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Samurai with the Lion Mask

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I'm desperately trying to get the hang of using a tablet and and photoshop, there is so much to learn. I'm very sorry, the anatomy is off and the armour and weapons are purely fictitious but I had fun for a few hours dreaming it up.
I was just looking at it and thinking it makes a far better thumb-nail than full-size, I hope this is the start of something cool. :D Thank you.
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Vilnix's avatar
Your style is really like Mike Mignola's. maybe its just your use of colour in this situation?
Mikenestin's avatar
The dark reds, greys and blues mixed with subtle gradients - yup, "Miggy" to the core! Thanks! ;p
Vilnix's avatar
Oh, so this is where the thumb nail thingy came from. It's pretty cool, but I don't think that there is much wrong with the anatomy. I like the lion mask. Hmmm. Its a shame that you didn't do it traditionally-says Vilnix the machine breaker!
Mikenestin's avatar
Gotta progress to new things! (Tactfully dosen't point out that "Vilnix the machine breaker" is using a computer as we speak.)
Thank you very much, doll-face - The lion mask comes from you.
emersontung's avatar
yeah. i've browsed thru your gallery and seen this. i was in love with it at first but then the anatomy kinda turned me off. =/ but i guess its acceptable since its still practice. im very interested in how you're getting really bold high opacity strokes. im still having a hard time with that.
Mikenestin's avatar
Pwaaah! Scathing, sir, scathing! Considering it's one of the first times I've use a tablet too... humph - I'll show you good anatomy; you'll see! :D
Yeah, you gotta keep up the opcacity - I just use 100% and the colour-taker for the variables - otherwise solid characters can become ghosts!
emersontung's avatar
haha. i didnt say your works didnt have anatomy. just this one. your later ones all have good anatomy.
Mikenestin's avatar
Yeah, no - I know. I just thought it was a little - pot calling the kettle black. If you know what I mean.
emersontung's avatar
i never said i had good anatomy >__>
xexa's avatar
Is he carrying a rifle? :o
Mikenestin's avatar
He is indeed. Problem?
xexa's avatar
No, I like it. Adds a cyberpunk look to it, which is hot. :D
Mikenestin's avatar
Steampunk, babe. That's my thing.
Besides, it's actually quite historically accurate.
xexa's avatar
Yes, it is. It's just not too common to see it around, y'know. Samurais with rifles? UNTHINKABLE. D:
But I like it. And steampunk's fine, too, but I'm not a big fan of the Victorian Age.

:bucktooth:

But it's wicked nonetheless. :thumbsup:
Mikenestin's avatar
At least 150 years of fudal Japanese history with Samurai with black-powder weaponary.
xexa's avatar
I know, man. I'm not criticizing your work! :o
Mikenestin's avatar
No - sorry! Ah, I alway come across bitter and angry in text. I haven't go the hang of Internet notes in comparrison to 'real life' dailogue.
Thank you very much for your supportive and constrcutive comments, honestly.
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TotenVeloren's avatar
First to start off I am amazed at this, your progress is remarkably fast. The colours are very harmonic and the gradient you made looks good.

One thing I like about your works are the strokes, it gives the subject a sense of movement. I guess you need to refine small details when doing such digipaintings. Keep highlights in small amounts so you can make the small things stand out more. Don't stick to one brush and try to vary your brushes when painting.

Your structure is awesome, so well built. With such an imagination I think you will improve quite fast really. Red rusty hues seem to be your trademark =D
Mikenestin's avatar
Without your help, it would have ammounted to nothing. I am endebted to you.

Yeah, I really need to work on my rendering - and not just give up. THanks for the tips, I take them to heart. Work on my detail and textures, and my brushes. :D

Structure and perspective are the things I believe I can do - :D Thanks. That, and imagine - and with your confidence in me. I am positive I can aspire to your expectations.

Collaboration. It calls to you, allow me to display my skill - and together we can rule the galaxy; father and son!
davybackfight's avatar
That's beautiful! I haven't looked at your gallery for a while and I'm glad I chose to today. :)
Mikenestin's avatar
I'm flattered beyond belief, and have a strange urge to put-out. Thank you.
Mageborn-traitor's avatar
^_^ soo cool. n hey not everything has to be realistic its what makes art fun =3
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