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Seb and Amalfi test by NikosBoukouvalas

So, I have been working on a small comic for akitku's contest (which I hope to finish in time). However as time came to add details to the pages, I realized I had a bit of trouble capturing her character's faces. So I started sketching and I came up with to passable ones. Sebastian, being the good fellow that he is, was easy enough to draw, but Amalfi... Blimey... If I go to hell, I now know I will be forced to draw his hair 24/7. I hope both come out looking better in the comic.
Kassiani and Theophilos Cover
I finally decided to upload a little commission on the story of Kassiani. I have been given few pages to work with and this has led to some issues when it comes to narrative (this is the first time I use exposition boxes). All in all, it could be better, but I am not displeased with how it came out. Hope you like it.

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PS: The cover is rather simplistic and this betrays a weakness of mine: I have trouble coming up with interesting ideas or composotions for covers, without going overboard with details. Any advice on the matter is always welcome.
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Kassiani and Theophilos page 9 END
I finally decided to upload the rest of my little commission on Kassiani's story. I have been given few pages to work with and this has led to some issues when it comes to narrative (this is the first time I use exposition boxes). All in all, it could be better, but I am not displeased with how it came out. Hope you like it.

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Kassiani and Theophilos page 8
I finally decided to upload the rest of my little commission on Kassiani's story. I have been given few pages to work with and this has led to some issues when it comes to narrative (this is the first time I use exposition boxes). All in all, it could be better, but I am not displeased with how it came out. Hope you like it.

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Kassiani and Theophilos page 7
I finally decided to upload the rest of my little commission on Kassiani's story. I have been given few pages to work with and this has led to some issues when it comes to narrative (this is the first time I use exposition boxes). All in all, it could be better, but I am not displeased with how it came out. Hope you like it.

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Kassiani and Theophilos page 6
I finally decided to upload the rest of my little commission on Kassiani's story. I have been given few pages to work with and this has led to some issues when it comes to narrative (this is the first time I use exposition boxes). All in all, it could be better, but I am not displeased with how it came out. Hope you like it.

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PS: Yes, Theophilos was pretty smooth with the ladies...
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Kassiani and Theophilos page 5
I finally decided to upload the rest of my little commission on Kassiani's story. I have been given few pages to work with and this has led to some issues when it comes to narrative (this is the first time I use exposition boxes). All in all, it could be better, but I am not displeased with how it came out. Hope you like it.

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I've been listening to some songs from a well known (one could say historic) Greek composer, Mikis Theodorakis and I was surprised to see one of his most songs*, "There is but one swallow" (I did all I could with translating it) performed in German! Of course I had heard that his songs had been performed in other countries (and therefor languages) but this is the first time I hear it... Perhaps any German speakers watching me will find it enjoyable, or at least interesting.  Unfortunately I could not find it performed in English :(



* Well... when I say his, I mean the composition of the music is his. The lyrics is a poem of the Greek Poet Odysseas Elytis. 

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ShadowOrder Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2018
I love your art, I have an odd obsession with the Eastern Roman Empire even more so than classical Rome. 
I have a question though, what is your opinion on the early Ottoman Empire, after 1453. From what I've read, the Ottomans during that time considered themselves the heirs to Rome (they weren't of course) and thus attempted to maintain many Byzantine institutions and policies. 
I am curious to know your perspective on this. 
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It is obviously difficult for me to not be biased :P

It is true that Mehmed considered himself Kaiseri i Rum (Ceasar of the Romans) and is even said to have attempted to merge Islam and Christianity into a single religion (but was forced to drop such attempts). Having being raised by a Greek servant-woman, he knew the tales of Alexander and Constantine and sought to emulate them in their deeds and conquests. I don't doubt that he really did see his Empire as the Roman Empire.

With that said, I am not aware if the average Ottoman citizen under Mehmed's reign saw himself as Roman. It seems to me that they instead saw themselves as the Caliphate, or a nation of Ghazis.

Their ethics also differed vastly from the Roman/Byzantine ones. War was seen as sacred, while Byzantines never considered it more than a necessary evil. Brothers of the Ottoman heir would be strangled to prevent revolts and Dhimmis were forbidden from riding horses or wear bright colors and were expected to follow a very specific code of ettiquette when adressing Muslims.

They just seem too different for me to consider them Romans under a muslim dynasty. I don't know if even they did (Mehmed excluded of course), despite the Seljuks calling their state Rum Sultanate.

Perhaps a Turk could better answer your question on the matter.
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ShadowOrder Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2018
I agree that they were pretty different and never truly considered themselves Roman on a societal level. It was really just Mehmed if anything. 
But yeah,
I was more curious of your perspective on that matter rather than a nonbiased answer of wisdom. I am curious about other's perspectives on topics. 
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Unistonen Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2018  Student Filmographer
Thank you for your :+devwatch: sir! Greatly appreciate the support :aww:
Hope you are also staying safe and sound during the hard times at Greece. Wishing you all strenght and wellbeing! Hope this madness ends as soon as possible.
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DragonStrider Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
Hey Nikos, heard about the fires in Athens, are you alright? Is the family well and accounted for?

Horrible business this was indeed...
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NikosBoukouvalas Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2018
Yes we are fine, thankfully. A friend had a house in the afflicted areas but it was somehow spared from the fires. Still many people died, even more were injured and then there is the enviromental damage.

Still I am grateful that no one I know was injured. Thank you for the concern.
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DragonStrider Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
Glad to hear you are fine. Hope the city can recover from this in time...

Such a shame about the victims and animals...

Is it known what caused it?
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NikosBoukouvalas Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2018
Arsonists most likely, looking to burn down forest areas so they could later (illegaly) build there. The strong winds took things out of control.
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Theophilia Featured By Owner May 29, 2018  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
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NikosBoukouvalas Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2018
Indeed! :'(

Thanks for remembering. No special sketch from me I'm afraid. I've been extremely busy lately. But HOPEFULLY I will be uploading the story of Kassiani next week.
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