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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.

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Sergane Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2015  Hobbyist Writer
When will an Arvalis 2015 come out ? would kick some serious asses ! Or Arvalis and all the gang, that would be really cool :) Just an idea, but we want to know what happened to the god of chaos ! 
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arvalis Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2015
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.
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Sergane Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2015  Hobbyist Writer
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 ^^
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Thorkun0726 Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2014
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).

Either way, big fan of this work. :)
Kun
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arvalis Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2014
Thanks, man.  I hope to revitalize this project soon.
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Thorkun0726 Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2014
That's awesome. I'm eager to see more from the project.
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Realmwright Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2014  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
I like the blade kinda towards the center. It's a very cool blend of sickle, scythe, kama, and nightstick.
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Stay-Crunchy Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2014   Digital Artist
So cool !! :D (Big Grin) 
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PainisCupcaek Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
It's amazing to see all this improvement in these images; truly the Loaf has blessed you with art skills.
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Medjugore Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Bright step to step
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Jacob-Cross Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2013
Awesome :D
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yakkingyetis Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2013
2013 is the best !
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racheru-tan Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2013
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!
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DarkerxDayz Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I'm so impressed and inspired by this as a gamer and artist dreaming of getting a job doing this. It really makes me want to work on my artwork, and grow as you have done.
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Thedeadcontinent Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2013  Professional Writer
oh no wait my guy actualy has an original style never mind.
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Thedeadcontinent Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2013  Professional Writer
danny?
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adrianoroc Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2012
the evolution...
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SOULFORESAKER Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
Pretty, cool. Im actually also working on my own stories... Oddly similar at a first glace though. Hm. Good luck as always.
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Kuroi-Koumori Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I love the 'cowboys and indians' style to all the clothing. Fantastic details!
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arvalis Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2012
I don't see either of those influences at all.
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kungfootitan Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
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.
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Modernerd Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
I keep looking back at this one for those Scythe designs. I really dig the quantity and most are unique, I gotta train my design eye a lot more
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MageofDawn Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2012  Student General Artist
dat armor. O.O
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KatsuExe Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2012
He wields a Scythe and has an armored gauntlet/arm Ike style...I am in awe
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26nitonic Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
awsome
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PsycoMasterKA Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Dem weapons. I like them.
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MasterOfSporks Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2012
Your annual improvements are inspiring! Keep up the awesome artwork!
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San-ru Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2012  Student Digital Artist
Its crazy to see how much improvement you've made since 2005. Gives me inspiration to work harder.
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Astral-Muffin Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2012  Student Digital Artist
It's awesome to see the evolution of the character. And the newest design looks amazing! I don't even know how you people get those ideas for clothes, accessories, etc...
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AngelicAdonis Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Pretty intense, man! Great update! :D
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JoshawaFrost Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Wow! Really sweet!
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ItsBakerTime Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
You're amazing! I'm majoring in Illustration at Academy of Art University. I would love to produce work like this eventually. Great job!
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LustfulCrimsonSin13 Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2012  Student General Artist
he has no eyes... o,o However, this is absolutely stunningly done!
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Edelroark Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2012
He looks like he'd fit in nicely in a Square Enix game.
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LightOfTheStray Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2012  Student General Artist
I love how his physique gradually changes. Nice to know I'm not the only one who changes character designs every year!

Glad you included the progress in this. Makes a good reference anatomy-wise.

Hopefully one day we can see this video game idea come to life. He looks like a cool guy to play with.
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Arrekss Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2012  Student Digital Artist
I love that you put up a timeline showing how you improved. Inspires me to stick with it and keep on drawling.
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Rargerrero Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2012  Student Photographer
it´s your own creation ?
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arvalis Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2012
Yes
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Rargerrero Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2012  Student Photographer
great
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originalninjajesus Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2012
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.
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AengelWolflare Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Top right, the upside down one!
Awesome.


Quite similar to the others, but still very decent design. :D
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vilexie-chan Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2012
Cool!
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TFSakon Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2012
Beautiful design, so in depth.
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mydevilshalo Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Loved watching the growth between 2005 and to now, watching the improvements in style, technique, everything... Very impressed.
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Miralci Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2012  Student Digital Artist
Looks awesome!
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mikeyquig Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Awesome man the redesign each year looks great better and better every time
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abazeez Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2012
nice
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Iwan888 Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2012
I truly love to watch your progression on the last seven years. It's amazing and a pleasure.
Also, I really like your reference sheets. They are very detailed and inspirational.
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ga-ren Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Fantastic work ..I love it.
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Matija5850 Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Wow, I can't believe how much you improved since 2005 :D
Great work !
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