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Trying to improve so I'll someday be able to illustrate at least one magic card xD

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A paladin contemplating her fate? Or maybe she just fell asleep on her feet? Sorry, I'm just making up my own story here :) Textures and detailing should definitely be your best friend here. There's no difference of material (skin, leather, metal, wood) that I could see here, because the highlighting are the same. Add sharper highlights to her armour, and more colour variations to her skin. Proportion-wise, her breasts seems to be squished too closely together. I love the splashes of reflection on her breastplate. Colour scheme is great, so does that glow effect behind her head. Keep it up!
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Alright! So at first glance you se a girl in armor, very straight forward.

I'm going to focus mostly on the design in this crit

The design is kinda weird. I can se that you did the whole sexy girl in heavy plate bikini armor-ish look. that's fine, doesn't make that much practical sense but it's very popular in video games and stuff like that.

Those shoulder pads look very impractical and awkward. Those top parts don't add much when it comes to protection and if they were meant to be ornamental they have nothing on them that makes it clear that they would be there for an esthetic reason. I'd get rid of the weird shape on them.

Is plate armor and it is held together with strings?.. the part that binds the breast plate to the shoulder pads doesn't make any sense, if she falls down they might get ripped of and then she is completely exposed. I know this is fantasy and in fantasy you can take a few liberties but there is a limit when it just doesn't make any sense. if she had the kind of leather bands there like on the rest of her armor it would look better.

The belly/crotch plate thingy is something i haven't seen before. looks like it would bounce or get in the way a lot if she tries to run.

underneath her armor there is just a shirt. that glowing thing in the belly/crotch thingy makes you think that there is something magical or royal about her but that isn't reflected in her shirt. adding some religious or royal symbols/patterns to the shirt would make it match better with the more upper class armor/magical stuff.

all fantasy is based on reality so study how armor works and why it looked the way it did. if you start from reality and learn that first before going into fantasy it will arm you with more than enough knowledge to make a cool design that makes sense and is cool to look at.

apart from design I think it's a good idea to study how metal works. the armor is very plastic looking and metal doesn't look like that.

I know I've been very focused on the negative stuff in this critique but it is important that you learn the fundamentals of design when you do something like this. I'm definitely not trying to be mean but there are major flaws in the design that I'd like to se fixed.

Hope you can take something away from this crit that could help you in your future work!
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wolfrainbr Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
nice one !
wnter06 Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2013
good art!
samuelcroes Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2013
Very original armour design!
HeonGaiden Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
well done :hmm:
starsfleet Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Lovely c:
DaryaSpace Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This art is awesome , but something is wrong with her chest -__-
EzhikLinn Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Nice work! But it seems that there's something wrong with her chest.. Can't understand why is this feeling, 'cause of a lot of armor on this part. May be it's because of her pose, that her chest and shoulders look unnaturally small and everted...
Melody-in-the-Air Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
she looks so beautiful~
I love her serene expression~
mydragonzeatyou Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
MirrorTeru Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Very cool, although the armor doesn't look like it'd do a very good job at protecting her, ahah.... 
Meryo Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2013  Student General Artist
very beautiful, lovely shading and coloring
Maarel Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Very good work!
l-a-ll-o Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist

Beautiful artwork ! :heart:
InsanityIsMyReality Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2013  Student Digital Artist
I like the lighting :) it is not fully realistic how you made her armor and such but I don't mind I kind of like that :D great piece :)
Dinhosaur Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2013
Pretty much agree to everything that TristanBerndtArt said, also about the metal, there should be more contrast levels.
Greenbucket5 Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I love the lighting!
bingemaster Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
bingemaster Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Beautiful skin coloring :)
FireDragon97 Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
The lighting here is lovely and I love how the green light filters around her rather is just stuck up in a corner. ^^ It adds a more natural and mystical feel to the artwork
WolfxLucifer Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2013  Student General Artist
Very awesome~
DragonLizardJareth Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This looks amazing. You've done a great job.
maldonka Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2013
i love the glow behind her and the armor, although i think there's some anatomical problem with her breasts, i guess they're too close to each other
KuroRime Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
so soft*_* and armor with this reflexes loo great!:D
Archerionwolf Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Great work with the back light. :D
xiao-speck Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
i love the back lighting and the reflection on the armor! i think her skin on her face is a little plastic-like though 0.0
ericajo Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2013  Student General Artist
Fantastic! The textures and the smoothness to the girl's skin are great, but so are the trees in the background and the lighting
G-A-L-A-X-A-Z-E Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2013  Professional General Artist
Wow, lovely shading and lighting!! :wow:
laapdance Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Cool concept, it need a bit of work on the design though.
KintysKittys Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
She looks like a female Thor. This is great!
Samuel-Paul Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Beautifull image, very clean and dreamy. The back lighting is very well done. I hope to do illustration for magic cards too, I think you'll get there before me ;)
Kalfford Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Karageorges Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2013
ElysianImagery Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
wonderfully done! It's very smooth :)
AralisJ Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Great atmosphere and I love the armor's design! Very dramatic painting!
Kairoze Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2013  Professional Photographer
Nice shine in the armor!
SpiritBlocks Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
I really like this! great job! ^^ Love the armor detail.
asomaguy Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Nice light coming in to the scene. Lights up the model very nicely.
JZLobo Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
That is really beautiful! The armor looks impractical as hell, but I just love the coloring of this.
InuyashaFan4-ever Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Great blending for the skin tone! :D
AbbeyMarie Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Nicely done on the armor and the pose, the heads up - it almost looks like she has a mustache. :B
TRVE Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2013  Student Interface Designer
really nicely done.
AmaLovely Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2013  Professional General Artist
The armor is great!
LizzyBubbletea Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
beautifully done, and such grace the character got~
JeremyRobbins Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I am absolutely blown away by this piece. I disagree with ~TristanBerndtArt on the design of the armor. I love it! No room for practicality in fantasy art such as this. Very nice work. I am watching!
taylorbuck Featured By Owner May 30, 2013  Professional General Artist
First off, There is a lot of potential here and I think you're not far from doing the magic card that you want. With that said there are a few things that stood out right away to me that could use some work.

First, the lighting isn't consistent and it's difficult to tell where it's coming from. You have a major light coming from behind her and sharp highlights without any real deep shadows. For example, she has a sharp highlight on the left side of her face without much of a shadow on her right side, then there is a deeper shadow right under her nose and down the left side of her mouth that almost looks like she has a mustache.

The armor on her right shoulder doesn't look right. I think if it were sitting on her shoulder correctly her hair would come down in front of it, right now it looks more like the armor is on her chest rather then on her shoulder.

The armor covering her crotch is a cool shape and the light is a nice touch but I think the way it sits now if she bent over she would stab her self in the stomach.

Hope this helps.
wolf-fire Featured By Owner May 28, 2013  Student Artist
Kissu4You Featured By Owner May 28, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Wow the colors are very well done! I love the effort put into this!
DamienMuerte Featured By Owner May 28, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Wow, this is amazing work! =)
NImportant Featured By Owner May 28, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
I like it very much, so smooth...
RP-Studio Featured By Owner May 28, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
I can see you painting for magic cards of in roleplay books.
Ive seen plenty of work of this calibre in them.
I wish you all the best with it. your work is really good.
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