This is the first of six characters I redesign annually. I did this a ways back for a final in class, but never posted it because the final illustrations weren't as done as I liked. I am posting these leading up the the reveal of the final illustrations. This is Arvalis, the character I take my username from. His creation dates back to 2004 and has been updated and reworked ever since. He is the central protagonist to a video game pitch a few friends and I have been noodling with since high school. He is a reincarnated "god of chaos" from a small fishing village on his way to deal with the impending problem's of the world. The project is designed as a love letter to Japanese RPG's through a western design lens.
They video games pitch sounds incredible and I love the idea of Japanese RPG through the western lense. Oftentimes I love the concepts behind Japanese Fantasy but rarely the delivery. I lay on a heavy Lord of the Rings and Elder Scrolls influence (VERY Western), so generally I have difficulty adapting to Japanese gameplay and storyline.
I'm an English major who want to try my hand at video game writing someday. This would be an incredible project. I could see Snowblind doing a good job of it (if they don't make it a 'birds eye view' game).
God knows how i cried inside for all this improvement. I really teared up. You know, I recognized my work in yours, and if I try harder, maybe I'll arrive in your level. I'm still in the "2007's" level, but soon may I touch your feet. You really inspired me to go on and on and on! I really loved it!