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Toft's Meshkad Sisters final by Daennika Toft's Meshkad Sisters final by Daennika
As promised, the finally completed request work for ~TakeOneFortheTeam's Verda & Amyr Meshhad, sisters in the Mandalorian family of characters in her fan fiction "Republic Commando: Burdens" (which is quality stuff, by the way).

This took me quite some time, I got distracted a lot but I didn't forget about it :)
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:iconaspiringshadowseer:
AspiringShadowseer Featured By Owner May 18, 2013
Vode an mando'ade!!!
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SchattenLotus Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2010
Green Bountyhunter: This Planet sucks!

Blue Bountyhunter: W~What?

Green Bountyhunter: I said this Planet SUCKS!! Nothing but boring Deserts! It's frustrating!

Blue Bountyhunter: Oh... aha? And who is the Guy who's Fault it is that our Star Ship was damaged because he chased our last Target trough a Asteroidbelt like a Maniac, grazing one of the Rocks and forced us to do a emergency landing on this Planet?!?

Green Bountyhunter: ... ... ... !



xD
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looklooklookitabook Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
O////o So Beautiful! The Lighting is Perfect and so bright, it looks SO REAL, like you are really walking out there in the desert with the sun setting behind you.
*drooling over it* My Gosh, this is Amazing!! *faves for sure* Epic Job! :clap:
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adireflex Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
damn nice! :D
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:icondarth-azrael:
darth-azrael Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2009
"Why are we on planet sand again?"

"I'm showing you how much space is in your head thats not taken up by your brain"

"HEY!"
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PHarold Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
Absolutely stunning.i don't know what you did...you completely lost me on that brief tutorial you gave someone above, but it sounds like it was a lot of work!
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:iconquacky112:
quacky112 Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2009
Very cool artwork man!!!
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:iconcujo86:
cujo86 Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2009
just an echo of the atmo sentiment. the depth ur able to give w/ the dust in the foreground is really impressive.

very nice.
i have big plans for u my precious :P
keep up the good work
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SpectorKnight Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2009
Nice. The designs for thier armor and helmets are very unique.
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:iconzeroresolution:
ZEROresolution Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2009
Wow, that is very very well done. My compliments to the chef
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:icongarethlorn:
GarethLorn Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2009
The background, especially the dust around their feet, is amazing. If the Mandos weren't there, you might be able to convince me this was a digitally enhanced photograph.
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:icondaennika:
Daennika Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2009
Oh I think I know why you think that...It's the picture size, exactly like a regular photo.
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:icongarethlorn:
GarethLorn Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2009
Nothing to do with the size.
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TakeOneFortheTeam Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2009  Student Writer
I THINK I JUST JIZZED IN MY PANTS

They look AMAZING! The background is of course gorgeous, and the girls are looking bad. ass. I love the complementary colors on their armor, Amyr's palette is PERFECT!

I'm also totally in love with the movement of the sand and their scarf/kama. YOU DID AN EXCELLENT JOB! :glomp:

marry me plz?
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:icondaennika:
Daennika Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2009
Are you a man? :)
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:icontakeonefortheteam:
TakeOneFortheTeam Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2009  Student Writer
If you marry me.

:D

Okay, done being creepy. DAYUM you got two pages of comments! :highfive:
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:icondaennika:
Daennika Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2009
I hate it when that happens, it's like a very unpractical message board.
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:iconmeshlaruni:
MeshlaRuni Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2009
YAY you finally colored it :D
*claps*
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:icondaennika:
Daennika Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2009
Thanks :D
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:iconnemonus:
Nemonus Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2009
Very nice! The gritty background is very Star Wars.
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:icondaennika:
Daennika Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2009
That's one of the most gratifying comments someone could tell me! :)
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Nemonus Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2009
Aw, cool! ^_^ Thanks.
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:iconhmsnike:
hmsnike Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2009
Lighting, background, characters and colors... Ain't a damn thing about it I don't like! Insta-fav!
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:icondaennika:
Daennika Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2009
Thanks, glad you like it! :D
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:iconelectriktrinity:
ElectrikTrinity Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
Wow, this is great! The background and lighting affects are amazing.
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:icondaennika:
Daennika Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2009
Thank you :)
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DarthSkyGirl Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2009  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Okay, this is just freaking awesome...definitely faving!!
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:icondaennika:
Daennika Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2009
I knooow, right? I love how the background blurs over the dark edges of the line art. It's so pro!
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DarthSkyGirl Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2009  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I have a ?

