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Naruto Sannin Pixel - Contest Prize by mirz-alt Naruto Sannin Pixel - Contest Prize by mirz-alt
Jiraya, Tsunade, and Orochimaru

This is a LOOOOONNNNNGGGGG overdue prize for =jesterry for winning the 1st Relativity contest last year. (Yes, "bad Mirz, bad bad Mirz.")

Well, I have to tell you, there really is no excuse for how long this took me, but I'll give a bit of one anyway. First of all, a year ago I wasn't nearly as good of a doller and every time I started this, it was awful. I was very caught up on doing things like everyone else and failing. Since then, I feel I have found my dolling style and I am confident and comfortable with it (even though I am told often by dollers I'm "doing it wrong.") My style is a hybrid, which I call comic-book shading. It incorporates a lot of cell-shading and darker outlines, like a comic, but also incorporates some more traditional pixel shading methods. I actually really love it.

Of course, another reason for the delay was that I ended up having a baby. :D

That said, another problem I ran into was the fact I am totally NOT familiar with these characters. I had to look at dozens of refs, read up on the characters and generally do many hours of research to get the clothing right. Then the general pixelling itself took an enormous amount of time. Plus, I even made 2 separate pixel patterns for the snakes scales (the first one ended up too big). This was the most intimidating dolling I've ever done! Seriously, I have been working on this on-and-off for 5 months and have clocked well over 40 hours into the set. :faint:

In the end, I'm happy how they came out. The face edits really took me a while and I did my best to make them as close to the characters as I could in doll form. I'm actually happy how I managed to translate Tsunade's anime eyes. If they're looks aren't perfect, I apologize, but I did TRY!

A big THANK-YOU to =jesterry for entering the contest and being so patient with this. I'm sure she thought she'd never see it! But I was determined and I am happy how it turned out. Now I owe her a few emotes of these characters, which I think will be quite a bit easier.

Base credits: =porcelian-doll, ~blood-cocoa and I'm embarrassed to say I lost the link for the last one. I know it's on dA, but apparently I didn't fave it and I can't find it in a search. If you know the base, please help and link it to me.

*** Naruto & Naruto Shippuuden Masashi Kishimoto, Shonen Jump, Studio Pierrot, TV Tokyo, & Shueisha. I am in no way connected or affiliated with them. This piece is done purely in a fan-art capacity and no copyright infringement is intended. ***
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:iconcreeppingdeath:
CreeppingDeath Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2013  Student Digital Artist
awesome characters
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:iconmirz-alt:
mirz-alt Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2013   General Artist
:iconlaplz:
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GemDeDude Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2012   Artisan Crafter
I automatically think of =jesterry when I see anything related to these three on dA. :lol: Great job! :D
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:iconmirz-alt:
mirz-alt Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2012   General Artist
Yes, she really is the Sannin queen here. :heart:
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jesterry Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2012
This flatters me more than it's decent to admit :XD:
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GemDeDude Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2012   Artisan Crafter
Good. :giggle:
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dragondoodle Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Fantastic job! :love:
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:iconmirz-alt:
mirz-alt Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2012   General Artist
:iconthankyousignplz:
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EternalxRequiem Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This looks great and you did a wonderful job pixeling the characters. :la:
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mirz-alt Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2012   General Artist
:iconthankyousignplz: It was a challenge.
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porcelian-doll Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Wonderful depictions of the legendary Sannin. I'm pretty sure the last base is by ~HikariJade but since her old site is down and I can't find her base anywhere I can't be sure. >3>
:hug: Thanks for using my base btw. <33
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:iconmirz-alt:
mirz-alt Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2012   General Artist
Actually, I thought that too, but couldn't find it. Unfortunately, I may have it in my notes somewhere, but my hard-drive is a mess. I seriously need to re-organize my bases. LOL!

I'm glad you saw it! I meant to come by the piece and post a comment and link. LOL! But, I love that base and it worked perfectly for this. Thanks for making it. :hug:
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porcelian-doll Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I know it is just terrible when great base makers sites go down/missing. I just reorganized my bases a couple of weeks ago and it took forever. XD That's why I always try to keep one of my urls on my bases. I need to go and edit my bases with my new one actually. >3>

:giggle: For once I'm quick on the draw I guess. I'm just happy to see my bases being used. It always makes me smile. :glomp: You are so welcome I'm glad you like it some much.
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bloodrose83 Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Those are very, very well done. I've seen the show (some of it) and it looks very true to the characters. :)
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:iconmirz-alt:
mirz-alt Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2012   General Artist
:iconthankyousignplz:
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:iconbloodrose83:
bloodrose83 Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
You're welcome. :)
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silverhammer Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Looking good those three :)
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:iconmirz-alt:
mirz-alt Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2012   General Artist
Thank you. :heart:
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Fifi-kun Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
THE SANIN!
OH MY GOSH! THEY LOOK AMAZING!
Even the snake looks good!
I really like how Tsunade was given a pose!
THIS IS AWESOME!!!
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mirz-alt Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2012   General Artist
Thank you! I wanted to give Tsunade a sassy pose. LOL!
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:iconfifi-kun:
Fifi-kun Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Well she is a very sassy woman XD
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Bri-Cx Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2012  Professional Writer
Considering that you've never watched the show, you did a great job! I like the way Orochimaru came out best too.
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:iconmirz-alt:
mirz-alt Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2012   General Artist
Thank you. And that's funny (and encouraging) because I was convinced I'd botched him!
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Bri-Cx Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2012  Professional Writer
Naaaaah! Lol.
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dully101 Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
:cough:It's: I'm sure she thought *she'd* never see it!:cough: ...Just sayin'
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:iconmirz-alt:
mirz-alt Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2012   General Artist
Fixed. Thanks. :D
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dully101 Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
NP
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dully101 Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
The one on the right (Orochimaru) came out soooo amazingly! Now i wish i won one of those contests and got you to do one for me... :drool:
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mirz-alt Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2012   General Artist
OMG, thank you for saying that. He took, by far, the longest to do and I was really worried I didn't do him right. LOL! So I much appreciate your comment.
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dully101 Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
:hug: It was no problem :) the least I could say about a wonderful peice of art!
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