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Mercy Thompson by Eddy-Swan Mercy Thompson by Eddy-Swan
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inks by :iconslateman:

flats by:iconross-a-campbell:

colors by me!

this is my second coloring of this piece, the first was done as a study of nei ruffino's coloring and this second version is using what I've learned from the first one mixed with what I already know. the first version will be uploaded to my scraps.[link]

I bastardized the light-source of the lines quite a bit to refrain from doing the same rendering twice. its noticeable in a few areas but I achieved the look I wanted.

comments and critique welcome :)

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First...what a powerful use of light and shadows you portrait in this illustration. From the tone on tone in the wolves hair and the moon reflecting off of the skin and hair of our heroine...to the ominous staring glow of the wolves eyes. I like the climbing anchored stance you chose, the tattoos you have added to embrace the clan...and the depth and distance created by the den appearing over the ridge. All and all,, for vision, originality, technique and Impact...I would say that the Four of you have created a 5 Star Masterpiece...I believe it is worthy of Epic Poster proportions.
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To be honest, I'm not sure what I'm critiquing here because all you did was color it. So I shall critique all of it! Yay!

Now, to the nitty gritty.

I'll start with the girl since she's the center of the picture. This pose is very awkward. And by that, I mean her right leg (to our left) is in a very odd and uncomfortable position. (And to be honest, and a bit biased against it, why would she be running around in a super small top and short-shorts in the mountains? Doesn't make much sense.)

Not to mention the lines that make her up are thick and sketchy when closely looked at. Then there's the light source on her, it highlights her side and shoulders and touches parts of her front. Since it is the moon and apparently can create such highlights while illuminating an entire mountain valley along with a pack of wolves, then shouldn't the shadows be harsher in contrast? It just seems like the lighting was over used but at the same time, not used to it's advantage.

The Moon: It looks like a light bulb. No real definition. It's round and white. That's it with a bit of blending and shading to make it look mysterious and a bit cloudy. Realistically speaking, the moon would not appear that big in any photo unless you pulled a Bruce Almighty. But my guess is that it's symbolic for something, so I'll let it slide. (Werewolves, my guess.)

The wolf under her right arm (to our left), looks a tad deformed. I've had a gander at wolf anatomy (a glance more like) and I can still tell that looks wrong. The way his eye is on top of his brow makes it an impossible feat in actual anatomy since the socket is meant to be bellow the brow while the brow can give the illusion of dipping over the socket. But not this. And look at the shape of the eye. It looks very different from the other ones. Reason being: They look better.

Other than all of that, I like the style of painting you put it through. The mountains, the wolves fur, all very nicely colored. Her skin is also very nice, but a tad too satiny looking for skin. I suggest using a texture or something next time to make it look a little rougher because of her obvious affiliation with the wilderness.

Also, just a random question: Does she use double sided fashion tape to keep her boobs from slipping out of that top? Because with a full flash of side boob, you can't expect any support or protection from that side.
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oO-Monkey-Oo Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2013  Hobbyist
Awesome!
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Eddy-Swan Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Cheers!
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hotwaxonlobsters Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2013
Love the books, really nice art for them.
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Eddy-Swan Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Not familiar with the series, might have to check it out I listen to alot of audiobooks and I'm always looking for more.
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hotwaxonlobsters Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2013
If you're into urban fantasy, I highly recommend it.
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Eddy-Swan Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Sounds good then, I've read up on Jim butchers dresden series and Charlene harris's sookie series so I guess I like the genre, though I much prefer the Dresden files to the sookie books.
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oICEMANo Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2011  Professional General Artist
I would like to see less flesh tone and more cooler colours on her to give that night feeling... I dont think its quite there yet.
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:iconeddy-swan:
Eddy-Swan Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
yeah, if I re did this one I would do it cooler.
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Braley Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2011   Writer
Beautiful... I love the books and you made Mercy so damn sexy. The wolves are gorgeous and I love the lighting
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:iconeddy-swan:
Eddy-Swan Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
glad you like it!
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nejo233 Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
luv this 1...simply mind blowing :)
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LadyRomance16 Featured By Owner May 29, 2011
Definatley a better coloring rendition of the picture. The darker colors makes it more similar to the book. But still amazing as ever
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SmoothColor Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2010  Student Digital Artist
Eddy,

I saw this over at :iconcomics-colorist-club: posted under the request for critiques so here goes! First off let me state that I am by no means a expert and I probably couldn't do half as well as this amazing thing but I will just point out a few things I see in hopes that it helps you better your already awesome abilities.

On her left shoulder (right to the viewer) I am confused as to how the moon light is hitting there past her hair. At any rate it doesn't look like you highlighted her shirt in that area to match the lighting of her skin.

