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Turn to Stone by NicolasRGiacondino Turn to Stone by NicolasRGiacondino
It's Friday and unexpectedly, I may have TWO deviations to upload before the day ends... but let's not be hasty (as Treebeard would say!)

This illustration was commissioned by the fine and talented folks over at [link] (you MUST check that site out if you like miniatures and wargaming in egeneral!), because they wanted some new artwork to go into the website, as well as fine imagery for t-shirts and other stuff, hopefully. That being said, why they chose me I still don't know... :P

The subject matter, couldn't be more to my liking: a Gorgon! A character which I had tried before in the past in this B&W piece: [link]
Now I got to do much more little effects on her skin as well as giving her a whole new attitude, befitting a legend of her status.

I had to take into account a couple of details, which you'll notice right away: there's no nipples on her nor any sign of female genitalia and that was intended. This is suppsoed to be "on teh webz" for all ages, so having a naked babe (whilst fun to me and you) may cause children some side effects (or so I hear!). Also, sporting a naked babe in a t-shirt is a no-no if you're married or currently dating (and we don't want accidents happening near Valentine's). The stone Hoplite was also a request by the client and the background was left intentionally blank so that designers could have her way with the image, adding logos and other stuff. I particularly like the way her skin looks like (continuing the muted green saga along with my latest Hulk rendition!) as well as the talons she has for fingers which so look chitinous and nasty. Her overall look and expression are also a personal favourite as well as the serpents in her head, which actually look like they belong there as opposed to other renditions I've seen of this myth...

So, all in all, I'm very proud of how this one turned out and so here it is for your viewing pleasure (?). I've been having less favourites than I used to lately, though I feel my work is considerably better as of late than it used to. Ironic, huh?

So, let me know what you think as usual and see you soon!

Nic.-
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:iconthevampiredio:
thevampiredio Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
she has legs and therefor she has...
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jmqrz Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
impressive colors and design!
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knytcrawlr Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
great comp and colour work
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Turain Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2010
Love it =D

Specially both their faces =)
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LilJoe Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2010  Student Traditional Artist
looks great to me.
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KLRbee Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2010
love it!

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MaKo85 Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Fabulous! I was always fascinated by Gorgons and Medusas, the one thing that stands out is the look on her face, that wonderful "Don't mess with me" attitude <3 LOVE IT!
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SpectorKnight Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2010
I really like the colorwork you employed for her. The choice of the green especially seems appropriate, as it manages to be alluring and somehow sickly at the same time. :)
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Gonfrask Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2010
Lo primero que he pensado al ver el dibujo es "que bonito". La verdad es que aunque te sales de la clasica Gorgona la composicion esta muy bien, ya te digo que me parecido en cierto modo bonito
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soulfreeze Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2010  Hobbyist Artist
i bought the ray harryhausen 'clash of the titans' almost specifically for that scene.

It's still an awesome movie. will CGI ruin it....? yes.
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Gaston25 Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2010
This one rocks Nic, I really like the contrast of color between the green and gray!
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PaperJack93 Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2010  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
TITS
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RoninHero Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2010  Hobbyist Artist
No Nipples! :(
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igorvet Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2010
love this one!
very intricated)
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Horacus Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2010
Muy buen trabajo, lastima que a medusa nunca se le pueda ver los ojos...pero si se puede ver todo lodemas :D
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AndyIomoon Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Stunning work, Nic. Your stone effects look magnificent. Makes me want bust out my markers!
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Pachycrocuta Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2010
This is so utterly beautiful.

The shading on these things - that's cool gray marker, right? And I'm assuming from the answer about the little cool blender splotches above, that you let one batch of marker cure before you go add the next - but do you lay down color first and then shading, or does shading and then color work better in your experience?
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NicolasRGiacondino Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you for the compliments, Jonathan!

Indeed those are cool grays and I do let the marker dry for a bit, before going in with the effects. I've found that working the tones first and then adding colour helps a lot in defining the atmosphere of the piece as well as its lighting. Also, working this way, you don't wash the colours out, but instead tone them down while keeping the vibrance.

I hope I've helped!

Nic.-
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Pachycrocuta Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2010
This is fantastically useful actually - thank you very much! Your marker work is just so *clean*, so I'll definitely try to use your suggestions in my stuff real soon!
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vampiremongol Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
wow!!amazing colors and detail!!
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Jeff3333 Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2010
Great depiction of my favourite Mythological subject
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MattWelch Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2010   Traditional Artist
I loved the black and white piece and I love this one. Nice work.
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tigermoph Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Awesome. It really 'pops'; more like an oversized logo than your usual close-cropped stuff. Would make a wicked tattoo, provided the artist could transfer the colours effectively.

Maybe I'd better go back and fave some of your pictures just to make you feel more loved, eh? It's just when we get such an avalanche of great art it's hard to pick favourites... :lol:
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MichaelCrichlow Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2010
Love your stuff! Love it! Yay! (I don't know what else to say. Ha!) =D
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NicolasRGiacondino Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
That's all I really need to hear, mate! It was your Journal talking about how your favourite pieces were the least favourited that got me thinking the same thing happens with my artwork. I guess that's a reminder that we have to just relax and go with the flow... we'll never know when we'll hit a milestone, huh? ;)

Nic.-
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MichaelCrichlow Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2010
That's the truth. Good to hear from you! I know you're busy so I value the time you take to comment. :)

Thanks again! Cheers! =D
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KoniraThax Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
Mmm, colourless blender splotches. I love how you do those. I need to give it a whirl.
... How do you do it, btw? XD
Do you do it right after you lay the colour down or can you do it after it dries?
I use Prismas but the ink breaks up rather well even after it's been setting.
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NicolasRGiacondino Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
I know you like 'em splotches, yes... and I do render them after it dries, with the blender marker... I get better results that way, because when the ink's still wet, it tends to blend (which is the blender's use after all! :D) rather than splotch.

I think Primsas are basically the same, so you should give it a spin!

Nic.-
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KoniraThax Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
Ahh, danke schion, I shall try it.
I'll have to make a picture that'll have that type of texturing, perhaps something with a rocky background. Hmmm...
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Very clean, bold lines on the Gorgon: I like that :D

I wonder what she does with them after they are turned to stone? Use them as giant chess pieces? Does she break off an arm and go 'stop hitting yourself!' while smacking the helpless statue silly?
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DNecro Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2010  Professional Filmographer
look great. it look like you have drawn inspiration form Mystique for the terrible movie.but you always put a cool spin on it.
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Kuchinawa42 Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2010
Wow! Awesome work! I really like it! No flaws that I can see =D
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wetcorps Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Wow, simple and beautyful.
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TpH3 Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2010  Student Traditional Artist
That looks real cool~ Great job~
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Vlaskiyov Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2010
Wicked! Beautiful and deadly. The Roman didn't stand a chance.
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