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True Beauty by leinef True Beauty by leinef
This entry is made for this contest: Original Characters At Their Best Contest

The girl is Dara, one of my OCs, and it's showing her in her unterwater world. I didn't have trouble to work out the concept and composition but it was hard to color it. And in the end, I'm very disappointed about the scan =A=''
But I still like the piece and I hope some of you like it too! c: I totally missed to draw those old Korean buildings. They are so awesome!

My boyfriend said that it didn't look like underwater but I wanted to draw a world where you couldn't say at first sight where you were. Also, the atmosphere should be serious and calm, therefore I didn't want to add any water bubbles. I used some textures from cgtextures.com on the roof of the buildings and on the shark in the front. The rest is done with fineliner and colored pencils.
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:iconfatpigridingaboar:
FatPigRidingABoar Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2014
Reminds me of Sona from League of Legends.
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:iconnitamoreira7:
Nitamoreira7 Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2012  Student Digital Artist
Woww... It's so pretty!!! :O
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:iconleinef:
leinef Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you <3
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:iconpikachuvirus1996:
Pikachuvirus1996 Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
truly epic^^
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:iconlandra15:
landra15 Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
breautiful
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:iconmaeriangel:
MaeriAngel Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
i love it
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:icondarklarik:
Darklarik Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2012
Original? this looks a lot like Sona from league of legends....
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:iconankelwar:
Ankelwar Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2012
WoW! Beautiful! :love:
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:iconmishihime:
mishihime Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
The colors are wonderful.
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:iconnormaleeinsane:
NormaLeeInsane Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Awesome work, your colouring and shading is amazing. I like your character's outfit. :love:
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:iconvulpeslunaris:
VulpesLunaris Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2011  Hobbyist
Wahh, das auuuuch *schmelz*
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:icondellirriumm:
Dellirriumm Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2011
could you give me tips as to how you can draw so beautifully? or at least tell me what pencils, markers, materials in general you use? this is just too amazing to be traditional Q--Q
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:iconfarewell-spring:
Farewell-Spring Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2011
This is really beautiful. I love the composition, all elements are so different and yet they work together really well and harmoniously, also your coloring is super. Great work! :heart:
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:iconfurby0305:
Furby0305 Featured By Owner May 23, 2011  Student Digital Artist
Wow einfach wunderschön!
Ich mag einfach alles an dem Bild! Die Pose, die Colo, die Details,.. :la::heart::+fav:
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:iconvbunny:
VBunny Featured By Owner May 22, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Ahhh! Love it <3
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:iconmiss-it-girl:
Miss-It-Girl Featured By Owner May 22, 2011
Lovely :heart: I really like the colors you used :meow:
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:iconkerosenesteve:
keroseneSteve Featured By Owner May 21, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Congratulations! This is beautiful!
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:iconstingroll:
StingRoll Featured By Owner May 20, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Gorgeous work.
Lovely picture and the colours are brilliant.
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:iconliieszz:
Liieszz Featured By Owner May 19, 2011  Student General Artist
Wow stunning i love those colours!:love:
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:icontheherois--me:
Theherois--me Featured By Owner May 19, 2011
This is gorgeous! I love the composition and the movement! The buildings are really well executed, and I really like the shark up front. I wish I could see this irl because I know scanners tend to suck the life out of traditional art, but this already beautiful as is.
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:iconpromised-freedom:
promised-freedom Featured By Owner May 19, 2011
This is gorgeous, and the building in the back looks incredible! :D
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:iconkythana:
Kythana Featured By Owner May 17, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Pretty. :)
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:iconbillybob70:
billybob70 Featured By Owner May 16, 2011  Professional General Artist
Very Impressive!
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:iconjewelofthedesert:
JeweloftheDesert Featured By Owner May 14, 2011  Hobbyist
I am in love with the colors. She's so beautiful. Good luck with the contest!
