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18.02. Mal Reynolds - Firefly by harbek 18.02. Mal Reynolds - Firefly by harbek
The enigmatic captain of Serenity, and former Independent sergeant in the pivotal Battle of Serenity Valley, after which his ship is named. Wisecrack, somewhat of a mystery, and an efficient leader.

Again, spent most of the day on this, on and off. OpenCanvas again. Gorram, I'm being productive. His full first name is Malcolm, by the way, but it just wouldn't fit, and they usually call him Mal, sir, or captain, anyway.

I won't make any promises, but I'm trying to do a series of Firefly character portraits. We'll see how it goes. Any suggestion for who I should do next?
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live-love-forgive Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This is the best Mal Reynolds portrait I've seen! Well done!
LordHayabusa357 Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Hah it cool to see Nathan Fillion in this.
DaimyoShi Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Very nice likeness.
CTG22 Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
luv it ^^
xxcrashcourse Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Actually crying I miss this show so much
WilliamFDrake Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2012
We want Firefly back!
bootsandpatches Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
HOLY CRAPSIES this isn't a photo????
Mersellaneos Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2012  Student Digital Artist
wow this is Castle :)
TheKonArtiste Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2011
AMAZING. :D I love it. :D
Felix1234 Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2011
OMG! nydeli! :)
D-Didou-D Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2011
This is just amazing, I love it ! :clap:
Cuchilla Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2011
:O :O :O It looks just like him! Amazing!
Jourdy288 Featured By Owner May 21, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
moosewingz Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Seriously, your Firefly series is possibly my favourite thing this evening :meow: Love them all! :D
Skeleton-Horse Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Very good!
artRoysm10 Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
captures his expression very well. awesome drawing :)
iamgabyepifano Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2011
Oh how I love Mal <3 plus - your art is amazing!
DooMGuy117 Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
harbek Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2011  Professional Digital Artist

Mind you, it doesn't make any difference to me, since I live in Norway, but I'm hoping it might bring in new fans!
OhGodOfWriting Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2011
Perfect! I love me some Mal.
OMG!OMG!OMG!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!ANY OF THEM, ALL OF THEM,SOON!!!!!!!!!!!!!
abitheartist Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2010  Student Writer
Beautiful. It's so soft, yet it so Mal. I like the way you used the shadows. Good way to show your talent.
Caitin Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2010
Because we are so very, very pretty...
Reese-9193 Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
This is amazing, simply spectacular!! I do love me some Captain Tight-Pants XDD :heart: FAV!!!
Haninator Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2010
You've captured his indomitable sexiness! SHINY!
dinobatfan Featured By Owner May 18, 2010
Incredible portrait of Mal! :) Great, great work! :) I don't know how many other suggestions for the next one you have had, but it seems to me that Inara would be a great next choice. :) Maybe alternate guys and girls.
ShinigamiNecromancer Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2010
ok since this is the third one in a row that I've seen (and faved)
I just thought I would tell you what a wounderful job you have done on these!

Honestly I was blown away by the quality!
Really well done!
RobRulz Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2010
he so pretty [link]
Moonstar07 Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2009
WOW beautiful job :heart:
lzsays Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2009  Hobbyist Writer
Gotta fave'n'run, but I owe you a comment!
cha-ohs Featured By Owner May 22, 2009  Hobbyist Photographer
oh the attractiveness that is nathan fillion. that is a spot-on portrait.
Catiebelle Featured By Owner May 4, 2009
This is wonderful!
winza156 Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2009
oh this is brilliant. the series is so much better than the movie.
Deae-Ianuariae Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2009
SHINY! :love:
RGzer0 Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2009
This honestly looks like a photo. You have to look really close to realize it's not.

Now I am no fan of Malcolm, or Firefly. He and it just make me murderously angry. But when I noticed this I just had to let you know; this is SUPERBLY well done. I may hate the guy, but I love art.
harbek Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
...I'm curious, why exactly do you hate it/him?
RGzer0 Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2009
*WARNING* Candid Content *WARNING*

