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Insanity's Green faced Reaper - Coloured by MaskedWander Insanity's Green faced Reaper - Coloured by MaskedWander
What happens when Shibusen's Two-star scythe Meister Maka Albarn crosses path with the mysterious artefact know as The Mask? 
Well it seems that when the two crossover and meet only Chaos and Madness cannot be far behind as the Mask transforms poor Maka into a much more crazed and insanity possessed version of herself wearing a dress of Black Blood.

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Notes/Misc:

-The idea behind this piece was to have a character wear The Mask that was really grounded in the Soul Eater universe, and to show off the style of that universe. :iconidarkshadowi: did a fantastic of drawing Maka in a style very similar to that of Atsushi Okubo's original works.

-While colouring I realised that if I stuck to the digital style of Atsushi Okubo's works Maka would be very flat to some degree, so I decided to use a large range of his styling from his art book "Soul Eater Soul Art" (Which I have a physical copy of) and mix it with aspects of my own. As for example Maka has a layer of skin temperature which ontop of it has the much harder shadowing which in turn gives her a more 3Dimesnional appearance.

-I had a lot of fun while colouring experimenting with stuff that wasn't in the original lineart drawing such as all of the glowing effects coming from the various Masks as well as the glowing lines on Maka's face in the third panel which I have never attempted before. Thanks to :iconany-other: and :iconmugenkeiji: for help with aspects of the colouring, it is always great to have help and suggestions when colouring as it certainly improves the final product.

-With regards to why the Scythe has the word "MASK" across the blade it is a reference this Soul Eater cover piece : z.mhcdn.net/store/manga/252/16… Also it fits rather well with how over the top Soul Eater can be and with The Mask that is no exception.

-Finally I am going to talk about the background behind Maka. The background was inspired by one of the sunset pieces in the Soul Eater Soul art book , along with a mixture of photos I have taken myself of sunsets. It took a rather long time to create just the background , as the background itself is comprised of six layers of various clouds and colours to create that effect. I think in total it took me nearly 3-4 weeks to do just that background as I did it first after completing the flats.

Original Artwork: idarkshadowi.deviantart.com/ar…
Original Artist: idarkshadowi.deviantart.com/

Maka Albarn belongs to Atsushi Ōkubo, and
The Mask belongs to Dark Horse Comics and John Arcudi.
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:iconkelvinzhang87:
kelvinzhang87 Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2014
Apart from the sexy masked, those long black opera gloves also got me real HARDCORE!!!
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:iconmaskedwander:
MaskedWander Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Glad you enjoyed the piece. The idea behind it was to style it very similar to Soul Eater's original style and artwork : img1.wikia.nocookie.net/__cb20… So the gloves are very close to the originals.
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Knight-BIshop Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
awesome upload
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:iconmaskedwander:
MaskedWander Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks :3 So anything you like about it?
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Knight-BIshop Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
3rd scene at the bottom
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:iconmaskedwander:
MaskedWander Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Any particular reason?
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:iconknight-bishop:
Knight-BIshop Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
I like the transformation scenes the best
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:iconmaskedwander:
MaskedWander Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I gathered that, is there anything about the frame that makes you like it over the others is a better way to put it xD
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Knight-BIshop Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
I suppose it is how it is between mask/flesh and how she is attempting to remove it that sets it apart from the others.
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:iconmaskedwander:
MaskedWander Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I see , also is it just me or does deviant art just keep double posting comments?
 
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:iconknight-bishop:
Knight-BIshop Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
3rd scene at the bottom
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:icononyxsteelgray1213:
OnyxSteelGray1213 Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2014
Amazing work!

Love the shading and lighting. :D

Makes me really excited about some of your future work. ;)
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:iconmaskedwander:
MaskedWander Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks, I am glad you enjoyed the shading and lighting since it took me a little while longer than I would have wanted xD It also makes me excited about my future works , although hopefully not on the same timespan as Maka xD So anything you particularly like?
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GrapefruitCommander Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2014
Wow, that's an excellent job!  Shades and tone are great, and the motif of the Scythe is a great nod to "The Mask."
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:iconmaskedwander:
MaskedWander Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks, I am rather glad I could do IdarkshadowI's lineart justice. Yeah scythe could of been an ordinary looking Death scythe but by Soul Eater standards that would of been no fun now would it? You have a rather wacky Maka you need a just as crazy scythe to go with her xD
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:icongrapefruitcommander:
GrapefruitCommander Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2014
Definitely. :D You've got to reflect the maniacal theme of The Mask with the scythe and Maka.
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:iconmaskedwander:
MaskedWander Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Yeah Maka defiantly looks like she has lost it ... must be both the black blood and the Mask combined. I bet that scythe can still finely dice anything to pieces D:
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GrapefruitCommander Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2014
Ohhh yeah, Black Blood and the Mask are a deadly combo.  I'm surprised she's not slicing and dicing left and right.
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MegaLinx Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2014
Of all his works this is without doubt my favorite! The effects are beautiful, and I can say that this profusion of colors in the background still makes me dizzy (in a good way xD)

