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Spektre-2009 by arvalis Spektre-2009 by arvalis
I saturated the bg and changed a few colors

Here is the last one in this little series, Spektre. This is the first character i created that i regularly redrew, also was the first thing i submitted to this little site. I dont like finishing pictures of him very much anymore because wings and tails have become so tedious to draw. So i decided to come up with a very unique looking set of wings, something much more weapon like. They arent that large because his species, the Ryu-Bæroc, cannot fly, but only glide, and use them to jump great distances. This was a fun little project.

Spektre is not his real name, but is a name he gave himself when he was thrust out of his clan. This chosen name refers to him not really having a home and showing up very rarely amongst his own kind. He imbues his zweihander blade with spells, and thusly is the mage of Arvalis's group. He dispenses battlefield wisdom to Arvalis as he has seen much more than his younger companion. Spektre becomes something of a mentor and great friend to Arvalis .

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

Photoshop CS3: 12 hours
Spektre©RJ Palmer
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Love the feet. Reminds me of Nightcrawler from X-Men. What else can I say? I love the skin tone choice. When I look at his face, I see skin, and as I travel down his body, I slowly think it's leather or fur which then makes me question his species. I love that. The outfit looks very modern but still retains it fantasy quality with the belt style and the armour. The tail is especially my favorite. Tails always seem so innocent, and then I noticed that ring and the barb at the end and thought he could be vicious. Overall this is once again, an exceptional job.
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Asrath Featured By Owner May 6, 2010  Student General Artist
I really love the way you drew his feet... with my experience I would NEVER get that done so neatly!
I love his face, wings outfit... anything actually!
ouch! this reminds me of the fact I REALLY have to practice drawing a bit more >.< and that I need a thinner pen... :D
furball-kun Featured By Owner May 3, 2010
mmm much love for this one..
Fatali-Tensei Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2009
This guy looks so fricking cool
ArabianNinja Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2009  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
he looks so absolutely great! i love him, and his style!
RedChao Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
half-dragon.....? :o
Tearup Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
This looks great. :heart:
foxycleo Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2009
another great character :D!
leodox Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2009
nice work but there something about the right arm hold to sword.
nithoan Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
One of the characters that is a mage is like this? That's the first time I seen it though.
FluorineSpark Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I think the reason I have problems with the color scheme is partly because you're doing flat color, without light and shadow. When there's no hight light and shadow, it's probably hard to make the image pup. I understand the color scheme is probably a well thought of design choice, after all you've been design and redesign this character set for years. Don't get me wrong, overall I really like your characters, so very well designed and rendered. I'm sure they'll be much more vivid if you end up doing renderings with lighting and everything~
Ninjerina Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2009  Student General Artist
It seems like the proportions/details on this guy give him a slightly more realistic look than some of your other characters. He also totally makes me think of the cartoon Gargoyles.
TornAroundtheEdges Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2009
his wings are bitchin o-o


....but lol i luv his goatee su much |D...

and his abs >w>
HavocWraith Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2009
Hey!!1 is he single? I'm open? lol
Jk! He's awesome. I am jelous of your character development you've got amazing design!
NuclearBandaid Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2009
Have my bbys Spektrree
NuclearBandaid Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2009
NuclearBandaid Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2009
jmgdn dgxhs
NuclearBandaid Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2009
SophiaRenu Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2009
My goodness. Are there any character designs of yours that AREN'T amazing? I mean, seriously, the amount of detail in every design is fantastic. :nod:
Bladnoched Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2009
I swear Ive seen this in my message box at least 4 times today O.o
Smirtouille Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
I like the wings. They seems very "bat" and reallistic for bat wings. When they don't fly and viewed from the front, bats have wings just like that, it's cute.

I don't like the flat colors uuuh, but no problem.
But the armor on his torso seems to go inside rather than outside, if you know what I mean. Well that would be easily corrected if it was a volume coloring but using flat colors I dunno how you could possibly change that.
Btw I feel like you improved in drawing the face and hair, the lineart seems more relaxed. It's good to see.
VanessaFardoe Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2009  Student Digital Artist
I like his swooaad. Nice going Mr
Sabtastic Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
:iconboratplz: NAISE, VERY NAISE. :+fav:

Sorry I missed this one--and all of yesterday in general. It turned out to be one of those 'almost all day out of the house' days. D:>

Can I has rain-check 'till wednesday? 8D
Ya busy then?
arvalis Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2009
Yeah wednesday is fine, dont worry bout it. I just picked up dissidia so most of today is probably shot, but tomorrow is just fine =D
Sabtastic Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
lol Allright - sounds liek a plan. :D
Amriah Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2009  Professional Writer
First, I love the fact that you can tell this guy is a seasoned warrior with a simple glance because of the chipping in the sword and armor.

