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Youngish adult, mixed ethnicity, queer and gender-non-conforming, host to a variety of anxiety/mood disorders and a couple of wayward secondary personalities. Proud Kiwi. Wikipedian.

I'm an amateur photographer, musician and programmer making the most of a student's shoestring budget to do what I love. Not an artist by any stretch of the imagination, I just habitually doodle non-stop, and sometimes pretty these scraps up and put them here.

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Favourite Movies
Most of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, especially IM1 and The Avengers. Also Black Swan, American Beauty and Lust, Caution.
Favourite TV Shows
The 1990s animated Batman! Powerpuff Girls, Kanon, MLP:FIM, MasterChef Australia, Wipeout.
Favourite Bands / Musical Artists
Partial to Beethoven, Grieg, k.d. lang and Queen, but mostly I listen to orchestral arrangements of video game or pop music. Or 80s love songs. Because I'm a dork.
Favourite Books
Mister Pip, Othello and the Merchant of Venice, Fraction's Invincible Iron Man and Hawkeye, DeConnick's Captain Marvel, Batwoman, Enns' Inspiration and Incarnation.
Favourite Writers
quigonejinn and scifigrl47 on AO3, gabby-silang on livejournal.
Favourite Games
I'm addicted to scribblenauts. portal 2. that facebook avengers alliance game. Also singstar for ps2 was huge fun. Loved it.
Favourite Gaming Platform
pc? wii is fun too.
Tools of the Trade
Intuos3, Paint Tool SAI (and occasionally Photoshop and InDesign CS5). Usually I just use my $5 sketchbook and mechanic pencils though. I do love india ink and watercolors but can never be bothered.
Other Interests
herbal tea, piano, writing fanfiction, editing Wikipedia, tumblr.


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I've never used the luminous mode- now I guess I will! :D
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oh, yeah, and another thought- you've done well with the backlighting. I didn't even notice it the first time around, but it's pretty logical given all the drama behind them for them to be lit that way; you've managed to make it unobtrusive.
A couple of Master Assasins
I'm glad you found my critique useful :) It was such a compelling piece I couldn't help but suggest improvements.

Might I ask how you did the flame-flares on the background (or the light in general, really)? I'm quite new to doing anything more than static cartoony portraits, and would love to know how you did it.
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:star::star::star::star::star-empty: Overall
:star::star::star::star::star-half: Vision
:star::star::star::star::star-empty: Originality
:star::star::star::star-empty::star-empty: Technique
:star::star::star::star::star-half: Impact

You've composed this exceedingly well. It's very tense, very high-action, while offering a close view of our lovely assassins. However, that said, it seems apparent from a closer look that you're better at the ideas and the broad strokes, gorgeous as they are, than the specifics of human anatomy.

Both persons' hair is wonderfully done, and Tasha's face is picture-perfect. Her shoulders are however too high and awkwardly placed, and the leg she has raised is doing a rather poor job of being foreshortened and placed correctly (is that a twisted ankle at the bottom of that leg? Was that intentional as a throwback to the helicarrier saga?). Her stance in general is awkward (and anatomically incorrect/painful) and not as dynamic as the scene would demand. I'd suggest angling her body to match her head, so that her raised knee is more easily depicted and she can get both arms in the fight.

Clint's face is a tad less a spot-on rendition of Renner's, but but his raised arm is a bit awkward, both in the way his hand is drawn and in the angles that compose the elbow. Other than that, though, he's pretty well-drawn apart from some minor musculature things with the arms (because Renner has impossible biceps, haha). I like the attention to detail with the nails on his bow hand, though.

Props - you got both their outfits pretty much perfect, as you probably know. Seams on Tasha's catsuit could be rendered in thinner, sharper lines or not at all; her bracers are doing a poor job of appearing as a cylindrical whole. Barton's arm-brace-thing is digging into his flesh a little, but I guess that's what would actually happen. In general, I think you've got a real eye for detail that's being let down by a lack of cleaning up those details in your own work, like polishing off the smooth lines in the bow which seem a little hesitant in places. Ditto the insignia on Tasha's belt, etc.

Background- as I said, beautiful. The colors are picturesque and indicative; you're very good at this indicate-don't-depict thing, which unfortunately doesn't work out so well for your foreground characters. I love the little touch of Stark hovering in the background, repulsor ray and all, and the way you've got light playing off the whole thing is far, far beyond anything I've achieved or probably will any time soon. Stark Tower, too, is immediately recognizable. I just have the one quibble (which was probably forced by composition, actually) that the skyscraper that's dwarfing Stark Tower is impossible in practice given the concept of ST being the largest thing on the skyline, unless there's some serious perspective-fudging going on.

In short: beautiful, just short of poster-worthy because of lack of attention to fine detail. Closer reference to models or photographs in composing human positions would have helped, as would more time spent on the work - but I imagine that this wasn't meant to be an epic labour of love that would end up framed on a wall anyway. If you did decide to go that route, there's not that much that needs to be changed about the concept for it to work; you'd just need a few more dedicated hours to improve on the execution.
A couple of Master Assasins
:star::star::star::star: Overall
:star::star::star::star::star-half: Vision
:star::star::star::star-half::star-empty: Originality
:star::star::star::star::star-empty: Technique
:star::star::star::star::star-half: Impact

The effect applied to the background shield is very effective, especially in contrast to the subject itself. Use of shading is and geometric angles is really quite nice; however, I think the entire person is a bit elongated (Cap is rather bulky in the comics) if an accurate representation is what is desired. If not, this is wonderful concept art.

I love the resolute expression on his face, the determination evident there. That his chin doesn't quite align with the notch in his costume is slightly distracting, however, as is the relative lack of outlining in the red stripes on his torso compared to everything else. I love that you've included the pockets on his belt though, and managed to represent the detail there, as well as that on his gloves.
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