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It's looking really nice so far, Niceman! Is that the new science lab they put up on Daz3D's online store? I've added it to my wishlist...

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Sorry I've not been around much.  It's been hard bouncing back from Dad's passing.  Matters were further complicated with just about everything we've had to do to take care of arrangements and such.  Heck, it took us three times to get the Death Certificates back with all the correct information.  The first correction they crossed out the error, typed in the correction (which was still incorrect) above the crossed out section, and sent it back to us.  Our government and tax dollars at work, to be sure.  It's amazing just how much Dad did for us, and trying to fill that void has been rough.  I literally have no idea how he found time in the day to do as much as he did.
So, I've finally managed to start getting that artistic itch though, and have posted a couple of things up for everyone to view.  For those I've been out of touch with, I wanted to apologize for that.  While I've worked on things here and there, most of that has been just rough sketches and nothing I'd feel would be worth showing off, but finally got past that and did some stuff I'm pretty happy with.
I also finally got my new graphics tablet, and I'm working on figuring out how to use it properly since it's quite a bit different from what I'm used to.  Hopefully I'll be able to get a few things done to share.  It's my goal to go through some of my older inks and get them colored and ready for prints to offer at conventions and the like.  I had planned on having printed items to sell at cons by this time already, but with everything going on that goal fell by the wayside a bit.  I definitely want to get some original comics done too, so a lot of stuff planned that I have to get my nose to the grindstone and get busy with.
I'm still experimenting with Daz3D renders on top of everything.  I love how they turn out, but I'm still a novice at figuring out how to incorporate lighting and cameras, but I have a few things I'm working on there too.  Part of the issue is I've realized I'm trying to do too complex of things while still learning on it, so I've scaled back a couple of projects until I get a bit more experience under my belt.  Hopefully will have some news on that front soon as well. 
AsylinDrace001inks by kyletwilight
AsylinDrace001inks
My first original inked work in a while, which is a character I created in The Old Republic. 
Asylin Drace is a bounty hunter character I play on Ebon Hawk on The Old Republic.  Her mother died from an illness when she was young, leading her to want to become a doctor when she grew up.  Her Father was a somewhat successful businessman, who doted on her.  However, he had a gambling problem, which got worse over time.  When Asylin was in medical school, a bad bet left her father in a bad situation.  In order to clear his debt, he offered up Asylin as a doctor for the Exchange if they would finish off paying for her schooling.  The Exchange agreed to the terms, but had no interest in using Asylin as a doctor.  Instead, they were going to sell her into slavery, but she fought back when they went to collect, resulting in her face being scarred in the fight.  Instead, they threw her into the gladiator pits, where her tenacity and skill at improvising kept her alive until a bounty hunter named Taneris was in the pits scouting it for a hit on the same Exchange bosses who had thrown Asylin to the masses of the arena.  Impressed with her skill, he did some quick holonet searches and found out she was a med student.  With his own team's medic was temporarily unable to go into the field on account of being a few months along into her pregnancy, and another of his team away for personal reason, Taneris felt the find was divine providence.  He snuck and bribed his way into see her, and made her an offer:  Stay in the gladiator pits until she died, or come work for him as an equal member of his crew as a fellow bounty hunter.  Asylin agreed, and the deal gave Taneris his in to get to the Exchange bosses.  While others of his team set up demolition charges as to keep suspicion away from him, Taneris dropped a small holotransmitter in the room that enabled him to see when the Exchange bosses were all gathered together.  He paid a small fortune (pretty much everything he was going to earn on his hit, and a bit more) to get Asylin's contract, but succeeded in getting her slave contract transferred to him.  As they left, the holorecorder showed that their targets were right where they wanted.  Taneris offered Asylin the detonator, giving her the opportunity to end that chapter of her life on her own terms. 
