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Epic Dark by Mistress-Jaeden Epic Dark by Mistress-Jaeden
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This project is about a year in the making... I've never been good at lineart outside of pixels where making corrections tends to be easier due to the limited amount of space... So This was one big .. well.. huge, experiment.

(2,000 x 3,000 pixels)

The lineart took, what, like 9 months?... It started with a crappy doodle of Ruxe and Jaeden that I liked enough to scan, and plop in Photo shop 7 as a test run. (like the few other photo shop experiments ive made.)

The characters continued to develop from there. Im touchy on critiques and my ego is easily hurt (There I confess) so I only posted the process that one time and took what i could take from the public and changed what I thought needed desperate editing. I worked on this from 10 minutes to 8 hours depending on my mood with sometimes as much as a month break in between.

Afterwards I relied on my bestest of friends, as much as I could take.
:iconbunnystick: :iconselfrighteoussuicide: :iconso-lou: :iconsilinvhine: :iconginkage: :iconxaoxia:

So after 4 months of coloring (Yes this is why im sensitive to any upcoming critiques I know yall bastards are going to throw my way) Im ready to display.

I've finally learned the majority of the inside-outs of Photoshop7. None of that multiply shit... though Im sure it would have helped lol. I understand how to make patterns and apply them, how to blend, how to make backgrounds... Layers.. dear god. this image had about 100 layers.. Is this normal? Yeesh!

This was more of a learning experiment; gone well.. (Id like to think, Im sure someone out there will point out every anatomical error possible but hey thats life.)

Will I be making this kind of stuff again?
Not in a longgggg time... This was what I call - too much effort.

Hokay. Onto the facts.
Epic dark - Shaun Melton

Shalnil (big god guy on top)
Aana - Evil redheaded bastard thats ruxes half brother
Adrin - Dark elf with spike shoulders. Great character, Checked to see if Jaedens boobs were real once. She cut off her arm.
Aala - Chick with vines on her shirt, blonde hair baby face. Nature elf, Ruxes Half sister, God of life.
Bha'al - Purple chick with huge tits. Ruxes X wife. (when she was elin, but thats alonger story)
Faust- The creepy bastard with the mask and shoulder armor. I love magister faust, He rocks.
Malekai - Green, brown hair, silver armor, green cloak, Hes realy a dragon.. and yes his face is lopsided, fuck you lol.
Eden - Purple guy with dark purple corn rows. He has a tit I swear.
Elyd - Green EQ (anyone recognize?) armor brown hair, I love his smirk, If yall dont like his anatomy you can shove it.

and finally... Ruxe and Jaeden I know ruxes hand is odd, but Im not that good at hands so please dont critique.

Other than that.. Im sure Ill survive. Bobby suggested lighting that reflects the colorscheme of the background.. I dont have it in me, so no need to mention, its already been considered.

Yah. Ok.. Thats it... Suggestions on making things EASIER welcome, critiques on anatomy = please dont ^_^ I know its whacky.

Help on how to make lightning, or adding colored lighting to accent an image after an image is complete, is also welcome. If your drawings arent as good as mine, Your critique is not welcome, Id rather someone with serious experiance assisting me with this. No hard feelings, Id rather a professional teach me, thats all....
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DemoraFairy Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
:O wow, now that is epic!
Lady-Converse Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2008
wow, awesome pic!!!
sakikara23 Featured By Owner May 7, 2008
I envy your background skills, and your outfit skills, and your imagination skills and your shading skills...*trails off* The eyes did look a bit big to me at first, but then I realized that it was your style. I think this piece is impressive, beautiful, and shows extreme patients and talent. I am very impressed by the variety of textures and colors, and I am very glad that you kept to one main general lighting area. The skin colors are unique (haven't seen those shades used before) and I am impressed that you shaded them so well. I love the variety of characters and more importantly, poses. You did an amazing job!

The only thing that bothers me is the highlight on Adrin's upper lip, It's a bit too thick making it look as though he has a white mustache.
Mistress-Jaeden Featured By Owner May 8, 2008  Professional Artist
no argument and complete agreement, Thanks for the detail comment. awesomeness.

