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Maya - Amazonian Instinct by PsylisiaDragoon Maya - Amazonian Instinct by PsylisiaDragoon
Amazing colorwork by :iconscamwich:

From the 'Killer Instinct' fighting series (KI 2 in arcades and its N64 port KI Gold) comes this action-packed bit of fanart, featuring the Amazon queen and warrioress Maya. I've always liked Maya for a variety of reasons and she was definitely my favorite character to play in KI2 (got quite good using her). Of course, I always love the 'amazon' type of characters too, so that of course helped.

Her attract mode bio listed:
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5' 10"
140 lbs
23 years old

Made queen of the land of Amazonia after her part in banishing the dark lord Gargos. Cast out by her tribe as Gargos returns, Maya must vanquish him to regain her throne.
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Again, I liked Maya from the get-go pretty much, nice design (some obvious reasons), good playstyle...but geez, that top that her sprite wore has to be one of the most painful looking tops I've ever seen in a a video game. <: Then again the sprites/models in KI2 weren't exactly...good anatomy. :P I somewhat, ah, made her body a bit more 'normally proportioned' even with this crazy view in this pic.

Anyway, felt like doing some artwork of this mostly forgotten character/series and came up with quite a 'actiony' bit of posing. ^^ Even not counting the obvious dynamic perspective on this move, I really enjoy how this came out of a fanart of Maya as a whole.

Story-wise...I guess consider the POV as that of a trespasser into the Amazonia jungles. And the invader's punishment emerges from the dark canopy above in the form of a beauty dropping feet first from the branches with her giant daggers drawn...

...Maya DID have quite a few kicking moves, including a handspringing double-leg dive called the Jungle Leap, which somewhat ended like this. :)

Speaking of the 'emerging from the darkness', I have to thank and very much give props to :iconscamwich: for his fantastic bit of color and lighting that he added to my original drawing here. ^^

He put some neat contrast here. Basically the 'scene' is in the jungle with its generally heavy canopy of trees and branches enshrouding the ground underneath in deep shadows. However, here and there small pockets and beams of sunlight are able to penetrate to the floor. 'You' just walked into one and, being exposed, look up to see the point of impact (that being Maya's bare sole) surging from the shadows into the bright light just a moment before it's too late. And I doubt the fierce looking amazon is going to sheath those blades peacefully after her kick lands. ;)

I write too much, don't I? ^^

Again, major thanks to :iconscamwich: for the amazing color/lighting which really helped the 'plot' of this pic.

Also hope it's a good fanart of Maya overall too (beyond typical reasons, I just love how the pose came out), it's a damn shame that we're very unlikely to see another Killer Instinct or especially Battletoads game due to what happened to Rare years ago.

Enjoy.
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:icondonnersberg:
Donnersberg Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2015
Wow, I think I am standing under her tree. Suddenly I hear a war cry over me, look up and what I see is this giant sole in front of my face, but only for a blink because in the next moment her foot crashes in my face. I lay knocked out on the ground, she stays over me, smiles and says: "Ups, who need daggers?"
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grippedchimp Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Dude, I just noticed that Maximilian used this picture as a thumbnail for a Maya ultra combo video on YouTube!  Don't worry though - he has given credit for this picture in the video description. 
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:iconpsylisiadragoon:
PsylisiaDragoon Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2015
Yep, I noticed that a few weeks ago.  Seems he might've used it for two videos as well.  I actually don't mind, and am glad he gave credit.  Anything for a little more exposure (and hopefully people liked it).

...

