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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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BMania-Sketches Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
This looks amazing~! How do you come up with such amazing ideas~ ;v;
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glitcher Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Let's just say I only draw good ideas, the ones that strike me out of serendipity rather than straining to think up something clever. I write down these ideas on a list to draw later. :idea:
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BMania-Sketches Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
Oooooh XD I gotta try that sometime whenever I think of something big to draw next time Llama Emoji-03 (Sparkles) [V1] 
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ssbbmaster4213 Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2014
Can anyone say "Final Smash"?

Too bad Sakurai can't.

Maybe she'll be Sm4sh DLC after recent events regarding Mewtwo? One can dream...
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glitcher Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Oh, how I long for Krystal to appear in Smash Bros.... or get any news on the Star Fox front for that matter.
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ashbasher22 Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Geez us, that is amazing. :D
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dragoncodi Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2014
Nice seeing her riding a dragon <3
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glitcher Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
That's her Cloudrunner, mate. ;)
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UruturamanZenith Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
Wow, now that is an old pic! Still gorgeous
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HectorNY Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2014  Hobbyist
Wow! That's impressive.
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BanditRingtail3 Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2014
Pretty awesome. =3
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FoxMcCloudFF7 Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2014
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 Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Cool pic!
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Candy-Ice Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2013
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 Featured By Owner 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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Candy-Ice Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2013
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 Featured By Owner 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 Featured By Owner 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 Featured By Owner 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 Featured By Owner 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 Featured By Owner 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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glitcher Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Good luck with that. Your first task will be to create your own custom pens and brushes, so it's important to learn the settings and how well each tool blends. Strong blending is recommended for wide, flat surfaces like the walls or sky, and minimal blending is used for detailed areas. I'm here if you need help. :)
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Phoenaxis Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you
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Darkwings45 Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2012
I guess the phrase "You don't mess with the Krazoa Preistess!" is appropriate for this pic? :shrug:
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MrCoolDD Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
"Krystals have power."
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DarkStarAngelo Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2012  Hobbyist
Been a while since i played this game, its the first Starfox game i have ever played and i fell in love with it :D
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Sonicgirl582 Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2012   General Artist
0_0 Absolutely stunning, I love it! I loev things with immense detail and in turn have a habit of doing it myself (traditional stuff only.)
But this digital piece... it blows me away. Makes me wish for something more than the 'Paint' software which is all I have to work with. XD
Love this. Love you for doing it. Instant fave.
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glitcher Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
And I love you for replying! :p There's nothing wrong with traditional media. A lot can be accomplished with the right skill, which I can see you have (love the eye drawings!), and it creates a more natural texture than digital media. You mean you only have Microsoft Paint? Ouch. I remember trying to colour my own gradients pixel by pixel on that before I learned Photoshop. LOL! It's true that image editors take a lot of time and patience to learn, but you can still build a great portfolio with the traditional illustrations you create.
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hietala0 Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2012
i see the video o youtube an i yust loveit
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XemnasLover01 Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I just finished watching the video on youtube! I absolutely LOVE this amount of detail you put into it! the colors, the magic symbols, and the expressions you used all go perfectly together! Awesome piece! :D
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glitcher Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I'm always happy to hear when someone takes the time to watch the video. It was incredibly challenging rendering all those effects with a new program, and I often had to stop and ponder my next approach. In no other painting have I invested as much thought and planning.
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XemnasLover01 Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
haha, i say it was all worth it. You're so talented in what you do! Don't give up :D You've inspired me ;u;
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LiquidLandNerdMaxie Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
The detail in this is absolutely amazing~ :heart:
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TBoneTony Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2012
that is amazing.

I have always loved Krystal ever since she was in the original Dinosaur Planet game for the N64 before it got canceled and turned into StarFox Adventures for the Gamecube,

so sad that there was not many scenes of her in the game, the next StarFox game I think should be about Fox trying to search for Krystal on a native wildlife planet and Krystal having her own on foot adventuring stages while Fox has his Arwing missions of trying to search for her while also fighting enamies that want to kill him off before finding the planet that Krystal is on.

including both of those elements of StarFox 64 for just Fox and the Adventure levels with Krystal, that would be the sort of game I would love to see on the WiiU
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Lucario2008 Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2012
WHAT THE?! TOO EPIC FOR WORDS! AWESOME WORK!
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Fasleth101 Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
sooooo cool. nicely done :)
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fugimoto Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2012
i am in utter and total AWE! please go work for nintendo and bring us more epic game art!! (8D
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fugimoto Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2012
WOOOHAHAOW!! byond epic!!
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UN4Ever Featured By Owner May 1, 2012
:omg:
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Kerroh Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2012
Oh my goodness, wow.
There is so much going on here, it's amazing! o.o
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BadassBlastoides Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2012
Son of a.....Krystal looks mad...should I run?
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glitcher Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Hell hath no fury like a vixen scorned.
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BadassBlastoides Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2012
OO__OO
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Saiyajin-hime Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
Truly amazing talent you have. I absolutely love this piece, riding on the Cloudrunner was one of my favorite parts of the game and it makes me wish that Krystal's role wasn't cut so short since that wasn't originally intended. You did a splendid job with this!
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Devian-dude Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2012
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Bigdonkey1 Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2011
lol you dqaw vurries. this depressed me and now i can't finish my sandwich.

also my erection.
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AvaikaofStarfox Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2011
I swear, that is just amazing! D8
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Kulcheck Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2011
and this is why "I" like krystal lol
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Dragonrider1227 Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2011
"TASTE THE RAINBOW, MOTHERFUCKER!!!" XD
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Scythemage Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2011
Great work, this looks beautiful.
I've always thought that Krystal had the power to control the elements, while Marcus has the power to control time, space, and gravity. Rofl.
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