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I may be wet but my Martini is still dry. by Baron-Engel I may be wet but my Martini is still dry. by Baron-Engel
Feeling better today but still a bit under the weather. Have more Rosemary. This was originally a commission I did years ago that also ended up being a cover for an issue of Radio Comix anthology comic Furrlough.

There were several things about this piece I was proud about. One felt I did a good job of shallow moving water in the picture and color changes between objects above and below the surface. I also had some success creating the effect of water dripping off her and the water flowing around the rocks and her legs. It is not raging white waters but neither is it a still lake.

This was one of first pictures where I really tried to research the background before beginning. The setting is Africa so I studied lots of photos and several sketches before proceeding with the piece. I think it helped.

Finally I was proud of Rosemary's gear and outfit. Yeah it is pulp adventure pinup, but tried to keep many of the smaller items on her as accurate to late 19th century British as possible. Things like the canteen are based on late 19th century British Army designs. Also she looks like she's wearing wet clothes.

 If there is one thing I wish I had done better job on it would be the Martini-Henry rifle. I'm very happy with the coloring of it, but after I finished it I realized that it was too long. I had meant for her to be carrying a carbine, and instead I got something that was too long for a carbine and too short for a rifle. Ah who knows, maybe in this universe the British manufactured a short rifle for use by engineers and artillery crews.

The piece is my usually colored pencil, marker, technical pen, gouache on vellum finish Bristol Board. Image size is about 12"x 16". 
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Anubislaughed Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2014
There is just not enough art featuring sexy girls with Martini-Henrys! Glad to see you're doing something about the situation!
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AgentB-7 Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2013  Student Writer
Goddamnit, that's EXTREMELY romantic.
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Baron-Engel Featured By Owner Dec 25, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Glad you like it.
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Konstantin-Kholchev Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
Hey, I remember seeing cover of comic when I was 14. Well, it was picture with size about 240x320, and I still recognized it.
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K4nK4n Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2013
Careful with the leaches...
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ColonelYeo Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I have to agree with you about the water. The way you got the colors to change and the slight haze to the edges of Rosemary's legs and tail is just mind blowing. :wow:
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Baron-Engel Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
It took some thinking since I of course had no model to work from and only some general photo reference as background sources. For the most part I had to construct the whole scene in my head as I was going along.
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ColonelYeo Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Then I have to hand it to you again. By what I can see, your hands are really in tune with your minds eye. I wish I could do the same.
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CarlosPCastro Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2013  Student General Artist
Was I a 19th century British young guy, I'd so have signed up for the Army after seeing this poster xD
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Baron-Engel Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Yeah she's more appealing than Kitchener in that outfit.
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