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Iconoclast by telophase Iconoclast by telophase
[ edit ] Deepened the shadows on his shirt and pants at *LadyAttercop's suggestion, to emphasize the fact that he's hunched over. There's a few other things that have been pointed out by people, but they involve major structural changes so probably won't be happening, but I'll keep them in mind for future pics. :D Thanks!

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It's done, it's done! Was it worth the wait?

For those coming new to my DA account, this is L from Death Note, along with his freaky monkey toes. I've been posting the sketch for this as I refined it to get advice from others, and I think it all turned out well in the end. Many, many thanks to all who helped! Previous version found at this [link] in my scraps.

Linework done in ink on comic board, scanned into and cleaned up in Photoshop, colored in Painter, then back to Photoshop for finishing touches. I wasn't originally going to color him any more than putting that red off-center frame behind him, but he turned out to need more. I'm glad I did, though; I think he polished up nicely.

Wow. A new setting: Critiques Welcome/Critique Discouraged/Comments Disabled. Huh. Well, I'm probably gonna always leave it on Critique Welcome and reserve the right to think you're an idiot. ;)

(No, really, I do appreciate all crits, even when I don't agree with them, because I knew you took the time to look at the picture and think about it.)
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:iconyogika:
yogika Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2012   Traditional Artist
holy, crap, this is awesomee!!!*3*you have depicted him absolutely perfect!!
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:iconjarona:
Jarona Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2009
this is a fantastic drawing! better than Takeshi Obata even! but just one query, why Iconoclast?
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:icontelophase:
telophase Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
In all honesty, I have no memory of why I decided to title it that. XD
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RoxyOblivion Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2009
Looks amazing, beautiful work. <3
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GoPatchy Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2008
:D Wow! You've done an amazing job with this!
:3 I remember seeing this at YuleCon today
:clap: Wonderful work!
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:icontelophase:
telophase Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2008  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you!

*waves hello*
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GoPatchy Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2008
:D No problem
*waves back*
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:iconrurounitriv:
rurounitriv Featured By Owner May 16, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
I think the best thing to this one is the contrast between the very blunt geometric background and the contortion of his body and the shadows and folds of the clothing. Nicely done.
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sugar-nacchy Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2007
I LOVE this one!! *O*
Awesome!
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KingdomAlchemist1 Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2007
:wow: that's an awesome drawing of L all the detail you put into it's probally the one of the best pics of L i've ever seen ^^
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:iconryuu-gin:
ryuu-gin Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2007   Digital Artist
kawaii!!! L is adorable :+fav:
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:icongaara-girl5:
Gaara-girl5 Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2006
Heeey! I bought this at A-Kon!
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:iconasami-chan:
Asami-chan Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2006
I love L so much ;3; :heart:
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:iconscringeheart505:
Scringeheart505 Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2006  Hobbyist General Artist
wee, monkey toes! they scare me....
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:iconpandorazellas:
pandorazellas Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2005
I love L in this picture, he's so freaking cute ^_^
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:iconthenamlessshadow:
TheNamlessShadow Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2005
YES!!! IM SO GLAD I OWN THIS! *is VERY happy* and it hangs on my door in all its glory....ahhh :heart:
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:iconitoe:
itoe Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2005
whoah damn he's hot :D I really like the shadows.
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:iconsaikoichijouji:
SaikoIchijouji Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2005
Your L is so hot @_@ Could I steal him to make an LJ layout? *puppy eyes* All due credit will be given, I promise~
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telophase Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2005  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Sure! :D
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:iconmori-memento:
mori-memento Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2005
I love the way he looke like monkey!!~So cute!
Cool fanart one:blushes:
MoRi
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:iconsetodragon:
setodragon Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2005
Uwahh, L! <333

Wow! This is seriously the best fanart I have seen of L in a very -very- long time! ^___^
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telophase Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2005  Hobbyist Digital Artist
XD Thankyou!
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hikarix Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2004
Bwah! L! *steals him * the folds... the FOLDS! this is great. what did you colour it with?
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:icontelophase:
telophase Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2004  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Painter 7.0. I think I was using the Tinting tool, but it might have been a normal brush. XD
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SamSpender Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2004
0.o
Can't say anything advanced.
Anything at all.

