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Africa Comic Teaser Cover by ARVEN92 Africa Comic Teaser Cover by ARVEN92

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NO, this isn't the official cover yet :P

But I loved, LOVED making this. I made this picture with the sole purpose of practicing lighting and colour palettes. Then it turned into a cover. Deal with it.

Yes guys, the moment is drawing close. The comic should actually come sometime soon. As soon as I've got enough time to keep two comics at once AND do my exams.

Q:Arven! Arven! When is the comic going to start?
A: Please refer to my FAQ section, question 4-8.). Thank you!



Soooo. This is Africa (left) and Chui (right) with the typical African background behind them. One would probably expect them to be about to kiss or something, but... judging on their expressions, I wouldn't be surprised if they clawed each other's eyes out any moment.
NO, just because they're female and male respectively, and they're rivals doesn't mean that they'll become mates in the end. They actually, SERIOUSLY hate each other. No excuses :)

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It over all is very impressive. The emotion of the conflict between these two characters is obvious and strong. I also love how you made Chui's design sharp and anglely(Is that even a WORD?)
The highlights and detail is very impressive, since I know how hard it is to color with such perfect value. In fact, there are very few places I could even tell that you used color pencil.
One thing I did notice was the rays coming from the tree, maybe you should put a few more rays just to make it look more natural, I'm not really sure, it just doesn't look completely natural. another place you could make look a little better would be the cheeks of both characters and the neck of Africa, if you look closely it looks a little sloppy, but from a distance it looks fine.
One thing you could do to make the colors blend even smoother is to run over the drawing with white. This works fine but one problem you may find would be either you would need to make the characters darker or completely change the color design. Another thing you could do is, like smudging, you could just rub the drawing with your finger. These are just sugestions, but I hope this helps. I love Chakra, and I can't wait to see this series!
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Oh my god I wish I had your talent! XD

Vision: This is phenomenal! The shading you have done on this is just fantastic ARVEN! I cannot even tell you how amazing the lighting on the muzzles look on Africa and Chui, the way the light fades out the lines of the faces and how it shines off their pelts as they stand face-to-face with each other! The way you colored the eyes is wonderful! The mix between the green and gold in Africa's eyes blend so well and make a wonderful combination! And Chui's eyes, although look one solid color in a thumbnail, you showed a variety of shades of gold and orange in the eye. I just love your shading technique and the anatomy is wondrous! And although they are in the usual "African Savannah" background, it has a HUGE impact on the rest of the picture! The shadow of the tree that extends to the paws (hopefully XD) of the two rivals just adds to the great vision of the cover piece! ^^

Originality: This is the only thing that would change in my eyes. As seen, I did not give it a full five stars, but for good reason. In very many movie covers and book covers you see the main protagonist and the main antagonist facing of real close together in the cover. Although the characters are original, the positions are not.

Technique: You know your technique is great! Your drawings, whether a comic page, a random picture, or a commission/gift/etc for a friend, everyone can always tell what you have drawn. Your "style" of drawing is unique in your own way and is what helps others see what you have done. Your technique in drawings is always flawless and get down to the point in every detail to express what the picture means without (or close to) any explanation! :heart:

Impact: Overall this may have started out a practice for shading, has turned into a great piece that, in my own opinion, would make a fantastic official cover for the story, and maybe you should have a vote? If you make another picture for the cover and upload it, you could have people vote upon the original(first) Africa cover, this cover, and the one you'd make. But the impact in this picture is beautiful, the scene is fantastic, and the meaning is gorgeous!

Now after typing this for 27 minutes, my hands are tired XDD I can't wait for the first pages to come! ^^

~Silvermoon:heart:
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shirax3nea Featured By Owner Edited Jul 9, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
well if Chui and Africa will not end up as mates at least will they get to work togeter rather than against each other??mates think was a really cool thing you know?I mean from biggest enemies to lovers that is someting...and by  the way if it was the this song would fit perfectly=  P!nk-True love
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ARVEN92 Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
That's an interesting proposal, but I don't see it happening anytime soon sadly XD Africa and Chui really, honestly, hate each other, there wouldn't be a single reason for which they would work together :P

Hoho that song is beautiful though <3
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AmxBri Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This is easily my favorite cover of all of the Africa covers. Not only does it feature the two main characters, but it is incredible in detail, in expression, lighting, background, anatomy...it is just all good. This is one great cover
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ARVEN92 Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
My, Thank you very much! ^^
I'm very happy you like this! It's my personal favourite too :)
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AmxBri Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Then why did you decide against it as the cover? Just because I am curious :)
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ARVEN92 Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Well actually, I had the idea for the main cover even before this one, and decided to give the other one the honour^^
I almost opted for this one, but then I realized I didn't want Chui to be on the front cover XD
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VampiraLady Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
how long did you spent on it colouring??
it's incredible :)
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ARVEN92 Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you a lot! :D
Each comic page takes an average of 10 hours, especially if very detailed :)
This one was a lot simpler though, so it only took half the time :)
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VampiraLady Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
simpler? ep o.o
but I hope you don't spend your 10 hours without break? how do you do this, do you separate your 10hour work for few days, for instance?
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ARVEN92 Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Yes, that's correct, I separate the 10 hours over several days :D That is why I usually post only 1 comic page every week :D
And that's right, this one was indeed simpler than the usual comic pages :) I find multiple panels with many little details to be much more challenging than a single, big picture :D
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