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Big Black Widow's Bite by Ray-Norr Big Black Widow's Bite by Ray-Norr
Been meaning to draw a super-sized Black Widow for a while.  Here she is (based loosely on her movie appearance) pouncing on a poor (or lucky) Hydra Soldier. Didn't want to just do another standing pose, and wanted a little more action.  
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When I look at this I'm thinking, "Wow." or "This is insane in an awesome yet odd way." This here is a drawing of a bbw version Black Widow, from Marvel Comics, attacking a Hydra agent. I tell you if the power from her weight and thighs doesn't take this guy down, then those electric gloves will. Anyway this drawing has brilliant coloring, great shading, and good detail in the clothing. The vibrant colors is an eye catcher, and the amount in detail in clothing is well drawn. Examples of this would be how the Hydra agents have these bright green and yellow outfits with a good amount of wrinkles to add detail to their clothing. Black Widow's outfit looks very sleek, smooth, and snug due to the shading and lighting on it. The outfit design based on Marvel's Avengers has been taken into account for this drawing, but has some slight differences. The gloves look incredible with it's coloring, design, and the electricity is an excellent touch. I also like how her hair flows during this action moment. A few things I wonder about are the hair, facial expression, and the view. Although the hair is beautifully colored, the coloring looks off with the solid black lines. Maybe if the lines were replaced with solid dark red lines or thin shadows. Still the black lines match with the art style of this entire drawing. Now Black Widow's facial expression looks calm and beautiful, but I think she should look more stern or fierce given the situation. I figure she is used to this kind of stuff, but she looks too calm in my opinion. Finally the view of this drawing I think would look better if it was zoomed out a little, because some parts of this look cut off. Perhaps it was on purpose to create a feeling of a comic panel. Well these aren't flaws, they're more like opinions. I'd also like to point out the perspective of this drawing. I think it's nicely done, and makes it look more interesting. I commend the artist on his vision and ability to make such an amazing drawing.
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I'd like to make it clear that I've watched your work improve with great stride. It's evident that you do sharpen your skills, and each new deviation exhibits a comprehension of some facet of composition and technique. There is potential for your work to reach an impressive quality beyond where it is now, which is not a bad place to be, but could excel rapidly given the right direction. I'm going to lay out, point by point, what I believe is successful in this piece, and I'm going to elaborate on where I believe improvement can be made. I don't want to diminish your confidence, so please understand I offer my advice because I think you're skillful enough to push your artwork to the next level.

-COMPOSITION: You've tilted the ground plane in this picture, which is great for conveying a sense of motion. I think it works well to convey the loss of balance experienced by the henchman in the foreground. What I struggle with is focal point and balance. Black Widow is a huge character in this piece, no pun intended, she carries a lot of visual weight. The henchman in the background seems small in comparison. It makes the piece feel unbalanced and a little uncomfortable. You could solve this by adding more henchmen in the background. The idea is that you want them to carry as much visual weight as the character in the foreground. Imagine a picture with an apple in the foreground and a single grape in the background. It would feel odd, and if that's not a choice made deliberately, it could be solved by adding a whole bunch of grapes.

Be aware of your focal point. I'm sure you want us to be looking at Black Widow, but other elements of the piece are drawing my eye away from her. The color of the henchmen's outfits is very saturated, and it's bouncing my eye all over the frame. If you desaturated some of these colors, as well as the background while focusing your lighting elements on Black Widow, I think you could draw our eyes straight to her. Also, be mindful of the foreground henchman's arms. They're pointing right out of the frame. If you were to bend them at the elbow, maybe grasping at Black Widow, you'd have an indication of motion towards your focal point.

