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Zivek by keiiii Zivek by keiiii
Surprise gift art for Desna. >_> This is Zivek, one of her characters. His pointy ears are a mark of his race, but he is not an elf; he's a demon.

Done in Adobe Photoshop CS4 from scratch. I hope I got him right... First time drawing the character, and I didn't get to ask her questions about him because the pic was meant to be a surprise.

I LOVE ORANGEY RED. :heart:

Any suggestions for a better title?
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:iconchobittsu-studios:
Chobittsu-Studios Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
Zivek: "SOULS!!!"
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:iconcheese-sama:
Cheese-Sama Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
This is very pretty! :]
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:iconkeiiii:
keiiii Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2009   General Artist
:)
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ryoko25 Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2009  Student Writer
You know, I could actually tell that he wasn't an elf. The ear angles are different. Wonderful job by the way.
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keiiii Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2009   General Artist
Thanks! If you look at my webcomic, though, you'll see that I draw elven ears in all sorts of angles and shapes. :) I like a variety.
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ryoko25 Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2009  Student Writer
Oooh, webcomic?
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keiiii Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2009   General Artist
[link]

I keep the link in my journal header, so if at any time you want to read it but forget the URL, just check my dA journal. :)
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ryoko25 Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2009  Student Writer
Awesomesauce. Thanks! =D
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:iconlumaris:
Lumaris Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2009  Student Digital Artist
I adore the colors in this, and his pose and expression :heart:
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:iconkeiiii:
keiiii Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2009   General Artist
Thank you :)
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:iconlumaris:
Lumaris Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2009  Student Digital Artist
Welcome ^_^
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SQEEEEEE Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2009  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
its a really cool picture!!
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Spirit-Of-Dreams101 Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
The hand was wonderfully well done as well as the feel of the hair being... hair! I good placement of strands, the lighting is gone well, and of course you gotta love the intense look in teh eyes. X3 Kudos to ya!
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Hubby-N-Dad Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2009
This is great, love the colors. What an awesome gift. Kudos for being a very generous friend.
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Chobittsu-Studios Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
If you keep doing pics this good i may have to glomp you ^_^ roflmao
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WhiteRoseBrian Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2009  Hobbyist Artist
Excellent.
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SweetSorrowIsMY2moro Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2009  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
that looks awesome! great job.^^
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desna Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2009
I love it! Thank you, keiiii! A very welcome and appreciated surprise! <3

And he is a pretty looking guy, but a cold-hearted bastard. So I like the way the hand looks. It works for him. And to me it is almost a reflection of some of the evil things he's done in his lifetime (and no, he doesn't regret them). Not sure if reflection is the word I want, but I don't believe I'm going to think of a better word any time soon. XD He could also be about to use his powers.

For those that are talking about it, yes, he does on rare occasion have fox ears and a tail through a short-lasting spell, which his mate places on him to annoy him or keep him from running off since he finds it humiliating and does not want anyone to see. So the spell is bad for his image, but great for his wife who wants alone time with him. He is not a fox demon or any kind of spirit creature. I never noticed the Kurama similarity, but I guess I can see a little of it. However, the hair and clothes are about as far as the similarities go with these two.
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keiiii Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2009   General Artist
XD Don't worry -- Inuyasha looks a loooot like Kurama's demon form, yet people don't think twice about it because their stories are so different. Zivek's hair style isn't even similar to Kurama's (especially his human form, the one with the red hair).
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kaede-kit Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2009
Cool lighting on this.
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Kyushu7 Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2009
I love it!! :clap:
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Rexcalibur Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2009  Hobbyist Writer
The background omg. I really like how green it is. ;_; It makes it feel so foggy.. and.. mysterious.
Brilliant realistic face & hand. I especially like the detail you put on the NOSE and the bones in the hand. <3
Beautiful thread-like hair too.