I'm even more anxious to see how his other works will be from now on. :3
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:iconmaskedwander:
MaskedWander Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks , I think this is one of my favourites as well obviously due to all the fun I had doing the glowing pieces. The background is quite a nice contrast that doesn't hurt your eyes and seamlessly blends with the character and doesn't over power them. I am also looking forward to seeing how my works will go from here as well as what I will commission from :iconidarkshadowi: next... although that all depends on how much I want to have my wallet munched on xD
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:iconlunitamao:
Lunitamao Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2014
love this bright colors <3
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:iconmaskedwander:
MaskedWander Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Well Soul Eater is a bright and colourful series in colour so it works quite well to show that :3 I am glad that you enjoy it.
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:iconanimefan2020:
Animefan2020 Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2014
just better and better <3 
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:iconmaskedwander:
MaskedWander Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks, as I do more and more the better it will get xD
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:iconanimefan2020:
Animefan2020 Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2014
your welcome, i just have to ask since its been while, have you gotten any further on the mariah picture from sdkzero? :p
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:iconmaskedwander:
MaskedWander Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Sadly I don't think so.... as I would hate to admit it but I think I might have 'lost' the original .xcf file somewhere in my giant colouring folder. So I haven't done anything to it much I am afraid, since projects like Maka and Midori (recently posted both xD) Took priority over the smaller and easier project. Although on the plus side I can confidently say that because it has been delayed it will certainly be much more detailed and better coloured since I have improved a lot since I started it.
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:iconanimefan2020:
Animefan2020 Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2014
ah ok :3, well with the skills you got lately i would love to see the 2 picture of mariah from sdkzero colored in the future when you have time :p
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MaskedWander Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
They would be interesting to see coloured I would admit xD I wonder when I will have time to colour them :3
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Animefan2020 Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2014
me not xd
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Soldatoflife Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2014
I like the third image where she tries to remove the mask. I like the moment when she notices that something's not quite right there and strains to try and remove the cursed item.
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:iconmaskedwander:
MaskedWander Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Yeah I agree , she realises that something isn't right... however it is far too late to stop it by that stage and remove the Mask.
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:iconsoldatoflife:
Soldatoflife Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2014
Can some people defeat the mask or at least retain some of their past self after wearing the mask?
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:iconmaskedwander:
MaskedWander Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Once the Mask is removed the person returns to how they were before/are normally, and even while Masked to some degree they are just really eccentric and exaggerated. Maka for example while wearing the Mask would be an even more extreme version of how she is normally with Black blood. Maka + Mask + Black blood = Chaos
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:iconmugenkeiji:
MugenKeiji Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2014
Yeah, sorry I was a bit short on the title but hey -- you seems to manage in the end.
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:iconmaskedwander:
MaskedWander Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Don't worry about it , it all came out right in the end. I mean Maka looks great doesn't she?
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:iconmugenkeiji:
MugenKeiji Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2014
That she does.
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:iconmaskedwander:
MaskedWander Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I swear I keep commissioning :iconidarkshadowi: Because I simply have far too much fun colouring his works xD Is there anything you like particularly?
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:iconany-other:
Any-Other Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Looks great--all that work on it certainly paid off.
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MaskedWander Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks, it seems you suggestion for the third panel I managed to do successfully. Anything you think worked rather well?
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:iconany-other:
Any-Other Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
A lot of the glowing effects look nice, the shading diffeerences between her skin and dress in the last panel, and the scythe all stand out well.
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:iconmaskedwander:
MaskedWander Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
There are a lot of glowing effects ... so I think I met my month's quota for them. That scythe just looks possessed and rather deadly.
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Elvisfonz22 Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2014
Wow flawless masterful and she is beautiful :)
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M-102 Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2014
Yes.
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Elvisfonz22 Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2014
Cool :D
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M-102 Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2014
Thank you.
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Elvisfonz22 Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2014
No problem :)
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