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[FoH] Station of Awakening (Jerial)

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Happy One Year Fall of Hyrule-aversary to meeeee~
So, this has been a passion project of mine that I've secretly worked on for months on end. I have hinted at it here and there to those who've endured my multiple rants and fangirl sessions over Kingdom Hearts, but I did my best to not let on that I was doing this at all. This was set to premiere upon Jerial's promotion to Pro Class, which hopefully would have fallen on this day, but I decided to give everyone a sneak peek into his future design while celebrating a special day for me personally.

For anyone who has played Kingdom Hearts, they should immediately recognize exactly what this is. In the Kingdom Hearts series, the central protagonists have dream sequences where they fall onto platforms made of stained glass called Stations of Awakening. Examples can be seen here, here and here. These structures paint a beautiful picture of the character in a comatose state, surrounded by objects and people that represent them, their hearts, their values, etc. It is, as the song goes, a "Dive into the Heart". I have forever held a fascination with stained glass, and the Stations of Awakening in particular have held a special place in my heart, along with the Kingdom Hearts series as a whole. Thus, I wanted to pay homage to it and make a piece of artwork that I was actually proud of it. Mission accomplished.

As Jerial is attached moreso to people than to objects, that which he places the most value on in the entire world are the people nearest and dearest to his heart. The halo surrounding his head contains his "special ones", people he loves in one way or another. The others surrounding him on the outer circle are also those who have won a special place in his heart, though not to the extent of the five central characters. The diamonds represent the Gerudo, known for the gemstones placed in their foreheads, and his association with luck, a la playing cards (Diamonds, Spades, Clubs, Hearts). Finally, the heart is actually "Kingdom Hearts", as an homage to the series, and as a reference to his supposed royalty as a male Gerudo and that, despite everything he has faced in his life, his heart is ultimately one of light instead of darkness.

To everyone who I have befriended over the past year here on DeviantArt and here in FallofHyrule, I sincerely thank you from the bottom of my art. You all are so unbelievably lovely, and I couldn't be more thankful that I've met each and every one of you. Thank you for allowing me to write the story of this hormonal, sexually-ambiguous, relationally-challenged dancer to its fullest extent, and I hope that each word written henceforth will only enhance the tales each of us have crafted together.

