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In the Forest of Demons by FoxNede In the Forest of Demons by FoxNede
"Leave this place, preist. This forest is no place for men, it is a place of gods and demons."

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Samurai Dueler's League splash match against =Masterthecreater's character Cold Kurofuka

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Story:

Cold, outcast from the GG attempts to attack the GG headquarters while some of it's best best fighters are participating in the Sakura Bowl.

But he must first make it through the misty forest that surrounds the the Tea House to make a successful attack...

Cold is © :iconmasterthecreater:
Alopekos and artwork is © to me, Eden Martin, :iconfoxnede:


Special Stipulation: If I win Pekos will take Cold's coat and the GG coins he has stolen
I have more to say but it's time for class D:
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:iconcelibacy-national:
Celibacy-National Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2010
Why is all your shit in storage lady
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:iconfoxnede:
FoxNede Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2010
Because I'm a mean kid and don't like to share.
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:iconexemplarx3:
ExemplarX3 Featured By Owner May 15, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
wonderful piece, very dramatic :3
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:iconlucas-bianchi:
Lucas-Bianchi Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2009
I like what came out of it, especially BG and atmosphere.
A couple things I might have done differently would be to loosen the atmosphere on the foreground a tad just to describe a bit more of where the character is standing in space. His left foot, our right, is ok, but I think the right one, our left, could have less white around it to show that he's standing on the ground there more.
I would increase the contrast of the lanters not to throw people off, so it's better understood as being "lit" because right now it just seems kind of like a lighting effect that's kind of obscuring your character's thighs. Try to leave more information there so we can see his legs better :P I know you like to do that when you draw light, I remember seeing it a lot. Overall dynamic, and motion is a plus - very cool.
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:iconfoxnede:
FoxNede Featured By Owner May 15, 2009
Thanks dude! And thanks for that bit of crit. Very thoughtful 8)
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:icondoomog:
Doomog Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
I'm confused. So the chains are drawing blood or is that a sword in his other hand?
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:iconfoxnede:
FoxNede Featured By Owner May 15, 2009
The chains are rubbing the flesh of the neck raw. Cold's also choking up blood from blood vessels that burst internally o 3o
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:iconlucas-bianchi:
Lucas-Bianchi Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2009
the only blood being drawn is around his neck, the chains are red because the character has glowing objects by his thighs, I believe.
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Tankard-Of-Ale Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2009
omg noob this sucks if mtc didnt forfeit you totally wouldve lost fo sure >[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[
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:iconfoxnede:
FoxNede Featured By Owner May 15, 2009
*neko tears*
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:iconsirthresher:
SirThresher Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2009  Hobbyist Artist
That is damn awesome.
Like canned bread.
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:iconfoxnede:
FoxNede Featured By Owner May 15, 2009
I am the canned bread.
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:iconsirthresher:
SirThresher Featured By Owner May 15, 2009  Hobbyist Artist
Lies.
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Phantasmagora Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2009  Student General Artist
This one's a bit of a favourite of mine now, the atmosphere is different from all of the other coloured work I've seen from you and the palette is much wider. Is this a bamboo forest? I don't recall hearing of bamboo thriving in Japan, but I could be totally wrong. I never noticed that Alopekos carried lanterns on his pants, at first I though they were attached to the spear... then I realised that wasn't his spear. (so many intelligent moments) The glow under the chains is handled very nicely but it entends a little far on the end of the chain, where Alopekos is holding it. Since the lanterns are under his clothing, the lantern on his right wouldn't shed as much light (at least in that direction) because it would be obscured by his clothing and his legs.

Cold fingering the chainlinks is an awesome touch, he looks totally helpless (and half-dead). He's going to have some marks left from that move, for sure. Mist FTW.
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:iconfoxnede:
FoxNede Featured By Owner May 15, 2009
Thanks for the crit and the input! Honestly at first I was kind of beefed at having to do a 'Duel in the mist' thing as a stipulation. I'm not very confident with doing cool or bright images, especially cool AND bright images. I was stumped for awhile on how I could make Pekos look dark and intimidating in such a bright image. But about halfway doing this I really appreciated having the stipulation. I think I learned alot from it from a color standpoint, like how to make mist. One of my professors once said an image that you learn from is one of the most successful types of images.

Perhaps I need to do more splash duels and have others pick the stipulation, to help thrust me out of that box of comfort and get me to work with more colors and environments than my standard fare.