CaffinatedAngst Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2008
Very pretty, defiantly worth the effort.
Kryshna Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2008  Student Digital Artist
good god jaedan, I always thought you were a goddess with pixels, but wow. awesome job as always. Plus it's always nice to see someone with as many people crowding her head as I :P
KitCatTurner Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2008
The only thing I have ever used is paint I think you did a gret job...
kaoruli Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2007  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This is amazing. Gorgeous. You are amazing. The hair... the hair is just ... wow. I'm at lost for words. I can't even begin to imagine how much hard work and time this must have took, even though you've already said it. But still... you must be proud of the end result. It looks spectacular. I would ask how you got your hair to look like that but it's a question that needs pages and pages to answer. You rule, seriously. <3
Sweet-Venom Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2007  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Just so amazing. I don't know what else to say, they all look so excellent. I love it!
Veryaweawen Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2007
Holy flaming mother of Jesus on a piece of toast. *dies* I would NEVER be able to dedicate that long to one project. Wooooow. That's just awesome.
pepperw Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2007
Excellent picture. The hair in this, especially that of Shalnil, Aala, and ,of course, Jaeden is fantastically done. The details are also impressive. I really admire your talent.
purplesockllama Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2007
nice composistion...and the detail is quite lovely...
has quite the 'marvel comics' feel.
manda-phantom Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2007
I love it, it's better than anything I could ever do in 9 months. Seriously, I dont even HAVE photoshop.
I just realized something, its as if you've given birth to it. You know, 9 months to make a baby and all? Well, what a beautiful baby.
asanosandwalker Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2007
The hair! Holy crap, that had to take ages.

Speaking as someone who's just learning how to digitially ink, I'm really really impressed by the amount of effort that went into this piece and how you didn't just yell FUCK IT and chuck it out when it got frustrating (as I'm prone to do).

Anyway, I saw the lineart you'd posted on your pixel art site (oh, this is Sylven off EE, btw), and I'm excited to see how the final product turned out. I think it's absolutely lovely, and it really doesn't look like any kind of experimental piece at all. It looks quite professional.

Were there any helpful tutorials or pointers you followed for the hair technique?
Mistress-Jaeden Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2007  Professional Artist
Nope, Im a natural at hair fortunately for me, however I used 1 tutorial for elyds chain mail [link]
asanosandwalker Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2007
So exactly how much chocolate is it going to cost me to coerce you into writing one? ;)
Mistress-Jaeden Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2007  Professional Artist

Ill think about it.
asanosandwalker Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2007
Thought it was worth a shot. ;)
Pink-xXx-Kiss Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2007  Hobbyist General Artist
OMG, this is sooooo "WOW"!!

I had to touch the screen to check that the hair wasn't actually real!!


EliseMary Featured By Owner May 22, 2007
You have a very beautiful and realistic shading style. Keep up the great work!!!
ABunnyFromHell Featured By Owner May 19, 2007  Hobbyist General Artist
Incredible work, Jae. I saw lineart an just couldn't wait for colored version. Faving!
suspenlute Featured By Owner May 18, 2007!!!

this is just fantastic
Niekra Featured By Owner May 18, 2007  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I've been a bit of a closet Ruxe and Jaeden fan. I love every pixel you do of them. But the cover of this is gorgeous. 9 Months of work is defienetly 9 months of love put into this. I salute you. :salute:
Spiritweaver1 Featured By Owner May 18, 2007   Digital Artist
I love seeing images of the Epic Dark characters, you always write about them with a lot of passion! I wouldn't critique anyway as I don't know a hell of a lot, but I do love the bright colours, the smoothness of the shading and the fact that there's a lot going on to catch the attention. Lovely work.
Radleia Featured By Owner May 16, 2007
I'm not talented enough to Critique. Even if I was...I wouldn't even know what to say. It looks amazing. I am, however, enough of an admirer to give praise.

What stands out to me is the hair. It's so in depth. The colors are astounding. It all looks so soft and real ^^

You got all of the skin tones so smooth...

You're amazing! I can't even notice anatomical errors (Like I said though, I'm not as talented so my mind isn't as trained. All I can see is beauty in this picture)
Mistress-Jaeden Featured By Owner May 16, 2007  Professional Artist
Thank you for your awesome and in depth comments! They are very much appreciated!
Sophquest Featured By Owner May 16, 2007   Digital Artist
:wave: This fantastic piece of artwork is
now being featured in this week's NEWS ARTICLE:
'Wednesday's Wall of Wow's'~ 5/16/07 [link]

BRAVO!!! :worship: Sophquest
sweet-666 Featured By Owner May 15, 2007
WOW! awesome :D great work !! i lovei t
litan Featured By Owner May 12, 2007  Hobbyist Writer
I REALLY really like how this turned out :D

