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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

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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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.
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.
ambientx7 Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2014
wow what texture brushes did u use?
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.
ambientx7 Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2014
what about the hexagon design on her abdomen?
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.
ambientx7 Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2014
ok thanks a lot. and your tablet?
RoninDude Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
What about it?
ambientx7 Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2014
what program and tablet? just curious
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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