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Hellfire by suthnmeh Hellfire by suthnmeh
Ask me!

There's no words can describe my JUBILAISHAN!!!! It is finished! Fffff you guys better love this! It's taken so long I have no excuse.

This was a commission for *High-Guard, who's so patient it's silly! These are characters from his awesome saga Hellfire, Sovv and Stardust. I laff ya man, MERRY CHRISTMAS LAWALAWALWAWL!!!

Oh I DO, I DO TAKE CRITIQUES!

Textures used (probably hardly recognizable):
[link] Metal armors
[link] Ground
[link] Fireflies
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Okay, firstly: This is absofrigginlutely one of THE coolest things you have ever painted.

Now that that's outta the way, I'll start with first impressions:
- What first pops out is the spectacular composition.
* the subtle perspective is very appropriate and expertly executed
* the wide-angle lens look gives it a very cinematic and dramatic feel that wouldn't have been achieved so well without that addition.
* the sweeping wing in the foreground perfectly compliments the circular energy blast in the background and unifies the piece beautifully.
- Color choice (going off of the Downloaded version, not the DA preview)
* the molten orange color is very effective, though I would have liked to see more emphasis on a complimentary blue, presented perhaps in the shadowy parts as a second light source, or perhaps thrown in there as an accent color in some fashion.

On Closer Examination:
- Details
*stunning, just stunning. The details really sharpen up the picture in a way that I would have just said "eh, good enough," but you took it further and it really pays off.
*The feathers, I think most would agree, are just plain incredible. The light hits them just right, and they definitely look and feel soft yet powerful.
*The armor design is very effective, but I think the rendering could use a bit more reflection and shine. I can't quite tell what material Stardust's armor is made of, and he gets a little bit lost in the picture. In contrast, Sovv's armor stands out quite well and is clearly metallic in nature.
*The buildings have a perfect weight and dimension to them. They appear like a mix of old and new which adds to the futuristic theme, but it still feels original and believable. Unfortunately, some of them look rather bland in that they appear like large solid blocks of concrete, especially the large one in the right corner. Granted it is hazy and smokey, there are no distinguishable windows or difference in construction material. Despite this, the design and execution of the city scape is extremely effective and gets the point across wonderfully. (I LOVE IT!)
*Somehow, when High-Guard said Stardust looked pasty, I still can't help but feel like he seems a little pasty. IDK I think its psychosomatic now! LOL
*Lastly, when i actually look at the positions of the body, I wonder if Stardust's head seems a bit too far away from his shoulders. Perhaps it is just the armor, but it does look the slightest bit odd the more i look at it. I also sense slight hesitancy in drawing the place where Sovv's wings meet her back. It just feels to me like you weren't quite confident in how that part should work. It looks fine, just not quite as confident and powerful as the rest.

OKAY so all in all, this thing BLOWS MY FRIGGIN MIND! and I am super jelly of your skillz. I took the time to do a critique because I feel like you deserve an honest, thought-out response because you put so much effort into this. I love how you never sacrifice your style for anything, and your style is so unique and beautiful. It translates so well to whatever you put your mind to.

Keep up the great work, and I will always be here to cheer you on! This took my breath away.

-Kate
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MatthiasRat Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2012
Just wow! This is absolutely breathtaking and so full of emotion and drama. The fear in their faces is riveting, and the scenes of destruction behind them mesmerizing and horrible. Powerful, powerful work!

Dominus tecum
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suthnmeh Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Hey thanks man! I'm very glad you see all that!
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MatthiasRat Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2012
I'm sure, not knowing the source material, that I've missed a ton of things in this richly detailed work!

Dominus tecum
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suthnmeh Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Oh you :icondurrhurrplz:
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Allantsuki Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
That is one BADASS cover.
Really nice job! I love all the fire and explosions C:
Your painting style is just plain awesome Laura c:
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suthnmeh Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Oh shucks. Thank you so much, backgrounds and big pictures are still things I struggle with. Hope to get it better in the future^^
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Allantsuki Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
You're welcome C:
Well, it's awesome now, in the future it will be even MOAR c:
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suthnmeh Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
It SHALL BE!!!
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Allantsuki Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
HURR
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hrwilliams Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2012
Phew! That is masterful texture. Everything looks PERFECT in that sense, at least to my untrained eye. And I love the dramatic angle! Especially in the background, which really conveys an epic setting/story. The human's head seems to have a bit too much border around it, making it seem pasted in. But that's literally the only thing I can find wrong with this. Keep up the amazing work. :)
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