I'm not sure if that wing design is realistic, but it makes sense if he can't fly. That in itself seems more realistic because larger animals/beings can't fly and be huge without having an enormous wingspan and the power to take off and maintain the flight.

Anywho, colors are great. I've noticed each character has a color scheme that fits with their styles (like how Corrina and Arvalis have similar styles of clothing but not color). I'm happy they're not random colors and designs because these seem to fit the fantasy adventurer clothing scheme. Why dress all fancy to travel around on a quest? :XD:

The tail would be an effective secondary weapon as well, which makes this guy completely badass. I like the shorts/lack of heavy armor. If this guy can glide, he wouldn't wear much and I'm glad you stick to that. I've seen some character designs that are is that guy supposed to fly with all of that crap?

Honestly, because I love wings, this guy is my favorite next to Arvalis. I think he'd be an awesome guy to learn from. Arvalis has a good mentor. =D

Sorry for the long comment. ^^;
anime-tiger09 Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2009
His wings definitely is unique I must say.
Galka-prince Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2009  Hobbyist Writer
Good looking pic :D!

so hes a mage that uses a Greatsword? thats pretty unique!
exuitirteiss Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
He looks really interesting.
FluorineSpark Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Another great design for the Arvalis group. Changing the wings actually looks pretty good (although I didn't see how it was before), but this one looks really simple and deadly.

My only problem is that for the entire set of Arvalis characters, the color seems pretty monotonic. Other than Corrina has some bright green, everybody else seems to stick with the earthy tone, blue and purple. And the value is pretty much the same. When you line up your character, they all have the same kind of feeling. It is good when you want to tie them together with color, but also makes the set rather boring in color.

My suggestion is to give them some kind of "high light", small accessories or something to "light up" the design. and don't be afraid of using bright vibrant color.
arvalis Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2009
I just saturated the bg more, better?
arvalis Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2009
Yeah i have recieved that criticism before, though the monochromatic look is no accident. The idea is to have each character represent a different color, arvalis is white, corrina is green, scarlet is red, javelin is sonic grape, arcus is blue, and spektre is gold. As for using more saturated and bright colors, i do try them everytime, and everytime i think it looks dumb. I can help it, i just have a thing for desaturated colors. Everytime you see high fantasy in games, there is so much saturated, especially in say, kingdom hearts. Though i love the final fantasy stuff, you can see its influence all over my work, i subconsciously want my characters to be different. So everytime i try to give them brighter colors they look cartoony to me ya know. I wear desaturated colors in real like too ;p. Im sure ill grow out of it eventually, but as it stands my mind tries to hard to be different whether its for the best or not ^^;
avodkabottle Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2009  Student Filmographer
Sonic grape, rofl.
Sorry, it just caught my eye.

Err but to make my comment more useful, I quite like how desaturated the colours are. In a fantasy like setting, I can't imagine how characters would wear super bright colours unless they were part of an entertainment troupe or royalty. I kind of get where FluorineSpark's coming from, though. Having a little bit of shiny stuff or flashy sashes or whatever isn't such a bad idea.
daydreamsinc Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2009  Student Traditional Artist

He looks fantastic! :love:
YanareKu Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
I love how you design the outfits of your characters with all of the random trinkets and details. Hopefully I can learn to be patient and do the same!
LoserFace1991 Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2009
WOO! i love it.
hes soooooooo cool.

good work!
Qayinn Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
Wow, his left arm (for us right) looks really... painful.
DaedP00L Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
very nice, love everything but the wings, to me they dont fit. But all and all a sweet picture with nice clean detail.
=P :)
CerberusLives Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2009   Digital Artist
Lovin' the feet :)
Veiis Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2009
Super manly dragon warrior woo!
Ra7ar Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2009
awesome set all nicly done.
BTD-Art Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2009
nice man really nice
originalbune Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2009   Digital Artist

I like his clothes
lazerus-reborn Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2009  Student Digital Artist
just thinking that, RJ

I love the blade, it looks really cool.

The overall design is great, the body is balanced quite well, and the wings + feet are really well thought out.

I love him ^^

though he looks more of a bad guy imo lol
RJTheBearEllis Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2009
Interesting. So you went with a Markus-esque design for the wings? (Markus from the second Underworld movie)
SOLIDIER Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2009
I like this guy :nod: ALOT
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