-TECHNIQUE: It seems you are going for a soft, airbrushed effect in your final rendering. There's a lot of ways to nuance this to make it really pop. Try to understand light as much as possible. Study light sources from life and how they behave. Stronger lights will cause deeper, sharper shadows, where as soft lights will cause diffused shadows with less depth. Understand how light works on materials. The same light source will look much different cast on a draped fabric than a taut leather. Think about this when rendering costumes. Black Widow wears a leathery suit. These materials catch light in a really interesting way. Usually, the shadows and highlights are less blended, and more butted up against each other. The specular (or brightest) highlight, will run almost like a band through the major shapes. This effect is seen on hair as well.

Also remember your light sources. Great lighting effects can be found in 3-point lighting. This uses a back light, a key light and a fill light. The three lights working together can create excellent contours around objects. I can't explain everything here, but google and youtube host a lot more in depth analysis on it. Remember that black, white, and gray don't exist very purely in the real world. They usually are affected by their surroundings. E.G: White looks somewhat pink under a red light.

Don't forget color composition. Color theory is extremely valuable, and will teach you more than you could ever assume. For instance, most shadows include some subtle indication of the environment, e.g: on a bright, sunny day, the light source will be yellow, and the shadows will contain a hint of blue. Study color harmonies such as analogous, complimentary, triad, and so on.

Study how light effects skin. Black Widow's skin seems to be composed of only a few gradients of peach and tan. Skin tends to have a more translucent appearance, with shades of red occurring in the more saturated areas. This effect is called 'subsurface scattering' and it will boost your skin rendering a million fold. Skin can reflect its direct surroundings really well, so remember that any object placed near a skin tone, will reflect light onto the skin with the same color as the object.

-ANATOMY: Many artist's use head-lengths to gauge the proportions of their figures, but this can be difficult to comprehend with foreshortening. Try the cranial unit method, which is where you deduce the length of the round part of the cranium, and use that as a measuring device. I couldn't type it all out here, but look it up. Your character in the background seems a little squashed, but could be adjusted proportionally given this approach. Use lines receding towards a vanishing point to make sure that your characters are of similar proportion. If a foreground character is positioned with his waist at the receding line drawn to the vanishing point, characters in the background who are standing at the same height, will have their waists on the same receding line at their respective distances into the background. This concept could help unify the piece and create a more sturdy feel between the elements in the picture.

Try understanding how hands work as well. You're well on your way, but hands are just as expressive as the face. Clenched, relaxed, or jittery fingers can say just as much as a profound facial expression. Use reference and draw from life as frequently as possible. Break down the major masses of the body into geometric shapes that can be overlapped and foreshortened. Block those shapes in and then add the details around it.

So that's it. Sorry this was so lengthy, but I think with your ambition, you could benefit from it. Watch youtube tutorials, read books, and take hints from your favorite artists. Try studying their work to figure out what you like the most about it, but don't just copy it. Understand the fundamentals of why it works and apply it to your own style. Every artist wants to jump straight into drawing pretty girls and dramatic scenes, but it's a steady process of laying a foundation to get there. I know I tried the same thing when I started out, and I think most of my work before this last year is pretty mediocre for it, if not flat-out bad. It was only after intense studying that I began to feel more confident, and I'm still just beginning to see improvement. Best of luck to you.
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Difficult for me to attempt to critique. I just know, this is the first time I ever wished I was a Hydra agent as this super size lady gently wraps her leg around this Hydra agents neck. She looks like she has a really, really good hold on her man. Exactly what I have been fantasizing about for centuries.
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rachelillustrates Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
Great action shot!
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Arielrocks5 Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2014
I think this might be your best work since April O Nell and Quorra from Tron Legacy. :)
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Ray-Norr Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks!
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Arielrocks5 Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2014
You're very welcome. :)
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dr1raise Featured By Owner May 4, 2014
eat me
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Chwen-Hoou Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2014
Death by thunder thighs. Hell of a way to go. :love: Awesome job on Black Widow. :+fav:
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AndrewHeir Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2014
Nice work. I love it, it's very different then your other works with like you already said an action shot
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Therockraider56 Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
Lol
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stuffedbellylover Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2014
What a splash of hers! :-)

All the best,

Chris
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