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X-23  -  day 42 by unsolvedenigma X-23  -  day 42 by unsolvedenigma
this is X-23 for :iconbattle-artist: battle of the week.

I really really probably shouldnt have signed up this week since ive been busy as crapola - but the character is sooo awesome.
spent ~6 hrs, got up at 500am this morning to finish this before i went away this weekend - so im sorry for the anatomy inaccuracies. >.<;

my opponent and i have very different styles this week so it might be more of an aesthetics battle than anything. XD
at least thats what i think. >_>;

and YES - i used the left4dead hand as a the ref hand at the bottom of the tombstone.
and YES - adding that weird mausoleum building probably ruined the drawing but well - its too late now. XD

enjoy! - comments and especially redlines over the drawing as critiques are welcome. C:

X-23 (c) marvel
art (c) me
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:icondrelias:
Drelias Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
I love how you have such a delicate style and still managed to make her look like such a strong character
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:iconunsolvedenigma:
unsolvedenigma Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
that was a hard concept i tried really hard to convey with this piece so im glad you were able to see that <3
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Drelias Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
You did it well! :) I saw it on 'come again', too.
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volnaib Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2011
Did I say that it reminds me of Sana Takeda a little?
What a nice pic =)
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:iconxxanemia:
XXAnemia Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2011
you're amazing *v*
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:iconcheesebugs:
cheesebugs Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Yours was one of my favorites this week. It was striking and beautiful. Don't be discouraged that comic book art (and by comparison, judging) doesn't always hold beauty in the highest esteem.
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:iconunsolvedenigma:
unsolvedenigma Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
thank you C:
i can totally respect peoples' difference in aesthetics. C:
and its especially hard when the styles are really different.

i hope i didnt come off as being too bitchy or anything - i will blame the part of me that is a bit of a sore loser. =P

only thing to do - practice my backgrounds - improve anatomy - learn composition - come back to another battle with a better piece right? >D
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cheesebugs Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
You forgot one....have fun.

I probably take BA less seriously than most (the majority of my art are sports cartoons after all), but listen to the enthusiam from the masses in your comments, not the rulings of individuals.
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RAYN3R-4rt Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
absolutely stunning
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:iconunsolvedenigma:
unsolvedenigma Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
thank you~! <333
i appreciate you always commenting on the battle entries! :hug:
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:iconechic10:
echic10 Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2011  Professional Photographer
Incredibly Hawt!!!!! :woohoo: :woohoo: :woohoo:
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:iconunsolvedenigma:
unsolvedenigma Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
YEAH!
i wasnt really familiar with this character before but i like her alot now. xD

im working on a poison ivy at the moment - but ive always really liked her since the first time i learned about her. :heart:
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:iconcelesaphii:
Celesaphii Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
THAT is awesome <333
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:iconunsolvedenigma:
unsolvedenigma Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
8DDD
thanks bby *3*
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:iconcelesaphii:
Celesaphii Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Welcome ;D <3
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:iconcheesebugs:
cheesebugs Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I love your contrast of beauty and darkness. Again, it works very well. The blood dripping down the tombstone is a brillant touch. Good luck.
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:icongraphricks:
GraphRicks Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Awesome drawing as i love both her outfit and the fact you have her in
graveyard very nice i have to say
:headbang:
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:iconunsolvedenigma:
unsolvedenigma Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
thanks ghosty!

the graveyard was a bit of a cop out since the tombstones are easy to draw - but really should have looked up a ref for the mausoleum. xD
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:icongraphricks:
GraphRicks Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Well practice makes perfect as i'm sure
it will turn out better next time.
Also, call me D-ghost oe Ghost as everyone does,
Sound
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:iconayco83:
Ayco83 Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2011  Student Digital Artist
OH THATS COOL BRO.
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:iconunsolvedenigma:
unsolvedenigma Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
THANKS CHICA. 8D
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:icondeathclub94:
deathclub94 Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2011
I love you... Anything that involves wolverine instantly gets points in my book! :D
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:iconunsolvedenigma:
unsolvedenigma Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
nice!
yeah i like wolverine alot too! badassss >D
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deathclub94 Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2011
totally badass! :D Greatest comic book character ever! :D
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:iconmistressailyia:
MistressAilyia Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I really like your take on her outfit xD
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:iconunsolvedenigma:
unsolvedenigma Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
thanks aily!
while i was looking up ref pix, there were a few arts that had her in corset-y thing so i figured that was okay.
as long as she was dressed all in black. 8D
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Bofosho3465222 Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2011  Student Filmographer
OOO....very dark kinda creepy but i like it lots!
great job!
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:iconunsolvedenigma:
unsolvedenigma Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
thank you sho! :heart:
dark/creepy/pretty - i like it all. C:
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X-LeChatNoir-X Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2011
It looks great to me, the stomach seems a bit too angular for your flowey style, but there really is no way to say a drawing of yours is bad.
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unsolvedenigma Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
i wish i had a better ref for the stomach - cuz i didnt really know how it looked when someone was leaning back a little - at least i didnt completely butcher it 8D
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X-LeChatNoir-X Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2011
For not being a pose you draw alot it turned out really good, it is an awkward pose to shade~
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:iconrobcian:
RobCian Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
This is cool,

