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Krystal Power by glitcher Krystal Power by glitcher
It's been a while since I drew my favourite blue vixen, Krystal, so I thought I'd try my hand at something elaborate in a fantasy magic painting. This was done shortly after openCanvas 5 was released and despite some cool new features, it was extraordinarily difficult to render the special effects with oC's limited filters. It's easily my most technically challenging painting to date. This was also showcased on the Krystal Archive, which helped the Event playback on YouTube gain exposure. I'm delighted with the result and I encourage fellow artists to look up similar recordings on Portalgraphics for inspiration and tips on how to paint in openCanvas.

YOU CAN WATCH A PLAYBACK OF THIS PAINTING HERE. :)

EDIT: It looks like this pic has inspired a pencil reproduction by :iconsakiokurosawa: Check it out!
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This is my one of my all-time fave Krystal pictures, the artwork skill here is waaaay over 9,000! 
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Sonic808 Dec 8, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Cool pic!
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:iconcandy-ice:
How awesome! I really love the effects on this. This totally makes Krystal look bad ass (like she should be) and I really love the contrast in color here. Watching the progress video was really cool, and compared to the effects, it seems like the characters themselves gave you no problems xD Very cool! You should totally sell this as a print; I know I'd buy it
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glitcher Jun 21, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
That's really kind of you to say, but alas deviantArt forbids the sale of fan art. Copyright laws and all that. :(
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Well I suppose keep it in mind if you ever find yourself selling your art at a convention or the like. And you're welcome :D
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Phoenaxis Sep 10, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Woah! =D I see what you mean, I can imagine this was a nightmare to work on at some points

This is amazing xD
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glitcher Sep 10, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
The hardest part was getting the magic seal into place. As stated in the description, I had just downloaded openCanvas 5 and wanted to exploit its Free Transform function. It was only when I was halfway through painting that I realized oC couldn't skew objects into perspective like Photoshop (something which was corrected in oC 5.5). I almost gave up then and there in despair, but a lot of perseverance and experimentation yielded the result I was looking for. My only regret is that I had to paste the text in the bottom-left because of the Free Tranform glitch, which resulted on this painting being exempted from the PGN community. :sniff:
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Phoenaxis Sep 13, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
That sounds like a nightmare ^^' I've become accustomed to the workings of photoshop over time so CS6 really is a firm favourite for terms of creation and being able to easily complete certain commands etc.

So being able to create this with limitations in opencanvas through pure perseverance just means you're talents bridge adabtability and makes this all the more amazing =D

That's a shame about not being accepted for the community, but congrats for your DD

Would you say you prefer working with opencanvas as i've ever only worked with Photoshop myself but think it'd be great to try some new software =]
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glitcher Sep 14, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Heh, I know what you mean. I used to be like you, thinking that Photoshop was the catch-all solution to all my artistic needs because it had the most functions. But when it comes to tablet painting, openCanvas wins hands-down. Its brush system is more natural and fluid than Photoshop's. For example, if you paint blue onto orange in PS, it just looks like one colour on top of another. If you do that in oC, the colours blend together, giving a more dynamic shading and vibrant image. It's also much quicker to change brushes and sizes through hotkeys in oC. After I first used it in 2008, I never went back to Photoshop for painting; I only use it for editing and texturing these days, which is what it was mainly designed for. As an added bonus, openCanvas records your moves as Event files, so you can create a video playback like the one in the description.

So yeah, if you have a tablet I say give openCanvas a try. It may take some getting used to, so try downloading Event files from other artists on the PGN community to learn their technique. Some artists also like using Painttool SAI, which is better at painting textures than Photoshop or openCanvas, but isn't much good for anything else. Development was abandoned after the first release.
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Phoenaxis Sep 14, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
That's just it, i've only ever used Photoshop so i've got to try broadening my horizons and openCanvas sounds amazing, I find myself having to use alot of tools just to get colours to blend nicely and I try to work with alot of shading/lighting and textures.

Thank you for the advice man, i'll definitely give it a shot =] i'm still getting used to my tablet but it'll be good to practice with capable software.
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