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Nataraja by blix-it Nataraja by blix-it
About painting and title:
Lots to write about this one. @_@ I did this painting for an art book of girls with guns ... dunno if I got in yet or not, but I'll journal it if I did. ^^ *crosses fingers* The design of it was inspired by those dancing Shiva paintings and sculptures [Nataraja]. Sorry to anyone who knows better on this subject than me, I can't speak Indian and I know so little about Hindu its sad. o_o; She isn't Shiva of course .... she isn't in the typical Shiva pose.

EDIT: I widened her shoulders a bit but beyond that I probably won't make any anatomy edits. ^^; Sorries.
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:iconjackie-the-druid:
Jackie-the-druid Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Yay, this is the one I bought at momocon today!
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:iconblix-it:
blix-it Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2009
I'm so glad you liked this print enough to get it. >3< I was surprised at it's popularity at momocon. o___o usually it's only mildly liked.
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Amory2D Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2009
awesome .... u r coloring with water color with so powerful way
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:iconsuguro:
Suguro Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2008  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Hey! I remember this! I bought this postcard at Jacon!
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:iconsuguro:
Suguro Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2008  Hobbyist Digital Artist
and it's stiiiiiillllll fucking awesome!
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:iconromther:
romther Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2008  Professional Digital Artist
I really love the dancing feeling of it !!
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:icondesuetude:
desuetude Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2007
Woah, that's beautiful. I saw this and literally had the breath taken out of me. I almost suffocated because this is so gorgeous what with the colors the style the movement...! Great job!
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:iconblood4veins:
blood4veins Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2007
great colors and composition
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:icongcaorte4:
GCAorTE4 Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2007
Ooh wow, that's really nice! I like her pose, and the background is great too! X3
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:icondevilzalternate:
DevilzAlternate Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2007  Professional Digital Artist
Ok...if u need any suggestions or advise on the topic feel free to ask...i am an Indian...i am a Hindu...and i vaguely know Sanskrit...As for ur work i must say that i like ur composition and layout...it's like a cross between fine arts and comic art...
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:icondremer:
dremer Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2007  Professional General Artist
Excellent work!
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:iconcelestial-seraphiman:
Celestial-SeraphiMan Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2007   Writer
Very good.
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:iconenchantma:
enchantma Featured By Owner May 28, 2007  Professional Digital Artist
ooh now i'm curious!
it looks really cool! i like those panels in the background! and the coloring and pose rock too! <3
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:iconblix-it:
blix-it Featured By Owner May 29, 2007
BE CURIOUS! :D I'm just waiting to get a bunch more pages completed before I say anything or post anything but Negs was showing off some samples at a convention and apparently it went over amazingly! O_O
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:iconenchantma:
enchantma Featured By Owner May 29, 2007  Professional Digital Artist
omg that sounds awesome!!!! <3 yay!! can't wait!!!
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:icondeapulcher:
DeaPulcher Featured By Owner May 28, 2007
I saw her paint this, she's really wonderful... I've learned so much about art with you Cari!
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:iconpim-s:
Pim-s Featured By Owner May 12, 2007
she is very pretty!
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:iconmissarwen:
MissArwen Featured By Owner May 12, 2007
That explains the stance but I definitely like dynamic poses. T_T Such a pretty design and a pretty name... I can see the anatomical issues but they are not that noticeable to me.

Your watercolor is worth a cardiac disease.
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:iconjunobean:
junobean Featured By Owner May 5, 2007  Professional Digital Artist
Beautiful wash!!! :D
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:icondragonofheart:
DragonOfHeart Featured By Owner May 5, 2007
Your colouring is, as always, the fantasticness :heart:~
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sickonmystomach Featured By Owner May 3, 2007
damn blixie. that's niiiice. i don't think the arm thing's so noticeable, it seemed to me her arm was pointed a little behind her so it was foreshortened or something that'd make better sense if i knew what i was talking about. lovely twirly looking pose, like 'wheee i am armed!' hee.
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:iconthespyderduster:
TheSpyderDuster Featured By Owner May 3, 2007
All I gotta say is wow. You should be so proud. Awesome job!
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:iconpurplerebecca:
purplerebecca Featured By Owner May 2, 2007  Professional General Artist
Coolness!
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:iconihha:
Ihha Featured By Owner May 2, 2007  Professional Traditional Artist
This is a beautiful picture! The movement has so much energy!
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:iconfirecloud:
firecloud Featured By Owner May 2, 2007
wow, beautiful work as always! :glomp: your watercolor skillz pwn teh world~:heart:
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:iconbelial-sama:
Belial-sama Featured By Owner May 2, 2007
wow, this is gorgeous!!!! you caught the pose perfectly!!!!
great work on design and the b/g!
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:iconsadcat:
SADCAT Featured By Owner May 2, 2007  Professional Filmographer
Daaaang. *steals your mad painting skillz*

Seriously, I'm in love with your watercolour technique... gimme.
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:iconblix-it:
blix-it Featured By Owner May 2, 2007
khh..... watercolor scares the life out of me. Before I paint, sometimes I consider not painting. I love it so much, but I feel like its a war each time to pick the right shade and mix it right ... and then this or that color is too opaque and I frantically wipe it off. -___-

painting is a heart attack waiting to happen.
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SADCAT Featured By Owner May 3, 2007  Professional Filmographer
I have that same love/hate relationship with watercolour. I prefer it over every other medium, but it sure can be a bitch sometimes... Ah well, your stuff is consistently amazing, heart-attacks aside. :D
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evilforkdude Featured By Owner May 2, 2007   Digital Artist
Oh wow, this is just amazing. I like how she matches (and almost blends into) the background, but is also completely separate (color-wise, of course she as a character is separate) from it.
And I didn't see any anatomical errors until they were pointed out, but my anatomy needs working on. *shrug*
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:iconblix-it:
blix-it Featured By Owner May 2, 2007
*sigh* ... anatomy is so elusive. -___-
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:iconmmas:
MMaS Featured By Owner May 2, 2007
That. Is. So. Damn. Gorgeous.

