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"I made this far for a reason. This is just another step. Asazaki Nae won't be burried by these forgotten mountains. My future awaits me. I just need to... push. A few more steps, you can do it!"

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:iconmarcotonio-desu:, as always, is amazing and helped me with a ton of stuff~ <3

It was thanks to :iconmichelvictor:'s works that I was inspired to explore unknown waters and learn how to animate like this. Please, check his works, they're extremely inspiring, stunning, done, and really worthy the watch!

Sound FX: from Freesounds.org.
Song: SoundTeMP - Yetit Petit (From Ragnarok Online)

Nae and Blade Under Mask (c) White-Mantis


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:iconthe-dungeonmaster:
Overall I greatly enjoyed this piece, and for several reasons. the strong yet desperate look in her eyes fits excellently with both the title and theme of the piece and further gives character. This is further enhanced by your skill at body language as well. The way she's pressing her shoulder and mantis arm towards the storm shows a strong desperation to make it through the storm, while her smaller hands tending to the lantern show a complimentary sense of struggle and hope. Your skill at animating the weather effects is phenomenal and, as always, the way you paint backgrounds is a nice blend of beautiful and subtle.

There are, however several minor complaints that I have though. Firstly, while the wind effects of her ponytail and longer strands of hair work well, unfortunately the shorter bangs of hair have this awkward "watery" quality to their animation, making them seem out of place in the strong weather and have an overall unnatural feel to them when compared to how well the rest of Nae, clothes, body and all, is animated.

Further I feel that this selection of music feels a tad too out of place as well. Its rhythms and not progressions are far better suited to panicky and more movement heavy scenes, and possibly with a more lightly colored setting. I instead suggest, for scenes similar to this, to go with more atmospheric, or sometimes ominous, type of music. Something with an emotional pull towards challenge and adversity with a small tinge of hope would be far better. Further with stormy setting I find that woodwinds and acoustical instruments far better suit the aesthetic rather than electric sounds.

