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Welcome Center / Re: Heart Explosion!
« Last post by Kiwiavenger on November 14, 2017, 08:36:36 AM »
Welcome to the site.

Looking forward to seeing your stuff!
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Manga Art Gallery / Re: Devola's Stuff
« Last post by devola on November 14, 2017, 05:37:22 AM »
So I'm trying out some new techniques for coloring + line art and this little experiment resulted in one of my favorite character designs to date! I'm really happy with how this turned out!

Spoiler

A little backstory to introduce the character:

Her name is Charlotte Merryweather, she's a pirate witch on a journey to discover who she is. After her mother, the supreme evil witch of the swamp was executed for her crimes, Charlotte is given the last possessions of her mother. She receives a magical hat, and a compass that points only towards her father, an infamous pirate and the only one with answers about her heritage.

Along her journey she is tricked into joining a band of pirates who were only interested in exploiting her powers. Duped into thinking these pirates are a part of her father's group, she ends up traveling with these tricksters but as time passes, both the pirates and Charlotte learn that family is sometimes more than just blood.
This piece is still technically WIP, I actually have a more complex background set that I just haven't gotten around to drawing yet.

I'm also working on a complete character reference sheet for this character at this moment, I'm gonna use this as the standard of quality for commissions I take for character portraits. Time to go back and see how applying this technique will look on some of my older works!
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Manga Art Gallery / Re: check out my work :P
« Last post by irvintiu on November 14, 2017, 12:04:56 AM »
been working on a graphic novel



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Manga Art Gallery / Re: Rusinstein's Illustrations
« Last post by rusinstein on November 13, 2017, 09:57:39 PM »
more recent illustrations.:)

commission work for lordwolx of devianart.



commission work for samarkana of deviantart.


and a commission work from commishartify.


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Manga Art Gallery / Re: Rusinstein's Illustrations
« Last post by rusinstein on November 13, 2017, 09:54:36 PM »
Awesome work as always! I love the way you render the lighting on the clothes. It makes the material seem very grounded and logical, I can almost always tell what kind of texture/feel the clothing on any of your characters would have.

thank you! I'm glad it's coming off that way.:)
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Collaboration (Art Exchange) / Re: Cover Art Design Help
« Last post by devola on November 13, 2017, 08:49:07 PM »
Maybe something like a simple gradient and/or texture on the background will help it pop a bit more?

If I had to suggest anything, I would say establishing a good color palette to use and sticking with it will help with consistency. Right now there is a lot of white on white, and a lot of colors only show up once. It sort of makes everything feel a bit disjointed. Having higher contrast tones and using some more reddish (but not deep reds) tones may help a bit.

I think the colors on the title itself could use some work, I'm not really feeling the teals and yellows. It aesthetically comes across as less casino and more candy shop to me.

In terms of visual hierarchy, I assume you want the characters to be the focus of your title? I would actually make the title card itself much larger, and place it behind the characters so that some of the character's heads are kind of obscuring it. Then maybe have a strong light cast on the characters that also illuminates the title card behind them while casting some succubus shadows onto the wall behind them. You can even get a bit creative here if you want and have the shadows being cast frame the actual title or something.

The wall itself could just be a simple alleyway wall or you could try something more casino-esque. Not sure if any of these ideas may help but as it stands right now it's a functional but rather unassuming cover.

Here are some color palettes from various media sources that might give you some inspiration:

(this one has kind of a tacky color scheme but I usually think purple velvet, blue tones and reds when I think of a casino and this one great mixture of cooler tones)
https://i.ytimg.com/vi/D4FiKJGh-iI/maxresdefault.jpg

(These are from the casino stage in Persona 5, this particular area is great at showcasing the really gaudy nature of casinos with the overblown purples and lots and lots of lights everywhere. Persona 5 has an excellent color palette to steal from if you're looking to nail that casino aesthetic. You could also try reds/blacks since those colors remind me of roulette wheels)
https://abload.de/img/amarectv2017-04-0417-urltk.png
http://www.512tech.com/rf/image/Pub/p8/512Tech/2017/03/23/Images/160915_P5_PS4_1_screenshot.jpg

(A similar cover idea to yours I think, might help to look at this one. Particularly the way the title is slightly off center, asymmetry makes things like covers more interesting and it might be worth it to try skewing your title off to one side more in order to balance white space better)
http://archiecomics.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/06/BV1-TradeDress.jpg

(Not much to say about this one, just thought I should mention it. This is a fantastic cover and I can't really say why it's related to yours because spoilers but it showcases how a strong color palette can help really bring a cover together)
https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-AvnhRh47YN4/TYlBM5NetkI/AAAAAAAAAIs/DDq8mKtWDRc/s1600/Catherine.jpg

Sorry if I'm giving bad advice here, I should look into what Llueve Sangre is actually about but at a glance this is what I came up with. Hope this helps!
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MR Pub / Re: You raff you ruse. (warning: may contain ecchi)
« Last post by Forlorn Serpent on November 13, 2017, 08:46:49 PM »
A little late on the Halloween joke.

even when dead, Asian girls look better
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Develop Your Story / Re: Fate From Zero (My still developing light novel)
« Last post by Forlorn Serpent on November 13, 2017, 08:18:02 PM »
I’ll start reading tonight.
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Welcome Center / Re: Heart Explosion!
« Last post by Coryn on November 13, 2017, 08:11:20 PM »
Welcome to mangaraiders! Can't wait to see what you're working on!
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Collaboration (Art Exchange) / Re: Cover Art Design Help
« Last post by Forlorn Serpent on November 13, 2017, 07:48:48 PM »
@eukocar thanks. I just feel it’s missing something.

@keanfox what do I need help with? Everything  :(

Llueve Sangre is set in a casino, prison, small city. I want to add some element in the background. Also, did I mention they are succubus!! The cover just features the first two introduced characters but I don’t like the empty background. I tried illustrating the casino, failed. I tried adding playing cards or poker chips, failed. I dressed them up as casino girls, failed because they don’t actually work there. They just live in the casino.

I’m wondering if I should add a shadow of a demon behind them.
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