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Eternal Rivals by ARVEN92 Eternal Rivals by ARVEN92

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Okay, this picture has been roaming the internetz for a while, I drew it a couple weeks ago (as you can see from my signature, still indicating March '13) and uploaded it on Facebook first, but I liked it and thought I'd upload it here, too :)

When I submitted the test page for Africa I received loads of useful pieces of advice, one in particular, which many of you suggested, was to make Africa and Chui more different, because they looked too much alike.

Well, I've been working on that ever since. Can you tell Africa and Chui apart in this picture?
Please be frank, I don't get offended if you say you don't! XD It's very important for me that readers manage to distinguish characters, especially if the two main characters are so similar.

I also added a like of rounded spots on Africa's pelt, since I received the suggestion to vary her spot pattern a bit. How do you like it? ^_^

Once again, thank you SO much for your constant support and critique! It helps me a lot :D

And once again... again XD

Africa and Chui are LEOPARDS. Not Cheetahs. Not Jaguars.
I know that cheetahs aren't this bulky. Because these two AREN'T cheetahs! XD

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Africa on the left, Chui on the right~ :D

Great Job!

Buttt..... I can definitely tell that Chui is a guy because he is bulky which is good but I think you should make Africa look a bit more...lady-like? Cuz I mean...She IS a girl right? Right??! ;A;
They're cheetahs also correct? So they should be a bit more..leaner? More stream-lined?
NO OFFENSE, their designs are SUPERB, don't get me wrong...but maybe a bit more thinner and less bulky? Lions would probably be that big, that rotund (?) but I think cheetahs are always going to look thinner and more...flat.
Just my opinion, 'tis all :D

The coloring is beautiful and I love their different tail ends! Such a brilliantly unique twist! :D :heart: :heart: :heart:

But that red line irks me... :/ It's the color... maybe go for a more treacle or more orangey-yellow tone? I'm just being picky that's all. But then again, that does make a difference if you want to improve and all that.

Paws are all tip top (I can't draw them very well ;A; ) but Africa's outstretched leg, I think, needs to be slightly revised?
On the other hand, this IS just to help viewers distinguish characters and to get the feel for the design so I shouldn't be so picky xD
AND (will this ever end?!) as you do know, cheetahs are built for speed and like I mentioned early should be more stream-lined. So possibly consider narrowing the hip bones a bit?

Anatomy is lovely, as are the lines. Coloring is blended fantastically and makes the piece stand out and appear 3D and life like. I wish I could be this good! But, alas, I probably never will ^^
Overall, a totally spiffing piece of work! Be proud and keep the good work up!

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Okay, here goes my first critique. :3

To start off, I really like the designs. It's easy to tell apart who is who. Africa is a lot rounder while Chui's edges are pointed, which is a nice touch. :) It's easy to see thy're leopards (when you know you way around big cats a little :)) and their colors look perfect on them.

One detail is Africa's outstretched leg. Her paw looks a bit strage, as if it should be a bit more to the right. And (could just be me though) Africa's hind leg seems very tiny compared to her body. But that's the only thing that bugs me. Overall, a great picture from a difficult angle. :D Can't wait to see more from you Arven! ;)
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Lightfoot-Hearts Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2014
It's very easy for me to tell the two apart :D 
ARVEN92 Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I'm so glad it is :D It's hard to design leopards to look different XD
Lightfoot-Hearts Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2014
I bet it is, you definitely have to rely on body shape :D 
ARVEN92 Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
True that!
lightpelt577 Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2014   Traditional Artist
Well, I can see Chui has Curved cheek-fur, A bit like A Lynx. And he has a darker stripe down his back. He's also Bulkier and Also, Chui looks evil. His tail and paws have sharp edges to them.  Africa on the other Hand, Is More slender, and Has Green eyes instead of Amber. Her fur is smoother with less sharp edges to it. So yes, i can tell them apart. 
ARVEN92 Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks a lot! i'm glad they can be easily distinguished :)
lightpelt577 Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2014   Traditional Artist
Yup. Art trade - Freya animated 
ARVEN92 Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
lightpelt577 Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2014   Traditional Artist
shirax3nea Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
If you wanna know my opinion...Ithink thei are absolutely perfect,especially Chui
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