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Good evening, dear watchers and watcherettes...

After a bit of an absence around dA, I return to my weekly updates with yet another image soon to be printed a sold within my 'Goddesses and Monsters' portfolio.

This piece is very simple in its concept, but has proven to be one of my most daring, regarding lighting. It has always been difficult for me to work with light, its focus and its reflections upon objects.
However, as this works testifies, I have been improving my skills and now this fairy's chanelled light brings up some rather nasty visages within the cavern's dark walls.

The overall feel of this illustration also took me back to my starting as an artist; I used to draw lots of fairies, given their almost inevitable iconic relation to Fantasy. But I always put a twist of my own, and this is no exception. Fairies need to protect their kingdoms too, so I figured they must have soldiers treading dangerous places to prevent threats. Thus, the (skimpy, I know) armour.
The wings are referenced from an actual warm climate butterfly.

Let me know what you think, as usual and be on the lookout for more information regarding the portfolio!

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haruko-doe Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2010
Looks beautiful! Too bad she has only got armor on her one arm. LOL
Thebuild Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2010
Awesome looking work, some very nice contrasts in the piece. I especially like the way you've done the transparent effect on the wings.
ironhenry Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2010
So cool!
jmqrz Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
as always great colors!
Comrade-K-Rad Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2010  Hobbyist Artist
Nice work. I really like the colors in this one.
CRAZYGRAFIX Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
this one really gave me a kick!!! love the details.....great job!!!
Sliv-Pie Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2010
I like her body art!
Rovien Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2010
Splendid work! Keep it up!
Clayman8 Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2010
all i can see in the trees are evil Ash's face from Army of Darkness...funny ;)

Love the effect you gave the wings,with the back being simply gray instead of a watered down version of the base colur.the inks and arm-gauntlet work really well i think actually.Its simple enough yet there is a certain grace to the simplicity of it,which is hard to do sometimes.
Another small detail i really like is how you dont fill-in some lines,namely on her left thigh and heel sharing only the skin tone and not a full line
I've drawn a Valkyrie in a very similar pose a few days ago for my diploma work,how hard was it for you to get the pose right?I know something is wrong with mine,which is probably why i havent inked it yet,but i was just wondering if you had any simple tricks onto how to pose a character in a less-than-usual way?
NicolasRGiacondino Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you for all the compliments, mate! It's always great to read your supportive words.

As for your inquiry... I really don't know how to put into words what goes in my head when I'm coming up with a piece, especially regarding anatomy and composition. Being self-taught, I sort of did all the math 'outside the box' and I'm not very handy when it comes to explanations or thouhts on how to do something the way I do it.
What I have used over the years, however, is a model of what I called 'The Animated Series frame'; that is, I use the 'Animated Series' (Batman, Superman, anything designed by Bruce Timm) body types as geometrical reference for posing. They're very useful, mostly because they're big, blocky shapes and with anatomy, the simpler you work, the better. That way you can spot anything wrong right away.
After you have that 'skeleton', you can then add muscle or anything else as you like.

But having that basic reference is what works best for me not to make a bad mistake regarding a pose and anatomy. Simple shapes.

Clayman8 Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2010
yeah i remember loving the art style of the old batman cartoon with the Bruce Campbell-chin on Wayne/Batman,and the Catwoman body shape.all curvy and straight at the same time.Some mighty design work it was...

Its interesting to see just how you work your way around shapes.Im still looking for the right style in my work,going to order some books to get stuff to look righter later today.Its a shame though that you dont post more sketchy pics of your work,not including the SG-verse ones you have on the site :)
Serg-Natos Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2010
Cool! XD
cannibaljim Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
She looks like Vikki from the Sister Grimm
Galactic-Bifrost Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2010
Your work with objects appearing through transparent things always amazes me. I especially love how the hair shows through her wings. Lovely work as usual.
wheresmytea Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Oh wow! Your daring paid off! This has such impact, between the dramatic lighting on the evil trees (evil trees!) and her fierce expression. Those eyes are totally freaking me out :D

re: skimpy armour- I like to think its a way of advertising her prowess. "My martial awesomeness is inversely proportional to the body coverage of my armour." In behavioural ecology, we call this 'a prey item with a high handling cost'. Prey animals do things to show off how fast or strong they are so predators go look for something slower and weaker. I think your fairy is doing an admirable job! :D

MichaelCrichlow Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2010
Amazing! Love the feel and pose. She looks so alive! :D
thelearningcurv Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2010
it's crazy how smooth you get this marker stuff done man!
SpectorKnight Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2010
Well that's...ominous. Excellent work with the mood setting Nic.
Vlaskiyov Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2010
I will say that for once a fairy looks the opposite of its cliche.
PeterPalmiotti Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
Very well done!
MaKo85 Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Okay first off, your 'nasty' visages are scary as all hell, well done :thumbsup::meow:

Second, that is THE most BADASS pixie/fairy I have EVER seen.
Personally I don't like them portrayed as cute and delicate because in the mythology I grew up with they are vicious and spiteful, rarely neutral and fierce warriors, so this is absolutely AWESOME :heart:!!
That and she's a green-eyed redhead with freckles :love:
KoniraThax Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
The colours seem to pop out more on this one than any of your other works. Different paper? Different adjustment strategy?
NicolasRGiacondino Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
Actually, Konira, it's all the same strategy as usual. Little adjustments and at the same levels to get as close as I can to the original. BUT, I think the colours pop more with this one because of my work with lighting... I think the tones are so dark that the fairy looks stark and shiny in comparison.

KoniraThax Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
Ya nu, I think that might actually be the reason. The fact that the fairy is "shiny" is what makes it pop out so much since she's placed on such a dark background.
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