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words I never hear by My-Sword-is-Bigger words I never hear by My-Sword-is-Bigger

    We often hear that wine brings out the truth, but I daresay it does the opposite. It tells us the lies we wish to hear. It reinforces our delusions, our pretences, these the duty of the mother to preach. Even the mothers of barbarians, oh yes, how they whisper in their mud hovels when I come by.

    “Hush, child. We cannot be found here, child,” they say. (They lie.) “… We are safe here.”

    MY MOTHER HAD NO SUCH WORDS FOR ME!

    Oh, but the wine had. I catch the faintest whiff, these words I never hear, I steal breaths of them when I am drowning. They, a strain of melody; a song I am somehow not entitled to enjoy. A song sung by a thousand throats when young lord Jaegor used to weep.

    But my, what made you so worthy, my lord? What made you worthy?


~ Lovarion dir Falr
the emperor of the world.



   Characters   ||-|     Ruso     ||    :bulletred: Lovarion     ||     Jaegor     |     Balieus      |     Echeris     |-||     World

The tattoo on his leg says "lord and master". The ones on his arm are Household honour designs.

Moar Lovarion!
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Oh, I can write a Critique? Why, this will save me a comment to make.^^

You told me that you see yourself more as a designer than as an artist and I thought about it and I just didn't buy it. And this is proof. This is fine art! I bet I could hang a print of this in a museum and people wouldn't notice.

There's a lot going on here. So many lines in the right places! Such textures! But I'll skip that part because I would only bore you with simply listing all the details I see. Instead, I'd like to focus on the shading and lighting, because it is amazing and it sells the whole thing!
  • The brooch is just delicious! It's not just because it's red, but having such a strong colour in an otherwise lower-saturated image helps. It looks like glass (or a polished gem, because all of the nice-looking "gems" in my life were made of glass) and it has all the important properties! It gets darker with the curve of the material and with the direction of the light. And the reflection is the icing on the cake.
  • Shiny metal things. Given that the brooch reflects so well, I wonder if the goblets and the bracelet shouldn't reflect more, because it looks like it could be expensive, this way it looks a bit low-grade or possibly old and not well cared for. Maybe you were going for that.
  • Window light. It might seem like a small and simple addition to some, but
    1. they are wrong, perspective is hard and you nailed it and then there's even the shadow on the leg!
    2. there is an offset in saturation near the character's head and it somehow manages to make both the background near the head and the character on the bottom more interesting
    This is the attention to detail that I expect from a 3D rendering engine, not from an average artist. You are neither and that is a compliment


Other things I'd like to mention:
  • The tattoos. I like them. Especially the one on the upper arm. Is that a symbol for fire?
    Unrelated to the tattoos, I still like the writing system, it looks more ordered here than on a previous piece
  • Damn, the details are amazing the more I look at it.
  • I already mentioned the textures, but you went an extra step for the skin. Veins. Friggin' veins! And then there's the scar and it gives me the feeling that you have it saved somewhere in a better resolution and you can zoom in even further (this doesn't contrast with the surrounding detail).


I didn't notice those were wings until I remembered they belonged to the character... which is good. Bat wings are stretched which is why they look so different to what I see here, but if they weren't, and if they were thicker, this might just be an accurate representation.

The only issue I have with this image is the top and top-left border of the cloth, on the shoulder and on the back: It's too edgy. Those folds are sharp and my eye tells me that they should be rounded.

By the way, as far as I can tell, A+ on anatomy. :thumbsup: Also, usually, most of your male characters look feminine instead of young, but this is definitely young instead of feminine (although I understand that it's more complex than that with the additional gender and all that).

OK, and the wine spill isn't as smooth as the rest of the image, but I almost didn't mention it. But I have the feeling that you have trouble painting realistic liquids in general. Not that I could help you with that in any way. =D

