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Sheila, the Thief by lenadrofranci Sheila, the Thief by lenadrofranci
My version of Sheila, the thief from the 80's cartoon Dungeons & Dragons. She had a invisibility cloak. =)
Perhaps many of the people on DA who have not yet reach their 20's won't have a clue of who this character is, but this cartoon was my favorite when I was a kid, back in 1980-1990. Yeah, I'm almost 30 by now...
Completely painted in photoshop.
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Critique by wario7793 Oct 23, 2011, 1:57:46 PM
Remembering the old Dungeons & Dragons show myself, I immediately recognized the character, Sheila. I was convinced someone had made a 3D model of her, perhaps in poser. I was stunned to realize this is a digital painting and an amazing one at that!

The artist captured every little nuance in shocking detail, from the hair down to the outfit. I highly appreciate both the pose of the character (she squints at something off in the distance with a thoughtful expression) and how clear she is compared to the artistically blurry background. This is a wonderful technique that is used to make the main character stand out. It's basically perfect!
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:icongrandshadowseal:
grandshadowseal Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2014
she kind of looks like Sheba from the Golden sun game!
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:iconthesimmsonian:
thesimmsonian Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
The likeness is uncanny.
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eamongrey Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2014
I really crushed on this character back then. Nicest character of the lot, and she had the second coolest item of the kids (the first had to be Hank's bow). Like your version of her.
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:iconluba78:
luba78 Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2014
Amazing artwork!
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:iconlenadrofranci:
lenadrofranci Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
thanks!
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:iconabraaolucas:
abraaolucas Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Show de bola cara. Parabéns!
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:iconlenadrofranci:
lenadrofranci Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
valeu!
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:iconaq13ed:
aq13ed Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2013
Hair not air . . .
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aq13ed Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2013
The air is to blonde
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:iconlenadrofranci:
lenadrofranci Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
really? perhaps when you paint YOUR own version of this character, you could make the hair more red. ;)
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aq13ed Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2013
Yes, really, there are other flaws but it looks like it would be a waste of my time to discuss them as you appear not to be interested in other points of view, so I will not.  No need to yell or be patronizing, it is really not needed nor is it constructive.  My apologies for not noticing the 'fawning, ego stroking notes only, nothing else allowed' note on your work, I will give you no further notice. 
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:iconlenadrofranci:
lenadrofranci Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
i'm not yelling, nor patronizing. i even added a winking smile at the end, lol
i just said that because you did not made any constructive criticism. you pointed a difference between the original character and the fan art i made, which won't add anything to my work, since it is obviously meant to be a different point of view from the original character. if it weren't i would have made it exactly like the one in the cartoons, and i see no point in doing that.
if you search through the comments you will see lots of people pointing stuff like anatomy mistakes, or perspectives, or things that got wrong in composition, or technique and those I accept and even like it, because those are the ones that make an artists' work better. comments like the one you did are only annoying, it doesn't add anything at all. You didn't point what was wrong with the work, and I do know there are very wrong things on this work of mine, you just said it was different from the original character. And that's pretty obvious, I already know that.
Next time you want to make a criticism, make one that really helps the artist, not one based on your personal taste. That's why I said: when you make your version of the character, you can make the hair more red, or whatever. Because that's your personal taste. Now, if you do want to point what's wrong in anatomy, technique, or whatever related with the execution of the work itself, be welcome! :)

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aq13ed Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2013

I cannot offer more constructive advise than the way it has been offered.  I do have the talent to make a canvas sing with beauty the way you can, but I do know what I like and what is not quit correct.  Her hair as rendered is blonde.  I do not know how to be more constructive than that since I cannot paint myself.  What I see is a character that is blonde in a suit similar to the Sheila character.  If she was a real person would you have painted her that way?  There are dozens of Sheila renditions in dozens of styles here and in other sites and the things that make her Sheila are red hair, freckles, purple suit and cloak with high boots.  What is interesting about your work is the pose and background.  Most other works simple plop her and / or the gang in the middle of some kind of background with some kind of monsters.

