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Arcus-2009 by arvalis Arcus-2009 by arvalis
Here is my update to arcus, my take on the term "elf ninja". I was working on a bigger more complicated and awesome pose version of him earlier this year, but that never got done, maybe ill show you guys at some point. I did this in an 8 hour check in session with mah good buddy =NuclearBandaid, but she didnt finish hers, lol noob.

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Arcus belongs to a race of elf like, star gazers called the Eidachi. They follow constellations and the cosmos as their religion. The descend from the valkyries of old, there have been legends of members of the eidachi royal family line obtaining ethereal wings. Arcus himself is a top assasin and member of the royal family. Arvalis meets him soon after he killed a very high ranking member of the Certa government. Arcus talks like a battle hardened warrior, though is prone to acting before fully thinking things through.

Arvalis: [link]
Corrina: [link]
Scarlet: [link]
Javelin: [link]
Spektre: [link]
Group: [link]


Photoshop CS3: 8 hours
Arcus©RJ Palmer
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:iconblues-on10:
Blues-on10 Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2011
Shadow? (From FFVI)
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:iconthefavs:
TheFavs Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2009
Reminds me of Shadow from Final Fantasy VI.
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:iconshadolei:
Shadolei Featured By Owner May 9, 2010
I was going to say the same thing, especially the forehead protector. It's almost identical to the forehead protector Shadow wears in the FFIV cinematic.
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:icondemi-feind:
Demi-feind Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2009
Bad ass!

(Although I'm a sucker for awesome jackets/coats! ^ ^)
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:iconculdesackidz:
culdesackidz Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2009  Professional General Artist
very nice design work
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:iconskatora:
Skatora Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2009  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This is great! I love the character! He's cool!

However, I don't like the colors you used on him. I dunno... they just don't seem to mesh well together. Something is out-of-tune here; some shade, some tint that's not singing harmoniously with the color colors.
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:iconsoulquick:
SoulQuick Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2009
This character of yours is really awesome too;)
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:iconnithoan:
nithoan Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2009
Ninja elf? Now thats ORIGINAL. Good work =)
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:iconleodox:
leodox Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2009
Amazing character design and amazing draw the character is spot on what you intended it to be.
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:iconninjerina:
Ninjerina Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2009  Student General Artist
he almost looks like he could fit in the realm of Mortal Kombat
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:iconshikaru777:
shikaru777 Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2009
Nice man! It doesn't seem like he changed much through out the years, but I think that I really like looking at ARcus, he seems pretty cool!
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:iconjohanndevenecia:
JohanndeVenecia Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2009
Looking good, Arvalis. Elf Ninjas FTW!
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:iconfairyxwingz:
FairyxWingz Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2009  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
:worship: the details are amazing...... once again!
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:iconra7ar:
Ra7ar Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2009
kickass I love ninja awesome back story too. My best ninja well fav is Shadow Dragon sorry hard as hell to put up link on psp. awesome pic thou.
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:icondaswiener:
DasWiener Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2009   Digital Artist
the pose is so alive, he looks awesome
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:iconexuitirteiss:
exuitirteiss Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I totally love the design , the pose is very interesting as well love it. as always outstanding job arvalis.
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:iconsabtastic:
Sabtastic Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
FFFF Finally! :+fav: :iconffffplz:

lol Now I can has awesome ref for contest. :B
I'm working tonight, so I probably can't add much today, but tomorrow I shall. :3

So who's next?
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:icontornaroundtheedges:
TornAroundtheEdges Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2009
HOO AH ARCUS

l'oreal, because he's worth it
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:iconangelicadonis:
AngelicAdonis Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2009  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Fantastic work! :D
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:iconfluorinespark:
FluorineSpark Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
where're the bad guys?~~~I want to see a super cool villain ;)

and you don't need me to tell you again, how much I enjoy your work, and how great they are and such.
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:iconanime-tiger09:
anime-tiger09 Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2009
He looks mysterious, I like that. :D
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:iconnuclearbandaid:
NuclearBandaid Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2009
Mines gonna be moar amazin'

nomnom rock candy elf
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:iconlazerus-reborn:
lazerus-reborn Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2009  Student Digital Artist
It seems flat, thiers now shadow depth on the chracter, it looks great still, dont get me wrong, i love the piece but you asked for critique. I havnt the time to write an indepth one so i apoligize for that.