Do you have a tablet computer?
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:icondaennika:
Daennika Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2009
You mean a pen tablet?
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DarthSkyGirl Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2009  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Huh...I guess. I'm not in with the technological lingo. I mean the computers with the flip screen and stylus.
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:icondaennika:
Daennika Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2009
haha no, it's a pretty basic PC with regular screen. I use this [link]
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DarthSkyGirl Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2009  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Oh that's cute. Does it work? I have a Gateway tablet and it kinda sucks...you have to reorient it every time you use it and it still isn't perfect. Speaking of, I need to get my charger my comps about to die...brb.
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Daennika Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2009
Oh it's pretty reliable, you got many proofs now :)
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DarthSkyGirl Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2009  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I'm reading her story right now... it's pretty sweet. This picture is inst icing on the cake :D
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Swyndle Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2009
Excellent piece. The atmosphere is perfect.
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:icondaennika:
Daennika Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2009
I'm glad it worked out that way too :D
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CorranFett Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2009
Wow! That is one truly beautiful piece of art! :drool:

Splendid lightning, excellent choice of colors, creates an amazing atmosphere! :clap: I love how the two are incorporated into the the background, with dust or sand kicked up by the wind in front of them.

Pretty impressive, I gotta say! :D

Btw, it's interesting to see that Verda has green gauntlets and knee-guards to a purple armor while Amyr has purple ones to a green armor. Looks like the two are really complementing each other. :D
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Daennika Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2009
That complementary thing was kind of accidental since I've learned to use a limited palette.

I'm happy that you noticed the dust and grittiness of the setting! It's what required most work, I'm not really good at "weathering" armor anymore because drawing clean things is so much easier.

Thanks so much for this comment!
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mandomemory Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2009
Wow. Just wow. Amazing colors; the way you blurred everything out in the light is just awesome. I envy you the ability to make simple backgrounds look amazing.
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:icondaennika:
Daennika Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2009
I cheat a lot! It's all about adding layers and layers of gradients and not being afraid to splotch a lot of fuzzy dots everywhere :D

Thanks! :hug:
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hashhaha Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2009
same background looks awesome, and with mando... just wow!

you showed this like it would be a frame from some movie XD
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:icondaennika:
Daennika Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2009
Thanks :D I'm glad I took my time for this one!
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hashhaha Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2009
you're welcome :D
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Pheonix023 Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2009
Bravo! This turned out awesome!

Btw....how do you do backgrounds? I suck at it...
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Daennika Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2009
Backgrounds? erm... I tend to twitch and spazz out...

haha no but seriously, I take my trusty pen tablet, right? then start selecting nifty/moody colors in background and foreground, usually something pearly for highlight, and something earthy/brownish for shadows. It's generally shades of orange. Then I make a new layer in "normal" blending, and work with linear gradients in it. First with the 2 colors I chose, then I change the opacity of the Gradient Tool itself to 80% and add different tones to this background. In this case I added some green and prune/purple shades to create an illusion of diversity.

THEN, on another layer, I take my Brush tool, hardness 100%, pen pressure on, opacity changing from 30 to 60% as I squiggle the landscape. You need a very good pen tablet for this, and preferably a powerful computer that always you to go nuts with long, fast strokes across a 2000 pixel wide canvas. It was impossible to do this on my old PC because it would slow down at each stroke. Pain in the ass.

So once you start squiggling you need to follow the general rules of speed painting, which means you basically never touch the Eraser, use the Eyedropper tool to change your painting color. Your landscape needs to blend in your gradient colors. It may look bland and very boring at first, but the secret of speed painting is never to stop. Here, unlike in traditional painting, the more you add, the better it gets.

For other elements like dust, sand and windy things you can play around with your brush, take a fuzzy huge tip, with scattering and size jitter on, I usually prefer Color Dodge for this kind of thing because I hate searching for the perfect color to use. So, Color Dodge is an excellent blending mode to improvise "3D" and cool light effects.

I hope this answers your question!
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Pheonix023 Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2009
Sweet! thanks Dae! :glomp:
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