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Matsu Rika by MarioWibisono Matsu Rika by MarioWibisono
"In over a thousand years, the purpose of the Lion's Pride remains the same: find the leader of the threat to the Lion and destroy it."

Matsu Rika is a Samurai and a noble paragon, the pride of the lion clan.


An illustration done for Legend of the Five Rings CCG.
Legend of the Five Rings and Matsu Rika copyright Alderac Entertainment Group.


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IT'S... JUST SO GORGEOUS... It looks so realistic, with all the cuts and scrapes and her amazing beautiful face! She just came out of a battle, it seems. Maybe you should add some bruises to make it seem even more fantastical and realistic, because it is improbable to come out of a battle/ war without bruises, correct? (My opinion of course. Do whatever you want to do. This is your drawing, after all. [If there ARE bruises on here and I cannot see them, I am very sorry! Haha :) ] ) I love the background as well, it is very interesting to look at. Great job! I hope I was as fair as possible in my critiquing.
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11 out of 13 deviants thought this was fair.

Well, just another beautiful piece of work, as expected.

I'm impressed about how full the artwork is. It has so much content, so many bigger and smaller details - if I can call them so - that can keep an eye busy for a long time. Each of them seems to tell us a story behind it and is used fair, giving us a bit of the atmosphere that I guess they are supposed to. Now that I'm at it, I'm also find it good, that those pieces are virtually separated; the helmet in front and a fresco (background, I mean) behind the character, cleverly indicated with the vertical lines.

The next thing I want to give a big thumb up is the use of colours. Virtual gradient of the blue (top right) to the red (bottom left) gives it the feel and it clearly points out where the action is. Big red splash of blood just adds it up, like a cherry on top.

Even though I mostly mentioned the bits of the piece before, may I comment on composition here as well how everything seems to be in place. The painting on the right is just enough detailed to give us enough realistic feel but is clearly not the main part, same goes for the rest of the background. That shine on the helmet is also just enough to let us know we need to concentrate on it, but not more than on the girl.

Now I just don't know what else to comment on. Clever arrangement of the details is what gives this painting that final touch. Skin feels silk-soft, so does the robe - with clear difference in material. The eyes are that perfect mixture of anger and ice-cold-blood of professional.

Is there anything I can complain about? Hardly, since I feel that any complaint would keep me in doubt whether I actually believe myself about that. If someone would ask me, what would give the 101st percent to the 100 percent good drawing, I might only say, that background might be a bit "too well drawn" and takes our concentration away from the main character. Of course, it's perfectly solved with the use of colors (the skin pops out), but in first couple of seconds when you take a look at it, and you ask yourself "now what a masterpiece I'm looking at?" you don't know if the first thing artist wants you to notice is a girl, or a helmet or the lion or the lady in the background. Keep in mind it's just nothing comparing to the overall beauty of the painting.

At the end, it really is a marvelous piece, displaying the overall combination of skill, great sense of aesthetics, knowledge of history and culture and whatnot an artist can and should have. I'm impressed as much as I can be. Now I just hope I didn't forget anything I really wanted to point out, but I guess 500 words is enough.
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lamb3rT Featured By Owner 4 days ago  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Unbelievable!!!!  :faint:
thathobothere Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I LOVE the color in this piece! Amazing!
dudgus2429 Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2013
oO-Monkey-Oo Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2013  Hobbyist
You're so good at what you do!
kimsol Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2013
Featured! [link] :D
Dionisante Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Very Good!!!
Odilicious Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Fantastic work!
BiBiARTs Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
wonderful work... send you a request and invitation of my group :iconsoulcollectors:
anamsohail Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Awesumness man pure awesumness!
The-sword-undrawn Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2012
I feel I am not worthy of making a genuine critique, and ought to compliment your fantastic work.

However, something did catch my eye just now: it appears, from the shading of metals, her sword is being grasped upside down. The lighter, silver metal (usually representing the edge of the sword) is facing upward, and I can see a small line on the dark grey edge that might be the bo-hi...implying she reversed the sword in her hands after the cut?
This was the only thing that seemed out of place to me, and even so, the image was so beautiful, I thought it must have been deliberate.
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