I just really love the shapes in this one. Even her facial bone structure matches her breastplate! The designs on her armor aren’t drowned in small details, but they add to her air of command. We talked about shape size in our last livestream, and this is a great example of how to do it right; notice how the details on her chainmail sleeve don’t extend above her sword even though there’s room, because that would crowd the area. I also love the colors, as well as the subtle shading that gives the portrait depth. The recurring golden accents, as well as the breaking up of the large red shape that is her cloak (combined with the tabard) tie this together for me. It’s just one of those pieces that I can spend minutes looking at. I highly recommend looking through the artist’s Tumblr, they are great a creating a mood through their art.


h/t: @sayittothemasses