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Guardian by teiirka Guardian by teiirka
11 x 14 color pencil

Warm gray critter in a cold gray world. I gotta get me some more gray pencils.

I think I'm happier with this piece than with anything else yet. It flowed out pretty smoothly and I didn't have to agonize over anything accept maybe a little BG at the very last. I made some rocks, a first I think, and I kind of had fun doing them. I didn't have fun doing the extreme BG mountain/ snow /cloud tops, also a first.

Definitely had fun doing her and did her relatively fast. Next time though I'll tone down on the fur texture and do it where it really needs to be. It ended up being a little course although the photo is a bit out of focus and a lot of the texturing is hard to see.

I'll be getting a proper scan in a couple weeks otherwise a camera shot for now.

I'd really like to get critique on this one and point out points to be improved upon and especially what I could have or could still do to the BG as I do plan on going back in and make tweaks and fixes as I see them over the next few days then fixative.
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hey! hi! hi! remember me? like i promesed i will make the critique! ok. you know the how i do it. lets start. vision. perfeeeeeect! i am telling you! i can see everything! just perfect! now lets see! originality. ... i already told you and i wont tell you again! ok. NEXT! technique. it looks awesome! the tail look better too! it looks like its her tail now! but there is something that botters me. the mountains at the background! and above them! what the f@#$! it looks like they are coming from below! i mean that we are looking at the uper side of the clouds! and the mountains are comeing from below! the one on the left looks like it but the other on the right look like they blend in the clouds! on ae they a part of the clouds! that confused me! i can tell what it is! and the second thing! that little thing in front of her mouth! what in the name of hell is that? what hapened? did someone came in, toke a blue pensil and draw a round shape? it looks round aniway! but enouf! the last thing! impact! lets grade this pic and see!





there are miner flaus but because i love this pic and will fav it i will close my eyes and give you 5 stars! i love it! this is all i can say! just perfect! i hope you agread and acept it! buy!
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It was fun seeing your WIPs for this picture, I really enjoyed watching the process. :) The result is fantastic and it's easy to see you're improving. I have no tips for anything else except her anatomy; there are a few points that bother me. First - as the eyes are drawn to her chest - her breasts and the fabric that covers them. I'm not sure if you meant the cloth to be hanging that low, but if it's suppoed to cover her when she's standing up, I feel the fabric should drape over the top of her breasts instead of hanging so low, the cloth seems to me to be almost below her nipples. Of course, if that was your intention, no problem there. ;)

Second, her left arm and hand look somewhat funky to me. It kind of looks like she has no wrist, but that might just be the staff. Then thirdly, there is something about her legs that I can't quite put my finger on. It might be I'm looking at them the wrong way, but it seems that her right leg's knee is below the ankle of the left foot. If so, her right thigh is quite long.

Lastly, to touch upon a point komdor1023 made about the "blue stuff"; it's obviously her breath, but it might be a bit too blueish. Try putting some more white in it, that should make it look more like breath in winter does. :)

Hope this was helpful to you in someway. Loe your work. :)
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KleoKatra96 Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2016
So so so SO beautiful! The exquisite detail,r the poise and the bg along with the characters expression- to sum it up- gorgeous job! ^^
LyhliTheLuminescent Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Absolutely beautiful and stunning! I'm in awe!
TheLadyKaoru Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
love this drawing the details is amazing and i love how realistic it looks the shading and bakgrond is amazing as welll i can see the story you are trying to tell her and its wonderful thank you for the wonderful peice of art
Rozzi-dk Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2013  Student General Artist
Wow O__O
arcadunato Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
so ah what ya guarding?
teiirka Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This is an illustration from a short story I have outlined. She was a human sorceress that was chased deep into the mountains and left for dead by the people of the region after they discovered what she was and what she was doing. She was befriended by a snow leopard and she made her home amongst them helping them as she could and taking within her for a time, the souls of those taken to soon from the world. When they decide they when they ready, she goes to a mountain peak and releases them. Over time though, the souls within her changed her and she began to take their form.
She had come to care and feel for the cats as she could never do her own kind.
arcadunato Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
oh... well good luck.
Mununsah Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2013   Traditional Artist
The Snow Queen has cometh
A3Kitsune Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2013
I like.
rin226622 Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
i dont think i can look away its just so perfect
Otakuofalltime Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I screamed in glee when I saw this amazing
SparrowsNskittlez Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2012  Student Digital Artist
This is AMAZING!!
RadosBadger Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2012
Oh! I know you! You are one of those artists whose fame precedes them as I know your works from other sites, never knowing you are also here on DeviantART. It is a very much a surprise for me an artist of your magnitude would favourite a picture of mine, especially since you by no means hoard favs but certainly take much thought of what to add. That for me is an ego boost. :)
Your works are amazing to me - Impossibly detailed for my skills and using media yielding results and effects I can´t begin to fathom. You yourself named parts of the picture worth noticing, but left out lovely beads and breath vapour which I think is a very nice touch. Simply marvelous here, every bit of it! :nod:
TarinFirepelt Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
What type pencils are you using? I love how you manage to get the white to overlay opaquely. I have issues doing this with prismacolors. Did you overlay this with the pencils or is it a negative space?

