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Snow assassin by SteveArgyle Snow assassin by SteveArgyle
This painting made it to about three-quarters complete as a bit more run-of-the-mill "ninja silohoutted against moonlit clouds. And I just wasn't digging it. As freelance art is my everyday job, there are unfortunate, inevitable, "phone-it-in" paintings, that might not be awesome, but you've got a deadline. This was tumbling down the hillside of non-awesome, with an impending crash with the lameness valley below.

Then the snow idea occured to me, perhaps because I come from a place that is burried in snow for half of the year, and looking out my window, all I see is blinding white nothing. But adding all that snow, and changing the ninja to white, really made a huge difference in this piece.

I will have you all note that I refrained from putting skis and Oakley goggles on her. There's not even a secret ski lift off in the background. That you can see at this resolution, anyway...

For Legend of the Five Rings, copyright Alderac Entertainment Group.

Blowgun by Assassination by Blowing, "Use Your Mouth for the Will of the Emperor!"
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:iconalmozinjo:
Almozinjo Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2015  Hobbyist Artist
exciting and beautiful
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Capi-Larry Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2014
Love the palette. Everything's simultaneously so white yet with many distinct details breaking up the pattern and coloration variations so there're a ton of features to notice.  White on white never read so well.
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ivana81uy Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2013
amazing work
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:iconluy22:
Luy22 Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2012
This is beautiful.
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Zireael07 Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Love the snow and the overall white color...
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:iconartistotaku91:
ArtistOtaku91 Featured By Owner May 12, 2012
Beautiful and Goregous Art!!!!!!
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:iconoutlawedtoons:
OutlawedToons Featured By Owner May 1, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Always loved snow-camo ninjas!
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:icondaslouis:
DasLouis Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2012
Love it! I'm using this as my facebook timeline picture, I hope that's OK? Seriously impressive stuff, well done!
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:iconzak05:
Zak05 Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Very beautiful job!!:)
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:iconsunrei:
SunRei Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2011
You've been featured [link]

Hope you have a lovely day! :la:
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:iconlunafeles:
LunaFeles Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2011   Photographer
wow.. amazing!
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:iconvampire-christ92:
Vampire-Christ92 Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
I can imagine Nathan Drake fighting demon yeti on the ground lol.
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:iconnoitusan:
Noitusan Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2011
Magnificent work!
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:icontygerson:
Tygerson Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2011
So unique! Glad you had the last minute inspiration, and the energy left to go through with it!
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:iconazazeth:
Azazeth Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2011
very beautiful, but a ninja wouldnt be seen
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:iconargentum-silva:
Argentum-Silva Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2011  Student General Artist
Killer, but would a space heateer be too much to ask for? Her eyebrows are frozen for christ's sake! (just teasing)
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TonboNiji Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2011
Great!
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:iconhabmisr:
habmisr Featured By Owner May 12, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
The best use of white that I have seen in a LONG time...
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:iconroleplayerfreak:
roleplayerfreak Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Best Ninja piece I've seen in a long time.
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:iconleocat777:
leocat777 Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2010
wow, i almost did not see the ninja! good camouflage!
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:iconorcang:
orcang Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2010
goood job
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Garyboyadu Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2010
ninja, snow... Wondeful! :D :D :D
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:iconnoreneko:
noreneko Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2010
Really amazing. It's cool that although nearly everything in the price is white, you can still distinguish shapes even though the buildings and character don't have that traditional "anime" outline in black that many people use. Really quality work.
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:icon6thereaper:
6Thereaper Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2010  Student Filmographer
so ... so ...so whitely amazing
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Hera-of-Stockholm Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2010
You're featured here [link]
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Doodles0 Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
ave to say that by taking this piece and making it a white and blue focus instead of the typical dark silhouetted piece has made it amazing. I love it.
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:iconninjustupower:
Ninjustupower Featured By Owner May 25, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Gorgeously amazing! :D You're like, the BEST artist I've seen on DA!
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:iconnekokyuuketsuki:
nekokyuuketsuki Featured By Owner May 17, 2010
What an amazing idea! This camouflage almost works better than a black outfit in the shadows.
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:iconjonkin:
JonKin Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Outstanding pic!! Just too awesome for words!!
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Miracle-overloading Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2010
What assassin?
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:iconsteveargyle:
SteveArgyle Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
Exactly. You get it.
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:iconchipwhitehouse:
ChipWhitehouse Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2010  Professional General Artist
SUCH A brilliant idea!!! I'm blown away! A-MAZING.
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:iconangelicadonis:
AngelicAdonis Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Wow! Thats really intense! Great colors! :D
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terekjet Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2010
Hey steve, that piece is amazing, really, love the fusion of the character with the BG, but you still can see ever where she is.

Bravo master!
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EthnisArt Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
She looks great.
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:iconpiarro:
piarro Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
:omfg: I sooooooooo :love: this!!! :#1: A truly magnificent piece. :excited:
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subedei Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
Man awesome work, great rendering detail, must have been a pain in the BEEP with all that perspective
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:iconsteveargyle:
SteveArgyle Featured By Owner May 17, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
Well, yes and no. When working on really perspective-heavy pieces, I do a fair bit of preliminary design in 3D, and let the computer do some of it for me.

Thanks!
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subedei Featured By Owner May 18, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
ah right, I do the same, makes life alot easier.
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Pietroigor Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2010
Awesome mood and style!
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Hera-of-Stockholm Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2010
Simply awesome :headbang:
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StephanieLeonheart Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2010
It looks so gentle, yet tense. You'll never know when the ninja will strike. Even though there's no color, it feels like it's alive.

Great job! :)
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killhaz Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2010
prespective and environment are the bomb!!!
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Bayushi-Tai Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Steve, this is a great piece of art !!

I like the overall look, and the face of th ninja,
also all the gadgets and the white Gi.

Now, from wich Clan is she ?
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SteveArgyle Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
I'm sure it will be a shock that this ninja is... a Scorpion! *Gasp!*

Bayushi family. (Or at least she was when I painted her. (They don't always stay the same. There's an imfamous piece I did, lovingly refered to as "Akodo Vader," with big Akodo family mons all over him, who went to press as a Matsu.)
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Bayushi-Tai Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
She's from my Clan !

Well, Akodo, Matsu, they are all the same to me... (i like to talk like my player character)
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oORayonOo Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2010   Digital Artist
cool ^^
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scarymissquee Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2010  Professional General Artist
The attention for details is impressive
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NightmareGK13 Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2010  Student Digital Artist
that final quote... speechless :P
another great painter :D
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knighthead Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
Everything you bring to life in your paintings is just... unbelievably mystifying. Beautiful work!
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