 

Her look to the left at something we cannot see is very intriguing and made me stop to look again.  It is that unknown quality just out of site that drew me in, is very well done.  At the time there was no need to restate that fact as it has been said in several of the other notes on this piece, so I did not. 

 

I could not help but notice that you have taken the time to write a rather long and defensive response to my very simple critique.  I am hoping that means you  would enjoy an exchange of ideas which I would welcome.  In that vein I will continue.  Her head is too round.  It may be from the cut of the hair as depicted.  However no human form is that perfectly symmetrical.  I thought of a pumpkin when I looked at it twice.  Again, not being an artist I do not know what to tell you for a fix.  I did look at my daughters hair for some time and had her flip her hair in a twisting motion to the left, none of her efforts looked that round.  Perhaps finding a model to work with to get the proportions different would help.

Then there is the size of the legs.  They are very large in circumference in ratio to her body and the space between them looks like she has four foot wide hips.  Again perhaps a model would help. 

Other than that I cannot say how to fix an artistic problem, just that I know what looks correct and what does not.  Perhaps there are other artiest that can supply advise.  If you do not know there is a perceived problem it cannot be improved can it? 

However when it comes to e-mail, blogs and so on there are certain courtesies.   Yes, a question mark after a statement then a following statement telling the viewer they can go . . . do it themselves is patronizing.  Yes, any time capital letters are used for an entire word or more or for the first letter in every word in a sentence, it is considered YELLING.

 

Every artist is different as are all humans.  How can I tell you what really helps other than personal tastes? How do you grow if all your work is perfect right out of the block?  Let your audience spark your curiosity and let curiosity spark your genius.  Never listen to your ego. 

 

For me I write stories.  I have been in writers groups plus toast masters and love the feedback from every club no matter what form it comes in.  My favorite lines are 'how can I help' and 'how interesting, please explain/continue/tell me more/help me understand'.  For this old fart it is a good way to learn . . . even at 50+.

 

Tom 

If at first you do not succeed, try, try again . . .

 . . . unless you are skydiving, then you better get it right every time.       

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lenadrofranci Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Now that is a good and constructive comment, and I thank for that. 
I still don't agree with your statement that she looks blonde. That's not blonde for me, but perhaps that's a difference in semantics and perception. Where I live, that shade of hair color is redhead. I've seen places where they call blonde something I consider light brown... well... we don't have many redheads here, so, perhaps, my concept of redhead may be a little different from yours. 
As for the head and legs these are something I had noticed before, and it bothers me as well. I made this using a model as a reference, and when I compare them it's quite accurate, but I think the render gives you an impression of misshaping, and I've been paying attention to that on the works I made after this one.

And really, I did not say that in a patronizing tone. I said that in the same way I would say to my buddies, in a joking way. I did not get mad, or something, the capital letters were for emphasis on that word, not yelling. It was more... a mock, perhaps? I think I was mocking your comment for the lack of real meaning or info I could work with. I see now your good intention on your first comment, but the way you put it was a little... hmm, empty, perhaps? If you started with this comment you made in response to my reply, my reaction would be completely different, because what you said now have substance. 
But I should be more cautious about the way I write, anyway.

Well, thank you for you comment, and the next time start with something like this, not the first one. I really like when people disagree with my point of view, or points something I'm doing wrong, in a clear and concise way. I tend to get a little frustrated at first, but that's when I think things over and try to get better. And it's really a relief when someone, specially on deviantart - a place where 11 year old kids try to patronize you (i'm sure that's how you felt when you read my reply... except that I am 30) - gives you a really meaningful comment.

Best regards!




