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Queen of Chocolate by AkiAmeko Queen of Chocolate by AkiAmeko
My entry for `MonicaWeasley's Yummy Card Contest! [link]

The criteria was to create an image in the style of a playing card, and to feature one of the "Yummy" themes; I chose chocolate. :3

This pic was originally just for Copic practice, but I realized it would work as an entry for the Yummy Card Contest... Which I've been on and off about entering for quite a while. ^^; I'm glad I finally came up with something I like!

I decided to incorporate some other aspects of "Yummy" in there...*cough* Interpret how you will. :ninja:

The strawberries are an inside joke of the "Marchen: The Journey" RP... Long story... :XD: ...Strawberries are kinky. :XD:

So yes, chocolate and strawberries! I hope it's acceptable. ^^;

My first full color pic in entirely Copic markers... I really like how it turned out! (The Q's and the border were added digitally, though.)

Forgive the dotted line you can see when you full view. @_@ It tortures me but I'm too lazy to fix it.

The character featured is my OC, Aki Ameko. :)

Aki Ameko (C) Me!

YUMMY. :drool:

EDIT: Got rid of Q's, added watermark, and redid border.
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:iconanimebeliever2007:
animebeliever2007 Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2009  Student
That is very colorful you did.

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I am such a chocolate lover. Mmmmmm om nom nom
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:iconakiameko:
AkiAmeko Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you! :)
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:iconquietangel93:
QuietAngel93 Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2009
:clap: I luv her dress and her hair!! :love: awesome job!! >w<
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:iconakiameko:
AkiAmeko Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
>w< Thankies!
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:iconquietangel93:
QuietAngel93 Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2009
don't mention it! xD
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:iconsigurdhosenfeld:
SigurdHosenfeld Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2009
Sweet! :D
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:iconakiameko:
AkiAmeko Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks!! :D
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silver-dragonetsu Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I have purpously avided commenting on this for the longest time...because..well...Agh...The strawberries!!! *Resumes Fetile position*
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:iconakiameko:
AkiAmeko Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
:mwahaha: WAHAHAHAHAH! The strawberries torment your soul, Silvy! TORMEEEEEEEEEENT. >D
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AoKagi Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Wow, so nice and colorful, I want copic markers so bad DX Oh, I'm back from the short hiatus, that's why I didn't comment for so long :)
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:iconakiameko:
AkiAmeko Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
Aaaah, okie. :D Glad to know you're back, I like talking to you. :hug: And thanks! :heart:
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AoKagi Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Really? Aww, :iconcuddleplz: I miss seeing your art :dance:

And your welcome :)
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:iconakiameko:
AkiAmeko Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
X3 Yeps, so much love. :cuddle:
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:iconaokagi:
AoKagi Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
:iconnewhugplz:
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AquaAngelus Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2009
I love this! Her dress is just beautiful and the color scheme is wonderful!!
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:iconakiameko:
AkiAmeko Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
:hug: Thankies so much dear! I really need to get more Copic markers... I enjoy working with them very much!
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AquaAngelus Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2009
They are fantastic!! ^^
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:iconakiameko:
AkiAmeko Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
:iconiluplz:
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protectprotect Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2009
wooo a fully coloured and detailed pic!

I like the concept, strawberries! nom!

I'd suggest darkening the shading a little and adding more depth

Nice job :)!
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AkiAmeko Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks so much!

Like I've said in other comments, the lack of darks is due to my lack of Copic Markers...I'll be sure to get some more!

Thanks much! Is there anything you'd like me to critique for you?
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protectprotect Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2009
ANYTHING :aww: my pleasure!
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:iconakiameko:
AkiAmeko Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
Critiqued. :D
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Ruin-HCI Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2009
The hands have already been mentioned, so~

I think you should do a bit more contrast between the colours; especially those between the actual character and the background. She's blending in a bit too well with the bg. A bit more intense shading and lighting would really help this stand out. :heart:

I really love that dress, btw. The folds and creases are great, and the pattern is wonderful as well. :heart: The whole concept is cute; reds and browns look great together. (or at least, i think they do :heart: ) Her hair is also really pretty.
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AkiAmeko Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
:XD: Yes. I think I need to schedule a hand practice session sometime. :XD:

Color contrast has also been mentioned, and the real reason for this is my lack of Copic markers. Thanks for pointing it out though, it teaches me that it really does matter.

