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Good evening, dear watchers and watcherettes...

After a bit of an absence around dA, I return to my weekly updates with yet another image soon to be printed a sold within my 'Goddesses and Monsters' portfolio.

This piece is very simple in its concept, but has proven to be one of my most daring, regarding lighting. It has always been difficult for me to work with light, its focus and its reflections upon objects.
However, as this works testifies, I have been improving my skills and now this fairy's chanelled light brings up some rather nasty visages within the cavern's dark walls.

The overall feel of this illustration also took me back to my starting as an artist; I used to draw lots of fairies, given their almost inevitable iconic relation to Fantasy. But I always put a twist of my own, and this is no exception. Fairies need to protect their kingdoms too, so I figured they must have soldiers treading dangerous places to prevent threats. Thus, the (skimpy, I know) armour.
The wings are referenced from an actual warm climate butterfly.

Let me know what you think, as usual and be on the lookout for more information regarding the portfolio!

Nic.-
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haruko-doe Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2010
Looks beautiful! Too bad she has only got armor on her one arm. LOL
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Thebuild Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2010
Awesome looking work, some very nice contrasts in the piece. I especially like the way you've done the transparent effect on the wings.
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ironhenry Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2010
So cool!
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jmqrz Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
as always great colors!
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Comrade-K-Rad Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2010  Hobbyist Artist
Nice work. I really like the colors in this one.
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CRAZYGRAFIX Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
this one really gave me a kick!!! love the details.....great job!!!
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Sliv-Pie Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2010
I like her body art!
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Rovien Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2010
Splendid work! Keep it up!
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Clayman8 Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2010
all i can see in the trees are evil Ash's face from Army of Darkness...funny ;)

Love the effect you gave the wings,with the back being simply gray instead of a watered down version of the base colur.the inks and arm-gauntlet work really well i think actually.Its simple enough yet there is a certain grace to the simplicity of it,which is hard to do sometimes.
Another small detail i really like is how you dont fill-in some lines,namely on her left thigh and heel sharing only the skin tone and not a full line
I've drawn a Valkyrie in a very similar pose a few days ago for my diploma work,how hard was it for you to get the pose right?I know something is wrong with mine,which is probably why i havent inked it yet,but i was just wondering if you had any simple tricks onto how to pose a character in a less-than-usual way?
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Aerion-the-Faithful Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you for all the compliments, mate! It's always great to read your supportive words.

As for your inquiry... I really don't know how to put into words what goes in my head when I'm coming up with a piece, especially regarding anatomy and composition. Being self-taught, I sort of did all the math 'outside the box' and I'm not very handy when it comes to explanations or thouhts on how to do something the way I do it.
What I have used over the years, however, is a model of what I called 'The Animated Series frame'; that is, I use the 'Animated Series' (Batman, Superman, anything designed by Bruce Timm) body types as geometrical reference for posing. They're very useful, mostly because they're big, blocky shapes and with anatomy, the simpler you work, the better. That way you can spot anything wrong right away.
After you have that 'skeleton', you can then add muscle or anything else as you like.

But having that basic reference is what works best for me not to make a bad mistake regarding a pose and anatomy. Simple shapes.

Nic.-
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