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Red Sonja - The Things I've Done by Forty-Fathoms Red Sonja - The Things I've Done by Forty-Fathoms
"All life comes from blood and death." - Red Sonja

 It's everyone's favorite metal clad, sword swinging, bloodied warrior, Red Sonja! I've been really wanting to do another Red Sonja piece. There's something about her that I really love. She's always so strong, determined and ruthless. In the times where she does show mercy and compassion, it's definitely noticed and makes you love her all that much more. The pencils were done by the lovely Harpokrates, an artist I've been a fan of sometime. I really, really wanted to try out my hand in his pencils because they are so unique and distinct. So I went through his gallery and picked out the first thing that really spoke to me, which was this one. I felt as if Sonja had been in a big battle and she was thinking of all the destruction and blood she shed. I imagined (from the angle Jay drew her from) as if from a semi-bird's view and the battle had taken place on the border of a now-frozen forest. This was a pleasure and both a challenge to paint realistically because I wanted to make sure the lighting was right and the shadows were correct. Anyways, feedback and comments are always welcome! :heart:

Utensil(s) Used: Corel Painter

© Painting by Forty-Fathoms
© Pencils by Harpokrates

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:iconalepadiolo:
alepadiolo Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2017
Great Artwork !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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:iconjs2080:
JS2080 Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2017
Ravishing!!
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:iconforty-fathoms:
Forty-Fathoms Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2017  Professional General Artist
Thank you! :thanks:
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:icontoht981:
toht981 Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2016  Student Traditional Artist
Whatever bloodshed she's wreaked, Sonja should feel quite warmed up in the snow.
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:iconforty-fathoms:
Forty-Fathoms Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2016  Professional General Artist
:nod:
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:iconarmadillo179:
armadillo179 Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2015
A very cool and sobering view of Red Sonja for a change. More beautiful than sexy this time.
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:iconyasumatsuoka:
YasuMatsuoka Featured By Owner May 18, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
Love the angle!
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:iconforty-fathoms:
Forty-Fathoms Featured By Owner May 18, 2015  Professional General Artist
Thank you! :)
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:iconkaze26:
kaze26 Featured By Owner May 12, 2015
Beautiful
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:iconforty-fathoms:
Forty-Fathoms Featured By Owner May 14, 2015  Professional General Artist
Thank you!
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:iconkaze26:
kaze26 Featured By Owner May 14, 2015
No problem
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:iconthepork-chopexpress:
ThePork-ChopExpress Featured By Owner May 11, 2015  Professional General Artist
I love this one! Killer work!!
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:iconforty-fathoms:
Forty-Fathoms Featured By Owner May 14, 2015  Professional General Artist
Thank you! Aha, I get it, 'Killer' work. ;)
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:iconballoonprincess:
BalloonPrincess Featured By Owner May 11, 2015  Hobbyist Filmographer
Wow!  I'm blown away by this piece of work!  Red Sonja is one of my favorite fantasy lady!  :)
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:iconforty-fathoms:
Forty-Fathoms Featured By Owner May 14, 2015  Professional General Artist
Thank you and she is mine too! Everyone is too busy looking at her gorgeousness and forgets to check their necks. ;)
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BalloonPrincess Featured By Owner May 14, 2015  Hobbyist Filmographer
My pleasure,darling!  :)

