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Underwater Warrior by Norke Underwater Warrior by Norke
And now something completely different. No references were harmed while painting.

Lines by *Daimida
Painted by `Norke in about 8 hours

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:bulletblue: Tags: Digital, Fanart, Character, Babe, Lineart
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Critique by ButterflysDemise May 27, 2009, 12:42:00 PM
It seems to me that one arm, what would be the left, is missing. Or at least it looks as if the hair is coming out where the arm should be. The other arm seems a little off somehow. Perhaps a little out of proportion? I like the chest, but it is a little distracting. I really do like it though. The colors are very nice as is the draping of the clothing. Love the whale's teeth the most though. The details make me really happy, and overall I love this piece to pieces. Great job man, it's a lot better thank I can do. :)
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:iconjanvanlysebettens:
I really like the idea and the concept. The idea of an underwater warrior sounds very promising. But this isn't my favourite work from you:

While the idea might be nice, it doesn't really feel like an underwater warrior. It feels like a normal warrior who happens to be under water. :)
She looks too human and generic to exuberate an underwater-feeling. She doesn't really seem to fit in her surroundings.

As you can see, I only rated you a 3 for technique, while I perfectly know you're a great painter.
But this piece feels just flat. There are parts that I love, like the fabric, but overall it doesn't really pop.
I think it lacks some contrast, detail and a 3D feel in general.
I'm not a painter myself, so I have no tips on how to improve that, I can just tell you that it doesn't really convince me. :)

The water for example looks very boring and plain. With more detail, depth and colours this would be a much more interesting environment.

But, the thing that bothers me the most, is the akward pose and anatomy of the caracter. Her but is huge, her chest is pumped up, her head is rather small and to far back, and her left arm looks really strange.
I've seen your drawings, I know how good you are at human anatomy, so that's why this "bothers" me most.

I like the general idea, I like the whole setup. But with your skills you could turn this into something truly breathtaking (pun intended ;) ).
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cassannder Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2014
Yes, didn't you know that when a warrior is a female she looks like a whore out of playboy? That's exactly what you look like when you're out at battle.
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taughtbyabadgermole Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2011  Hobbyist Artist
Can I just critique you on the comments? i don't know if that's allowed cuz I don't have premium =S
Anyway as many have said the underwater concept is awesome, I love it when it actually looks and feels like you are viewing underwater. Her design is lovely and makes her look graceful. Again, the arms but its okay I don't mind because her breasts are distracting, very nice. What I do like about it is how it shows her confidence. A bit more texture on the whales? Overall your art is worth looking through smiley face*
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BODYandSoulknight Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2010
great :wow: i love it :D
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:iconaudodo:
Audodo Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
:whisper: you have been featured on my journal :) [link]
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:iconjusticevonbrandt:
JusticeVonBrandt Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2009
i like
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:icondigitails:
DigiTails Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
awesome. I love the pose and the atmosphere.
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cnjara Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2009
I don't know how you tell this in english, so:

JODIDAMENTE INCREIBLE :jawdrop:

Your work is truly amazing. Thanks for show it. :D
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:iconnorke:
Norke Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
Thx a lot! :D
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nonamex7 Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
i like shoulder part...nice work~
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AzKai Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
Unfortunately I don't have the money at the moment for a premium membership so I can't do an actual "critique", so, instead I will critique here!

I think the general idea is great. Immediately when I see this it reminds me of Jason Chan's piece: [link]

Because I've watched this video and received help from those at ConceptArt.org, I can pass along a few things that they pointed out in my own work:

CONTRAST: ADD MORE! The background pops to me because it is so dark; however, that darkness is lacking on her form. There is not a lot of light, if i remember correctly, that can easily go through water without being distorted. This doesn't show in your piece, which takes away the "under water" effect.

The armor... a LOT more contrast is needed. The armor looks as if it should be metal and shiny because of the way you have the highlights, but the lack of darkness doesn't help that. So, don't be afraid to put very bright lights next to very harsh shadows.

(I say don't be afraid because I always WAS afraid to do that.)

The background is WONDERFUL! I love the elements. Perhaps copy your whole piece (select the whole piece then apple + j, I'm not sure what it is for windows users, on your top layer) and paste it. Blur with some Gaussian blur (use your eye to tell you what looks right) and just use a mask to take the blur off of your foreground. Jason explains it in the video. The lack of very bright highlights works well for your background! Keep that up!

Over all I love this piece, but I do agree it definitely could use some finishing touches.