No, but the real reason I wanted to write a Critque on this one was the frame. I know you used it before, but it looks great here. I'm not sure what it is about it, it just reminds me of a window or a a mirror with the different saturations and the refraction-like effect. It tells me that the image I see could be optimised for my screen (of course, it's more that my screen should be optimised for images), and yet I didn't see it until I saw the frame, so it's good the way it is.
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Dreaming-Demon Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
You have caught a dark theme in a very beautiful way. The lighting, shadows and low saturation create an amazing atmosphere :)
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My-Sword-is-Bigger Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Aww thanks! That's what I was going for, glad you liked it :la:
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Dreaming-Demon Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
You're welcome :aww:
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My-Sword-is-Bigger Featured By Owner Edited Mar 29, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Woooaahhh dude thanks so much for the awesome comment! :la: I'm so glad you like this piece so much!! The poem is wonderful, don't apologise :) I don't think I've ever really had someone write an actual full-blown poem for my stuff before. That is absolutely amazing. xD

You know, funnily enough, the next words in the scene (which aren't in the description cos I didn't want it to get too long) was exactly "More, give me more." I was wondering how you'd somehow telepathically known that. :XD:

Argh, anyways, again thank youuuu! :iconsupertighthugplz: Do you mind if I feature your poem in some way? Like in a journal or a status post?

I usually don't ever get comments from non-watchers at all!
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Robino Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2016  Hobbyist Writer
Hey, your welcome! Do with the poem what you want (I would be honored if you mention it somewhere). 

I went through your gallery to find something that I liked, that's how I found your piece.
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My-Sword-is-Bigger Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Awesome, I shall! :la: I'll tag you when I do feature it so you'll know :)

Ah right! I kinda thought you found it through the forum lol, which was why I edited that part of the comment away.
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Robino Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2016  Hobbyist Writer
I saw your original/unedited reply on my phone. That's why I still answered that question ;-)
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My-Sword-is-Bigger Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Ah, right. xD
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silentillusion Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2016  Professional Filmographer
Love the sombre colours and emotion of this piece. Very nicely done!
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My-Sword-is-Bigger Featured By Owner Edited Mar 29, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Aww, thanks so much! :icongwompplz:
And thanks just for commenting! Like literally almost none of my pics get comments from non-watchers! :O
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silentillusion Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2016  Professional Filmographer
No problem! :3 People should comment more often in general.
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My-Sword-is-Bigger Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Yes, yes they should :dummy:
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My-Sword-is-Bigger Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
:la: What an awesome comment! :squee::squee::squee:
(It's poetic? :iconrlyplz: Aww thank you!)

I ended up rephrasing the whole sentence and … keeping that part. Just can't find anything else that gives the same feeling :hmm: But thanks for pointing it out. Now it's gone to "these the duty of the mother to preach", which somehow sounds more awkward, so I might change it back. Adding a "that are" is the easiest option but it feels a bit too long when I do ..

Hey, "the rotting wood behind the gold-foil throne" is pretty poetic too. :D I dunno what to call them either. Tuarali is Lovarion's family, but Vrahl is … well, hard to define. xD Good point, I hadn't actually thought about it that in-depth, but seeing him like this would probably terrify Tuarali. She's only ever seen him after he's passed out. Vrahl makes an effort to keep everyone away from Lov when he's in his ranting mood, partly for their own safety.
Bathroom scenes is a good comparison! Thanks, I'll angle it more towards that feeling, now.

Thank you! :happybounce:
(Haha when I make it shinier it starts looking like anime ^^; I should go learn how to draw reflections.)
He's sitting on the floor. I probably should have added some reflections to make it look marbly, but I'd spent too long on this already, so … :faint:
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Pebblefur Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
(Love that window shadow on the wall o_o)
oooh you coloured this awesome picture! 
whoa that's a lot of spilt wine... is he crying over... spilt wine >u>
>u>;;; ... yeahhh sorry <_< (Icouldn'thelpmyself=u= )

Also, have I ever told you I wanted to stroke his wings? ._.
cos I do 
don't think I'm weird or anything...
By the way, you coloured everything really well ;u;
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My-Sword-is-Bigger Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
(Thanks! It was a good last minute addition.)
You couldn't help yourself what o.o
No he's not

You haven't actually :lol: Do you now? He gets that a lot. Even Jaegor likes to play with his wings.
Thank you c: It was about time Lov got a realistic picture.
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absolutejackass Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2015  Professional Traditional Artist
Amazing work darling!
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My-Sword-is-Bigger Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks so much! :dummy:
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Scr1b3 Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Bruh...
...Are you drunk?
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My-Sword-is-Bigger Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
*twitches on the ground in a puddle of spilt wine*
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Scr1b3 Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Nope
poisoned
now who, how and why?
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My-Sword-is-Bigger Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Random assassin: I uh … just had some spare poison left. .__.
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Scr1b3 Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
and for what motives, hmmm?
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My-Sword-is-Bigger Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Pfft, y'know. Just for fun. Killing is fun.
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Scr1b3 Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Until it happens to you that is :P
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My-Sword-is-Bigger Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
That can be fun too. There are poisonous bugs and plants that make you trip out before you die.
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My-Sword-is-Bigger Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you very much! I'll admit I had to push it at the end, cos it was sitting there 90% finished for weeeeks.

