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Sunset Surf by Katara-Alchemist Sunset Surf by Katara-Alchemist
Something a little different then my normal style here. It was really fun though, and over all I'm pretty happy with it. I might stick with this style, though it still needs a little refining.

This is my character Zip. His bio is here, if you're interested:… I've recently started to work with Zip a lot more, and the more I develop him the more I love him.

His shark bite scar took several tries, mostly because I couldn't find more than one pixilated reference of the type of bite I wanted. This one, to be exact:… . I'm pretty happy with it though, but I'd appreciate any tips you guys might have for the next time I draw him.

Zip (C) Me

I welcome all types of critique!

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Poor Zip seems to have been through a lot. He sure seems upbeat despite it all - and perhaps this highlights one of the strongest aspects of your work. I think you've done a very good job bringing your character to life. You certainly have an eye for detail. I like the way you've incorporated pretty much the entire bio - and very little of it surprised me given the image tells much of his story on its own.

His anatomy looks pretty solid to me, but there are some aspects that leave me a little puzzled.

- His nose seems a little odd to me. Perhaps it is because the left and right edges of the nostrils seem to stick out, rather than curve inward as in most noses.

- I like his smile - as I mentioned earlier, together with the scars, it does a great job showing what kind of character Zip is. However, I even tried to make this face myself (looking in the mirror) and just couldn't do it. My wife couldn't do it, either. I would suggest considering either bringing out the facial muscles a bit more, or moving his eyebrow a bit. Whenever I tried to make the half-smile, my eye naturally closed a bit, hence shifting the eyebrow. It could just be me (and my wife). Two people don't make a all-inclusive test - but perhaps try to make this exact smile yourself and see what comes of it. Normally I wouldn't elaborate this much on one little detail - but given that the smile is so crucial to the character your depicting, I'd say it's worth the study.

- Finally, the shark bite. I looked at your reference and I think you did a pretty good job matching the structure and features of the scar. The only thing that strikes me as peculiar is the placement of the bite. Was he bitten with his arm down in that position? If you look at the reference, the scar marks the position the arm was in when the bite occurred - and the reference seems a little more believable than the position Zip's is in. I would think that if he fell in the water, his arm wouldn't have been in that resting position. It -could- be possible he was bitten with his arm in that position, even if he fell in the water. I don't think it is wrong, just odd. Again, I don't want to come across as too nit-picky - but that scar is part of the story - and obviously a part of Zip's persona.

Anyway, those points aside, I feel this is a pretty solid piece of story-telling and an all-around good drawing.
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jcroxas Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
he's adorable! :love:
Katara-Alchemist Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2012  Student General Artist
Pryce14 Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2012  Student Digital Artist
Nice character! Very interesting design, and great conveyance of his personality.
Katara-Alchemist Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2012  Student General Artist
Astrikos Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2012   General Artist
Hot abs. He looks awesome. I really love the character, Nice name as well.
He definitely looks awesome.

Lovely colors and blending. Your style is gorgeous.
Katara-Alchemist Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2012  Student General Artist
Awww, thank you so much! I'm really glad you like it.
Astrikos Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2012   General Artist
f1utterby3 Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I love the colors in this piece. The warm yellow and orange background gives this piece such a summer feel, and he looks like such a surfer boy. I love the shock of purple in his hair! It's really quite adorable. You've done a fantastic job shading his skin and I think the dark orange that you've used to outline him is such a good choice! His tattoos are great : ) Fantastic work!
Katara-Alchemist Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2012  Student General Artist
Thanks for the lovely comment!
MirrorandImage Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
I love the hair and the skintones.

~da twin
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