Shop Mobile More Submit  Join Login


Submitted on
December 27, 2012
Image Size
5.2 MB


172 (who?)
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!


Thank you ~
Add a Comment:
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!
What do you think?
The Artist thought this was FAIR
5 out of 5 deviants thought this was fair.

The Artist has requested Critique on this Artwork

Please sign up or login to post a critique.

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!
Self-Epidemic Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Yeah, wrong image again :p bless you!
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
Self-Epidemic Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
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)
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!
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?
jannetjesparks Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2013  Professional Photographer
I am in love with this!
PatrickShand Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2013
I like this a lot.
Self-Epidemic Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you!!! :)
Add a Comment: