Character Of The Week: Candruth- Alien Woman Portrait

It's funny, I always try to feature different people for CotW, just so I'm not repeating myself. However, I'm spectacularly bad at it, as I'm sure those of you who remember the original run will know. But it seems there is one person who I just can't stop featuring, as this will be their 3rd or 4th time getting CotW.

Ok, I will say straight off, this isn't as good as the last of Candruths works we featured on CotW, but that one was a masterpiece. But I have to feature it, simply for the same exact reason I always feature Candruths art, the flipping' attention to detail on the shading and highlighting. If I could just draw your attention to the wrinkles around the nose and the mouth. Look at that lighting, really properly look. You have the base purple skin colour, then you have a slightly lighter violet colour, then that cream colour for highlights. Add the black shadow shading and then you have another purple to accentuate the contrast in colour (though this could be a mixture of the lighter purple and the black, but it looks to me like another colour). Most people just have base colour, highlight colour, shade colour, done. But obviously not Candruth. And then you have those eyes. Not only are they superbly creepy, but they also seem to have at least 5 different colours in there for shading and highlighting (green, cream, pink, very light purple, white and a darker purple) added onto the base colours. Honestly, Candruth does more shading on her characters eyes than I do on my whole characters. And that's saying something. And just when I think I can stop going on about the shading, I see the neck. And the shadows on the hood, making it melt seamlessly into the background. God, so good.

Oh, and does anyone else think Star Wars when they see this picture, or is it just me?

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9 Responses to Character Of The Week: Candruth- Alien Woman Portrait

  1. TOOL says:

    Are those tiger stripes on her or just shading? She resemles an elder version of a Asari. Speaking of them it would be cool to see more alien head types in the machine. The only real outstanding gripe I have about this piece is the nose. Its not Candruth’s fault, I just think that the nose selection could be spruced up a little more as well. I love the detail and shading that was accomplished here. Doing a portrait can be harder in ways compared to creating a full character. It forces a user to work in a smaller area where mistakes most likely will be noticed more easily. It appears as if she is about to cry to me, her eyes look almost watery or cloudy. Good job!

  2. ams says:

    Great vision with your colors and construction of chosen items. Love it!


  3. Malfar says:

    Don’t know about the Star Wars, when I saw this pic the first thought was “Ronan the Accuser meets this alien from Mass Effect who always wears gas mask”. I like it.

  4. Candruth says:

    Still not used to seeing my works on the front page. Thanks for the criticism!

  5. Skoul says:

    It’s the line on the lip, like Jedi master Luminara unduli. Personally it looks like Avatar to me.

  6. Herr D says:

    I’m reminded of a woman who assured me she wasn’t as old as she looked–[gagging noise] –very realistic.

  7. Nug says:

    Yup… Definitely StarWars.

  8. Don't have on, I'm a guest says:

    Looks like Rook’s mother from Ben 10: Omniverse

  9. Zyp says:

    Amazing work! Reminds me of Tali’Zorah from Mass Effect. I especially like how the shading on their brow and forehead bring out the shape of their skull.