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Cipritine by Anjian Cipritine by Anjian
"Wait!"

He turned. "What?"

"I don't want to die."

He began walking.

"I know I'm being selfish -- but I don't want this to be the end. I don't want to die before I've really lived."

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Piece featuring :iconsmehur:'s and my OCs. Finally figured out how to get pressure settings on tablet.

Revisited the pose of earlier drawings.

Inked by hand (pigment pens and brush pen), coloured in Photoshop CS3.

Mass Effect and its elements (c) Bioware
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:iconvirtualmorrigan:
First, allow me to say I like this drawing quite a lot.

The overall composition, colour palette and pose work for me. It has a end-of-days mood to it that speaks to me.

I like what we can see of the background, the deliberate vagueness and the menacing shape to the right. I also appreciate the light effect from the right upper corner.

The characters have nice, clean lines, and, in my opinion, just the right level of detail to stand out from the background. There are some details that I really like - the metal ornament on the right one's cheek and the two clasps on his mandible are pretty, although I'd have liked a bit more highlight on the two clasps. The glowing accents on his armour are in my opinion nicely done, and I would have liked to see something similar on the other one, too, just one or two dots of colour to make their armour look as detailed as the other one's. In principle I like the patterning on the left one's face, although I'm not convinced that the straight geometrical lines work on the whole of his face - I'd have expected the line on his brow to either curve a tiny bit more to follow the structure beneath or - if it's really painted on straight - have a tiny bit more shading in the blue there, because the surface is not flat, I think. The same goes, to a smaller degree, for the mandible. On the fringe, it works well. I'm not quite sure what to make of the darker spots on his forehead. First thought it was blood, but there's some darker blue there on the mandible near the tip, too, that I can't resolve as shading, so I'm not sure.

I don't know anything about them or any detail about the situation they are in, but from their pose there's quite some emotion involved - the open-handed touch of the left one on the right one's face seems very light and hesitant, which seems to make this more than just despair. I like how he has his eye closed, although I'd have expected his eyelids to be darker than the surrounding area.

The right one seems frightened and/or stunned, going by the expression in their eye, and the pose of the hand looks natural to me.

I admit - and that's probably just me - that I can't completely imagine the shape of the left one's armour in the chest section - the other one is partially leaning in there, but I can't quite resolve whether he's leaning his face over it or not.

The right one's face is interesting,and I like their nose, but I'm not sure where the lowermost spike comes from - the mandible, probably. The headwrap is beautiful and the folds look soft. The colour of their face gets a bit lost against the background, but maybe that way the white on the other one's face is more noticeable. Not sure about it, but maybe a tiny highlight in the eye would have drawn even more attention to it, but it already works for me.

Colour-wise, i'd have liked to see more shadow inside the inner round of the right one's armour and on the black edge of the left one's armour. Maybe a tiny bit more shadow on the left one's neck plates where they overlap.
I love the reflections of orange glow on both their armours and faces.

The yellow floating bits - I assume they are some burning particles from the fire in the background. I like how they give some motion and direction to the scene and contrast with the stillness of the two characters, but I'd have preferred them either smaller or with a bit dark and light to give them a hint of structure, like embers.

:) Probably just me, but I'd have liked to see a tiny bit of dust or soot on them and their armour, since the sky seems heavy with smoke, and burning ash is flying and so on, and maybe some dents or scratches/burns on their armour if they already have seen combat.

Okay, I think I've nit-picked enough. I really, really like this one, and I'd love to see a bigger version of it.
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CelestialLight1117 Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2013
Oh my
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devianttwins14 Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2013
Pardonen me! First of all, wonderful work! :clap: Second; Is your tablet a Bambo Watcome? If so, can you pretty please tell me how you got it on pressure sensetive? :)
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:iconanjian:
Anjian Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Yeah, i use a Wacom Bamboo. First of all, it's really old (from 2009, if i remember correctly), so it might not be the same as yours. I use Windows 7 and Photoshop CS2. All i did was to install the drivers from the CD that came with my tablet. This also installs a nifty little utility that lets you adjust the sensitivity and switch between pen and mouse mode and everything. What kind of trouble are you having?
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:icondevianttwins14:
devianttwins14 Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2013

Well it is mostly, that in photoshop elements 7(which I use) , there are a setting for just tablet, and you're supoused to let me control pressure and such. But the thing is, it don't, and I also have a Wacom, btw from 2010 I think...

