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Nightblade on the Rooftop by Spacegryphon Nightblade on the Rooftop by Spacegryphon
This is Nightblade, my Elven Adept from the world of Shadowrun (more information: [link]).

I started this painting last year in August or so. At an early point (see [link]) I got demotivated and stopped working on it. In December I startet again, beginning completely from scratch. Somewhere in February I stucked and it layed down for several months, until I started again recently. Now I think it's in a stage that can be called "finished" although there may be some flaws I (or someone else) will recognize eventually. But instead of working on it permanently, I'd rather go to make new pictures! I hope you like it anyway.

Thanks to all the people who helped me with this, especially to:iconshattered-earth: for redlining the perspective and anatomy (twice!) and to :iconfurby0305: for helping me with the lights/shadows and for showing me the liquify tool in photoshop!
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I'll go over the good things first. I looked at your original and I'm glad you had people go over your perspective and anatomy because the piece benefited immensely from it. The lighting is interesting for the most part and you obviously put a lot of effort into this image. Your background looks like it was a highly intentional and necessary part of the illustration. By that I mean it doesn't look like it was an afterthought like it can be with some people. You've got a solid color scheme choice which is helping the image a lot.

The issues I have with this are 1. The composition I feel could still have been pushed. I'm not sure what I might have done but I feel there was a better way to solve this compositional problem. There's some cliches of fantasy here with the alluring mysterious woman with a sword on a rooftop but I'm not going to harp on that too much.

2. Texture. This is a difficulty with digital art that I'm sure you've seen yourself. It's hard to do it just enough but if you don't do it at all something visceral seems to be missing from the image. Everything here seems really smooth and similar because of lack of texture.

3. Atmosphere and distance. The background, while nice, I feel could stand to haze out at a distance. It seems a bit too close for what you were going for. The buildings in the far background could stand to fade into the background color just a bit more and it would push them back into the distance. The foreground has some issues with solidity (something I still struggle with myself). The vents for example, don't look completely solid and the ledge kind of bleeds in and out of solidity. However, I give you props for being willing to let some space fade completely into shadow. Illustrators like us tend to want to show everything and it's a hard thing to do to let something be hidden.

Overall, kudos for all the hard work you put into this. It paid off with a decent piece in the end and I hope this critique helps you more on whatever path you're pursuing with your art.
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roundtower Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
* ¡Fantástico trabajo! Lo hemos destacado dentro de la carpeta "Featured nº 4 o Destacados nº 4" en Special-Groups. (Es la carpeta donde se exhiben los mejores trabajos del grupo).


* Fantastic work! Featured in Special-Groups in folder Featured nº 4. (Best works of the group).

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Spacegryphon Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
¡Muchas gracias! :glomp:

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roundtower Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
¡Un verdadero placer! :icongingerforyouplz:
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haius Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2012  Hobbyist
This turned out so nice! Seriously, it really worked out well, and it definitely improved from the WIPs. :D
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Spacegryphon Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you so much! :huggle:
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JannaFairyArt Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
wow you can definitly paint goth girls better :p really like this work you did amazing job + very realistic especially her feet\skin:thumbsup:
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Spacegryphon Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
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Thank you very much! Thanks for the :+fav:, too! :bounce:
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JannaFairyArt Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
You are very welcome!
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Spacegryphon Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
And thanks for praising her feet! They were hard to pull off! :lol:
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JannaFairyArt Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
hope i didn't sound like foot fetishist lol you really did great job
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Spacegryphon Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
:pat:
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Spacegryphon Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Haha, no, I just mean that feet and hands are really hard to pull off... so I spend attention to these :XD:
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geralin Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2012  Hobbyist
Sieht wirklich toll aus!
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Spacegryphon Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Vielen Dank :meow:
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geralin Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2012  Hobbyist
Bitteschön :aww:
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Hai-Kulture Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Awesome Goth-some Gotham :)
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Spacegryphon Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thankies! :D
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tgirl001 Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2012
awesome
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Spacegryphon Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you :la:
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camir Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Cool dass du dich nochmal drangewagt hast. Ich hätte das Bild wohl ein wenig besser bewertet als die Kritik oben, aber der Kritiker spricht schon einige wichtige Sachen an, aber ich finde overall wirkt es echt gut. Die Nachtatmosphäre kommt gut rüber und ich find die Details eher schön als störend. Faltenwurf passt auch, genau wie Farbkombo. Außerdem ist die futuristische Stadt irgendwie hübsch mit den Mustern in dem Wolkenkratzern. Ich find es ist ein gutes Bild - mach dich nicht schlechter als du bist. :pat:
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Spacegryphon Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Danke sehr :hug:
Joa digitale Malerei ist ein hartes Brot. ^^;
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camir Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Stimmt schon. Deswegen pixle ich lieber. :D
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Spacegryphon Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
:bounce:
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camir Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
;)
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Draw2Death Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2012  Student General Artist
The painting of the female is just AWESOME!!!!! Great colors, moods & very attractive!
:headbang: Great character design too but, but no offense the background buildings REALLY SUCK!! They neither have the dynamicness or the quality compared to the female character Ninjablade. Despite the interesting shapes of the windows they don't compare to the character!

