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CypressDahlia
03-19-2013, 03:33 PM
I spent one million years in the dungeon grinding to become the very best pencil warrior. Here is a log of my journey so far.

I entered the dungeon drawing lots of animus with semi-soft shading:
http://art.ngfiles.com/images/157/cypressdahlia_leona-heidern.png

But I was nearly slain by the demon of lighting composition and color. So I trained for 100 years in speed painting:
http://art.ngfiles.com/images/175/cypressdahlia_shadow.png

And though I allotted many stat points to color theory and dynamics, the style demon still haunted my restless dreams. So I decided to explore more stylistic alternatives:
http://art.ngfiles.com/images/189/cypressdahlia_zero-graffiti.png

Which led me to become smitten with value:
http://art.ngfiles.com/images/190/cypressdahlia_weapon-of-war-peace.png

And then I did some kawaii-weird stuff, to appease the lineart Gods:
http://art.ngfiles.com/images/193/cypressdahlia_excuse-me-i-m-on-break.png

I even drew some BOOBIES (NSFW 18+) in a reckless attempt to slay the wyrm of realistic skintones:
http://art.ngfiles.com/images/202/cypressdahlia_sakura-s-gift.png

And, in the end, I accomplished nothing short of becoming an incredible pervert (NSFW):
http://art.ngfiles.com/images/200/cypressdahlia_daily-2.png

Matt
03-19-2013, 03:53 PM
And, in the end, I accomplished nothing short of becoming an incredible pervert (NSFW)
So your journey was a success.

Linz
03-19-2013, 04:15 PM
Bloody marvellous as always, Cype. Nipple buddies fo lyf<333

Sho
03-19-2013, 04:43 PM
I still can't get over the fact that Cype drew nipples.

Joosh
03-19-2013, 04:51 PM
Yeah like holy shit Ive never seen that before.

CypressDahlia
03-20-2013, 06:20 AM
Yup. IT HAPPENED OKAY. More things from the beginning of my journey:

http://art.ngfiles.com/images/166/cypressdahlia_never-fight-alone.png
http://art.ngfiles.com/images/166/cypressdahlia_zero.png
http://art.ngfiles.com/images/169/cypressdahlia_hua-po.png

Sedistra
03-20-2013, 11:48 AM
Oh god yes Hua Po yeeeeeeeesssssss hnnnnnnnnnnggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggghhhhhh hh.

Linz
03-20-2013, 02:46 PM
Jesus Christ, that first one is fabulous~! What was it for? :u

CypressDahlia
03-20-2013, 11:35 PM
LINZ: just personal. I was feelin' Persona 4 at the time so...

More ancient stuff:
http://art.ngfiles.com/images/169/cypressdahlia_sunday.png

http://art.ngfiles.com/images/180/cypressdahlia_starsssssss.png
http://art.ngfiles.com/images/179/cypressdahlia_clear-the-room.png
http://art.ngfiles.com/images/180/cypressdahlia_judgement-incarnate.png

NWAP
03-21-2013, 10:31 AM
*wipes tear* I'm honored to say that I was present while two of these pics were being born.

Linz
03-21-2013, 01:59 PM
Holy bejeezus, the shading on that first one is ~DIVINE~. Love seeing these pieces from you, Cype. What i'd love to see again is all those original character sketches you used to do :c

CypressDahlia
03-21-2013, 05:49 PM
Just for you, Linz. I drew original characters. 4 hour long drawing, but I'm diggin the style

http://art.ngfiles.com/images/203/cypressdahlia_marika-the-operator.png

Linz
03-21-2013, 05:56 PM
Aw bbz you're so good to me~

Love this colouring style, good use of colour and light. Love all the little subtle white highlights. Moar plz! <3

JJJorgie
03-21-2013, 06:56 PM
Love the light coloring on this one!!

theAnimeRebel
03-21-2013, 07:30 PM
*neck snaps*

I will never compare...

