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Dema - Contest entry by Nikker Dema - Contest entry by Nikker
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Thank you, everyone who voted for me. :heart: My entry won first place, giving me a year subscription and other goodies! :heart::heart:


This will be put up for prints soon, after I finish cleaning it up and fixing various things pointed out to me and ..that have bothered me over time. :heart:

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Oh. my. god. I'M FINALLY DONE WITH THIS.. but none too happy with it. Good lord, I've spent so long on this. I would've spent even more time (namely on teh background...), but I'm submitting this really close to the deadline. It's for *svarta-perlan's contest, and the prizes are really nice. I kind of doubt I'll win, looking at some of the entries.. but.. Ugh, I gave it my best. I only discovered this contest like a week ago, and have been working on it almost the entire time since. (So many hours a day.. and I was such a slacker for not doing anything yesterday..)

This is *svarta-perlan's character Dema, as a goddess of beauty (that was the original idea, at least. She's definitely pretty enough.)

I cheated a little bit on the background, overlayed some textures (mainly on the trees and a little of the water). The statue was like a whole picture of it's own.. it's of my character Aycis becacuse I think she makes a good statue. The little ruffles on Dema's dress were HELL. Not the big folds.. but the little tiny creame colored things. I wanted to kill something so bad working on those. Oy..


Details can be seen here: [link] (Sorry for the clevage shot, I wanted to show the ruffles and necklace. XP)
The original, 100% zoomed is 2000x3000something pixels. D:



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Original sketch on paper with pencil, colors and HOURS OF SLAVING done in Photoshop 7.0 with my wacom graphire 2 tablet (4x5inches). Not really sure about the time.. Definitely over 20 hours, though... I stopped counting shortly after I started.


Character © *svarta-perlan
Art by =nikker
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:iconseanthelightwolf:
SeantheLightWolf Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Nice job! :) !! Truly amazing.
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:iconkipachie:
Kipachie Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2008  Professional General Artist
That is so beautiful! The lighting is so sweet and her dress is really good! I like the setting of the picture, really sets off a mood.
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:icontheinkhead:
theinkhead Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2007
Absolutely a delicious job you've done with this. The folds and shadding in the dress alone are incredible.
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:iconl0st1nw0nder1and:
L0st1nW0nder1and Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2007  Student Interface Designer
This is absolutely incredible! The dress is gorgeous!
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:iconangel--of--music:
angel--of--music Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2007  Student General Artist
Amazing. Absolutly amazing.
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:iconzimscar:
Zimscar Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2006
Aww,this is really good. I like it alot. :D :heart:
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:icondaxlisixishxhere:
daxlisixishxhere Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2006
Everything about this is stunningly beautiful.

As most pieces of your art.

-/watch-
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:iconhoundourka:
Houndourka Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2006   Digital Artist
well... awesome @____@"
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:iconsnix:
Snix Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2006  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This is so beautiful. x) Yaaay.
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:iconplish:
Plish Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2006
It's awesome. ^_^ Great job on the dress!
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:iconshiverstar:
Shiverstar Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2005
If one word could decribe it... Beautiperfavorexelordthatsgoodart!
is that cheating? I don't care I WAAAANT!
Put that word in the dictionary! ^_^
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:iconhottgermanchick:
hottgermanchick Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2005
Awe this is so beautiful :D I just love the colors and the uniqueness in the idea. Isnt she a cutie ;p The detail in the dress is just so lovely

:frail:
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:iconseasaidh:
seasaidh Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2005  Student Digital Artist
=o
I hate you! But I'd totally vote for you. xD
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:iconnikker:
Nikker Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2005  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Voting it still open, you realise?
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:iconlady-shanya:
Lady-Shanya Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2005
Gosh Nikker, this be gorgeous! Totally adore the dress, and the detailed shading you've put into the folds is awsome :o Her anatomy is perfect to say the least, great ethereal glow from the moonlight, though my favourite part has to be those cute little cream ruffles xD Hmm, I'd have liked to see more detail in her hair perhaps, but there's certainly nothing wrong with it *shrugs* but what do I know ^^; Water looks great too, always have a hard time getting the colours to look realistic myself.
Oh, and what method did you use to seperate her from the background, the line is very neat, was she just on a top layer?
Awsome work Nikkerz, spiffing pic indeed! Hope ya win/won. Hehe.
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:iconnikker:
Nikker Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2005  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Haha, trust me, I tried putting more detial into her hair. It looked so ugly, and I didn't have enough time to worry about it.

And yeah.. she's on a layer above it, there were a lot of layers in this. Also, the fullsize was about four times as big as this probably? Yeah..