I saw the movie (which counts as canon) when it came out, and really liked it at first, and even got the DVD when it came out. But after seeing it several times, I gradually started to get turned off to the story. The whole Alliance thing makes me literally boiling mad, how they call the outer planets "savage independents." If they had just left them alone and let them go their way, there wouldn't have *been* a war, but they were too arrogant to even consider that. The people on the outer planets want to be their own society. They don't want to be told what to think so they have to die. Additionally, no one in any form of fiction has ever filled me with the rage that the Operative does. I would call him black hearted if I thought he had one. He is a murdering slime who slaughters women and children for no reason other than he was told do. He hasn’t a shred of humanity, and yet he believes he is doing the right thing and that it must be done. How can he possibly think it’s the right thing if he doesn’t even know why he’s doing it?
It was stuff like that which made me decide to give the DVD to McKays; why bother watching something that just makes me angry?
On top of all that, I never really connected with the characters which is the main reason why I don't like Firefly: the characters do not appeal to me in the least. So Mal rubbed me the wrong way, and the fact that he’s on the pedestal that he is in almost every corner of society REALLY bugged me. All I saw was a reckless, bitter, shameless, hate-filled enigma who talks through the side of his mouth with a fake-ass, stupid Western accent (sorry about that sentence. I really mean no offense or disrespect to fans; I would never try to impose my opinions on others). The Western shtick is another big turn-off for me. I just think it’s stupid and dreadfully forced. And try as I might, I simply didn’t care what happened to Mal’s crew. It’s extremely hard to connect with people with whom you can’t even relate, or think are annoying, or know nothing about.
Oh, and a little footnote. Most people may adore it, but I think the Serenity looks like a flying pile of junk and wonder why anyone in their right mind would ever - ever - want to fly in it. It looks like someone went to a twenty-year-old spaceship bone yard and pieced together parts from different ships which were out of date even when they were brought there and called it a boat. In short, I think it’s the ugliest hero ship in all of science fiction.

There, I think I’m done. And remember that this is what *I* think. If I offended you or anyone else reading this, you have my sincerest apologies.
harbek Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
Just to start of... It didn't offend me. It confused me.

Like, the whole Alliance forcing itself on the rim... that's the point. The Alliance aren't the good guys, you're not supposed to like them. They're an over-controlling and rather corrupted government, which is not a good government. So it's supposed to make you angry-- although if it makes you so angry you can't enjoy the rest, then yes, I get that.

I think also a lot of your hate comes from you (as far as I know) haven't seen the actual series that came before it. I don't like the movie anywhere near as much as I like the series. You get all their background, and you get to see more sides of everyone, and everything is a bit more nuanced, because you have more time for it. You get to see WHY Mal is bitter, and.. well. Yeah. Also. I also like the Western thing more in the series.

And yes. Serenity looks like a piece of shit, but it's beautiful to people because they know and love it, not because it's that visually gorgeous. :)

Maybe if you watched the series, you'd like them and it more. And maybe not. And also, not a good place to start trying to enjoy something if you hate it that much now. So, oh well. Everyone can't like everything.

Thank you for the compliment on the art, anyway. :D
RGzer0 Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2009
One of my sisters - a loyal, die-hard Firefly fan - constantly, and I mean constantly, sticks up for the Alliance, and rebuffs anyone who starts hating on them. She literally says that they're not bad, and that Malcolm and Zoe are merely prejudiced because their side lost. That basically quadrupled my hatred for the Alliance which was already extremely intense.

If I watched the series I might dislike it less, but the fact is, after Serenity, I'm just not interested enough to take the time when I could instead be watching Millennium, which is my favorite TV show of all time.

Btw, check this out [link] and tell me what you think of it.
harbek Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
Man. Is she a conservative? Sounds like it. The Alliance imposed their rules on everyone else, it doesn't appear that they have any choice in the matter. Nor do they get the perks of being Alliance cared for out on the rim, they just get the control. Mal and Zoe took that side for a REASON. Man.

But yeah. I know how you feel.

It's pretty good, although... Well, if you want constructive criticism? You could do more on the seethroughness of the woman's hair, at the bottom there, you see the original background. Also, it's a bit messy, and the light effect is a bit cheesy. The background should be toned down a little. It distracts from the characters. And finally, I suggest adding a low opacity one-coloured layer, set to multiply or screen, or darken/lighten (or a combination of these). Not too strong, but something to tie the colours in the picture together. That's what I think. Good, though. :)
LadyTara Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2009  Hobbyist Photographer
Wow, amazing work!
Spaceroses Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2008  Student Traditional Artist
Very nice...the paint job is amazing! Mal's one of my favorite characters from that show...and this is an amazing art for him. Great job!
stalien Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2008
This is Awesome!! :wow: Mal is my favorite character!! then Wash (because Wash is just totally awesome) great work!! :excited: Firefly Rocks! :w00t:
shelf Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2008
You have been featured here...[link]

Thanks for the great art!! :D
harbek Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2008  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you! :D

Oh look, other awesome Firefly fanart!
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MasterVash101 Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2008
Awesome! I love his eyes. well done! ;)
Oh wow. That's a fitting expression for good ol' Captain Tight Pants.
Steadholder Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2008
This is great if you can do Kaylee as awesome I'd think I would jawdrop... and favorite
DawnsRise Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2008
Yep...... I'm lost :heart::drool::heart:

Watched it from the beggining on tv. Yep, Fux fuxed it up all right. :angered:
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