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Negi and Asuna by shiroboi Negi and Asuna by shiroboi
I did this piece for Otakon 2009. I'm a big fan of Ken Akamatsu (Love Hina). His latest work, Mahou Sensei Negima is a really great manga. I'm not wild about his overuse of fanservice but I do really like his story, art and characters. If you can tolerate harem anime/manga its definitely worth a read. This scene is just a mash up of the main two characters later on in the series. Enjoy!
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Lazzarrus Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2009  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
One word. Awesome!
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shiroboi Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks!
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Lazzarrus Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2009  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
No problem you deserve it.
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RavenWolfByTheStream Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
The quality is kinda low but I do like the picture.:D
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shiroboi Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Quality? What do you mean? Its cel shaded but thats a stylistic choice.
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RavenWolfByTheStream Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Right but if you look at it you can see that kinda grain you get from low quality jpegs.
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shiroboi Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
The original is a 600 dpi clean image that looks awesome when blown up. If there's any quality loss, its on DA's end. I just looked at it again, and DA is using a stronger jpeg compression that is causing those little off color pixels. The original is flawless, well, at least there's no jpeg distortion.
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RavenWolfByTheStream Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
:lol: Would you send it to my email?
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shiroboi Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Its too big to email, you can download it for a much better quality version than the fullscreen one.
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RavenWolfByTheStream Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks I'll take a look.
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DarkRedPhantomX Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2009  Professional Artist
Looks really nice! I'm more of a Tsutomu Nihei kinda fan myself but your picture looks really nice!
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shiroboi Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you, I appreciate it, even if you aren't into the manga.
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DarkRedPhantomX Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2009  Professional Artist
:XD: you are welcome!!
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Saidryian Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2009
Beautiful piece as always :3 I really like the way in which you have lit the characters - weird as that sounds :P
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shiroboi Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I kinda used some of the original colors to make it pop a bit but had to change some because of the lighting. I wanted to make it a bit warmer. Cel shading is fun. I wonder if people like cel shading more than my airbrushing style.
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Jazine Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2009
As always I love the composition and poses in this picture. I like how the staff and other weapon lead the eyes outside of the picture. This creates a really nice zig zag that brings attention to the whole entire drawing. I only have two complaints. The clouds seem too solid and unnatural. I would blend them a little more to the sky. I also think asuna eye should be pushed slightly forward to her nose. This could be just your style and you don't have to change it, but the eye bothers me a little. Hope I could be of some help.
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shiroboi Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I think those are very good comments. Unfortuantely, I'm a bit rushed right now. Its already formatted for printing otherewise I'd probably go back and change it. I did hit the clouds with a blur filter but maybe it didn't do enough. Thanks!
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litchi-chan Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2009  Student General Artist
Wow, this is great!! Love Hina was the first manga I ever read, in elementary school! (Don't ask how I got away with reading something like that so young, lol.) On the critique side, I think it's a solid piece with a great dynamic composition/poses.

I only read the first few volumes of Negima. Did Asuka turn into an android or something? :O
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shiroboi Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
No, she doesn't turn into an android. There is Chakkamaru who is a robot. Asuna gets her big sword and a partial suit of armor later on.
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NobodyStudios Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2009  Student Digital Artist
I love this! this is amazing!
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shiroboi Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you very much, glad you likey.
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NobodyStudios Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2009  Student Digital Artist
no prob! I also wish u luck at otakon, we wanted to go but there is not enough time!! T_T
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shiroboi Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
aw man! Would be nice to see more people I know at otakon.
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yoco-chan Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2009  Student General Artist
Oh this looks really good!, I like how you placed the characters, their poses look really good as well! :nod:

I never knew the girl had a sword O.o * has only seen a few episodes >.< *
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shiroboi Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Yeah, that's her weapon. It nullifies magic which is a very good ability to have.

For this picture, I drew both characters on the same piece of paper to make sure that I got the pose right. It's not perfect but I'm fairly happy with it.
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yoco-chan Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2009  Student General Artist
Oh I see!, thats cool! :D
Ah like that, okay, well, its good too hear that you are happy with the way it turned out :nod:
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shiroboi Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I guess we'll just see if it sells at Otakon. I hope it will. Its already gotten a lot of attention on DA for the past few days.
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yoco-chan Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2009  Student General Artist
Oh yeah, if it gets alot of attention on DA then it might get allot of attention at the Otakon as well! :D
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shiroboi Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thats what you'd think but faving something and buying something aren't always the same. Some stuff sells great at one con and not the other. Some things are popular on DA and they're not so popular in real life.

But DA definitely gives me some insight to how the public likes my artwork. Definitely helps plan how many prints I'm going to produce.
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yoco-chan Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2009  Student General Artist
Yeah that is definatly true :nod: but it does mean people like it and they show interest, those are important factors that people need to be convinced to actually buying it :giggle:

Yeah indeed :nod: hihihi, the idea of selling your work at a anime convention, it sounds really exiting! :giggle:...it can be disapointing if no one is interested ofcourse =(
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shiroboi Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
yes and marketing and pricing are just as important as the art itself. Theres a good bit to it but it can be very rewarding when people like your art and want to buy it.
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DJ-Matikz Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2009
Looks good. Is this for the art auction?
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shiroboi Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I might do a big version of this for the art auction but I will have prints available.
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Reabault Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
Nice work, I'm something of a Ken Akamatsu fan myself. He also did A.I. Love You did he not?

Nice pic anyway, keep it up.
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shiroboi Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I just looked it up on Wikipedia and apparently, that series is how he got famous.

I appreciate the comments!
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Reabault Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
no problem.
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OrhideaThunderMagpie Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2009
Amazing O_O
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shiroboi Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks!
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