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Armor Breaker by drachenmagier Armor Breaker by drachenmagier
Haven't been working with pencils in quite a while. So, tried that again. :D Coloring metallic surfaces with pencils is just great~. I keep forgetting that there is nothing better there, at least in my eyes.

Frills and armor. Best combo on every battlefield, if you ask me. d:
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Original characters are, in my opinion, more interesting to draw than pre-existing characters. You are allowed more freedom with the design and pose, not to mention the coloring. You certainly seem to embrace this to the fullest.
Alas, however, armored females carrying big swords aren't exactly the most original thing nowadays- however, among all those femme fatales to cross my path over the years, I don't think that I've ever seen an elf (or your elf-equivalent) wield a massive sword. In an age when the presentation of a concept, not the concept itself, is paramount, this drawing certainly is ahead of the pack for that bold stroke alone.
Bearing in mind how tough it is to use colored pencils, not to mention coloring to properly convey textures, your technique is outstanding. My particular favorite is how you rendered the hair in the lower-right corner. In addition, the detail you worked into the blade (not to mention how you shaded it) really adds some "oomph" to the drawing.
All in all, this is an excellent drawing wholly deserving its position on the front page. You should be proud of yourself.
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I love the fun changing and intertwining colors and fine detailing you put into this! Especially the transparent fabric!!!
The weapon has such a neat design as well.
This is stunning!
I'm afraid I can't give much more insight on further technique because of my lack of skills with colored pencil, but I think yours is a perfect example!
Fine crisp lines and stunning colors to boot!

If I could where to say one thing that could be added to this, I would recommend a background or something to further bring out the character. But as it is now it's still delightful!
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xxarishaxpxx Featured By Owner May 23, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
I want her sword. It's so cool! :D
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drachenmagier Featured By Owner May 27, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks! :D Might be a tad heavy for a normal human being though. XD
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xxarishaxpxx Featured By Owner May 27, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
Possibly... Probably for a female, but any adult male could probably if he has the proper upper arm strength... no woman could wield it naturally seeing as all their muscle resides in their legs.... she'd have to be some sort of hard core body builder. @_@
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drachenmagier Featured By Owner May 30, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Neither could a human male. :D The muscles might be able to deal with the weight, but the power of a good sword does come from the momentum. And our sinews are not made to deal with that much stress. Actually, one of the problems you face when you train your muscles: Muscle grow can sometimes be a lot faster than your sinews can handle, resulting in injuries. I had to make that experience first hand. ^^'

We could just say she's an elf and with that able to do such stuff? d: Or we can say she knows the magic to make the sword lighter for herself. Third option is always that the sword is a special material that is not quite as heavy as steel, of course. ^^
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xxarishaxpxx Featured By Owner May 30, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
Aptly put. She isn't human, so that most definitely could be a factour in the possibility for her ability to wield it. I like the third option as well. And now I have claymore on my mind because o the talk about chicks wielding big swords. XD
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drachenmagier Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Claymore is one of my favorites too. X3 I adore that manga and its weird storytwists! Reading the printed German version, so we have to be a tad careful about spoilers. ^^
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xxarishaxpxx Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
Ive that kind of stuff too. The art style is so elegant, but I am still angry that my favourite character got killed off. :<
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drachenmagier Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Very. To both. My fav charas constantly die in every series I read. :D It's a bit like a curse: Every chara I like is doomed to die in the end. ^^'
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To-Ka-Ro Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2013  Professional General Artist
Oh man, this would make a magnificent cosplay :D
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drachenmagier Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I wouldn't mind wearing something like that, but the crafting would be hellish. :D
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