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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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:iconcharlottetl:
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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:icontoughspirit:
ToughSpirit Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2010  Student General Artist
Awesome, zodiac/element pieces. They were all beautiful.
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:iconwings-of-art:
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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Twilight-Lady Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2008
I totally loved this picture! You're just amazing at drawing (I'm sure you already knew that :D)
Though I'm not an earth-sing girl, I liked this one very much!
Congratulations! Keep doing this amazing drawings!
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tiggerlover69 Featured By Owner May 8, 2008
WOW! This is really good!! I've looked at all your zodiac pics and this is my favorite!! Please do more!!!
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:iconfelkatil:
Felkatil Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2008  Hobbyist Artist
Much love to you for this! Inspiring! MUCHLY.
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:iconhi-me-sa-ma:
HI-ME-SA-MA Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
++hearts++
these are my moon sign, rising sign, and sun sign
love it <3
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themetalmetroid Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2008
all i can say is your pic rocks (oh crap a pun.) and capricorn ftw!
also this is going as a favorite.
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:iconming85:
ming85 Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2008
hehe thank you! :D
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:iconmisa5394:
Misa5394 Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2007   Photographer
This is so much like me and my friends is scary. The signs and appearencas are the same
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Vergil89 Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2007
wow
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kalkie Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2007  Professional Filmographer
I dig Virgo the most! *v* But that doesn't mean Capricorn and Taurus are lacking in awesomeness. Good gods do they look Gorgeous!
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:icondori22:
dori22 Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2007
WoW thats really pretty
Terra also means Land in latin
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:icontenko72:
tenko72 Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2007
I like the earthy colors.
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:iconbee9:
Bee9 Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2007
Omg luv it! I'm virgo, you made me beautiful.^^
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Karrinah Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2007  Hobbyist Digital Artist
gorgeous! ! !
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LemonHoneyTea Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2007   Traditional Artist
This is absolutely amazing... my jaw literally dropped when I saw it. I bow down to your supreme skills!!
Is there any chance you could draw something like this of Leo the Lion? I haven't seen anything in your gallery, but I'm not finished looking yet so perhaps I will. :D I've already faved like the whole thing. Teehee.
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:iconming85:
ming85 Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2007
check the fire one of this series ('ignis';) that one contains Leo.
Is that what you mean?
thanks for the comment! :D
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PiNk-WoLf357 Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2007
that's really kewl!!
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gilvert Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2007
So cool!
I really like them! Their style and pose are really good! You really did amazing!
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:icongilvert:
gilvert Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2007
So cool!
I really like them! Their style and pose are really good! You really did amazing!
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MissMacaroni Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2007  Hobbyist
I love how this came out. I'm a Capricorn myself (Hooray for us! xD) and just love how you drew her.
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zoomzoom Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2007  Professional Digital Artist
hmm.. the one on the left is my kinda girl... but then again they all look 15... haha...

and hey... no need to beg for full view... I think its automatic... ;)
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fransimsklin Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2007
amazing, im a Taurus..... lol really good
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RidiculiousApple Featured By Owner May 15, 2007
wow, this is amazing!
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Marlwood Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2007
Oh My Gosh, It's so BEAUTIFUL!!! Fair play ming, your stuff rocks
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AmariyuAki Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2007
I love the lighting. It looks amazing!
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Misa5394 Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2007   Photographer
your drawing is gorgeus. the weird part is that my 2 best friends and i are the same signs. im a taurus. my friend cass is a cap and my other friend jess is a virgo. and we kinda look like them. jess looks A LOT like your virgo. anyway, i love it.
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nottisweettoothi Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2007  Hobbyist General Artist
Oh sorry...I mean who is "interested" in western zodiac.
Sorry for my mistake
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nottisweettoothi Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2007  Hobbyist General Artist
Wow, I found another one who is interesting in western zodiac. I love all of 4 elements.... At first,I love the Terra group the most because I'm Virgo (Actually in my project, I love my earth group the most too), but after saw other elements...wow...I'm in love with those girls in Aer group..ha ha
Anyway, every groups are very beautiful, for sure!!
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blueglass91 Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2007
I love you're idea for the mixed cultures look...I especially like Taurus.^^
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jazzknh Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2007
:clap:
Yeah i'm at a loss for words. And I can't wait to see the manga!
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:iconming85:
ming85 Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2007
thanks! You'll still have to wait a bit though (sorry!)
It's more like an idea/plan than an actual script i'm having in my hands.. still have a lot to think about first he he

Thanks again!
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jazzknh Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2007
:love:
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:iconterraearth:
TerraEarth Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2007
Wow... pretty~
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MrClockWork Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2007
Wow, such a great colection, the 12 Zodiac symbols:clap: excellent work, such the other, the quality in general is amazing!!! :+fav:
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xLunarEclipsex Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2007
haha nice, i'm a taurus. although maybe you should put another weapon for her since she's one of the secure-seeking signs of the zodiac xD. but your work is amazing. maybe you can draw the zodiac males, that'd be sweet.
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:iconming85:
ming85 Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2007
nahh too much work :P
what weapon do you suggest for Taurus? I just did the axe because it fitted with the horns-and-dreads look... do you know World of Warcraft? Think Tauren-village, small community, very self-protective. (though i came up with the idea BEFORE wow came out :D )
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xLunarEclipsex Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2007
haha alright xD. besides guys are really hard to draw. well for me at least i suck at drawing guys xP.
well yea the design is totally kickass, and it fits taurean character. so yea the ax is great, but like maybe a small dagger kinda having a viking design on it to match with the ax too. i can be hidden somewhere under her clothes. but it's like a suggestion, and i'm crazy about weapons and that's probably why i'm making wierd ones lol. i know WOW and i've played it in my friends house once :/ but i dont think my 'rents would let me have it. bleh. but your work is great, are you gonna pursuit a career on this? i think you should xD i've shown your work to one of my friends who likes astrology too and she's like "woah this is incredibly awesome"
or maybe make a manga that'll sell millions xD. cuz there was one, "knights of the zodiac" but it stopped airing. and it didn't get popular, but i think yours would.
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:iconming85:
ming85 Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2007
I'm working on a short one! (manga) It will feature Sagittarius, Capricorn, Cancer and Aries.
Stay tuned, will start sketching that one in march ;)
I like your dagger idea :D It's always good to have a back-up weapon.
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xLunarEclipsex Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2007
ah thats pretty amazing, cant wait ^_^
haha thanks lol xP
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VairaDraws Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2007  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Wow, I'm going to fav. this one 'cause it had links to all the others. I really like Aqua though.
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Keikosthebest Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2006
exalent

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I'm Sukki on Cartoon-Obsessions
*sigh* if only i could draw that well
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