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March 28, 2011
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Elizabeth Swann the Pirate by thesadpencil Elizabeth Swann the Pirate by thesadpencil
WOWZERS! I finally finished this piece. I had posted this on here about 2 years ago, but it was only about 3/4 of the way completed. so I took it town because it always bugged me having a completely unfinished piece in my gallery.

Now heres the story on this painting as it is to date the most detailed and realistic piece I've done (even though I used a ref. pic for the image, the amount of detail I put into it has even boggled my own mind), and I probably dedicated the most amount of time to it overall. It started of about 2.5 years ago, maybe 3 now. Worked on it on and off for a short time and got about half of it done around that time, upon which I put it to the side and moved onto other work. fast forward a year, and with it constantly taunting me from the depths of my mind that it wasn't finished I decided to bring it out again and continue work on it. Continued working on it for a little while longer amongst other work and managed to get it to nearly 3/4 of the way completed. then once again I brushed it off and put it the side in favor of other work. Now it just sat stagnant on my hard drive for another year almost. Until just recently when I said I only have a little bit left to finish on it I might as well just finish it off. So I buckled down and finished it. Just put the finishing touches on it tonight.

Overall I'm very happy to finally have this piece done because now I don't ever have to worry about looking through my .psd docs and seeing this in there and getting irritated at myself for not having it completed yet.

I think the overall finished piece came out quite well, and I hope you all enjoy it.

Ref pic was a low res screencap from the movie Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End.

Photoshop cs2 to start then cs3 to finish. Wacom tablet.

Worked on it on and off for about 3 years, but in total only dedicated around 80-100 hours on it, in total time actually working on the painting. because It was worked on to start for a few hours a day for a couple weeks, then put off for like a year and again worked on for a few hours a day for a week or 2. then finally put the final bit of time into it over the past 2 days.

If you want to see a step by step process of how I did this you can right here [link]

Full Res. File is absolutely enormous...Giant poster size, 7200x10820 pixels at 600 dpi.

Elizabeth Swann is property of Disney.

If you download and view you will get best possible view for all the little details.

comments are always more than welcome.

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wow! Thins is great! before I zoomed in I thought it was a photo! Great work.
thesadpencil Dec 2, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
thanks so much.
Umbravita Nov 14, 2012  Student Digital Artist
I thought this was a photo. :O This is fantastic.
thesadpencil Nov 17, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
thank you very much :D
Hello! Your work is featured here. I hope you don't mind? :)
thesadpencil Jun 17, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
thanks, I don't mind, I appreciate you letting me know it's featured there though. cheers
DoYouHaveYourTowel42 Dec 4, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
this is a painting? It's amazing 8O
thesadpencil Dec 4, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
thank you
Beanie33 Aug 21, 2011
This is really good :) the detail is absolutely amazing :D
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