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This image was created for a workshop that appears in ImagineFX 57. It's about creating a male fantasy figure with a focus on anatomy and skintone, and was loads of fun to work on :) ! There's an anatomical breakdown of the muscles of the torso, how I deal with skin, color, texture, and some thoughts on painting male figures in general.

This particular guy is based on the concepts of the Greek and Roman sun gods Apollo and Sol - you can read all about my trials and tribulations with him in the current issue :)

LOL - it has just been pointed out to me that the spine of the magazine has a funny snippet from the article :) - if you have the issue check it out!
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invictus by *ceruleanvii is rendered to perfection - the anatomy and skintones are just amazing. Stunning, uplifting work. ( Featured by alicexz )
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Leopold002 Featured By Owner 1 day ago  Hobbyist Writer
Lovely rendition of Apollo!
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:iconambartist:
ambartist Featured By Owner May 20, 2014  Student Digital Artist
outstanding work, love it.

Note: just wanted to set the light on the outshaped right leg, looks kinda weird.... overall gd.
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Kudarangan Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2014
Dei solis invictus !!!!!!
Thats "unconquerable sun god" in latin
Ur amazing !!!!
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Charikleia32 Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
OH Apollo your always a beauty Nosebleed 
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angnheadly Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2013
Just amazing, i love it  :))
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Marquis-Von-Glaive Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2013
Outstanding and beautiful!
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Water-Fan2090 Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
That has to be Apollo, any more Greek gods and goddesses?
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:iconcosoko:
cosoko Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2013
Gorgeous! I love the play of color and light!
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:iconcleylot:
Cleylot Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2013
Simply amazing! *_*
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JLBlacksmith Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2013
Nice work!
no wonder Roman emperors would pose as sol invidious, but strangely enough, just like the sun and arrows rise and fall in the sky so do empires.
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Slappystan Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2012
You drew him so perfectly and even added hairs on his legs!
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:iconbokunoorugoru:
BokuNoOrugoru Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2012
How like a god
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:iconkyuuketsukinoshouzo:
KyuuketsukiNoShouzo Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2012
Hn~:kiss: I Love it!
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:iconthorskegga:
Thorskegga Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Awesome, great work :)
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:iconkossaban:
kossaban Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2012
Holy anatomy!!!
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Angie-Pictures Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2012
Beautiful work! Congratulations on the DD! :)
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MoonLiteMagic45 Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2012  Student Artist
I KNEW he reminded me of Apollo (derp you said so in the description)! I just love Greek Mythology; Apollo is my one of my favorites along with Artemis! :D
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Rita-Ria Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Congratulations for your DD :D
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:iconmindtuber:
MindTuber Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Itīs very cool, I love posing and work with anatomy. Lights effects are great too, very nice artwork
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Ember-Eyes Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Oh lord. The anatomy on this guy. Sooooo perfect. I'm afraid if I stare too long, I will begin to drool.... ;P
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msilvestre Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2012  Professional General Artist
Beautiful, Congrats!
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GiantPurpleCat Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2012  Student Filmographer
Wow! The skin tones and anatomy in this picture is simply amazing! :D You did a really good job with this drawing! :thumbsup::D
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FluffyFloofles Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
The anatomy is amazing! Keep up the awesome work! :)
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Cold-Creature Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
!! I have this issues of ImagineFX! I really loved your tutorial- really taught me a lot!! <333
Fantastic work~ This piece totally blew me away! <3
And congrats on the DD!
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ceruleanvii Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
thanks very much, glad you liked the tutorial!
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TTLee Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2012
Phoebus Apollo...the best god created
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kaiverta Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
Rendered to perfection, exactly. The shading and the anatomy are astounding. <3
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RoyaLight Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2012  Student General Artist
Excelent pice of anatomy work, and use of light. Fav+
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crownvetchponylover9 Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2012
you did a wonderful job of portraying this character
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Kaya-Avatar Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2012
Can you say "Yum?"
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:iconmarcusrafaelft:
Marcusrafaelft Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2012  Student General Artist
Amazing job! =D
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:iconsayuri-mizu:
Sayuri-Mizu Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
I have no words for this masterpiece. It is amazing!
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domassi Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2012
That anatomy...:drool:
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SKTAF Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
i'd say his head is a tad small for his body but the depth in the muscles and form is spectacular especially with the backlight :) the colors, lighting, and clothing are great :aww:
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rererecord Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2012
please check this out [link]
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Neo-Br Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Congrats for the DD!
I saw the tutorial at the magazine! good work!
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blacklabel1234567 Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2012
please look at this drawing [link]
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Gryffgirl Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2012
I really like the classical look of this one. Your colors--especially the skin tones--and anatomy are wondrous! Congratulations on your DD! :clap:
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inuyasha1111 Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
AMAZING:blush:!
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irinabirt Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2012  Student Digital Artist
please look at my drawing and tell me what you think about it :)[link]
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Thesleepywolf Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2012
Must be cold up there, I mean look at the size of his nipples :D I love Apollo, I just wanna take him home and keep him in my wardrobe..... :cough: Anyway, I love his ponytail and bow, very pretty. Congrats on the DD. :clap:
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Greenglassnotes Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2012  Student General Artist
I feel so much better about being a Sagitarrius now.
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WorgenAlliance Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
So yummy! Great work. ^.^
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:iconjohnnis:
JOHNNIS Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2012
VERY GOOD WORK
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Kin-slayer-gorth Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2012  Hobbyist Interface Designer
pokes his nipples
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barefootliam Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2012
Well-deserved dd, congratulations. Plus it's always nice to see beautiful men get recognition, not only the beautiful women :D

Love the use of light here, and the moment in time you chose to illustrate.

Liam
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SpaceRacer55 Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Very cool! It looks like a renaissance painting!
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:iconrebeccannoying:
Rebeccannoying Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
I knew it was only a matter of time before you got a DD ^^ Congratulations!
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OddUnit Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2012
Inspiring! Thank you for sharing =)
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