She wasn't strict, she was just crazy. xD A little more messed up than Lov himself. Amongst other things, she felt trapped and confused and started hating Althoren, and she took it out on Lov because he had a similar point of view as his dad.

Thanks xD It's just to fill up space tbh. The cloth being there to cover a foot I couldn't draw.
Good point though - my friend asked "why does he drink so much?" once, and I had to think about that one. He drinks but it doesn't really help him feel better. It just makes him philosophise and rant. But somehow he thinks it'll help, and he clings to that belief because he needs to know something can make him feel better. Even if it doesn't.

It depends on your screen I guess. Some people have lighter screens than me, and can see things in my pictures I can't, and others have darker. The clothes are quite light on my screen, but I have made them a bit lighter now. More than that and they look weird on my screen ~ I'm hoping they still look ok on even lighter screens. Thanks for the tip :D
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charcoalfeather Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
I see xD

Gooodd, no wonder Lov turned out so unstable. He definitely has mommy issues. 

Haha, good one. I do that a lot of the time too. Ah, I see. That's a familiar feeling for many people, I think.

Yeah, I saw this on my phone and it looked lighter than it did on my laptop. I checked now and yes, it's easier to see now that you've made things lighter.
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My-Sword-is-Bigger Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Probably also why he's such a control freak, too.

What, wine addiction? Or a pretend-cure? I certainly hope it's not a common feeling … at least find something healthier like sport addiction.

Awesome :D
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charcoalfeather Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Ah, and that's why he wants to destroy the gods, right? You said he didn't like the idea that they controlled so many things.

Pretend-cure.
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My-Sword-is-Bigger Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Pretty much. And because he thinks he can.

Ahh right. I suppose a lot of people do that. It's why there are so many addictions everywhere.
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charcoalfeather Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Hehe, I guess, his illusions will break eventually.

Indeed.
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My-Sword-is-Bigger Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Well when one wild Ruso scares the shits out of him, then ... xD
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My-Sword-is-Bigger Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Oh wow, thank you for the awesome comment! :la: :la: :la: And thanks for the fave ^.^ I remember you mentioning somewhere that you only fave when something is really striking.
In this state he isn't capable of killing anyone. Ranting incoherently, maybe. xD It's interesting to know your impression of him! Cos I know everything about him, so sometimes I'm not sure how he appears from the outside, or how I've portrayed him.

Eeep, you noticed! Thanks :happybounce:
The window was a bit of improv, cos something just looked incomplete, but I'm glad it worked. xD

:squee: Why yes, yes he has. And then Vrahl has to clean up and look after him and endure being ranted at in another language.
Thanks! His voice is so lovely honestly sometimes I sit there rereading it myself. Shh. Maybe if he'd been hugged more as a child he wouldn't have been so messed up ;_;
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Atlantihero-Kyoxei Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2015   Digital Artist
Eyy you're welcome! :hug:
Yeah I'm kind of really picky and selective about favourites for some reason XD I like having a relatively small-sized folder of top-quality art to browse through, or art that has a special significance. I don't really get it when people just fave every other thing that they only slightly like. But this one is definitely fave material for me :D

I think you described that aspect of character-design really well ^^ I'm the same with my characters, it's like, I know they're really in-depth characters with complex personalities, but I'm always worried that I'm not getting that across very well XD

Sucks to be Vrahl XD
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My-Sword-is-Bigger Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
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I use different folders for that. xD Main faves are like a "like" on facebook, just so you know I like it. Then there's faves of faves, which I use when something strikes me enough to remember that I have a faves of faves folder. Then a few folders for collecting art because of a certain design aspect, or a certain way it impacted me, etc. I'm one of those people.

Or even worse, if you're giving the wrong impression. But hey, that's the point of feedback I s'pose. :la:

He needs more credit. I do plan to have a lot of him in the comics.
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