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Aelwen Chracter Illustration 2

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Illustration of Aelwen at the second half of the book.
This took a long time to finish...

Her look at the beginning of the book: Aelwen Character Illustration 1 by InkRose98
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Out of curiosity, I opened the original drawing of Aelwen just because it's been so long since I've seen her as a human.

In the space of a year, it's almost unreal how much of a difference there is. The original Aelwen was well-designed, but she lacked anything that showcased her personality.

THIS Aelwen is ready to kick forty types of butt and reclaim everything and anything that's been stolen from her. I would love to see a side-by-side just to showcase how much Aelwen's evolved from your initial incarnation.

I love her outfit. I love that she's in a dress, but it's practical for combat. I love all the little details on her dress that are no doubt personal items that reveal even more of her personality. I love her boots. The colors are perfect, calling back to the initial design of her in green, but showing the red of her dragon form with pride. Also, I'm super jealous of all that shading. IT'S AMAZING. (end fangirl moment)

What I really love is her expression. It's like she's just spotted an enemy and she's prepping herself (and maybe anyone who's following her??) for a fight. She looks fierce, confident, and even hopeful. She is not one to back down, she looks ready to face the odds and beat them.

Your art style has definitely improved since Aelwen's first appearance, and I'm excited to see what other ideas you have for the Dragon Queen universe.
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For one thing, this drawing is amazing, there isn't really anything bad I can say about it, for the most part at least. The vision, I can see your idea clearly put out into drawing. For originally however, it is quite unique but I feel like I've seen her dress somewhere before and the dress doesn't seem very original, well to me at least. I for one was absolutely blown back at the technique you used. Honestly the technique used for this piece is absolutely amazing. When I saw this I was blown back, the impact was great to. Honestly I can really say anything but good things, apart from originality at the least. Now I know some may think differently but this is my opinion and everyone has their own opinion. But overall this piece is amazing.
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Once again Ink Rose amazes me with her art for hir first original fantasy series "Dragon Queen". Showcasing fresh new shading and outlining techniques I can see that a lot of time went into this piece featuring and ADULT Aelwen. Seeing Aelwen as an adult considering what already happened to her in the story so far also makes me wonder what will happen later on in Dragon Queen. She draws a line between regal and feral and stands directly on top of that line seeking revenge for her kingdom and her parents, and I can't wait to see that happen.
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Actually, she's still a teenager, albeit older now. :) I'm raising her age in the book now that I'm editing it.
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Thanks for clarifying.
Regardless, Aelwen's now a majestic badass.
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Vision: I can clearly see your idea for not only Aelwen's appearance in general, but also the pose overall. The way you wanted the dress to move, the expression on her face, and her stance are all beautifully executed.
Originality: It is rather pirate-esque and that does take away from the originality because, well, I've seen about a thousand female pirates with the general boots, layered clothing, and stripes. However, the water she appears to be control does add an original element and so does her color scheme. Red is a common color with similar outfits, but not that sea foam/minty color. When I see outfits like these I typically see a lot of muted colors, but these aren't. They are vibrant and eye catching. The brown hair and the red streak are also not that original, alongside the sword. However, Aelwen is a unique character and the intrigue behind her in this picture really does convey this.
Technique: Your technique is gorgeous. The shading is done amazingly and the fabric flows just as it should. I especially love how detailed you got with everything. the strands of brown in her red streak, the details on the sword hilt, and the way her hair falls.
Impact: A young girl looking fierce doesn't make a huge impact. However, the more I look at the picture the more that expression on her face impacts me. On the initial impact, it falls short. However, when taking the time to really observe and take in the art, the impact is powerful.
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All right, Ink! Been awhile since I've given you a critique, but here we go again! So here we have Aelwen's human form? All I can say is, her overall visual aspect is even more than exactly what I had in mind when thinking of your Dragon Queen series! I love the detail on her boots, the detail on her dress, and I even have to say I admire the visual detail of her sword. The handle part of the sword with the small marks and texture overall feel very lifelike! I feel like I'm seeing an actual sword, an actual epic, solid, silver, respectable, platinum sword. Her hair is also very nice done as well. The curls, the shading, the texture, the overall presentation is top notch! Her hair with a small red highlight there does amusingly make me think of her as an Equestria Girls character. More explanation on her dress, in which I like the color schemes. Aelwen's outfit really looks as it exactly sounds in the story! The laces, ends of the coloring, and the overall compliment the red gives to the turquoise gives it that overall flare! Aside from her dress, her neckband makes me think of her as one of the Dazzlings from Rainbow Rocks, though it gives me the idea of what she's sporting as the Dragon Queen herself. The silver bird also is a nice touch and a brilliant idea as it matches the story for what it is! Her ears are als very nicely done, giving off the impression that Aelwen isn't just any normal human being, her unique powers and abilities, what she can do, her side of a Dragon is apparent! I was not exactly sure what was up with the swirling water when writing this critique, there might've been a part in the second half of the story I haven't gotten to yet, but nevertheless, the presentation of it looks incredible, something that took a long time to draw. I might not know or remember what exactly it references directly, but I know you put the effort into putting this supposed icing on the cake!

Finally, aside form her appearance, outfit, and hairstyle, the technique even feels better than before! Like previously mentioned the sword looks realistic to where it makes me come up with an artistic metaphor, but things such as her boots, her dress, and her hair, they all seem to be accompanied nicely by the shading, detail, lighting, realistic nature, visual variety, and cute color schemes. This could literally fool me as an actual photo of someone, because I kid you not, it is really that realistically good. Your overall picture here is just too much for me, I feel it goes beyond what I usually see. The art is without a doubt outstanding and respectable for everything. Absolutely everything. From the presentation, detail, vision, shading, coloring, variety, and dedication. Out of all the works I've seen from you so far, Ink, this is without a doubt one of the overall best pieces I've seen! I seriously can't believe how much talent and effort was put into this masterpiece, and I definitely see this as something that truly represents what Dragon Queen is all about. Art in it's truest form through visuals, writing, characters, plot, and originality.

Keep up the great work, Ink. I believe in you that you'll get better and better and never disappoint me with your golden, valuable, and absolutely epic art.
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While I feel you indulge me with your compliments, I always enjoy your love and appreciation for my work!
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Amazing as ever Ink Rose. She is gorgeous.:love: 
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Nice illustration.
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This design of Aelwen really fits her personality and character on how she now looks like further in the story. Especially with her necklace and sword. Great job! :D
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So adorable!
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Very beautifully done.

Also, does the new look remind anybody else a little bit of Skyward Sword Zelda?
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Cool! She has changed so much since the start 
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I'm assuming that Aelwen is older in this illustration. If she is older, she definitely lost her Queen Elinor vibe.
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Wow she looks so mature ^_^
Nice job Ink :D
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She's toughened up from her first illustration...
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Love it! You really have some amazing art skills. Clap Heart 
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Love the art work
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She looks amazing!
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Great work!
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