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WWTX sinbad exclusive by ToolKitten WWTX sinbad exclusive by ToolKitten
well the only reason i'm attempting to post this right now, right after i finished it, is eric posted it, and now i can get away with it!

hah, well letsee..

this cover was kinda irresistible to start tonight, i was going to have it flatted and just flat half myself, color half. thats not what happened, i just ended up flatting the whole damn thing, took about 3 hours to flat, then i colored it after, that took 4 and a half hours. now you guys know why i pay somebody else to do my flats, it saves so much time!

it was interesting to have so much detail to consider, these sinbad covers really are just an excuse to go NUTS for both the penciller and the colorist, because arabian style is just so gaudy.

anyways, my favorite parts ended up being that vase on the right, both for shine and smoke.

this whole thing was really difficult for me, i kept second guessing myself because her hair had to be red, and i always use so much red on sinbad covers, i kept having to dull down the other reds a tad so she popped more, especially where the lanterns were concerned. i really REALLY wanted to make it a bit darker, like the sun had just set and the main light being those lanterns casting everything in a soft orange glow, but i had to keep it light per eric's request. i just enjoy coloring darker scenes more, shame thats not anybody's favorite from me.

but yeah, i guess even trying to blab i couldn't go on as much as eric just did. you can view the lines in his gallery if you're curious.

Lines :iconebas: Eric Basaldua

colors me, Nei Ruffino
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:icontracywong:
TracyWong Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
hahah Yep, flatting can take longer than the actual color work. I wish I could afford to hire a flatter. I recently did a test page for Jamie Tyndall and the flats took me longer than the coloring. It took nearly all day just to flat. oy! lol 

I know this is old, but it's still a great image! Your work is awesome, Nei! I'm so jealous you get to team up with so many of my favorite artists! Ebas is such an inspiration! 
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Hashae Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Wooooow.
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:iconqtcomics:
QTcomics Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
beautiful
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:iconmosixvision:
mosixvision Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2013
ooooppppssss
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:iconvampeer1:
vampeer1 Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
WOW!
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:icongleidsonaraujo:
gleidsonaraujo Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2013
Awesome!
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Plamtree22 Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2012
Lovely work,
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:iconaoiless:
Aoiless Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2011
beautiful **
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:icontracanasse:
Tracanasse Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
Waouh, owned !
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:iconmadpredator:
Madpredator Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2011
I love Belinda!
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:iconwickedprince:
WickedPrince Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2010
Total awesomeness. :)
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slayerofegos Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2010   Interface Designer
I'm looking for an Artist for my FaceBook game. Paid work. How much do you charge?

Here is a link to our FaceBook page: [link]
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:icontoolkitten:
ToolKitten Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2010  Professional General Artist
i am only the colorist on this image
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:iconhimagni:
himagni Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
full of colors.....
great work!!! :)
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:iconlaughingmanc111:
LaughingManC111 Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2010
Redheads... dayyuummm
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:iconsynthetic-reality:
Synthetic-Reality Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
I REALLY love how you shaded the hair. That's beautiful.
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:iconrathsantosh:
rathsantosh Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
Yes i love this, really it is great!!!
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:iconsethsart:
sethsART Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2009
another insane piece. masterful color.
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:iconkrassawat-makul:
krassawat-makul Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2009
sexy job.
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:iconeldrianne:
eldrianne Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2009
You just keep going inside that picture.
Amazing.
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:iconladyroll:
ladyroll Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
really nice piece.
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:iconmadd-world92:
madd-world92 Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2009
wow that picture is soooo coool
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:iconshahtrughna:
Shahtrughna Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2009
the smoke effect kinda jarrs slightly with the rest of it, kinda like someone added Poser models to a photograph. otherwise, brilliant combination of inking and coloring. i love the gold details too!! plus her expression just speaks volumes. i doubt you even need a masthead for this issue :)
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:iconalidaree:
alidaree Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2009
that looks SO much like my mom!
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:iconnubry:
Nubry Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2009
How did you manage to do the smoke?
The whole shot is great I love it :)
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:icontoolkitten:
ToolKitten Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2009  Professional General Artist
custom brushes found right here on DA.
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:icontbascom:
TBascom Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2009
I love your art you put so much detail in all of your art. very nicely done.
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:icondynamodiva:
DynamoDiva Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2008  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Just lovely Nei. Beautiful, awesome, and dare I say it, rich and sensual too.
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:iconandaciae:
Andaciae Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2008  Student General Artist
This is so gorgeout! Her skin looks so smooth. Def. a :+fav: :D
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:icondistant-sky-king:
Distant-Sky-King Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2008   Writer
The vase is nice indeed. Wonderful job on the smoke effect.