My barbarian character for Pathfinder, the Mighty Caitlynn Wildfire, wears a version of the chain mail bikini for some of that reason ... the other is that it allows full Dexterity bonuses.  :)
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:icondarklara28:
DarkLara28 Featured By Owner May 8, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Yeaaah, more and more amazing ! Love your natural colours, nice job !! Congrats ;)
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:iconforty-fathoms:
Forty-Fathoms Featured By Owner May 9, 2015  Professional General Artist
Thank you! :D
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:iconartisticadventures:
ArtisticAdventures Featured By Owner May 7, 2015  Professional General Artist
Beautiful colors and lighting, your gallery is becoming one filled with masterpieces, and this one happily joins them! Great work, Bestie! :hug:
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:iconforty-fathoms:
Forty-Fathoms Featured By Owner May 9, 2015  Professional General Artist
Thank you, hun! There's so much pressure to make the current piece better than the last piece. :fear:
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:iconartbrojohn:
ArtbroJohn Featured By Owner May 6, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
Very nice work!
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:iconforty-fathoms:
Forty-Fathoms Featured By Owner May 9, 2015  Professional General Artist
Thank you! :thanks:
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:iconforty-fathoms:
Forty-Fathoms Featured By Owner May 9, 2015  Professional General Artist
I am so glad you like it! It was so much fun and enjoyable to pain and bring to life. I love your lines and I'd love to do another piece from you! :heart:
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herofan135 Featured By Owner May 6, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Another awesome one Sarah,you just keep on getting better and better!
I really think that you've found your own style in coloring, I can tell it was made by you! :wow: :thumbsup:
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:iconforty-fathoms:
Forty-Fathoms Featured By Owner May 9, 2015  Professional General Artist
Thank you ever so much, Matte! :cuddle:
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:iconherofan135:
herofan135 Featured By Owner May 10, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Always welcome Sarah, keep on rocking!
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:icongoeliath:
goeliath Featured By Owner May 6, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
wow! This is awesome!
Dat fantasy scale armor 11/10 100% protection
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:iconforty-fathoms:
Forty-Fathoms Featured By Owner May 9, 2015  Professional General Artist
Thank you! And it protects the important parts. ;)
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:iconwhite-rose-brian:
White-Rose-Brian Featured By Owner May 6, 2015   Digital Artist
Very nice.
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:iconforty-fathoms:
Forty-Fathoms Featured By Owner May 8, 2015  Professional General Artist
Thank you! :)
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:iconbrownelfmedia:
BrownElfMedia Featured By Owner May 5, 2015
wow... man...... I think you just upgraded my skill just from me looking at this. 
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:iconforty-fathoms:
Forty-Fathoms Featured By Owner May 5, 2015  Professional General Artist
Oh ow, thanks dude! :O
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:iconfelipe400:
Felipe400 Featured By Owner May 5, 2015  Hobbyist Artist
Love it!
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:iconforty-fathoms:
Forty-Fathoms Featured By Owner May 5, 2015  Professional General Artist
Thank you! :)
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:iconalientormentor:
AlienTormentor Featured By Owner May 5, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Wow! :dance:
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:iconforty-fathoms:
Forty-Fathoms Featured By Owner May 5, 2015  Professional General Artist
Thank you! :)
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:iconalientormentor:
AlienTormentor Featured By Owner May 5, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
:D
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:iconchannao:
Channao Featured By Owner May 5, 2015
Beautiful work!
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:iconforty-fathoms:
Forty-Fathoms Featured By Owner May 5, 2015  Professional General Artist
Thank you very much! :blushes:
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:iconlion-o-vs-he-man:
Lion-O-VS-He-Man Featured By Owner May 5, 2015
Lovely
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:iconforty-fathoms:
Forty-Fathoms Featured By Owner May 5, 2015  Professional General Artist
Thanks!
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:iconclu-art:
Clu-art Featured By Owner May 4, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
with the light source at the left upper Corner, there could be a bit more shadow
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:iconforty-fathoms:
Forty-Fathoms Featured By Owner Edited May 5, 2015  Professional General Artist
Well, it is day time, so emphasizing too much of shadows would make it look like a sunset or sunrise time frame, which is not what I was wanting to accomplish so I gave light shadows through a forest while the sun hung overhead the center focal point of the piece. ;)

 Oh, and the light source is directly behind her. :)
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paws4thot Featured By Owner May 5, 2015
Also Clu-art - I'd agree FF's thoughts on the light, particularly if there's any overcast, because you do get very diffuse light a lot of the time in snow due to its high albedo,
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Clu-art Featured By Owner May 5, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
ok, good to have some insight in the artists thoughts
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:iconsteelwolf15:
Steelwolf15 Featured By Owner May 4, 2015
Yup, that armor'll protect her from everything 
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:iconforty-fathoms:
Forty-Fathoms Featured By Owner May 4, 2015  Professional General Artist
All the important bits at least. ;)
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:iconturbo-umar:
turbo-umar Featured By Owner May 4, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
great painting!!
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:iconforty-fathoms:
Forty-Fathoms Featured By Owner May 5, 2015  Professional General Artist
Thank you! :)
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