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Broken Fang vs Van Helsing by LycanthropeHeart Broken Fang vs Van Helsing by LycanthropeHeart
Made for #WerewolvesAtHeart 2013 Werewolf Tournament "Brawling Beasts!" Challenge
Round-3 Match-3 Aunt Broken Fang vs. Van Helsing

-Art by *LycanthropeHeart (Me)
-Aunt Broken Fang *QuebecoisWolf
-Van Helsing his legal owner
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This time I tried to paint a bit different than I use to. I'm still trying to find out a way to
paint that works best for me. ^^;
So far, I like how this turn out! :D
-Broken Fang:iconsaysplz:Hasta la vista... Asshole!
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:iconlunaticmindgamer:
Fight club!
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:iconrocker234:
Place yer bets! :D
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fullmetalcanid Feb 7, 2014  Professional Artist
Perfect shot of a bloody scene that makes me feel funny inside...
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RainikaWerewolf13 Nov 12, 2013  Professional Artist
Oh....my god.. *faints*
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TeknicolorTiger Oct 15, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Loving the action in this. And the intensity in ABF's face and posture. This feels much more dynamic than some of her other pieces, I might add. Just the tilt of the horizon and a bit of motion blur can make all the difference, I suppose. ^^ Also you can never go wrong with a well-choregraphed monster battle. XD My only critique would be to work on the streams of blood, particularly on her bicep. It doesn't look like it was integrated that well into the rest of the image. I can give you some pointers if you'd like, though I'm not sure what program you use. Other than that, I can't stop looking at this. Very, very cool. Tempted to commission you to do that battle between Hayden and Marcus. XD I'd love to see Hayden in your style.
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LycanthropeHeart Oct 15, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Yeah, I knew something was missing! ^^;
But Thank you. You Have no idea how much I appreciate your critiques, specially when I have no one around to teach me this kind of stuff. I had to figure out everything for myself. Experiment with this, experiment with that... Textures, layers...
I use Painter12 for every drawing by the way and it's been just a year since I changed to digital so... It's been harsh!
You can see my progress it you search in my scraps (now they just kinda embarrassing... XP I don't even know why I still have them).
Hayden and Marcus!?! really? for someone of your caliber I would be more than honored!
You're gonna laugh but... I've seen your art and to be honest. I kinda feel intimidated... XP
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TeknicolorTiger Oct 15, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
I was there too. Well, I still am! I'm always experimenting and looking up tutorials and new brushes. I need more practice with a lot of things such as lighting and human anatomy to be sure. And I can see you've made tremendous progress in the past year, especially in the last little bit. I can see you're becoming a lot more comfortable with the medium. :)

And after seeing this awesomeness, how could I NOT want to see how you might render that pair? XD I've become more and more impressed by your work and I'm surprised I haven't started watching you sooner since every piece you've put out has been more refined than the last. I'm surprised that you'd feel that intimidated by me considering how much I admire your own work. X3 And I'd be happy to help you along anyway I can.

Blood and gore is some of my favorite things to render so it's no wonder I'd notice that in your picture, really. lol The blood blurred out by proximity to the viewer looks really nice. It's got substance and rather than getting in the viewer's way, adds to the composition. So that was clever. I've seen other artists execute that pretty poorly, I suppose to obscure what they might perceive as errors in the background and/or just because it looks more "intense". Anyway, in this case, I would consider the state of ABF's fur rather than just the blood itself. You can imply the presence of gore simply by color and changing the texture of ABF's fur to look darker and more damp. You can do this by adding in some more detail around where her fur is wet - more jagged lines to indicate strands or, if you're feeling brave, actually try imitating the actual texture of fur. It's time-consuming until you perfect a technique but it's worth it! Unless of course, you're okay with your current "cel-shaded" style then that's okay too. :)

Blood has more substance to it than water and can appear either a bright, ruby red or altogether black under certain conditions, lighting or otherwise. What might also affect its appearance would be how old the blood is and what angle in which it's splashed on her/leaking out of her, but that's probably getting too technical. Basically, I'd focus on painting in the clumps of ABF's fur with a dark, dark red, and where the light touches it, a brighter, crimson red. Ultimately, your best bet is to look up references. Here, the jagged brush you used is conflicting with what I want to perceive as ABF's fur, almost like it's not even ON her body. When I look at it a certain way, it almost looks like that red blob is coming out of her open mouth. It's transparent, so I can see where it interacts a bit with the lighting on her arm, but it seems tacked-on in that regard. Also remember that it is a liquid, so where the light hits it, it will have some glare to it, especially considering the lighting you've got now. Lighting is something else I'd like to see you push a bit more in your pictures. In my opinion, lighting doesn't have to be accurate when you're starting out experimenting with it, but it helps to try. It's easier to focus on just getting the "feel" of it right, but I could be wrong in this case, as I seem to have caught myself in an endless loop of imitating lighting. Lots of times I feel like my lighting isn't really that convincing when you stare at it long enough but then lots of times I don't use references as I should. But anyway, in this case, I'd recommend maybe doing some experiments with just two or three colors, one a bright color and the other a darker complimentary. Or better yet, try working from real life. Set up a still life and paint what you see. I guarantee you'll learn a lot even after just one attempt.

But yeah, I hope this doesn't discourage you because you're doing REALLY well on your own, mostly because I see you experimenting with stuff such as this picture. Composition, poses, the flow of action, not to mention I highly approve of the subject matter but you know I'm biased. XD
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LycanthropeHeart Oct 15, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you for sharing your wisdom with me... :worship:
Most appreciated!
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TeknicolorTiger Oct 15, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Any time. I just hope my "wisdom" made sense. lol
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Lonemtnwolf Oct 13, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Brilliant! :D
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