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Light My Fire by moyan Light My Fire by moyan
for the love of light and shadows:
#12 of the haiga girls series.

nishibi yori mabushiku moeru koi kokoro
tamashii wo kuu honoo no hitomi

burning more brilliantly than the westerly sun-
my infatuation.
eating up my soul, your flaming eyes.

it is a commissioned work by ~the-warrior-of-ruin (a.k.a. Stephen Whittingstall). akako is a character in his webcomic
The Warrior of Ruin (

this is the inspiration for the akako in my mind that finally oozed out onto the monitor:

basically akako's element is fire and so the tanka written is full of heat. even a blue dress couldn't drown the fire.

pencil sketch on A4 drawing, scanned and colored in photoshop 7.0.

by #dALinkSystem
Starry blue nekogirl by *SheIsBlueAi

and Menma-Chan by *efMoe
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for comment/critique contest, december 2012

On anyone's eyes, their first impression of this piece, they would think that it has been done traditionally. That's just how you actually fooled them, it fooled me too. It looked so much like an oil painting the first time I laid eyes on this. You showed us that even a digital work can be painted like a traditional method.

Here are the strong part of this drawing, of how you pointed out the focal point at the upper part of her body, making people focus more on her face, followed by her clothes then last part of the legs, making it more less-detailed when it reaches down below, just like the background, it's not necessary to make a background for this piece..

..however, it's more advisable to fill up the white space. There are such thing, and it gives your persona more spotlight, especially when you've put the lighting on her right side (our left side). When positioned the lighting, there could have been more highlights on her skins, just like how you did on her clothes, and you could play more with the volumes of the gradient, less white on the skirt when it goes near her arms.

I thought this piece could use some blending, but at some art it doesn't have to be necessary because you play so well with the colouring technique that it gives the specialty and warmth to anyone viewing it :)
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well first of all i have to said as profesional artis,your work shows,a very deep sensation of of luminosity and contrast.the background,fits pretty well,composition,and shape.the shade work,is been do it fine because there is notice when,the edges of contrast break trough the subject matter.we can caugh inded,into the folds of the custom or dress wat she have wearing.and pretty god work doing the details in face is remarkable because semms like a watercolor but dont losse the realistic of the most hardes part and drawing the human figure is the fact in how we so ofthen strive whit the work of hands,and the most important achieve the expresion on face of the subject,so thinking all this about this is one of my favorites because you did it a few times there as a the future i give you my most sincere tanks because i use it this as a tutorial,study deeply your work,you shoul write a book to someones wo have the interes in folow you.tanks again for be honored to critic your work,it was so dificult to me do it.have a great day.
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HeavenlySasha Jun 27, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
So beautifull :,D
penfreakks Apr 29, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
i really love this! she's so adorable and looks like a cute doll :iconilavplz:
pandoraravenkate Mar 9, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
OMG! I thought this was a photo!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
kanasatthu Feb 8, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
shes very pretty i like her eyes
Miam-Pepin Jan 22, 2013  Student Digital Artist
the painting <333 Wonderful !
Beautiful, very expressive!
LoserDog Dec 3, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Very nice!
Mae-Fliy Nov 25, 2012  Hobbyist
WOW, very impressive, beautiful painting! :aww:
Fantastic work! =D
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