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Spirit Archer by Zmann966 Spirit Archer by Zmann966
Originally started this morning to be a continuation of the Fate/ Stay Night Noble Phantasms ala:
But for Archer, then I realized that not only is Archer's Noble Phantasm the Unlimited Blade Works, but he never even brings a super-awesome spirit bow of light into exsistence... Rin does... once I think... But not him so whatever...
I guess this is closer to Bleach and that one... dude...


K just realized that the emote is too big so dA puts that damned gray box behind it... which makes it look terrible cuz of the shadow effects I "tried' to make...
So click download to see it a bit better plz. (and I don't really feel like putting a background in)
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Given 2010-02-07
Suggester says : "Spirit Archer by =Zmann966 is a fantastic piece of animation work which flows smoothly from the start to the finish. The expressions fit really well with the motion and bow and also the shadow effects are awesome." ( Suggested by Synfull and Featured by mintyy )
Critique by Diesel-McCool Feb 7, 2010, 6:32:43 AM
When I first saw this emoticon in the DD channel today, I was amazed at the amount of detail put in.

Firstly, the animation is smooth, consistant and very well executed. I love how the emote closely resembles a human in real life as if they were to use a bow and arrow. Even the eyes are finely crafted and animated so well that this emote wouldn't be what it is without them.

The arrow is a work or art. It gives an opportunity to experiment with shading and complex pixel work and you've managed to show just how amazing you are. The light is amazing, and you've even remembered to create a shadow which moves where the light is coming from. I love it.

Just to finish off, I'd like to say how much I love the discharge of light from the arrow at it's let go.
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I have a collection entitled "The Spiritual Body" which is 90% artistic nudes that reflect high-minded, religious, or allusions to sacred geometry with the human figure. I placed this there because it is one of those rare little masterpieces that just encapsulates the spiritual essence of the archetype of the archer shooting an arrow. The sphere is the perfect object, the body from which all bodies emnate, but it only becomes interesting when it changes or something is done with it. Obviously, there is astrological significance that could be inferred from your piece but this has an unusual amount of serious focus to it that goes with what an archer has to do to shoot the arrow effectively and not have the bow spring into the face. It's all too easy to fall into camp with this style of animation and I am glad to see that there are more of these emerging that are quite sublime in their simplicity and directness. Chief among the things that make this work is the changes in the eyes to create the emotional expressions. Range of value is a big thing that is often overlooked and it applies just as much to the basic, minimalist elements of the face as it does to colors or shading. This is a supreme example of what can be achieved! Bravo! :clap:
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CaskoMiaka Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2014  New member Hobbyist Digital Artist
*claps* yayyyy I love this!! <3
Samathou Featured By Owner May 3, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Looks like some magical bow. x)
Xanthe-V Featured By Owner May 17, 2013
Quincy style...
Samathou Featured By Owner May 17, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Nice, anyway.
thebelieverdreams Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2012
Cool! I did not expect this one coming up :)
ProjectSINQ Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2012  Student Artist
LOL!!!!!! X'D
AnimeDuchess Featured By Owner May 27, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
So as I pray...
Unlimited Blade Works!

Archer is the cutest
StardustSaber Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2012
Awesome, just like Excalibur.

Although Archer's bow is just a bow like you said (Archer's bow not being a NP is even mocked in the Illya parody manga) but it's not like he really needs the bow to do anything when the arrows he uses are Broken Phantasms that cause serious damage.(geeking out over Fate I know sorry) But there's always the Sword Dancers doujin and Archer-ko's Fail Not. lol
RangerRed09 Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2012
Hi! Firstly, I want to say that this emote is really awesome!

I was also wondering if it would be alright if I used this as my dA avatar? I would put a credit to you in my post-signature of course. :)
demigodsonofapollo Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2012
this is awesome
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