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Sword Fighter by Self-Epidemic Sword Fighter by Self-Epidemic
I'm not so imaginative with names, but well, probably my last image of 2012!

Took me quite a while, there was an interesting learning curve with this one, but I'm happy with it. There are a few minor flaws but in all honesty, I think it turned out well!

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First off, it is quite a lovely piece. I really like how there is a movement and purpose to it. She's not just statically standing around but you can tell that she is almost creeping up on something, trying to stay quite. The colors are very nice and the tree shape makes me want to burst into tears (never very good at drawing trees so I'm jealous!). There are a few things though, that would make this even better.

Your use of color is great but on some sections of the piece looks like you didn't commit as much as others. The pants look perfect, just the right about of dark quality as there is lighter qualities. However, when you go up to the shirt, the dark quality is lost in a majority of the shirt (save for the sleeve on her left arm). I find that some works add "unnecessary" shadows sometimes just to highlight something (like having a very slight shadow on the string of her shirt to separate it from the rest of the white shirt). A very slight shadow can make things pop and give them dimension.

There also looks like there should be some more soft shadows around her breast area, very slight, and the neckline slightly more wobbly to show the curve from the chest and the arm. Other than those few things, the way the shirt falls is very appealing.

Her skin and body itself is very well done but there are a few things I noticed here as well. I think her eyelids could use a bit more work, giving them more shadow to a crease or something. Right now they look sort of flat on her otherwise nicely contoured face. Her neck is also looking a bit thick on the left side and might look slimmer if you showed a small section where the neck meets the shoulder. Just a thought. Her legs look slightly too think as they meet the ankle, more of a bony thickness that looks off and the leg further from us seems a little too lightly colored, the shading is wonderful so perhaps you could just darken that area all together. Her hand, though, is probably the worst part of this picture. It looks really jacket up in the last two fingers while the rest look very nice. Perhaps redoing those two slightly bent and showing more of the bent knuckles will ease the trouble of for-shorting at such an odd angle.

The only other thing I have to say was the ground covering was slightly disappointing, as well as her shadow on the ground and around the base of the tree. And if this wasn't a portfolio thing, I would suggest removing the simple one color grey background thing and making it transparent or at least a darker grey. Slap a few shadows and more grassy things and you should be good to go!

