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Orchid Mantis by drachenmagier Orchid Mantis by drachenmagier
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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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. ;)
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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.
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Kythrain Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2018
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. 
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drachenmagier Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2018  Professional Traditional Artist
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
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ScyphozoanPrincess Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2017
Beautiful!
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:icondrachenmagier:
drachenmagier Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2017  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks! :D
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:iconsinsitra:
Sinsitra Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
Oh god... I'm in love with those fantasy insects :heart: So beautiful and creative!!!
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:icondrachenmagier:
drachenmagier Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2017  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you very much! :D
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:iconcuriouscucumber:
CuriousCucumber Featured By Owner May 5, 2017  Professional General Artist
Beautiful work :D I love how the joints look almost mechanically well entwined
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:icondrachenmagier:
drachenmagier Featured By Owner May 6, 2017  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you very much! :D Balljointdolls were always a great inspiration for those insects. X3
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SweetIntimacy Featured By Owner May 3, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
That's So beautiful 
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:icondrachenmagier:
drachenmagier Featured By Owner May 10, 2017  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks! :D
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MarkKornich1 Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2017  Student Digital Artist
Dessert Set: Heart Cookie - Right *Free Icon/Emote* Totoro ( Heart) bunny-to lovely oo deam i think thats really cool!bunny-to lovely *Free Icon/Emote* Totoro ( Heart) Dessert Set: Heart Cookie - Right big pink heart 
                              big pink heart Dessert Set: Heart Cookie - Right greate job!<3Dessert Set: Heart Cookie - Right big pink heart 
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drachenmagier Featured By Owner May 1, 2017  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks. X3
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Lady-Pinkfins Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Very interesting and beautiful!
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:icondrachenmagier:
drachenmagier Featured By Owner May 16, 2017  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you very much. ^^
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MarkKornich1 Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2017  Student Digital Artist
Heart Love Heart Love Adorable Girl Anime Emoji (Heart Dance) [V6]Neko Emoji-42 - (Kawaii Admiring) [V3]Amazing Neko Emoji-42 - (Kawaii Admiring) [V3]  Adorable Girl Anime Emoji (Heart Dance) [V6] Heart Love Heart Love 
                Soft Pink Hearts -FreeToUse Soft Pink Hearts -FreeToUse Takeshi (Heart Eyes) [V1] Takeshi (Heart Eyes) [V1] Soft Pink Hearts -FreeToUse Soft Pink Hearts -FreeToUse 
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drachenmagier Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2017  Professional Traditional Artist
:heart: Thank you! :heart:
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Ryokuzo Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
It's a great pose hmm what coloring equipment did you use for the drawing? (pencil, Coptic, etc.)
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:icondrachenmagier:
drachenmagier Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2017  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you! :D Err... not entirely sure what it was here, but certainly copics. Most likely some pencil too, for the details. But I can't really remember, sorry. ^^'
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Ryokuzo Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
Cool yeah I got all these copics and watercolor pencils but I'm a black and white artist for color, so looking at your art made me want to try color again
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drachenmagier Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2017  Professional Traditional Artist
It's always fun to try out everything. ^^ Though you can already create fantastic works with black and white. Some effects couldn't be achieved with colour and there are drawings I can't imagine in anything but pure b/w. ^^
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Ryokuzo Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
Yeah however being a black/white traditional artist I do enjoy adding colors for effect like in this drawing
Noxythirix, The Death Breather by Zetaomega2
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JohnlockedDancer Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
Wow! I really like it!
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:icondrachenmagier:
drachenmagier Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2017  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks! :D
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MenollySagittaria Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
All I have to say is woooooooow

Arthropods already rock, but you made this one even cooler. 
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drachenmagier Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2017  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you! 8D
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DragonCall15 Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2017  Student Digital Artist
Awesome job
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:iconacritarchman:
acritarchman Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2017
Amazing, sir! one of the most beautiful insectoid creatures I have ever seen!
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:icondrachenmagier:
drachenmagier Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2017  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you! :D
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:iconjackalisme:
JackalIsMe Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
So pretty!!
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:icondrachenmagier:
drachenmagier Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2016  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you! ^^
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:iconx-i-l2048:
X-I-L2048 Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
This is gorgeous! I love the detail in her(?) skirt. =D
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:icondrachenmagier:
drachenmagier Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2016  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you very much~! :D
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:iconendermanlover102:
EndermanLover102 Featured By Owner May 16, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This is actually my favorite bug...I really..and I do mean really love this ;w;
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:icondrachenmagier:
drachenmagier Featured By Owner May 17, 2016  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you! 8D
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EndermanLover102 Featured By Owner May 17, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
No prob
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:iconmutisija:
mutisija Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2015  Student Digital Artist
i really love the design! i love it!
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:icondrachenmagier:
drachenmagier Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2015  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you~! :D
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JNRedmon Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2015
Wow...this is such a vibrant and beautiful design. The fact that it's traditional art is even more mind-blowing. This body shape, the way the orchid petals are, would make an incredible dress.
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:icondrachenmagier:
drachenmagier Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2015  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you very much! 8D
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Beastleee Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2015  Student General Artist
Fantastic! I had an orchid mantis called Trixie! :heart:
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:icondrachenmagier:
drachenmagier Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2015  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you! :D
... You can have them as pets? o-o That works? What do they eat?
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Beastleee Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2015  Student General Artist
You can I had one for a pet :D They eat fruit flies, and when they are bigger small
locusts :)
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HUANGXUELI Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2015
Sure is pretty! 
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:icondrachenmagier:
drachenmagier Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2015  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks! :D
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Mylady-Lilith Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2015  Hobbyist Writer
So elegant! So wunderschön! :)
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:icondrachenmagier:
drachenmagier Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2015  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you! :D
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Albels-wish Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2015  Student Digital Artist
This is so beautiful, its like the orchid mantis looks like its wearing a stylish design in a way. Great creativity, I love how you blend the colors and details all together! :D
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:icondrachenmagier:
drachenmagier Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2015  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you very much. ^^
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Albels-wish Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2015  Student Digital Artist
You're Welcome! :D
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kulapti Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I enjoy these humanoid insects so much :D This looks like a mix of a ball gown and ceremonial armor, which is fitting for a mantis, being graceful and vicious as they are.
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