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thanks to all your critiques I managed to fix the picture a bit (: I really apreciate them. :hug:

zomg wtf 50k views???! dafuq

old version: [link]

my friend's version: [link] lol


I actually cant believe I "finished" this without giving up, thats sometimes a problem when u try to do something crossing your knowledge line lol.
Anyways, I learned a lot from this <: face shading and stuff, tho the composition doesnt look dat good, Im still learning xD so critiques are always welcome

Talon - Fiora(c) RIOT
Art (c) me
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I really quite like this piece, as it does a superb job in presenting a 'snapshot' of a duel in progress.

Vision: I gave this work 4 stars because while not perfect, it beautifully captures the two personalities one thinks of when they know the characters involved, Talon and Fiora. Both express the poise one would expect from an assassin and a duelist, yet in subtly different ways.

Talon, for instance, has a demure, almost amused hint in his features that belies his confidence in his skills and where he has set himself up for the final strike. Fiora, on the other hand, has a calm yet almost arrogant expression, as if it was all expected; hence her counter of Talon's blade. Because both characters are able to outsmart and outplay their opponents, their faces portray their respective skill-sets.

Justified bravado defines a duelist who can see her opponent's moves and counter at the proper time; amusement comes from a skilled assassin who can move unseen, and trick his opponents into their demise.

Originality: The most unique League pieces are those that capture the combat or characters in motion instead of statically posed, and this does so marvelously.

Technique: As noted earlier, the expressions are suitable and believable. The lighting and shadow do wonders to set the moment up, with Fiora in the light fighting Talon halfway in the darkness of his own cloak.

The lighting effects on the metal breastplate and metal weapons are also particularly well done. They do not have the facade of sparking, polished weaponry that has seemingly never been used until that moment.

Impact: One of the best ways a work of art literally catches the eye is through how the viewers gaze can 'travel' through the frame. Starting in the upper left, the view follows Talon's cloak to the edge of his cloak-blades in the bottom left, then travels up the dueling foil to his final right forearm short-sword.

The lighting helps as well, with deeper shadows drawing the gaze to the right, then watching the metal brightening as the focus moves towards the final blade.

The only things that seems to detract from these effects is the actual positioning of the final forearm blade itself. It was not until I utilized the motion of my gaze that I realized the blade was his larger weapon, not a cloak dagger. Once realized, the different in color and lighting became apparent, but that highlighted another rather odd impression that his right arm was too long, and would have to be at an awkward angle to achieve that degree of strike.

From the way Talon is positioned and how well the cloak and blades flowed throughout the piece, the final blade was almost expected to be angled upward, especially considering Fiora appears to be blocking the horizonal motion of his strike that moved towards her throat, not blocking a downward blade thrust. A slash from behind would likely be aimed at her throat from a horizontal position relative to her own stance, which is tilted slightly sideways.

Overall, the motion cements the immediacy of the attack depicted, and gives a sense of speed and dexterity to both combatants in the image. It successfully defines the tense, quick, yet calm and confident duel between the two in the midst of a pitched fight or battle.
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AllouchSukeshi Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2014  Student Digital Artist
Holy sht both are so damn sexy. 

Black--Moth Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
I can't tell you how amazing this is. The angle. The expressions. Everything makes you want to see what's next in so many ways.

Today in my journal. You. Have. Been. Featured. The journal is a collection or art which showcases personality in League champs. You are awesome.
Artsed Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2014
Wow, thank you so much!
Teebs13 Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
What's funny is Fiona murders talon 1 v 1. True story
Teebs13 Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
xWinterWolfx Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2013
This is .... sexy!
KyokoHaru-Chan Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
QQ i love this!!! als;kdjfsdfkj fiora's so pretty QQQQQ
Foxxcreed Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
Yes! This is amazing!! :D
PathFoksi Featured By Owner May 10, 2013  Student
Hello, I love your work so much!

I decided to edit it (Ahri instead of Fiora) etc.
You can check it here: [link]
Hope that you are not mad and you like it anyway.
If you don't, I can remove this art.
iMadElephant Featured By Owner May 10, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
Hey Artsed! Somebody made a similar Talon [link]
I know, I browse elohell and I shoud die in hell, but just wanted to share it with you~
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