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Podaipei: Goddes of Gates by Jadeit3 Podaipei: Goddes of Gates by Jadeit3
This is my first entry for the Seventh Sanctum Create-a-Diety Contest.

If you would like to enter go to: [link]

~ This misguided goddess of gates takes the form of a maiden. She has a narrow build. her deep-set eyes are black. She has china-white skin. her outfit is that of a seer, and it is mostly bone-white in color. She carries a halbeird. She can enter or bar entry to anyplace, to anyone.

Special thanks to Fatal-Manits85 for the background tutorial. I'm horible with backgrounds and it was so easy, even though all I have is Photoshop Elements. To see the tut go to: [link]

EDIT: 12/21/05 Contest Closes

Well I didn't get in the top 3 or the honorable mention... but I did get some good comments from the judges. And looking at the other comments that were givin out I think I gave the other contestants a run for their money.

The judges:

DragonScholar: A moody piece, I like the sense of her being withdrawn/confused it gives me.

normadismal1:Loved how he cloak blended in with the sky. This helped to give her the feel of being organically a part of space, thus a proper keeper of any gates in space.

:) All in all, I think my confidence in entering future contests has been restored. On to the next task at hand!!
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DragonScholar Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2006
And with the contest over, I can comment in detail!

Overall, you've got a good piece. You work with the description, jazz it up a bit with the hair-streak, and then work in the background - which really brings it home. The blending-into-night effect works great, and the contrast really brings the character to the fore - which is good considering she does have a pale appearance.

The general sense of mood and contrast. I also liked the use of an actual pose, not just a simple standing-there - she appears to be doing something.

The hand holding the halbierd seems somewhat off.

I'd think her skin would be better to be paler, to fit the description, but the general "paleness" of the description does make that hard.

I think seeing her eyes open could have been very neat, as the blackness would provide contrast.

The red streak in the hair is actually a good idea as it provides a dash of warm colors and breaks up the "paleness" of her appearance.
Jadeit3 Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2006  Student Digital Artist
:w00t: yea -- critques!

Thank you, it'll give me somethings to think about to improve one for the next contest!!

-I have to admit the whole "paleness" thing was hard -- I didn't want her looking all white.
-Hands and little details like the eyes are definate work in progress for me.

Thanx again! :blowkiss:
DragonScholar Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2006
Yeah I know what you mean with the paleness.

Probably what you could have done is to make the skin very white, and the clothes noteably less so, slightly darken the background. Then her eyes open so you get some internal contrast, and keep the streak in the hair.
WeBeFeBe Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2006
Ha! I knew you were a Seventh Sanctum junky! This is the first picture that really caught my attention when browesing through your gallery, and I have to tell you, I think it's pretty dang good. I like how you put that red highlight in her hair, and how her stomach doesn't have too many lines to define muscles. The halbeird is pretty cool, but I personally like how her right hand has that energy build up better. Good job!
Jadeit3 Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2006  Student Digital Artist
:clap: thanks for the drop by. i really like how this piece turned out. it the first one i did with a full background. i'm usually lazy when it comes to the bg. i'm still working on my SS entries.. thanx fo rthe comment! :wave:
JustLikeAriane Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2006
Wow. I love the way the hood/cloak becomes the sky, and her pose.
Jadeit3 Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2006  Student Digital Artist
:P to be honest that was a happy accident -- the hood and sky just ended up blending together. i had done the bg and drawing seperately. when i complied them-- it got a happy surprise. thanx for the comments.
JustLikeAriane Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2006
Someone once told me that there are no accidents in art. I think it was the woman who ran arts + crafts club in my old primary school...
Depressedbunnyrabbit Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2006   Writer
Really, it's very nice. I think you deserved an Honorable Mention, but hey, I'm not the judge.
ExiledChaos Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2005
Very nice=D I like her face and that glowy around her hand, how's it done =3 Good luck^^
Jadeit3 Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2005  Student Digital Artist
:dygel: Most of the texturing I did was just alot of smudging. The magical ball I did around her and was all by accident. I was playing with layering and my caligraphy pen ... it was one of those good mistakes. :)

Thanks for the comment! :clap:
ExiledChaos Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2005
welcome, and w00t!
hypoluxo Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2005
At first I thought, why does a goddess of gates carry a halbeird? And then I figured - well, how do you think she closes and locks even the most accessible gates?
Jadeit3 Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2005  Student Digital Artist
:dygel: It took some research to figure out what a hlabierd even looked like. I found the history to be interesting and I hope I captured it well. As for the picture, I think of it as a key, rather then a weapon. Thanks for the comments. :clap:

ramba Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2005
pretty. I like her face. and her right hand.
Jadeit3 Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2005  Student Digital Artist
:dygel: thank you... :thanks:
it took me a while to figure out what to do with that other hand. i knew if i put both hands on the halbried it would give a more depressed feel, and i wanted powerful and divine.

:highfive: :flirty:
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