Though is it wrong if I feel a little shame for what else they'll find throughout the gallery? <:
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:icongrippedchimp:
grippedchimp Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
No, not at all.  The internet is for porn, as they say, and stuff about feet should be low on the offensive list.
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IAmMagician Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2014
Nice
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:iconpsylisiadragoon:
PsylisiaDragoon Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2014
Thx.
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Zerrbild Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I've never played Killer Instinct,but I like her designI 've become quite found of 'South American style' warrior women recently.Your lineart  really creates a lot of drama.The colouring is just the icing on the cake to a brilliant picture
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:iconpsylisiadragoon:
PsylisiaDragoon Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2014
Thank you. ^^  Yeah, I've always liked the amazon-themed/South American style female warrior 'type', and (barring her top) I've always liked how it came out in Maya's original design.
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rabastanlestrange Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This Maya chick could drop on me every day of the week :D (Big Grin) provided those knives are only for show, obviously. Sweating a little... 
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:iconpsylisiadragoon:
PsylisiaDragoon Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2014
Heh, in her case, they actually aren't 'just for show'. ;)
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solariabons Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Awesome! Too bad that her new character design abandoned the barefoot look :(
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:iconpsylisiadragoon:
PsylisiaDragoon Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2014
Thanks.  Yeah, it's rather unfortunate they changed that part with the new design (which honestly I kinda like a bit).  Technically it is still a 'concept art' so I suppose there's a minor chance at some changes (though doubtful).  It'd be nice to have a few more elements that resembled the original character though (both 'that' and maybe something resembling her KI2 tiara perhaps).
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solariabons Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Yeah, the new concept art isn't totally bad but it lacks personality in my humble opinion (like all the characters already presente, but it's just a matter of tastes). I would have liked some reminders of her old character design, for example her tiara, like you suggested. Maybe they'll add an additional skin with something similar to her old outfit but I'll pass on the game: the way they are selling it, using a pay per play model, really put me off. 
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:iconfrankmr:
FrankMR Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Fantastic work!
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:iconpsylisiadragoon:
PsylisiaDragoon Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2014
Thanks much. ^^
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Krysnha Featured By Owner May 13, 2014
Nice thanks for sharing
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:iconpsylisiadragoon:
PsylisiaDragoon Featured By Owner May 14, 2014
Glad you enjoyed.
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:iconkrysnha:
Krysnha Featured By Owner May 14, 2014
No problem thanks for the reply
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VGM1 Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2013
Here's hoping she shows up in KI 2013 as part of the season 2 batch. With Fulgore and T.J. Combo.
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:iconpsylisiadragoon:
PsylisiaDragoon Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2013
Yep, really hope so.
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:iconjullynjonathan:
jullynjonathan Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2013
O_O? continue ...
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:iconbustahwolf23:
BustahWolf23 Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2013
Wow really good.
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:iconpsylisiadragoon:
PsylisiaDragoon Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2013
Thank you very much. ^^
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:iconbustahwolf23:
BustahWolf23 Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2013
Much welcome :DA
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:iconimmatureboys:
Immatureboys Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2013
Great artwork at its finest, its awesome
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:iconpsylisiadragoon:
PsylisiaDragoon Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2013
Thank you very much. ^^
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:icontownzelman2013:
Townzelman2013 Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2012
Awesome, can you do orchid next?
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:iconpsylisiadragoon:
PsylisiaDragoon Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2012
Eh, we'll see.
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LoanSkunk Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
Amazing feet. Can i smell
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:iconpsylisiadragoon:
PsylisiaDragoon Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2012
Ah, she probably wouldn't let you...
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b3hindhaz3l3yes Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2012
Awesome work! It's rare to see an action pic of her
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:iconpsylisiadragoon:
PsylisiaDragoon Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2012
Heh, it's rare to see ANY pic of her. Seems like the only KI fanart you see around is of Orchid (typical).
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halkar Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2012
This is great! I hope that she stepped on a thorn!)))
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:iconpsylisiadragoon:
PsylisiaDragoon Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2012
Uh, maybe.
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:iconricardoredway:
ricardoredway Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2012
BEST MAYA PIC EVER
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:iconpsylisiadragoon:
PsylisiaDragoon Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2012
Heh, thanks. ^^
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:iconbarefootpiratequeen:
BarefootPiratequeen Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2012
I love it!!!
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:iconpsylisiadragoon:
PsylisiaDragoon Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2012
Glad you enjoyed it.
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Drivingblind666 Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
WOW this is awesome! Maya is definitely an under looked KI character. It's pretty exciting to piece of fan art of her, especially one that is so creative with the angle and action of her posing. I simply adore her expression, her jumping pose, her hair blowing back and way you drew the feet. Not too many people can draw feet, especially in a pose like that and you achieved it wonderfully!
I am very impressed with this. I love the rest of your gallery too! You just earned another :+devwatch:er! :D
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:iconpsylisiadragoon:
PsylisiaDragoon Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2012
Yeah, I really enjoyed how the dynamics worked out in this pic. I tried to put together something that would fit her type of characterization (wild, strong-minded amazon) and make her look quite fierce as she leaps through the jungle. As for the perspective/foot, well, I like doing these sort of action shots when appropriate.

Maya was severely underlooked in KI (seriously, all you see is Orchid or sometimes Fulgore fanart) and I pretty much liked both her design (if not her game model, which was...flawed) and how she played right away. ^^

Thank you very much for the nice compliment, and I'm happy to hear you've enjoyed the rest of the gallery too. :)
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:icondrivingblind666:
Drivingblind666 Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Well I think you did phenomenal! I could never pull this off in a thousand years. This takes major talent. :wow:

I agree. Her and Kim Wu. There is a KH art tribute going on and I am doing Kim Wu.
Yeah their models all look the same! They are have Janet Jackson's face, especially with the nose! I hope if they ever reboot the series that they deference their facial and body shapes, especially Maya's breasts @_@ lol

You are so welcomed though! :hug:
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:iconrajee:
rajee Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Great collab guys!
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:iconpsylisiadragoon:
PsylisiaDragoon Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2012
Thx.
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:iconrajee:
rajee Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Your welcome
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killacam1982 Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I love this peice. And every ting you speak of is true. I hate what happend to rare. Dan I miss ki. I too plan on creating a "shrine" of the ki women. In my own taste. Keep em coming bro
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:iconpsylisiadragoon:
PsylisiaDragoon Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2012
Thank you. And it's a damn shame what happened to Rare, ridiculous in fact. <:
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:iconoperatingthetan:
operatingthetan Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2012
killer instinct fanart ftw!
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:iconpsylisiadragoon:
PsylisiaDragoon Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2012
Indeed. ^^
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stitchspike26 Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2012
Love all your work. The composition is great, but the sole is awesome in this one.
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:iconpsylisiadragoon:
PsylisiaDragoon Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2012
Thanks very much, hope it was good all around. ^^
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