I did a similar picture to this a while back ([link]) so your techniques intrigue me. (Comparing side by side now.) Your grasp of fur textures and lighting put me to shame.
teiirka Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Sorry I'm just getting back to you on this. I was going to reply right away but I spaced it. First off, when I started drawing again, I bought sets of Prismacolor, derwent, and polychromos. I despised Derwent from the git-go and my first major piece was done in Prisamacolor. I didn't like the way they applied, very waxy. But when I applied Prismacolor brand fixative, some of the colors changed drastically and some of the shading disappeared completely.(I use the same stuff on on all my Polychromos pieces and there is no change. Works great) I now use only a few select colors of Prismacolor for special purpose. When I started using Polychromos, the difference was amazing. They applied smoother and the tips didn't break nearly as much and they have many colors that the others don't have that I use in almost every piece I do. I have also found out that about every one of my favorite artists that use color pencils use Polychromos.

I don't use color pencils at all like any of the color pencil books I have read try to teach. A lot of what I do seems to be backward from their methods.

I hate to see any bare paper so I usually apply a lot of pressure. With my fur, I apply the lightest color first and hard to establish the grain and direction then layer. Sometimes 6 thick. My transparencies, fabric, mist, whatever, I start with light lines where folds will be to figure where highlights will be then I lightly draw the underlying surface. Then the fabric, then highlights and shading then some back and forth.

What I know of application, I learned fully from trial and error. Anatomy, perspective and lighting I learned from Books and especially critiques.

