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Lord Captain Victarion Greyjoy

The Captain of the Iron Fleet, standing upon the Iron Victory, displaying his mysteriously burned, super-arm.

Upon rereading A Feast for Crows I was very keen to try my hand at Victarion. This was the first Song of Ice & Fire portrait done in my most commonly utilized style, since used in every piece to date.

I have a massively helpful book called Digital Art Master Techniques to thank for the noticeable increase in quality from the last piece. I truly had no idea when starting out and still have an astonishing amount to learn.

I lost track of exactly how long I spent on this, as there was a lot of experimenting with new techniques, but it was at least 40 hours, on and off over 2 weeks.

Completed on the 26th of April 2016

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Step 3: Background elements added along with appropriate lighting and various finishing touches.

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Step 2: Detailing, texturing and lighting done in Photoshop

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Step 1: Rough outlines and colouring done in Illustrator then exported as a PNG. This phase of the process may seem strange to other digital artists. I simply enjoy working with a vectorized image in the early phases of the project.