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Mari - the feeling i have. by SpookyChan Mari - the feeling i have. by SpookyChan
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character- Mari Lin Joseph
from- my comic, "The God Machine."
media- photoshop.

Felt like i needed to do some art work. I've been working on comic stuff that's driving me nuts (my fault really for designing a crappy page.. but i fixed it. ^^ ) Anyways, a pic of Mari i give to you all.

Mari is Guy's other best friend since the 2nd grade. ^^ I like Mari, she's a nice gal. :D

-chan

EDIT: Please people.. don't leave me one word "compliments." Please tell me what you like about the image. Otherwise I think i've done something wrong, that i have created an image that doesn't connect with people at all.. and that it's just as shallow as "beautiful." I can't grow from these simplified compliments.. I know you all mean well.. but please..a little something more before i decide to scrap this image based on lthe fact it might actually be crap.
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Twisted-twitches Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2012
She just looks so sad and fragile that it makes you wanna give her a hug or wrap her in bubble wrap to keep the world from breaking her.
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stmpnk Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2009
I think it's very expressive, both from her pose, and the facial expression. Deep in thought, pondering the mysteries of life as it were. The colors are great!! I think slap-dash color looks awesome when done just right... :D




Cheers
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Mafia-Suit Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2009  Student Traditional Artist
It's a emo picture?
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Astroluc Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2007  Student Traditional Artist
I love the color choices, composition, and the use of the blank space to frame the image... I do not have much of a critique. Nice work ;)
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depthperception Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2007
Love the lavendar hair with the Indian dot---and the choice of silver for the outfit. Very evocative and somber.
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Aileene Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2007   Writer
Her expression tears at my heart, so sweet and sad at the same time.

Beautifully done and heart wrenchingly sad.

--Aileene
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xxachlysxx Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2006
i just love it *-* i can't find anything wrong with it, beautiful ^^
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MevTheDreamer Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2006   Digital Artist
interesting way you did the background, at first I thought she was actually in a place, like an alley or a light-colored corner of a room, but when I actually paid more attention I see you have very loose and splashed colors to may the good illusion that she's in a corner by herself. Very nice.
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SpookyChan Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2006  Professional General Artist
^_^ thanks.
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vampire-kid Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2006  Student Traditional Artist
She looks very discontinted. Like a girl that doesn't have a dad and looks to other guys for the male figure in her life, and she's just been verbaly abused by someone. You get the drift? You know, like someone who desperately needs someone or something and has just been torn down by that person, or can't reach whatever it is that she needs...making any sense at all?

thought not.
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2051 Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2006
I like the expression on her face and the way her hairs look. Her pose works great with her face.

It's just... I'm not sure if drawing lines only on one of her boots is actually a good idea. I think it makes the shoe stand out too much. Maybe it's for the sake of composition, maybe just forartistic fun... I'm not sure why you did it. Still I can't say I like it. Yeah, I know I shouldn't be commenting your style but the overall mood - still I just had to write this.
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cheergiver Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2006   Digital Artist
Lovely style you have. Beautiful work!
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SpookyChan Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2006  Professional General Artist
thank you!
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AmandaPPH Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2006
i'm completely struck by the white petticoat. I'm so gonna copy that. but, you know, the legal... inspiring kind.
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Pim-s Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2006
I like the pose and the way you Color her! very original way to color. and I really like it! :)
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sylverwind Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2006  Hobbyist General Artist
I love your use of white space in this, how the color seems to exist where in reality there would be shadow. It's a bit different from your regular work, in an interesting way that I really like (not better than your regular work, but not less, just on a different level, if that makes sense, hee). I flipping love her hair, but that's my favorite thing--what you did with color and white space. She looks so sad to me. :(
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SpookyChan Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2006  Professional General Artist
It's probably the way i used the white space that does make it different, plus the slight delicate use of color here and there.

But it seems i've just been doing more and more sad characters huh?
Mari is actually really chipper in the begining of the comic. She progressively gets more depressed, as she has a crush on a special "you know who," who can't seem to get his mind off his certain dead girlfriend. But eventually.. he leaves for good.. (oh no.. story plot..!!) and Mari is without her heart's desire.. but there's more to that.. then just what i'm telling you. ^^; Cryptic, semi-drunk chan a-hoy! And i swear the wine was really good.. I finally picked a good bottle this time..despite my last 2 bottles i picked out being horrible bad things.. I swear my luck was cursed for 2 weeks. ^_~
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sylverwind Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2006  Hobbyist General Artist
Two weeks of cursed wine? Oh noes! :O Well, I'm glad you enjoyed getting semi-drunk this time, though, because it would suck to get semi-drunk on yet more cursed wine. :hug: XD

Ooooh, I got plot details, I got plot details! Hee. XD I'm such a spoiler-fiend. But I know you'll leave all the big stuff, and all the tiny little nuances, for when I actually get to sit down with your comic someday and curl up with coffee and... probably cry. A lot. Poor Mari. :cries: But I think the melancholy you show in your character art is really in keeping with the theme I gather from your comic. Like I'm sure there are probably upbeat, humorous moments, but at the same time there's always this underlying pain, so of course we have to see the characters that way, too. It's really powerful that way, because it's more real.