Seriously though... this 100 years in the dungeon that you spent... where is this dungeoun? TAKE ME TO YOUR LEADER

Blue_Dragon
03-21-2013, 08:04 PM
Oh man Cyp! Awesome art! That one with the fans in the background looks like professional concept art. Fantastic! (I like Chun Li the best, though ;3)

Hayashida
03-21-2013, 08:19 PM
so how long until u venture into the locus of animation

Matt
03-21-2013, 11:00 PM
The muscle definition around that girl's shoulders is incredibly hot.

No, I don't know why.

CypressDahlia
03-22-2013, 05:15 AM
animation, I have actually extensively considered.

The dungeon is in a secret place with the initials GB. And girls with lean muscle are hot. Thanks for the kind words, folks. Here is something moe:

http://art.ngfiles.com/images/203/cypressdahlia_what-do-you-mean-i-m-not-moe.png

scanten71-402san
03-22-2013, 06:52 AM
Cool drawings!

CypressDahlia
03-22-2013, 03:10 PM
thanks. A little work in progress. It's still missing a loli or something

https://sphotos-b.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ash4/392873_10151353106467549_265574525_n.jpg

Linz
03-22-2013, 03:39 PM
Love the red background against the blue mecha. Can't wait to see it completed!!

toast
03-22-2013, 04:03 PM
oooooooo I'm loving that lighting

Demonfyre
03-22-2013, 06:06 PM
Very very awesome, makes me think of transformers

Hayashida
03-22-2013, 07:20 PM
animation, I have actually extensively considered.

if u need someone to be like hey cmon get working on it i can be that guy

Byakuran
03-23-2013, 03:51 PM
http://art.ngfiles.com/images/203/cypressdahlia_what-do-you-mean-i-m-not-moe.png

No one made a period joke yet? No one...? THIS IS MY TIME TO SHINE. Jk.

But man do i love this, i love this a lot, i love this thread, i love the art. I LOVE IT ALL.

CypressDahlia
03-24-2013, 06:14 PM
I don't think that mech will ever get done. Heres some stuff from my ninja phase =O :

http://art.ngfiles.com/images/175/cypressdahlia_hanzo.png
http://art.ngfiles.com/images/175/cypressdahlia_rikimaru.png
http://art.ngfiles.com/images/175/cypressdahlia_ayame.png

NWAP
03-25-2013, 09:42 AM
Awesome. First ninja one is my favorite. When do you get time to do all this stuff!

Sho
03-25-2013, 12:43 PM
He doesn't, really. He just draws at the speed of light.

Linz
03-25-2013, 03:07 PM
He's a git, thats why.


ilurly

Blue_Dragon
03-25-2013, 11:54 PM
Holy crap! Are those in any way inspired by Tenchu? If not, they're still amazingly awesome :3 I just love that series. Awesome, as usual.

CypressDahlia
03-26-2013, 12:36 AM
Yup, you got it. They're all Tenchu inspired.

90 minute speedpaint. I was listening to Persona 4 OST and somehow this happened:

http://art.ngfiles.com/images/203/cypressdahlia_way-up-here.png

Matt
03-26-2013, 12:44 AM
This is probably my favorite picture of yours. I love the contrast between unassuming clothes and a sci-fi backdrop--a good change from everyone in sci-fi wearing the craziest things.

I'd tell her to move a bit away from the edge, though.

doghateburger
03-26-2013, 10:29 AM
90min?!?!!?

Mind = blown

BunnyVoid
03-29-2013, 04:48 AM
the most awesome OuO
we should just all bow to cype and his glory :cat_umm:

JJJorgie
03-29-2013, 09:57 AM
Definitely one of my favorite of your pieces! So smooth and pretty!!

CypressDahlia
03-31-2013, 09:02 AM
thx. speedpainting really pays off.

heres okami:

http://art.ngfiles.com/images/202/cypressdahlia_dynamic-duo.png

Linz
03-31-2013, 11:21 AM
Weeeeeee a little fox! ;D Or big...

