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as if we don't exist by aquanut as if we don't exist by aquanut
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The laguz blood gives the Branded unnatural powers. Beorc fear and distrust us because they can't understand those abilities. The laguz are even worse. They treat us like we're phantoms, refusing to acknowledge us… It's easy to hide among beorcs. You just cover the brand, avoid getting close to anyone, and never settle down. Pretending you're normal. The laguz are different. They can sense what we are... They have an instinct for it.

A gift to LadyNoise for the :iconfireemblem-club: Secret Santa! I apologize for the wait; it took me a while to figure out what I wanted to do for this. I definitely wanted to do one of the older games, and although you gave me an FE7 option, I decided on Stefan since you said he was your all-time favorite and the Branded characters are interesting, plus it’s easy for me to sympathize with desert hermits. :P I hope you like it!
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SinaTyrell Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2014
Nice :D
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ScarletArchMage Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2014
"I am the desert, and I brook no intrusion. Make peace with your goddess."
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SniperGYS Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2014
This is very pretty! I love the background, its so pretty, and Stefan looks cool!
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aquanut Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you! I'm glad you like the background and I was able to make him look cool, haha. =)
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Choccolatino Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2014
Aqua, I need a tutorial on how to draw eyes like yours.
So... please? <3
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aquanut Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Hmm, I've never really liked the idea of doing a tutorial on how to replicate the exact way I do something, because I like seeing people come up with their own interpretations of what they observe around them. I'm also not sure how I would make a full tutorial about this because I think the way I draw eyes is pretty simple; it's based on standard anime eyes, so it might be more helpful to look at one of the many tutorials already out there on that topic. I came to draw eyes the way I do after looking at various expressions in others' artwork (and occasionally in the mirror) and I think just studying faces and expressions would be a better teacher than any tutorial I can give, since I'm not sure what to suggest beyond starting out with the crosshair-over-the-face guidelines to get the eyes aligned properly, and paying attention to the distance between the features to see if they look balanced and appealing--it can help to draw circles where the eyes should be before you actually draw the eyes themselves, to make it easier to see whether they're in the right position.
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AngeduSommeil Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2014   General Artist
I like the colouring
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aquanut Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you, I'm glad you like it!
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fe-fantasy93 Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2014
Beautiful! I'm absolutely loving the color palette. Stefan is one of the coolest characters in PoR :D
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aquanut Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you very much, I'm glad you like the colors! :D Stefan's definitely an interesting character; his tendency to isolate himself is understandable given his past, though I feel sorry for him for cutting himself off from others because he didn't trust anyone to treat him decently.
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fe-fantasy93 Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2014
Agreed. I like his mystique, and it was interesting to meet another one of the Branded. I love the stories of the Branded...they're so fascinating and tragic.
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AverageStatsEmblem Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Once again a brilliant job, on both colors and lighting! Though I noticed that the lines representing Stefan's left hand fingers seem to be missing... or I could just be nitpicking. It's fabulous all-around!

I must get a Gamecube emulator and play PoR someday. Though I'd prefer to play it on my REAL Gamecube. It's just that discs are hard to find these days... 
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aquanut Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
*pointing it out.
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aquanut Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you, I'm glad you like the colors and lighting! Hm, I guess not having the lines there does look odd... Fixed, thanks for point it out.

Yeah, I feel sorry for anyone trying to get the old FE games nowadays. I was lucky enough to get PoR used, and RD on sale some time after it first came out. I hope you do get a chance to play this sometime! I actually want to replay it myself, but I enjoy playing FE more on handhelds so I never seem to get back to the console ones, even though the Tellius games more than deserve a revisit.
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Konan-73 Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2014
I love the way you color *-*

Even the sky is so beautiful <3
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aquanut Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you, I'm glad you like it! =) I enjoyed doing the sky, desert nights can be gorgeous.
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Lien-chan Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2014
Stefan is so cool...! Too bad his luck sucks. TT_TT
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aquanut Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
He is a cool character! I didn't really use him much in my Tellius playthroughs though, since I already had Ike, Mia, and Zihark for swords. Too bad about the luck, though I'll use characters I like regardless of stats haha.
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Lien-chan Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2014
Me to, though I didn't use Mia, I usually had someone else XP

I try to use characters I like, but sometimes my laziness and nerves get the better of me. XP
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IndyGoNagaretton Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2014
The setting you drew here is a beautiful choice, the night deserts are somewhat of a niche setting but they're really memorable and have a mysterious atmosphere to 'em. Your rendition of a starry night sky and the desert certainly are pretty to look at! 

I also like the blue hue reflecting out from the moonlight really makes Stefan pop out from pic, along with the splendid shading. Goodness.