Yeah, I think the more I look at it, the more I love what you did with color and white space here. I mean, I was thinking if you had done this in your trademark dark shadows and such, it would have been a totally different image!
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ninjabiscuit Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2006
I'm happy to see an illustration of Mari, I've liked her quite a bit since seeing her character design. She always seems so sweet, but in this case, I love her sad and isolated expression. To me it feels so lonely... which is hard to do with orange in the background. That makes me really love this piece. And it doesn't hurt that she's quite pretty.
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moad Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2006
Great use of color!
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red52 Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2006
Fuck me.... who the hell did she just lose? There's pain here, a feeling of betrayal. She's a beautiful girl to be sure, but that sense drives that away, shoving the real issue into your face. You've accomplished something here and it's unsettling. None the less, great job.
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nightmareprince Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2006
hmmm well first i wanna say the black lines on the boot in front, where they for a reason, they feel slightly out f place to me, the give the boot a solid feel while the rest of the image is much softer. I feel it's a very lonely picture, she almost seems unhappy but to the point that she is almost comfortable with it. She doesn't have any sort of painful facial expresion, rather more calm yet her body language sugges she is in a corner and all by herself. I think you really get drawn into the face in this picture. Were am not to sure about the dark lines on her boot her black eyeliashes create quite a powerful pull for you to look at her face i just wish i could see this in full view, I only have a small monitor and with it being such a vertical image have to scroll up and down for a best look but saying that I love your more vertical images, you are most right to use them because they do work with your characters so well :D

I did read a few of the comments and i coudn't believe how many people just say the same stuff!! I mean there is one comment a few down
"lovely colors and expression!! her pose and face creates really sweet effect!" though it's different to my opinion soemthing like that is much better to the few above that just say "wonderful" beautiful"

and I found out th other day the chef worlds the same as the art world!! :D My brother is a head chef (he got me a job as a KP) and Graham a prep chef had made a new sauce and my brother said "what you think of it" he said "it's nice" as an artist I nearly cringed but what happened next was unbelievable :D my brother said everything i wanted to say (except he swore more being a chef) so i kinda joined in and looked up from mopping the floor (yes I mop in real life not just your forums :giggle:) and said "That's the same as the art world, you gota beas creative with your anguage as you are with your medium" and me and my brother connected i think for once :D he's given me great comments before in the past now I know why :D poor Graham then was told nice is about as good as saying somethings "good" :D poor guy always gets picked on :P

sorry for the chat Chan am a bit bored at the moment... whats kinda good i've been none stop the past few days :D so sitting about doing nothings a releaf :P i just had to comment on your work when i saw the large amounts of "that's wonderful, beautiful"

here endith the essay :P
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Quemaqua Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2006  Professional Writer
You should set your stuph up for advanced critique if you want more detailed comments. I find I never really got them before I did that, and I still don't get a whole lot more. But some. Actually, now people just don't view or comment on my work at all. Maybe that's saying something else entirely. I really don't know.

Anyway, I love this. The figure is wonderfully done in all respects, but the little flourishes add a lot to the whole thing. You really have quite an eye. I adore her face and hair in this picture... also love the dress.
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SpookyChan Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2006  Professional General Artist
well, it's not like i want a highly advanced critique either, but i don't like "this is wonderful" and that to be it. Advance Critique just scares away people from giving you a comment at all. And if I put "no serious critique" up (whatever it's called) then i'd expect short answers like "that's beautiful," or something that has nothing to do with the picture.. or something. The point behind any critique is that you start saying why one likes an image... what formal elments make or break the image, what you're schooling has brought to you to bring to critiquing the image.. etc. I don't look for praise, i look for insight into what a person is thinking when they see my work. (this is how i know i'm sucessful or not in achieving my goal with teh image.) And i think every good artist is looking for exactly that. Praise is good for children who need encouragement when they're starting off drawing, not for a semi-proffesional. / end soap box rant. Sorry bout that.

What i'd really like is to be able to modify the words in the type of critique the artist. I think that would be helpful.. plus some kind of "how to guide" for critiquing people's work.. hmm that would be nice.
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Quemaqua Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2006  Professional Writer
It would be nice, though I doubt it would make a lot of difference. People just seem to ignore these requests most of the time, unless you have a lot of watchers who are particularly cool. And no worries about the rant, I completely agree with you. Pretty much all my comments currently are "wow, that's awesome" or the equivalent, and I generally get maybe 2 of those on an individual deviation. I don't know if the advanced critique flag has scared people away or what, but the comments I used to get are long gone. I'm sure there could be a better way, as you suggest, but I don't know what that is. If you cook something up, suggest it to the folks in charge!
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KurayamiNoTenshi Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2006
This is awesome. You did a really good job with this. The use of color for the background in such a simple way was a neat idea, though I do wonder what it would be like if the background was worked on more. But this is really good. Her face is awesome ^^
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martisunshine Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2006
What I love about this is the 'feeling' that you get from it. The colors are awesome and I think that is what drives the emotion that you feel from looking at this piece. You feel her lonliness and sadness. I ABSOLUTELY LOVE the grey on her. THAT pulls her mood down. If she had something bright on, I doubt the sadness would come through as strongly. I love this, and would love the painting on my wall. THAT is where something like this belongs. Its stunning :+favlove:
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GenkiGoth Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2006  Professional Filmographer
Looks really nice, its has the same melancholy feeling that alot of your other pieces of TGM....or well, what I've seen here which is mostly Good God and Guy? She just looks like there's something weighing very heavy on her mind. I almost wanna run over and give her a hug she looks so sad, lol!

