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aphrodite 9-  new stylin by nebezial aphrodite 9-  new stylin by nebezial
so yeah... um, i get to switch style on aphrodite... and this will be sooo much fun XD soo much more motion, soo much more expressions... god this is gonna be fun
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klynngullo Featured By Owner Edited Oct 20, 2014  New member
I actually prefer this style to the more "painterly" from Witchblade and earlier issues.  For comic books, I find it easier on the eye and the expressions are more distinct.  I first found you through Death Vigil so I suppose that's also a reason I like it so much.
LEMIKEN Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2014  Professional General Artist
Like your composition for this pic.
No other criticism necessary.

But, COOL.
Metal-Rocker Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2013
Your work on Witchblade brought comic art to a whole new level.  I read something once from Top Cow that you’re one of the few comic artist who never missed a deadline.  You’ve raised the bar so high that most will never come close to what you do.

According to Aphrodite IX issue 6, there were “criticism” that comic style lettering was not matching your previous photo realistic style of painting.


Not compatible?  It was good enough for your entire run on Witchblade and beyond!!!

Not to be disrespectful, but this new style seems to be a step back.  The letterer should be stepping up and creating something new to match your art, not the other way around.  Your previous style was so phenomenal and unique that I didn’t even recognize you were the same artist who illustrated Kade until I saw it here in your dA gallery.

If you’re having fun with this new style, great.  You’ve earned it.  Personally, I hope you go back to the more realistic 3D look.    I have been buying comic books for your art more than for the story.
nebezial Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2013
it is not about having fun. it is about further improving.

this style may be a visual shock to some, and that is understandable but i am doing it not because it is easier... and it definitely aint...

but because i need to  improve further.

see , i dont pay attention to critics.. never have. it's not an ego thing, it's just that i am a far worse critic towards my own work than anybody ever could be.

my high polish  realism stuff is nice to look at, but it is  a cheap cop out to me.  i want more from myself. i want  to raise my skills and storytelling to a whole new level.

to do that i need to leave my comfort zone for awhile.

this new approach is about improving my general feeling for action,  anatomy,   dynamics, and expressiveness as well as gesticulation.

these skills are then transferrable back to my own style.

worst thing an artist can to is  get too comfortable with his or her approach to things. this is where we grow complacent , this is where we stop challenging ourselves.

so in short here is what you can expect. this style is gonna be better and better, more and more detailed,  and crazy expressive and dynamic.

then  one of my next projects at top cow will feature me going back to the realistic approach which will benefit greatly from what i have learned here.

i am all about advancing, so never mistake a change, for me being lazy.  look deeper.  i can guarantee this. it only gets better :)
aaqucnaona Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2014  Student Filmographer
Oh gods, I love this. I love you. You are my inspiration!
Metal-Rocker Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2013
Oh, I never considered the change as you being lazy. 

You? Lazy? I actually printed out 2 of your journal articles to hang on my wall. "Old School Walk It Off Mentality" and "About Photoshop and Hard Work ... Damn It !"

My comment about you having fun is in regards to what you wrote above,"... and this will be sooo much fun XD soo much more motion, soo much more expressions... god this is gonna be fun"

But thanks for taking the time to explain what this new style is all about and where it's heading.
rajasegar Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Astounding piece of work!
Thanks for sharing...
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AwesomeShwai Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2013  Student Filmographer
this looks amazing!!
wla91 Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This is awesome, woah
NF8th-DaniT Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Your mechs and scales and chain mail are BAWSE!!!! 
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