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Orchid Mantis

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Because Insects are too much fun to draw. d: I can't stop.
The orchid mantis was something I always found rather fascinating.

More Insects here

Granted, something bloomers-like would have been more accurate, but I liked the idea of a wide ball gown. So, an a little bit more "zooligically accurate" version is planned for later. d:

Traditional media on mixed media paper.
Critiques always appreciated. :) And sorry for repeating that pose. d: I like that pose~.
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Canon
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CanoScan 9000F Mark II
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RensKnight's avatar
Nice!!! Though it leans more towards Art Nouveau than Deco, with all the details you have, this would not be at all out of place as part of the Nutcracker Suite in the original Fantasia movie (which I STILL consider one of the best animated features ever).
drachenmagier's avatar

Thank you very much~! :D I personally love to add at least some of the swirly woosh that made art deco and art nouveau famous. It's beautiful and while I don't reach the level of my idols soon, I definitely won't stop working on it. d:

SeraphVern's avatar
:star::star::star::star::star-half: Overall
:star::star::star::star::star-half: Vision
:star::star::star::star::star: Originality
:star::star::star::star::star: Technique
:star::star::star::star::star: Impact

This piece is so vibrant and beautiful. The colors are blended very well and stand out from the stark contrast of the white background. This beautiful creature is a perfect combo of realistic mantis and a fantasy faery. The shading is eye catching, but also smooth and gentle in places. Very well done piece I must say. The different shades of pink show off the spectrum of the bright color here. It shows darker palettes and lighter palettes mixed perfectly in the same picture. A very magnificent creature I must say. There is so much grace in it's stance and I feel like it's going to come out flying at me.
Felanore's avatar
:star::star::star::star: Overall
:star::star::star::star::star-empty: Vision
:star::star::star::star::star: Originality
:star::star::star::star::star-half: Technique
:star::star::star::star::star-empty: Impact

First off, I just want to say how brilliant I think the multi-colored shadows are. They are a truly wonderful little additional to this already colorful piece that I find most other artists wouldn't actually bother with. They add to the 'aura' of the Mantis, which in this case deserves to be just as lovely as the Mantis herself. There are times though when this shadow seems to take on odd shapes like the circular blot off her left (our right) arm which doesn't really make much sense and, when my eyes are drawn there, takes something away from the piece as a whole. If it is something besides shadow, I'm afraid I cannot see it, and maybe that's my failing here, but I must be honest about how it looks. Perhaps if it had been part of some larger background it wouldn't be so noticeable, which bring me to point two...

The lack of background here is almost criminal. The white does exactly what it's intended to in this picture, to set as a blank backdrop for a character that's meant to be the focus of our attention. There are a million other character portraits that do just this and that's perfectly fine. Here though, given the nature of the Mantis, it seems almost out of place to have her posing in a place she could be so easily seen. She's meant to be a flower, to look just like her surroundings until suddenly there she is, beautiful and deadly all at once. I realize that a background which accurately captures this idea would either be complex or perhaps just daunting, but I felt a little loss at not having one here.

The blank background is secondary here though. A missed opportunity, yes, but the Mantis herself is still as gorgeous as she deserves to be. You've wonderfully captured the allure of the Orchid Mantis (which I admittedly had never heard of before today), as well as the subtle hints of danger that a real Mantis should have. So often people focus on the deadliness of the Mantis, but really a Mantis is primarily a being of blending, one which is meant to hide their danger behind an innocent and otherwise unassuming form. They look like leaves and flowers, not scythe-wielding Reapers of the insect world (even though that's what they are beneath the facade). You capture that unassuming beauty and deadliness, with unassuming jagged edges on the feet and hands that at first glance are no different than the smoother edges of the skirt and skin. She is truly all a Mantis should be, and in that I can find no faults.

One final, minor note though, is that the light in her feelers seems to suggest the light is streaming at a pretty harsh angle from the upper right of the image (because the top feeler has a narrower white gap than the lower) but the legs seem to be lit from the left/directly above given their shadows. This is only really a minor problem, but I figure in a critique you want to mention everything, especially something which catches the eye like the antennae.

Overall: I like it. I love it. I want some more of it.
But that doesn't mean it can't be improved. <img src="e.deviantart.net/emoticons/w/w…" width="15" height="15" alt=";)" data-embed-type="emoticon" data-embed-id="387" title=";) (Wink)"/>
VIIStar's avatar
I don't think any of her insect designs are meant as full paintings, more as character designs - which is why there is no background ^^  You can see the details in the design easier without one.
Felanore's avatar
Oh, I know. That's kind of why I mention that the background does exactly what it's intended to do, but I've seen characters designs with backgrounds before, so it's not like it would hurt anything to have one. I also just especially felt that this one really could've benefited from being one of those few with a background. ^_^ Just a minor missed opportunity, as stated.
heartstring85's avatar
Never have I seen such regal depictions of insects. I want a story, a book or a movie, with these chitinous characters as the focus. A commentary on society and the impermanence of life.
drachenmagier's avatar

Thank you very much! :D

I'm new to deviantart, so I don't really know how this works. But I saw this design and she fits perfectly with the design of a mantis-human hybrid in my story. Any chance I could buy her design and for how much?
DandelionxDreams's avatar

Ok ew I want to apologize for my bratty younger self I’m so sorry you had to deal with me

drachenmagier's avatar
Hi and welcome to dA. :D
Though I'm not selling designs of my creatures or adoptables of any kind, sorry. :)
Awwwwww too bad
KreepingSpawn's avatar
Resplendent! Beautiful work. 
drachenmagier's avatar
Thank you very much. ^^
I was doing an image search for some graphics to use in a somewhat unique tabletop roleplaying game I'm playing in where one of the characters is an anthropomorphized orchid mantis (she's sort of a priest/assassin/lorekeeper character), and I found this graphic. It's bloody perfect for the character, and I think it's a really well done piece in its own right. Kudos. 
drachenmagier's avatar
Thank you very much. ^^ And feel free to use the drawing for your PnP-chara. :D It's a nice way to breath life into a drawing. :D
Sinsitra's avatar
Oh god... I'm in love with those fantasy insects :heart: So beautiful and creative!!!
drachenmagier's avatar
Thank you very much! :D
CuriousCucumber's avatar
Beautiful work :D I love how the joints look almost mechanically well entwined
drachenmagier's avatar
Thank you very much! :D Balljointdolls were always a great inspiration for those insects. X3
SweetIntimacy's avatar
That's So beautiful 
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