I really hope I win.. I think I'm ahead in votes, but I'm not sure.. I haven't checked in a while kind of. Voting lasts a month altogether.. Around August 17th or something it'll be over.
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:iconlady-shanya:
Lady-Shanya Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2005
Fair enough, yeah, I assumed there'd be a good reason for you doing the hair in that way, the highlighting was still very accurate to.
Gosh, I thought the fullsize one was big! Eeep. Suppose it's easier to work big to begin with.
Hm, I'll see if I can find the link again, then I can vote as well ^_~ Ya certainly deserve it I can say!
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:iconkafie:
kafie Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2005  Hobbyist General Artist
Did I ever tell you that I hate you?
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:iconkafie:
kafie Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2005  Hobbyist General Artist
btw, beautiful work.
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:iconeldictator:
eldictator Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2005
reminds me of dogtanian
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:iconperkygothiam:
perkygothiam Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2005
I would have died a horrible, flaming death before I could do anything even in the same country as the skill in this. You must have the patience of a saint and extremely dependable hands. Congratulations, you deserve it!
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BounceServal Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2005
gorgeous work! as far as critique goes, you really nailed the water in the fountain. like seriously rockin'! the details in the dress are exquisite and the trees are very well done.

as far as constructive criticism, try shading things with different colors, not just darker base colors or gray. for example, the white fur on the dog girl, you could add some other highlights of green and blue to reflect the background! if you do it subtely it can really make things stand out and look more "real."

other than that though, fantastic work!

p.s: i'm confused. are you the same girl that did the breakdancing animation? that's how i found your account. :>
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:iconnikker:
Nikker Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2005  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Nah, =veg is the one who did that. She's a good friend of mine, and I favorited it.


And, as far as the critique goes <3 Thank you. There's a lot of unfinished things with this picture, heck there was even a bunch of jewlery I didn't have time ot add (and I was lucky to rememer she had any tail). That's what happens when I have a short amount of time to finish something, though.
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:iconbounceserval:
BounceServal Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2005
no problem! and, if that is a rushed job, i'd love to see what you can come up with more time! keep up the great work. :D
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:iconthe-administrator:
The-Administrator Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2005   Artisan Crafter
The background is pretty rough- and while the detail and skill on Dema are fantastic, I'm really into that fountain. The water's lovely, and the torso and head on the statue are excellently shaped- and I do mean that in a critiquely sense.

But off the critique, the statue is hot anyway.
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:iconnikker:
Nikker Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2005  Hobbyist Digital Artist
:heart: Thank youuuu. I don't usually thank people for comments but D: Thank youu.
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:iconeverdusk:
everdusk Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2005
What do you mean, no chance? I think it's lovely. =3
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:iconrastill:
rastill Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2005   Digital Artist
Great attention to detail, I love the dress. The background has such depth to it. Great job
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:iconhealingblight:
HealingBlight Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2005
*buys a hat and tips it to you*
Superb, I have to check the rest of your stuff out, if its half as good then Im guranteed a good time :)
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:iconpistaches:
pistaches Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2005
i love the coloring and the details and the background and the clouds and the dress and the cleavage ^~ and the fountain and the water andandand! everything.
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:iconrabidlizard:
rabidlizard Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2005   Digital Artist
Wow.. I love the dress. I think the best detail went into the dress, I'm amazed.
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:iconcrossedheart:
crossedheart Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2005
Nikki this is insanly good! I'm so impressed with how much better you get every time you draw. Just.. wow.... I'm so huge for detail and this blows me away! Keep it up!


I'll have sex with you later....
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:iconnikker:
Nikker Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2005  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Omgyaysex! God, screw the contest, sex from Kat makes this picture more than worthwhile. ;D
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:iconkitamiii:
kitamiii Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2005
Omfg.. I am seriously speechless.
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:icontessakitten:
tessakitten Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2005
wow. your shading is BEAUTIFUL! I love the water and how you shaded her skin/fur...stuff. her dress is very nicely done also...heck it's just a very nice picture *clap*
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:iconungapants:
Ungapants Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2005  Professional Digital Artist
:jawdrop: Thats soo good. Im sure you can win! Besides.. yours has clevage
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:iconshirleyx:
shirleyx Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2005
i absolutely love the scene! adore your coloring as well
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:icon0r0ch1:
0r0ch1 Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2005
Fucking kickass
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:iconjajawa:
jajawa Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2005
Wow. Amazing details. <33
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:iconsurrealvogue:
surrealvogue Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2005
beautiful (angelicremix from AL XD)
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:icongidget-:
gidget- Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2005
Oh my freaking goodness Nikki. You amaze me. Definately one of, if not, your finest. This deserves a million :+fav:'s, but since I can only provide one, here you are. :)
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:iconlonersoul96:
LonerSoul96 Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2005   Digital Artist
Another great one! Maybe she looks a bit out of place. Her skin shines a lot and there is no fullmoon.
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:iconnikker:
Nikker Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2005  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Argh.. Very sorry for the double post. DA needs a "delete post" option.
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:iconlonersoul96:
LonerSoul96 Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2005   Digital Artist
True.
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:iconnikker:
Nikker Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2005  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Keep in mind, she is a goddess.
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:iconlonersoul96:
LonerSoul96 Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2005   Digital Artist
Touche! She really looks surrounded by Mystical Aura.
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:iconnikker:
Nikker Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2005  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Keep in mind, she is a goddess.
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:iconmaripan:
maripan Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2005
*in awe*
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:icondelkai:
delkai Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2005
:heart: Nikki. It's lovely.
No words to describe. :blowkiss:
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:iconhappybeeme:
happybeeme Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2005
Looks wonderful ^^ The small details are very nice, and the statue makes it seem more mysterious, and gives the ovrall picture a more elegant feel. Great work ^^
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