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Caress of Steel by BlackTalonArts Caress of Steel by BlackTalonArts
Felt really good doing a piece of art for myself. :)  After being sick and dental work I hadn't done much of anything, not even work on my project.  However, I still had to use my girl "Enyo" (with a different texture)  with that fantastic armor! Although I think it about killed my poor old machine.  heh

Hope you like. :)
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:iconlivius70:
Livius70 Featured By Owner Edited Apr 16, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Wow, this is an absolutely outstanding fantasy render, Mel ! Wow! Clap Clap  Everything looks exceptional (materials/shaders, lighting, the character, the outfit and the other ornaments, the pose, the color/tonal palette etc) !
PS: The idea to sell it also as a print is fabulous. Maybe you should make available as prints more of your renders, Mel; that would make happy many of your fans, definitely.
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:iconblacktalonarts:
BlackTalonArts Featured By Owner 5 days ago
Thanks!  In fact I had it printed and it is now hanging on my wall framed in 20x30 size and looks stunning.  Sadly, no one seems to buy prints. lol  That's ok though, I did and I don't regret it.
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DawnbladeArt Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Awesome! Great work on the lighting and love her expression.
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:iconblacktalonarts:
BlackTalonArts Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2017
Thank you! :)
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DawnbladeArt Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
You're welcome! My pleasure.
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Chanteur-de-Vent Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
Love those eyes, orange lines from the eyes and the waivy hair. She's very beautiful and seems to have a bit of sarcasm in her from the look of it. :)
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BlackTalonArts Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2017
Thanks so much!  I had it printed in 20x30 for my wall just to see how it looks and I must say that I'm looking forward to framing it.  I'll have to take a picture of it once done to show everyone. 
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Chanteur-de-Vent Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
Always nice to have your art printed for real. It's a beautiful piece.
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Spectre576 Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2017  New Deviant
Looks great
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:iconblacktalonarts:
BlackTalonArts Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2017
Thanks Spectre. :)
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deathbycanon Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2017
Beautiful! That armors in my wishlist. :D 
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:iconblacktalonarts:
BlackTalonArts Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2017
I can understand why, it's absolutely amazing in my opinion.  Thanks! :)
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:iconjanedj:
janedj Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Beautiful!!!
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:iconblacktalonarts:
BlackTalonArts Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2017
Thank you so much! :)
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:iconkooki99:
Kooki99 Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Wonderful render, a must have poster in every fantasy fan's room !
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:iconblacktalonarts:
BlackTalonArts Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2017
Thank you!!  In fact I just put it up as a print and ordered one for myself to see how it looks. *wink*
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Laspe Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Bravo Mel! This is top class and very effective work on all counts! :clap: :clap: :clap:
It is such a pleasure to see your art, meaning what you have created for yourself. Enyo is fantastic, and I cannot wait to see her once you finish designing her, including skin textures... :)
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BlackTalonArts Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2017
Thank you Laspe!   Yup, felt so good just to do my own thing!  Might take a while to really get back into the groove...but always worth it.  :glomp:
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Laspe Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Most welcome Mel! :wave:
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0Snow-White0 Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Impressive work, Mel! Love the colors and her expression. :aww:
Last year I had to make a fairly long dental treatment. argh. Lesson learned.

:hug:
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BlackTalonArts Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2017
Thank you Juli, I enjoyed this one quite a bit. :)

