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Cyber Elf - Blade Dancer by RoninDude Cyber Elf - Blade Dancer by RoninDude
Personal work.
I needed a break to test out some ideas I had, so I threw this one together last night after my work. It ended up spilling into today, but I learned a lot, and it'll be applied to those commissions I've got lined up.
Also, this was really fun. I hardly noticed the time pass as I worked on it. Usually I feel like quiting after the sketch, but this one was just so smooth, and it came out just how I wanted. I might have liked to have the character stand out a bit more from the background, but meh. Always the next pic!

Oh, and I have a rediculously cheap $30 commission sale going on. Check it out and see if there are any spots left:
$30 commission sale!EXAMPLES

      Oct 28, 2013 Speed Paint Practice - Darkness by *RoninDude

COMMISSION RULES
Number of characters: It's $30 for one character. If you want more than one character in an image, then it would be $30 per additional character. Background would cost extra, so if you want one, talk to me about it.
Artistic License: I choose pose, and level of detail. The only thing I will guarantee is that it will have basic color and shading, and the lines will be clean. See Examples above for range of detail. It really is quite a deal! :D
No Revisions: Once I receive the description or reference images, that's it. I will s


No references, some textures used, post painting.
12 Hours
Paint Tool Sai + Photoshop CS4

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:iconthe-dez:
the-dez Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2014
The costume and pose works really well together. She looks like a badass ninja ready to strike.
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RoninDude Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks! I really really enjoyed this one, and I am pretty happy with how the armor turned out.
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ambientx7 Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2014
wow what texture brushes did u use?
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:iconronindude:
RoninDude Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
I didn't use texture brushes. I only paint with a round brush in Sai. The texture on her suit was just an image of carbon fiber that I manipulated in Photoshop Using The Warp tool, After Painting The image. The texture is on its own layer, semi transparent.
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ambientx7 Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2014
what about the hexagon design on her abdomen?
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RoninDude Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Same thing, except I used a honeycomb texture.

I guess I should say that I desaturated the texture images before using them, so they didn't bring any of their own color, and I set them to overlay or some other soft transparent layer type.

If you are curious about texture work, check out some of Feng Zhu's work over on youtube. He describes it well in most of his videos. He calls it "photo bashing".

I only use it to add texture to a material if painting it manually would take too long. First I paint and shade the illustration manually with a round brush, then use any kind of photo that would work for the texture (dirt, wood grain, scratches on dirty metal, etc) and warp it in Photoshop to make sure the pattern of the texture follows the contour of my painting. It's tricky, but it comes in handy sometimes.
Careful, though, because using photo textures can be done too much, and over doing it can ruin a picture. It's best to keep it faint and use your painting skills as much as you can.
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ambientx7 Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2014
ok thanks a lot. and your tablet?
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RoninDude Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
What about it?
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:iconambientx7:
ambientx7 Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2014
what program and tablet? just curious
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RoninDude Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Oh! I used a Wacom Intuos 5 medium sized, and I usually work in Paint Tool Sai.
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RoyalFlame88 Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2014
Awesome pic.
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:iconronindude:
RoninDude Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks :)
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DeanMarshall Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2014
Very cool :)  Striking and vivid 
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:iconronindude:
RoninDude Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you! I really had so much fun with this one. All the little details were a joy!
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AngelicAdonis Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Wow, that's amazing! Very well done! :D
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:iconronindude:
RoninDude Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks a bunch!
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oO-Monkey-Oo Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2014  Hobbyist
This is awesome!
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:iconronindude:
RoninDude Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks!
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Rallyguy33 Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2014
Wow. How did I miss this one. I love the atmosphere you captured in this one. Her hair is amazing. And the colors are great. Plus elf warrior with blades and green eyes... um yeah - this is a winner!
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RoninDude Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks, dude! I really enjoyed this one. I'll have to revisit this character again.
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BalloonPrincess Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2013  Hobbyist Filmographer
:heart::heart::heart:Awesome work!:heart::heart::heart:
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:iconronindude:
RoninDude Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks!
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BalloonPrincess Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2013  Hobbyist Filmographer
:heart::heart::heart:My pleasure!:heart::heart::heart:
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ZeroStrike Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2013  Student Digital Artist
I agree with alot of the comments people are making. The hair is some of the best you have done. The texturing is a great detail, here. The lighting is good. The only thing with the lighting which kind of is good and bad is you seem to have a glow effect on the outside of the character. Its good because it help to give the character more depth from the BG, and it also help with the lighting on the side with the glowing blades, but its kind of weird to have it on the other side. So basically the glow effect looks ok. The key things was that it is subtle, which is good. I don't think I would have noticed it the first time I looked. The BG fits and I like it. Love the pose. That cut cable it great, wish there was a few more in the BG. The lasers are so-so. Lasers are more like this: www.dinkuminteractive.com/wp-c…