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:icondcason:
dcason Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2013
Looks like a Claymore.
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TanukiTagawa Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2013
:bulletpurple: Your Sheila´s is very better that on the toon! :winner: Congratulations! :clap:
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:iconbrosssa:
brosssa Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2013
a-m-a-z-i-n-g!
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Ruined-Art Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Oh Man I LOVED the D&D cartoon and Sheila was always my fav, she was awesome! This pic is AMAZING and it brings back some very nice nostalgia to my heart. Any chance we'll see a love scene with Sheila and Hank? hehehe
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Manfromdenmark Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2012
I'm 35 and I fully remember and just finished watching the series all over again in box DVD. I grew up with the show. Loved it and I love this tribute. Well, done.
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lenadrofranci Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
yeah, great cartoon!
thanks!
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:iconfinf:
Finf Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2012
WHOA! She looks so real!
I've never seen Dungeons and Dragons, but still.
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:iconmaryneim:
Maryneim Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
es bueno! me gusto sus trabajos!!!!! buen textura!
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:iconlenadrofranci:
lenadrofranci Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
gracias
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:iconmaryneim:
Maryneim Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
muy bueno textura!!!! te felicito!... ya si habia visto todos sus artes!
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:iconpilotodemouse:
pilotodemouse Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2012
Pensei que ela fosse ruiba! ;D
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:iconwhiteveils:
WhiteVeils Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2012
Awesome. This is a beautiful piece.
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:iconwhiteveils:
WhiteVeils Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2012
Lovey! It's a beautiful piece.
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lucianojuninho Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2012
Absolutely amazinga man... I love this D&D cartoon, I used to watch this back in the 80's too... ^^
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:iconsickoleman:
sickoleman Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2012
very nice
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:iconekajake:
ekaJake Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2012
How do you do these textures, it's mind blowing, it looks like a 3-D model!
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:iconlenadrofranci:
lenadrofranci Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
thanks! i take pictures of textures i like =)
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:iconekajake:
ekaJake Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2012
I need photoshop.
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FreeMech Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Wow. The texture on her clothes is amazing.
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:iconlenadrofranci:
lenadrofranci Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
thanks!
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grantgoboom Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2012  Professional General Artist
Nice! I love this. :) I was a huge fan of the D&D cartoon, too.
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TLadyJessica Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2012  Professional General Artist
Yes! I totally grew up watching this cartoon and I loved it. I had to sneak to watch it because my parents were not quite understanding of my love of D&D back then. Lol. But she was my favorite character on that show. Her cloak made her the sneakiest of the band of heroes, and often she was able to get them out of some sticky situations using it. Venger was the most awesome villain too. And I loved Uni the Unicorn... he was soooo cute. I recently bought the DVD collection of the whole series... I still love it. Guess I am a big kid, really! Thanks for sharing your beautiful version of Sheila here. It brought back a LOT of magical memories for me.
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lenadrofranci Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
;)
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TLadyJessica Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2013  Professional General Artist
:D
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mehdi-tehrani Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
awesome work!
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:iconlenadrofranci:
lenadrofranci Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
thanks!
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AlexandreLancaster Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2012
Revendo a imagem. Até hoje ela é uma das minhas favoritas. Vou tirar dos favoritos só pra ter o prazer de favoritar de novo e colocar mais a vista. :)
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lenadrofranci Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
hahah valeu
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Mallagueta-Pepper Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2012
Eu adorava esse desenho, uma pena que acabou sem passar o final. Adorei as texturas, especialmente as das roupas.
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lenadrofranci Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
valeu
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TOKITOS Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
OMG Love the show you just blow in that art, amazing!
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:iconlinelima:
linelima Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2012
Lindíssima amei!^^ Belo trabalho
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:iconlenadrofranci:
lenadrofranci Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
valeu
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GummyBoo34 Featured By Owner May 5, 2012  Student Artisan Crafter
nice!
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:icontsuki222:
Tsuki222 Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2012
Very beautiful pic, the cartoon itself had run in the 2000's in my country Poland.
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lenadrofranci Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
;-)
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