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Jackal warrior with crossbow

anthro jackal furry warrior armed crossbow magic bolts aimin weapon looking at viewer

I’m trying to build up my portfolio and apply techniques I learned in the past 4-5 months into my newer paintings. This painting has a lot of firsts. It’s is the first attempt that I have made to take one of my black and white paintings and make it into a color painting using adjustment layers for segments and then painting over it. The first time I attempted to render fur without using a smudge tool, instead i drew every single hair. The first time I drew a person holding a firing weapon let alone a crossbow. I spend a lot of time researching the pose and the crossbow weapon. I was so ignorant about the crossbow that it didn’t realized it used bolts instead of arrows. I also wanted to attempt a secondary lighting source. which was the blue flame on the bolt. I spent about 11 hours total on the painting and 3 of that was sketching and researching how to make the jackal hold on to the crossbow. I am happy with it but something nags a me that there is something I could add to it to make it even better. Let me know what you think.


15 thoughts on “Jackal warrior with crossbow”

  1. This image is so mesmerizing! I keep coming back to it over and over again in my reader. Keep up the good, albeit time consuming, work!

  2. The strings for a crossbow are characteristically finished of brawny fibers that would not be inclined to fray. Jackal warrior with crossbow is amazing and too much interesting for everyone.

    1. Thank you. I’m glad you liked it. Thank you for letting me know about the string on the crossbow. I didn’t intentionally try to make the string look frayed, I guess I was a bit too sloppy. Good to know if I ever draw a crossbow again. thanks.

  3. I hope you don’t do anything to it! I’m usually more a fan of taking away than adding, but I wouldn’t take anything away from this. I really like the cross-talk between the hot point of light at the tip of the bow and the equally hot tips of arrows in the quiver — and all those strong geometric lines of arms and torso in between… (I’m not an artist, no claim to analysis. It’s just how I see it)

    1. Thank you. I agree. I do like it how it is, so I won’t modify the string. If I draw another crossbow in the future, I will make sure to draw a cleaner string line.

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