Overall I greatly enjoyed the piece and despite my complaints, which I feel are rather minor, its a great piece. However please take my advice with a grain of salt. I don't consider myself a professional at art or critique and as such one shouldn't take my advice too seriously considering I have no experience in either art or animation.
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Critique by SLEENDEEDUDE May 8, 2014, 6:50:41 PM
This work is an astonishing piece of art. It gives one the feeling of alertness and seriousness. The originality is ok; but I have seen several images that look similar. The snow is a great touch. I've seen too many kung fu movies to let rain have all that much effect on me. So the snow is great.
The character is one of a kind. She completely displays her intention to not back down. This and the combination of the great music and ambiance makes this astonishing piece of art just pop. I hope you agree with me. Keep up the great work ~ ( X )
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Nuw-LegoMan Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
nice job
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Jacob-Cross Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2015
This here is really incredible :D
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chrisTULA092 Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
very remarkable animation, especially how you made the hair go like wavy :D the rendering and highlights of the character's clothes from the lamp plus the ambiance of the scenery is just so beautiful, I absolutely love it :) Thanks, you gave me an inspiration to keep on practicing ^_^
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:iconwhite-mantis:
White-Mantis Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2014  Student General Artist
Thank you very much!
Glad my work could inspire you. :)
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WarpX97 Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
This is amazing.
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Monphar Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2014
I'm totally amazed by this beautiful animation! Icon - 267 Jean 
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Jimbob3214 Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2014
An absolutly beautiful animation.
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ecstasee Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2014  Student Interface Designer
hair looks fabulous as usual
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Shi-Gu Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Amazing! Great work with the clothes animation and lighting, such nice atmosphere! :D
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:iconmouseanderson:
mouseanderson Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
impressive
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xX-LittleWaitress-Xx Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2014  Student Digital Artist
Gorgeous!
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:iconwhite-mantis:
White-Mantis Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2014  Student General Artist
Thank you very much!
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xX-LittleWaitress-Xx Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2014  Student Digital Artist
Your welcome~
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MysteriMaan Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2014  Hobbyist Filmographer
best art in gallery
-Sept 2014
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:iconfoxkristen:
foxkristen Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2014
Never give up.
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WhIppIng-b0y Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2014
It's so well done! and it's so beautiful! I just luv seeing those big, creepy, bug eyes look around and blink :aww: they'r precious. Her antennae seem to move on her face like liquid 0_o but most of it is great overall. The only other thing that I'd say about it is that the music seems pretty awkward when compared the great harmony of the rest of the piece.
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madman1082 Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2014
OHMYFUCKINGGODTHISISSOOOOAWESOMEWHYHAVEINEVERSEENYOURARTBEFORETODAYYOUJUSTEARNEDAFOLLOWERTHISISSOCOOLBTWTHISISN'TCAPSLOCKIT'SALLSHIFTAGAINYOURARTWORKISAMAZING!!!
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:iconmaximwolf:
MaximWolf Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2014  Student General Artist
Can I do some fan art of your character for you? O.O
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Caroline-sama Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2014
Amazing !!!! what program you  use in it ? owo
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FantasyRebirth96 Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2014
Beautiful animations^^
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:iconwaqasartlover:
waqasartlover Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2014
how you learn to make this types of animations ?
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SomaCruzFirm Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2014
Omeigeh Ragnarok Online <3
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Nyanamo Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2014  Student Digital Artist
Why isnt White Mantis a GAME? That would be amazing. Game of the year O-o The character is just so original..
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Fire-Link Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2014
Awesome work. How's it going?
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Zeus609 Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2014
Cute
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TheGrigoriAnime Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2014
GREAT WORK!!!
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:iconwhetsit-tuya:
Whetsit-Tuya Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2014  Student Filmographer
How amazing
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Darcy0414 Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2014
All I can do is stare. My God, this amazing!
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Chiichiichan94 Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
OMG :la: AMAZING :la: in love with your art work and figures :la:
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lightmanny Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2014
I'm telling you, this music is so final boss! 8D
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:iconthe-wild-soul:
The-Wild-Soul Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
You never cease to amaze me never
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Fezix Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2014
Damn, I was trying to set it as a wallpaper on Win7, but no luck so far... any suggestions ? :)
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CAPTAIN-CHETO Featured By Owner May 29, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
It is very beautiful the praying mantis woman C:
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Paladin-Durian Featured By Owner May 28, 2014
This is by far the smoothest animation i have senn in a REALLY long time definetely watching you awesomeClap :happybounce: 
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Kamihanaki Featured By Owner May 25, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I love how her whole body moves, this is really really beautiful!
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AlphaOmegaBros Featured By Owner May 25, 2014
now I'm wondering if you could make a full on scene. You clearly have an act for animation.  But then again, the characters are idle and not moving around.  But still, give it a shot, it might be cool, or not. But at least you tried.
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grayw1ng Featured By Owner May 25, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
how could I even critique its almost freaking perfect the only thing that I would want is just a bigger size of it
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BlackHwolf Featured By Owner May 21, 2014
This is insane...
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xXUnicornXx Featured By Owner May 20, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
wow so awesome! 
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Dancat90 Featured By Owner May 19, 2014
awesome!
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axemnas Featured By Owner May 17, 2014  Student Filmographer
That's very awesome I love the lighting and the structure.You did a great job with the  lighting of the lantern though I think you may want to consider adding darker shadows closer to it a bit more evident. The music was great and I love the snow storm and the  background.I love how the hair moves though you might want to take in the shine and the hairs movement into account next time
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Pancinha Featured By Owner May 15, 2014
gasp Prince Hans  Nossa ... Show, simplesmente Show ... Prince Hans gasp
D'aww Misty 
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Royal-Starlord Featured By Owner May 14, 2014
:iconaaaaaaaplz: Sugoi~!!!
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AlastorNightheart Featured By Owner May 14, 2014
Oh my god Ragnarok Online music <3
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Danzilla1996 Featured By Owner May 13, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Woah! O_O
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LeoArcticaa Featured By Owner May 13, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
That is fucking awsome XD she looks cute and determined at the same time ^^ *favs*
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Masked-Skull Featured By Owner May 12, 2014  Student General Artist
Inspiring...
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TapStrider Featured By Owner May 12, 2014
What love lovely bangs she has. Loving the flow animation with her hair. Her stance is on point and the way her eyes shift makes this piece even more authentic. Over all this is an all around magnificent animation, plus the music sets in the mood :)
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darshan2good Featured By Owner May 12, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
hello there can you tell me what you used to make this i have seen the guys work you mentioned , just want to know as i want to learn how to do that aswell , thanks 
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CrypticMachine Featured By Owner May 11, 2014  Student General Artist
Wow seeing this made me smile today.x) This is so good.
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