrong - like the side of the face/body that the tattoos are on, and I couldn't remember if he had any on his palm (apart from the bee). But in general I'm pleased with it. He turned out to look pretty much how I imagined Bran while reading the book. So it turned out to be a mix of Marillier's description and my own interpretation.

I tried to make it as photo-realistic as possible (lol, filter) but I haven't done photomanipulation in years, so I felt a bit rusty. Probably not something I will be doing again any time soon.

I watched him as he came close and touched the smith's brow with his hand, a hand patterned from the wrist of his shirt to the fingertips with feathers and spirals and interlocking links, as complex and fascinating as some ancient puzzle... [His face] was light and dark, night and day, this world and the Otherworld.on the left side, the face of a youngish man, the skin weathered but fair, the eye gray and clear, the mouth well formed if unyielding in character. On all the right side, extending from an undrawn mark down the exact center, an etching of line and curve and feathery pattern, like the mask of some fierce bird of prey. An eagle? A goshawk? No, it was, I thought, a raven, even as far as the circles about the eye, and the suggestion of predatory beak around the nostrils.


The tattoo itself took about 2-3 hours. Another 2-3 was spent on editing (am I slow or am I slow?).

Stock:
Man: *BokoGreat-STOCK - [link]
Feathers: ~rL-Brushes - [link]
Celtic knotwork: *redheadstock - [link]
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:iconhollysrose:
HollysRose Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2014
Who is this man?!!! Must know him.
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cocodrawshere Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2014
JUST AS I IMAGINED HIM OMG!!! I LOVE IT
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nandagreenelf Featured By Owner May 3, 2014
Beautiful work. It's perfect and like the character. Heart 
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ItsYukiMe Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2013
This is exactly how I imagined he would look like :iconcraiplz: This is simply amazing, amazing job!
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Tenru-Wingstorm Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
You have no idea now happy I am to see this... I've been rereading the book.... Pikachu want it 
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Livre-Lady-13 Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2013
This is soooooooooooo perfect thank you so very much for making this. :D
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ravengirl420 Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2013
Love it!!!:) good to see some one replicate such a beautiful price of artwork!:)
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MorriganMoytirra Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2013  Hobbyist
This is literally how I had imagined Bran. It is brilliant!
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AneaSashiko Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
This is Amazingly done. I've always wanted to see a realistic view of Bran. Your interpretation is amazing!
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myrthe-moi Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2013
this is absolutely amazing! I never really had a picture of him in my head, but i guess now i have :meow:
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DrakainaDawn Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Hnnng.. magnificent! Just how I imagined him. Really nice work on the tattoos!
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Nienna-Rose Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2012
Forgive me if this has already been answered but did you draw the bee? It's the only one I've seen so far that's just how I pictured it!
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waxwng Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2012   Traditional Artist
No I didn't draw the bee. I'm pretty sure I simply googled "bee ink drawing" or something of the sort and bam.

Thanks for the question!
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LilSunnyGirl Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
OMG I just love this this is how I envisioned him :icondragonwant:
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auroblack Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2012
OMG i've watched the original picture of the man, and it's awesome how his facial expression has changed from something like fear, I thing, to the fierce/rude looking of Bran. Just like the original character, I think. I really like it, thanks you :B

And, lol, you're not slow, you're awesome XD
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plunderherz Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2011
Coool work! He looks pretty much how I imagined him, too. The tattoos rock! :)
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CaptainLaura Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2011
That's pretty amazing. I didn't find much about the Sevenwaters Trilogy, but this is really impressive: he makes a wonderful portrait of Bran! Well done!
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FallenCherryBlossom9 Featured By Owner May 4, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
This is great! great job! (but wasn't the bee on his wrist?)
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Maria-Mika Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2011  Hobbyist
The tatoo is impressive!
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jade4Christ Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2011
Love love love it!! The bee on the palm, the tattoos, his facial expression, it is all really well interpreted!
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:iconwaxwng:
waxwng Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2011   Traditional Artist
Thank you very much :D
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Aerin15 Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2011
See, it's stuff like this that makes me crack open the book again. Truly great. =)
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:iconwaxwng:
waxwng Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2011   Traditional Artist
I've been thinking of reading the book again too. :)

Thanks for the comment :D
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Jencantdance Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2011
Love that you've included the bee on his palm!
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waxwng Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2011   Traditional Artist
:D
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duende01 Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
The feathers aren't lost around the eye, which is really important. The effect is breath-taking. Seriously, well done. It was worth every minute you spent on it.
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waxwng Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2011   Traditional Artist
Wow, thank you very much for the wonderful words :D
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duende01 Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
You're welcome- the words are very deserved. :) Good luck for the future.
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XalloxMellex Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2011
awsome!! best version^.^
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waxwng Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2011   Traditional Artist
:heart:
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XalloxMellex Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2013

:)

 

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freedomafterlife Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
*sigh* :love:
I love Bran! And Juliet Marillier. And the Sevenwaters series. And this! :eager:
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waxwng Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2011   Traditional Artist
What's not to love? Amirite? :D
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freedomafterlife Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
Halelujah! :D
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Orochi-Lee Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2011
I think you did him justice :D Not many people have as it wouls be really difficult.... But well done ^w^
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waxwng Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2011   Traditional Artist
Thank you :)
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Orochi-Lee Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2011
You're welcome.
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DarkestWish Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2011
oh wow, just, WOW...
It's perfect, absolutely perfect for Bran. I couldn't think of what the tatoos would look like but now I've seen this I won't be able to imagine them any other way. Your artwork will be forever fixed in my mind as what Bran actually looks like :)
Great technical and artist skill too, good job!!
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waxwng Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2011   Traditional Artist
Aw, thank you very much :hug:
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bitofforest Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2011
So amazing!! just how I imagined him.
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waxwng Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2011   Traditional Artist
Thanks :) I'm glad you like it!
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RoxiRider Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2011
Possibly the best version of Bran I've ever seen. He's HOT! This is pretty much how I imagined him...
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Kagura225 Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2011
agreed, on all three parts XD
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:iconwaxwng:
waxwng Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2011   Traditional Artist
Yeah... I sure wouldn't kick him out of my tent at night.

And thank you :D I'm glad you like it.
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Kagura225 Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2011
O-O
that is awesome...
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:iconwaxwng:
waxwng Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2011   Traditional Artist
Thank you :D
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Meinona Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
that's like... really really awesome
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waxwng Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2011   Traditional Artist
Aw, thank you very much :) I'm glad you like it.
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Jen7waters Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2011
Wow..just wow...the tattoos look great, you made them? Amazing! :O
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waxwng Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2011   Traditional Artist
Well, the tattoos are composed of a couple of brushes - such as a feather one - that I duplicated and manipulated. It saved time because I didn't have to draw each single feather, but the moving around, resizing, erasing and warping each feather took quite a bit of time. Although, sadly, I think they sort of get lost.

I'm glad you like it :)
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