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Alyx - Dark Heresy Character

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Very late to upload, and nothing truly special, but this is the character I'm currently playing in a Dark Heresy roleplay. Which means yes, I am one of those creepy weirdos who plays the other gender in roleplay games.

Alyx Paige, an assassin from a hive world (a world with extreme population density, forcing cities to stack up upon themselves in layers to find enough habitation space).

She's got a lot of background, but very little has come up in game yet*, so I can't elaborate or I risk giving it away to the other players.
We have only one 90 minute gaming session a fortnight, so it's taking a while to unfold.
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Meh, playing as the opposite gender in games is nothing to be ashamed of. In fact, if I'm going to be spending a long time thinking about them (to come up with an appropriate background or appearance), then I would probably prefer to spend that time thinking about the opposite gender than the alternative.

And then there's computer games - If I'm playing a computer RPG and I'm going to be spending much of my gaming time watching my character's buttocks jiggling on screen, I'm pretty certain I would prefer to be looking at one of the opposing sex.

So, yeah, in short, playing as the opposite gender only makes you a creepy weirdo if you start using your character to flirt with other players of the same sex.

Aaaaaanyway, putting aside the "is it weird / normal debate" for a moment, the piece of art you've created here is pretty good. The face, in particular, has a very organic and human feel to it.

In general, there are quite a lot of little touches here and there that just 'sell' the organic-ness and elegance of the piece, such as the way that the bootlaces hang, or the creases in the clothing...

However, a critique is never useful unless it helps you to improve. One of the little things I noticed which didn't quite look right was that her ankles appear to be of two significantly different widths. (With her right ankle being noticeably slimmer than the left.) This could be dismissed as being an illusion caused by the clunkiness of her boots, however. Additionally, the left hand appears to look a little awkward, and is a touch too small. A hand should be approximately the same length as the distance from your chin to your hairline, assuming that your nose/glasses/unholy mutations don't get in the way.

Anyway, that's just me being overly critical. On the whole, it's an excellent piece, and you're certainly doing more right than wrong. (And more right than I tend to do in my work. :P)
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"In general, there are quite a lot of little touches here and there that just 'sell' the organic-ness and elegance of the piece, such as the way that the bootlaces hang, or the creases in the clothing..."
I'll credit the use of references here. Too many people are far too shy about references, thinking of it as cheating.

... yeah. Because actually looking at what you're trying to draw is breaking the rules. </sarcasm>
So, the laces were my old army surplus boots, the bodysuit an old lycra cycling shirt and some old pictures I took way back for the heavier trouser material.

But not the face however. I've been studying the proportions of the face extensively, and I'm beginning to be able to conjure reasonable believable faces from scratch.

And on the note of the mistakes - I have to agree. I may go back and fix them (it's easy enough to fix smallish mistakes in digital art, particularly things like size or position), but at the same time, I also do try and keep myself from endlessly reworking a "finished" piece. We'll see.

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"Meh, playing as the opposite gender in games is nothing to be ashamed of."
Of course it isn't. It's a game, it's an escape from reality - if you're going to insist on only ever playing your own gender in a game, then you're not doing a very good job of letting yourself free of reality.
However, there are a lot of people who'll look at you funny for it. Perhaps they just see it as rejecting your masculinity - but myself, I do wonder how insecure you have to be in your masculinity that RPing a girl is a threat to it.

It's quite ridiculous really. Roleplay is about being "Not me" for a while, so if I can play a lunatic who thinks all rabbits are part of a conspiracy to steal the Crown jewels, why is approaching RPing from the viewpoint of individuals who make up the other half the population seen as more of a threat to my native identity?

Still, I continue to maintain I'm a creepy weirdo. The cross-gender gaming is not the cause of it, however.