If you have any specific questions about any of the techniques I use, ask away and I will be happy to help. :)
SpottedNymph Featured By Owner May 27, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
This defintely turned out absolutely lovely! The colors and texture are just wonderful, and the background creates a great atmosphere.
suyuku-san Featured By Owner May 26, 2012  Professional Writer
this is my inner child talking but maybe my two cats from when I was little are with her :meow: :)
Ag-Cat Featured By Owner May 25, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Dear god, why are you so awesome? :worship:
BlazeBracard Featured By Owner May 24, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Love the fur texture! I so would like some lessons on how to do that with colored pencils. Maybe I am just not patient enough.
teiirka Featured By Owner May 25, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Patients is the key I think. It took me 6 or 7 evenings to do her without BG. I work on every square inch as if it were a complete picture and every pencil stroke counts. I never used colored pencils before till 2 years ago (and I hadn't drawn a pic in 30 years before that). I checked out a couple books on them but they weren't much help and what I know I learned by experimenting and most of what I do is NOT how they teach it in the books, and critique from others is another key factor, and I am still learning from that.
Figure out how far you want to go with your art and do what you need to do to to get there.
BlazeBracard Featured By Owner May 29, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Well sounds like it is mostly lack of patients. I don't usually get days in a row to sit down with a pic. Right now I don't have a good place to spread out the pencils. I do intend to get back into coloring once I have the space again. Anyway most of my talent comes from self taught stuff as well. I took some art classes in HS and junior college. I learned the most about anatomy from sharing my art in communities and getting others advice. Anyway, it's great that you are doing well with your abilities and pretty quick at that.
Eleweth Featured By Owner May 24, 2012
Featured here [link] :heart: :D
teiirka Featured By Owner May 24, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you! :D
Eleweth Featured By Owner May 24, 2012
You´re welcome :D
IcejCat Featured By Owner May 23, 2012
Fantasminc!!! I absolutely love it
TibbyDarkewulf Featured By Owner May 23, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Glad to see you finally finished this, It looks great! Well worth the anticipation.
TheSilverhyena Featured By Owner May 23, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Wow! Very pretty kitty! Love the way you do the fur and the mountains look AWESOME!
FlashW Featured By Owner May 23, 2012
very beautiful job!
mbridge1965 Featured By Owner May 23, 2012
Wow, that is NICE! Well done!
jboweruk Featured By Owner May 23, 2012
She's amazing, and worst case scenario with the fur is that it looks a bit wet, as though she's been in water recently. Personally I prefer to see plantigrade feet when they're supposed to have evovled upright like us, but that's a personal opinion and nothing to reflect on the pic which is absolutely awesome. 5/5.
James-Dark-Blue-Wolf Featured By Owner May 22, 2012
Whoa she hot! And this is also awesome!
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bscruffy Featured By Owner May 22, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
Yeah, I definitely think this is one of your best, and you've done some awesome ones.
-the subject, beautiful young feline, is lovingly deplicted and shaped at all points. Her expression reflects an emotional height of wonder+rapture+openess that is almost like... first love. The choice of her colors are perfect for a Nordic beauty.
And the textures, the drap of the fabric...but don't get me started. You realize that doing such excellent work and then asking for a critique is really, really a stretch.
-She's a wonder...but the title doesn't fit her.
-It would be fun to "cut her out" with an art program and try her against different shades of the background. The dark hair sets off her face so nicely I'm curious what more darks in the background would do. For one thing it would make her breath stand out more.
Lovely work Teriika!
chibi-neko-chan13 Featured By Owner May 22, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I love this piece! Excellent job on the fur texture. Really the only critique I have is that her left arm looks a little off, but that could just be me. I suck at foreshortening. But again, I just loooove this piece.
LupinHen Featured By Owner May 22, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
This is absolutely gorgeous! :love: I swear, I have been staring at it for half an hour, and every time I look back I notice more details. This is just beautiful.
Mystic-Cheetah Featured By Owner May 22, 2012
And so she is done! Wow, is that beautiful!

Is that that transparent blue?

I love the background work. So beautifully done as always!
Samurainoryuu Featured By Owner May 22, 2012  Student General Artist
You are an amazing artist. x.x
FREAKKATT Featured By Owner May 22, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Gorgeous, like usual. Your talent stuns me, I wish I was that good traditionally. But that takes practice, I know xD. Also, I'm finding where you live. And I'm giving you a scanner. And for a critique, the only thing I could point on would have been to make her calf a little thicker to support the upper half of her body. Other than that, the picture is almost flawless, and completely beautiful.
teiirka Featured By Owner May 22, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I have the scanner picked out that I'll be saving for but it will be a little while. The bloody thing is over 2 grand but will scan most of my larger pics. Hopefully by the end of the year.

And thanks.
FREAKKATT Featured By Owner May 22, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Dear lord. 2 grand for a scanner? How exactly BIG do you draw XD?
Fruitso Featured By Owner May 22, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
She must be really cold up there with nothing but those silk loin clothe! Okay, technically you could argue that her fur keeps her warm, but still
whiteappleartist Featured By Owner May 22, 2012  Student Digital Artist
This is so cool! You should post one that shows the progression from every progress shot up to this, the finished peice! I love the fur! It's so pretty!
nakutawolf Featured By Owner May 22, 2012
Wow. Compared to a lot of other artists...your's seems almost unreal, with some of the things you used. Colored pencil?!!!! Wow.
ShadowAndFrost Featured By Owner May 22, 2012   General Artist
Woah... this is great
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Canon PowerShot SX130 IS
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