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.
Honestly I have been thinking about their redesigns for months. I have some neat plans for them and 2015 will definitely be the year I update them. Though Arvalis and Corrina will get the most changes, I'm still super pleased with the looks of the other four. So those guys will only get marginal upgrades.
yes ! that's a great new !! I like the designs of the others, but can't wait to see Arvalis again, it's like with the Harry Potter, watching him grow and change, but in art ! so I really dig this. Trying to emulate you with my Kecak character, but please don't watch it, it's really not good... But know that you kindled (started) something and for that, thank you very much, can't wait to see the new ones (I can, I will, don't worry, plenty of time Happy new year btw ^^
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!
I'm liking all the references of past versions for all of these characters with the final version having variations with clothing, helps me feeling that anybody including me would have a shot in improving on drawing.
You should consider size relation with the weapons as well.
I like this one the best. It's a lot better than the ones you have in the links. And I like the scythe going from a full-size scythe to a more handheld scythe. I like the idea of taking the stereotypical weapons and attributes and flipping them around a bit. Going from the overplayed full-length scythe for someone who likely kills and destroys for a living to the smaller almost kusarigama-like weapon you have in this deviation..... I like it....
and my favorites for the weapons you have drawn here are the top left-middle (upside down one, looks like an L), and the very bottom middle one (of the three at the very bottom, the one in the middle).
My reason for liking the smaller scythe is that for a god of chaos, he would likely exult in the chaos he creates, no? So a smaller weapon would mean more of a close-range battle, and thus him being closer to the death and chaos. A larger scythe, to me, means a more disdainful approach to killing and destroying.