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Sweet Rusalka by RanmaCMH Sweet Rusalka by RanmaCMH
Okay, I had a picture in my head I had to get out.  Has anyone played the Quest for Glory series?  Quest for Glory 4, Shadows of Darkness?  Anyone?  Its one of my favorite older PC games from my childhood.  The pathos of the game still gets to me, and there are at least three minor characters that still break my heart.  Old man Nikolai, Tanya and Toby, and the Rusalka in the lake.  The Rusalka is the spirit of drowned maiden who lures men into the water and drowns them as well.  Every time your character gets close to the lake she surfaces and tells you how cold she is, and asks you to warm her up. 

I love that you have this beautiful female character and the only way to establish any kind of relationship with her is to offer her flowers instead of taking advantage of her.  Then you can learn from her, and even help her remember who she is and why she became a rusalka.   I won't spoil it just in case someone wants to play it (I think it's on Abandonia) and I highly recommend it. I think she just has this beautiful little story arc though.  

I also did a master copy of a portion of John William Waterhouse's "Hylas and the Water Nymphs" and this composition turned out to be very similar. 

I'll be going back to Dragon Age art soon, I just needed to finish this while it was fresh in my mind.  It ended up being a two page spread!  Getting work like this done while my little girl is my primary concern is tough.  So this was my mini goal for the week.  Post on DeviantArt!  I hope you like it. :)

EDIT:  I've been informed by several commenters that all five Quest for Glory games are for sale at Good Old Games for a measly ten bucks!  Totally worth it, and because you can solve puzzles differently depending on whether you're a thief/wizard/fighter/paladin they have tons of replay value.  Check them out!  www.gog.com/game/quest_for_glo…
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tyson8782 Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2016
This is gorgeous will you be doing more?
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Spirito-de-Amor Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
Lovely!!
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bbb35 Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2016
:iconiheartitplz it's perfect and beautiful!!

The sadness of the Ursula always got to me, and yet you can befriend her, and this captures that sweet friendship between the two. And how he was her salvation.
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RanmaCMH Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2016  Professional Traditional Artist
There are too many wonderful and heartbreaking story lines in that game.  I would love to illustrate the whole thing!! 

I just love the sensitivity of the relationships, and the Rusalka is no exception.  I think I especially since it's so common for video games to exploit female characters to sell their games with sex.  It's refreshing to have such a provocative character be a lesson in kindness instead. 
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bbb35 Featured By Owner May 1, 2016
Oh tots, I so agree.

And the Katrina romance, powerful woman and yet so raw and emotional. Deep down all she wants is someone to love her, first it was Tanya and then the hero.

Oh, please do draw more!!!

Need so many more art of this game!!
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Adamantyx Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2016
Ahhhhh, I'm so happy to see GOOD fan art of this series!
Extremely well done! <3
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RanmaCMH Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2016  Professional Traditional Artist
Oh thank you!  I know... sometimes if you can't find it you just have to make it yourself. :)
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brothermagneto Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2015
I love this series, I love this part of the series, and you captured it perfectly. Fantastic job! Would you consider selling the original?
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AuspiceKossan Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2015
I agree.  You captured everything good about this sequence, and your style adds to the emotion.  For this and the Tanya and Toby picture, thank you.
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RanmaCMH Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2015  Professional Traditional Artist
Oh thank you so much!  I would absolutely consider selling the original (I don't know for how much??) but unfortunately it's actually a two page spread in the middle of my sketchbook. I would have to cut it out and get the seams together for the original to be any good.  Maybe I could offer it as a print on here for you?  I've never sold a print through deviantart, mostly because I do fanart and I don't want to infringe on copyrights.   If you don't mind buying it as two separate halves and just framing them together then we can certainly do that. 
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brothermagneto Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2015
Ah, OK, that makes sense! I don't know much about how to stitch together two halves and get it to look good, so is there a way to sell a print as a one-off, as a private sale? (I'm still pretty new to deviantart myself).
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RanmaCMH Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2015  Professional Traditional Artist
I think my image is large enough that I might be able to make a large high quality print myself.  Let me check it out and we can keep up the convo in inbox notes!
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AuBurn-Ink Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2015   Digital Artist
Amazing job on this piece! It brought back so many great memories of this game.
Quest for Glory has always been one of my favorite game series of all time. It just has this charm that most games just don't have.
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RanmaCMH Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2015  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you!  I always thought it helped that you could create your own character, for starters, and it was really just a charming and fun series.  I check the abandonware sites every once in a while to see if I can find anything that even comes close, but so far nothing.
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AuBurn-Ink Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2015   Digital Artist
It was definitely one of a kind, and way ahead of its time. I think the King's Quest series is the next closest thing to it,
but none of those games had the RPG or fighting elements to them.
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RanmaCMH Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2015  Professional Traditional Artist
That's true!  I think all the Quest series had their own charm.  I wasn't really into contemporary settings so Police Quest wasn't on my radar, but Space Quest was great fun too.  But it's true, the RPG elements really set it apart even more. 
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BardofMaple Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2015
Wow superb art!  Yes, I remember the rusalka, it was indeed a sad story.  I think this was one of the best games in the series personally, I liked the eastern European backdrop and vampire dark story it had.
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RanmaCMH Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2015  Professional Traditional Artist
It had so much emotion in the story and the characters!  Not to mention the soundtrack did a great job of pulling the ambience together quite nicely.  Love that game forever!
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BardofMaple Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2015
Actually I thought the story arc between the gate keeper and the shop keeper was comical.  It was one of the few lighter parts of the story.  I would love to see this game remade.  It was pure genius.
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kagato007 Featured By Owner May 10, 2015
Quest for Glory 4 is not my favorite game in the series, but god damn it.... stories in there were just sad and painful. I love them :love: that game captured my heart with characters and their sad stories, full of suffering and sacrifice...