Beats me.
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roxbaby Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2004
Oooh. This is very interesting. He looks like he should be in a straight jacket! :XD: Well, as for the coloring, I think you did a very good job, it's effective, and let's you focus on his expression. The lines in the background also get you to focus to him. I like his posture, and you CAN tell he's hunched over.
You're VERY good at drawing hands and feet. Even monkey feet. LOL. That's one of my weak points lol. I like his messy hair too. Good job!
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telophase Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2004  Hobbyist Digital Artist
XD Thanks!
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narusu-shiozu Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2004  Hobbyist General Artist
i like this pic. its cute and lonely looking. about this death note, it seems to be all the rage but i cant find it anywhere! i am so curious to read it! is it online somewhere. its not liscensed in the us yet is it? i dunno. such pretty characters.
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telophase Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2004  Hobbyist Digital Artist
[link] does the translations. They don't have all of them up at any given time because of bandwidth issues, but if you have IRC you can get the rest of them that way.
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narusu-shiozu Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2004  Hobbyist General Artist
hey thanks!
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:iconunforgettable:
unforgettable Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2004
love his parinoyed look!
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:iconlillymon:
Lillymon Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2004  Hobbyist Digital Artist
awesome watercoloring look .. :heart: ..
i :heart: his pose sooo much .. hes lookng cute :love: ..
is he staring at something or shocked ? ..
:+fav:
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telophase Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2004  Hobbyist Digital Artist
He just sort of naturally has that deer-in-the-headlights look. :)
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sasurai Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2004
Awesome L, the coloring and pose are aaawesome!! Just between you and me, you're sort of responsible for getting me interested in Death Note ^^ thanks!
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telophase Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2004  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Good! More people need to be interested in Death Note! Spread the freaky monkey-toe love!
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ultranic-comics Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2004
I'm just simply blown away by the coloring on this

It seems that the only simple form of coloring I can do is cell shading =.=

great job, seriously :D
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telophase Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2004  Hobbyist Digital Artist
thanks! :D It's Painter, leaving the white of the page for the highlight, using the Tint and Liquid tools, and putting the color on in layers,s tarting with the lightest shades -- throw some Tint on there and smudge it up with Liquid. Lather, rinse, repeat. :)
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ultranic-comics Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2004
you gotta show me how to do that some day
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telophase Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2004  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I might do up a tutorial sometime - it's sort of similar in theory to the way you do markers and watercolors, with the lighter shades first and then gradually filling in the shadows.
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suki-tto-sushi Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2004
I love how simple the background is in contrast to the details you put into L. The shines in his hair, the lines of his hands, the shadows on his clothes, the wrinkles of the clothes, the toning of his skin... it's just all a pleasant clashing with the plain red and white background. A wonderful eye candy.
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telophase Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2004  Hobbyist Digital Artist
:D Thanks!
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Muckamuck Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2004  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Awesome stuff. :D I really like how the coloring and shading turned out. I also like how you posted the picture in progress; it's kinda like multiple drafts of an essay. You can see how it's evolved from the original 1st draft. :)

Well, I can't really give that any critiques on this...I'm not good enough to do so. You have a better grip on anatomy than I do anyway so I wouldn't know. L seems to defy human anatomy anyway with his freaky monkey toes... :D

L does seem to be sitting on some kind of ledge - the toes on his right foot are kinda hooked like they would be if they were hanging over one. If you know what I mean. Oh well. I love the minimalist background.
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ladameblanche Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2004
Itīs absolutely worth the wait!
Even though I donīt know this character before, I think itīs amazing what you created here. I love the colouring, especially the skin parts, but also the layout with the big red space in the back. Very expressive!
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Alejandro-Mirabal Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2004  Professional Digital Artist
very cool indeed
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rajrr Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2004
He looks very cool. I love the shadows underneath his toes! It's just one of those weird little details that wins you over, y'know? Great job. :)
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TwistedBrow Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2004
For some reason, I am loving his feet madly. They're so him. On the other hand, I imagined L to be paler, but... *shrug* It's excellent anyway. :D
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telophase Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2004  Hobbyist Digital Artist
In the two marker versions of him that I looked at, he's fairly orangey in the shadows, so I went with that. His monkey toes seem to be a favorite. :D
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cocodono Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2004
Wonderful, beautiful, and breath taking it really turn out better than I had pictured it! :clap: I have to agree with everyone else on the shadows they look great I love the ones on the floor of his feet and hand they're great. Good work and keep it up, but I know you will! :-) :liquify:
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paexiedust Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2004
dammit! this is just so good... so cool. gottah love death note....
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Shusulan Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2004
Very nice, I love what you did with the coloring/shading. I like it even better now that the shadows are a bit more pronounced. I really don't have any helpful crits, you seem to have fixed everything already.. @__@ great work!
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