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The Dark's Embrace by transfuse The Dark's Embrace by transfuse
I was taking a look at 's coloring tutorial and was noticing that she pretty much colors the same way I do except that she sets her lineart to multiply, merges it with her background once she's changed the bg color, and then colors right over her lineart. It's an interesting method and I wanted to see what it'd be like to color over my lineart so I tried using a combination of her technique and mine.

What I basically did was I scanned my pencil art and seperated the lines the way I usually do it (as shown in my tutorial section), but I colored over the lineart (on a seperate layer-- I'm still not confident enough to just completely get rid of my lineart) instead of coloring under it. It was pretty fun and the results are nice so I'll probably be doing it more often.

Btw, you might want to adjust your monitor if it looks too dark (or bright). I did a few test printouts and it prints pretty much exactly how I see it on my monitor.

Oh yeah, shock! A guy. Heh, I do draw them on rare occasions. :3

Pencil: 1 hour
Photoshop CS2: 10 hours

[edit] I centered the image, made the sword a little more prominent and hopefully got rid of the fade problem at the bottom-- I can't tell if it's gone or not on my monitor 'cause I can't turn up the brightness anymore. =/ Thanks for all your input, kiddos. :)
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Hyroar Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2011  Hobbyist
Nice! :O Love the darkness around them too.
adxlynn Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
alexkhaos Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2011
This is soo cute, <3
AngelWolfDragonGirl Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2011  Student Artist
I love it!
wings--of--hope Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2010   Traditional Artist
Great job, I love it.
JerichoFreeman Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2010
This is amazing, i love it!
Danish-16 Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2009
Wow man its a Gr8 Art....I Love it
WHOYOUCALLINGSHORT33 Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2009
OMG this is awesome! FAV!!!!
ummm.....i was wondering can i use it as a Av- pic?
transfuse Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
Sure that's fine; just credit me if people ask about it. :)
WHOYOUCALLINGSHORT33 Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2009
Thank you so much! yes or course you will be credited for eveything!
Elleploria-kazeme Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2008
This is so beautiful! :o AMAZING! I love it.

:+fav: :dance:

RevenantSoul Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2008
Beautiful. Absolutely beautiful. I love the way it fades into the dark, and the way he's obviously prepared to mess anyone up that threatens her.

*Heavy sigh.* Why can't awesome, sexy dark elves like that exist in real life?
Tripp-Holyaok Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2008
just a question why dont you draw guys that often... im asking cause im not like most guys and im not saying im gay... but i just see most not all guys as dumb butts cause there mean to women... other than that question i think you did very well on this pic its amazing... i like dark art and support it all the way...
transfuse Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2008  Professional Digital Artist
I don't dry guys as often 'cause I like drawing girls more. :)
Tripp-Holyaok Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2008
yea i can see why guys are hot and all but you know ever one loves girls....

haha well at least thats how i see it...
SilverAngelFeathers Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2008
Really cool! Great job on the different style!
Alexiel-Baenre Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2007
Oooooooooo... He's great :D
coldninja Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2007
great job
anubis-servantALI Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2007
I love this. The way he merges with the darkness of the page, you cant tell where the darknes begins and where he ends. Awsesome :clap:
Evilbookworm Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2007
Easily my favorite of all of your art. This picture has been my desktop since first I saw it.
zzznotsleepin Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2007

I wouldn't change a thing (if I EVER could do anything 1/1000 as beautiful)

Really great that's all
denebtenoh Featured By Owner May 23, 2007
Whoa!! Awesome!! Creepy!! Sexy!! Incredible!! I love you!!!!
ErebusRed Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2007
If this were any cooler my PC would freeze up.
karlonne Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2007  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
wow O.o

Before-I-Sleep Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2007  Hobbyist General Artist
Wow, lovely job!
VenusinaMarciana Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2007
i felt in love of this!!!!!!111
swordbunny4486 Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2006
gothpr74 Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2006
Soooooooooooo dark!!!!! I LOVE IT!
Shadow35 Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2006
wow this is awsum the kid drac i beleve he made the darks embrace he goes to my school hes realy kool i bet he liked it ^.^
lastguest Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2006
Wonderful work, atmosphere is fantastic!
draconiangem Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2006  Hobbyist General Artist
Lovely work. Very dark and romantic.
Adella Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2006
draw them more!! You draw insanely hot guys ;-;!
transfuse Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2006  Professional Digital Artist
Hahaha, maaaybe. :3
The-Sax Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2006
Wonderful lighting and detail in here ^_^
WinterImp Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2006  Professional Traditional Artist
Awesome Work!! So beautiful...Mysterious atmosphear...Awesome coloring..I like to see that you not only made sexy women into provocatives poses..Even if they are great too...;)
NMorrison Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2006
reminds me alot of lodoss war
cool stuff
SilentLegend Featured By Owner May 10, 2006  Hobbyist General Artist
Something that's not sex-related! I can fovorite this one!
L2Mc Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2006
very awesome image. I really love the darkness in this piece. very cool stuff
DarK-JoNeZ Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2006
Muye bien me gusto
phoenixsamurai Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2006
Wow... amazing... terrific use of light and dark.

13TheWicked13 Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2006
This is beautiful.
NK11 Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2006
beautful colouring really beautful :+favlove:
YourDarkAngel Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2006
ok dude that is nice love the coloring and how dark it is

~The Angel Of Darkness~

"Deal With Death
Deal With Life"
Darien-Shields Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2006  Professional Writer
Ahhh... there are no prostitutes... like elf prostitutes... ^_~

Sorry, that was just the thought that sprung into my head when I saw this! It looks very very dark and cool, but I was just looking and it struck me "You know, in a fantasy setting, she could just as easily be a prostitute he's just picked up..." XD I don't know why I thought this, but I did. I hope you are not offended.

The piece itself is quite magnificent, your style constantly puts me in awe. I apologise for being unable to critique you, but it is beyond my weak layman's eyes to do so.

Interesting, though, I actually have a dual monitor setup- my old one is reeeally dark, because it used to hurt my eyes, and my new one is reeeally bright (at least by comparison.) By default I keep chat windows in the primary (newer brighter) monitor, and my browser in the secondary. After reading your description, I moved the browser into the primary monitor, and was quite surprised! ^_^; On my old grim monitor, almost everything is swallowed up by shadows. None of his cloak, or anything below his sword is visible. While it's lost a lot of detail, I think that this gloom had some merit. It really seems to encircle the little glow of the picture, and make them really seem... alone in the dark. *shrug* Just the musing of a layman.

Sorry to drone on!
Asura-Sky Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2006
absolutely fabulous
Lomebririon Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2006   Digital Artist
Well I must say that this new technique looks pretty awesome. :nod:
DreamKnightCMC Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2006
I don't think I could comment on this without the :drool: emoticon *nods*
devilishaoki Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2006
DarkPiro Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2006
cool pic has a castlevania\vampire Dish feel to it ^^
very awesome
crezo Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2006
fantastic, really nice compostion and style. love it!!

One suggestion though, on my monitor, the blend at the bottom of the charcters and the black background stops just at the top of your sig. So it might be worth blending this hard black bg to the slightlye lighter black of the character outline at the base. If you crack you brightness way up you'll see what I mean. Just suggesting as it might be more noticeable on a large print. Other wise amazing stuff, don't change a thing!!
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