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Stained Glass Knight by ErinPtah Stained Glass Knight by ErinPtah
With a chained demon and a holy sword.


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Lordofthememes Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2013
nice
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KinjiraretaNingyou Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2011
this is really good. cool idea, and Integra looks lovely.
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Serynzia Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2011
This is beautiful. I'd do a critique, but I honestly can't see anything that needs improvement. Gorgeous!
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SniperMSG90 Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2011
Very very nice picture.
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thngwhtsqks Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2011
OH MY GOODNESS THE GORGEOUS :D

It's hard for me to see the picture as a whole on my screen, so I'll give my impressions of the characters separately first, then the composition as a whole. Alucard looks particularly fantastic against the vibrant background since his colors are similarly saturated but provide a shadowy counterpoint to the bright glass. I also like the way his matte black hair is melds with the frame of the window, and the way his lower body fades with a misty quality. Both methods give the illusion that he is melting in and out of reality like the Cheshire cat. My only nitpick about him are the slightly wonky angle of his right wrist (it looks like this is meant to be foreshortening as if he is reaching out of the picture maybe? in that case I think his whole hand needs to be raised up higher closer to/in front of his sleeve). Overall his composition and execution is gorgeous (and of course, guh unfff collar, who wouldn't enjoy that ;) ).

First impressions of Integra: beautiful flowing dramatic hair with excellent texture, perfect expression and pose, oddly desaturated and pale against the vibrantly colored window. I love her expression, somewhere between a smirk and an almost sweet smile with half her face shadowed and half bathed in light. If the figure of Integra and her sword were a standalone piece without the background, I would say she is breathtakingly perfect (and she is, she is <3 ).

I can view the entire composition two ways. 1) By scrolling, which is fun to follow the curve of the leash down (and this is almost better because there is the visual *dramatic pause* of the stained glass before reaching Integra), but this leads to an odd sense of disappointment when going from vibrant popping Alucard to grayed out Integra. Thematically it makes sense to go from the creature of darkness to the righteous knight bathed in light, but visually she has less impact than she should. 2) By looking at the smaller preview image I can't see the detail, but I can see the composition as a whole. Integra looks a bit smaller than Alucard (which would make sense if they were standing together, but again lessens the dramatic impact of her awesome pose). If she were a little bigger and the background a little shorter it might enhance the illusion that she is standing slightly in front of Alucard instead of directly under and she have more dramatic weight and appeal. Also it would make the change in light quality make a little more sense. Otherwise the balance of shapes in the composition is lovely with Integra's hair and sword giving her a slightly diagonal balance matching Alucard's more obviously skewed body position. It's subtle and works well against the rigid vertical framing of the window.

Babble babble babble = awesome idea with gorgeous execution, dramatic and engaging. Love it ^_^
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ErinPtah Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2011
Thank you for the lovely comment!

I finally got around to updating the picture in accordance with people's critiques. Messed with Alucard's hand, and upped the saturation on Integra. Their figures are the same size when moved next to each other, so I don't know why she'd look smaller - maybe the richer colors will help even that out.

This was a blast (if a time-consuming one) to compose all the elements and put them together, so I'm really glad you like it! =D
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Liketheisland Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2011  Professional Filmographer
Cool! Body proportions and poses look good here, and I really like how you handled the lighting on the stained glass! :clap:

I just have a couple nit-picky things that should be easy to fix: First, I guess I'm confused as to why the demon is smiling if he's in captivity (Stockholm syndrome much? :D ). Also, I'd recommend toning down the color saturation of the windows. They are in the background, yet their vibrant colors are overpowering the characters, particularly the girl, whose outfit's colors are closer to neutral than the demon's.

As far as coloring outlines, I'd make sure that the colors you use always appear darker than the colors contiguous to the outlines (i.e. a bit more color saturation and darker values), especially on the demon's grey vest and red cloak. You might want to use a color that isn't so close to black for the outline of the girl's hair, as well. These colors can be altered simply through painting on a clipping mask above the outline layer.

Also (and correct me if I'm wrong), it seems like you used pure grey for the shading here, when shadows are comprised of cool colors in real life. This is particularly apparent on the demon's skin and both characters' white gloves. I'd create a multiply layer above the color layer, shade with a light blue-grey color, and adjust the saturation on an adjustment layer.

Finally, the girl's eyes look unfocused, since the pupils are aimed at two different points in space. I'd try shifting her left pupil over to the tear duct.

Other than that, I love how the hair on each character flows naturally, and you seem to have a solid understanding of how clothing folds work. Great job! :nod:
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ErinPtah Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2011
Thanks for the critiques! I finally got around to updating the image, so the new version is now up ^_^

The demon - well, technically, vampire - is Alucard from Hellsing, and trust me when I say it's in-character for him to be smiling. Although it might well be Stockholm syndrome too =P

His grey-tinted skin is also deliberate, though I went through and upped the blues on the white parts of their outfits, as well as adding some new shading and upping the overall saturation on the woman (Integra Hellsing) as a whole. (I used a lot of purple in the original shadows.) Tweaked her eyes, too, though I'm not sure how successful that was.

This has been a lot of fun to work on, and I'm glad you liked it!
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Liketheisland Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2011  Professional Filmographer
Oh yeah the eyes and outlines definitely look better now. :nod:
Noo problem! Glad I could help!
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TurbulentIndigo Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2011
This looks awesome. I love the lighting.
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shimrrout Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2011
great!
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ChaosPriest Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2011
Integra looks awesome here, and Alucard is pretty good too. As a slight point of criticism though, I'm not so sure about the stained glass window. It's not so much the way you drew it, as that seems good to me, but I find the lack of cohesive pattern a bit off-putting. I realize that you may not want something overly complex in the background to draw attention away from the characters in the foreground, but at the same time the chaotic nature of this background can also be a bit distracting.
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Annie-O Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Hot mamma Integra!!!! And FidoCard!
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shanejayell Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
Very neat!
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DragonBlessed Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
Woooah I really like this! The lighting is awesome and the stained glass in the background... just wow.
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141188 Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2011
Awesome! :D FAVE
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