I'll bet she was definitely surprised to see such an awesome, random gift for her. XD
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The-Big-BB Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2009
awesome work
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xTernal7 Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
awesome!
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inugami-chan Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2009
Title suggestion: "Come here, please"
Maybe it's trivial, but it was my first thought when I saw your art. I've imagined this person as a mighty, frightening demon who is calling his victim... He looks quite peaceful and talks calm and kind voice, but when you look in his eyes you just can't stop tremble with fear...
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LadyWinter Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2009
Wonderfully done! I love the lighting and the coloring. You did a great job on his hair and expression. I also really like how you drew his hand. =D
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:iconheguy:
Heguy Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
Amazing lights!! He sure looks badass :D
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Calaymo Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2009
amazing!
;)
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Aiko1989 Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
Wondeful! Graet job^^ I love the colors^^
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kathy100 Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2009
Awesooomeee!! The hand is so incredibly expressive and well done...especially the lighting on the skin there *_*! :heart: :heart: What an amazing surprise gift pic XD!! :heart: :boogie:
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keiiii Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2009   General Artist
I MUST GIVE YOU SOMETHING one of these days too! D: :heart:
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MuggyFuzzball Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2009   Digital Artist
Good attention to detail but the background could use some work. It is almost as if you are just trying to fill the negative space with colors that don't need to be there. The hand is beutifully done but it simply does not fit or compliment the face. By that, I mean the hand looks as if it could belong to an older person. Overall, great work! You are very talented ;).
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keiiii Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2009   General Artist
It may be hard to tell with the baggy clothing and the pretty face, but he's actually quite muscular. I like strong, large, gnarly hands on beefy men; those attributes might be why the hand looks "old" to you?

I'm not sure what you mean about the background. Not all pictures need one. Yes, the colors are there to fill the negative space; more importantly, they serve to complement the character and set up an ambiance appropriate for the color of the shading I used. Are you saying it'd be better if I just removed the background colors and filled it with stark white? O_o
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NillaCream Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
GOSH I just love the way you paint. ;_; So pretty... I mean, seriously, this is just gorgeous. The giftee is going to be sooo happy. ^^
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kiaMAE Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2009
Reminds me of Kurama from Yuu Yuu Hakusho. The chinese outfit and red hair is what's doing it plus you say he's a demon. lol. Great drawing though. I like how you're so good with light and shadow. Just like Rembrant.
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keiiii Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2009   General Artist
You know what's really funny? He has an alternate form which... well, it's not so much of an alternate form; he just grows fox ears and a tail. XD (He's not a fox demon, though. The fox ears and tail are "gifts" from his mate, who is a fox person/ demon/ thingie.)
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kiaMAE Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2009
Wow! A YuuYuu fan I assume or just pure subconscious coincidence. I just love it anyway cuz I often make OC's and then I find out it's almost like something I've seen before. It can be scary.
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keiiii Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2009   General Artist
Well, "demon dude with a long red hair" isn't exactly exclusive to Kurama, especially since their hair styles are quite different. The fox thing is a bit of a coincidence though. XD
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Balacenia Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2009   Interface Designer
SUPER FLOWY STRAIGHT HAIRED GUY! Yay!
Honestly, he looks sooooo good. In a bad way. X)
The contrast in the eyes to the hair is terrific.

As for titles, i'd be hard-pressed to read his expression...It seems to be either fear or surprise - toward his hand. So maybe it is directed to his own power?
Neh...well I hope that helps strike inspiration, because i'm a bit spaced out when it comes to titles.
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BlahblahblahGEISHA Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2009  Student
wow this is good art! :)
i love this!
very good colors
very handsome indeed...
love the expression and beautiful locks of hair!
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raerae Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2009  Student General Artist
Very nice, I love his hair. X3
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:iconldus:
ldus Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2009   Photographer
Wow...just...wow.

It looks like a portrait painted on hand.
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WolfSpiritWarrior Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2009
amazing how long did it take
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keiiii Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2009   General Artist
It was a semi-quickie, which is why some parts of the picture are less finished/polished than others.
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CapnJon Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2009  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Very well done!!

And titles you say...:iconthinkingplz: sorry! got nothing!
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ForestNinja1 Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Just Beautiful!!
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DigiTails Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
I like the pose and his expression. It's very strong.
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FreesiaSnowdragon Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2009  Hobbyist Writer
Oh, I love the color combinations. :)
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Immris Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2009
Once again, you have pulled me in with that hair!! xD Always been a big fan of how you draw it!
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Checkered-Fedora Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2009
you know in the thumbnail I TOTALLY got duped into thinking this was 3D art ^^ Gorgeous LOVELY work as always. Do love your art
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