Thank you so much for the compliments! I enjoy reds and browns too. They are, well...yummy. :D

Thanks so much for the critique! :heart: Is there anything of yours you'd like me to critique for you?
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dokudango Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2009
Love the colours you used. The clothes and the hair are cool, but you shoud be careful with the hands: the left one looks a bit too..fat (don't know if it's the right word ^^;), and the right one's angle looks weird (could't tell you exactely why, sorry... >__> it may help looking yourself in a mirror with the same pose)
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AkiAmeko Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks for the compliments! :heart:

Ah, I know what you mean for the hands. Although the fatness problem wouldn't be solved by looking at myself in the mirror--I've discovered that using myself for a model is not such a good thing because I am fat, and the characters I draw are not. At first I didn't think it made much of a difference--I know what skinny people look like, right?--until I looked at other people's artwork, and looked at real skinny people, and realized there were real features that I was missing. I'm going to have to nab my skinny friend and make her model for me more. :XD:

Thanks so much for the critique! :heart: Is there anything of yours you'd like me to critique?
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dokudango Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2009
It's also very useful to take a photo and have it at a side while you are painting. I've made it a couple of times (photos of me and my mother :XD:) and it works really good for me. In this picture, for example, I used a photo for referencing the pose of the arms: [link]
Go ahead, ask your friend (because thats what friends are for! :lmao:)
Thanks for the offer :hug: You can take a look at this one, if you have the time [link] :heart:
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:iconakiameko:
AkiAmeko Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
And the modeling certainly shows in your work! :wow: Yep, I'm definitely going to have to try it.

Critiqued your piece! :heart:
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Cacodaemonia Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
The colors are really nice. I love her hair! *__* You might try adding some colors in the shadows that are complimentary to your light source. For example, if your light source is warm, try some cool colors in the shadows. Also, her right hand (holding the strawberry) looks like it's turned to far. I think her wrist is broken! D:

Cute image. :)
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AkiAmeko Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
Good critique! Thanks so much!

The lack of darks/contrast is mainly due to my lack of Copic Markers. Those are good suggestions, I'm going to have to get some more so I can try out your ideas. :P

Mmm, yes, that hand. I thought there was something wrong with it. I should have had someone model as reference--I wanted her hand to be positioned in a way that wouldn't cover up the strawberry too much. I'll remember to make a friend model for me next time. :XD:

Again, thanks! :heart: Is there a work of yours that you would like me to critique?
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Cacodaemonia Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
Yeah, having people model for you is soooo helpful! I think random chunks of my boyfriend have been in dozens of pictures over the years. :3

Do you have colored pencils? I've seen a lot of people who mix markers and colored pencils, with really nice results. :)

Hmmmm... Well, I'm working on this right now, so I definitely wouldn't mind a critique. :D
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AkiAmeko Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
LOL. :D I've used my friends for models every now and then, but not often enough.

I do, but not good quality ones... Do you have any examples here on deviantART that show the combo that you can think of?

Critiqued. :D
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:iconcacodaemonia:
Cacodaemonia Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
Sure, lemme see if I can hunt some down...

Ah, here we are: [link] [link]
Oh, this might be useful: [link]
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AkiAmeko Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
O_O *kaoru-chan uses pencils?? She's my favorite artist on DA! I sure haven't been paying much attention. @_@ My focus has been on getting Copics, and finding a white gel pen... XP

Thanks for the links!
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:iconcacodaemonia:
Cacodaemonia Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
Yeah, she does in some of her pieces, at least. :) Also, look online to see how much Neopiko Deleter Markers are. I have some of those, and I love how they work. :) I don't know how much they'd cost online, though, since I bought mine in Japan.

You're welcome. :)
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:iconakiameko:
AkiAmeko Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
Hrmmmm... Yes, I'll have to check into them. Thanks for the tip!
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Lan-Hikari Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2009
Nice artwork! I love her dress, her hair, the colors and the background!
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:iconakiameko:
AkiAmeko Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
:D Thanks! I was a little iffy about my background... I was worried it might be too loud and distracting. ^^;
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:iconlan-hikari:
Lan-Hikari Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2009
You're welcome! ")
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missy-tannenbaum Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2009  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
The pattern on her skirt is gorgeous! I didn't notice it at first, but it looks really amazing, especially considering how it fits the folds of the fabric. :D Best of luck in the contest~!
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:iconakiameko:
AkiAmeko Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
:D Thanks!! That's really great to hear. ^_^ You always leave really nice and specific comments. :heart:
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VickyViolet Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2009  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
You PERV!! D:
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:iconakiameko:
AkiAmeko Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
Hey, YOU'RE the perv. I just drew the geisha. You're the one looking at it! >>;;
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VickyViolet Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2009  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
So! D:
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:icondragonrace:
dragonrace Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2009   Digital Artist
wow love the color here so beautiful:D
very amazing pic!!
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:iconakiameko:
AkiAmeko Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
Thankiiiies!! :hug:
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dragonrace Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2009   Digital Artist
welcome:D
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shep4life Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2009  Hobbyist Writer
this is rich! :)
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AkiAmeko Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
x3 Thanks.
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shep4life Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2009  Hobbyist Writer
welcome!
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