Love the use of colour. An interesting costume choice and bloody epic hair!
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:iconunsolvedenigma:
unsolvedenigma Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
ah thanks!
i was in a mood for flowy hair so i was determined to work it into the character no matter what. XD
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:iconjade-merciful:
Jade-Merciful Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Despite what you think, the background looks just fine darling. I like it. My problem is with the foot that we can see the bottom of, ankles don't like to bend that way, making the angle a little less severe would be perfect. Other than that, it looks just fine~
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Harpokrates Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2011
woot! very nice :)
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:iconxgeekpower:
xGeekpower Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2011  Student Digital Artist
awesome, your work reminds me of Yoshitaka Amano, very nice.:)
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:iconderekdwyer:
DerekDwyer Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Very very beautiful =D Glad I'm not up against you again this battle !!!
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:iconunsolvedenigma:
unsolvedenigma Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
pshhh.
I SAW YOUR PIECE.
NOT TOO SHABBY DEREK :iconstudmuffinplz:
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:iconderekdwyer:
DerekDwyer Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
You're too kind =D (and great smiley)
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:iconredskullrudd:
redskullrudd Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2011
you probably get sick of me commenting 'this is really beautiful' but I guess that's pretty much synonymous with your style at this stage.
Great unique take on the character, and its strength is that you kept it in your own style. This week's match up is a great one, both stylistically in different worlds and almost impossible to judge!
I don't think the mosuleum takes away from it at all....the fact you found time to throw in a detailed background is wicked.
The touches of red are a great accent, and the costuming detail is just incredible.
Awesome X-ness, and good luck at your con.
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:iconunsolvedenigma:
unsolvedenigma Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
heyy!
i dont think i would ever get sick of hearing you (or anyone really) tell me my art is beautiful xD (as long as you dont get sick of commenting that is)
yea - i know what you mean about the style differences - not quite ends of the spectrum, but pretty close. XD;
win or lose, this is a battle that i would be so curious to get into the head of the judges and hear what their criteria was.

well - im glad you still like it in my own style! She'll definitely be joining my print collection i think. :heart:
thanks campbell, always good to read your comments :hug:
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:iconredskullrudd:
redskullrudd Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2011
also forgot....if you want to see what the judges 'thought' one of them broke the X-23 battle scores down on the blog [link]

might give you at least his score process ;)
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:iconunsolvedenigma:
unsolvedenigma Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
ahh - yup yup - i saw this. C:
thank you for sharing!
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:iconredskullrudd:
redskullrudd Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2011
thats great she'll make it into your print collection - a great addition for sure. Always a pleasure seeing you work your magic on here, know things are busy with you but hope you'll get to join in some more rounds when you get the chance.
(oh your snapdragon didn't escape me either...awesome stuff!!)
was a great battle seeing you and WOW77 this round, really great X-23s and as always your detailing is just incredible.
good luck with the sketchbook BTW! that's a lot of work, but cool seeing your stuff gathered!
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:iconunsolvedenigma:
unsolvedenigma Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
yes i know! - so bussyyyy.
i better catch up on some backlogged artwork before i enter another battle - then ill REALLY have the time to totally BRING IT >D

once again - thanks for turning me onto this group!
some of my favorite personal pieces are pieces ive done for the few battles ive been in.
something about the battles makes me draw better than usual i think. xD
:hug:
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:iconredskullrudd:
redskullrudd Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2011
Just glad you're having fun and finding personal value in it. Anything that pushes you to find the best in your work is always a cool thing.
All your pieces in the group so far have been killer, sure there are a few more coming up that will keep you scribbling!
anytime someone is planning on bringing it (in capital letters!) we can always look forward to! ;)
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:iconmadhatterda:
MadHatterDA Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2011
Wow look at those claws! Very beautiful/bad ass lookin un
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MateriaReactr Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I love the originality of this piece. Really made it your own. I think that really shines. Good luck, this piece is really well done.
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NeekaLovesYou Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2011
Really liking the xmen theme! All of your pieces are so beautiful ^-^
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unsolvedenigma Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
thank you! :heart:
i debated trying to mimic a more american style - but decided i probably would have as much fun with it. xD
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