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Kings Quest IV - Rosella

Okay, I got distracted from my Dragon Age drawings pretty seriously by this piece.  Kings Quest IV was my very first computer game EVER.  It was actually a gift for my dad and I watched him play until I was able to figure out how to work it as well.  We originally played it on his old laptop, but couldn't win the game because we couldn't make it down the path from Lolotte's castle with the arrow keys (you had to double tap to start and stop and it was just too difficult!)  Eventualy we got our first "color" computer and mouse and finally won!

 It formed my hard core adventure game addiction at the tender age of about six or seven, and taught me to save early and save often.  It also taught me how important it is to learn to spell correctly (it's a parser game and every command has to be typed correctly or it won't work).  I spent hours playing this game, being terrified of the scary tree, that big ogre, and that terrifying random troll in the cave.  I love Rosella as an early female protagonist, and I much prefer the IV version to the KQVII version.  

I've been wanting to draw a tribute to her for a long time, but nothing was ever quite good enough.  And then this image suddenly popped into my head and it was all over. The inspiration for the style here is a mix of Alphonse Mucha and Alan Lee.  I'll be honest, I'm pretty happy with it.  

Hope the very tiny Kings Quest fandom enjoys it as much as I do. 

EDIT:  I completely forgot to credit the stock I used for that horse.  This is one of Venomxbaby's beauties.…
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Tamarandom's avatar
Kings Quest! Yay! :D
RanmaCMH's avatar
Kings Quest high five!
Journei's avatar
How lovely!!! :D
magikdust's avatar
I always admire the simple use of colours'. :)
My first game was Prince of Persia... never finished as it actually scarred me... those damn chopping things... *shivers.
RanmaCMH's avatar
I never had a chance to play Prince of Persia!  There are still a lot of games I need to catch up on.  

It's funny the things that freak us out as kids though, isn't it?  
magikdust's avatar
totally. but i blame the fact that we used the internal computer speaker things... made life so much worse.....
PixelBoo's avatar
This is stunning. Do you have future plans for this piece like adding full color? Or will you be leaving it in its current glory? Either way this pleases me (even though I know nothing of the subject)
RanmaCMH's avatar
You know, this is one where if I had more time I would hook up that tablet and experiment with painting it in.  I really don't have the time now so it's going to stay as is.  If someone else had time mebbe…. I dunno… someone who just graduated er sumthin….
ChocolateIsForever's avatar
Wow this is really a beautiful artwork!!:wow:
Wonderful composition:heart::heart::heart:
RanmaCMH's avatar
Thank you!  I'm pretty proud of it!  I think I did symmetry the hard way, but it worked out!
Aelfrey's avatar
Ahhh... This brings back memories... Thank you for putting out this great piece! ^.^
RanmaCMH's avatar
Thank you!  It's so fun to share with other fans of the game. :)
IchibanVictory's avatar
Yes! This was one of my first computer games, too! My favorite part was befriending the unicorn. I was sad that that whole event ends with the unicorn no longer trusting you. :( And seriously, the troll in the cave is the WORST thing ever, followed closely by the ogre. How my sisters and I screamed when either showed up!

Thanks for the trip down memory lane. :D
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Haha, that's so true.  I remember being bummed as a kid when the unicorn runs away (even though you were saving it).  Apparently using cupids arrow isn't right way to win the unicorns affections in the long run.

That troll in the cave is so bad because it's just a dark shadow in such a TINY little space.  You're hovering over the button you need to scoot if it shows up and you're like… maybe… maybeee….
IchibanVictory's avatar
If anything, the unicorn not trusting you after you release it taught me that making wrong choices for the right reason are still wrong, and have lasting impact. Makes one wonder what Lolotte did with the unicorn while it was in captivity...

I think if I ever see red eyes suddenly pop up out of the darkness in real life, I'll go comatose because of that stupid troll!
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I do remember the real disappointment I felt when the unicorn ran away.  It was never really your friend if you had to use Cupid's bow to charm it.  I feel like Lolotte's henchmen would be enough to traumatize that unicorn. It would be interesting to theorize what she planned to do with the trophies you were bringing her though.  Maybe they were just symbolic, or maybe they were key pieces in a larger plot?  Hmmmm…..
shyfoxling's avatar
The troll still scares the heck out of me when I play this game. I'm almost 36. O.o
RanmaCMH's avatar
RIGHT??  And I'm pretty sure the sound they used for Rosella falling down the chasm in the dark is the loudest noise in the game too.  Makes me jump the first time EVERY time.
charming-ghostess's avatar
My absolute favorite King's Quest. Love this!
RanmaCMH's avatar
Hooray!  We need more Kq4 love!  High five!
girabbit's avatar
This is just beautiful! Perils of Rosella was also my first ever computer game! This brought back so many memories of hours after hours of trying to beat the game! I had a hard time in the cave (trying to get over the board without dying!) so the detail of the snake and the fruit was really great. The monster trees and Cupid's bow and arrows, too! Just wonderful!
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That fricking chasm!  Aaah!  That may be the worst part of the game.  But it's more realistic that way I guess, you are kind of blind in the dark.  But between that and the whale tongue there were some pretty difficult game play parts.  

Glad I could share the nostalgia! :D
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LOVE this! Well Done! Love the art nouveau style!  And... we have parallel gaming experiences! KQ4 was also my introduction to PC gaming and I learned a lot of spelling and vocabulary. Like the words "possessions" and "chasm" and "minstrel" ... and also, yes, I loved the female protagonist -- After KQ4, I became a fan of the entire series, and then also the QfG series (as we discussed on your Rusalka piece) and I was always a little disappointed that the GfQ series, which was more RPG vs. KQ's set protagonist narrative, let you choose your specialty but not your sex/gender. I'm so in love with the Dragon Age series because it has the storytelling I loved from these older adventure games, but the technology and scope to include races and genders as selectable player characters, plus decision points that (well, to certain degrees) change the story form playthrough to playthrough. Totally had a Warden named Rosella. Totally had a Rosella Hawke, too. Will have a Rosella Inquisitor. ;)
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