Taneris's wife wasn't exactly thrilled with his buying a slave, let alone a female one.  It took some talking down, but once she heard Asylin's story, his wife accepted her and became fairly protective of her.  The road to Asylin becoming a bounty hunter wasn't without it's bumps in the road.  More than once she gunned down a target they were supposed to take alive to get the bigger bounty because of the crime the target was guilty of.  Other times she was a bit too sympathetic to a target once she had found out the target was innocent and would let them get away or give them too much slack.  Not to mention that Asylin proved to be a bit of clumsy in her bulky armor at first.  Overall, she proved herself an invaluable member of the crew, meshing well with the group of oddball bounty hunters.
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Violet001clrsfull by kyletwilight
Violet001clrsfull
Another older piece I decided to revist with some Copic love.  I printed this out on 11x17 bristol comic boards from Blue Line Pro, then set about coloring it in.  The colors scanned much better this time, with only minor tweaking necessary.  An interesting note is that the dark inks of her hair actually still had the original details in the scan, despite me not being able to see them in the physical print out, which I find kinda neat! 
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Sachiko by kyletwilight
Sachiko
Sachiko is a geomancy focused mage kitsune created for a Legends of the Five Rings campaign a friend of mine was running.  As a kitsune, she was able to change back and forth between her human and fox shape, but couldn't completely get rid of traits of the opposite form.  (She retains her tail and ears in human form, while retaining her eyes in fox form.)  She wears a bit less clothing than most because her clothing doesn't shape change with her, so she needs to be able to remove and hide her clothes quickly if need be.  She has a bit more natural defense as a fox than as a human through her natural agility, and can also cast her spells as a fox without the need to say the words of the spell aloud, which made her a really good scout for the group.  Her knowledge of plants, medicine, and ability to use her magic to grow what she needed from seeds in her apothecary's pack to serve as a renewable source of medicine for both healing and for turning a profit selling medicines to local villages.  (Usually bartering the medicine for lodging, food, or other materials the group might need rather than money.)  She also had a bit of the Kitsune mischief to her personality, as she loved to play tricks and practical jokes from time to time.
I've had the inked version sitting around for a while now, but finally started getting the old artistic bug back and used this as a way of christening my Copic flesh tone marker set.  I don't know if it was a faulty marker, or just the cheap bristol art boards (went the cheapest route on my last order from Blue Line Pro, and they're pretty thin compared to what I usually use) but I found a few times when the marker suddenly bled out when doing the shadows.  (ie: her neck on the sitting pose)  I found that my Mustek scanner doesn't pick up marker colors as well as the old HP I did.  (If my old scanner did 11x17, I'd still be using it.  Or if it had drivers to work with Windows 7 or 8.1.)  They seem to bleach out quite a bit.  I know there's always some differences between what you see and what the color shows up in the light spectrum, but I'd noted the problem on earlier items I colored as well.  I still think it looks pretty good overall after some adjustments, and I had a lot of fun revisiting this particular drawing.  I'd love to mess around with this character again, but sadly the campaign she was in folded after only a session or two.  She may pop up as a supporting character in other stories though.
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It's looking really nice so far, Niceman! Is that the new science lab they put up on Daz3D's online store? I've added it to my wishlist, but have to wait and see for now before making any new purchases. The new one looked very Mass Effect in design, much like this one. Placement of the girls is pretty good, with each spaced out really nice. My only suggestions might be to have the Captain's other arm raised up, like she's making some final adjustments to the drone rather than it just hovering over her hand. For the girl looking out the window, I might suggest having her lean forward a bit, with her hands pressed against the glass or on the table as she looks around wide eyed at the alien world before her. This would add that sense of wonder you hinted at in your description. The only other thing I have might be to check the lighting inside the room. You're getting good shadows off the outside lighting, but the girls aren't casting shadows, even though it looks like the lighting is turned on. I'm afraid I'm still figuring that out myself, but I know Daz3D has some glow shaders and lighting effects. (If I remember correctly, you use Poser, and I'm not sure how lighting works with it.) All in all, it's a really nice piece, and the girls are visually distinct in both outfits and features.

