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Jackal by Absolute-Sero Jackal by Absolute-Sero

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PHEW. So. A long-since-overdue trade piece for dear ~cardboard-jukebox featuring her awesome OC Jackal. Of course she got the deserved attention in the entire Haunted Palace comic contest, but ... more attention she will get X3
Not only did getting the concept I wanted to achieve with Jackal take 2x as long as it should, I had my holiday picture to finish (took forever with good reason), a bite in the ass from life repeatedly, and my computer pulling various forms of tantrums trying to do this picture. 5 months in the works (off and on, though) it has been, it's finally finished!

I've wanted to do a (good) full-colour shot of Jackal for some time.. though I'm never painting anything big like this for a trade again. I'm lucky I even finished XD I was ready to scrap it half-way through.. *eyetwitch*
Didn't quite get the lighting how I wanted, but for as much work that went into this, I'm going to excuse myself for the severe anatomy errors I surely missed ;P As most know, I am still refining my anatomy prowess. (Don't say a word of the hands. Sssh. They're perfectly normal. *twitch*) I had much fun with teh purple hair. I don't really know what to call what I was aiming for with the clothes apart from something I couldn't capture... and I was so close to putting her in scarlet, but if her tendency is green.. didn't want to stray tooo much.
Did I mention that the downloadable image is actually 50% of the original size.. and this has 33 layers (plus 2 layers for spectrum of colours used and sketches).

To think I considered drawing Canary also. You can imagine it would have taken 'til June to do her *and* Jackal, LOL.
Thanks to my online friends for listening to me whine about this and helping me here and there. :love:

Now that this last big must-finish painting is done, I'm going to go huddle in a corner for a few months. Am I okay to go play dead for a while?

:iconcardboard-jukebox: is the creator of Jackal.
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Desolateprospect Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2008
000000000000000000000= WOWEE!
You've got the shading on the hands AMAZING. I LIKEY.
Such lovely work. :3 I know you put a lot into this. <3
Absolute-Sero Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2008  Hobbyist Digital Artist
You know because you listened to me whiiiine. Omg. You should have just taken me out back and shot me. D:

AHAHAHAHAHAH. I messed up the hands. So bad x_x But kinda.. had to go 'screw it' in the end. >>; Or I never would have finished.
But LOL.. I did nails for the hands, see them? Poorly-done nails! *giggle*

Though omg thank you. *honoured* <333333
Desolateprospect Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2008

Seriously.. I like the hands. SO THERE.
When are you moving to Houston?
Absolute-Sero Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2008  Hobbyist Digital Artist

Pfffft. :heart:
LOL. Dunno. Ask me after I start my college course ;.;
Kuramafangirl Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2008   Digital Artist
Very pretty, the lighting effects are killer
Absolute-Sero Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2008  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Aww thanks :D I tried really hard on the lighting here.. it was no picnic XD
diana-hnd Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2008  Hobbyist Digital Artist

Lotsa details you have there. Let's see.. Nice job on the hair, as usual. :D You're right about one thing, Jackal looks good in green. ;)

I see nothing wrong with the hands.. In fact, the right hand looks very detailed.

One little thing though - Jackal's right sleeves probably wouldn't be at back, but at the front, maybe?

Me likes Jackal's outfit - and I like how you added those folds to the cloth.

33 freaking layers?! ....Wow :wow:..... not surprising, considering the monster amount of details you have there... Especially since you have to consider the lighting as well.

'Tis a nice job you did here, Steph. :thumbsup: :+fav:
Absolute-Sero Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2008  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Well Jackal's general colours according to CJ are white-green-silver.. so.. I stuck with that. Good thing.. my tendency is usually like.. red. X3 I'm happy this works.. might play with colours more when I get the chance.

Funny you should mention her arm.. *cough* That was originally how the picture had her arm.. but repainting over and over to get it right kinda altered its position. The hand was also edited.. it used to be at an angle where she had her arm behind her a little (for whatever reason).. D'OH. Yeah saw that one a little too late. Had to stop myself multiple times and call this done before I nitpicked it apart.
Oh well. *notes* XD <3

Ehehehe. Thank you >.> <.< Can you see where I tried painting the sleeves while really tired?

Well I'm actually stingy with layers to be honest, or I'd have more ^^; Made work harder here and there but I'm also lame in that I don't know the shortcuts XD
And lighting I adjusted last.. I could have done better if I knew how. I'm thrilled to hear that it doesn't look too 'off' with the lighting.. I did have it in mind painting everything, thankfully. *eyetwitch*

MEEEP.. thank you very much ;-; *falls over*
cardboard-jukebox Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2008  Student General Artist
cardboard-jukebox Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2008  Student General Artist
Oh my gawd, way too cool for words. XD I don't know what to say, this picture is just so epic I'm speechless. The hands look amazing, I don't know what you're talking about. Do you mind if I draw her in that outfit? I can't get over how amazing you are! I must draw more art for you, since this is just so awesome. I OoO
Absolute-Sero Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2008  Hobbyist Digital Artist
HEHEHEHEHE. Jackal and epic go together? XD
Well the hands are hard because.. basically with my way of painting I started with masses of the base skin tone.. it was pretty hard to rework them is all.. so I picked positions and laid them to rest ^^;
I don't even want to talk about the outfit.. just felt like something.. more exotic would add to it?

LOL DON'T WORRY ABOUT IT. I made the choice to go elaborate on this ;D That's for me taking forever.. glad it works :D
cardboard-jukebox Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2008  Student General Artist
I still don't know what to say. This just sooo...Wow.
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