All-in-all the piece is great and Very beautiful. There isn't much wrong, I was just nitpicking mostly but someone of your skill, that's all there is to do when critiquing a piece like this! Hope this helps!
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betit-ngoan Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2014
What a beautiful landscape! You did good work with the composition and the lighter colors you used in the background denote distance well. I would say that the falling snow is a little distracting to my eye since they are all perfect round circles of similar size; perhaps more organic shapes with size variations to go along with distance would have looked nice!
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Self-Epidemic Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Yeah, wrong image again :p bless you!
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plazadelpirul Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
#excellent drawing, great work on coloration, i like the expression on the face and body of this girl, looks like she is ready to get a fight, the hair also has a very nice details and color, great work
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Self-Epidemic Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks!!
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crazy-tiger-xD Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2013
#I absolutely love this picture, specifically the sword. The detail you put in this is amazing. It really inspires me to start digital art (even though it wouldn't even be close to how good yours I'd xD)
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SpiderwebWisher Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
#It looks a little dull to me, but I absolutely love the position, but the facial expression looks a little stiff, unless it's supposed to look that way. The sword looks awesome by the way!
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deviantsaster Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
# my first thought/ question was: why is she barefoot? so WHY IS SHE BAREFOOT? I DON'T UNDERSTAND! it actually looks like it would be a good ornament to put on a shelf you know?
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jannetjesparks Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2013  Professional Photographer
I am in love with this!
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PatrickShand Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2013
I like this a lot.
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Self-Epidemic Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you!!! :)
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IrinW7 Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
This is fascinating. *O*
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Self-Epidemic Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Awh thank you, interestingly I was looking at the art as your dp as inspiration for it :)
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IrinW7 Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Well then! ^^ you did amazingly well! By the way I was wondering if you could help me in one thing because I'm actually stuck O_O I wrote some fan-fiction and I want to draw couple of illustrations for it and I was wondering-how do you draw such erm drawings? XD This one for example O_O
Thanks in advance! :3 :)
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Self-Epidemic Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
If you pay me, yes :p I can't do a weeks work for free, though.
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IrinW7 Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
omg.lol.I didn't mean you to draw for me! I'm not that impudent xD
I just don't know ANY drawing program plus hopelessly not talented in any kind of drawing.Maybe you could recommend me anything?
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Self-Epidemic Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Oh, well I would say start from basics, life drawing and these books:
[link] [link] [link]
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IrinW7 Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks!That should be helpful.
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phoenixleo Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2013
The skin tone...:faint:
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Self-Epidemic Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Awh thank you :)
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phoenixleo Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2013
Welcome! :la:
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Art-Eater Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2013  Student Digital Artist
I just thought of this: This would make a really cool figurine. With the tree/grass as the stand for the girl!
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Self-Epidemic Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Yeah :) the idea was to give it a nice base but not go ott on the environment, because she is the main focus.
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dansch Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
you are featured in my journal [link]
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Self-Epidemic Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you <3
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dansch Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
welcome :hug:
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CrimsonMagpie Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
You've definitely done a great job on the skin tones here, although I notice you've gotten rid of the boots entirely! =p
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Self-Epidemic Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Haha yes, I got stuck trying to house them properly, they didn't really fit on the plane very well, so it made no sense!
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CrimsonMagpie Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Aha, fair enough, and you got to practice toes! :dummy:
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Self-Epidemic Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Toes! They were fucking hard work :p
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xKESSx Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
oooo wonderful ^.^ :thumbsup:
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Self-Epidemic Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you :)
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Parady Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2012
Is good :la:
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Self-Epidemic Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks :D
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PoisonAgency Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2012  Hobbyist
Wow, I really like this piece :) Especially the emotions in her face. Maybe the neck should be a little thinner, but it's only my opinion ;) I can't find any mistakes :)
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Self-Epidemic Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you!
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StormAndy Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2012
Excellent job with the hands there :)
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Self-Epidemic Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you!
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Deviant-Defaroe Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2012
this is actually really, really inspiring :la:
I love the draping on her shirt and how soft the folds and the shadows look. It really compliments the rawer(?) fleshier tones on her skin and her facial expression is just great! She really looks set to fight. It's really, really well done
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Self-Epidemic Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you so much :) I really appreciate the comment :tighthug:
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Deviant-Defaroe Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2012
you're welcome :huggle:
it really is awesomely done :la:
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TreeNinja66 Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2012  Student Digital Artist
Ah!This looks really great~
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Self-Epidemic Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you!!
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artistmyx Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2012  Professional General Artist
i love how painted this piece. i love everything about her. one thing, i agree with ponderhope, that tree could use a lil detail but with this.. it still is good coz the girl gets the focus! nice job!
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Self-Epidemic Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you so much :) I really appreciate the comment :tighthug:
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PonderHope Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2012  Student General Artist
Very nice use of shading. The lights and darks look great. The tree looks a bit flat however and I feel as though you could've possibly added more detail to it. Other than that, it's pretty good.
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Self-Epidemic Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you
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Beautiful-Doubt Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
so you decided against shoes huh? quite nice ^^
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Self-Epidemic Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Yeaah, shoes are a bum!
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XerafCZ Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Looks pretty nice. With the background you made, it kinda looks like one of them rpg board game figures or some small statue for special editions.
Anyway everything looks fine except for two things her right forearm seems to bend a bit weirdly and her torso seems a bit too thin comparably to the rest of the body.

Oh and btw didn't you plan on putting some boots on her? Haha, it looks fine without them, but i remember you asking about boots.
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Self-Epidemic Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Boots were difficult, they didn't house properly, so I just didn't :)
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