Not that Im sayin in any way that it looks bad or anything like that. You have too much awesome stuff for me even to dare say that! It's looks really candid, like someone caught her at her most vulnerable and she's too lost in thought to notice or care.

Only one thing that bothers me about it and it could be only me, but the darker shade of amber that you have under Mari where she's sitting down at 1st glance looked like pee (Im probably the only one that saw this, and saw it as funny, so you can just ignore me, lol!)
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NeoDns Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2006
I like the pose and the background fits good !
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glitterally Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2006  Professional Artist
Ahhh!!! It's NOT crap, so don't scrap it please!!
Full-view IS fantastic... I'm always jealous of your sketchycomputerpainterly skills... Or just wishing I had them... which is still basically the same as being jealous.
Do you just have at it? Pick out the natural brushes and some colors and go for an image?

... The lighting makes me happy... I just kinda wish that the black lines defining her frontmost boot weren't there since it's not carried on in any part of the picture... you know?
Or maybe you don't... and I'm just crazy like that.
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kitty-eared-girl Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2006  Hobbyist General Artist
I love the shading and the pose! Her facial expression is wonderful
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marylounatic Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2006
I really like the way you have composed the page, and the white background works well with the colours you've chosen. I like the insubstantiality of Mari's figure as she retreates into the bbackground, and the looming shape of her boot giving the image depth. The brushes you have used work really well; using them simply to create the impression of the image (such as in her hair and skirt).
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mirror-phantom Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2006
She seems so sad...and innocent, but corrupted.
Beautiful work as always, -Chan! ^^
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The-Sax Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2006
very nice composition, though the white back makes it a lot more lighter than I initially thought it meant.
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Gabay Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2006
Wow... Great. I think I might start drawing again....

It's really everything, I can't say there's anything in particular about it that I love; The skirt poofing out is really perfect, I think the size of the eyes really draws the attention to the face, love the pout of the lips, the point of the chin, the contrast between the boots (ie one being inked in black the other not), the use of gray, and the background; it looks like it's weighing down on her shoulders.

Yes... :blush: much admiration....
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Schweetie Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2006
She is a very beautiful character, but she looks too similar to Anthy Himemiya from Revolutionary Girl Utena. It's the dark skin and purple hair... along with the dot on her forehead.
Awesome outfit, though. Makes me think of a dark ballerina. ^_^
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SpookyChan Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2006  Professional General Artist
Damn.. i hadn't thought about Anthy in a long time. Maybe i'll drop teh dot then. I was just having her be into her heritage. She's half african american and half Indian. :/ And damn teh purple hair (i want her to have something better then just black, and my other characters cover the colors i want them to have in their hair... Course she has dreds vs. Anthy's strange curled up buns...

Crap.. damn Anthy. Now i'm going to rue the day i saw Utena.

Now i'm going to feel uncomfortable all day about this now. grrr on Utena.
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Schweetie Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2006
You can keep the skin tone and the dot if it's for her heritage. Why not do dark blue hair? Just a suggestion. I'm not sure if another one of your characters has that color hair or not. Or a darker pruple even. The lighter purple just makes her look too much like Anthy.
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SpookyChan Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2006  Professional General Artist
Sith has dark blue.
Perhaps dark puple would be good. *nods*
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Swayambhu Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2006
Hmmm...it's very melancholic. :( Like she has this burden on her shoulders, and it's bumming her out. And the way the colors pour on her back and stream underneath her body...yeah, I like that touch. Did you even intend on it looking like that? :)

I wish I could find some boots and fishnets like that, that I could afford. :/
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Kyrie-Sanctus Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2006
Her expression fills me with so much emotion when I look at it that I don't really know what to say. She's so.. sad and lonely-looking, like something in the pit of her stomach is telling her something's wrong or.. something. (And that's a lot of somethings.)

Her pout, pose, coloring, everything.. is perfect. But even if it weren't, this would still be great.
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myGRUDGE Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2006  Student Traditional Artist
wow! very great! :D
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Ange-Ecarlate Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2006  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Really awesome! =)
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AsHeFTgrafiZ Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2006
i am in love with your drawings !!!!!!!!

:heart: :heart: :heart:

:D
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Kekskatze Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2006
beautiful... :)
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Velox-Mortis Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2006  Hobbyist General Artist
I find her...intresting. ^_^ Looking forward to knowing more about her.
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Nenonic Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2006
lovely colors and expression!! her pose and face creates really sweet effect! :D
:3
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colormepurple Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2006
beautiful.
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Themrock Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2006  Professional Traditional Artist
wonderful!
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Sandersk Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2006
very cute ;)
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