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Kurokua by algenpfleger Kurokua by algenpfleger
For Legends of the Cryptids. This was all sorts of fun. Her story is that she's an evil artist who makes her works out of living people by basically torturing them to death and then turning them into sculptures, frozen in agony.
I'm taking some larger liberties with stylization recently but I've been enjoying it so far. Can't always do realism.

And if you want to see sketches, doodles, studies, check out my new sketchbook thread! I'm posting lots ofthings there that don't really fit here. While you're there, if you feel like learning, start your own:3
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:iconariusdural:
Ariusdural Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2014
I want to do say sth amazing, on the same level as the art, but my mind is blank atm.
Richtig gut gemacht.
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SolsticeCarol Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2014
The atmosphere is so amazing, I can't put it into words.
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ayaben Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2014
(hi dont mind me this is for a project)

the overall execution of this piece is amazing! i love the composition, details, lighting. however, her proportions are throwing me off- even with the stylization. her torso's too long and skinny compared to her head. since the dark outfit is illuminated by the lights behind her, it drew my attention even more. aside from that, its perfect!
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rubinenauge Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2014
"I'm taking some larger liberties with stylization recently but I've been enjoying it so far. Can't always do realism."
I have a feeling he did that on purpose :D
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IIIXandaP Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Your compositions seem really weird to me when I think of it.

The technique is out of this world though.
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:iconmaidensilvermist34:
MaidenSilvermist34 Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
This is beautiful
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:icondeimurus:
Deimurus Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2014
Dope
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:iconlyciui:
lyciui Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2014
surprisingly)
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:iconlegacydeadline:
LegacyDeadline Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2014  Student Digital Artist
jaw drops-
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:iconart-eli:
Art-Eli Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
your skills leave me totally speechless O_O wonderful piece! (again!)
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xyzz4730 Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2014  Student Artist
That is extremely well done!
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:iconbufalakamakafo:
bufalakamakafo Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Awesome
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:iconconnan-bell:
Connan-Bell Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2014   Traditional Artist
Sometimes "for the sake of art" just isn't a good enough reason for taking certain measures. 
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hollyfaith Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
I'm glad to see you doing some stylization! :) The woman's torso isn't really working for me, though. Your women tend to be a little masculine--broad shoulders and narrow hips. But overall this is a beautiful piece. Your work is always amazing. 
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JustArt27 Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
your right! more curves! lol nice piece though. i like the rendering of the atmosphere with his use of color theory and lighting. :pc:
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:iconrocklou:
RockLou Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Dem legs :icondatassplz:
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ARTMAKER1936 Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Yeah!
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Herr-R Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2014
Very beautiful work, but her torso is well off, as her Shoulders being broader than her hips. Such as aher Arm being very long too.
Your works are always gorgeous but this one is rather unproportional.
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pauscorpi Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2014
while i agree, he does say in the description that he has been taking liberties to explore sytlisation, so it seems to me he is aware of what's going on :)
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Herr-R Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2014
Yeah, i read the comment first. But also stylizing something has to keep a certain harmony concerning proportion. :D
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pauscorpi Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2014
oh, yes, i absolutely agree again! I never accept stylizing as an excuse for mistakes. It's just that with his level of knowledge it speaks to me as a deliberate design experiment. I see from other comments that it does bother others, but I am excited to see him experiment because there  is some refreshing quality to it. But might be just me :)
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Herr-R Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2014
sure, me too. i can see which way he is wanting to go, lesser the realistic, more the caricature-esk style of overexaggerating certain aspects of figures. tho in this he didn't quite hit the nail on the head. i'm sure tho he will get the hang of it very quickly :D
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njd1988 Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
not necessarily if that is the style he is going for not having 100% proportions then your comment is only an opinion
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Herr-R Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2014
i guess you didn't really get what i was trying to say: proportion can be anything with tiny heads and big bodies or small feet etc, but there is a balance which has to be kept to make those "unproportions" seem right or it will look, like in this case, out of shape to the viewer.

I hope that kind of explains it.
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Teryster Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2014  Professional General Artist
Oh that was my first thought too to be honest, her body is weirdly unbalanced. The whole piece is awesome as usually though!
And thank you for your comment, you managed to put into words something I've been trying to tell a lot of people, but never managed to explain it to them - I didn't know how, but now I know so thank you!
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Herr-R Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2014
haha you're welcome, i agree the shading and everything is top class but the harmony is off within the proportion.

People whom draw and have some amount of skill have an eye for things like that, but it's difficult to explain to people who don't have that gaze.
it will mostly just come off as "just your opinion" :) hehe

whatever, have a nice day.
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njd1988 Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
no didn't really explain anything, like i said its your opinion
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Antarasis Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Then, everyone is boss at stylization? I get what you are trying to say, but Algenpfleger would be an exception of getting far with that style of disharmony. Normally people just suck at what they do when it is not harmonic.
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Herr-R Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2014
if thats your opinion
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Santosbzz Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2014
Muy bueno!
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MitchThe1Soul Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2014   Digital Artist
So incredibly life like and amazing.
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DestructiveNight Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
The lighting and detail is amazing!!
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AnnaChaveiro Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2014  Student Digital Artist
Amazing! '0'
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Sakura5192 Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Wunderschön :+favlove:
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:icontheweelad:
TheWeeLad Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2014
awesome work
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dreamweaverm Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2014
And she's a classy dresser too!
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CatGal15 Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
It took me a moment to realize the position of the girl to the left. That must have been difficult.
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maureencreates Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
You have a beautiful painting technique, but this image is soiled by the mega weird torso proportions. It's one thing to stylize, but you have to have a balance. This distracts too much from your obvious talent.
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small-myth Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2014
Awesome :happybounce: :happybounce: :happybounce: :happybounce: :happybounce: 
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:iconturtleluz:
turtleluz Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2014
Stunning - what an angel....NOT!!! :love:
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:iconwarmics:
Warmics Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
awesome job! your stylization is very cool :D
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:iconalisterthatchel:
AlisterThatchel Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
Absolutely gorgeous!  Well done :la::clap::la:
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:iconraptorkil:
raptorkil Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2014  Hobbyist Filmographer
what a sinister character o-o I love it! 
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Drawing-4Ever Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2014
It's so real it looks like a photo.
The lighting is just fantastic!
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:iconstevan29:
Stevan29 Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
What an amazing picture. :)
And an interesting character too.
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:iconpijuuu:
pijuuu Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Dude this is stunning :wow:
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:icontravisweymers:
TravisWeymers Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2014  Student General Artist
Wow, this is gorgeous!
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iumazark Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
I loved the dynamic structure of her body, great works as always pal!
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