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:iconanjian:
Anjian Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Wait, my tablet's actually from 2007 so there's even more uncertainty in the equation =.=
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:icondevianttwins14:
devianttwins14 Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2013
No worries, if you can't help, I'll just try on my own, thank you for taking your time to at least look at my comment! :D
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:iconanjian:
Anjian Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
You're welcome. I know i haven't actually been of much help, lol. I hope you have better luck elsewhere and will eventually get that tablet working.
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:icondevianttwins14:
devianttwins14 Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2013
Me too, thanks for your time! :D
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:iconanjian:
Anjian Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I think you need to install the drivers before anything. If you don't have the disc you can possibly get them from Wacom's website. Have you done so already?
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:icondevianttwins14:
devianttwins14 Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2013
Yep, I have! :D
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:iconshiradine:
shiradine Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2012
the colony markings! i love how extensive they are. it must take him forever to get ready in the morning.
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:iconanjian:
Anjian Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Hahahaha, you betcha :)

Thanks for commenting.
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:iconmyks0:
myks0 Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Very nice. Fantastic jewellery.
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:iconanjian:
Anjian Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
thank you <3
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013933121leumassn Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2012  Student General Artist
I know of Mass Effect (mostly through a certain deviant artist *ahem). To the artwork. *Readies Monocle.

Hmm, I like the overall composition, even the background works here. Everything is done here with a level of finesse and attention to detail that helps to bring the art to life rather well.

That said in this does look a little "flat", for lack of a better word, in regards to the alien with the grayish armour around the point where her shoulder/arm meet.

There is certainly a sense of despair in this and the darkness in the background gives the art an ominous feel. These two may be seeing each other for the last time the art conveys that feeling.

The only thing I could ask for more of is perhaps a touch more flare to the lighting and effects. The flames (I'm guessing that's whats being reflected by the the light on their armour and in the background) are subtle and work in this but could have a touch more "oomph!" to them.

All in all another epic Mass Effect piece Vesper! Hope to see more! =)

PS sorry if I sound a little harsh in places and don't have the fancy critiquing stars but if I did.

DR 4/5
Vision 5/5
Originality4/5
Techique 4/5
Impact 4/5
=)
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Anjian Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
So, more contrast and dynamic-ness in general. I'm still working on that, haha. But now when i look back to earlier stuff, i think i've gotten better. Thanks for the feedback. Well noted.

:)
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ACephSoldier Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2012
Awesome!
Did you use dA Muro?
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:iconanjian:
Anjian Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
No, i used Photoshop.
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Yokoist Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I still love your art, so much, so much. You're so amazing, and your artwork just glows.

And there's just so much compassion within the page--it's so beautiful~ :)
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:iconanjian:
Anjian Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Yokoisssssssssssst *hug*

Thank you so much for dropping by! :) smiles all around
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:iconyokoist:
Yokoist Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Ffff I missed you lots. u////u You've gotten prettier and prettier (what is this almost-conspiracy :|a), just, loves so much.

So much :)
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Anjian Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
yes, loves......... ^^
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Mrs-Arterius Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2012
Don't know their names. Don't know who they are. But there's one thing I know for sure: THEY. JUST. ATE. MY. HEART! :iconiheartitplz:
By the fuckin' Spirits, this is one of the most awesome pics ya've created. DEM colourin'. *swooooon* :faint:
Pleaze, moar of this. I really love it! 'N' damn, I bloody fuckin' love these Turians. :iconiloveyoutooplz:
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:iconanjian:
Anjian Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you for your enthusiasm. I will try to oblige.
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:icongaarasgirlfriend4eva:
gaarasgirlfriend4eva Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2012  Student Digital Artist
Awesome, just thought about it, but has anyone ever done a picture of Garrus's sister? Don't know why it just occurred to her
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:iconanjian:
Anjian Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Mm, i don't think so. Possibly because of the fan backlash possibilities. You should try :D
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gaarasgirlfriend4eva Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2012  Student Digital Artist
hahahahaha NO, salrians, asari, batarians, elcor I can draw, hell even volus or quarians but turians end up looking like a six year old drew them.....
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:iconsmehur:
Smehur Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Fantastic work. Possibly one of your best so far. Already told you, but it's worth a shout: I love it. And the artist.
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:iconanjian:
Anjian Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
<3
(That is all.)
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Skyward-Dreamer Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2012
Oh that is beautiful! And so emotional!

(Please don't think I used and copied this image if something of what I'm doing right now will seem similar ... it's pure coincidence)
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:iconanjian:
Anjian Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you. For always commenting.

(lol i kinda rip off random poses so... you're a better person than i)
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:iconskyward-dreamer:
Skyward-Dreamer Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2012
You're welcome. And I do try my best. :)

(Aw, no way I am. ;) You should see me struggling with this chapter, it's driving me NUTS!)
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Anjian Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
You can do it! Believe!
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:iconskyward-dreamer:
Skyward-Dreamer Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2012
Of course I can. The impossible just takes a little longer. ;)

Thanks a bunch for the pep talk. :)
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TheMightyElo Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Damn! Wonderful job!
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:iconanjian:
Anjian Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
thank you :)
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TheMightyElo Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Your welcome! Keep up the great work!
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