here is for Nikolais, Toby's and Katrina's!!

Great work <3
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RanmaCMH Featured By Owner May 16, 2015  Professional Traditional Artist
I need to draw Nikolas!!  Oh that poor old man and his wife!  The triad of sadness must be complete!
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kagato007 Featured By Owner May 16, 2015
Yeah, their story was tragic, but beautiful in some strange way xD I hope they will be happy together in death...
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name-already-chosen Featured By Owner May 1, 2015
You capture the pathos surprisingly well!
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RanmaCMH Featured By Owner May 1, 2015  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you!  It's hard to get that feeling just right, but so rewarding when you do. :)
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TribalGraces Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I don't know this fandom, but I think this is a beautiful picture.
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RanmaCMH Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2015  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you!  The Quest for Glory games are a little old now, but still great adventure games.  If you ever get a hankering to try an oldie you should give them a shot.
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Tamarandom Featured By Owner Edited Mar 23, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Played all the Quest For Glory games they're the best!  Love your art, great characters and emotion!
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RanmaCMH Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2015  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you!  They can be such emotional games, so many great moments to use as inspiration.  Especially the fourth game.
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Tamarandom Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Unfortunately #4 was the one I didn't get much time with as it was at a friends house :-( I most strongly remember 3 and 5! Toro like hero man!
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RanmaCMH Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2015  Professional Traditional Artist
Tooooroooo!  I have so many Toro feelings!  Maybe I need to draw him too!
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Tamarandom Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
That would seriously rock!
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LornaWinters Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
This reminds me of Dvořák's opera, too!  Nicely done!
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RanmaCMH Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2015  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you so much!
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Blakeley00 Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2014
Awesome work. I always felt bad that I couldn't save her when playing as a non-paladin character. Best I could do was be her friend and give her 3,000 flowers a day to raise my honour to 400 lol. :P
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RanmaCMH Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
Now I am picturing a happy Rusalka swimming through a lake of flowers. :) <3
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RanmaCMH Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
Oh no!  I'm afraid you fell for the oldest trick in the Rusalka book.  She's really sweet when you get to know her, you just have to get to know her from a distance. :)

Thank you very much by the way!  
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RanmaCMH Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
Oh, I have died in ALL the Legend of Kyrandia games.  So many ways.  I also spent forever trying to figure out what to do with that rainbow gem that turns into a unicorn statue, only to find out years later that it was an item from something they decided to drop from the game.  

My adventure quest need to do something with that object will never be fulfilled. 
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CyntheaWindervaux Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
This piece is so amazingly done! 
Loved playing the games, and still do.
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RanmaCMH Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you!  Every once in a while I fire them back up and play through all of them.  I love revisiting my childhood games.
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moondroplet Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2014  Hobbyist
Gorgeous!  I loved that game and the Rusulka's story arc in particular.
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RanmaCMH Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
I spent an embarrassing amount of my childhood playing these games.  I just adore these characters.
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Subject-No13 Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Oh my, it's beautiful! I love all the water myths. Nymphs, Mermaids, Rusalky, Sirens, Naiades. They are all so lovely...
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RanmaCMH Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you!  They are lovely.  I love all the different kinds of Nymphs too.  I wanted for a long time to do a dryad picture but I've never done anything that I loved.  Maybe that will be good inspiration when I am looking for ideas. :)
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Subject-No13 Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
You're welcome :) I've always loved mythical creatures :)
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Subject-No13 Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
You're welcome :) I've always loved mythical creatures :)
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WrittenEdge Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
This game really does sound interesting, especially with how intriguing each and individual character's story seems to be! I'll definitely check it out! 
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