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Desert Elf by MPsai Desert Elf by MPsai
Wooo. I finally got this done. I dragged my ass on it a bit cause I have a new tablet. A shiny shiny intuos 4. I decided it was time for more power and actually something smaller, my intuos 2 was massive.

No timelapse video for the color on this one, but I did have a timelapse of the inks, and now I've changed the inks a little.

Anyway, I did alot of things different from the last two elf drawings. I ended up going with alot of textures and a more abstract background.

This is Kittika, she's pretty typical in looks to my average Desert Elf, and atypical in most other ways. I'll just say she's an exile. Almost all Desert Elves have blonde hair, some are born with black hair but it's rare and they're usually abandoned or banished, better known as Dark Elves, which have also evolved into a tribe/race of their own.

I've really changed her outfit over the years, but the two constants are her dress has always been off-the-shoulder and with fringe on it. I've finally settled on a color scheme, her eyes are green again, and they're staying that way this time.

I've also decided to try just having a sig and a smaller copyright dealie. Haha sensitive tablet, I can actually write with it. Too bad my handwriting is terrible.
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DolphinSilverwolf Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2011
Man...put her on the future arcs of Abode...or a fan-based spinoff...and have her run into Starfrost. Bet she'd love a compound bow.
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TomiTapio Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
Very nice!
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Pietroigor Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2010
Yay!
Desert elf!
:D
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canavisterminal Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2010
beautiful
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SilverTalion Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2010
Lovely piece. Liking her pose and the textures, and the overall colour scheme.

Her face seems a bit flat though. Feels like there should be a bit more shading around the eyes at least. They're kind of floating there.

Nice job on the sky too. Lends a bit more drama to the image :)
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Isar-Anon Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2010  Hobbyist Writer
lovely picture, the colours are so beautiful and I love the costume design :)
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MoriHana Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Excellant choice in the colors
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mizz-izzy Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2010
This is really beautiful. I really love the background, it's very pretty. I also love your elf. I think you did a nice job on the pose and love her clothing. I also love her hair.
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MasterX-Con Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
vary nice. great clothing effect. it reall stands out. textures in photo shop?
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MPsai Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2010   Digital Artist
The textures were put in in photoshop but not generated by it. You can do alot with just scanned scrapbooking paper :lol:
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MasterX-Con Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
:nod:
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shamira-g Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2010  Student Digital Artist
love the color scheme for the outfit.
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Kyriea Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2010
Since I don't have a sub, I'll write my critique here. I really love the texture of the background, it makes it fade against the subject, your lovely little elf. I also love how dynamic the pose is, as if she's just about to grab that arrow an headshot you. The flow of movement and the shading around her looks great too! Nicely done!
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MPsai Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2010   Digital Artist
I'm glad it comes across that she's reaching for an arrow. Ever since I confirmed hip quivers actually exist I've liked the idea :slow:
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Kyriea Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2010
Well, you did quite well for the pose! <3 And I'm sorry for whoever's on the receiving end.
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yangnatje Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2010
Realy love it! She's looks nice ;) x
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BobbyBattleBeard Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2010
very cool.
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MartmeisterPaladin Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2010  Hobbyist
You know, I have an uncontrollable urge to whistle the theme tune to "The Elder Scrolls 3: Morrowind". :XD: Anyway, I like how grainy the background looks, with the blurred sand dunes and the coarseness of the sky; is a sandstorm blowing?? Also, I like the poise of the character - what is her name? The way she balances on the tips of her feet do well to suggest lightness and grace.

If I did have to critique - and it might be a bad idea on my part - I think some of the lines of the character could stand to be a little bit softer, so that they "blend in" with the filled colours. But I could be wrong, and this is an excellent piece of work anyway! :D
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MPsai Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2010   Digital Artist
I never played Morrowind, just Oblivion. :lol: I want to know why!

Well I put so much detail on her I decided a busy background would detract from things. I'm trying to integrate textures again.

Well I did color the lines actually :slow: maybe not enough? I was trying to go for a dark outline, lighter in-lines look. I did do some overall color work for finishing touches though, that may have darkened up the lines.
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MartmeisterPaladin Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2010  Hobbyist
For me, it was the opposite. :lol:

Fair enough. :)

I am sorry if I sound like I'm nitpicking. ^^;
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Pietroigor Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2010
Nice!
:D
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Intertwined-Destiny Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
That looks absolutely beautiful, Sai! I really love the pose she is in and her clothes are absolutely marvellous, can I have them? The background is done well too! And I love how you did the sky!
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