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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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somercet Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2014
That is a terrible pun!!
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:iconbaron-engel:
Baron-Engel Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
But it is so true! Wink/Razz 
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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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:iconbaron-engel:
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 Traditional 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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:iconbaron-engel:
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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ThatCowboyBloke Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2013
Loving your work and nice title! I thought it was very clever. :]
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Belvarius Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2013
The water effects look pretty good and I like the dripping wet look Rosemary's got here! 
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:iconbaron-engel:
Baron-Engel Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
That was one of the challenges of this piece.
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A3Kitsune Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2013
Nice.                                                                                                                                                                                                                             Walking soldier 
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madbadger42 Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2013  Student Artisan Crafter
This is an excellent piece of artwork !
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:iconbenracer:
benracer Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2013
Just as the Marines did with their M16s in the swamps and ricepaddies of Vietnam.
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:iconbaron-engel:
Baron-Engel Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
and Marines in the island hopping campaigns of WWII. It does seem to an instinct of soldiers since the days of Rome. Keep you gear dry.
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mouseanderson Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Oh my god, I have that anthology.
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EarlMcClaw Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2013
Careful there, that water looks deep and fast enough that a slip will mean a bit of a ride downstream!
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:iconbaron-engel:
Baron-Engel Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Well I wanted to give the impression that she had slipped already but instinctively had held the Martini above her head when she got soaked.
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Awesome!
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Uchihaninja Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2013
Even mussed up, she looks so damn good.
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:iconbaron-engel:
Baron-Engel Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Yeah she's the kind who wakes up with smexy frumpled look instead of looking like a birds nest.
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Uchihaninja Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2013

And you are the lucky guy who gets to see her like that.

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:iconbaron-engel:
Baron-Engel Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Yeah she's been showing up in my sleep since 1992. Still looks great though after all these years.
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quodfuero Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Some one is probably going to have to check her for leeches. 
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Baron-Engel Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Hmmm, just curious but do leeches live in areas with strong moving waters? I always associates leeches with still water. Note I am not an expert on leeches.
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EarlMcClaw Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2013
From a quick look, fresh water leeches apparently prefer slower waters (lakes, marshes, and slow-moving streams). <url=www.fcps.edu/islandcreekes/eco…LINK</url>
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:iconbaron-engel:
Baron-Engel Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Yeah I'm uncertain whether this river might be too fast flowing for their tastes.
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EarlMcClaw Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2013
Looking at the image, I'd say no leeches.
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:iconbaron-engel:
Baron-Engel Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
No but I imagine there are lots of things that would like to cling to her.
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EarlMcClaw Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2013
Such as various viewers here?
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Potzi-Hookman Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
I came for the title, stayed for the great work and story.
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:iconbaron-engel:
Baron-Engel Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Glad you're enjoying it. Take look around if you got any questions feel free to ask.
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Ognimod Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2013
Time paradox: when being soaked in water makes you hotter. :heart:
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:iconbaron-engel:
Baron-Engel Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Yeah she can often raise the temperature in a room just by walking into it.
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Gunflame345 Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2013
Simply amazing yet again! The way you draw the water effects on Rosemary's fur and hair is breathtaking, your back ground scenery is beautiful, the detail on the firearm is top notch, the current in the water is stunning...everything is awesome!!!!

As always, Rosemary captures my heart (if it's love or lust I can't tell lol) and you pull off another spectacular piece of art!
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:iconbaron-engel:
Baron-Engel Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Well you seem to be quite impressed with my work! Glad you like it.
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Gunflame345 Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2013
I haven't seen anything you've done that doesn't impress me!
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LupineAssassin Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2013  Professional Artist
This is fabulous work! :)
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:iconbaron-engel:
Baron-Engel Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Glad you like.
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VDK633 Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2013   Writer

Somehow the DuckTales theme comes to mind when I see this.

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