As for the dental...same goes here, out of fear I neglected my teeth all these years now I'm paying the price...big price. My lesson learned as well. lol
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Arkeoklept Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2017   Digital Artist
A magnificent piece. The quality of the render and postwork are really inspiring.
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:iconblacktalonarts:
BlackTalonArts Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2017
:glomp:  Such a wonderful compliment, thank you so much Serafim! 
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Arkeoklept Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2017   Digital Artist
Only a pleasure, my dear. You set the bar high with your postwork in particular. I would love to approach this sort of standard myself. I keep looking at work like yours and trying to figure out how you did things, or how I might achieve similar effects. :D
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BlackTalonArts Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2017
I feel like I glomp you a lot. *wink*  Anyway, it's really fairly simple and I'm always willing to share any of my knowledge, one only has to ask. :) I think what I do is actually rather simple to achieve.  Besides working on my levels and even coloring, I use a few layers to achieve what I'm doing.  I use an "Overlay" layer, "Screen" layer and sometimes a "Multiply" Layer.  My overlay layers I use to brighten up and add color to certain areas to give it more oomph. Screen layers I use quiet a bit to give more highlights to certain areas like adding to the lips, eyes and even hair....multiply I use at times to deepen makeup or even paint the makeup on.  Oh and I make plenty use of mask layers to help blend in to any background that I paint and soften areas up.  Not that your art needs all that. lol   
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Arkeoklept Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2017   Digital Artist
Thank you for the pointers. I emailed them to myself having realised I would lose this comment as soon as I reply to it. ;) I only started using Photoshop a few weeks ago and have not done anything very impressive with it yet. I will keep learning its capabilities, though, and this ought to be a good start!!
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BlackTalonArts Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2017
Oh lordie.  Which version do you have?  Couldn't live without photoshop.  I've watched thousands of tutorials over the years to try and keep up with the latest techniques...but if there is something particular you're wanting to achieve hit me up and If it's within my skill set, I can help you out and be a bit more detailed. :)  A lot of what I said has a lot of gray areas in between that I would need to be more specific with...so again, the offer is always there. :)
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Arkeoklept Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2017   Digital Artist
I have [work has] the Adobe Creative Cloud thingy so it auto-updates to the latest version. I definitely need to watch some more tutorials. It has so many options that I probably do not even know exist. Thanks for the offer of help! If there is anything specific I cannot figure out or find on the net, I will definitely ask. :D :D :D
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BlackTalonArts Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2017
Ah, very cool.  I have it as well.  I've tried to go back to my previously purchased version before they started doing the "Cloud" subscription base but couldn't hack it because they've added so many amazing features for not only my art but my photography as well.  It's a lot at first but once you get the hang of things you will ask yourself how you ever lived without it! lol   I've been using it for about 14 + years (gosh that's making me feel old) ha   Anyway, just have fun!  Door is always open. :)  Oh and if you're interested there is a great channel on Youtube that has top quality tutorials, it uses photographs as examples but believe me it completely relates to a lot of things you would want to do.  I've learned more from them than anyone else when it comes to enhancements.  Here is the link if you're interested...definitely worth it.   www.youtube.com/user/PhlearnLL…     Also if you ever want or are ready I can link to you in PM some of my fav photoshop tutorials. :)
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Polyrender Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Love your soft glow effects and the abused armor bump.  Looks awesome!
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:iconblacktalonarts:
BlackTalonArts Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2017
Thank you Kurt!  I think I might attempt to actually draw it traditionally...help me now! lol
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jjsaki Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2017
Reminds me of Tina Turner in Mad Max: Thunderdome
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:iconblacktalonarts:
BlackTalonArts Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2017
I can totally see that, man I loved that movie and still do...Tina worked it.  :)
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Grimlock202 Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2017
Whats the riddle of steel 😁 answer a 6ft valkyrie who could kick your ass 😂
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:iconblacktalonarts:
BlackTalonArts Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2017
LOL, so true!  
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Grimlock202 Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2017
😂😂😂
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JVRenderer Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2017
Very nice Mel!
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:iconblacktalonarts:
BlackTalonArts Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2017
Thank you Joe!  :hug:
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supersolidusnake Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2017
Love it!!
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:iconblacktalonarts:
BlackTalonArts Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2017
Thank you! :)
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Vampyric-Saiyaness Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Absolutely gorgeous!!!
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:iconblacktalonarts:
BlackTalonArts Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2017
Thank you so much! Really appreciate you.
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Nythande Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Great pic! I have that outfit in my wish list. That and the male outfit that rolled out soon after from Luthbel. I've got to wait for them to hit 50% off....it's gonna be a nail biter I can smell smoke coming out of my wallet at the moment...it will be a test in patience... FOREVER WAITING 
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BlackTalonArts Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2017
Hey Steph!  Fair warning though, it's system intensive....but worth it. :)  Oh I definitely jumped on the male outfit as well...but not sure my system could handle both outfits in the same scene. lol  That's the kind of quality I like seeing come out of the store, now I just wish I had the system to handle it more easily.   Oh well. heh
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ShadowRinXDT Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2017  Professional Traditional Artist
Excellent work! XD
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BlackTalonArts Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2017
Thanks! :bounce: :)
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ShadowRinXDT Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2017  Professional Traditional Artist
Welcome I am a dummy! 
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DamnedComic Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Just perfect!
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:iconblacktalonarts:
BlackTalonArts Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2017
Thank you! :)
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CCRENDERS Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Awesome render!
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