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Leap of Faith by Horus-Goddess Leap of Faith by Horus-Goddess
PLEASE READ THE DESCRIPTION BEFORE ASKING QUESTIONS OR ASSUMING ANYTHING! THANKIES! :D

Yes, your eyes are not decieving you. His design HAS been slightly altered here. I wanted to mess around again, with the design for his race... it's been bothering me that his, =RizyuKaizen's and =Nanuka's races looked all sooo similar... so.. I wanted to try something none of them have yet. Someone mentioned that it was recently discovered that velociraptors were supposed to have feathers (not like wings or anything)... so I added feathers to the design. Then I made the hands only have 4 digits rather than 5, to make the race more like the dinosaur. Yes I know raptors only had 3 digits, but it would look too weird on an anthro so, 4 will do. I also added a small innermost toe to the feet anatomy on each foot, so that they would be more like a raptor's. [edit:] I'll probably make the hands have 5 digits like a human hand next time... 4 kinda bug me lol. I like it on Gargoyles (the disney animated series) but... otherwise it kinda bugs me lol. That's all.

I'm not sure yet if I'll change the Swyft Clawed race officially with these changes... the liklihood is very high though. I might tweek it a little bit here and there but... I probably will make these changes. I don't want my race to be so similar so... yeah. You guys will probably all kill me once you see the newer appearance guide I've been working on for the race. O_o Since I ran the contest, I've made quite a few changes.. but it's all pretty much the same. I will need permission in the future to add in whatever anatomy changes have been made to the characters that won in the contest. Unless you guys (who won) would like to redesign it yourselves, it is up to you. Right now, since I've been considering and making changes to the race I havn't started any modelling on the winning characters yet for that very reason. It is a pain in the ass to model so... I didn't wanna start something and then have to go back and change it.

But yeah. There's that. Oh. And I was just trying out more cell shaded style CG for this. :nod: I got lazy when I did the lighting layer (the orange light cast on Masurao from the gun flash).... so if you see something not colored or messy lol... that's why. And I know the pose is rather Tomb Raider-ish. Shut up XD. I think it's cool, even if it is cliche lol.


time: 5 hours
completed: November 12th 2005
music: Gackt (a bunch of his albums, too many to name lol)
medium: #2 .05mm lead mechanical pencil for sketch, 01 ZiG Millenium and Fine Faber Castell inking pens for lineart, Drawn on 8.5"x11" cardstock (heavy with a smooth finish). Editing and CG done in Photoshop 7.0

Masurao, the Swyft Claw race and artwork copyright 2005 Marie Whatley (=Horus-Goddess)
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:iconsynn0nihm:
Synn0Nihm Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Very dynamic!
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AngelX-Studios Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2007
ok now i really hate you becaseu i could only wish to be able to do somthing like that
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GrayWolfTsume Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2007
dude that's an awesome pose :wow: who cares if it's like Tomb Raider-ish; it's a cool pose!!! Dante from Devil May Cry does it sometimes too :giggle:
anyways, :clap: awesome job like always :+fav:
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Split-Persona Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2006
"recently discovered that velociraptors were supposed to have feathers" I heard sumit like that awhile ago and was like "NOOOOO DINOS ARE SCALELY MEAN NOT FEATHERY CUTE" but the feathers do look cool here. Lovely pose as well and the colours!
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Musical-Wolf Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2006
You should make a print of this one!!!!! i wanna buy it!!!!!!! :XD:
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TDPBlackrose Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2005
you have a great hand with drawings and stuff, this picture looks absolutily great ^^
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capall-rundaimhair Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2005  Hobbyist General Artist
This is incredible :) I love the little details you've added to his design, lovely.
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Lady-RyuuXX87 Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2005  Professional General Artist
Ooooh that is TEH AWESOME!! I love the pose, colors and ... yep just about everything! :drool: :deviation:
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generationmiko Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2005
I rather like the feathers... although the ones on his ears look a little funky... :O_o: All in all, though, he looks really cool. :)
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Suiren-K Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2005
Ooooh wow, this is great! I think the feathers are a nice touch really, I like how you've drawn them...
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Death-Collection Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2005
*applauds* I'm honestly impressed! Great job!
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dragonfiend Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2005  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I LOVE this with the feathers! The four fingers kinda bug me too lol, and his altered feet I like a lot X3 Looks more dinosaur-like.
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Kenaki-Storm Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2005
Also noted that he looks more natural than his original design but that one was still good anyway.
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Kenaki-Storm Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2005
I liked the way you put the feather designs on the tips of his ear also. It's really nice now. Either way he looks good, though the new design has a unique-ness all its own. Are the feathers actually on his tail or just for decoration on the leather?
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CrystalSeraph Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2005
I wouldn't mind drawing Siobhan again. Note me once you've decided on the changes, and I'll draw her again :)
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Sheriv Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2005
The changes look good. I like him both ways, either design suits him very well.
Nice to find someone else who listens to Gackt, though I've been addicted to L'arc en Ciel recently. :P
Nicely done, looking forward to your next one.
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Neminder Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2005
Nice work. Those feathers fits him. :D
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Dark-Avenger-001 Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2005
well done!!!! keep up the good work!!!
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kitzune-san Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2005  Professional Photographer
WOW!!!
I love the tint you put in his hair :) The feathers are an awesome touch.
The pose itself is really kool.
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Nidae213 Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2005
w00t! Stick with the feathers. Makes it rather unique and makes it more fun to draw. :clap: Good job!
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PawsOfSharpClaw Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2005  Professional Digital Artist
Hawooo!!