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kyletwilight
Kyle Twilight
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I got into art back in Middle School when my art teacher had his wall covered in drawings he'd done of various super heroes. Honestly, I couldn't really draw before I hit puberty (which I assume is why the female form is my absolute favorite thing to draw) so it was kind of amazing to the family when I just became fascinated with it. When I first started posting online, I was under the name "Kyle Twilight" (long before the Twilight series, mind you) and I pulled the moniker from one of my main characters I'd drawn since middle school in my original works.

More recently, I've gotten my degree in Graphic Design, but no luck in tracking down a job to utilize it yet. (Which is why I've been so hit or miss these past few years.) I'm working on putting a novel together at the moment, as well as getting a lot of old projects finished up. I've also started dabbling in 3D art thanks to Daz 3D offering 4.5, Bryce, and Hexagon for free right now. Considering how many things are going 3D, I figured it'd be a good idea to familiarize myself with them.

deviantWEAR sizing preference: extra large
Favourite genre of music: anything that inspires me while I'm drawing or writing. I have an odd song list on my MP3 play
Favourite style of art: comic and fantasy
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Sorry I've not been around much.  It's been hard bouncing back from Dad's passing.  Matters were further complicated with just about everything we've had to do to take care of arrangements and such.  Heck, it took us three times to get the Death Certificates back with all the correct information.  The first correction they crossed out the error, typed in the correction (which was still incorrect) above the crossed out section, and sent it back to us.  Our government and tax dollars at work, to be sure.  It's amazing just how much Dad did for us, and trying to fill that void has been rough.  I literally have no idea how he found time in the day to do as much as he did.
So, I've finally managed to start getting that artistic itch though, and have posted a couple of things up for everyone to view.  For those I've been out of touch with, I wanted to apologize for that.  While I've worked on things here and there, most of that has been just rough sketches and nothing I'd feel would be worth showing off, but finally got past that and did some stuff I'm pretty happy with.
I also finally got my new graphics tablet, and I'm working on figuring out how to use it properly since it's quite a bit different from what I'm used to.  Hopefully I'll be able to get a few things done to share.  It's my goal to go through some of my older inks and get them colored and ready for prints to offer at conventions and the like.  I had planned on having printed items to sell at cons by this time already, but with everything going on that goal fell by the wayside a bit.  I definitely want to get some original comics done too, so a lot of stuff planned that I have to get my nose to the grindstone and get busy with.
I'm still experimenting with Daz3D renders on top of everything.  I love how they turn out, but I'm still a novice at figuring out how to incorporate lighting and cameras, but I have a few things I'm working on there too.  Part of the issue is I've realized I'm trying to do too complex of things while still learning on it, so I've scaled back a couple of projects until I get a bit more experience under my belt.  Hopefully will have some news on that front soon as well. 

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Colors (Digital)
Siren's lure by kyletwilight
Advertisement for Mass Effect by kyletwilight
Rainbow Dash for a friend. by kyletwilight
Interceptor by kyletwilight
Digital coloring using Photoshop, Paint Shop Pro, and Illustrator.  Pencil and ink phase is necessary for most of this sort of work as well.
Digital rendering with Daz3D
Asaripinup002 by kyletwilight
Digital renders done with Daz3D, unless I finally manage to get a copy of the latest Poser and Zbrush to work with.  If I lack a model to create the scene with, that will be also required in the purchase of the commission.
Colors (painting)
Flowers in a vase by kyletwilight
Chellsie Memmel Watercolor by kyletwilight
Painting, due to the higher cost of material and time, will require the purchase of pencils, a purchase of inks $50, and then a the purchase of the painting level $50, for $150 total for the order.  While inks themselves may not be used in terms of outlining, the purchase of the inks in the price reflects the number of paints that will often be used in the blending of colors as well as the increased processing time.   I will provide updates on progress at each stage, the pencil stage, first grade of painting, and then the final stage where I finish detailing, highlights, and clear coat.
Colors (Colored Pencil, marker)
Chellsie Memmel Color Pencils by kyletwilight
Chellsie Memmel Marker by kyletwilight
I can go to any of the physical medium format of coloring from the pencil or rough stages, though some might prefer inks as well.  This stage is $50
Inks
Yukinkocover001 by kyletwilight
The stage that I most commonly go to after pencils.  Inks are the final refinement I use before going to digital color when I go that route.  As such, purchasers of inks must first have purchased the pencil stage at least.
Pencils
Tali nude sketch by kyletwilight
A more refined pencil sketch, with details and/or shading and with guidelines erased.  Roughs are included with the purchase of this level of work.
Rough layouts
Red Rider, initial design by kyletwilight A quick rough layout or sketch of a concept, to get the idea out there.  Guidelines may still be visible, and line work will be on the more sketchy side and less defined.  This level of work is included with the purchase of any higher grade of work, but is an option for those just needing a layout for their idea.

