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Battle Artist: Scarab Mask by Merides Battle Artist: Scarab Mask by Merides
Scarab's Mask, for :iconbattle-artist: week 10 competition.

I decided to try something a little more abstract than I normally do for the competitions. I hope this fits the qualifications, it's my favorite Battle-Artist piece thus far.

I used Charcoals, which I haven't used in FOREVER. My scanner doesn't like to be reminded of this fact, hence the strange blurs in the bottom left corner and the odd darkening near the ribbon.

Alright, enough babbling. Like? tell me what you think.
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:iconrickmays:
RickMays Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
Hmm, thoughtful.... Not that I like to think much, but very nice. Good job! :)
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:iconmerides:
Merides Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks! I don't know the character (I'm growing more interested by the hour, though, seeing all these awesome entries) but I thought I'd go simplistic this time around.
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:iconrickmays:
RickMays Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
Well, less is frequently more. And the more one learns, the more one is able to accomplish with less. It's kind of a chicken & the egg, catch 22 type of thing, but it's totally true. Learn this well and you shall OWN!

PS. I'm not being sarcastic. It's true. You'll own.
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:iconmerides:
Merides Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks! :) I had so much fun with this, and I MAY revisit it, but with subtractive method charcoal. Mind if I show you when that's done, see what you think?
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:iconrickmays:
RickMays Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
Cool. As for myself, I haven't touched charcoal since the last time a teacher threw a chalkboard eraser at my head and connected.
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:iconmerides:
Merides Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Awww...
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:iconealadha:
Ealadha Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2010
It looks great!
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:iconmerides:
Merides Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks!
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:iconealadha:
Ealadha Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2010
How'd you do in the contest?
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:iconmerides:
Merides Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
dunno yet- they've yet to announce winners of this one, from what I saw.
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:iconealadha:
Ealadha Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2010
i went and looked at the comments to the journal that showed all the entries..the judges usually post the winners down there first
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:iconmerides:
Merides Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Hm... good to know- that would mean that you and I *may* have won this round...
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:iconealadha:
Ealadha Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2010
Yay!
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PolishTank48 Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2010
This is some very beautiful work,darling :) The shading turned out excellent :thumbsup: And it's great to see that you went for something that you normally don't do. :) I always like to see diversity when it comes to art. Terrific job!
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Merides Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks - I am going to be posting more traditional artwork in the near future, I hope... I need to get back into getting down and dirty with the art- meaning my hands need to be black by the time I'm done!!! :D
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:iconpolishtank48:
PolishTank48 Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2010
I'm intent on doing the same!!! :D
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:iconmerides:
Merides Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Ok, now we have to bug each other if we DON'T see traditional from the other person. :P
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:iconpolishtank48:
PolishTank48 Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2010
Alright! :D =P
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:iconjactinglim:
jactinglim Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2010  Professional General Artist
man I miss using charcoals
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:iconmerides:
Merides Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Get back into it! :D
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:iconjactinglim:
jactinglim Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2010  Professional General Artist
haha I'm afraid my Cintiq has made me gone soft XD
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:iconmerides:
Merides Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
you haz Cintiq.... *jealous*
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:iconjactinglim:
jactinglim Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2010  Professional General Artist
yeah, bankrupted me until I got my first salary XD
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:iconmerides:
Merides Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Around $2k, right?
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:iconjactinglim:
jactinglim Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2010  Professional General Artist
omigod yes! XD
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:iconmerides:
Merides Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Yeah... ouch.
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RAYN3R-4rt Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
oh this is very nice well done
good idea i like this shot
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:iconmerides:
Merides Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks! I wish my scanner could have done it more justice... :/
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redskullrudd Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2010
totally fits the battle qualifications - her mask is essential to the character.
love that you went for something different, and the charcoal work is beautiful!
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:iconmerides:
Merides Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks! I used to work nearly exclusively in charcoals, only more recently have I worked in digital media. :) It was nice to go back to my 'roots'... and I felt more comfortable with this than with Black Canary! XD
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redskullrudd Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2010
the charcoal def lends its the necessary elegance. I think its cool seeing a piece just focus on the mask. Its so simple but a great design to focus on.
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:iconmerides:
Merides Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks- simplicity is what I was going for... I wish I had some red charcoal to round it out, but I didn't...
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