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Bandit Hunters by maiji Bandit Hunters by maiji
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Did anybody really think I could go for so long without drawing another Dias and Claude picture? xD;;;; This is another case of finally getting down an idea I've had in my head for a long time - in an imperfect fashion, as usual. Discarded/gave up on a bunch of things and focused on the main image of the two of them. And why is it that whenever I try to seriously paint something, the picture always ends up feeling like it incorporates EVERYTHING I suck at rendering??? Sigh, at least it's done.

EDIT: Touched up a few really really minor details that were just bothering me. I don't think you can even see them at this size. XD;
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:iconmelody-in-the-air:
Melody-in-the-Air Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
*drool drool drooooollll~~~*
two super handsome hunks in one super awesome picture~!!!! <3
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maiji Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
XD; thanks!
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Multrox Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2012
Aww, This is really cool. If only you could get Dias as an ally in Claude's scenario. I would be rocking those two along with Chisato and Bowman.
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maiji Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks so much! When I play Rena's story my default party is usually Claude, Dias, Bowman and Ernest. Sometimes one of them is replaced with Opera. XD
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Phyice Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
This picture is beyond amazing! The dark colors really set the mood and I can just picture them in a dark forest hunting for bandits.
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:iconmaiji:
maiji Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you so much! :3
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Ireng0 Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2010
Really. Good.
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:iconmaiji:
maiji Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you very much!
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Evolvana Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2010   Digital Artist
I love Dias! :D your art is great, it looks like a cover for a book :)
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:iconmaiji:
maiji Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you! ^^
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Chihomaru Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2010  Student
Your welcome~! ♥
And thanks for replying! =D
I'm glad there are more Star Ocean 2 fans out there~ ^^
Everyone I ask.. never heard of it.. ><"
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maiji Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Awww, sorry to hear that. :{ You would hope that with the remake there would be at least a bit of new blood in the fandom, but it seems like it was too late :<
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Chihomaru Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2010  Student
Wow! I just saw this!
This looks amazing!!! :+favlove:
Thanks so much for sharing this! :heart:
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:iconmaiji:
maiji Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Aww, thank you! :D
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A-Lost-Soul4 Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2009
Dias; the most badass swordsman to ever grace a gaming console.

This is an amazing picture, it really is. I wish I could paint/draw half this good... how I envy you...
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:iconmaiji:
maiji Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
Aww, thank you very much! It's mainly a lot of drawing and immersing myself in the type of art I like. :3
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IchigoSakura Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2008  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Ooh, it looks like a doujin/manga cover. :3 I like it! I'm already pulled it by the layout and the overall feel of the two in the environment you put behind them. :3
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:iconmaiji:
maiji Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you so much! Hmm, makes me think I should have put more effort into the doujinshi cover I do ^^;
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IchigoSakura Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2008  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Awww~

Still, I think this and the rest of your art are excellent. :3
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InSaNeReTaRd Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2008
Wow, the shading, the perspective and their expressions are so much WIN!!!
Its great.
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:iconmaiji:
maiji Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you!
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Uzumaki-Akane-sama Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2008  Student Filmographer
This is SO AWESOME! I looked up a picture of Ixion, and saw it and had to take a look at your gallery!!! Wow...I love the costumes and the lighting! You did an awesome job :D!
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:iconmaiji:
maiji Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you so much! :D
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Uzumaki-Akane-sama Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2008  Student Filmographer
You're SOOOOOOOOO welcome!!! You have some amazing stuff here!!! :D!
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Maina11 Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2007
Im not sure if someones told you about this already, but someone took your pic and used it as a front cover for a game they claimed that they designed. Its on wiki, [link]
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:iconmaiji:
maiji Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2007  Hobbyist General Artist
LMAO, no, that's the first I've heard of it. Thanks for letting me know.
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firelight-27 Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2007
I was struck by how much this looks like a very well done book cover. I haven't looked at your other pictures yet but I'd love to know the storyline behind these characters.. bandit hunters just seems like it would be a good story
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maiji Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2007  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you so much!

They are actually characters from a videogame (Star Ocean The Second Story, which will be rereleased for the PSP as Star Ocean Second Evolution). The dark figure in the front is Dias Flac, a master swordsman from an underdeveloped medieval planet called Expel whose family was killed by bandits. The light figure in the back is Claude C. Kenni. He was an ensign in the Earth Federation (an interplanetary organization) before he became stranded on Expel by accident. Because of his alien clothing and his advanced weaponry (namely a regulation phase gun), he was mistaken for their legendary Warrior of Light. Fun adventures ensue!

In one of the game endings, the two of them travel Expel together, hunting down bandits. And that was the inspiration for this picture. ^^
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Rune33 Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2007
Although Sept is over After seeing some other Star ocean Dias pics I've decide to use him in my zelda story as Marth's elder brother
this is a good pic
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plangkye Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2007  Hobbyist General Artist
HOLY--!
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Raftrider Featured By Owner Dec 25, 2006
Epic painting maneuver! :jawdrop:
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Akiriana Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2006
i really like this one. It's dark, but also amazing. You don't see a whole lot of star ocean fanart..or shadow hearts fanart. They are like the rpg games that got left behind. I'm glad someone else draws them as well. And so beautiful at that. good job.
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emrys-xylina Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2006
Wow, this is some of the best Star Ocean fanart I've seen. :D
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escaflowne006 Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2006  Hobbyist General Artist
Great work especially the wind effect.:+fav:
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minhdo Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2006
The textures are really great and give this such a cool atmosphere!
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fongmingyun Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2006
Kehkeh, you make me wanna play SO. XD Are they this close in the real game, lol. Anyhow, I love the swirling capes and the up angle. Mm. Pretty CG, too.
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Aniviel Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2006   Digital Artist
Whooaa, awesome. The texture rocks my world.
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Jie-Kageshinzo Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2006  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Wow. That's seriously good, Cheesecake. Real media?
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:iconmaiji:
maiji Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2006  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you! ^^;; No, it's Painter ^^
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Princeofsorrow Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2006
Wow cool Work ^^
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:iconmaiji:
maiji Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2006  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you! ^^
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aurakage Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2006
<3 This is really lovely...it looks like it'd make a perfect book cover! X3 I love the textures in the bg and the overall dramatic feel.
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:iconmaiji:
maiji Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2006  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you so much! ^___^
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Sheharzad-Arshad Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2006  Professional Filmographer
WONDERFUL
now i'm inspired to do some anime fanart
that is a very rare thing for me
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maiji Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2006  Hobbyist General Artist
Wow, really? O.O Thank you! It means a ton that I was able to inspire you. What series in particular? XD Wouldn't mind seeing videogame fanart from you either ... =DDD
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Sheharzad-Arshad Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2006  Professional Filmographer
i'll just think of some that seem cool to me
like Bleach - or Samurai 7
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aelice Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2006  Professional Digital Artist
The textures are REALLY effective. Very professional, looks like a GN cover. :D Loving the angle, too.
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maiji Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2006  Hobbyist General Artist
Wow, thank you so much! That means a lot to me.

Pardon my ignorance, but what's GN? ^^;
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aelice Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2006  Professional Digital Artist
Graphic Novel. :heart:

Seriously, babe, at the rate you're improving, you'll leave DA behind for a glamorous job in New Zealand. ;A;
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Kazuki88 Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2006
AWesome pic! This Looks like this could be cover for a book or movie. :lol:
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