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NICELabs Featured By Owner May 10, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Hello my friend! Niceman here :) Been far too long.  Glad to see we're both at the same place again… though we've both been here for years and I'm only finding you just now :P
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kyletwilight Featured By Owner May 18, 2014
Hey, good to hear from you again!  Admittedly, I don't check Deviantart too much, so sorry for the long gap between replying.  After GoT changed hands from Tmac to Gonzo, and a lot of the yahoo groups I frequented got wiped out, I kind of got into a pretty bad funk and haven't been doing quite as much art wise.  To tell the truth, I still haven't quite gotten out of it, but I have started doing commission work again, which is something at least.  Trying to save up to get a new graphics tablet.  There's a pretty awesome one Chris Ehnot recommended to me when I met him at the Lexington Comic Convention, that's better than the Wacom Cintaq tablets, and only a quarter of the price.  The Wacom Intuos I've had since '99 or so just isn't cutting it anymore, especially since I can't find the pressure sensitive nub for it.
Saw a bit of your new stuff on here, and it looks pretty awesome.  I'll have to go for a more in depth look later, as I wanted to get a response out to you.  Are you using Poser for your work still?  I got Poser 7 a while back, and Daz3D since they offered it for free, but I'm still experimenting with it from time to time.  Trying to get some of the stuff Renderotica has for genitals and such to work in Daz3D has been a really big pain though.  When I have gotten it to work, it's been pretty awesome, but sometimes it seems a bit overly complex and not very well explained on how to set it up.  (Like Lali's Bits, which I still haven't been able to get to show up in Daz3D, due to it requiring a specific path to work, and the default path is different on my computer than the creator of Lali's Bits was using apparently.)  While setting up a basic scene seems to take me a day, I do like how quickly I can render multiple scenes and angles once the base scene is set.  Think I still prefer line drawing to it, and once I get my new tablet I'll probably start doing more digital coloring for my work. 
Hope you've been doing well, and look forward to chatting again!
KT
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NICELabs Featured By Owner May 20, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Glad to hear from you!!! :)   Glad also to hear you're still around doing stuff, even if you don't always feel like it.  I've been there to be sure.  Things will get better.  Congrats on the commission work!  That's doing better than most who are cranking things out every day :)  At present I only get one or two commissions a year myself.

Yah I still can't draw to save my life, but Poser works great as an outlet for my imagination.  I've come to regard it as not CG or modeling, but virtual photography.  I have my models.  I select them, provide hair styles and makeup, clothing, tell them what poses to be in and facial expressions.  Put them in the scene I've arranged with the proper lighting and atmosphere and then I create the picture.  The only difference between my Poser models and real people is I don't have to feed them :P  I do want to relearn my modelers though and start creating my own meshes like I used to.  Got out of doing it for a while and technology moved on without me so everything has changed just enough to really screw me up :P   If I can find the time and get around to it, though, I would like to reeducate myself on how to do all that.

Yah, from the last paragraph I use Poser :)  Up to 2014 Pro now… all sorts of super cool feature I'm still exploring.  Looking forward to really getting into it :)   Never used DS apart from looking at it when it first came out.  Stuck with what I knew and kept Posin'.  Can be tricky from what I understand to use certain items in it from Poser and even worse going the other way.  I think for example Lali's Bit's are more a Poser resource, but with Poser as well they can be tricky.  I won a set about a month ago after getting first place at a contest at Renderotica and haven't had the opportunity to put her through the paces yet, but so far it adds some cool features to be sure :) 

Great to reconnect and looking forward to seeing what you'll be creating in the future :)  

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Accel-D Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2013
Hey. I've been following your work since the CG Shrines, though I wish I saved more of your work. :p
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kyletwilight Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2013
Thanks!  I always love to hear from fans, as it let's me know I'm doing something right.  lol  It's been a while since I've been on CG Shrines, and should really check back in on there.  I kind of fell out of doing fan art for a while due to work and school taking up too much of my time, but I've been getting back into it recently.  Really appreciate you taking the time to comment, and hope the new stuff is as enjoyable!
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kyletwilight Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2013
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TheRierie Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2011  Student Digital Artist
Hello! I'd like to invite you to our group, :iconlegendofdragoonart: after seeing the LoD artwork in your gallery. Please help our new group grow, even if you will not be contributing further. There is an immense lack of art for this particular game, and we want to put the best out there for fans to see.

Please consider our request and we hope to see you soon!
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kyletwilight Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2012
I appreciate the interest. If you want, you're more than free to post my image in your gallery. All that I ask is a link back to my own page. That's the only Legend of Dragoon piece I've done sadly.
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thought-epiphany Featured By Owner May 7, 2009
hey! its kenton the guy from best buy. this is some great work man, i have such a hard time doing the human figure.
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kyletwilight Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2012
Sorry for taking so long to reply. Been pretty busy, and haven't been checking this as regularly as I should have been. Hopefully going to be remedying that soon. I appreciate the comments though. As for the human figure, I still struggle with it all the time too, to tell the truth. The best thing to do is to try and not focus on the object your drawing, but notice the curves and lines of the object, and how it relates to the rest of the parts around it. For instance, don't just draw the eye, try to draw the curve in relation to where it should line up with the cheek bones, neck, and so forth. Basically, don't get so focused on one detail that you lose sight of the rest of the image as a whole, if that makes any sense. It was something my life studies teacher tried to drill into us. Also, don't be afraid to start with stick figures, then flesh your way out to the rest of the body. I've really been liking the "Comic Artist's Photo Reference" books lately, as they show how to combine elements taken from multiple reference photos to create your own unique scenes. Thanks for taking a look, and again, sorry about the wait on the reply.
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