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Tara of AMPra and AMPriana by AMProSoft Tara of AMPra and AMPriana by AMProSoft
Tara of AMPra is the new name of an original character I created more than twenty years ago. She is easily one of my favorite characters among the thousands that I have created in my various story telling ventures and her new name comes as I attempt to reboot her story from the comics she featured in some 15 odd years ago. When she was first created and up until now her name has been Princess AMPra. It seemed to fit with her story. But there have been two problems with the name Princess AMPra. Problem number one, I have become very anti-monarchist so having a character named princess anything bothers me more and more every time I type it. Problem number two, is that princess implies a level of subordination to someone and the whole point of her story was her complete self determination and making her own decisions so having the title of princess works at cross purposes with her story and the more I get to know her as a character the more I think she would just politely decline such a title. So, Tara of AMPra it is.

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species info: Tara is of an unknown alien species. Some of her species characteristics are blue skin, higher skin and bone density than most species she encounters, three breasts, opaque black hair from which no light escapes (no reflected or refracted light ever).

Also, for unexplained reasons, she has come back to life every time she has died. This is not thought to be a characteristic of her species, but it keeps happening.
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So, out of curiosity, do you --whoever you are-- think the comic book market is so male dominated that there would not be interested in a strong female character that doesn't show off her boobs every other panel, or do you think the market is evolving?

Any critiques on the artwork are, as always, welcomed.

Any questions about the characters and project are doubly so. :)

Any tips on how to get my texturing to be more subtle?

sketched on 8.5x11 / scanned / inked and colored in GIMP / photomixing was done with my own photos

Tara of AMPra & AMPriana are AMProSoft
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:iconmarie-esther:
Marie-Esther Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2013   Artist
Good job, I like the composition and the expressions. Good job with the colour scale you chose, it makes the whole drawing pop!
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AMProSoft Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2013   General Artist
THANKS! :D
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eridanamp0ra Featured By Owner May 27, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
The facial expressions are so great, I love this!
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:iconamprosoft:
AMProSoft Featured By Owner May 28, 2013   General Artist
:D Thank you :D
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JactanceChopper Featured By Owner May 20, 2013  Student General Artist
The color blue is composed really well with the warm colors; maybe it's because it has a slight purple tone it it, but I like how it didn't clash.

Also love the bold lining, that's my type of art :D

However, the baby's anatomy is bothering me a little, but look who's talking? lol

great job!
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edf Featured By Owner May 7, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Sorry for th e delay in returning the crit!

The piece looks nice- I like your use of color.

Nice emotion of the piece too- I love strong woman characters!! Her hair- i kinda like how is separates the BG up a bit, and how it seperates the light and dark in the bg.

I think the texture in her clothes is just enough- helps break up just solid shaded color and give it some texture.

One thing that pops out that bothers me- her hand cropped off. The hair getting cropped is fine- but having only half og her hand showing is kinda distracting.

Overall, great image!!
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AMProSoft Featured By Owner May 7, 2013   General Artist
I have an unfortunate habit of close cropping when I don't like parts of pictures. I wasn't so pleased with how her fist came out. I should have fixed it. Being lazy I suppose.
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Ominako Featured By Owner May 6, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
It's really nicely made i like the colours and the lines of this piece it's really good only thing is the hair that it's all black for me makes it look kinda messy when both have black hair especiielly and also the head oof the baby i think should be highered just a little bit hehe. But it's really good keep it up!
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:iconamprosoft:
AMProSoft Featured By Owner May 7, 2013   General Artist
Thank you.

Yes, the complete black hair makes it impossible to tell where one character's hair ends and the other begins or distinguish it from the background. But that's how they look.
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outsidelogic Featured By Owner May 5, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I'm guessing your daughter won't be having too many princess-themed birthday parties, huh? :)

Anyway, I think the comic market (about which I know virtually nothing), is more dominated by male artists/writers than male readership, which is one of the reasons that virtually every female character has a Barbie body and white skin. So yeah I think there is a market for a non-traditional female. It's one thing that always bugged me about The Watchmen. One of the main characters is an over-the-hill, pudgy dude, and wow, what an original idea for a superhero. But he ends up bedding this total babe, whose skimpy crime fighting costume includes stiletto heels. Can you say middle-aged male fantasy?

One other funny note: There's a "world's most interesting man" meme out there based on a character from the show Supernatural (my daughter tells me) who keeps coming back to life. Anyway, it says something like, "I don't often die, but when I do, I don't".
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AMProSoft Featured By Owner May 5, 2013   General Artist
Around the same time I was coming up with her story, my comic book hero John Byrne came up with a Great Lakes Avengers character named Mr. Invincible or something like that and I was very unhappy about him bringing his version to market before I did. In retrospect I rekon he probably didn't come up with it first either.

Well at least in Watchmen I think it's intended as satire. But yeah, comicdom seems like a perfect example of what comes to pass when a story gets driven by lack of diversity (gender diversity in particular)

Goodness no on the Princess parties. It's bad enough our friends and relatives have already contributed to the pinkitization of her wardrobe.
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outsidelogic Featured By Owner May 5, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Fight it man, fight it! I mean there's only so much you can do, but any Barbie's that came our way went right to Goodwill.

