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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 ( 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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Critique by DoodleMaus Jul 13, 2011, 8:30:47 AM
There are a few things I would suggest and most have to do with the lightning.

I really like the spell, it really does look very magical, but it's clear that it gives off light. My issue is not enough light. It should reflect on the ground, and the clothing and face should have a brighter reflection on it as well. Maybe just add a glowy wash of white color over the affected areas. Lightning is it's own light source!

And maybe a few stray arcs in the background clouds, very muted, might kick up this piece. <grin>

Another suggestion would be to work on the size of the hands. They need to be JUST a bit bigger. The anatomy of them is just fine, they just seem small and childlike.

Other than those points I have to say I love the color scheme you picked for this piece. Especially the desolate landscape. I'm terrible with backgrounds, I really envy you!

Very nice work. :)
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Sylistra-The-Scholar Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Very cool, I love coming across Oots fanart.
AraunChairec Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2012
... I KNEW I recognised your pictures! o_o I've visited your gallery before because of these!
Kaytara Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I am seeping into each and every fandom, looking for souls, yeah. :D
AraunChairec Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2012
o_o Mother of god.
StarInTheDarkness Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2012
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
Kaytara Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks, I'm honoured. :) :glomp:
Axel-the-firedancer Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2012  Hobbyist 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 Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2012
in my opinion it is perfect.
Kaytara Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks! :)
Internet-Ninja Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2011
Wonderful. Just make sure the picture is more an object of hate than of lust. You're in the danger zone!
Jzadek Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2011
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.
Kaytara Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2011  Hobbyist 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 Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2011
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 Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2011
It looks good small. But the preview version does not do your piece justice. You put amazing detail into it.

Featured [link]
Kaytara Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you for the feature, it made my day. ^^ :glomp:
LugiaLegend Featured By Owner May 12, 2011
Now THAT is what you call magic :D
willahman Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2011  Hobbyist 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.
Kaytara Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2011  Hobbyist 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
willahman Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Ah okay, that context makes much more sense then.
GlassMouse89 Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2011  Hobbyist
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 ;)
Kaytara Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2011  Hobbyist 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
GlassMouse89 Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2011  Hobbyist
Sounds like the infamous "V's alignment and the familicide" debates. Those were fun to watch ;)
Kaytara Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2011  Hobbyist 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
GlassMouse89 Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2011  Hobbyist
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)
jeslinmx Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2010
well, that has got to be the most OMG V art i have seen on dA so far.
Kaytara Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks! Check out the OotS fanclub, I'm sure you'll find more you like. :)
rodasaow Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2010
DemoComics Featured By Owner May 29, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
really nice
Bloom-Enchantress Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2010   Traditional Artist
great work!
headraline Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2010
awwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwww 'Suvie >_<
1337Salty Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2010
Awesome! Great job! =D
AdriusFrostglare Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2010
I've always been a sucker for mage-esque classes (AKA "clothies"). Really liked the lighting and display of power in this one. Only thing I'd change, though, would be V's position. Maybe making the drawing more symmetrical with arcane energy flowing from both her (yes, I believe it to be a her) hands. Other than that... fav'd!
Kaytara Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
"Clothies"? Haven't heard that one. :D

Well, the arcane energy IS flowing from both hands, but I know what you mean. I'd been planning to make the lighting more haphazard and all over the place, in different parts of the picture, but by the time I made that decision I'd already done the shading and colouration of the figure and adding additional light sources would have been too messy. X_X
SulZala Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Argh I can't believe I haven't faved that one yet! Now I did. And I'll do the analysis of your awesomeness in German because I can't write it in English. Argh.

Faltenwurf ist einfach genial, genauso wie die Schatten. Da ist entweder sehr viel Zeit oder sehr viel Übung dahinter - wahrscheinlich aber beides. Fuß;position ist sehr realistisch, an den Händen musst du allerdings noch arbeiten, aber ich glaube, das wird dir schon so oft genug gesagt. Die rechte Hand ist ein wenig klein geraten und sieht etwas seltsam aus, ich persönlich verhafte bei so Gelegenheiten jemanden der grade das Pech hat in meiner Nähe zu sein und zeichne die Hand dann von besagter Person ab oder ich benutze so eine Holzhand, aber die hat leider nur ein beschränktes Repertoire an Haltungen. Die linke Hand sieht aber richtig gut aus.
Die Blitze sehen wie etwas aus, von dem ich nicht getroffen werden will und auch der magische Staub an V's Händen sieht ungemütlich aus, das kann aber auch schlicht und ergreifend an V's Gesichtsausdruck liegen... Was bin ich froh, dass ich hinter meinem Bildschirm in Sicherheit bin ó_ò
Körperhaltung, Haare, Stirnreif und Hintergrund sind auch super geworden.
Baishare Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
This is great, you really have skills.
artastrophe Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
wow, awesome effects and I really like the background especially!

Of course, great work on the character too haha; I'm just really impressed by the background since I never spend any time on mine. >_>

Looks great!
Orumon Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2009
Ahh, the ever androgynous Varsuvius. Actually, this one has a slightly more feminine face than some others, but the body is sufficiently skinny that we still have doubts about his/her gender.

Truly amazing work with the lightning spell. Heh, although I can't place it I just get the feeling that this would be the look on Varsuvius' face when Elan was challenging hir sanity.
Violeta960 Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2009  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Wow, great! :D I'm still fairly new to OotS, but I recognized him/her inmediately. Great job on the colors.
Kaytara Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks for the comments. :) Welcome to the fandom! :D
Violeta960 Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2009  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
You're welcome. :D
Cerb2 Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2009
Perfect. You kept the androgyny while still drawing a realistic person. Really good job.
Kaytara Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks. :D
Raistlin82 Featured By Owner May 27, 2009
This is great!
S/he just fits in with the character.

Now... when are you gonna paint Dark Vaarsuvius? :P
nemari-etc Featured By Owner May 20, 2009   Photographer
Vaarsuvius! :D I love it. The spell is just fabulous; the light and the shape of it is great.
I think this is going in favourites.
Kaytara Featured By Owner May 20, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you. :)
WordMage Featured By Owner May 13, 2009  Hobbyist Photographer
Yay! Perfect V! S/he's one of my favorite characters. *insta-fav!*
Kaytara Featured By Owner May 14, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks. :) Same here. *crosses fingers* O.O I'm optimistic, though. Character growth, learning your lesson, all that.
Panien-Feine Featured By Owner May 7, 2009
Ouuu, it's Vaarsuvius! And shiny lightning!
That's some really stunning lighting there. So many colors in this piece, yet they all come together in some kind of art-harmony-thing.
This is going into my favorites :D
Kaytara Featured By Owner May 10, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks. :D And yay, another OotS fan! ^^
felinaedeath Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2009
awesome as well! ^______^
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