Published 2020-08-14Carol E. Leever
In keeping with my festival mask theme, the next character I tried to paint was Templar. Part of his 'look' is of course his yellow eyes, but with the mask on, you can't see his eyes, so I needed something else that just said 'Templar'. Which made me think about his flashy rings and earrings.
Obviously, you can only see one hand and one ear in this painting, but I think you can get the general idea fairly well. One of the funny things is, I actually always paint people without their hair first. I typically leave the hair for last since I find that one of the hardest things to paint. So I put quite a lot of work into Templar's ear. He actually has this elaborate cuff that covers the entire top portion of the ear, but you can't see most of it because his hair covers it up. I guess that's one of the drawbacks of doing the hair last -- I wasted a lot of time detailing things you can't see.
Another thing I find difficult is the overall design. I'm not a 'fashionable' person -- I don't really care about fancy clothing or accessories. But when creating a painting like this out of my head, I have to come up with the design of the clothing and jewelry -- which isn't easy for me. I'm always second-guessing myself. On one hand I like things to look 'cool' so to speak -- but it drives me crazy if they're not also practical. I can't just add a belt unless I know how it fastens and what it's being used for. The little ring that Templar wears on the tip of his middle finger was my nod to the absurd. I don't think Templar would actually wear something like that every day -- it would fall off too easily or get in the way of things. Most likely it is something he put on momentarily to use as an aid for some spell he was casting.
He almost always wears armor as well -- and I didn't really draw any here. But I figured maybe he has it on under his coat and you just can't see it.