Anyway lovellyyyyyy~ Nice as always. <:

CypressDahlia
04-01-2013, 08:56 AM
Linz why aren't you on GB

http://art.ngfiles.com/images/204/cypressdahlia_archangel.png

Lucifer
04-01-2013, 02:15 PM
Whoa, hot damn Cype. Excellent combination of fine details and rough brushstrokes. Simply amazing.

Sylux
04-01-2013, 04:54 PM
reminds me of data drain from .hack

CypressDahlia
04-04-2013, 09:12 AM
^ I hated that in the G.U. series

More values:
http://art.ngfiles.com/images/204/cypressdahlia_blue-dragon-fist.png

Rio
04-04-2013, 03:00 PM
^^^
That's surprising. I was expecting more junk in the trunk.

NWAP
04-05-2013, 11:26 AM
ya...i think cype likes the pancake butt look though :/ . But besides that, the concept is purty sick.

Sylux
04-05-2013, 12:11 PM
^ I hated that in the G.U. series
its useful if u waited until u got to lv 150 to collect the lost weapons

Joosh
04-05-2013, 12:39 PM
Wth is a pancake butt look

Anyway ya done good cyp

You make me proud :'D

CypressDahlia
04-25-2013, 03:48 AM
http://art.ngfiles.com/images/207/cypressdahlia_excalibur.png
http://art.ngfiles.com/images/207/cypressdahlia_mag.png

Sho
04-25-2013, 08:12 AM
So much EVA in that first one. What's the second one inspired by though?

Linz
04-27-2013, 08:35 AM
Lovin' the textures. <:

Regantor
04-27-2013, 04:16 PM
Reminds me of a Kamen Rider type thing...

Except, you know, minus the overwhelming cheese.

Pretty rad art anyway. The lighting is fantastic. If I seen a grimdark ultraman-type manga thing on a shelf with one of these as a cover, I'd totally be sold. 'v'

CypressDahlia
04-29-2013, 03:35 AM
Thanks. Those are both from a game called warframe, which has got me addicted lately. Space cyber ninjas ermagerd @_@

http://art.ngfiles.com/images/207/cypressdahlia_panzer-dragoon.png

panzer dragoon speedy

Linz
04-29-2013, 04:59 AM
Dem dragon thighs. <3

JJJorgie
04-29-2013, 07:18 AM
Oooo, wow, nice dragon!

Regantor
04-29-2013, 07:57 AM
Oh man, oh god, oh man (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1vHRMeRszw4). Despite the million HP bosses, Orta was a really underrated game...

Even for a rather simple painting this captures the feel of the game pretty well, anyhow.

CypressDahlia
05-06-2013, 09:13 PM
Been playing a lot of Injustice

http://art.ngfiles.com/images/208/cypressdahlia_meow.png

And Grundy, too:

http://art.ngfiles.com/images/208/cypressdahlia_want-pants-too.png

Linz
05-10-2013, 11:57 AM
When the hell did you start liking Arkham City?! >:U
LOVE grundy, awesome. xD I'm sad tho cause Catwoman has green eyes D: How could you!? Love the atmosphere in the Catwumman pic though, and the suit looks lovely <3

Lucifer
05-10-2013, 12:02 PM
Catwoman's eyes remind me of catgirl from Bakemonogatari (Hanekawa?), I love them glowy yellow eyes.

GunZet
05-10-2013, 12:11 PM
When the hell did you start liking Arkham City?! >:U
LOVE grundy, awesome. xD I'm sad tho cause Catwoman has green eyes D: How could you!? Love the atmosphere in the Catwumman pic though, and the suit looks lovely <3

It's Injustice, not Arkham City.

