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You must whip it.

Whip it good.



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It's great cell shading. It's a clean, focused cell shading going on here. Make the background bring out even more out of the character too. Even if the background is a small blue circle, put a sparkle or a blur effect to the circle to enhance the character or characters on the canvas. You got the body proportions, technique, original style, and the impact down pack. I also suggest looking deeper into other professional artist and break down what makes there's different, practice it to the best of your abilities, have it several different ways, and you should turn it into something new.
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killacam1982 Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This is amazing. My favorite part is the whip. And not the skin this time. ... But all the skin is good though.
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:icondualmask:
Dualmask Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks! I had a lot of fun with this one.
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:iconkillacam1982:
killacam1982 Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I can tell.
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GaryPope Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Even better in color!
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cyberyanmar Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
replace iron man 2's whiplash with this one and we're talkin'
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:icondualmask:
Dualmask Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Definitely would have made the movie better for me!
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Rasheedzee Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Nice, Man!!
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:icondualmask:
Dualmask Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Thank ya! Glad you dig. :)
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wbd Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Are we not men?

We are DEVO.

Nice work on this pic. You've translated the linework into a nicely finished piece, with lots of character and feel. I like the background you've added- simple, but suits the picture overall. The colors are muted and don't get in the way of her motion.
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:icondualmask:
Dualmask Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
:lol: You know I honestly didn't know the origins of that line or the song until I decided to google what you said. I wasn't really much into music growing up.

Glad you like it! I keep thinking that since I have this device that's like a portable, miniature Cintiq, I need to be doing more with it than the same exact kind of art I always do. It's a golden opportunity to try new things, which is what spawned that rough background attempt. Even though it was really slap-dash, I think it fills out the image nicely enough.
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AMTRAK Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2013
Very nice.
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:icondualmask:
Dualmask Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks!
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AMTRAK Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2013
You're welcome.
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Lord-Retsudo Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Man, you just keep raising your game! Wonder if I'll ever catch you up now...not that I'm competing or anything LOL :D

Seriously, I've watched your evolution in style and rendering, the way others have been watching and commenting on mine. And it's been cool to see you not sitting back on laurels, but pushing further all the time. I reckon I hit a plateau for a couple of years that I was perfectly happy with and could be 100% consistent with, but seeing stuff like this still makes me want to go that extra yard or two now. Sometimes if it's just too easy and clean-cut it's not so much fun to do, although useful if short on time for a client piece or something.
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Dualmask Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
There was a time I was thinking there was a limit to how far one could go with cel shading. I believed that I had to learn to paint, to cut and grad, or some other kind of "better" coloring style, in order to become a better artist and have a chance at being some kind of pro. Then I started seeing artists that are full blown pros who don't paint or anything like that, who publish comics or get concept art jobs and all they do is cel shade or some equivalent. It hit me that you have to do what works best for you and your art, and even though I dabble in other approaches from time to time (everything gets boring if you do it often enough) I always come back and try to improve what I think makes my art look best. And even now I can think of things that I can, and will likely try to, do better with my cel shading in future pieces. More than one level of shadows and highlights; varying the softness of the edges depending on the material I color, choosing more colors, better applications of gradients...there are many ways to improve without losing sight of what you like to do.

I believe it's better to expand your comfort zone than to try to abruptly get out of it. :)
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Lord-Retsudo Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
I think I fell into the whole 'cel' thing mainly because it was fairly simple to pull off - I liked the results, and also it reminded me of the animations I used to love watching, like Heavy Metal and Ralph Bakshi's Fire & Ice, and some Japanese anime. I've never quite managed yet to do more than one level of shadow or highlighting yet - results tend to look like a really bad gradient, if that makes sense. But yeh, I agree about the whole starting to get into digital colouring thing - I'd see high-end paintings on here and think, 'How does that happen? What process is involved in producing that?' I just couldn't get it. I can get oil paints, even though I can't use them, but for a while digital colouring was a mystery. I also thought I would have to create everything from scratch on the computer, until I figured out how to convert scanned bitmap ink lines into vectors. That was a revelation for me, and then the whole cel thing just took off as the colour layers would become so much smoother and cleaner as a result. Following other artists working in a similar style was also great, meaning that I could realistically aim to emulate those works, rather than the epic paintings (which I still don't 'get' after all this time...)

I'm just about starting to find that my basic cel technique has limitations - what about multiple light sources and different coloured sources? I guess that's the next step in the adventure ;)
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Dualmask Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
I often find it helpful to open photos of real life models in various lighting conditions in Photoshop and run the Artistic-Poster Edges filter over them; it turns all the light and shadows into more solid bands of color. It's a great way to get an idea for how to approach the shapes of your cels.
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Lord-Retsudo Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Y'know, that's a pretty good idea. I'll definitely try that. Thanks for sharing ;)
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:icondualmask:
Dualmask Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Anytime. :) Knowledge is meant to be shared.
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:iconlord-retsudo:
Lord-Retsudo Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Still, appreciated!
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BaronKastigrOBeefdip Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Outstanding!!!!!!!!
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:icondualmask:
Dualmask Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Glad you like it!
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Whazizname Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2013   General Artist
Beautiful!
:thumbsup: :thumbsup:
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:icondualmask:
Dualmask Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks a lot!
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Joybuzzer Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2013
Original character or someone's Scarlet Blade character? Also...love it! Very nice!
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:icondualmask:
Dualmask Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks! Well, I've never heard of Scarlet Blade (is that like Queen's Blade?) but now I'm curious...as with all my RPBs, this was just a random idea I threw together, but they do say there's nothing truly new under the sun.
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Joybuzzer Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2013
Scarlet Blade is the NA version of the Korean MMO, Queen's Blade, that has nothing to do with Queen's Blade the anime (which I'm guessing you're thinking of). And it was just my first thought when I saw a whip, skimpy outfit, and the line "whip it good" :p
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:icondualmask:
Dualmask Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Ah, the line came from a funny (to me anyway) caption that was on a Castlevania game review I read years ago. It never left my brain. =p
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Joybuzzer Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2013
Devo song "Whip it" that's where they got the line ;)
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:icondualmask:
Dualmask Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Haha, I've got to get out more. I know nothing about the world of entertainment! :faint:
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