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Glorious Destroyer of Hope by Bluesrat Glorious Destroyer of Hope by Bluesrat
This is a character illustration for Endejester ([link]), as an entry in her contest This guy is a WoD character--a half-kuei-jin demon hunter named Kai Matsumuro. He belongs totally and solely to her, and she's prone to doing horrible things if her characters are taken, a fact which I mention to avoid grievous bodily harm. :D

Anyway. The character's *real* name translates to "Glorious Destroyer of Hope," and I hope I have the kanji right, because it should read "despair." It's meant to be a double entendre, as it's his own hopes he destroys more than anyone's.

And by the way, this was all done with MOUSE! Oh, my poor hand...

In other news, I learned a lot from doing this picture. For one thing, I feel comfortable with the brushes in a way I never have before, and I think I'm really starting to solidify a style. After years of drawing, it's only now that I realize, as I'm beginning to overcome it, that I've always been an "OCD artist." That is, I have this obsession with making my lines go in *exactly the right place.* If they deviate from my dream of perfect placement, then I must go in and forcibly move them, and if they won't cooperate, then my work is flawed. This, of course, is crazy thinking. "Perfect lines" just don't happen, and when you try to force them, it sucks the life right out of your work. The beauty of art, at least the art that I like, involves the organic grace of a natural-looking work. Obviously, counterproductive. This, I believe, is also why I've histically had such hideous trouble mastering anything other than pencil. Pen, dear god, the unerasable pen is my nemesis, and paint and other media have always seemed to mock me.

So. The last few pictures I've done have begun to free me from that idiotic mentality. This one isn't perfect, of course. Looking at it now, I can see a few things I'd like to do better. A few of them I might even go change, then repost this. Of course, now that I have access to a Wacom tablet again, there are some things I could undoubtedly spruce up, and it seems to call for some background other than that stark, blood-spattered white. We'll see. I'm proud of it anyway.
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Gillian-88 Featured By Owner May 7, 2007
omg wow o_o lol when I first saw that I thought it was water colour, it's really very good ^^
God I wish I could CG colour xD;
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Bluesrat Featured By Owner May 7, 2007
Wow, thank you! I kinda suck at traditional media, I'm afraid, so no watercolor. But your art is beautiful! I don't think you have any problems. :)
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Gillian-88 Featured By Owner May 12, 2007
You're welcome! :aww: It still looks really awesome whether it's actually watercolour or not :giggle:
Aww thankyou lol, my art needs updating xD; and I totally know what you mean about OCD art X_x; I spend so many hours pushing lines around to the "right" places...then I go off everything within about a week as soon as I start to notice the flaws...flaws which probably wouldn't even be there if i'd looked at it as an image on the whole instead of individual sections anyway :shakefist: Plus you're right, it stops things looking natural X_x I need practice xD;

But back to the point lol (sorry I get sidetracked xD) this is just really great ^^ I really like the way you've done the hair too ^^
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Bluesrat Featured By Owner May 17, 2007
Yeah, I've taken to deliberately scribbling when I'm working on lineart as a way to overcome that problem. It seems to be working. Actually, it feels a little like cheating, but sometimes I find lines I didn't intend to put down, but that *just happen* to be in the perfect spot. :D I'm also finding that the technique results in speedier art.
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Gillian-88 Featured By Owner May 18, 2007
That's really awesome ^^ lol i've managed to make myself do that with hair on occasion but never with a drawing on the whole...Funnily enough my life drawing teacher from college always said to do it too xD;
I do like the way it looks though...I think i'm just a little bit of a wuss when it comes to moving away from a style i've spent so long working with xD; I know I need to...it's just doing it that's hard :giggle:
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China-Hartz Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2006
I agree completely with what you mentioned in your description. I really feel drawn toward artwork that has a "freedom" to it, mainly due to my inability to achieve such a look. I've always been too "tense" with my work as well. But you seem to be grabbing hold of this "carefree" aproach and running with it. It really does add so much more. I love this piece and I hope you'll continue to discover new approaches to your already excellent work.
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rogue-rpz Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2006
thse eyes are pretty mesmerising
nice pose
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DarrkestDrow Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2006  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This looks awesome! And congratulations on the win! :w00t!:
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hekirou Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2006
You did this with a mouse?! *dies*
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Bluesrat Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2006
Heh, yeah. The pen tool is my friend, but my wrist still isn't speaking to me. :D I didn't do it all at once, though. I worked on it on and off for almost a week.
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hekirou Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2006
God -damn-. You know I'm not afraid to give criticism - the real, honest kind, too; always constructive, but easily either positive or negative - but I have no comments I can make to this one. This one's just beautiful.
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EarthboundSatyr Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2006  Professional Digital Artist
Really well done, Annael. I'm particularly envious of the pose. :)
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Bluesrat Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2006
Thank you. I've been practicing with foreshortening and all that fun stuff, but this is the first time I've gotten it right. I was afraid, at first, that it'd turn out freakishly disproportionate like the other attempts I've made. :D

You, however, are not one who ever needs to feel envious of other peoples' poses. I'm in constant awe of the ones you do.
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EarthboundSatyr Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2006  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks for the compliment. :) Foreshortening is a beast, I understand; remember that picture of the Nocker charcter I did? The one with the severe foreshortening on the arm? That took maybe 5, 6 sketches before I found one that DIDN'T totally suck. :)
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GenBullet Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2006
definitely one of your best pieces so far sweetie :)

I'd probbly have some sort of helpful comment, but 1) it's very well done and 2) I'm fighting a fever here, so brain no worky!
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Bluesrat Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2006
Poor Bullet! I hope you feel better soon. And thank you for the compliments. :)
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SodiumNoir Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2006
Schuweeeeet!!!!

I love this Pic !
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Anime-Preist Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2006
This is awsome, the blood effects are great and the details and shading are also great =D
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endejester Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2006  Hobbyist General Artist
MINE! mine mine minemine *runs away with*
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Bluesrat Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2006
Why, yes. Yes it is. :D But do you LIKE it? Because I sense a certain amount of ambivalence in your comment... ;)

Seriously, I'm glad it meets with your approval. I was shy about drawing that character because I know you're protective of him, but it just begged to be done.
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endejester Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2006  Hobbyist General Artist
I love it! :) But in the interest of fairness to my contest I fear saying too much! <3
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Bluesrat Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2006
I understand perfectly. I imagine you're adoring the other pictures, too. They're pretty darn sweet!
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Suyeta Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2006
Your illustration of "Glorious Destroyer of Hope" is very welcome dude, my dear! :+fav:
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Bluesrat Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2006
Thanks, Tony! I'm so behind on my DevWatch collection. I noticed that I've got some compliments to level on you, too. :)
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Suyeta Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2006
replace (welcome) with (well done) . . . :p
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DevilsDandyDog Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2006  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Ive got no time right now reading everything youve written, because its very late for me...but I have to write that the picture is great!! I love the pose, and how he plays with the blood! The colours are perfectly chosen :-)
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Bluesrat Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2006
Thank you! I take it as a high compliment that I managed to rouse a comment out of you at such a late hour. Sleep well!
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DevilsDandyDog Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2006  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you! :-)
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