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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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The Artist thought this was FAIR
14 out of 16 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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AmberWhite85 Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2016
well done!!!!!
IntoTheShadows6 Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2015  Hobbyist Writer
ptmaster2 Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2015  Professional Filmographer
lamb3rT Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2014  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.
ZOROII Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2012  Professional General Artist
The details are amazing but, at first I thank the zombie soldier was part of the wallpaper.I can stop myself wondering how do you do those hyper realistic pictures ?
ArtbroSean Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
That's really well done. Amazing work.
Amidamaru88 Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2012
great work
Lemmy-X Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2012   Digital Artist
:iconfeaturedplz: This fine piece of art is featured at #AllWomen's journal. [link]
mzrkart Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
nice work
Satsuki-Hyphen Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2012
It's very... Beautiful.
I love the picture.
And her face give a lot of feelings, we can guess what about she think, or almost.
I would like fight in her world, with her. =3
Lpsalsaman Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Wow this is one awesome pic, the whole thing is on a league of its own!
dantenopolis Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2012  Hobbyist Interface Designer
great work!!! just perfect!!! i loved it!!!
mburleigh8 Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Very nice
gJcartee Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2012
Beautiful work
sentrionic Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2012
excellent stylistic use of the bg, hard to find a better samurai-ko vision art. one day the L5R movie should get such promo poster!
waynecampbell-art Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2012
A very powerful work!
So full and so finished. It is vibrant with color and energy.
janedj Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
dyingcrimsonroses Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
great job!
foxdog77 Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Simply AMAZING!!!
kkht311 Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2012
Lovely artwork.

Great job.

super-illustrator0 Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Time for a critique!
Effective (objectively, since I never use my own opinion) art only has so many elements. It doesn't have to make sense, just has to look good through...

1. Moving Hair. It looks bland in the foreground, and good in the background.
2. Texture. Tons here.
3. Heavy light contrasts. It's good enough for me to tell the fore- and background apart. It's not dramatic, though.
4. Gradients. Clearly, we have a color gradient in the background.
5. Special Effects. In this case, the blood counts as special effects.
6. Matte painting/realism. Well, this is pretty straightforward, right?

Like I said, I don't use my opinion in critiques, so I'm not going to rate it.
SubWolfSphere Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Wow what a piece!
BlaqCatArt Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2012  Student Digital Artist
I love the lighting and choice of background. Excellent work!
xXVanilleXx Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Sorry for a late comment.. But I just had to catch my breath! :o
LadySerraphym Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2012
Very beautiful samurai. I love the background and the intense look on her face. Very nicely done.
MetaLeath Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Wow! :)
Caleb9849 Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2012
Stunning work as usual!
Michael7S Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2012   Interface Designer
:omfg: WOW! :wow: :deviation: :+favlove: :)
thatpaperfox Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2012  Professional General Artist
Gorgeous artwork!
Chicha-tan24 Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
I always love how you make your art look realistic yet animated. I also love oriental themes you did.
S-a-k-u-r-a-Haruno Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This is stunning work! _
MarcMons007 Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2012  Professional Filmographer
amazing piece
whitetower-exe Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2012  Student Digital Artist
very well done indeed.
EvilAnemone Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I would prefer less flesh exposed, but the piece is beautifully done.
Mister-23 Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2012   Digital Artist
This is sexy and badass.
JolianneGSTG Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2012
this is very beautiful!!!
qfzpjm159 Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2012  Student Digital Artist
表情再兇一點就成暴力女王的象徵啦~! XD
cinemajack Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2012
Very very cool!
TanukiTagawa Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2012
:bulletblue:A pretty and sexy battle babe,in a pic with many superb details! :winner:
Yokusho Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I think the picture should be zoomed out a bit so we could see the rest of the person, sword, and action taking place. It seems too close to get a good feel of the entire picture. Its all beautifully done and im sure you made it how you wanted it to turn out, just my opinion.
PunkAngel892 Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Such beautiful women! I love your paintings!
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