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Behind the Waterfall by cyen Behind the Waterfall by cyen
Prize art for *shoujo-sugar for winning 1st place #In-Love-with-Link's contest. Her request was "... OoT Link playing his ocarina? Can his hair and clothes be all windy too? XD I'd like Navi to be with him... *w* just floating by his side, like she always is."

Oh boy, the cg definitely took a lot more time than the lineart itself. So for this exercise I wanted to do lineless cg, which is something I've never really tried before. I think I'm going to go back to doing my usual cg. XD Stupid me finally learned to adjust the flow instead of just playing with opacity of the brush. Boy, did that help a lot with the coloring. I ended up not using texture brushes except for the background.

I wanted a simple background because the main focus was Link and Navi. For the longest time I was stumped about the background. I finally decided to do a rock wall and maybe a forest, but as I was trying to create the tree trunks, I realized that it was looking like water so the forest became a waterfall. This turned out to be a fortuitous find because it allowed me to keep the bluish glow while still keeping the colors quite bright and saturated. I was thinking about doing a night or dusk scene, but this is for the better. Now it feels more airy.

I'm still not 100% happy with the way Link's face looks so I might go back to retweak it some more. I do like his hair though. I was trying something a bit different there.

Special thanks to *Woodland-Mel and ~Michi27 for their invaluable critiques and the others at the History of Hyrule for their support. :3

Anyway, I hope *shoujo-sugar likes it.

EDIT: fixed a couple of things as well as added darker eye brows and eye lashes, as suggested by *imw83

Aaaaaand, I just can't leave this pic alone. Darken the eye lashes more as well as darken the iris. Now, finally Link's starting to look better! XD

You can see my progress here: [link]
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ZaloHero Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2011
very well done, I like the lights and shadows and detail in the hair
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bob-illustration Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Those wings turned out really nice! I also love the way you did his eyes. Very pretty! :)
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cyen Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks~ The wings were the last bit I did for the drawing. I pretty much saved the easiest things for the end. XD Overall, I'm pretty happy wit the way the eyes look. Not too bad for my first attempt at a more realistic looking eyes. :3
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shoujo-sugar Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
*w* HOMAHGAWSH IT'S SOOO BEAUTIFUL~!! ♥♥♥ Link's expression.. Navi, the ocarina!! So beautiful and wonderful! I really dig the painterly style! you're so good at it~ Thank you so much for this wonderful beauty! I shall treasure it with all my heart. :hug:
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cyen Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
I'm so happy that you like the drawing. Your prompt was very inspiring, and I had a lot of fun drawing your pic. :D I'd be happy to send you a higher resolution version after I made a few corrections. :)
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nna Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2011
I think you should keep trying the lineless cg... I liiikkkkeeee itttttt. You don't have to do it for every piece, but it's good to keep going, it'll get easier.

OMG you've not been using flow this whole time? I like never use opacity on brushes themselves(unless I feel I really need it for something.)
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cyen Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
I hope it gets easier!! Doing lineless cg was an interesting exercise, and I should try again soon especially if I want to get better. I hope some day I'll be uber enough that I can paint digitally with just one layer. :D

Nope, I was a total idiot not knowing anything about flow, but I won't go back to my pre-flow days because now I've seen the light. I had fun experimenting with different levels of flow and opacity, and I realized that adjusting flow really help with giving the pic a more painterly look.
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naochandoodles Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Wow this is lovely :D the colours are great and love the detail :)
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cyen Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Aw, thank you~ Overall I'm pretty happy with the pic though I'll still go back and fix some things. I want to at least try out *imw83's tips.
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naochandoodles Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
your welcome :)
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xx--ingie--xx Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
Wow, that looks awesome! Beautiful coloring all round--even the Ocarina is really impressive (and Link's hair x3)! Wonderful job!

You said you're not 100% happy with Link's face--I've found that (particularly with Link) darker eyebrows and darker/fuller eyelashes increase attractiveness (even if it's not always realistic).

Lineless cg is definitely a challenge compared to lined cg--that's why there are so few of those type images in my gallery. ^^;
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cyen Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you~ I'm really happy with the hair and the ocarina, even though the ocarina was the very last thing I colored. Saved the easiest thing for last, eh? XD

You said you're not 100% happy with Link's face--I've found that (particularly with Link) darker eyebrows and darker/fuller eyelashes increase attractiveness (even if it's not always realistic).

Pshaw! Realistic is overrated. I want PRETTY!! Seriously, thank you so much for the tip. I will try the darker eye brows and eye lashes. Your Link is always so handsome so I totally trust your judgment. :3

I noticed my problem with lineless cg is that I don't do enough contrast so areas of the similar colors simply blend together with no real definition. Having lines totally avoid that kind of problem. I'm definitely more of a black and white, line art person than a color person.
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xx--ingie--xx Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
Pshaw! Realistic is overrated. I want PRETTY!!

Lol, I heartily agree. :D I'm happy to help! :]

Yes, it does feel like I'm constantly darkening areas with lineless cg, and sometimes I repaint areas over and over...I definitely need more practice. >.<
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Mischavie Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2011  Student General Artist
Oooh, very nice! You did an excellent job! The background is befitting for the image, too! :] Great job!
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cyen Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you so much! I think the background really tied the whole thing together. At first I just wanted a simple, textured background, but with the blue glows and stuff on Link, it wouldn't have made any sense. I still feel very lucky that I found an idea that worked as well as easy to do. Maybe from now on, all the background will be water. XD
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Meleesaw Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Wow.... the coloring really came out good on this! I love the flowyness of his tunic. :XD:
I like the simplicity of the background, too. It fits really well. :D
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cyen Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you~ I love drawing clothes, especially flow-y clothes. I don't get enough opportunity to draw that because I've been drawing more pics of guys than chicks. XD I feel lucky with the background. The picture really felt like something was missing until I added the background.
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Rinkuchan27 Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2011   Digital Artist
:love: :love::love::love::love::love::love::love::love:
GOOOOODDD JJOOOB!!!!!!!!!!!!~~~~
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cyen Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks!

I tried to send you a note last night, but I got some fatal error. If you're looking for more prize donation in the future, don't hesitate to contact me. I don't know if I'll be too busy, but I'm happy to contribute any way I can. :)
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Rinkuchan27 Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2011   Digital Artist
y/w~ ^__^

oh that is fine about fatal error lol.

oh you are so kind~~ thank you so much my friend for offering~ :hug: :glomp:

im pretty sure they loved your prize :)
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Nekopheonix Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2011
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