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:iconleinef:
leinef Featured By Owner May 19, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you very much! :love:
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:iconiurgium:
Iurgium Featured By Owner May 13, 2011
beautiful:heart: I love the colours, blend so well. And the background is amazing, this buliding, I say, wonderful with all of those details.
good luck dear:hug:
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:iconleinef:
leinef Featured By Owner May 19, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
awww thank you very much! <33
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:iconiurgium:
Iurgium Featured By Owner May 19, 2011
you're welcome dear:huggle:
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:iconcquora:
Cquora Featured By Owner May 11, 2011
Amazing~
Good luck^^
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:iconappleseed719:
appleseed719 Featured By Owner May 5, 2011
very nice! So you coloured it with hand and do the textures with photoshop?
seriously this is awesome.
are the shining flowers done in photoshop as well?
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:iconleinef:
leinef Featured By Owner May 19, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you very much :D
I colored everything with hand and the water texture of the building and the shark were added with photoshop. The flowers are colored traditionally :)
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hyamei Featured By Owner May 4, 2011
Dara is looking very beautiful here as always! what I really like about Dara is how simple her design is yet still so gorgeous. she is such a vibrant character ;u; plus am such a sucker for characters with flowy hair~
and I'm in total awe in how you drew the temple! the details in the roof is just :wow: good luck in the contest~
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:iconleinef:
leinef Featured By Owner May 19, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
awww thank you so much ;A; It means so much to me to hear such a compliment from you :heart: Flowy hair is awesome right? xD
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:iconizumont:
IzumoNT Featured By Owner May 3, 2011  Hobbyist Artist
Beautiful! Not a thing more to say! Just beautiful!
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:iconelegant-ruin:
Elegant-Ruin Featured By Owner May 1, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I think using common sense, the sharks should give away that its an underwater scene
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:iconleinef:
leinef Featured By Owner May 19, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
yeah that's true ;)
Thanks for commenting!
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:iconphoenixrage333:
PhoenixRage333 Featured By Owner May 1, 2011
Beautiful! :heart:
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:iconymstr:
ymstr Featured By Owner May 1, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
beautiful picture. I am in the mood to draw her too.. but no no.. wont be as beautiful as yours.
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:iconleinef:
leinef Featured By Owner May 19, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Danke schön >/////< Und heyyyy sag sowas nicht!!!! Ich liebe das Dara-Bild von dir und ich finds so schön <3
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:iconsquireprincess:
Squireprincess Featured By Owner May 1, 2011  Student Traditional Artist
Whoa! What type of pencils did you use?
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:iconleinef:
leinef Featured By Owner May 19, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks :D I'm using Faber Castell Polychromos colored pencils :)
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:iconfallenangelgm:
FallenAngelGM Featured By Owner May 1, 2011
A rare talent at its best! Truly! :D
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:iconfortranica:
Fortranica Featured By Owner May 1, 2011  Hobbyist Artist
it's beautiful :heart: good luck for the contest :huggle:
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:iconnocturneaeros:
nocturneAeros Featured By Owner May 1, 2011
Beautiful composition, and perfect coloring: This is a wonderful piece ! ^w^
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:iconrubisu:
Rubisu Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2011
Oh gosh-I keep getting blown away by the smoothness of all of your pictures! :iconiwanttopunchyouplz: I love love the way her clothes fold, how her hair fades into the water-and the mysterious looking pagoda in the background lgskahsg <3<3//WANTS TO JUMP IN XDDD
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:iconleinef:
leinef Featured By Owner May 19, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
awwww thank you so much ;A; <3333 I still need to practice a lot more to make the colors more smooth!! hnnnggg I'm glad you saw her hair fading into the water!!
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:iconkurama-chan:
Kurama-chan Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
The colors are great! Good luck!
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:iconfabio-mikk:
Fabio-mikk Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
This is a amazing work!
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:icondeadcobra:
DeadCobra Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2011
Lovely
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:iconkishi-san:
kishi-san Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2011  Student Filmographer
i do like Dara :)
idk, the scan looks fine to me! then again, i have a horrid scanner and have no sense of judgement for coloured scans XD
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