There is so much detail, it is hard to focus on just one thing. It gives the mind something to ponder, and it's a bit like a treasure hunt as you discover something new each time you look at it.
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Sangiev Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2008
Hello there,
Your stunning piece of work, has been featured in my latest News Article : Stunning Digital Painting You may find this one, here : [link] So hopefully, you'll have a look at it and enjoy and maybe even a little :+favlove: will be wonderful !
Thanks for your support, again congratz !

Regards,
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BeautifulSeverance Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2008  Student General Artist
this is one of my favourite deviations EVER on DA, what brilliant colouring nei! bravo!!!:clap:
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:icontoolkitten:
ToolKitten Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2008  Professional General Artist
thanks!
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BeautifulSeverance Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2008  Student General Artist
:D you're most welcome mdear!
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:iconsoggyfoot1:
Soggyfoot1 Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2008  Student General Artist
So, I'll have to read the magazine to get the story, Right?
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:icontoolkitten:
ToolKitten Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2008  Professional General Artist
it's not a magazine it's a comicbook
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:iconmrinsanox:
mrinsanox Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2008
say hello to new desktop background!
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:iconalidaree:
alidaree Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2008
lol thought that was her kid at first
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:icontoolkitten:
ToolKitten Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2008  Professional General Artist
lol thats silly :)
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:iconalidaree:
alidaree Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2008
my mom did that to me. :(
she actualy looks liek her
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:iconchengda-inferno:
chengda-inferno Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2008  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
wow your mom is hot
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:iconalidaree:
alidaree Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2008
yes she kinda is, but still is creepy.
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:iconvelldune:
Velldune Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2008
Awesome color (following up in my previous post). You're one of my favorites. Don't let jerks get you down.
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:iconnainajade:
NainaJade Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2008
Wow, this is cool...I love it!!!
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ovinemesis300 Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2008
this just makes me :drool: :nirvana: or i just gotta get laid, anyways this kicks a$$, congrats both to you and :iconebas:
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dazza1008 Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2008
May I ask - did you use the dodge/burn tool to get the skin gradient? Because it's so vivid. (and I know that the 'highlight' / 'shadow' setting for each gives a different result) Or somehow use a gradient overlay?

If you're able to tell me, I'd really appreciate it. :)
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:icontoolkitten:
ToolKitten Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2008  Professional General Artist
i do not EVER use the dodge and burn tools to shade, i pick my own colors. those tools are an awful way to try to color.
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:icondazza1008:
dazza1008 Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2008
No wonder your colouring is so vivid (and unique). XD Thank you for the tip!
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OneFreeInternet Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2008  Hobbyist Digital Artist
if you have Photoshop, try using biiiig brushes with low flow :) If you don't have photoshop, you can download a trial from adobe.com ^_^ it's valid for 30 days and you can see if you can purchase it later if you really like it :3 If you can't afford it *i think it's a couple hundred US not sure atm* Other great graphics programs such as the GIMP, sai, Opencanvas and Corel Painter are available, but PS is for people more serious into ... say for example ALL artforms, you know? :) it's what professionals use because of its versatility. ^_^
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dazza1008 Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2008
Thank you! I do have photoshop - funny you should say that, I saw her tutorials yesterday! XD

But I'd heard from two people that the colours in Sai are more vivid. =p

Cheers! :hug:
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