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Death's Mistress by Maika-Isabel Death's Mistress by Maika-Isabel
Please, I'm begging you guys... :noes::megaphone: CRITIQUE THIS PLEASE!!!! Especially my lurking watchers, I'd really appreciate it if you guys can spare some time to critique this piece.

I really worked my butt off on this picture. I've been sketching this in between studying for finals way back in November and could not start CGing it until winter break. And now it's finally done!!!! >w<

Nao tiem for comments:
This is not meant to portray Dark Rukia from Fade to Black or even be associated with the movie. Although, I do admit, there is a resemblance. Instead, this is how Rukia looks like in my head if Bleach were a shoujo manga. The romantic nut in me demands moar romance. The scythe idea actually came from an interview with Kubo Tite where he said that the original sketch of Rukia had her with a scythe instead of a zanpakuto.

And for those who are curious, yes, Rukia stole Ichigo's bankai suit. He's currently laying naked in a ditch somewhere :eyes:

[EDIT]: Fixed her head and added some textures, I hope I didn't screw it up more.

Credits:
Awesome hair tutorial by the even moar awesome =ctJemm [link]
Moon tutorial by ~SD-DreamCrystal [link]
Textures: [link] [link] and [link]
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Being a Rukia fan, I can only like this piece.
I'm not good with stars, so I'll just point some things out.

I love the attention to detail: the textures, the detail in the scythe, the sense of motion in the chain, and even the background seems well thought through. The houses at the bottom add so much more to what otherwise would just be an oridinary sky.

The colours are nice and warm and give me a sense of comfort and coziness.

I do, however, see room for improvement.
The flow of lines ins't very defined. it has a sort of 'X' shape, as wel as a 'C', but this piece could be much more dynamic if you used a more dramatic composition.

As for lighting.
The bottom part of the robe doesn't seem to be lit like the rest of the picture. Rukia's body would also cast a shadow on the wing on the left. Same goes for her legs that would cast a shadow on the inside of the robe.
Unless, of course, you intended the bankai suit to be mythical and unaffected by lighting.

There are also some harsh lines, for instance on the top of the wings and the moon in the background, which seem unnatural to me.

The hand holding the scythe should be the other way around, if she were to have any grip on it. So the thumb should be upwards, otherwise it's just floating in the palm of her hand.

On a final note, you could have toyed a little with depth. This picture seems quite flat (save for the chains) and a subtle lens blur might make the whole thing seem a bit more realistic.

Like I said, I'm a big Rukia fan and I love this image. I'm particularly fond of the lighting on the hair and legs. I like how you combined many different elements from both existing work as well as concept art and your own imagination.

Thank you for sharing this with the community. Keep up the good work.
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Xhani Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2011
Dress/coat is AMAZING, Scythe is gorgeous - if Kubo had stuck with the scythe idea - I hope it would have looked something like this!! Shading done brilliantly (and after reading your walkthrough - I have a new respect for CG artists!!), I love the colours used here, the moon is a favourite of mine and your clouds are beautiful!! An excellent image!!!
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AlexaClyne Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Wow, this looks very pretty. The BG is very nicely done, and her wings are so glamorous. :la: Her arms and legs needs to be a bit longer IMO, though. I love the outfit and her weapon!!
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mirajahmed Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2010
Sexy legs. XD
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Maika-Isabel Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2010   Writer
LMAO Miraj! XDD
OMG I didn't see this comment till now. I've been avoiding DeviantArt like the plague.
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hieizzz Featured By Owner May 24, 2009
how do u put words over ur pix? i always was curious?
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Maika-Isabel Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2010   Writer
If you have photoshop, what you can do is type in a separate layer, and then head over to the layer box and turn down the opacity. If you still need help, let me know =)
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mikama456 Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2009
love it!
looks almost like rukia from fade to black.
well i think it is rukia. lol
but very awsome and wellmade!
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Maika-Isabel Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2009   Writer
Aww, thank you!!! =3
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mikama456 Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2009
lol, NP!
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goodiebagstock Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2009
beautiful work!! Thanks for using my stock!!!!
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Maika-Isabel Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2009   Writer
No problem! =3
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wire-walker Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2009
Whoa this is amazing. It's much better than the sketch (even though it's the same picture???!!). The details on this is absolutely incredible. Look at how you made those small houses and the shading of the scythe ';pole'-like part (especially when it's not straight). The only 'critique' I can say is the way she's holding the scythe. It would be more natural if the palm was facing the viewer, but there is nothing wrong with how it is now at all. I think the body proportions are perfect even if you inflated her breasts (the arm length is good) :P and the details down to the pinky toe is incredible!
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Maika-Isabel Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2009   Writer
OMG REBECCA YOU'RE ONLINE! 8D
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Thanks so much for taking the time to comment; proportions, hands, feet, and shading clothes are particular weaknesses of mine, so that's good that I didn't mess up too much on all of them >w<

