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AT: Alice by MzMegs AT: Alice by MzMegs
My half of an art trade with ~jellalxerza.

Her half: . In color:

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I really wanted to take the opportunity of having a character with a sword to try a dynamic pose. I almost never draw characters in dynamic poses and variety is always good. It was fun. Also I drew a nose. Just pretend her sword's blade is completely hidden behind her.

I might color it later if I feel like it. Done.

To possible critiquers: I did not use any sort of photo reference for this pose. If you know where I can find a stock photo of this pose, I'd totally love to see it so it can help me. Thanks. :meow:
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Wow, I gotta say I´m mighty impressed with what you did here, I really like how you were able to show detailing on wind-flow in the hair and clothes, alhough personally i think you may have added too many folds (but that´s just my personal opinion, the drawing still looks fantastic!). Also the outlining and the proportioins are top notch!Her hair looks fantastic, although as I go up to the top it gets a bit stiff, it needs more movement a bit more flow and ¨roundness¨ maybe (I hope that makes sense). Also the facial expression is well executed but there are a few things that caught my eye, the left side of her face has good proportions, but the right side seems a bit too big, I mean I get what you tried to do there trying to make features of the side facing you be larger than the ones on the other side but ít looks a bit strange when the eye and the eyebrow reach or go over the ear, plus the glow in the eye.... (it looks great in the coloured version but in black and white not so much) I mean I know what you were going for (trust me I´ve tried to do that in the past as well), but it´s really hard to capture the same effect in black and white, in colour it´s a good idea though. Also the chin seems a bit out of sync with the rest of the face (anime chins are drawn ¨pointy¨ but you need to do it at an angle that makes it look round and it has to be just under the mouth). The clothes look really good you were able to capture joints, and the muscles under the clothes, although under the waist the outlining seems a bit crude, try making it a bit rounder and it would help a lot, and the left side of the collar of her jacket is a bit out of place, the front needs to be connected to the opening and the side must be clearly set appart from the shoulder, if not it will just looks like another fold. The only thing that needs a bit more practice is the hand, the palm and the fingers look way to round and need a bit more detail (knuckles, joint lines, and such). Anyway overall the drawing is fantastic, I really like what you did. This is my first critique hope you like it! :D

Ok these are just a few side notes, just some personal tips about some minor things I noticed that can be improved on (you don´t have to take these at heart they´re just tips). Firstly this is an anime style drawing right? When you draw anime eyes in black and white, the important things to draw are the eye brow, eye lid, eye lash, and iris, but the bottom part of the eye isn´t that necessary depending on the expression, type of anime style you use, and angle of the face, this element may vary, but personally I think that with two or three short and thin lines that don´t connect, that go from the side of the eye closest to the ear to the bottom of the eye, but not all the way down (hope that made sense). Another tip is the ear, I think you might have made it a tad too big, and it looks too low, also if you give it a bit more detail it would help a lot. The mouth looks great! But when it comes to drawing anime speacially girls it has to be smaller (when it´s closed of course). Also (this is a really technical note so don´t pay that much attention to it), The way she´s holding the sword... This is a katana right? When a swrdsmen holds a katana or at least unsheathes it he always has one hand on the sheathe and the other on the hilt, in this case the thumb of her left hand would be on the hilt as her right hand unsheathes this would increase the movement of your drawing, also I recognise the tipe of katana this is with the minor detailing on the hilt, but detailing your character´s items more would greatly increase the impact it has! :D
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Ashcerune Dec 6, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
I love how clean your lines are!! I wish I could keep mine that way. I'm not good at lining with digital art. XD
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MzMegs Dec 6, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Well like I said to another commentor, the lines could be cleaner. I try to do my lines with as few strokes as possible or else they end up so thick I can't stand it. :noes:
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JellaGelachin Dec 6, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Lovely pose! Thank you! :iconaawplz:
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MzMegs Dec 6, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
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iian6 Dec 6, 2012  Student General Artist
wow, your lines are really nice and clean, this is cool ^^
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MzMegs Dec 6, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks. c: The lines could be cleaner but I don't exactly want to spend forever on an art trade, you know?
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iian6 Dec 6, 2012  Student General Artist
well it still looks good lol
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