CypressDahlia
05-11-2013, 05:24 AM
I'm a fan of both games but it's Injustice that inspired me

and yah, sry about the eyes =[ it's just that green would clash w/ the red goggles

http://art.ngfiles.com/images/208/cypressdahlia_the-bat.png

some 30 min value prac

darkmousysminion
05-11-2013, 10:58 AM
Amazing as always my friend. I like how he's only partially visible, rising from the darkness; quite appropriate for Batman.

This might be my own opinion on color but green and red often "clash" in wonderful ways. Any of the complimentary color combos are used by countless artists and WELL too. One of my favorites is: http://cghub.com/images/view/228578/ . Thus if you had made her eyes green, I think it would have looked better than the yellow.

Sylux
05-11-2013, 04:32 PM
No crits allowed in the Artist Alley, Chii. That being said, awesome Warframe work. Ninjas play free!

CypressDahlia
05-12-2013, 11:05 PM
thanks, and you're right chii. it's just that there is so little of either color in the piece, and the eyes and goggles are so close together.

1 hour sketch of Harley. tried my best to capture her mischievous personality:
http://art.ngfiles.com/images/208/cypressdahlia_hq.png

And some Poison:

http://art.ngfiles.com/images/208/cypressdahlia_she-s-poisonnn.png

JJJorgie
05-13-2013, 07:18 AM
Oh wow, very nice!! Harley's pose does have a child-like, mischievous-ness about it; wonderful job!!

CypressDahlia
05-13-2013, 04:32 PM
thanks, that's what I was going for

http://art.ngfiles.com/images/208/cypressdahlia_where-you-at-bat.png

Demonfyre
05-13-2013, 04:47 PM
Ahhh, Bane with venom? c: A nice change up from the DKR's

CypressDahlia
05-13-2013, 08:09 PM
Yeah I honestly felt like the DKR redesign wasn't menacing enough

http://art.ngfiles.com/images/209/cypressdahlia_not-harvey-face.png

Regantor
05-14-2013, 05:54 PM
I'm usually pretty "meh" when it comes to grimdarkified super hero stuff, but I gotta admit that I'm really digging these. Two-face in particular looks pretty darn intimidating, and that's a good thing. The grainy artstyle in particular works really well.

Nice one Cypress. :3

JJJorgie
05-14-2013, 11:27 PM
Two face is probably my favorite in this series you've got going! His eye and the texture on his face are awesome!

Sylux
05-15-2013, 01:13 AM
Where's Mr. J or the B-Man?

Evil_Cake
05-15-2013, 01:48 AM
batman last page yo

Sylux
05-15-2013, 11:38 AM
Oh cool I missed that one thanks

CypressDahlia
05-15-2013, 08:16 PM
yessir

TYRANT ARrGHHGHHh (80 mins)
http://art.ngfiles.com/images/209/cypressdahlia_t-103.png

view the process here:
https://fbcdn-sphotos-h-a.akamaihd.net/hphotos-ak-prn1/943037_10151427193582549_1907698135_n.jpg
https://fbcdn-sphotos-g-a.akamaihd.net/hphotos-ak-ash3/941385_10151427212542549_600604001_n.jpg
https://fbcdn-sphotos-b-a.akamaihd.net/hphotos-ak-ash3/549022_10151427232417549_1587725593_n.jpg
https://fbcdn-sphotos-f-a.akamaihd.net/hphotos-ak-ash4/228557_10151427254477549_765251869_n.jpg

indescribable
05-24-2013, 12:04 AM
I like the short DOF you've been using lately. It makes everything look more dynamic. The composition proportions on this one are pretty nice too, except that his head seems almost dead-center. I think the sharp shoulders help to even it out though, so it's all good.

CypressDahlia
05-24-2013, 07:01 PM
You just showed up out of nowhere with detailed critiques. HOW DARE YOU. Naw jk. thx.

http://art.ngfiles.com/images/209/cypressdahlia_eternal-warrior.png
http://art.ngfiles.com/images/209/cypressdahlia_bump-that.png
http://art.ngfiles.com/images/209/cypressdahlia_iron-avenger.png
http://art.ngfiles.com/images/209/cypressdahlia_artorias-sketch.png
http://art.ngfiles.com/images/209/cypressdahlia_weapon-of-choice.png
http://art.ngfiles.com/images/209/cypressdahlia_takkun.png

indescribable
05-24-2013, 07:38 PM
Oops, I'll try to keep my comments a bit simpler.

