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Pic: Hollow Heart
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Pic: Hollow Heart
"Well," Lillet said with a smile that was positively evil, "you wanted Calvert back here, didn't you? And Malphas's mind is using his body right now, so I thought I'd summon him up."
From Dezo's Hollow Heart :3
This is a warm up exercise ... the scene I really want to take a poke at is rather difficult to compose
...Okay, hopefully you'll all forgive a grown man squealing like a fangirl, but, well, this is the first piece of fanart anyone's done for one of my stories (Alavon did some comic strips based on the VMOT!/VHFMT! shorts, but that's a little different...). That it's for one of my favorite of my own works is even neater. And you made Lillet appear as Bad Ass as she's supposed to sound for that summoning-Malphas scene.
*floats away on Cloud Nine*
Wait, what? First piece?
I ... think I just assumed I'd done some already by now o.o *rolls on floor* THE CRIME!!
And BadAss!Lillet is
.........I really want to see a picture of Amoretta destroying the dragon egg while Lillet is lying tied up in the corner......please??
lol alright dc, but only because you busted out that emoticon ;D
what exactly was Lillet wearing in that scene? I remember thinking for some reason that she wasn't in her usual mage garb at some point, but I can't seem to locate the passage that would indicate so. I had her in her usual gear in the sketch because well, that was secondary to the expression I wanted to draw
I never specified in-story what she was wearing, other than she'd had her usual steeple hat on as part of her ensemble (probably losing it when she was kidnapped, since it'd fall off easily), so it might just as easily have been "generic mage dress" as not.
Ah, that might be why I can't find any references to her costume! And I swear NOBODY except the official character designer knows just what the hell is going on with the back of Amoretta's ... 'coat'. *headdesk*
(And you ninja'd me there on the stone room upload lol)
O. M. G.
Dc I think you killed me. Finally managed to get the lines (mostly) down... redrawn 5 times. Really need another pair (or several other pairs) of eyes to check perspective x_o
Couldn't figure out a shot that had the egg
destroyed while showing Lillet in a corner, so Amoretta's
to destroy the egg. Also, Amoretta's shiny stick is a one-hander. I imagine her style would be more aloof and less light-footed than what you'd expect from a fencer using a foil (it IS a sword made for cutting as much as thrusting, afterall). She'd probably march, rather than dash, through her opponents, while using controlled, tight swings.
Oooh, very pretty artwork! Amoretta really has Gorgeously Awesomely Serious Face. I like how you noticed that she took some battle damage early on (I even mentioned it in the imp attack scene) and while I'd always
of her wielding her sword two-handed, I didn't
it one way or another and the sword itself is a standard longsword type which would be properly wielded one-handed (and also it solves the problem of "can she hold her sword properly with a slashed palm?").
The perspective looks fine to me, or at least it doesn't look like it's off in some noticeable way...maybe Amoretta's figure a little, if I squint a bit.
Now the negative comments, and there are two:
1. Her sword ought to be flaming.
2. Amoretta's body...um, it kind of looks like Signum modeled her for this pic. Her shoulders, arms (by the way,
details on the sleeves!), and thighs are all a little thicker than shown in official artwork and her torso and abdomen look a little more well-muscled (I was surprised, though, when I checked the official art that she's
particularly wasp-waisted, so that proportion looks correct). Basically, it looks like she's drawn with the body of someone who actually has trained with the sword and has a figure to match the exercise and hard work (the kind that far too few human characters are actually shown with...which opens the door to a rant on the realism of fantasy art, especially Japanese-style, but that's neither here nor there).
OMG OMG OMG!!!!! =D
(*props yui upright* NOOO, DON'T DIE!!! WHO ELSE WILL DRAW PRETTY ARTWORK FOR US???
Thanks a ton, yui! ^^ It looks appropriately gorgeous and epic. I admit that I also wondered about the lack of flaming sword...
The perspective looks great, it's very dramatic. The only thing I'd comment on it is that the perspective makes me imagine that the scene is a few seconds of an action scene--however, how you drew the scene looks like a stillshot, with Amoretta just walking in brandishing her sword where in Dezo's fic, Amoretta bursts into the room and makes her way over the dragon egg "in an instant". So that's the only thing about the perspective that seems a bit off to me, the lack of congruity between the ACTION SCENE nature of the perspective and the lack of urgency that Amoretta seems to be displaying.
