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Joan of Arc by KristinaGehrmann Joan of Arc by KristinaGehrmann
Kristina Gehrmann

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In summer 2001 (I was 12 years old), I was in France and visited Rouen. There, on a town square, I remember seeing a sign that marked the spot where Joan of Arc was burnt on May 30, 1431.

I think my classical-academic art training shows in the drawings of the two half-naked guys... Painting them was the most fun part! I painted them exactly the same way we used to paint the live model in class with oil on canvas; minus the real models.

Reference used: Plenty! This time I've collected them all here for your convenience: [link]
Also: bird brushes from =Falln-Stock
Time: about 30 hours?
Medium: Wacom tablet and Photoshop
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domarius Featured By Owner Edited Nov 1, 2014
Wow, it's not the perspective or composition as people in the "concept art" website said.  Those people struck me as overly "academic" and a bit detached from just making things look real.

The lighting isn't that bad - it's just not complete. The reason people think the figures float and the picture looks "flat" (like when people over-do HDR images) is because you've removed TOO MUCH shadow.  Look at reference photos (not paintings).  The worst offender is the man on the right - no dark area where his feet are connecting with the ground, no way - we wouldn't do this in game development for the exact same reason, they appear to float! We have to manually put in a dark soft blob below each object to "set it in the scene".  All 3 figures in the foreground, and the pigeons are suffering from this - it would be a very light shadow though, for overcast, but it should still be there.  The phenomena of light bouncing around and finding more exposed places and finding less recessed places, still applies, it's just that the light is more "blurry" than when in direct sunlight, and the light that does hit the large surfaces are not as strong, which lowers the contrast of the overall image and allows you to see more in the shadow than you would normally see in a photo.  And yes we must obey how photos behave because painted surfaces and computer screens will never emit as much light as in real life, they are two different worlds.

The recessed areas of the wood also definitely want shadow, this is another major contribution to the image looking "flat".

At the risk of stepping on your toes, I had a crack at adding the shadows it needed, since that's all it really needed.

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It's only a rough job, and definitely could use more time, but hopefully you get the idea.  The whole area between the foreground people and the wood stack is one giant recessed area!  It all needs an overall dose of shadow, in addition to darkening their own little crevices between the wood pieces on top of that.  That's what I've attempted to do.  I've also added shadow to the lower parts of the people on the left, since their bodies dive into more closed areas caused by themselves blocking more bounced light, and added the soft ground shadows on the 3 foreground characters and pidgeons, as well as adding a bit more shadow to the lower parts of their bodies.
I also lowered the brightness of the foreground cobblestones in general, it almost seemed like there was a patch of light coming through the clouds and attempting to light them up brighter than everything else.
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KristinaGehrmann Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you, it makes sense! It's an old picture and I hope that I can do better now. :)
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DBEEERS Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2014
What a marvelous work of art!
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Scarecrow113 Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
Goddammit France, this is why you're a laughing stock
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Bl00dstrike Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2013
an inaccurate depiction, she was burned wearing men's clothing.
They even gave her a choice they would not burn her but execute her by hanging if she chose to die in women's clothing. But she lived her life fighting in a man's raiment, so death in a man's raiment she will remain.
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Spriglief Featured By Owner May 18, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Not long after an English army was destroyed by hell stones from the sky! British moral collapsed and they lost the capacity to carry on the war. God recalled his massager to him as soon as her work was done.
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Espio42 Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2012
filthy burgundians!!Even if I AM Turkish,I admire her!
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Gryffgirl Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2012
Poor Joan! This is a gorgeous piece but the one detail that really struck me was the little boy in the foreground crouching down to feed the pigeon, seemingly oblivious to the tragedy. Powerful! :rose:
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LUVCORNBREAD Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2012  Student General Artist
i cry every time i read about Joan. she was a warrior,and a saint.
stupid men, why ;why did they burn her.
--i get emotional sorry

Luv the work keep it up
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Elitanna Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2012  Student Digital Artist
Those men are assholes.
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