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.:Arvalis-2010:. by arvalis .:Arvalis-2010:. by arvalis
So the last one was met with some really tough criticism. As the type of guy i am, i went back to the drawing board immediately the next day. I really thought him out more as a character, basically threw my all into this one.

I brought a phoenix pattern into his midsection, as the character is a reincarnation. He is adorned in decorative fabrics, but fails to keep them in nice condition as they are all frayed. This is a symbol for he is very focused and determined, so much so that nothing will stop him from achieving his goals. The armor is incredibly old, yet shows little wear as the armor was made for a god. The fire and stone pattern on the pouch symbolizes his passion and steadfast commitment to his quest. Yes he is primarily srsfayse, but thats where Corrina comes in to poke fun at his stoic nature. Also yes his scythe is realistically sized, it used to be a farm tool. His face is more rounded out, guess he looks more like me now. Art imitates life as they say.

Hope you guys like this one better.


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makey-suu Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
will u teach me plz how u make your characters so real? ;_;
I'm in a project with my friend, we want to make comics (a good one), and I'm the painter.. would u plz give me some advices? I think I've fainted. 
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Frostgore Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Holey-moley
I saw all the pics above of Arvalis.
Dayum, how have you improved o_o
I mean, the diference is as clear as crystal and yet the one from 2005 is still impressive.
Good job.
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ksavvyx3 Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Nicely done. Your anatomy skills amaze me, as always. :) I really like the creativity and detail you put into the outfit, and I also enjoyed your addition of the past drawings. :D Love it!
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YoruNoKatana Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
whoa. the improvement over the years is amazing~ one day i hope to see such improvement from myself!
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DeadCobra Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2011
Cool
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Zenoshi30 Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2011
Epic :D
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ArchmageDB Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2011
The "made for a god" part raises a worry that this character is a bit of a Gary Stu, but I'll keep my criticism to the artistic parts. Scythes do not work as weapons, no matter what anime tells you. Real-world scythes are designed with special handholds specifically to make them easy to swing, and even then are only good for cutting immobile grain. If you're trying to cut them with the inner edge, you'd need to overextend or move around at a really awkward angle. Try it with a prop and see, then remember that your target is likely to be moving around as well. There is a reason that when real-world scythes were converted into polearms, they would reattach the blade at a 90-degree angle like a glaive. You might want to consider that if it's a former farm tool. If you're using it as a pick, trying to penetrate with the tip, it's considerably too long in both blade and haft to give effective control in that area. Furthermore, a proper war pick has a short, stout, narrow spike, designed to be sturdy enough to pierce mail and plate, a thick, sharpened-at-the-edge blade like the one you used is thoroughly ineffective in that regard.

Now, on to the armor. You don't have a breastplate, but you did armor the arms and legs. If you've armored your legs, you won't be moving as quickly, and a weapon balanced so heavily towards the head...and further balanced to one side to such an extent (the aforementioned long blade) is absolutely terrible for blocking. It's the worst of both worlds. The groin, torso, thighs (a good stab there will make you bleed out) and one arm are entirely unprotected. I can see not wearing a helmet as a stylistic choice, so we'll ignore that. Most blows strike the torso and the thighs, even if he is an expert at blocking, that would be all he gets a chance to do in combat because of how WIDE the unprotected area is. I realize you're likely invested in the final fantasy-esque uncovered look, so I won't recommend a breastplate. Look up a Jack-of-Plates, Brigandine, or Lamellar armor. Metal plates concealed beneath leather, looking surprisingly like a normal garment. Minimal alteration to your look, plenty of protection.

Next, originality. You keep talking about making things look interesting, but scythes and impractical armor are all over Final Fantasy and Kingdom Hearts type games. That said, the purpose of armor and weapons is to protect you from having your guts spilled, not to look interesting. There are plenty of examples of interesting-looking wargear out there that isn't completely and utterly impractical, which is my final estimation of this piece.
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arvalis Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2011
Dont know who posted this shitty picture on 4chan, but its not great. Im aware of the practicality and realism of real suits of armor and scythes, hence why its a fantasy. There is a point where practicality and style need to go there separate ways. I have a scythe and ive swung it around, as well as a straight arm pole scythe with no handles. Would they make a a weapon great for battle, surely not, but they make a fairly interesting and unique weapon that few other characters utilize. I know its not a breast plate, but he wearing a thick padded tunic with chain mail under it in the picture. I am currently experimenting with different designs and leather chest pieces [link] . I fall in the school of thought where if something looks interesting or cool, its worth pursuing. Then just try to make it feel somewhat believable, but it is clearly in no way intended to be a real person. Realistic fantasy is still a fantasy ;p.
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JenkoFilajeff Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Meh.

Also, someone was posting your shitpic on 4chan, asking for an opinion on your armor, because you seem to think that generic looking armor is lame.

Then why do you draw it generic? The armor doesn't make sense for someone with ...a scythe? He looks like a character from the Fable games, or some anime.

Also your friend who wrote on 4chan said you are resistent to critique or opinions that arent very positive about your work. Is it true?
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arvalis Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2011
At this point most armor in fantasy setting is generic in one way or another. Mostly just looking for an interesting shape in my opinion. Though you arent wrong, this design blows monkey dick. I am working on new designs for the character here [link] . Also, why would a character with a scythe not need armor? When using hand to hand weapons in a fantasy setting, armor seems pretty useful for most people. As far as resistance t criticism, sure i might get a bit stubborn. Though generally i only am resistant to crits that i find silly or superfluous, like "he needs armor on his chest because i want it". I have been guilty of only really taking to heart artists that i respect and admire.
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