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Khibil of Romenna by Qitian Khibil of Romenna by Qitian
Aaand the pic I worked on at the watercolor workshop whenever "Baby Steps" had to dry or when I needed to take a break from all the reds. ;)

A kinda sorta portrait of my latest LARP character, a Númenorean botanist. Because not all mariners' wives stayed at home and pined and griped, I'm sure; some might as well have come along and done their own Venturing. Khibil does, anyway.
(The "of" doesn't denote nobility in this case; I'm just assuming that Khibil (which is Adûnaic for "spring" the season) is a pretty common name, so in order to be non-confusable with (say) Khibil the taylor and Khibil of Armenelos/Arminalêth, this is Khibil of Rómenna. Savvy? :D)

Strictly speaking, it's not actually "my" LARP character but rather some random woman wearing my LARP character's clothing, because I still can't do likenesses. Oh well!
Absurdly, I'm particularly proud of the hat. In the olden days (TM), I would've expended insane amounts of time on trying to copy the texture of the hat (which is woven from straw -- actually, it used to be a lampshade from the Asia store, but I saw it and immediately knew I had to turn that into a hat! Actually, I'm absurdly proud of that hat, anyway), and it still wouldn't have looked convincing. Instead, I just applied a few dabs of colour here and a few dabs there and... it actually works, if you look from a bit of a distance (as you normally do). MAGIC.
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hhimring Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2012
Which reign? Is she a contemporary of Aldarion and Erendis or is she from a later time?
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Qitian Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Oh, rather later - Tar-Ciryatan or Tar-Atanamir.

I suspect she's going to install herself somewhere else than Númenor for good, though. Being a LARP character, she encountered people from all sorts of worlds and times at the Drachenfest. Including some nice folks from Gondor. They... sort of spoiled the ending for her? ("So where are you from?" - "Rómenna!" - "Rómenna... on... Númenor?" - "Exactly!" - *embarassed silence* - "Why? Is something wrong with Númenor?" - "'Is' isn't quite the verb tense I'd be using...")
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haius Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2012  Hobbyist
I love her. Because she is a botanist and pretty and has a pretty plant and a cool outfit too.
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Qitian Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
In its real incarnation, the outfit is just the tiniest bit impractical (too tight around the shoulders >_>). Oh well, can't have everything...
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teylen Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I like your MAGIC. :-) You found the right spots for some simple brushstrokes that let things appear far more complex than they really are. It not only works perfectly for the hat, but for her clothes as well.
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Qitian Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I managed it before with clothing, so that's not what's making me proud... but the hat still makes me happy whenever I see it. Now I just hope that I'll be able to reproduce the MAGIC. I have my doubts. That probably just turned out right because of the Workshop Bonus! :P
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ansuz Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2012
She seems like a very real person, and someone who would be interesting to know. She looks like a practical lady who loves her work. I like how the outfit is simple but detailed at the same time, and I like the gracefully-poised-but-casual feel of the piece, as if this could be a formal, posed portrait or we could just be catching her in the middle of her gardening. Nice work.
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Qitian Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you! That's more or less what she's supposed to be, though I'm amazed it actually carried across into the picture. ^^
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SeekHim Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2012
So many people are only interested in famous kings/queens and warriors.
Its nice to see pics of ordinary folks as well

GOD bless
John 3:16
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Qitian Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
In real-world history, I'm actually way more interested in the lives of ordinary folks. I think history class in school would've been a lot more fun if it hadn't just been about kings and dates and battles, but about the way people went about their everyday lives. It may not be spectacular or exciting, but it's simply more... human!
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