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Terra by ming85 Terra by ming85
Please Full view !! *begs*

It's finished! From left to right: Taurus, Capricorn and Virgo.
I've had the most practise with Taurus and Virgo because i made that small manga about them, but still had some small changes in their outfits. Capricorn had a big makeover, added a lot more details. Maybe i like this trio most of all elements because their styles, and characters, fit together even though they are very different: Taurus' style has scandinavian/primitive motives, Cap has mostly japanese influence and Virgo is gothic/medieval Europe. I tried to get a mix of those in the style of the border.

This element-pic is different because from the others it has two main colour-motives in a horizontal, assymetric way, and it was quite a challenge to get those balanced, but it was fun. I'll probably hate this pic after a few months, and do a second version like the way i did with Aqua and Aer (THose two HUGELY improved) I'm still working on Ignis, and then this thing will be really completed.

AQUA: [link]
IGNIS: [link]
AER: [link]

I truly recommend drawing series like this: you not only get great practise and dicipline, but you also force yourself to keep a level of quality through the whole serie, and when you get to number three you've improved so much that you go back and 'update' the first ones. Plus it's a great challenge to make them all fit together and make simillarities between them, and at the same time think of variations on your fixed themes. This goes not only for design, border and poses, but also composition, colour, everything. For example i tried to get the amount of dynamic to match the element: Terra is the most 'fixed' element so their poses are the most static, standing firm on the ground.

Last but not least i had a BIG excercise in symmetry in this, which i find really difficult: not trying to achieve precise mirror-symmetry, but to get it balanced, AND get that in a different composition four times. I've made about 4 versions of Terra, each of them was quite nice in my opinion, but when compared to the other three it simply didn't fit. This way you have no choice but to push your limits. If you discover/learn something good with one of them, you HAVE to add it in the others as well.

Photoshop, Wacom tablet, some months working on and off. I thought this last one would take shorter because i had experience, but that's not true... ;)
All zodiak characters (c) me.
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CharlotteTL Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2013
aaaaaaaaaah so wonderful! My sister's taurus, and i'm capricorn *-*
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Shiro-Aura Featured By Owner May 4, 2012  Student Digital Artist
I LOVE how you did Virgo!!!
These zodiak things of yours are just great.
Virgo is my brother's sign, and it's always odd when they show some half-naked lady as his sign.
But this woodland-fairy type sign is AWESOME! Super cute!
My dad's a capricorn and my friend is a taurus ;)
One of my friends is half-taurus, half-aries! A rare sign. :D
Loving these!!!
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Silverwolf51 Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Quite an interesting portrayal of the earth signs. I really love this piece, being a Capricorn and all!!!
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Scatterbrain911 Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2010
this is for your whole gallery- amazing characters and beautiful art!
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ToughSpirit Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2010  Student General Artist
Awesome, zodiac/element pieces. They were all beautiful.
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Wings-of-Art Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Awsome work. :w00t:
Love the characters !
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CameraPhobia Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2009  Hobbyist Artist
i swear, everytime i look at your artwork, my eye orgasms...its just beautiful!!!
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Bladescream Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2009  Student Traditional Artist
This is wonderful - I love it, especially the Taurus-looking one (I'm a Taurus.)
It's must have taken a long time to finish, I see.
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alexameyer Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2009
It´s a great job! You gave a lot of personallity to each character.
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SkaterScream Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2008
This absolutely amazing. Just to start: the colors are very well chose, teh deatisl int he characters are splendid, even though you only see one outfit of a character you can imagine a whole culture around t that exactly fits, the way the look is just stunning, even the border is amazing. This is just so... so... there isn't even a word for something good like this...
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