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My little picture of Kagome and Kikyo as depicted in my friend's work, "Jewel of the Seven Seas" (read here!) [link]

*warning, rant*

Sooooo... Reason I haven't been on in a while is mostly to hide in shame from the fact that I didn't get this piece done for a long time. I'm submitting it now because even though it still needs work seriously, f*** it. I wanted to make this an epic piece, and I'm extremely proud of the lighting, the hair, the faces, the hands, the couch, Kagome's silky corset thing and Kikyo's pink ribbon things. I LOVE how it all came together. But then my talent decided to crap out when I got to the bottom half of their dresses, and... I dunno. Don't you hate it when something's wrong, you know WHAT's wrong, you know what to fix, but you just don't know how to fix it? For me, it's the dresses. Kikyo's little poofies at the end of her dress, and Kagome's bottom half of her dress. I tried fixing it over and over again before I just gave up. One day if I figure it out, I'll go back and change it. It's a shame because my mom wanted to print this on a canvas because she liked it so much, but I'm going to refuse until I perfect it.

If any of YOU guys out there know what to do about this, your great help is appreciated. Thank you :>
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:iconnotanotherbestfriend:
So beautiful and the detail on the fabric is ah-mazing! (May I please post this picture on my sesskag tumblr, I will give all required credit; if not then your art is gorgeous nonetheless.) :D
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Raria Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2012  Student General Artist
Thanks so much! And of course you can, that'd make my day ^^
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LadyLuca87 Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Very lovely work indeed. What sticks out to me on the areas that you pointed out (which, I wouldn't have noticed if you hadn't pointed out) is that there is no definition to the edging. Add some depth and darken the lower left corner of Kagome's dress, hinting slightly at her knee. Use the darker colors that you used on her lap. Then on Kikyo, really all that her dress needs is a bit more sharpness to the underside of the poofies, so a slight dark outline, perhaps only hinted at in some spots.
Hopefully that helps. It would be a shame not to print such lovely work.
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Raria Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2012  Student General Artist
Thanks a lot for the lovely comment ^^ As for the advice, it sounds very similar to what a previous commenter noticed too, and probably means you're both right hehe. Looking at my painting now, it makes a lot of sense and I think it will help a lot, so I will very much take what both of you said into consideration and fix this as soon as I can (not at the moment though, 'cause I need a break from this piece x3) Thank you again :)
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MissKatt18 Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2012
I am a huge fan of the fic and this is absolutely stunning!
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Raria Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2012  Student General Artist
Thanks for the comment! I'm glad you think so :> As for the picture of Inuyasha and Sesshoumaru that my friend mentioned, I'll let you both in on some details hehe. Still in the early stages, but I've done most of the research for their costumes and they're both sketched out nice and rough. My only concern is the style- since they belong to a more fantastic species, I don't know if I should keep the realistic style or try something new. We shall see!
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MissKatt18 Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2012
I'm sure it will turn out fantastic :3 You are quite talented!
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Raria Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2012  Student General Artist
Thank you again! ^^
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see03 Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2012  Professional General Artist
OH MAH GAWD
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Raria Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2012  Student General Artist
I KNOW, RIGHT?!
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see03 Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2012  Professional General Artist
Psst! She's also got a pic in the works of Sesshoumaru standing with Inuyasha, heee~
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MissKatt18 Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2012
D:!!!! MUST SEE!
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see03 Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2012  Professional General Artist
I saw it once in sketch form, and I haven't seen it since! I need to convince her to let me look at it again!
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MissKatt18 Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2012
XD Any work for your fic is bound to be amazing!
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see03 Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2012  Professional General Artist
Oh~~, why thank you!
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Itakafu Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2012
Oh fancy people in a fancy dress.
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Raria Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2012  Student General Artist
FANCY FEAST
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see03 Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2012  Professional General Artist
ISN'T THAT A CAT FOOD PRODUCT
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Raria Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2012  Student General Artist
GOOD LORD, IT IS! :0
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see03 Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2012  Professional General Artist
HOMG
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Raria Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2012  Student General Artist
WHAT THE FUUUUUUU
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BoundbyHellfire Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Oh, wow. This is lovely!! I love love love it! I really like the posing and how each character's pose reflects their personality. Absolutely wonderful ^_^
In response to your "rant," on Kikyo's dress poofies, I'd maybe add a little bit of sharpness or light shading because as it is (don't get me wrong, it's beautiful) it almost looks like whipped cream lol
For Kagome's dress, I think maybe a tad bit more shading and possibly a bit more highlighting would give the folds some depth :) Also, in reference to the post above by see03, I agree that you might find it helpful to look at some fold tutorials.
I really hope this is of some help to you! lol
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Raria Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2012  Student General Artist
Thanks so much! I'm glad you noticed the posing too :)

Hehe, yes the poofies do kinda look like whipped cream x3 My goal was to have the bottom resemble the frills of a tutu, which maybe I could've pulled off (I managed to get a similar look around her collar), but right now my brain is so fried from this I don't wanna look at it xD. I will be take your advice though when I fix this in the near future. Thanks again! :D
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see03 Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2012  Professional General Artist
F*CK YESSSSSSSSSSSS!
God I love this picture. Like, INSANELY love it! It's all, just...GAH!
I'm not sure how you would fix the bottom stuff, but if you are bound and determined, I would suggest having a gander at some clothing and fold tutorials on dA. There are some fantabulously good ones. And if you're too lazy to search for them, I have a bunch in my favourites folder marked 'tutorials' XD
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Raria Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2012  Student General Artist
LMAO Thanks so much Sarah! Loving both the help and enthusiasm :3. I probably won't be retouching this for a while, mostly because my brain has a seizure just thinking about this piece hehe. I'll have you know though that I'm going ahead and getting this thing printed on a canvas for my mom's sake, even though I feel it's unfinished x3.

And of course I'll also be printing your super late Christmas present for you sometime soon -w-
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see03 Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2012  Professional General Artist
Not to mention the attention ;D
That's great! Especially because if your mom loves it as is, then you are just being a paranoid perfectionist artist.

I expect to get my copy soon, yes yes!
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