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Dola - Castle in The Sky

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I recently put a call out on tumblr for critique and feedback for my work- people wrote back with some great insights and pointed out a few blindspots I didn't realize I had!

One of the topics that came up more than once was that my female body-types and designs were not as varied or strong as their male equivalents. Which was a wake up call, since I care deeply about issues of representation in design.

So I thought I'd get some practice in tonight on twitch:

And I drew my favorite Air Pirate captain: Dola from Laputa/Castle In The Sky!
She's just such a killer design and Miyazaki does an amazing job of varying his female cast members and giving each character nuance and dignity.
More soon!
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Adobe Photoshop CS4 Macintosh
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Hide-and-SheikHobbyist General Artist
this is badass, i love the expression and the emotion of the pose, the lighting and the colors... damn
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smartguy123Hobbyist Traditional Artist
"That tree is getting away with our treasure! Get it! Get it!" My favorite line!
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hayliffe18Hobbyist Digital Artist
I tip my hat to you 
this is awesome 
i love this character 
shes so out there full of energy and sass 
she puts her "children" in their place 

+Rep * 1000000
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My favorite movie ever since I was a child <3 
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acapulc0Professional Digital Artist
Having seen this lately I just gotta say... stellar job! Thats her spirit!
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I was gonna quote Dola, but the comment section nailed it. xD
Don't mess with this grandma!
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Grigori77Professional General Artist
"CALL ME CAPTAIN, DAMMIT!!" :love:  One of my fave animes EVER!
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Oh My Gosh! My friend says she wants to be just like her when she grows up. Awesome job!
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nicholaskoleProfessional Digital Artist
haha- best of luck to her! me too :p
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The-Golem-ArmadaProfessional General Artist
Well done! I love this movie, and there isn't nearly enough fan art love for this classy lady. :D
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nicholaskoleProfessional Digital Artist
Too true!
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OrnaschHobbyist Artist
Oh My God!! She was my favorite character too! Miyazaki did a good job with her personality.
Your representation of her looks so good and badass, loved it :D (Big Grin) 
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TheCreatrix General Artist
Win! Dola is my spirit animal! lol
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MarmottegarouProfessional Filmographer
very cool :ahoy:
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SapphireGamgeeProfessional Digital Artist
She's built like the women of my father's family, down to the huge nose and reddish hair!  Awesomeness!
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nicholaskoleProfessional Digital Artist
haha- she's a brick house, as they say XD
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SapphireGamgeeProfessional Digital Artist
I've never been more happy to be described as a brick house :D  haha!
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I like your watercolor soo much! <3

This pose is definitely strong, and I think you made a great job drawing this character.
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Broeder-RPGHobbyist Digital Artist
Aw, I love Dola! ♥ This looks great. :D
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I love her character! Also, kudos to you for taking critique and using it in such a positive way.
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nicholaskoleProfessional Digital Artist
Thank you- I think it's important to listen to constructive feedback :)
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