Once we've finished moving house, I'm gonna get the biggest print of this...
No, scratch that. I'll just paint it straight onto the wall. Then fail miserably and buy six prints to cover it up. :excited:
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:iconblix-it:
blix-it Featured By Owner May 2, 2007
haha! lol, I'm terrified of painting on walls. Paper doesn't bother me, I can just rip it up and walk away wistling. 9__9 I'd offer to send you a print, I just had one done, but the quality of paper da prints on really is worth it..... I've gone to all kinds of places looking for good, professional paper and all the paper I get screams amatuer to me... its the texture I think. T_T meh. I'll prolly order a print off DA of it myself.
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kaiten-yari Featured By Owner May 2, 2007
first thing i noticed : ze bust.

I love the background too xDD gunner girl! i like!


*is in love with the background* :bow:
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aluminiumdonut Featured By Owner May 1, 2007
JESUS THAT'S GORGEOUS

zomg cowboys ;0; I SO HAPPY.

wtf hardcore <3
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emilyhann Featured By Owner May 1, 2007  Professional Digital Artist
This is some hot colouring. Very nice movement in the piece overall!
Not sure if you are looking for anatomy crits.... but um um Her shoulders actually look quite proportionate to her head and torso. Her left arm looks proportionate! Her right arm looks short... like if you draw an arc down from where he elbow would swing out it looks like it lines up with where the nipple would be. If you look at your arm (supposing you have pretty average arms) in the mirror your elbow probably lines up somewhere between the bottom of your ribcage and top of your hip. And then fingertips go about half way to the thigh.

Um crap that went a little longer that I expected so I hope you don't think I am rude. Not that you can fix it now I guess... Don't want to come across as pretentious, just trying to help a fellow artist out so hope that helped! You can hide my comment or whatever if you're offended haha

Oh yeah and I forgot to mention I also really dig the background - it looks amazing.
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:iconblix-it:
blix-it Featured By Owner May 2, 2007
Indeed... the right arm looks too short now. T_T I wonder how many other people will notice. ^^; Too late to fix it now. btw, don't worry about giving crits, I don't mind. No reason to be bashful.
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emilyhann Featured By Owner May 2, 2007  Professional Digital Artist
Oh phewf! I am relieved!
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juliamh Featured By Owner May 1, 2007
I also think theres some anatomical issues.. neck looks a little long and the torso is borderline too twisted.. but that might be personal taste. (maybe with her head being too big her forehead isnt high enough?) The perspective of her right leg bothers me a little to. The colourization and character is great, and you were right about the black clothes need to be accounted for. Just some points to look at, what you decide is what you do. Good luck with this project!
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:iconblix-it:
blix-it Featured By Owner May 2, 2007
Yeah, looking back on it now, I see some issues, but at the same time I'm not really bothered by them.... well, YET. XD Give me a month to reflect. I usually over exagerate twists and stuff, but it looks kind of pretty...
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juliamh Featured By Owner May 2, 2007
it looks good, dont get me wrong.. just anatomically speaking those things bother me and in a way of correctness its good to reflect on it. Stylization is a different thing all together. :)
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:iconcharlottevevers:
charlottevevers Featured By Owner May 1, 2007  Professional Digital Artist
Omg, Blix, I looooove this. X3 Especially the hair. :heart: You're so awesome~
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:iconblix-it:
blix-it Featured By Owner May 1, 2007
blah. I think painting is the only thing I can occasionally do. But I'm always afraid of screwing it up.
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:iconicecrystal:
IceCrystal Featured By Owner May 1, 2007  Student Photographer
This is so awesome that I nearly pissed my pants. LULZ.

No, but seriously now - I admire your watercolour skills a lot and the pose + costume are brilliant (I want that stuff, damnit!).. great work and definitely worth a fav.


Also, the white cross works a bit like a window frame and divides the picture nicely. woot woot!
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:iconblix-it:
blix-it Featured By Owner May 1, 2007
haha! Now that I look at it, her costume reminds me slightly of a barbie had when I was very young. O_O; meep. evil barbies. ... But this costume is mostly what she wears in the comic with slight alterations to the skirt. ^^

peeing with joy is possibly the best expression of happiness ever.
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ZePencilPirate Featured By Owner May 1, 2007  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Awesome project indeed. O.o
Wowza. :clap:

>.> *steals outfit*
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Silveraxe Featured By Owner May 1, 2007  Professional Digital Artist
nice painting :)
her head kinda bugs me, i think its a little big..
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blix-it Featured By Owner May 1, 2007
That's the bother with black on color .... when I first drew it I was checking proportions and anatomy and what, but it's that her clothing is all black. T_T You know how black makes things appear slimmer and all. I think that's what it is anyway .... I should have accounted for it.
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Silveraxe Featured By Owner May 2, 2007  Professional Digital Artist
i think you might be right.. i'm looking at it again, and black does play tricks with your eyes.. :nod:
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