If you have some spare time plz check out & drop some advice on this- [link]
If not, it's ok! :)

Keep up the good work!
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Spacegryphon Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thx dude for the honest comment :thumbsup:
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RPGirl Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Really nice light work, imo! I think you've created a really magnetic atmosphere. I feel like I want to know more about her and the world she lives in. :)
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Spacegryphon Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you so much, Sara! :huggle:
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cut-box Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2012
Great one, I especially like the hands - such nice details! I like the composition too, altough I agree with the critique saying that the city in the background shouldn't look as sharp as the foreground. Also, the ashtray and the skull seem a little out of place...they don't really feel like they're integral with the painitng. Maybe if they were more purple-ish? They wouldn't stand out so much, and still be eye-catching.
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Spacegryphon Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you so much! You like the hands? Somebody told me the right hand (on the sword hilt) looks weird :O_o: It's always the thumbs... :| But thank you anyways!
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cut-box Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2012
Thumbs can really be tricky... altough this one looks just fine to me p:
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Spacegryphon Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
:highfive:
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7OutOf13 Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Das finde ich richtig großartig. Ich glaube dir sofort das da unglaublich viel Arbeit drin steckt.

Und es ist die richtige Entscheidung nicht an einem Bild weiter zu arbeiten wenn es einen frustriert. Darum ist es ja ein Hobby, und kein Zwang.

Mir gefallen die Details wie die Wurfsterne oder die Fenster in den Gebäuden im Hintergrund. Außerdem ist die Farbkomposition schön.
Die Hände sind auch wirklich beeindruckend. Tolles Werk! (Und Werk kann man ja schon sagen, wenn du so viel Energie und Zeit hinein gesteckt hast. ^^)
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Spacegryphon Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Vielen Danke :meow:
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Shattered-Earth Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2012   Digital Artist
Woowww :clap::clap:clap: You really made the jump for lighting and it paid off! I'm so glad you finally finished it it's amazing and I hope it really pushed you to try things. The background is stunning and it really gives that "night with a bright moon" look! I hope you are proud :D
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Spacegryphon Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you! :thanks: It became that good because you helped me! :worship: :iconshattered-earth: :D
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JericaWinters Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2012
Easily one of your best. Awesome job with the contrast, lighting and shadows. Paint strokes look smoother. Excellent depth in the background. Great attention to detail such as the little shurikan stars in the wall. Like I said, I don't know what you were so hard on yourself in the poll.
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Spacegryphon Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you for being kind. The picture was put down by an Elite-Group moderator.
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JericaWinters Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2012
Don't let it get to you. I left an elite group because they rejected so many of mine, including the Hiccup and Astrid image...
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Spacegryphon Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Then they're not really elite :stare:
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JericaWinters Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2012
They were elite. My work wasn't as good as the other artist's work.
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Furby0305 Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2012  Student Digital Artist
Sieht super aus :heart::D
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Spacegryphon Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Danke :heart:
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Chenria Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Wow, sie sieht wirklich cool aus :3 Ihr Outfit gefällt mir und die ganze Atmosphäre des Bildes ist toll :meow:
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Spacegryphon Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Danke sehr :)
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Andecaya Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Oh sehr geil :love:
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Spacegryphon Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Danke!
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Andecaya Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
^^ Ich will mich demnächst auch mal an Hintergrund-szenerien versuchen. Irgend ein Tutorial was du mir empfehlen kannst oder einige Tipps von dir?
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Spacegryphon Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Von mir Tipps? Besser nicht. Frag jemanden, der wirklich was drauf hat :D
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Andecaya Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
haha, mach dich doch schlechter, als du bist. Also wirklich. Ich mag deine Art zu zeichnen, und kann mir vorstellen, das irgendwann auch mal hinzubekommen. Also frag ich dich, und nicht Luis Royo oder so.
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