I think this turned out a lot better because the sword's was somewhat distracting out in front like that :D

amazing details, amazing hair and colors....pff. there's a reason you're MISTRESS Jaeden. you totally pwn us all!
KiwiRose Featured By Owner May 12, 2007  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Fantastic! I tend to not care about anatomy issues at times, definatley when they're colored so well. ^_~
Mistress-Jaeden Featured By Owner May 12, 2007  Professional Artist
LOL thats my goal in life, shade things nice enough that no one can see the errors lol.
KiwiRose Featured By Owner May 13, 2007  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
XD That's what I do. ^_^;
BotherBear Featured By Owner May 10, 2007  Hobbyist Digital Artist
That's impossible !
Nobody can make such art..
*Throws computer out of the window*
It's crazy ! It's impossible ! It's fantastic ! *Fav*
Cristiyana Featured By Owner May 10, 2007  Hobbyist Photographer
Dear Ra, Jaeden, this is one of the BEST works of art I've ever laid my eyes on. I'm aghast. It's stunning, beautiful, creative, and just so... Wow. It's obvious how much hard work you've put into this.
Midori-Miki Featured By Owner May 10, 2007   Photographer
That is STUNNING...and anybody who dares critique this had better have some f**king amazing pieces of artwork, because if you cant do better dont bother critiquing....ABSOLUTELY BREATHTAKING, you keep getting better and better Mistress Jaeden
Mistress-Jaeden Featured By Owner May 10, 2007  Professional Artist
Thats how I feel about people who critique, Thanks for your comments and relation :p
ThreeDaysTooLate Featured By Owner May 9, 2007
you have more skill in your pinky than I'll ever have, wonderful picture. =]
supermarshmallow90 Featured By Owner May 9, 2007  Student Traditional Artist
XD I know what you mean about critique, I feel the same way. 'Course, I suck, so that's why. Anyway, AWESOME! I love the details and everything, all the people and the textures of the fabrics are amazing. Wow, gorgeous, gorgeous work. ;)
Kilorien Featured By Owner May 9, 2007
I absolutely love how this looks, especially how the textures blend in with it all, and make it look even more amazing than it already is.
You've done a wonderful job! ^^
krissyp00 Featured By Owner May 9, 2007  Professional General Artist
You were right, the colored project fixed alllll those weird little spots. Oh, and I know this may be odd, but I think my favorite thing about the entire picture is Elyd's Armor. I dunno why, there's something so... shiny about it. *petpet* (The purple dude as a tit? I want to see the tit... >.> <.< >.>;)

Very very good job. :D *wishes for the larger version so I can marvel at the itty bitty details*
Mistress-Jaeden Featured By Owner May 9, 2007  Professional Artist
OOh crap that reminds me I need to credit the tutorial I used!
Wumpa Featured By Owner May 9, 2007   Digital Artist
Trust me, it's awesome o_O I particullary love how you do the hair. It looks so realistic and awesome. Amazing piece of art!
Mistress-Jaeden Featured By Owner May 9, 2007  Professional Artist
Thank you very much!
pichu4850 Featured By Owner May 9, 2007
wow :3 but it came out really good, for all this time you spent on it @_@ i woulda given up like after a month ROFL wow the colors rae really great :3 nice and dark, i like the shading too and the whole fantasy feeling in this. it was definitely worth the effort [:
Ginkage Featured By Owner May 9, 2007  Professional Artisan Crafter

*faint* *thud*


OMG. That is stunning, Jae! I'd only seen it half-done before and I am just all over the COLORS. It's so rich-looking and beautiful!

They do say the greatest works take the longest time. I think you've outdone yourself.
So-lou Featured By Owner May 9, 2007
Fucking, like....stunning masterpiece Jae.

Like...I gasped.

Purple skinned/haired bitch's boobs are amazing. *motorboats them* Perfect proportions.

Blonde chicks hair is amazing.

All their hair is amazing really. shiny.

faaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa aaaaaaaaav as.

*slaps on bum*
Mistress-Jaeden Featured By Owner May 9, 2007  Professional Artist
MWAH, not as good as those paintings of "heres johny" and chucky and those shits, Your a god! But thanks anywhoositz :p
Alikazam Featured By Owner May 9, 2007
Nice job, it's clearly taken alot of hard work. Not knowing the characters but having seen the line art, the end result really shocked me and I still can't put my finger on why! (Just in case that's not clear, it's a good kind of shocking!)
Shantella Featured By Owner May 9, 2007  Hobbyist General Artist
Wow, Jae! This is amazing! All the time you devoted to this project has really paid off in the end!
Tesslar Featured By Owner May 9, 2007  Hobbyist General Artist
omg you finishied it :D And it is awsome. You truly are the master of pixles, I'm in complete aww, I knew it was gonna be great but my jawdropped when I saw it. Such great work. :+favlove:
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