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-Battle Hardened- by arvalis -Battle Hardened- by arvalis
This was a fun one. Commission for :iconcloserrook:

Original reference for the character:


Art Tumblr:

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PhotoshopCS3: 10 hours or so
Methİ=CloserRook
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:icontwilight-veil:
Twilight-Veil Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I love, looove her body type. As a fighter she'd have a body like this. Amazing work!
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:iconlillylotus:
LillyLotus Featured By Owner May 14, 2013
Her back leg looks like rubber
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:iconarvalis:
arvalis Featured By Owner May 14, 2013
What?
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:iconrenate16:
Renate16 Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
You've improved so much over the years! I've been following you a long time and It's great to see you grow so much in your creative life.
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:iconchackludwig:
chackludwig Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
You're like... an unachievable goal to me. And that's awesome.
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:iconhelixice:
HelixIce Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2012
Not gonna lie, that girls that can kick my ass, turn me on.
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:iconleadsails:
LeadSails Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I love it! Great composition between he two!
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:iconrandomman95:
randomman95 Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2012
Kind of reminds me of this: [link]
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:iconhelixice:
HelixIce Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2012
That game man, THAT GAME MAN!!!

...Please don't ever post an image of that game, I still get depressed when I see an image of it.
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:iconthroneseeker:
ThroneSeeker Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2012  Student Digital Artist
great transition, specially love the torn fabric
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:iconpassin:
Passin Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2012
Very nice work
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:iconlj-phillips:
LJ-Phillips Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2012  Professional
Wonderful. Simply wonderful :)
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:iconmodernerd:
Modernerd Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Love the texture and the blood man!
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:iconkeberyna:
Keberyna Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2012  Student General Artist
Oh my, this is fantastic! How did you manage the texture or design on her clothing?
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:iconkallu-wah:
kallu-wah Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
amazing !:aww:
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:iconstephcr:
StephCR Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2012
Great work!
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:iconsatterm:
satterm Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2012  Student Digital Artist
I absolutely love that you draw women (as well as men) with different body types. It's really and interesting and refreshing to see so much diversity. I love the slightly stocky and muscular figure on this character.
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arvalis Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2012
People always tend to notice same face syndrome with artists, but I also take notice of an artist drawing the same bodies. Thanks for ackowledging this, I didnt know if anyone else had noticed. Hadnt seen you posting much, hows school been going for you?
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:iconsatterm:
satterm Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2012  Student Digital Artist
It's something a lot more illustrators nowadays should take note of imo. And I'm color and design at the moment so not the best :(
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:iconend-reitanna:
EnD-Reitanna Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2012
you gave her knife xD
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:iconsmirtouille:
Smirtouille Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Love them strong women. She's handsome.
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:iconzephirice:
Zephirice Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Ouuh excellent work :o I love the bloody stance !
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:iconmakohi:
makohi Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2012
I would love to have something like this.
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:iconcloserrook:
CloserRook Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Simply awesome! :D I love how you've put a great amount of detail into her as well as the rest of your artwork.

I also like how you added some of your own creativity to this realistic style, particularly on what's now a dagger and the saturated skin. It seems to give her a more relaxed look in contrast to how I typically draw her. :)

Overall, I love this piece and its unique depiction! Thanks very much arvalis for doing this commission! :D
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:iconmzzazn:
MzzAzn Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2012
wow I LOVE how strong she looks *A*
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:iconifmcomics:
IFMComics Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2012  Student Digital Artist
very good work, arvalis
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:iconshadowyzman:
shadowyzman Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Woww! That looks amazing!
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:iconamitrixwolf:
amitrixwolf Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
I'm not sure why the part of her top by her thighs would be ripped unless she ripped it or people grabbed it. Cause to be ripped that high, if someone slashed her there would be a rip in the pants itself. Just wondering. :)
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Sethyuikora Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2012  Hobbyist Filmographer
crawling across the ground and the top is made of material less resiliant than the pants maybe?
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:iconamitrixwolf:
amitrixwolf Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
but if she fell to her knees it would fly up so she wouldn't be crawling on it. but yeah i can see your point.
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Sethyuikora Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2012  Hobbyist Filmographer
yeah, idk, just trying to make sense of it.
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:iconarvalis:
arvalis Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2012
To be fair, if there was a blade involved, the fabric wouldn't look so tattered. Likely it was torn as someone or something grabbed the loose fabric.
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:iconamitrixwolf:
amitrixwolf Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
ah ok, that's what I figured :) I just wanted to know if that's what went through your mind as you did it.
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:iconzezkah:
Zezkah Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2012  Student Digital Artist
Thought it was going to be "if they used meth" thing. :O

If so wouldn't she be super skinny?
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:iconarvalis:
arvalis Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2012
I didn't name the character.
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:iconzezkah:
Zezkah Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2012  Student Digital Artist
Well that explains why I thought this. Didn't think the character's name was meth.
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:iconcloserrook:
CloserRook Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Her given name is an unusual one. In her story, she actually loathes and rejects "Meth" because it was the name her abusive stepparents addressed her by. After she started living as a nomad, she chose to remain nameless.
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:iconzezkah:
Zezkah Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2012  Student Digital Artist
Ah, well that's an interesting story to tell. :>
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:iconcloserrook:
CloserRook Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I probably should've said this over two years ago; sorry for not informing you all sooner.

I changed her name to Nikita.  In retrospect, "Meth" sounded strange outside my head and I felt like it was a poor choice of names.  I've also revised her story a bit so that her personal name preferences no longer play a major part.  Overall however, Nikita's story of her violent upbringing and unstable behavior remain the same.

On a different note, I want to thank arvalis for inspiring me to draw my character with a more realistic skin color. :)
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