Keep up your amazing-ness! Hehe. You've got it! :D
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:iconnorke:
Norke Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
Thx a lot :D I didn't want to have too much contrast, because it's still under water. I use a lot of contrast on my other works. :D I loved Jasons work! :D
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IAmTheUnison Featured By Owner May 31, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
Hey, Hey! Ariel eat your heart out.
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:iconprismatic-prince:
Prismatic-Prince Featured By Owner May 29, 2009
I like your approach to this piece. A bit different from the rest of them that I saw. Great job.
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:iconnorke:
Norke Featured By Owner May 30, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
Thx a lot :D
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tndrhrtd37 Featured By Owner May 29, 2009
Beautiful...
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:iconnorke:
Norke Featured By Owner May 30, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you :D
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ricardoredway Featured By Owner May 28, 2009
holy shit!!!i would hate to be a judge for this contest so many masterpieces to pick from.this is in my top spot right now
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:iconnorke:
Norke Featured By Owner May 30, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
Oh my, thank you very much!
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:iconwritingrin:
WritingRin Featured By Owner May 28, 2009  Hobbyist Writer
Wow! I love this interpretation! It's really cool how you made the clothing so wispy transparent and I love how you changed the shoes! This is really creative and well done!
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:iconnorke:
Norke Featured By Owner May 30, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
Thx a lot :D
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:iconsurthur:
surthur Featured By Owner May 28, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
real flashy
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:iconnorke:
Norke Featured By Owner May 30, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
Is that a good thing? :giggle:
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:iconsurthur:
surthur Featured By Owner May 31, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
totally. shame on you :giggle:
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1oshuart Featured By Owner May 28, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
good colors and draw is very beautiful
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:iconnorke:
Norke Featured By Owner May 30, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
Thx a lot :D
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saiyajinchick189 Featured By Owner May 28, 2009
Absolutely stunning!:wow: I hope you win. I'm definitely voting for you.:nod:
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:iconnorke:
Norke Featured By Owner May 31, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
Thx a lot for the support :D
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saiyajinchick189 Featured By Owner May 31, 2009
You are very welcome.:nod: Your art is amazing.:D
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:iconnorke:
Norke Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you very much :D
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saiyajinchick189 Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2009
You're welcome. I'm so sad that you didn't win.:( But you came pretty damned close to it though which is awesome!:hug:
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:iconnorke:
Norke Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
Aww, I rarely play to win. I just don't want to be last :giggle:
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saiyajinchick189 Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2009
Hahaha no one wants to be last.XD
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mreviver Featured By Owner May 28, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I voted for yours. :3 Of all the entries, this one just really pulls you right into the water there with her. You can really feel the softness and the flow of it all. Wonderful work!
And bonus points for the whales~ X3
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:iconnorke:
Norke Featured By Owner May 31, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
Thx a lot :D
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Imeonokii Featured By Owner May 28, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
This suits her pose very well. You have my vote.
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:iconnorke:
Norke Featured By Owner May 31, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
Many thx :D
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crosscriss Featured By Owner May 28, 2009
I really love the fact that you changed the drawing up abit! The open shoes are relaly cool :D
And I love the mood for this drawing its really amazing! Good luck in the contest!
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:iconnorke:
Norke Featured By Owner May 31, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
Thx :D
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Nikki0417 Featured By Owner May 28, 2009  Student General Artist
gorgeous shading and background! I voted for yours in the contest. ^^ I love how you've shading her skin and clothing. it looks so smooth. *_* everything blends together so nicely. as like I said before, that environment is beautifully done, too. lovely work!
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:iconnorke:
Norke Featured By Owner May 31, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
Thx a lot :D Glad you like it and thx for the support :D
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maartenvc Featured By Owner May 28, 2009
Good work, I somewhat agree with my bro' (comment above), however when zoomed out the contrast looks really okay, even great. Maybe it's just that some parts are really sharp (knee, shoulder) and some not (arm, hand)
Anyways, awesome job !
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:iconnorke:
Norke Featured By Owner May 31, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
Yeah, true. I should have had more time :p it's a bit of a rushed painting.
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vincentvc Featured By Owner May 28, 2009  Student Digital Artist
I agree with mindfuckx, this piece misses the overall sharpness/high contrast your paintings usually have. It indeed makes it look a little too flat. Maybe a little glowing stuff would do this piece good too.
Except that, it is still a nice painting. I like the mystery behind it, I really feel like I want to find out what's going on, what the story is. It simply needs those small finish in touches you normally add. :peace:
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:iconnorke:
Norke Featured By Owner May 31, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
I know, it was a bit rushed at the end. I get home tired and I had to pull this of in 2 sessions. I don't think I'll finish it soonish, but I might when I don't like it anymore :D muahah :D
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kate-n-bd Featured By Owner May 28, 2009
oh, I forgot to say that I absolutely love the background, this deep dark water makes me feel creepy D:
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ShaskinTawuk Featured By Owner May 28, 2009  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
there is something with.. her proportions?
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Andantonius Featured By Owner May 27, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
Well, your painting skills are awesome as ever; but I honestly can figure out what is going on here.

Her head and legs seem fine, but her boobs seem oddly detached from her body, my only guess is they're floating.

And is her left arm a fin, or is a fin behind her shoulder and her left arm's out of view?


Don't get me wrong, it's a great piece; the cloth, hair, and face are fantastic, it just seems a bit disjointed. But I might just be looking at it wrong.
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Imeonokii Featured By Owner May 28, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
It is someone else's lineart though, so those questions might better be referred to the lineart artist :p
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Erymanthe Featured By Owner May 27, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
amazing light effect

i need some lessons!
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Kai-Ky Featured By Owner May 27, 2009
she looks sexy and dangerous
love the underwater look
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