Hello there! I'm currently working on a literary piece for entertainment purposes and would love to see my characters come to life with the help of a talented artist. I'm in school right now studying to get my BA in English/Literature as I have a burning passion for the written word. My little story is very important to me, as it serves as both practice and inspiration for what I hope to achieve in the future.
For this project, I'm looking for a full body portrait of a father (Ryu) standing up while holding the hilt of a flaming sword impaled into the ground with his left hand and his young, sleeping son in the crux of his right arm. The father is a warrior turned blacksmith and is of Japanese ethnicity. He has a tall and muscular build with many scars littering his arms and chest due to his involvement in many battles. He has dark brown eyes and long, wild black hair striped with brown highlights (think Super Saiyan 3 Goku). He sports a fine, chiseled jawline and a diamond-shaped face. His clothes are a little on the fantastical side with a hint of Japanese authenticity. It's somewhat difficult for me to describe, so instead I'll send a reference of the semblance of what I'm looking for.
The young son (Kai) is asleep with his head on his father's shoulder. He's around seven years old, so should have the body of a young boy (slightly chubby face, etc.). He has on a red, short-sleeved hoodie and black shorts and bare-footed. He has short, chocolate brown hair styled in an array of little spikes.
The scene has a very solemn and serious tone to it. The father (Ryu)should be looking straight ahead with a stern expression on his face. The pair are standing amongst flames (flames in the background and in the foreground as I would like some to trail from where the blade of the sword is pierced into the ground. I also would like for there to be a bit of wind blowing that way some embers can spark off the flames and the father's clothes can ruffle as well.
I'd prefer an artist adept in digital art. However, I'm not averse to traditional art as long as I like the style. I need an artist with an eye for detail in body structure, natural poses, and clothing. If this sounds like something you could be interested in, please send me some of your art and a quote.
I will attach some references for specific characteristics that I'm looking for.
Ryu's hair style (Goku Super Saiyan 3)
Ryu's attire, color scheme: red, black (Auron from Final Fantasy 10 sort of like this with flame designs along the bottom of his kimono)
General Pose (Final Fantasy 15 King Regis and young Price Noctis)
Ryu's Sword (Sword of Fire)