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World So Cold
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Published: February 18, 2012
© 2012 - 2019 Absolute-Sero
More Dark's Watch-related concept work. This is not an actual scene from any point in the comic, but symbolic. A lot of DW concepts have been light so far, and while the story starts out that way.. but I need to stress that while the beginning might seem light, it gets darker in nature as the story progresses.

sketch (w/ lyrics in the description) is in my scraps here: [link]

Though they don't look alike, Val and Lory (for newcomers to the story) are brothers; Val is 18, Lory 22. (Lory however is a great deal taller than Val. And Val is very underweight as well as short, so he looks even smaller than Lory.)
The song posted alongside heavily-inspired it, and I added the lyrics out of some realization as I was finishing this that I can't say too much about it. You'll have to wait and read the comic.

It's been a while since I've tried painting my pencil lines.. I took a different approach than I have in past and made it much more painterly, and embraced the sketchy look rather than try to fix it, and worked with the texture my rough scan provided. Val's tattoo I nearly left out, and elected to leave as-is, though best bear in mind that it's being redesigned; general concept will stay the same, I imagine.

1 hr to sketch; 7 hours to paint, mostly in SAI/touch-ups in CS2

Val, Lory, and Dark's Watch concepts and art (c) *genji-rose

The lyrics however are by 12 Stones - you can listen to the song here: [link]
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diana-hndProfessional Digital Artist

The sketch alone was pretty emotional, and this... this doubles the impact.

Hm. A knife. No blood on it.
.... Not yet, that is. :fear:

To Val, P.S.: That's an awesome tattoo at the back there.
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Absolute-SeroHobbyist Digital Artist
Usually I lose some of the feeling when I pretty-up sketches like this.. the turnout of this makes me think I might do another picture in the same style as this one eventually.

Ohhh, you noticed. >8] *ominous silence*

Sooner or later I'll make the tattoo design official and draw it so you can actually see what it is. (:
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MikkhosHobbyist Digital Artist
Wow... This is beautiful. So very emotional. I love... LOVE Val's expression of agony. You really nailed it. He looks like he's in a lot of pain- not necessarily physical. The tears look awesome, the clothes. Everything. You are SO talented. -envy-
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I'm thrilled that you think it looks good - and what you described is the sort of feeling I was aiming for.. yay for a small victory! Every other sketch I've coloured has lost its original feeling.. I was overdue. XD
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