Poor Lillet looks very roughed up
. Thanks a ton! ^^
Fuyu no Sora
Hence why she looks so evil and badass in the subsequent pic, when she's about to summon Malphas.
*saves both pics*
Thanks so much for the beautiful artwork, yui!
I showed these images to my sister and she squeed and immediately demanded that I mail them to her!
@Dezo and Dc:
I'm really, really hoping to be able to get that chapter of
The Loops Before
out before the week ends, but it's Mother's Day today, so I don't know when I'll be able to complete it. @_@ I have the first part finished, though!
*sucks on coffee filter paper because I've run out of beans*
Thanks for the feedback guys!!
1. Damage - yup, I'm leaving the leg scratches and shoulder slash for when I colour it (you all know how much I love splashing characters with blood so there's no escaping THAT one, Amoretta buahahahaha!!)
2. Sword - I always thought it was a sword with flames, as opposed to an actual flame. Please let me know
Otherwise the flames will come when the colour gets laid in (it'll look more like Amoretta's swinging her attention towards the egg, after having busted in spearing a devil)
3. Body - eheheheheh.... surprisingly I didn't even think of Signum. Her back and part of her thigh is actually Balalaika from Black Lagoon. But I see what you mean, Dezo. I'd been concentrating so much on 'limbs must appear thicker as they progress towards the viewer' that I do think I've over done it a bit. Let me give her a trim
(Although, in my ex... uh, from what i've seen, people without actual exercise and hard work tend to have even thicker limbs ;D)
4. Action - Aye, guilty guilty guilty. My fickle muse demanded I show her being more stately than the narrative indicates (well, having devils
away from your shiny stick is pretty commanding). Two long strides to the dragon egg is ... fairly instantaneous?
*pushes fingers together*
@Fuyu: there'll be a more complete version of the Rescue soon... ish. Btw I adore your Shizuru avatar XD
Fuyu no Sora
Noooooooo!!!! I hope by now you've gotten more beans, because running out of coffee is a worse catastrophe than having a cataclysm!
Can we hope that your fickle muse will encourage you to draw more fantastic and gorgeous artwork for us, yui? Because I'm most certainly hoping to see more of your drawings!
I love my avatar, too. XD I love how badass Shizuru looks before she goes insane.
Well, it turns out I found some (stale) beans. So it's not a complete disaster - probably 1 degree away from say, being drawn and quartered.
So while I was supposed to be completing the Rescue pic, I finally worked out how to draw the
Hollow Heart pic I'm going to do. Then I got swamped by work and now all I have are drafts and half-baked pics
(lol I kind of like Shizuru's insane mode too XD)
Fuyu no Sora
Aww... well, at least it's better than nothing!
Whoo! Again, it's at least better than nothing, so I have no complaints!
(There's just something inherently badass about her when she's like that... especially since she's so ladylike most of the time!
*reinflates self after being run over by work*
hehe. I gave up trying to do this scene as one still picture. Then I gave in and set this sequence to 'Nowhere' by FictionJunction YUUKA. A bit of Kajiura music never hurt anyone
Oh, couldn't upload to gallery because of size issues.
Um... there was something else I wanted to say, but lost it out the window. 2 hours. Sleep. Maybe when more sane.
*drops stone dead from the UTTER AND COMPLETE AWESOMENESS of this*
(This was just absolutely incredible! I'd try to comment, but honestly, it would just degenerate into a babbling stream of awestruck superlatives. I blame your choice of inspirational music--"Nowhere" is one of my favorite songs, so this may explain why I'm so utterly in sync with your vision of my story.
Fuyu no Sora
yui, you've managed to surpass even yourself with this one! It is
We have pictures, so it happened! Yay!
*does a happy dance*
Is it possible that we will have more pics?
I got lucky with my drafts and didn't have to do too much tweaking on inking. Also learnt to do smoother lines (finally), so that was a bonus
Yes Sora, it is entirely possible that I have more pics to post. But maybe only if you happy dance some more.
Ok? Are you dancing?
@Dezo: a fellow Kajiuran?
(Have to admit tho, she hasn't quite hit the spot for me since Noir, MaiHiME and .hack).
I immediately changed my desktop wallpaper.
By the way, yui, would it be okay if I linked to these pics in my fanfiction.net profile while squealing about how overwhelmed I am and how awesome it feels that someone did such cool fanart for my story?
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