Wow, I think the feathers are a good and real part of him... Good work
:relaxed:
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ArpegiusWolf Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2005  Hobbyist General Artist
Awsomeness!
I like the idea of four finger...(seeing that it is SO much easier to draw...X.x)
And the feathers look cool!
FWEEH!
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Tarrot Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2005  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Goodness! this is gorgeous! the pose is very befitting of the character, even if you say its a bit cliche. :) The race is a very well thought out one, and personally, i really like the adjustments on his, namely the feathers, the suit him. But i agree with you, i think normal amounts of digits would work better. Anyway, what more can i say? the colouring is brilliant, the drawing itself is great, its a very well earned favourite from me!
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Psycho333 Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2005
Looks bada**!
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Pepperann18027 Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2005
Very cool! :)
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quickpeek Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2005   Writer
wow very cool
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VKahri Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2005
interesting concept.. adding the feathers. I really like them on the tail, but I'm not sure about the eas and elbows. I'd really love to add a few teensy bone spikes to the tip of Sarath's tail... like no longer than a fingernail. I'm sure Velociraptors didn't have anything like that but.. these are anthro versions.. they could be slightly different. anywho, This is cool! knowing that your planning on making some edits to the design of swyft claws, I'l hold off before I get too far with the edits to my own swyfty version. ;)
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Lexi181 Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2005
I think it looks very awesome. The pose is neat and interesting ^^ Weee he can jump! *jumps up too.. hurts self* I like the random feather ness but no for all the time. I like it mainly on the tail and the ears. ^^ But over all I love the pic lots!
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MinervaStar Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2005  Hobbyist Photographer
kay, so i like the new designe over all, but the feathers on the ears are kinda buggen me, idk, just seems odd i guess
i really love the idea for the tall tho
~Kimberly
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TheCorrupt Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2005
I really, really love your costumes ^^
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TsuneFox Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2005  Hobbyist General Artist
Oh!! Masurao's still the best thing since dinosaurs! XD All the little changes were pleasant surprises. Had myself some fun trying to spot them all out before reading the description ^_^; I didn't notice the change in finger amount, or the little additional toe, as cute as that is X3 I really love the feathers, though the ones on his ears are funny ^-^ *batts at them* Great job *bows*
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Archercaptain Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2005
Wow, kick-ass pic. NOt only is the foreground really neat, I love the effect you use for the background. And it's great to keep exploring new designs, I think each time you experiment the results are very interesting. :nod:
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Lantra Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2005
I love the feathers!
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Hino-Akurei Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2005
I think he looks great, although I will have to get used to the feathers lol Nice cell shading too, if that's the look you were going for. This would make a great wall paper too!
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liljailhouse Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2005
love the outfit
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CristynWench Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2005
the gun sparks look verdy kewl... i luf him:heart:
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sapphiredragon06 Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2005
i absolutly LOVE the feathers. they are so amazing. but what if you tried them with the colors you were going to change his hair to? just wondering how they would look! i love it Marie!
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miserybahamut Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2005
No. Nononononono.

This is too darned cool for words now. I mean. Oh man. So cool. Finally you gave Massy feathers, he needed those so long ago. They fit him. They fit him more than any other accessory would. I am a bit saddened by the fact that you are taking away the 4 digit idea though. I do like that. His pose is rockin'. I mean.. oh wow. I absolutely love this, and I hope you stick with the revamp. Feathers belong on raptors.

Maybe now my Hunter can be in the same race if I change him a bit. (off topic)
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dirtdragon Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2005
I really like the new unique changes :XD: Very nice coloring and pose! ^__^
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NyNeko Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2005  Hobbyist Digital Artist
dynamite pic! keep it up :clap: :+fav:
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NyaShass Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2005  Professional Interface Designer
It's very nice, i liek the new changes, and the way you colored the hair thats really nice :nod: but i think the background is a little distracting...especially if you dont' full view its hard for me to see Masurao. I think it might be better if it was just a little more faded, so the emphasis could be more on the figure as it should be ^_^
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EatsNoCheese Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2005  Student Photographer
wow...thats awesome
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blackwolfdiamond Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2005
That is so good^_^ I love his pose!!
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Lueei Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2005  Hobbyist Writer
I like this new rendering alot, of course, makes him more unique, and it looks good ^^.

The only think that bugs me are the feathers at the end of the ears...I don't imaginate a raptor having feathers there Oo; and, it means, no more ear-tip jewelry ! *sniffs*

Other than that, I love the pic ^^ !
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Takara-to-Yami Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2005
Other than the fact that the feathers on his legs look kind of odd, this is amazing.
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Terra-fen Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2005  Professional Artisan Crafter
I like raptors with feathers! ^.^ My character Jayko has them--> [link] But I'm not claiming a like-ness. Jayko's race of raptors(from my short stories) varies in looks and amounts of muxtures with other races within them. :) Feathers just make them look a little more exotic, I think.
Luvs!
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bo-bokity Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2005
SOOO Wonderful! :+fav:
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andalasur Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2005
That completely rocks my socks!! :wow:
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:iconaelius24:
Aelius24 Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2005  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Very cool turnout! The posing and attention to detail are really nice, and I like the colorwork too :)
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Raenstrife Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2005  Hobbyist General Artist
O.o So awesome!!! :+fav:
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