Ah, I think you're giving Watchmen an easy out. "Oh yeah, my heroines are white, buxom, and wear skimpy clothes and high heels. But I'm just doing it ironically."
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AMProSoft Featured By Owner May 5, 2013   General Artist
note to self: Barbies to the Goodwill. Got it.

re: Watchmen. Quite possibly. I am, regrettably, underinformed when it comes to the Watchmen. All I really have to go on is Alan Moore's reputation.

Then, there also seems to be a lot of playing both sides in pop culture. There's a lot of stuff out there like the Simpsons, South Park and Beavis & Butthead where it's obvious satire yet still somehow manages to find a huge audience among people who don't perceive the satire at all.
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Connan-Bell Featured By Owner May 5, 2013   Traditional Artist
I say that the market will never change if no one gives an alternative to what's already out there. I freely admit to contributing to the problem in my own little way, but I feel that if there are more strong, well-designed heroines that the market itself will change to accept them.
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AMProSoft Featured By Owner May 5, 2013   General Artist
Thank you. Reassurance and reinforcement helps a lot.
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Inkorama80 Featured By Owner May 5, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
She looks like an interesting character. The nice thing about alien characters is that you have an open field when it comes to writing stories. You have all of space and time ( and other dimensions ) to play with.

I like the line structure on the drawing. The heavy outlines give the figures a solid look. I do think that the perspective on her left forearm looks a bit off. Still, I like the art, and I would love to read some stories about her.
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AMProSoft Featured By Owner May 5, 2013   General Artist
I really enjoyed telling her story the first time around. I think I will enjoy telling it even more now that I've sat with it a long while. Various hard drive crashes over the years have made it so that much of the artwork can't be easily called back or is online on in very low quality 1990s era scans. I have all of the original artwork. And slowly I am building a digital cast of blender models for the characters and sets for them to move though and photographic backgrounds and... well, just pulling all of the pieces together.

I may have over exaggerated the perspective a bit. I tend to do that.
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ABAlex Featured By Owner May 5, 2013
Very nice! I love the expressions. Its the sort of anger that comes from love, and wanting to defend the child. I also think your colors are very good, the black, red, and dark blue is an nice scheme. Well done.
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AMProSoft Featured By Owner May 5, 2013   General Artist
Thank you. I try to put a good amount of thought into choosing colors and styles for clothing.
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ABAlex Featured By Owner May 5, 2013
well it shows. good work.
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YesImDeadpool Featured By Owner May 5, 2013   General Artist
Aww, how sweet. ^^
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AMProSoft Featured By Owner May 5, 2013   General Artist
:)
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YesImDeadpool Featured By Owner May 5, 2013   General Artist
^^
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nosedivve Featured By Owner May 5, 2013   Writer
The left eye in both characters looks a bit smaller than their right eye. I don't know if this is a good thing or not, but the older woman's hair blends into the background and I can't tell whether it's background or her hair in a spot or two. Her breasts look a bit too big for her body, in my opinion. Other than that I can't see anything else off to it. It looks very good and really fits the comic book scene. Why does she look so angry? I'm nit exactly sure why they have blue skin or why the shirt covers her hands, but I think that's really cool and interesting. You did a really great job on this!
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AMProSoft Featured By Owner May 5, 2013   General Artist
Tara is of an unknown alien species. Some of her species characteristics are blue skin, higher skin and bone density than most species she encounters, three breasts, opaque black hair from which no light escapes (no reflected or refracted light ever).

Also, for unexplained reasons, she has come back to life ever time she has died. This is not thought to be a characteristic of her species, but it keeps happening.

actually, this is good info that I should probably add to the description up top.

As for why she looks angry, I would guess something is threatening her and her daughter. As for the shirt that covers her hands, different planets have different fashions. :D
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DrawDrone Featured By Owner May 5, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Well done, I especially like the expressions and the way you incorporated a perspective into this picture. I feel like the anatomy needs a little work, but hey, mine isn't perfect either, so no biggie. We just need to practice :).
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AMProSoft Featured By Owner May 5, 2013   General Artist
Yes. I feel somewhat out of practice with my anatomy and symetry, but I'm not dead yet, so , still got time. Was there anything specific that bugs you about the anatomy?
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DrawDrone Featured By Owner May 5, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I feel like the kid's head should be turned that far, at this moment she (i assume the kid is a girl) has her chin past her shoulder. You can't do that. I feel like her head should be at an angle, rather than being turned directly toward the viewer.
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AMProSoft Featured By Owner May 5, 2013   General Artist
Good point. It was my intention that her head is fully turned to touch her shoulder, but it appears to be past that from the drawing.
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SJ-Lykana Featured By Owner May 5, 2013  Professional General Artist
A truely awesome deviation, and a wonderful background story. I can't fault it in any way, absolutely fantastic. I love the bold outlines and the colours are excellent. Well done :hug:
There are now so many female comic book fans there is most certainly a market there for a very strong female character who doesn't flash her lady lumps at every opportunity.
An awesome job from you as usual :D
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AMProSoft Featured By Owner May 5, 2013   General Artist
Thank you much. :D
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SJ-Lykana Featured By Owner May 5, 2013  Professional General Artist
Welcomes :boogie:
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