The shadows would add a whole new detail level to your chracter while giving it perspective.
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:iconarvalis:
arvalis Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2009
It doesnt just seem flat, it is flat. Thats the point, there doesnt need to be fully rendered out to be a character page. Its just an updated concept of the character. Look at the other ones, they all look like this.
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lazerus-reborn Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2009  Student Digital Artist
Sorry, about that, i was using Dissidia:FF-Arvalis Final, as a measuring point on your style.

Gotcha on the character concept. In my defense i havnt checked your gallery in a while ^^
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:iconcerberuslives:
CerberusLives Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2009   Digital Artist
Sweet piece of design man, liking the horned forehead guard :ninja:
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:iconamriah:
Amriah Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2009  Professional Writer
Everything about this guy screams royalty. His clothes are more elegant and intricate like most elfish styles tend to be (which I like). Again, I love how all of the clothing is obviously intact and makes sense with the style chosen. The eyes, blue face, and white hair all add to the elegant, enigmatic way he seems.

I guess what I'm trying to say is I love this character. =)

Oh, I think it's cool that the sheath's also look like holsters. Gunblades, anyone? Lol. Also, if he's an elf, is he the super thin and tall type? Because, if he is, that doesn't show as much. I mean, he's super tall but he looks like the normal fighter in terms of weight. I just noticed that most elves are skinnier than the normal human and more agile (hence the assassin tendencies).
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arvalis Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2009
Nah he isnt that tall, i only call him an elf because its easier to explain to people. Their race do not get very tall and they arent all thing, there is a diversity in tune to the humans of the world. Thats one thing i dont want my characters to be, is cliche. We have a short elf, a chick with a hammer, a scythe wielding main character, etc. Not that normal as far as character archetypes ;p.
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Amriah Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2009  Professional Writer
I like that. To be honest, I've seen so many cliché elves and whatnot that I almost expect it now. I'm happy yours is out of the norm. Also, they seem more realistic (oh the irony of that statement). Generally if races live on the same planet, they don't vary in terms of how drastically different they are physically. Generally, that is. Who is the chick with the hammer? I want to see that! =D
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arvalis Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2009
Check the link to corrina in the description of the picture :D
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:iconamriah:
Amriah Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2009  Professional Writer
-gasp-

Her hammer is awesome. Do you have a plot for these very unique characters?
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:iconarvalis:
arvalis Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2009
Yup, very detailed and indepth story ;p
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:iconamriah:
Amriah Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2009  Professional Writer
Is it on deviantART? Your characters have me very curious about their world and storyline.
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:iconvelka:
velka Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
looks really cool. =D
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BetaTestedRobot Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2009  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
He looks wonderful! Nice color theory and overall nice clothing Design. Altho I have to wonder did you add a blur on him or something? :XD: Cause it kinda hurt my eyes trying to look at the details! Yer gonna make me go get my glasses woman! Overall.. still really well dome :heart:
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arvalis Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2009
I just pulled back the motion blur a bit. All of them in the seriess have had this effect, just the opacity was turned down a bit more ;p
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BetaTestedRobot Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2009  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Ohhh okay, yah that makes a lot more sense.. I guess with that vivid blue against the grey it stood out just a little bit more and kinda made me like " Squint-ow-squint"

But cool! You got some rockin character designs man! :D :thumbsup:
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BetaTestedRobot Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2009  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I mean MAN. :XD: My bad. Its already been a long day. :XD:
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