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Blood and Steel by Ravien93 Blood and Steel by Ravien93
Animated work in progress is available on my blog! :)


UPDATE. I fixed her arm, sort of. I am sick to the tits of this drawing, I just can't work on it any more. I spent more time redrawing that arm than the rest of the piece, I hope it just looks slightly better and doesn't assault your eyes any more.
I had to get rid of the axe. I now regret it, she looked cooler wielding two axes. Awkh weeeeeellll! Instead of wasting my time fixing old mistakes I'll just keeping moving and hopefully my next piece will be better than this one.

Anyways, inspired by warrior nord chickas, and Etain from Centurion. Mostly Etain though. I'm really into 'wintery' stuff recently. I'm gonna play some Skyrim now.

Reference: [link]

Dirt brushes, fur brushes and blood splatter brushes too, I'll link them soon. And sheitload of textures.
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First of all, congratulations for one more great piece, Anna!

The first comment I have to make is about her face: great facial construction, she's not "just one more female warrior on DA". She could be real. Her expression is really good, and I specially loved her lips, amazingly painted.

Now, about the other parts (get ready, critique!)
I know, from your other paintings, that your foreshortening tech is pretty good. That's why I think you probably lost so much time with her face (and maybe the fur, it always drain us!) that you got tired when you were going to paint her arms.

Her right hand is cool. The blood well spread XD I would add a little tension to it, as the axe is in movement (I guess)

The left hand, that certainly is in movement is the part that... kind of bring down the quality of something that could be a masterpiece. It feels hurried, like you just painted anything and used some blur effect. This effect can't hide that he arm has no anatomy, and that the hand is just an egg of ink. You gotta paint it all.

Next time, don't post your art until you're done with every part of it. Even if it's just loose strokes, they have to be well placed, respecting anatomy and the foreshortening thechniques I know you know so well!

I hope you'll fix this part, and make it into a piece that will certainly go into my best favorite ever!
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ittoogami Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2014
Beautiful, awesome, your work is much inspired!
cmoineko Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
She seems so dangerous. 
Skipper-doodle1 Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
So wonderful. Like a scene from a movie. I love the details of her outfit and hair and weapons. She looks like she's going to kick some ass. lol Awesome job.
dagoth-jeff Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Nice work, amazing.
Babette-the-Unchild Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
The arm is fine :)
SylphViper Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
My gosh. So much detail...
Moxie-Black Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2013
Wow it's amazing!
SonOfHades92 Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2013  Student General Artist
"made in his image, destroyed in his name!"
kephart-design Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
i LOVE her in that movie! I just actually watched it about a month ago, GREAT movie! This is a wonderful painting!
SquiggleKickz Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2012  Student Digital Artist
The detailing is great Anna how long did you spend and did you use photos or brushes for the texturing?! :la:

I kinda feel like there are some lighting mistakes here, but then i'm no master... yet xD The reflection of lighting on the metal as an example is a bit too dim. Her sword hand needs to be bigger as it's closer to the camera (compare it to her Axe-hand) Perhaps in class one day, you can show me how to paint hair so well! the overall picture is amazing but there are a few thing that need ironing out as you already stated. Her face seems really bright in comparison to the rest of her skin so maybe boost the lighting on those areas, or add more colour to her face :)

Great Piece of work! :icongreatjobplz:
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