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Leopold by Ysa Leopold by Ysa
Leopold. A character from my books.
Leopold was born in France, july 14 1795.
His parents moved to Amsterdam when he was only 8 years old so he never saw much of France in it's turbulent Napoleonic times.
Being a wealthy aristocratic family they bought a beautifull house in Amsterdam (near where they build the Rijksmuseum about 77 years later)
Leopold's parents died relativily young, when Leopold was 22. (They were murdered for ploitical reasons that I will not go into now)
So he inhereted this beautifull house. He was quite the clever boy, he loved to read and he started collecting books when he was about ten years old, and collecting books wasn't all that easy back then. He never stopped and when he became an adult he knew he was to dedicate his life to collecting knowledge and literature. He studied History and Ancient Languages on the Athaneum Illustre and he remained connected to this predessessor of the University of Amsterdam. It is here that his life becomes intertwined with that of Alexander.
Alexander also worked on the Athaneum teaching the art of rethorica. He was very interested in Leopold's library and the soon become very close friends. Leopold made an impression on Alexander, something he wasn't used to, he being immortal many people looked quite the same in his eyes but Leopold was different, his ideas were fresh and not of this time, he was not impressed with Alexander's authority. Whenever Alexander entered a room people looked up and feel his presence like he has an aura that commands you to be impressed. Leopold just saw Alexander as a normal person and being treated like a normal person was something Alexander somehow needed.
There was a Platonic love between them and they even lived together in the same house for some time, but nothing can last. After a while strange things happened in the city and they had to work hard to retain their friendship and their library.

art, character and story Ysa


Step by Step how did I make this?
1. First drew this character with pencils on a very normal A4 paper.
2. Scanned the drawing.(300 dpi: pic is: 2463x1925 pixels
3. Opened Photoshop.
4. Created a new layer for the lineart.
5. Drew over the pencil lines in this new layer by using a Wacom tablet.
6. After that I merged the layer with the background.
7. I ctrl-clicked the RGB layer in the tab 'channels'
8. I added a new layer
9. I added a masked on the new layer using the mask-button (in the button line below the layers)
10. CLicked ctrl-i to invert the layer
11. Then filles the empty mask layer with black using the fill tool.
12. Then I did something I don't normally do: added the background first. For inspiration on that I looked at the paintings of Albert Cuyp.As tool for colouring the background I used the 'chalck' brush (you can find it easily in the brush list) with opacity on 50%
13. I erased all the pieces of the background covering the image.
14. I started colouring with the hard round brush opacity 100%. I started on the cape first. I coloured very neatly between the lines.
15. I selected the layer by ctrl-clicking on it in the layer list.
16. Created a new layer
17. Added light effects (yellow) with the hard round brush (opacity 50%)
18. added some blue in yet another new layer, same brush
19. Used the chalck brush opacity 80% to make the purple shadow
20. used the same brush to make the darker purple shadow all in new layers!
21. Repeated the process on the rest of the drawing.
22. Selected the hard round brush to colour the lineart. Select the empty layer on your masked layer (step 6-11) Now you can just colour the lineart with ease, you will see that you don't have to be precise, only the lines will be coloured.
23. Finished the drawing.
24. Opened IrfanViewer and made the pic smaller (1000x782 pixels) And saved is as a PNG file.
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animegirlfever Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2010  Student Traditional Artist
c'mon xD zeg je dat mijn werk mooi is dit is gewoon freaking insane zo mooi!!!!!!!!!!!
xxx
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:iconysa:
Ysa Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2010
aw, dankje! :)
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Kurolaine Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
What a handsome fellow! :heart:
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:iconpammey:
Pammey Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2010  Student Traditional Artist

Hij heeft echt een mooi gezicht :la:
En omg al die kleuren :love:
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:iconysa:
Ysa Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2010
dankje!! :D
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Taralen Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
AHH so handsome!
He is truly fabulous!
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:icontorsle:
Torsle Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2008  Student Digital Artist
Ohhh, I thought it was Howl...Nice drawing. :)
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Yzabel Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2008  Hobbyist Digital Artist
That one really struck my eye, probably of his very intense look and the color of his eyes, as well as by the flowing movement of his cape.