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With alittle bit more noise and some flicker like you have right now, but more subtle. The lasers add alot to the scene to give it more of the idea of what is going on to this character. Alluding to something going on off scene. The metal bit are nicely done. The green circle parts on the armor could have a subtle glow on them. There is a starburst like effect in the center which is really subtle which I like, just want to see some more movement perceptive from it. 

I do have to say Ronin. You are really focusing and improving. I am really happy you are keeping it up. 
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RoninDude Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you for the detailed comment! Allways appreciated.
I wanted to add the body glow for two reasons. One, I wanted her to be pulled out from the background, which you guessed, and two, I wanted it to make her suit look like it was providing some kind of shield of energy, without being too obstructive to the scene. I suppose it'd make sense if there was a backstory to the scene that people could relate to.
As for the Lasers, oops! Those were place holders for an idea. I did not want a solid beam of light. I wanted it to look like swirling oil within the beam, to suggest it was a different kind of technology. Ive seen it in a movie, though I cant recall what it was now. I remember ALIENS had something similar, at the beginning, when the salvage team found Ripley's cryotube, but those where more fan like scanning lasers, not a beam. Still, I meant to do more with it, just forgot, last minute. XD
Thanks again for the comments, its great to get feedback.
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OldSageDustyBeard Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
That is epic! 
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RoninDude Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks!
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DarkerEve Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2013
Simply AWESOME amazing work and insanely level of details in the coloring
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RoninDude Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you! I was worried it was too blue. XD
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mouseanderson Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Freakin' awesome!
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RoninDude Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks!
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mouseanderson Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Welcome!
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oromis95 Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
The lighting is very nice, and it has a lot of detail!
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RoninDude Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you, I have been studying lighting a lot, its good to get positive feedback. :)
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barcod Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2013
take the shot men
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:iconronindude:
RoninDude Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
XD Not looking too good for her. What was that about bringing knives to a gunfight?
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barcod Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2013
welp she's not really the smartest apple in the bunch I take it XD
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RoninDude Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Or maybe she has some kinda tech that makes guns useless, like ninja from Metal Gear Solid. She looks super confident, so I think either she's dumb, or well prepared. ;)
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barcod Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2013
eh probably dumb XD (sorry man, just warhammer 40000 has instilled a deep hatred of space elves into me XP)
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:iconronindude:
RoninDude Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Well she's an earth elf XP
My original idea is that those are security turrets, so probably not much of a threat. I also considered giving her a gun and sword, instead of two swords, but meh. It's open to interpretation. If you see a dumb elf, then that's what she is! :)
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GhoulKing Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2013
Really sharp, I like the sorta overtly-cg look of her armor, and the lighting is indeed nice.
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RoninDude Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks dude! Her armor was the most fun, and took the longest.
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builderkid107 Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
Reminds me of MGR:R
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:iconronindude:
RoninDude Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Haven't played it, but the design for Raiden looked nifty.
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builderkid107 Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
It's coming to PC soon.
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scyth118 Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2013  Professional Interface Designer
Oh god the textures! And the hair!

Love it man, really interesting to look at.
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:iconronindude:
RoninDude Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks dude! It's taken some time to try and nail down what kind of style I am trying to achieve, but I'm getting closer. :)
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FreedomKnight Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Definitely a neat image. I've been playing Shadowrun a fair bit recently, and this feels like it fits in the vein of that well. The lighting on the blades is quite well done, and the hair is lovely.
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RoninDude Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks! Shadowrun seems like a neat universe. I keep hearing about it, so I might have to check it out. :)
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aidenke Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2013
Love what you did with the lighting in here. The different highlighting styles on the materials and the glows around her all look fantastic. Some really awesome light-sources too, she really pops in a sweet sci-fi shot. Very nicely done!
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