As for the Bamboo, I saw a picture of Bamboo on one of the SDL pages for setting examples and I just assumed it grew there. I really don't know that much about Japan aside from their delicious food O:. I hope Japanophiles don't come to murder me if I happen to mess up the country too much.
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ExemplarX3 Featured By Owner May 15, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
Greetings :3

I was reading some of the comments and came across your query about making your character look intimidating in mist. My thought is there is nothing more intimidating to people than the unknown, and that can be created by obscuring large portions of the body leaving only say the face in full focus. This generates a "spirit" like effect making him now ominous, mysterious and intimidating.

Using your picture above as an example, I would make the legs and the rear edges of the golden star fade dramatically, almost intangible, to create this effect. And possibly some of the cape.

Just a thought, hope it helps :3
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heavyh3art Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2009
i love your use of color and lighting effects! i also secretly love the way the blood and splatter is done the most... sorry if that's morbid sounding, haha.
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:iconfoxnede:
FoxNede Featured By Owner May 15, 2009
Haha that's cool. I like the splatter too. But you probably knew by now I'm a sucker for red xD
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:iconwill2bill:
will2bill Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
He/she looks like harry potter, which is awesome.
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:iconfoxnede:
FoxNede Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2009
Lol you're not the first to say that xD
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:iconwill2bill:
will2bill Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
Really, heh, excellent. Well, Harry had it coming (emo harry did anyway)
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:iconfoxnede:
FoxNede Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2009
"Harry Potter Goes to Antarctica and Fights a Ninja"
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:iconwill2bill:
will2bill Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
...best book ever.
*power of hear*
*power of shuriken in your heart*
ninja wins.
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:iconarista:
Arista Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2009
oh whoa you got it done ^^ great job here
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:iconfoxnede:
FoxNede Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2009
Did people not think I would finish xD ?
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:iconivanps:
IVANPS Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
And thats how cold ended ,Nice piece
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Reborn 56%
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:iconfoxnede:
FoxNede Featured By Owner May 15, 2009
Haha, I like to claim the rights of 'killing' the character because I'm the last one who fought him. Ryuuen and Sketch don't count becuase they didn't finish their duels before he left =P
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:iconmoonlitfoxfeathers:
MoonlitFoxFeathers Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2009
I still love the fox mask. Looks awesome~
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:iconfoxnede:
FoxNede Featured By Owner May 15, 2009
Thanks so much ~*@u@*~
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Gottschalk Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2009  Professional
...THERE'S a "misty forest that surrounds the the Tea House"? wow. vuuk moves so fast he never noticed it befo--oohh that sort of explains the bears.
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:iconfoxnede:
FoxNede Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2009
Actually I have no idea xD

MTC wanted to do a 'fight in the mist' so this is what I envisioned... Maybe the forest surrounds all of Edo x3
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:iconmtc-studio:
MTC-Studio Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2009
Look out Cold! Run away from the glowing trousers of doom!
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:iconfoxnede:
FoxNede Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2009
Haha, those are lanterns strapped to his hips. Everyone forgets to draw them x3
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:iconellundiel:
Ellundiel Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2009
Maybe cause there's so much glow you can't see them at first O:

I thought it was just background glow in the profile of his
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:iconfoxnede:
FoxNede Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2009
It could but I also mentioned them in his profile description o 3o
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:iconmtc-studio:
MTC-Studio Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2009
xD guilty as charged
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:iconfoxnede:
FoxNede Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2009
Haha, it's cool. He uses them to make illusions so I guess maybe he didn't have them?
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:iconshadowfang5892:
ShadowFang5892 Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2009
Why is so many people killing him?!
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:iconlawsae:
lawsae Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2009   General Artist
Tech he hasn't died yet, they just beat him mortally and he magically recovers with bandaids.
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:iconfoxnede:
FoxNede Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2009
Thems some epic band-aids
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:iconlawsae:
lawsae Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2009   General Artist
Yeah, fuckin Anime Band-aids. Anyways, Great pic, It really came out great.
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:iconfoxnede:
FoxNede Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2009
How does Bandaid fix whiplasp D8 ?

Also thanks! I just wish MTC didn't drop out of the league, forfeit matches are boring 8(
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:iconlawsae:
lawsae Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2009   General Artist
Yeah, that sucks. And I dono XD
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:iconfoxnede:
FoxNede Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2009
I dunno, he challenges lots of people I guess?
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:iconshadowfang5892:
ShadowFang5892 Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2009
That could be the reason.
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:iconblackharpygoddess:
BlackHarpyGoddess Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2009  Student Digital Artist
"are"

and

why not?
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:iconshadowfang5892:
ShadowFang5892 Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2009
thanks for correcting me...^^
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