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nova and Erika at the beach 02 - REDUX by will-Ruzicka nova and Erika at the beach 02 - REDUX by will-Ruzicka
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So, I didn't hate the original version. It's just there were a few things that bothered me about it, and I wanted to update it a little. Problem is, I must have messed up 3 years ago, and flattened the layers. I couldn't easily edit the piece unless I was going to paint over it... but the more I planned, the more I realized I would want to redraw the characters from scratch.

So first thing I did was to use CS5's content aware delete to remove the characters, then I did a little touch up on that. I added some photo referenced rock textures that I then painted over... fixed the ocean a little and then colored the characters in my usual style.

I mixed it up a little by painting the characters in flesh tones, rather than grey tones. I used adjustment layers to recolor the hair and bikinis and such.

Let's see if I come back to this again in another three years or so. 9_9
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:iconthatoneangelfish:
thatoneangelfish Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
thats good! im lovin the extreme detail on the rocks and the water as the waves crash against them.
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:iconwill-ruzicka:
will-Ruzicka Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2012  Professional Filmographer
Thanks! I had a lot of fun updating this one. Oddly the water didn't need much work, I felt.
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:iconthatoneangelfish:
thatoneangelfish Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
no problemo! the water still looks great!
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:iconpimphand:
pimphand Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
The texture on the rocks is really nicely done as well as the way you rendered the surf break. Nice work.
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:iconwill-ruzicka:
will-Ruzicka Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2012  Professional Filmographer
Thanks! I had a lot of fun sampling real rock textures and painting over them. ^^
And painting water for me is a total pain.
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:iconomegadez:
OmegaDez Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2012
I just. can't. take. my. eyes. off. of. Nova's. butt.

Is something wrong with me?
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:iconwill-ruzicka:
will-Ruzicka Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2012  Professional Filmographer
well... that was kind of my intent with the picture, so... mission accomplished.
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:iconomegadez:
OmegaDez Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2012
i always thought Nova looked great with her hair up like this
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:iconwill-ruzicka:
will-Ruzicka Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2012  Professional Filmographer
If I'm not mistaken (and I probably am) this is the one time I've ever drawn her with her hair like that. o_o
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:iconomegadez:
OmegaDez Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2012
Well yeah. Here, and in the original picture too!
Which was one of the first pictures of you I ever saw.
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:iconwill-ruzicka:
will-Ruzicka Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2012  Professional Filmographer
Well... I consider this and the original the same image... just... Revised.
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:iconneo-draco:
Neo-Draco Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2012
Nice!
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:iconwill-ruzicka:
will-Ruzicka Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2012  Professional Filmographer
thanks!
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:iconneo-draco:
Neo-Draco Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2012
You're welcome!
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Dragonjg Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2012
this come out great :)
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:iconwill-ruzicka:
will-Ruzicka Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2012  Professional Filmographer
thank you very much!
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Dragonjg Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2012
np at all :meow:
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SharkNinjaBlueStar Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2012
:iconmotherofgodplz: Sweet Jesus...<3
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:iconwill-ruzicka:
will-Ruzicka Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2012  Professional Filmographer
:icondatassplz: Thank you!
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SharkNinjaBlueStar Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2012
DAT.....NERDYNESS<3
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Nukacepm Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2012
BETTER THAN THE ORIGINAL!!!...Although I found nothing wrong with the original.
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:iconwill-ruzicka:
will-Ruzicka Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2012  Professional Filmographer
The tipping point for me was Erika's hand looked broken... no idea why I bent it that way... I guess I thought it looked cute at the time. 9_9;
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47ness Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
I like Erika's pose. Really looks like she's moving through physical space. :> I often struggle with that, where my posed characters look flat and "fly-swatted"..

Cool trick with the content aware selection~! Just my opinion but the color range feels rather... muted? It's a bit cliched, but there's always the option of having light rays break through the clouds and partially light up the subject matter (and then the super-cliche is when artists put the dapple lighting conveniently on the characters' butts and boobs, etc.) 9v9
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will-Ruzicka Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2012  Professional Filmographer
Erika's pose is what really set me off on wanting to fix this in the first place. The original pose really was starting to bug me. So I'm happy to see people seem to like the new one.

I absolutely love muted colors, and really wanted to keep it that way in this piece. I do a lot of bright highlighted stuff, and it's kind of what you expect from a beach picture... so I consciously chose not to do that. I hope it doesn't take anything away from the piece?
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47ness Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
I personally tend to reinforce depth in my illustrations by having lots of stuff overlapping each other. |D; I'd say a good pose/interaction with surroundings gets the job done better.


Between the muted colors and the craggy shoals, I'm starting to picture Scotland. ;)
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:iconwill-ruzicka:
will-Ruzicka Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2012  Professional Filmographer
The clouds certainly make me think UK... but someone watching me draw this knew exactly the place I was using as reference here in So Cal. A little private beach near Pt. Dume in Malibu. I'd only been there once, and did not use photo reference... just memory.
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MakoCrab Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
The characters look great, and that background is really awesome :D
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:iconwill-ruzicka:
will-Ruzicka Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2012  Professional Filmographer
Thank you very much!
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unbrokentoyz Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
sorry for the misspelling see we all arent perfect!
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:iconwill-ruzicka:
will-Ruzicka Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2012  Professional Filmographer
no worries.
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:iconunbrokentoyz:
unbrokentoyz Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I like the wat you draw the female form they seem real! like a woman looks! the dont look like perfect! there kinda chubby,kinds flaud,i like that, sort of how Sam Kieth does hi female characters!
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:iconwill-ruzicka:
will-Ruzicka Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2012  Professional Filmographer
Sam Keith was awesome. I haven't seen his work since Maxx ended... but yeah, he definitely had a thing for drawing sexy women who were still a little flawed. Glad you like it!

I know not everyone looking for sexy pics would find this sexy... and some women may find it unappealing, so... I appreciate what few fans I have. ^^;
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RogueWriter3201 Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2012
There is certainly a higher sense of contrast and detail compared to the original piece, I'd almost equate it to going from SD to HD. The girls have such amazing detail on them; the anatomy is gorgeous. Love the curves. Also, I love how the setting invokes such an immersion response. Seriously, I can almost hear the ocean on the rocks. Really fantastic work, sir.
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:iconomegadez:
OmegaDez Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2012
You're certainly right about the immersion part. I even wondered who the lucky person taking the photgraph was. :)
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:iconwill-ruzicka:
will-Ruzicka Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2012  Professional Filmographer
Thank you. I totally feel like I accomplished what I set out to do then. I think the only thing I didn't futz with was the sea foam... probably because I remember what a bitch it was to draw before.

And I'm especially glad it's been so evocative for you!
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kittyexplosion Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2012
It's clearer, the details more easily picked out. I like the toes and the cloth.
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:iconwill-ruzicka:
will-Ruzicka Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2012  Professional Filmographer
Thanks. I made the original way too dark. So I lightened this one up... especially since I was going to be adding all that extra detail to the rocks.
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:iconisrael42:
Israel42 Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
HMM looks better.. ^^
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:iconwill-ruzicka:
will-Ruzicka Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2012  Professional Filmographer
Why thank you!

I hope so... otherwise I would have wasted my time. -_-;;;
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:iconisrael42:
Israel42 Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
np ^^ a waste? 0_0
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:iconwill-ruzicka:
will-Ruzicka Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2012  Professional Filmographer
If you had thought the old one looked better, then I would have wasted my time trying to update it. ^^;
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:iconisrael42:
Israel42 Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
well no not really u used a different bland for it so its all good
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