Resources:
Stained Glass Template
Marbling Design

All EXP and Rupees to Jerial, please!
Daichi belongs to SkyfaII 
Alei belongs to bwreckers 
Vanda belongs to FTLOOK 
Kiia belongs to whitemagerabbit 
Karan belongs to Fullmoon-senpie 
Llyr belongs to AnatomicalAndrogyny 
Kahili, Jung and Marci belong to KittyKyomi 
Jerial and Rajaion belong to follyoftheforbidden
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Sora-Kingdom3's avatar
Sora-Kingdom3Student Digital Artist
KINGDOM HEARTS STUFF! What else do you want me to add to this!? 
I need to do this stuff! I mean it's my favorite serie of all time! I should get to work soon enough... If it didn't look like hell to do lol! Geez I need to train to get glass effect stuff...
As for Jerial's, it just look beautiful! And I love all the meaning you put on it and explained on your description ^^!
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follyoftheforbiddenHobbyist Writer
Ah, a fellow Kingdom Hearts fan! I didn't know you liked it! ouo
You should! I will warn you, it is a LOT of work...and experimenting with colors and patterns and textures and all that lol but it's so rewarding once it's finished. Thank you for all of the compliments! That was super sweet of you.
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Sora-Kingdom3Student Digital Artist
Yeah! True that I didn't made anything about it on DA... But I did try, just Square who has really difficult designs ^^".
Yeah that's what makes me feel afraid lol! I don't use my program well enough for this kind of thing ^^". So yeah I would love to do it, but not now and not without help.
And you are welcome really! You deserve those compliments you are great ^^!
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Mochizuki-RinHobbyist General Artist
//likes this but has no fancy comments so leaves this here
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follyoftheforbiddenHobbyist Writer
Hahaha it's okay, thank you, Moon Daughter :heart:
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KDCMArtsProfessional Digital Artist
I must say that I'm in awe, Folly! This is beautiful, I especially love Jerial's attire for this ^v^
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follyoftheforbiddenHobbyist Writer
Thank you so, so much, Cookie! >u< I'm so happy you liked it!
And I'm really glad to know you like his outfit for this. It's definitely the prototype for his Pro Design, although there'll be some changes here and there. Nice to know it's well-received beforehand, though!
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skyquilHobbyist Digital Artist
//sCREAMS
THIS IS GORGEOUS
aaAAAAA??!!
i have no words :,,,D tysm for including floofie i am so honored Q0Q
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follyoftheforbiddenHobbyist Writer
Heehee I'm sooo glad you like it, Sky! >u<
And of course I included lil' Daichi! I do happen to have a soft spot for him, but he also made a huge impact on Jeri's life early on in his adventures. He definitely deserved a spot in the stained glass.
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FTLOOKHobbyist General Artist
Omw this is amazing! I'm glad Vanda's in there always love to see drawings of my babu.
Jerial looks awesome!! I love this style, look far enough away and it looks like a sundial as well! two in one.
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follyoftheforbiddenHobbyist Writer
I'm sooooo, so glad to know you like it. It always means a lot coming from you. Of course Vanda's in there! How could I not include her? Also, SUPER glad you like his new outfit. It's his Pro Design prototype, so I was hoping for a warm reception to it. It'll have some minor changes here and there (and possibly one major change >u>) but I wanted to give everyone a lil' preview. I never even thought of the sundial thing! Super smart, seeing as how I relate Jerial with the Sun Arcana.
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FTLOOKHobbyist General Artist
REALLY OMW HIS PRO DESIGN I CAN'T WAIT TO SEE THAT! Lol Persona, but yeah
I just noticed it randomly still looks like a cool stain glass thing from Kingdom hearts.
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follyoftheforbiddenHobbyist Writer
It's right around the corner! You'll see it soon, my friend :wink: rvmp 
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FTLOOKHobbyist General Artist
AHhhhh! And then I must Draw Vanda with em when she gets to Valkyrie ONE LEVEL AWAY!
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KittyKyomiStudent Digital Artist
Wow! This looks great!

Lookit greedy me and taking up three spaces all for my babs  pffft.

This is really well done, I'm proud of you.
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follyoftheforbiddenHobbyist Writer
Hahaha well your babes have made a considerable impact on booty boy's life, that's for sure. If at least Jung didn't make it in there, I think we'd have serious problems XD actually, I think he was the first one I knew had to be on here.

You just said you're proud of me and I'm not sure whether to burst into tears, explode with giddiness or jump up and down with joy but I'm doing an odd combination of all three right now and GAH TOO MANY EMOTIONS ;u;
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KittyKyomiStudent Digital Artist
But I am proud! You've improved so much!!!

the textures, the patterns! its gorgeous!! In a year you've grown this much I can only imagine what you'll be like next year... sheesh I gotta step up my game!
AnatomicAndi's avatar
OH MY GOD
OH MY GOD THIS
OMG. I JUST.
HES SO PRETTY.
THIS IS SO PRETTY!
AHHHHHHHJDKAL:HFJKL:A FOLLY THIS LOOKS SO FANTASTIC I CAN'T WORDS. <3
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follyoftheforbiddenHobbyist Writer
AHHHH I'M SO HAPPY YOU LIKE IT! >//u//<
It was so hard keeping this from you and Kitty and Looker and Nosc lol I kept wanting to show you all soooo badly! But I'm glad the surprise was worth it all. Thanks for always encouraging me with my art - it makes projects like this possible to tackle :heart:
AnatomicAndi's avatar
Ahhhhh I bet! This was a fantastic surprise though!
Awwww I'm glad! I only speak the truth about your art though sir! X3
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