I have always loved the stories of Arthurian Legend and paintings of knights so I have been anxious to do an image like this for some time. At last, I felt I was able to tackle amour and all of its reflective qualities. It was a challenge to get it to look right and in the 20 some hours this image took me to paint, at least 15 were spent rendering the amour.
I used the median filter when I wanted to give my lines a painterly look, and the smart sharp filter when my rendering was too soft, I also used the chalk brush for the fabric. My primary tools were the hard round brush and airbrush hard round, and lots of erasing.
I found most of my inspiration came from illustrations by John Howe and the Pre-Raphaelite painters, the title from the song by Enya “Long, long journey”.
Inspiration images are:
Sir Galahad by George Frederic Watts
The Witch King by John Howe
The Legend of Sir Perceval By Frank Cadogan Cowper
La Belle Dame Sans Merci by Frank Cadogan Cowper
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