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MMORPG Series - Picture 1: Dark Age of Camelot by mistformsquirrel MMORPG Series - Picture 1: Dark Age of Camelot by mistformsquirrel
Thus begins my humble project.  For details on the overall project, please see here.  For details about this particular incarnation of the character, please read on below!

So, this is the original version of  Yumi - I created her shortly after Dark Age of Camelot's Trials of Atlantis expansion came out.  I'd wanted to try a Valkyn Savage, one of the new races/classes respectively.  I assumed it would be a throwaway character for an afternoon or two - little did I know the mayhem I was unleashing!  This version of her is rather... odd frankly, as it bears little resemblance to her later incarnations in personality, fighting style or even visuals.

Anyway, this version of Yumi is 13 years old, rather a brat, and mostly spent her time as a sidekick for a big troll Berserker named Rillan.  Despite the early installment weirdness going on here, I have an understandable soft spot for this version of the character.


MMORPG notes:

Dark Age of Camelot was the second MMO I ever played, and the first I genuinely fell in love with.  I spent a lot of time with EQ1, but half the time I was pulling my hair out; and I never did find a character during that period that grabbed my attention for long.

At any rate, she's wearing a low level variant of Midgard's Studded Leather armor.  I had to fudge a few details however:  I couldn't find matching boots, so I went largely by memory on those, they're probably not identical.  The bracers/wrist blades are entirely fictional - the hand-to-hand weapons I used in DAOC are very difficult to find a visual for online, so after spending an hour or so looking I gave up and went with my own design there.  I don't like doing that, but for a game that old, I don't think that's too shocking really.

It should also be noted that Yumi in-game was a Valkyn, which while not dissimilar to what you see here, was definitely more bestial and walked in a hunched over hobble/limp.  They also lacked tails.  As noted in my journal, I'm fudging the races I've used for her in various games, as I almost always have to 'make due' rather than getting something close to what I want.  Sadly it seems catgirls are not popular among MMO developers for some reason <;_;> *shrug* What'mIgonnado.

Artistic notes:

I'm fairly pleased with this piece.  It's definitely my most refined bit of work to date.  I wished I'd had the energy left to polish a few more areas up and integrate the background and foreground a bit better, but on the whole, I'm pleased.

My one dislike is the face, head and neck.  I'm not sure what I'm doing wrong there.  I've seen wonderful anime/manga style paintings and drawings with eyes even larger than what I used here, so I don't think it's that.  There's just something I'm not quite getting right there.  We'll have to work on that as we go along.   As for the head and neck - that was just bad proportion work early on.  Initially the head was too small, and when I sized it up I had to expand the neck too... and that screwed everything up, but I didn't really notice it until I'd already gotten into coloring and by then I'd decided "Oh screw it."  Hopefully the next piece will avoid that misstep.  (Let me rephrase that - if I can at all manage, it WILL avoid that.)

Next up:

Final Fantasy XI - Mithra Samurai!
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TouchedVenus Featured By Owner May 28, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
D'awww such a cute looking character! I always did like the Mithra. :D Great job on the clothing details. :aww:
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mistformsquirrel Featured By Owner May 28, 2014
Thanks! <^_^>
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TouchedVenus Featured By Owner May 29, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
You're welcome :D
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Caraig Featured By Owner May 17, 2014
The shading and colors really came out well on this! =)
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mistformsquirrel Featured By Owner May 17, 2014
Thanks! <^,^> I'm glad you think so!
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Cuthillius Featured By Owner May 16, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Frankly, this is gorgeous. I love it. Awesome shading.
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mistformsquirrel Featured By Owner May 16, 2014
Thank you so much!  That really makes me feel good about this project  hehe <^_^>m
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