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The Guardian by Blackbehemot The Guardian by Blackbehemot
Fast work. I'm not even sure what to think about it, in my head it looked much better :cry:
Mostly ink.

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I like this a lot; it reminds me of a book that my mother had (and may still have) called Giants by David Larkin (found here: [link] as the second entry). Your anatomy is fantastic and I love the mix of soft colors and the vibrant greens. I love the subtle crack lines in his skin, like rock, and the touch of the birds in the background and the mountains that sort've fade into mist; I really like that.

A few thoughts:

I have been going back and forth for a while as to what type of guardian he is. Much of the color palate trends toward earth, but with the waterfall and the Poseidon-like head dress, it clearly trends toward water. So, I'm still wondering who he really is (are we meant to even know what he is guardian of? :heart:)

His left hand feels stiff, particularly where the thumb dips into the water; it's almost as if the water is a table, or glass, and it feels too much like a hard surface; what if his hand was dipping in casually (or, is he getting up and able to make the water like that)? Also, just above that hand you have a straight line, and it looks like the end of the waterfall... if that's the case, where is the rest of his left leg? The waterfall wouldn't be that deep at the edge (I don't think...), so is his leg hanging over the falls, perhaps? The stiffness of the water shows up again under his right leg; it's too straight, I feel like it should be dipping more...

The Poseidon head dress I both like and dislike. I love how the falls come off it, but at the same time it looks too... not fake, but stiff? It doesn't seem to fit with the rest of him. Perhaps it it was less gold, more earthy. more... root-like?

It is a great piece overall; I really, really enjoy it. I kept it in my dA stack since yesterday until I had the time to really analyze it (since I saw you requested a critique). It's an excellent piece to make prints of! Well done!
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sandra30 Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2013
Hug Heart Heart 
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Blackbehemot Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2013
^w^ :hug:
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beachelf Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2013
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Blackbehemot Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2013
:la: Aww thank you so much for the feature in your excellent journal :dance:
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ALewiso Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2013
great work
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Blackbehemot Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2013
Thanks!
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jacksonfivecheal Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
:icondawwwwplz: Oh my god! You drew a giant man!!! It's perfect, it's beautiful! What inspired you to draw it? And in case you're wondering why I like the picture so much I am a giant man fan. Don't know why, but a very tall man is very interesting to me for some reason. :squee: Anyways, great job :squee: The colors and landscape is excellently done!
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Blackbehemot Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2013
WoW I'm glad you like it so much. Well I had this pic in mind for a long time, just thought it could look nice. Thank you a lot for this comment ^w^
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jacksonfivecheal Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
You're welcome.:iconbowplz:
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HandsomePrinceDedede Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2013
Fantastic.
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Blackbehemot Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2013
Thanks!
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MiroCollas Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I like it a lot too!
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Blackbehemot Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2013
I'm glad ^w^
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Amenarae Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Whoa... OxO
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Blackbehemot Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2013
^w^
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Writers-411 Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
I think this looks great! He is one of the coolest guardians I've ever seen. O.O He's mighty pretty...and hot. XD
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Blackbehemot Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2013
Aww Thanks! ^w^
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Odilicious Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Lovely! A nice concept!
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Blackbehemot Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2013
Thank you !
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Odilicious Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
It's always a pleasure!:heart:
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DragonPress Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2013
i think the only thing that throws me off is the crown - i keep thinking of the statue of liberty. but otherwise, i really do like how you did it - the composition is great and i love the style of inkwork you've done here :D
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Blackbehemot Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2013
Well that would be associated with Poseidon or water creatures ect. but your version is more funny :D
Thank you so much!
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DragonPress Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2013
yeah, thats true, but i always forget that - anyway, glad i amused :D
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Blackbehemot Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2013
^w^
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DragonPress Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2013
i think it's really well done :D
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Blackbehemot Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2013
Thanks!
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DragonPress Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2013
no problem :D
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beachelf Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2013
Awesome! :iconsquee-loveplz:
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Blackbehemot Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2013
Thank you!
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Niji-Jagaimo Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
The moutains kinda look like those japanese style paintings :3
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Blackbehemot Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2013
That was the idea :D
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Niji-Jagaimo Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
ooooh then you hit it right on the dot then! lol
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Blackbehemot Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2013
Thanks! :hug:
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Niji-Jagaimo Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
no problem ^_^
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Nomi2009 Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2013
I love how the water looks so real. Love it! Sexy job!
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Blackbehemot Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2013
Thanks so much ^w^
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Miatanae Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2013
Overall this is an amazing piece. The detail in how his crown separates the water is remarkable, along with the water subtly hiding his sensitive areas. The background details are just as amazing, you can see everything in the background as if it was a picture.
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Blackbehemot Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2013
I'm really happy that you like it, and appreciate this comment a lot! Thanks so much!
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Miatanae Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2013
You're welcome :)
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Blodsvartnatt Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2013
I wish I could be in your head to see how it looks, then, because this artwork is a masterpiece, indeed. I bow at you, as always.
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Blackbehemot Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2013
Well, it's a scary place :D I'm really glad you like it in this form and appreciate it a lot. Thanks!
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Tokyo-milan Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I love it, you should have tried to make it as a merman, would have been better but I still like a lot, I congratulate you for your work!
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Blackbehemot Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2013
Thank you! I'm glad you like it. Well I have different idea for a merman even already on a sketch :D
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Tokyo-milan Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Wow, i can not wait to see it! ^^
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Blackbehemot Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2013
:D
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Jerepasaurus Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Personally, I love this a lot. It's likely one of my new favorites in your gallery now. ♥♥♥
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Blackbehemot Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2013
Aww WoW I feel honoured, thank you so much!
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Jerepasaurus Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Absolutely welcome! And thank you for sharing with us. :aww: ♥♥♥
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Blackbehemot Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2013
Aww :hug:
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spadiekitchenqueen Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
want to be a fish in taht river :)
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