WOO, Adventure Time! Love it.

Linz
05-25-2013, 09:52 AM
hehehh kitty ears :3

CypressDahlia
05-26-2013, 08:10 AM
This morning's speedies

http://art.ngfiles.com/images/210/cypressdahlia_wasteland-hero.png
http://art.ngfiles.com/images/210/cypressdahlia_engineer.png

Aether
05-26-2013, 08:12 AM
are you some kind of mutant with the ability to draw awesome things quickly, like wtf

Demonfyre
05-26-2013, 08:19 AM
Wow, loving all the heavy power armour-y stuff, especially the top one with the anarchy flag, lel

CypressDahlia
05-27-2013, 04:38 AM
ekekeke here's Deadpool, arkham city style

http://art.ngfiles.com/images/210/cypressdahlia_bang-bang-you-re-dead.png

CypressDahlia
10-14-2013, 08:41 PM
here's what I been up to lately:

http://art.ngfiles.com/images/211/cypressdahlia_rare-please.png
http://art.ngfiles.com/images/212/cypressdahlia_not-a-myth.png
http://art.ngfiles.com/images/215/cypressdahlia_demon-prince.png
http://art.ngfiles.com/images/216/cypressdahlia_path-of-a-hero.png

Regantor
10-15-2013, 07:19 PM
Extra love for the weird cyber dogman(?) thing. All of it is pretty great as ussual, through, Cype.

I guess people can kinda just run out of words for "awesome". ;I

CypressDahlia
10-15-2013, 10:24 PM
Thanks, Reg. Still trying to nail one process, though.

Here's me trying to make something more finished in appearance without spending 10 hrs on it. I think this was around 5-6 hrs of work.

http://art.ngfiles.com/images/223/cypressdahlia_circle-of-the-moon.png

JJJorgie
10-16-2013, 07:36 AM
Wowza, this one's really extraordinary! I love all those bats in the BG lol

CypressDahlia
10-17-2013, 10:43 PM
Thx. Working on colors:

http://www.artgrounds.com/submission-data/111948/

Linz
10-18-2013, 03:52 AM
I very much enjoy this colour scheme. Fits your personality.<3

CypressDahlia
10-19-2013, 10:39 PM
hmm, I wonder what that says about my personality rofl

http://www.artgrounds.com/submission-data/111960/

Linz
10-20-2013, 07:53 AM
I wonder ;D
Lovely new arts. Dig the blood and the emo cutting himself business. You're right into bats lately. I see a moon.

Regantor
10-20-2013, 01:33 PM
The first two are obviously Castlevania, so I'm pressuming the third is too?...

Fantastic stuff anyway. Also, just because nobody has said it, geeze louise do you pump out the goods quickly. x_x

CypressDahlia
10-22-2013, 02:27 PM
ya, the third one is Aria of Sorrow

and I'm trying to increase efficiency without big drops in quality

http://www.artgrounds.com/submission-data/111965/

Sylux
10-22-2013, 08:18 PM
u have been playing castlevania havent u

Regantor
10-25-2013, 11:56 AM
Definitely seems like the practice is paying off to me.

Obviously still a little splodgy, but it works with the sort of ethereal-y liquid-y way that you draw hair and whatnot.

Sparky-J
10-30-2013, 12:18 AM
Your work makes my private parts feel funny mister Cypress.

CypressDahlia
11-03-2013, 02:00 PM
hehehe hi Sparky

http://www.artgrounds.com/submission-data/112011/

CypressDahlia
11-16-2013, 12:40 AM
touched up this speedy

http://art.ngfiles.com/images/226/cypressdahlia_warlord.png