Are you back at your dorm?
I'm not gonna go back till Tuesday, I'll give some extra time for Eunice to miss me.
:iconteheplz:
We're still in the same elective right? Will I be seeing you in our first class then? =3
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GrandeOmbre-Stock Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2009
Wow! Really beautiful!:clap:
Thanks for using my stock!:hug:
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Maika-Isabel Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2009   Writer
No problem at all, thanks for the wonderful stock ^^
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engelmohr000 Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2009
dark rukia is badass
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Maika-Isabel Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2009   Writer
Indeed she is :iconyesyesyesplz:
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engelmohr000 Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2009
yep yep me thinks hollow Ichigo would like.
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alfiniel Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2009
wow thats really beautiful <3
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Maika-Isabel Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2009   Writer
D'aww, thank you ^^
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GymnasticsGirl104 Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2009
wow that's awesome, you fixed it up really well.
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Maika-Isabel Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2009   Writer
Yay! :iconvictorydanceplz:
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Genki-Sam Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2009
Absolutely stunning! As for critique...well it's hard to find fault with it but I suppose from Rukia's waist down it looks just a bit washed out...if that makes sense?
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Maika-Isabel Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2009   Writer
Ooh I think I get you, the colors are prolly not saturated enough like the rest of the pic?
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Genki-Sam Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2009
Yes, I think that's it. But still gorgeous! :D
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N3L-Tu Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2009
i think theres something wrong with my eyes cause her left wing(my left btw) looks too short and the "cowlick" she has looks weird in a way...:D but good job otherwise
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Maika-Isabel Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2009   Writer
Thanks for sharing your thoughts! Yeah I made the left wing smaller because it's supposed to be bent at an angle, not stretched outwards like the right one. And you're the second person to comment on Rukia's hairthingy, I think I made it stand out too much.
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N3L-Tu Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2009
yea,cause i was looking at it last night and i was like hmm....thats just weird cause something didnt look right
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Airumel Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2009  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Okay... here goes: I think the eyes are a little too far down on the face... also her hand doesn't really look like she's holding onto the sythe very well... it kind of looks like how you can stick stuff in a doll's hand. It'll be there, but they aren't actually holding it. Some more shadows on the hand or lines might fix that.
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Maika-Isabel Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2009   Writer
Thanks! I don't know if I can redo the hands without having to screw up several layers so I might be forced to leave it as is.

Thanks for sharing your thoughts!
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Airumel Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2009  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Ah, digital art. I'm about to take a stab at it. WITH MY MOUSE! (I sold my 3" by 4" crappy tablet on e-bay!)
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otaku-drea Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
NAKED??
>.>
<.<
*continues to search random ditches xDDD*

i want a tablet xD and i think i am getting primacolor markers for meh birthday this month OwO YAAAA! >3 no more permantent markers!
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Maika-Isabel Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2009   Writer
Yesh, he ish nekked @w@
Ooh congrats!! I can't wait to see what you do with them markers!
Maybe you can get a tablet if enough people give you moneh! :eyes:
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otaku-drea Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
OMFG I KNOWS!! i would freakin love a tablet!!

but my birthday monies is not goint to anything i want it to xD i have to pay for school with it.. unless i magically get a job in the next few days xD
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ChrisDayo Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Nice touch with the textures. This looks really awesome.
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Maika-Isabel Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2009   Writer
Yay 83
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Darix-Dragon Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2009
ALOT better ! ^^
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Maika-Isabel Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2009   Writer
Oh sweet, thanks!!!
If I screwed up anything more I'd just bang my head repeatedly on the desktop. :slow:
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Darix-Dragon Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2009
naa dont :O You should make another ichiruki comic ;3!
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Maika-Isabel Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2009   Writer
As soon as the next inspiration strikes! :#1:
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Darix-Dragon Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2009
something with Nel and Orihime peeking :P and blowing up the bed?XD
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Match25 Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2009
i cant wait for that movie to be subbed
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Maika-Isabel Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2009   Writer
Same here! I hope it's as epic as people say.
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ChrisDayo Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Honestly I do really like most of this.

I think you've done a fine job on the coloring as well.

My only beef is that the head looks a lil too big.

Other than that I really like it! :]
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Maika-Isabel Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2009   Writer
Yup, several people called me on that, I'm going to upload a new version shortly that hopefully has the anatomy a bit better.

Thanks ^^
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ChrisDayo Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Ahaa well then I'll def take a look then when you do.
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Maika-Isabel Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2009   Writer
Tis up! :iconvictorydanceplz:
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ChrisDayo Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
looking nao :]
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fblan001 Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2009
her coloring is amazing but the proportions oculd use some work, dont forget that nine hads fit in one body. the body has three heads an a half and
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spiritwavecrest Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2009  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
well... it does look good..... but you asked for critique, so.... starting with nuber one.

-you know that lock of hair that falls between he eyes on her face... The way you drew it... The hair looks fine, but that certain part of the hair is... urmmmmm...... you followed the hair line to high up, which makes it looks like it is a hair piece not her hair. do u get it?
-the rest of the hair looks fine to me exept that the hair is not dark enough. It looks like a darkened yellow-to-brown. Maybe if u made it black.
- another thing is that (dont take this personally) I cant imagine her wearing that... no offense, but its a little to... " revieling " for a girl like her. I mean, I can picture Rangiku or Orihime in that dress... but not Rukia. ( though the dress's design does look lovely )

so yeah... but I Just hope you think I am making fun of your art... you did ask for critique. I am just giving u advice... but dont take it seriosly 'cause my art isnt that good either. ^-^
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