In the front wolf I can just barely make out what appears to be the hairs more defined in a golden hue. These guys look great but if you could do more of that to the ones that are closer to the viewer in the foreground it would draw us in even more. I know it's knit picky but it hard to find anything to hit on because this thing is so gorgeous. You all did a great job.

The shading of her skin is spot on! It's very much like Nei's work. I can see her influence in your rendering! Keep up the great work! If you get a chance stop by over at my gallery and let me know what you think! I can use all the help I can get. :D
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Eddy-Swan Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
hey thanks for the fair feedback man. definitely agree I'll work on all that next time.

I'll drop by your page when I'm less busy and give you some feedback aswell :)

thanks again!
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ChaosCampus Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2010
Sweet!
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:iconeddy-swan:
Eddy-Swan Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
thanks :)
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SiriusSteve Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2010  Professional
Inspiring colors!
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:iconeddy-swan:
Eddy-Swan Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
thanks dude!
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Soussherpa Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2010
Greatr work.
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:iconeddy-swan:
Eddy-Swan Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
thanks :)
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Mitia-Arcturus Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2010
Hi ...dear Eddy-Swan ...!!!
This Art work
Mercy Thompson
is featured in Action-Portraits...!!!
best regards
[link]
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Eddy-Swan Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
thanks for the feature :)
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slateman Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
I never knew you colored this.

Great work, I'm impressed!

Kinda wish Ebas and my names weren't removed from the piece.
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Eddy-Swan Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
glad you like it buddy,

the signitures werent on the lines I got from Ross, I imagine he must have moved them to a differant layer or something and forgot to include them, if you want to mail them to me I'll happily include them, I was a bit bothered by it aswell.
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:iconslateman:
slateman Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
ah, no big deal.

I guess I'll have to put Ross in his closet with no dinner tonight.
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:iconeddy-swan:
Eddy-Swan Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
heh poor ross :P

was just looking through your gallery, would there be any chance of me grabbing a high rez of your inks over the ebas red riding hood piece? it would make a good partner piece to this one :)
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:iconslateman:
slateman Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
Yea, give me some time and I will get it for you. I'm in the middle of a out of state move right now.

Even if I can't locate the file I will re-scan the original as soon as I get my desktop put back together (I'm using a notebook PC right now.)
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Eddy-Swan Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
not a problem man, I'll surely be able to find something to keep me occupied until your less busy :)
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puppydog2657 Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I knew it! I knew it was Mercy! Great job. The colors are fantastic, and I love the tattoo.
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Eddy-Swan Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
hehe glad you like it :)
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TeenTitansMan Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2010   Digital Artist
She's quite stunning under the moonlit sky. As already mentioned, the shadows and lighting are just perfect on her skin and hair, as well as the wolves fur. Plus, Mercy herself is quite a sight to behold. Natural beauty.

Sets a great vibe, dude.
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Eddy-Swan Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
thanks for the feedback buddy :) glad you like it.
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Rastifan Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Lovely. A real sexy feral woman right there:)
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Eddy-Swan Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
heh indeed :)
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Blackmoonrose13 Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
your coloring of that is so much better than mine i am sad
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:iconeddy-swan:
Eddy-Swan Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
dont be sad :) just work hard to improve, thats all I've done for 2 years ^^
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sakuralioness Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2010  Student Artisan Crafter
OMG MERCY , i love that aouthor , i need to find some books aww i read her alpha and omega series
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:iconeddy-swan:
Eddy-Swan Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
Never read any of it myself. might pick some up sometime.
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sakuralioness Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2010  Student Artisan Crafter
try it it is good , you can learn more if you go to the author web site
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Eddy-Swan Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
will do :)
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Tani-wolf Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
I love you Mercy!
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labguyinwa Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
Great result man! Love the light and clouds along the moon, and the rendering on this skin is MORE than impressive!
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Eddy-Swan Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
thanks man :) lots of practise rendering of late.
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labguyinwa Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
The efforts show.
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EnvyMachinery Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2010  Student General Artist
There is truly something to be said about comic book artists. I've never been a fan of the skimpy look and frankly I don't think it's necessary here (nor do I find it very sensible), but as a stand-alone piece it's very nice. Her face is sculpted gorgeously and the entire skyline is tremendous. The moon looks like it's made of glass and it's just pleasant to look at.

I do see one flaw, though. The wolf on the far left has a splotch of yellow which I assume is its eye. However, it is placed above the blackened area which would denote its orbit.
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Eddy-Swan Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
thanks for the feedback dude :)
glad you liked the bulk of it, and I agree the eye placement does look a bit off.
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EnvyMachinery Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2010  Student General Artist
You're quite welcome. Thank you for the response.
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Oktanas Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
looks great
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Eddy-Swan Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
thanks
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xJshoreWhorex Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2010
Oh my god! This picture is amazing! EVerything about it! PERFECT! I love the wolves and the girl.. just.. gah! I love it!
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