I loved reading the storyline behind your characters, by the way.
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Ysa Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2008
ow thanks a lot! :D it means a lot to me
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Yzabel Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2008  Hobbyist Digital Artist
You're welcome. :) (Besides, I like drawings that have a story behind them, I think it makes them twice more interesting to consider.)
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cottonwings Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2008  Professional Digital Artist
the colour hues of this is simply vintage! Makes the whole thing lively!
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:iconysa:
Ysa Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2008
:) thanks!
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DracheaRannak Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2008   Digital Artist
How skinny! Very cute character! Loved the chain :)
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:iconysa:
Ysa Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2008
yeah I like skinny girlish boys ^^; thanks :)
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:iconleto4rt:
Leto4rt Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2008   Digital Artist
Nice... I've got to write something else about our book too. Ah, by the way, I like it a lot LOL

K
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:iconysa:
Ysa Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2008
thanks ! Yes I would love to read more of your story too :)
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slimEGGMAN Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2008
it's so damn awesome!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! the shading on the cape is amazing!
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Ha-kusho Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2008
AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAW BISHOUNEN! X'D
He is so wonderful! colours are amazing! (I'll stay your fan all my life)
:heart:
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VladimirMarcolaci Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2008   Traditional Artist
Fantastic storyline with very interesting characters! Are you publishing this story as a book, and will it be available in America? I would certainly read it if given the opportunity.
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Ysa Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2008
Thanks! That's really great to hear!!! I am still working on it so I couldn't say anything about the book at the moment and especially not about going international. I only know the book has to be rather popular here for the publisher to want to try the international market, and I don't have a clue about the popularity of this story XD at first it is just important for me to work on this to express my feelings, fantasy and knowledge ^^ But comments like yours really motivate me so thanks a lot :D (btw I still have a pencil drawing of one of your chars lying here I shall send it to you as soon as I have the possibility. )
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VladimirMarcolaci Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2008   Traditional Artist
Wow! Thank you!! I can't wait to see it!
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piratesgirl2 Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2008
:heart:The Cape!!

ik wil je boeken lezen!!!:D
ben zelf ook met een verhaal bezig.. maar ben er alleen niet zo goed in:floating: k hou gewoon van schrijven!! en dan mijn fantasie loslaten:P
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Ysa Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2008
Dankje!!! :D
Owja ik schrijf ook gewoon voor de lol hoor en idd lekker alle fantasie en inspiratie erop loslaten, ik hoop het ooit te publiseren en ik registreer ook alles wat ik schrijf (kost maar 3 euro XD) mja dat is allemaal voor de toekomst, heb het zooo druk helaas maar goed. Ik wil wel eens wat van je lezen, staat je op je DA of in de beschrijvingen van je tekeningen?
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piratesgirl2 Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2008
Graag gedaan..:D

maar neej ik heb het gewoon op mijn laptop staan.. het is in het nederlands.. dus de engelsen/buitenlanders zullen er niet veel aan hebben..:S mijn engels is te slecht, whaha!:P maar ik kan het wel eens uploaden..:P en jouw verhalen?:D

maar dat registrere...hoe gaat dat?:O
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Ysa Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2008
Ow ja ik schrijf ook alles in het Nederlands en zet nooit iets op internet (te bang voor jatten ofzo) ben er best serieus mee bezig namelijk :) Registreren is super easy, je stuurt je verhaal naar het Belastingkantoor in Sloterdijk, daar lezen ze het en zetten (volges mij gaat het zo) de grote verhaallijn in een main computer, dan krijg je een soortvan certificaat van authenticiteit, kost je dan 3 euro maar als je dan ooit merkt dat iemand iets van je verhaal jat kan je voor de rechter aantonen dat het officieel van jou is, mocht het oooooit zover komen, maar ach voor 3 euro is het wel leuk en geeft je een soort veilig gevoel erover XD
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piratesgirl2 Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2008
ooh haha.. nou ik denk dat ze dubbel van het lachen ligge als ze mijn verhaal lezen, want et steld niet zoveel voor.. stuur het gewoon naar vriendinnen enzo, die vinden het leuk om te lezen:P

maar als je boek uitkomt, koop ik het! echt waar!:D gezien de verhalen bij je tekeningen lijkt het me superleuk^^
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Ysa Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2008
owja nja dat is een goed begin tog? haha vroeger vertelde ik de verhalen aan me vriendinne en toen waren ze nog egt heeeel silly, sloeg nerges op mja dat is juist goed denk ik XD nu zijn ze wel wat serieuzer geworden...

