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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

Comments appreciated. Criticism honored.
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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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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:
Bobcat4795 Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2011
It is beautiful and sexy
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:icontanukitagawa:
TanukiTagawa Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2010
Your evil kitty is very sexy! :drool: Her pose is great,and the colors are awesome! :clap:
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:iconhyenaworks:
Hyenaworks Featured By Owner 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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:iconhyenaworks:
Hyenaworks Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2009  Hobbyist Writer
Oh and nice touch on the little wavering highlights.
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:iconjamiefayx:
JamieFayX Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2009  Professional General Artist
very cool!
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:iconcyle:
Cyle Featured By Owner 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:
vest Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2009
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:
Melchsee Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2009
great colours :D I love your hidden signature in there!
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:iconvest:
vest Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2009
Thank you very much!
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:iconmelchsee:
Melchsee Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2009
:)
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:iconxxall1sonemeryxx:
XxAll1sonEmeryxX Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2009
EEK!!!
you did SO amazing on this!!!
T.T i just wish i could have made it a better picture. it was only after lining that i noticed so many flaws in it!
DX waah.
i'm sorry.
but WOW!!!
o.o
you did such a wonderful job on coloring and shading and light and everything!!!
@.@
i am amazed...
thank you so much for coloring!!! ^.^
i LOVE it!!!
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:iconvest:
vest Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2009
No need to worry about errors in the lines. The general feel of the image is conveyed well enough in the black/white, and gave me plenty to work with while coloring.

Glad you like it so much! Glad you LOVE it so much! And it's nice getting a themed image appropriate for this time of year in the gallery.

:) Hope we can do one of these again!
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:iconclayscence:
clayscence Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
amazing! the lines as well as the coloring is great! I like it very much
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:iconvest:
vest Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2009
Thank you! Much appreciated!
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:iconnekoryu:
Nekoryu Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2009
o.o Wow. Great work once again~ Though I shouldn't be surprised!
Em text me one day and told me you would be coloring another of her line arts and I've just been stalking DA waiting on it.
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:iconvest:
vest Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2009
Yep, she got in touch with me last week, and while I've been a bit held down with my own stuff happening in my life, it felt good sitting down for an evening and getting this one out. :)

Thanks for the compliments!
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:iconthefranchize:
theFranchize Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2009
wow! the mood of this piece is amazing. I love it
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:iconvest:
vest Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2009
Thanks! Glad you like it!
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:iconkardoz0:
KardoZ0 Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Nice color work... What is you secret
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:iconvest:
vest Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2009
Slurpee. Lots and lots of Slurpee. :lol:
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:iconkardoz0:
KardoZ0 Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
My inglish sucks!!! What is a Slurpee???
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:iconvest:
vest Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2009
Cocaine of the Gods. :thumbsup:
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:iconkardoz0:
KardoZ0 Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Cocaine!!! Mine is Cafeine!!!!
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:iconelectagonist:
Electagonist Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2009
You are exceptionally good at creating depth with your colors :) nice work.
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:iconvest:
vest Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2009
Thanks a lot, much appreciated!
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:iconballoonprincess:
BalloonPrincess Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2009  Hobbyist Filmographer
Breathtaking ... :)
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:iconvest:
vest Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2009
Thank you very much!
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:iconsparkpenguin:
sparkpenguin Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
i LOVE. the color palette on this. and the fade is very clever. this might just be my monitor, but the bright yellow highlights seem to be flickering/twinkling. but it's only a couple of pixels, so i dunno if it was intentional. but i like. :D

my only crit is on her bottom (i know, i know, it's touchy and i'm horrible.) but... there's a bulge under her tail. it looks like a little vulva swell but she's at the wrong angle to see that so it just looks... unexplained. or bad.

and i honestly gotta say i disagree with the other crits i see. they seem style/opinion based to me. i feel like i pointed out the only curious/erroneous thing; the rest is just great.
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:iconvest:
vest Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2009
Yep, the flicker was intentional, and you win points for being the first to point it out!

I also appreciate your observations on the bottom end. As I'm reading crits on it, I am seeing that there were some errors in the lines in the way the thigh aligns with the hips on the left side. The way I interpreted the thong was that it was bunching up and poking out, which is why I put emphasis on the folds in the fabric.

Thanks a lot!
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:iconsparkpenguin:
sparkpenguin Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
HYES i knew somethin had to be up with that Flash.

i... i dunno. i don't see thong bunching up. and even if i were photographing this from life, i'd step in and fix it because it looks... like... okay it looks like poop is there. to me.

i didn't wanna say it the first time. o_o or this time, really. no, really. but ...i did. and i'm sorry.
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:iconhiagain69:
HiAgain69 Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This is really great and seeing it in flash fading between the two pieces really gave me some ideas how to work with line art better. Again really awesome.
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:iconvest:
vest Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2009
Thank you very much! Glad the Flash touch benefited your viewing experience. :)
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:iconoddvorbis:
oddVorbis Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2009
nice work. he left tigh seems strangely long. Love the coloring and color palette.
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:iconvest:
vest Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2009
Ah, I see what you mean, it seems to be because the thigh isn't aligned with the left hip in the line art. Didn't actually notice that, but nothing I could have done about it on my end, unfortunately. Thanks for the compliments on the color, though!
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:iconwapeach:
wapeach Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2009
Wow, I'm nowhere near a good enough artist to critique your work here, but the coloring is amazing! The shine on the hair and outfit really make it pop and I can almost see the sunset in the distance.

Great job.
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:iconvest:
vest Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2009
Thank you very much!
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:iconkizxm:
Kizxm Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2009
oh this is so nice c:
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:iconvest:
vest Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2009
Thank you, I greatly appreciate it. :)
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