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:iconxxall1sonemeryxx: & :iconvest:

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By *XxAll1sonEmeryxX

Color by `vest


Finishing up a Halloween themed image. I originally had no plan for making an image for the Holiday, but after being summoned to service by the Goddess of Fur and Pin-Ups, I got right to work making the colors for this piece for *XxAll1sonEmeryxX.

Adobe Photoshop CS2
Wacom Tablet
CGTextures.com
Macromedia Flash 8

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:iconmachinesbleedtoo:
Lovely work on the colours! I really love all the bright oranges and reds you used. However I think some of the shine effects do look a little overdone/inorganic- especially around the boobs. I'd like to see some higher contrasts here as it looks a little bit muddy in places. Something more like around the tip of tail area- the dark shadows really help make that area "pop."

I also think some backing lighting on her hair and stronger backlighting on her tail would benefit this; she has it on her arm and butt, the addition of it to other places would just keep the lighting consistant.

The eye colour makes for a great contrast though- pulls the viewer towards her face and that's always a good thing. Wonderful collab! I hope I was helpful. :3
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:iconthe-lest:
In addition to the criticisms made by =MachinesBleedToo (which I agree with) I think that the colouring leaves much to be desired. What I'm referring to is the texture of the fur. Other areas of the picture (in particular the pumpin) have more detailed texture but the fur looks so smooth, that had she not had a tail and an anthro face to make it obvious that she's a furry, I might have taken her for a human. The tail is the only area that has noticeable shading lines to indicate the presence of fur. The chest has a few lines also but these are just running off the line art... there is a tiny line on the shoulder... aside from that, her fur is as smooth as freshly waxed skin. I am guessing that the reason is due to your becoming too heavily reliant on imported textures, and lacking experience in colouring creatures with fur (correct me if I am wrong, but I've hardly seen any anthros or animals or other stuff in your gallery that would require a furry texture). I can imagine that there are no textures you can import for fur - the way fur sits around the contours of the body would make it impossible for an imported texture to look right, so you need to do it by hand.

OR it might just be laziness, I'm not sure :P I suppose we can't rule out laziness as a possibility, because the texture of the hair (as in head hair) is minimal compared to that in most of your other pictures; surely you're aware that the way you've done the hair in this picture is far below your usual standard and skill level. I'm not going to critique it in depth because I know you can do better in that area, so i think giving it a mention should suffice.

Now for the tights and gloves. While I love the look of the more blocky style of shading (and I hope you use it again sometime) I don't think that type of shading is appropriate for hosiery. I would expect to see it on leather or pvc, but those gloves and tights look as if they're supposed to be the soft, smooth, thin fabric that you usually get on hosiery. (If they ARE meant to be made of something like leather which would have a sharper shadow and shine, I'd expect to see thick folds around the insides of the joints behind the knees and elbows.) [link] theres some good close ups of hosiery here (if you click a picture you get a zoom in viewer) and you can see that even in really stark lighting, the shadows still look very soft.

The way you have shaded the pitchfork thingy (whatever its called) bothers me because it makes it look like a toy. However, this could be because of the way the original artist has done the points, rounded and blunt, so I'm not going to go on about it, but I thought you should be aware of it anyway, because I believe that it brings down the overall look of the picture (not that there's much you can do about the original line art anyway)

In fact there are a lot of problems with the line art of this picture, if I may say so, I think it was a poor choice of something to colour. (unless it was a paid commission, in which case disregard that comment.) I don't mean to be rude to the original artist, but they can stand to improve (and for the benefit of *XxAll1sonEmeryxX, if you're reading this then I am more than willing to critique your stuff if you like, either way please don't be offended.)

And finally, the pumpkin seat. X3 When I look at the original line art, it is clear that it is meant to be a pumpkin, but because you've cut off the bottom of the image, part of the shape of the pumpkin is lost. Now, on the left side of the pumkin there is a clear line showing the divide between its segments (I'm going to call them "segments" for lack of a better word to describe the sticking-out bits of a pumpkin - you know what I mean!) The line between the segments on the right side however are less clear, mostly because that area of the picture is just a bit more busy. So, when I first looked at the picture, all I noticed was ONE line on the pumpkin, and for a moment, I found myself thinking of the story of James And The Giant Peach. Obviously, it's not a peach - the fact that this is a Halloween picture makes it clear enough that it's a pumpkin. But, for a split second, I could almost believe it was a giant peach, because its shape looks peach-like. If the bottom of the picture had not been cut off, then perhaps it would look more like a pumpkin. I understand why you cut the bottom off - the border and the way her tail just pops out of the edge looks great. But it does interfere with the pumpkin because of the part of the line art you've had to sacrifice. Here's what I think you should have done - you could have added an extra line in the middle of the pumpkin, somewhere on the largest segment, effectively splitting that large segment into two.

k, thats me done, hope you found it helpful!
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:iconbobcat4795:
It is beautiful and sexy
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:icontanukitagawa:
Your evil kitty is very sexy! :drool: Her pose is great,and the colors are awesome! :clap:
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Hyenaworks Oct 20, 2009  Hobbyist Writer
This may be a really short critique, but all I can really say is that she doesn't seem to pop enough. She's sinking into the background due to the similarities in the colors.
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Hyenaworks Oct 20, 2009  Hobbyist Writer
Oh and nice touch on the little wavering highlights.
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JamieFayX Oct 19, 2009  Professional General Artist
very cool!
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Cyle Oct 19, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
Love the fade! Shading and color is top notch as usual. After taking a closer look I noticed that some of the ink lines disappear. Do you paint over them??
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:iconvest:
Kind of. I put a copy of the fills in a separate layer, used a blur expansion, and then grouped it with the lines.

Thanks for the input!
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:iconmelchsee:
great colours :D I love your hidden signature in there!
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