en dankje :D vet nice om te horen
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piratesgirl2 Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2008
hahah..:P

De verhalen die je vroeger schreef, waren toen de verhalen zegmaar ook anders dan nu?

als je van lezen houd, raad ik je het boek aan wat ik ook heb nagetekent: 'Spionne voor Napoleon' van Giova Selly.. het is geen literatuur, maar ik heb het boek wel een aantal keren gelezen:D het is wel een dik boek(voor mijn doen dan:P) dus je moet er wel tijd voor hebbe..:P

enne.. Graag gedaan!!:D
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Ysa Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2008
Ja ze waren wel wat anders maar de personages waren hetzelfde, en hebben eigenlijk nog wel veel van dezelfde persoonlijkheidstrekken als ze nu hebben. Van me serie verhalen zijn sommige silly en andere heel serieus. De afwisseling is goed denk ik altijd maar XD
oh en bedankt voor de boekentip! ik hou niet zo van literatuur (doe minor boekwetenschappen XD mja opzig hou je je daar ook niet bezig met literatuur) dus ik zal dit boek wel kunnen waarderen, de titel klinkt veelbelovend. Vertel eens iets over jou verhalen :D
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arwenv Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2008
love de ogen ;p
great work!!
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Ysa Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2008
dankje!
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arwenv Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2008
aub ;p
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EmperorNortonII Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
Very nicely done! :)
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:iconysa:
Ysa Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2008
thanks a lot :D
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melodythelittlepony Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2008
He shares my birthday, Bastille Day (though I was born just a few years later ;) ). :D This is absolutely wonderful and SO polished and professional! All your efforts paid off because this piece really looks sensational. :nod: The way you coloured Leopold's cloak harks back to the careful, meticulous techniques of Renaissance artists and Dutch masters, whose depictions of drapery are so superb. And those eyes! Such a lovely shade of blue. You seem to have an aptitude for colours and shading. :) The background reminds me of Cezanne. ^_^

And then there's the story! So intriguing! I think I'm falling in love with your characters, Leopold and Alexander especially. *_*

So I'm very pleased to share my birthday with Leopold. :giggle:
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Ysa Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2008
you share birthdays? that's awesome ! I shall keep it in mind ^^ Thank you for your kind words, too much of a compliment to be compared to the Dutch masters and Cezanne (I did look at Albert Cuyp's paintings when I made this and was inspired by the use of light. I first wanted to name this piece "Dutch Light" after a documentary about this special light in 17th century Dutch landscape painting) And thanks for liking my characters, that means a lot to me :D
I'm very happy now :D
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Valaria18 Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2008
thank you *hugs* your asome
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mangakasan Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2008  Hobbyist Digital Artist
wow heel mooi zo als altijd ;) cind die hanger leuk haha maar hij lijkt me wel een beetje vrouwelijk ;) lol
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:iconysa:
Ysa Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2008
dankje!
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theexcidium Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2008  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
nicely made...
Looking at how you did it...
It must have taken some time
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:iconysa:
Ysa Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2008
Thanks! well it seems like a lot of work but most steps are just minute things. The basic colouring takes up quite some time and the shading too but that's about it. And using hotkeys really helps
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talisje Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2008
oh it's so beautiful and colorful, he's pretty :giggle:
really seems a very interesting character and stuff
vind alleen dat hier en daar de aflijningen van de cellshade nogal scherp zijn ... mss ieeetsje blur ofzo, dunno :aww:
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Ysa Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2008
thanks! :D XD
en ja maybe wel een beetje scherp, Ill keep it in mind, dankje
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suburbanbeatnik Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
The colors and the composition are particularly beautiful. The colors look like you did them with watercolors, which is no mean feat when you're doing it with Photoshop. Good job!
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Ysa Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2008
Thanks! yes... all was done in photoshop, kcept the sketch but you can't see that anymore.
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Lukia-GravenHeart Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2008
Niiiice :D
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Musique-Art Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2008
Lovely! You did a particularly wonderful job on his cape. The color palette is awesome, and his clothing is so cool. Thank you for including detail about his character, it's so fun to read about him! :)
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Ysa Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2008
thank you!
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EmoPizza Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2008   Traditional Artist
It was interesting to read exactly how you went about making this.
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Lvdpoppe Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2008  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
awh he looks very cute :D
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