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This is an original character I have sneaking around in my head. He has a story that wants to be written someday, when I finally have time. So far he doesn't have a name, only a somewhat shady past. No stealing him. He's mine. :D

I'm actually really pleased with this image. I spent far more time on details than I normally do and I think it benefits from it.

Pose referenced partially from this image: www.deviantart.com/deviation/5… by the lovely :iconlinzstock:

If you haven't, check out her gallery. It's full of wonderful action and still shots of both males and females, as well as a zoo of animals and some great building and nature shots. I also glanced through some of her ship photos to figure out what a ship deck *might* look like from that angle.

I suspect, in real life, there'd be far more rope.
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ghostpoet73 Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2011
I live in the quiet before the storm..my life is done so I seek out new adventure. new thrills. I watch the horizion...nd feel the coming storm....
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Pisces-Dreamer13 Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2011
I don't want to steal him, but I was wondering, may I use him as inspiration for a possible scene for the book I am writing? He's amazing!!
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Roewyn Featured By Owner May 29, 2009
Ahh! I love this guy, he's pretty freaking awesome. And the expression on his face @__@. I wish I could draw my muses/characters as well as you can...
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:icondracochik16:
dracochik16 Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2009  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
How do you do to give skin such a realistic touch?
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:iconlisboan:
Lisboan Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2008
pirate ^^
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:iconwindkiss72:
windkiss72 Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2008
He's hot! :+fav: :D
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:iconlilyguinevere:
LilyGuinevere Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2008
oooh...he's YUMMY! yours, but still yummy. for that matter, all your men are super-sexy. :D
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:icondrawandquartered:
DrawandQuartered Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2008
Absolutely a stunning piece of art. I'm so impressed with your style. Beautiful piece!
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:iconicedance4ever:
icedance4ever Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2007
can't wait to read about him someday! you did a great job! :D
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:icongoblinqueeen:
GoblinQueeen Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2007
Absolutely classic, I'd love to read a story about him :)
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:iconcheirodepipoca:
CheiroDePipoca Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2007
Handsome pirate! :flirty:

Must :+fav:
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lilhottiegrl225 Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2007
AMAZING! *applaudes* i love it. I think a good name for him would be Damion. *shrugges* sounds kool. :+fav: :+favlove:
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:iconcrimsonlyre:
CrimsonLyre Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2007
Beautifully done. Facial expression is a bit awkward for me, but fantastic coloring and lighting.
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:iconthe-fairywitch:
The-Fairywitch Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2007  Hobbyist Digital Artist
OMG, I'm in love!:love:
But you say he's yours:(
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:iconhabitualflippancy:
HabitualFlippancy Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2007  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I didn't even have to read your comment to know he was trouble! :)
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:iconflordelys:
flordelys Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2007
what a dreamboat. would love to know his story someday :heart:
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:iconpaleronin:
PaleRonin Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2007
I got used for a pirate! Sweet!

Arr!
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:iconmelissafindley:
MelissaFindley Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2007  Professional General Artist
:D Glad you like it!
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:iconnathie:
nathie Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2007  Professional Digital Artist
that´s so lovely! i just browsed DA and found it randomly.

:love:
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:iconmenacingsky:
MenacingSky Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2007   Writer
love love love this! =D
Def benefitted from all your hard work on the details. The clouds, the wind blowing his clothes and hair, the lighting/shadows, scar! so great!
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SparrowsFlame Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2007  Hobbyist General Artist
So, is this another one of those gorgeous guys that you're tormented with running around your head?? :fear:

He's very nice looking! :heart: I hope to hear his name and story soon. His eyes are amazing. I could...lose.....myself.........................

Huh?? Oh, nevermind. ;) Great piece!! :clap:
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moonlitflame Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2007
UR Amazing! Honestly. Your stuff just gets better and better.
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:icongunnersgreatest:
gunnersgreatest Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2007
Incredible!! Great job!
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:iconrenilicious:
Renilicious Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2007  Hobbyist General Artist
Ooohh.. He could buckle my swash any day. Well done! Beautiful details throughout!
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CarrotxStuffing Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2007  Hobbyist General Artist
The detail on the arms and his hands is amazing!
Good lord, even I couldn't be bothered adding veins and stuff in :P

Kudos to you! Lots of kudos! :heart:
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:icondomi91:
Domi91 Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2007   Interface Designer
good ;p
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:iconklehlyn:
Klehlyn Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2007
I HART PIRATES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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:iconlyntaylor:
LynTaylor Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2007  Professional Writer
Kinda reminds me of Wakka from Final Fantasy X :D. Nicely done btw :hug:
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:iconmelissafindley:
MelissaFindley Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2007  Professional General Artist
Haven't played FFX... just bought (and am getting my butt kicked at) FFXII--but I'm enjoying it immensely.
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LynTaylor Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2007  Professional Writer
Oooh, haven't been able to find FFXII around the shops (not that I've been looking real hard). I've heard it isn't as good, but everyone likes something different :D
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MelissaFindley Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2007  Professional General Artist
Well, it's my first foray into Final Fantasy, so I don't really have anything to compare it to. But hunky, gorgeous sky pirates with to die for accents go a long way toward winning me over toward a game.

I think I shall go back to making Balthier run about a bit. Mmmm.... leather pants...
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:iconlyntaylor:
LynTaylor Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2007  Professional Writer
LOL! :lol:
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:iconxxgen:
xxgen Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2007  Student Interface Designer
what a hunk. ;)
you're very talented, great job!!! :D
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:iconyume-megami:
Yume-Megami Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2007
wonderful!
I love all the little details in this picture. Simply awesome!
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Spice-powers Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2007  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
i really like this one, he is very awsome :P pretty hot too ^^ Can i sugest a name?: Farwine loool... i don't know what is it, i just remind that name when i see the picture. Good luck with your story :D
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ryoko25 Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2007  Student Writer
oooohhhh!!! he's so cute! but yeah, i actually went on a boat (they actually had used it in the first potc movie as the dauntless!) and it had way more rope...
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arisuonpaa Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2007
Great use of reference.
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StaccatoHarmony Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2007
I like his pants. That little fraying spot on the right knee is really cool. Though I'd agree that a real ship would have a lot more rope. Beautiful picture, per usual!
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:iconterrauh:
Terrauh Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2007  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
yes, very good job on the details! looks wonderful :)
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:iconkaytara:
Kaytara Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2007  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Beautiful! ;D
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quickreaver Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2007  Professional General Artist
Taaaaasty! Great job, Melissa! But you knew I'd covet the little skallywag. :XD: One think I MIGHT do, and it's easy peezy, is stick something in that big empty sky. It's like a 'white hole'. A wisp of cloud, a distant bird or three (birds in the sky give you instant life and believability)...just a little frou-frou to stop the eye from drifting off the page. I LOVE the hole in his knee; you really looked at cloth! Faboo, m'dear! Faboo! Arrrr!
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hachiko Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2007  Professional Filmographer
awesome *______________________*!!
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Rita-Ria Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2007  Professional Traditional Artist
more and more wonderful artwork!!
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Darcise Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2007
*____*
great? wonderful? i don't know.
:+favlove:
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