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Published: December 2, 2008
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There, it's finally done. This has been sitting on my computer for a couple of months now and I can't even roughly estimate how many hours it took. A very slow and painful progress and there are still too many things I'm not very happy with, but I've passed the point of no return for them ages ago, so there's little to be done.

Ahem. A little introduction. This is a tribute (read: fanart) to Vaarsuvius, an elven wizard specialised in evocation and just one of the awesome characters from the webcomic Order of the Stick (www.giantitp.com) by Richard Burlew. If you're into fantasy and DnD at all, you'll find plenty of laughs there.
I have recently noticed that the pictures I end up spending the most time and effort on are usually fanart of some kind. Not that I dislike fanart, but it is a depressing thought nevertheless. Meh.

Close-up here: [link]

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Sylistra-The-ScholarHobbyist General Artist
Very cool, I love coming across Oots fanart.
AraunChairec's avatar
... I KNEW I recognised your pictures! o_o I've visited your gallery before because of these!
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KaytaraHobbyist Digital Artist
I am seeping into each and every fandom, looking for souls, yeah. :D
StarInTheDarkness's avatar
Good job making him... her... uh, it look androgynous (PSST! I think V's a guy!)! The lightning looks amazing!

I set this as my iPod background. <3
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KaytaraHobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks, I'm honoured. :) :glomp:
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Axel-the-firedancerHobbyist Digital Artist
will we ever find out if V is a She or a He? we really don't know XD
great job, epic i would say
GalifreyanOWL's avatar
in my opinion it is perfect.
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KaytaraHobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks! :)
Internet-Ninja's avatar
Wonderful. Just make sure the picture is more an object of hate than of lust. You're in the danger zone!
Jzadek's avatar
I really like the picture - you've got a lot of talent. The lightning, and the shading of the clothes is very good. However, Vaarsuvius looks a little too feminine to be ambiguous.
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KaytaraHobbyist Digital Artist
I've had others say that ve looks very androgynous here, so yeah. >D

What parts do you think look too feminine? The face, or the figure? Both?

Thanks for the comment. ^^
Jzadek's avatar
Looking again, I'm afraid I can't answer you - I think I was wrong, you did a good job of making V androgynous, and I'm not sure why I ever thought you hadn't.
Kit-C's avatar
It looks good small. But the preview version does not do your piece justice. You put amazing detail into it.

Featured [link]
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KaytaraHobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you for the feature, it made my day. ^^ :glomp:
LugiaLegend's avatar
Now THAT is what you call magic :D
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willahmanHobbyist Traditional Artist
my my you really captured the androginous element of V here.
And the lightnight is superb, as well as all other lighting in the picture.
IF anything could be possibly wrong with it, I'd say perhaps a more fitting expression for V, s/he tends to either be fristrated or a mix of contempt and apathy when s/he is killing something with lightnight.
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KaytaraHobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you for the comment.

I drew this during V's dark character arc. So the more ominous expression seemed appropriate... O.O
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willahmanHobbyist Traditional Artist
Ah okay, that context makes much more sense then.
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GlassMouse89Hobbyist
Heh. This is what brought me to your gallery. Awesome V piece (especially the lightning)!

I'm glad there's someone else who (seems to) think V is the most interesting character of the lot. S/he's awesome ;)
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KaytaraHobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks. ^^ Great the lighting came out okay, it was hell to draw.

Yep, V is definitely one of the most interesting characters at the very least. It's a hell of a stunt to have a character do what V did and still remain relatable, sympathetic, and generally still making us care. A lot. You wouldn't believe the debates I got into back in the day to defend V's characterisation. :D
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GlassMouse89Hobbyist
Sounds like the infamous "V's alignment and the familicide" debates. Those were fun to watch ;)
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KaytaraHobbyist Digital Artist
And almost as fun to participate in. XD Heated, though. Rich has a knack of bringing completely unsolveable and controversial issues to the debate table. XD
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GlassMouse89Hobbyist
That is definitely true - "Belkar's alignment", "V's gender", "Miko's antagonism", "V's alignment"... or, y'know, maybe people just love to argue ;)
I kid. Rich is definitely a good writer, and one who understands the value of three-dimensionality and complexity.

Hey. I did a V myself (nowhere near as awesome as yours, but since yours was the inspiration....): [link] (I love trying to make hir look androgynous)
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