I have to yet play the Tellius-saga, so many have recommended me to: they keep on saying it's really good. (-l2l-)
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aquanut Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you very much, I love the desert at night myself and drawing it always brings back a fond nostalgia; I'm glad you like how it comes across in this picture! They do have a mysterious, lonely air that seems fitting for this character.

I'm glad you like the shading! I wanted all the blue lighting to be striking so I'm glad to hear people think it makes Stefan pop out.

I second everyone who's said that it's really good; I need to replay it myself, but somehow feel more comfortable with FE on a handheld than a console so I keep putting it off. There are too many games to play nowadays, haha. I keep telling myself one of these days I'll get around to everything.
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LadyNoise Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2014
Ooh this looks so amazing~! I love how you did the lighting with a blue hue because its one 
of my favorite colors and it kind of gives his hair a teal-ish look to it. Stefan looks sexy and the
background is so mesmerizing~

I'm really glad you chose Stefan and I just love desert themes. Thank you so much, I love it! :heart: :huggle:
I haven't finished mine yet for the exchange so you're faster than I am. XD There is always too many good
choices.
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aquanut Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you for your long comment, I'm really happy you like your gift! :D That's a great coincidence that blue is one of your favorite colors haha, I chose it because I wanted it to have a bit of a cold, solitary feeling; I'm glad it worked out so well for you. It's great to hear you like the background too!

I really like desert landscapes too (though usually the non-dune type of desert that for some reason doesn't get much representation in popular culture), so it was great to have an opportunity to draw one here. :D You're welcome, I'm glad you like it and I hope you had a happy holiday season! Good luck finishing your picture too, haha. xD
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R95irth Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2014  Student Artist
You're so good at coloring, it never ceases to amaze me. Well of course, your draing is good too, but i'm in love ith the ay you color. *o*
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aquanut Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you very much, I'm glad you like my coloring! =)
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Zaziki7 Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I am so happy that you chose Stefan! I always hoped that you will draw somethings from Path of Radiance or Radiant Dawn, and now it's even one of the greatest characters (in my opinion at least ;P) from these games! :love:
And once again, you did such a wonderful job! His pose and serious expression fits too well, and this gorgeous and colorful background makes it perfect. Simply BEAUTIFUL!! :love: :clap: :w00t:
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aquanut Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you very much, I'm glad you like the background and his expression! :D The Tellius games have a great universe, so I was happy to get a chance to do a fanart for them, since they deserve all the tributes they get. (I think my favorites in Tellius are Titania, Soren, Rhys, Jill, Nailah, Rafiel, and Mordecai.) I'm happy that the Stefan fans seem to be enjoying this picture. =)
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Zaziki7 Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
No need to thank me at all! :D
I am more than happy that you feel the same way about both games! I actually never used Jill and have no real opinion about her, but the other characters you have mentioned belong to my favourites as well (thank you for telling me that)! My most favourite character is Reyson, and in my opinion he and Tibarn simply belong together, either as brothers for a lifetime or as a couple (I ship these two so hard! x'D). I like Leanne and Naesala, too (Altough I have to admit that I had another opinion about these two for some time. I simply had to get to know them better I guess ;P). But I also love the Crimean quartette of Elincia, Geoffrey, Lucia and Bastian! And then there's Ranulf, Sothe... OH, and Sephiran! ARGH, too many great characters!! OTL   ... but that's what I love about Fire Emblem, too. :love:
Haha, I am sorry for telling you all this, I simply couldn't resist after you told me who your favourites are! I am always excited to know this about other fans, especially you! :D
And I can't imagine how the Stefan fans out there couldn't enjoy this masterpiece, no matter how hard I try. ;)
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diskfire Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2014
Awesomeness. :D
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aquanut Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks! :D
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Aeviann Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2014
Wow, this is one of the best pics of Stefan I've see so far! The glowing effect is really nice! ^^
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aquanut Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you, I'm glad you like the glow! =)
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LynKofWinds Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2014
I love this. c:
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aquanut Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you, I'm glad to hear that! =)
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endspire Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2014  Student Digital Artist
aah, this is so nice! I love Stephen! 

I really like how he's glowing like the stars :)
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aquanut Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you very much! I'm glad his fans like the picture!

I'm glad you like the glow around him, I wanted the lighting to make him stand out C:
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PuzzleProfessional Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Whoa... Now THIS is impressive! I love the blue hue this picture has! And the way you make the lightning come off his outline really makes this picture pop-out! I especially love how it's shining off the mountains behind him! What more can I say? Impressive work! :+fav:'d a thousand times and more!
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aquanut Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you very much, I'm glad you like it so much! I'm glad you like the blue on the dunes behind him; I wanted the blue light to be spread throughout the image and I'm glad you think the backlighting on him makes it pop out. Thanks for your fave! :D
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PuzzleProfessional Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
No problem! Keep it up!
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Villaman89 Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2014
Great work!
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aquanut Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you! =)
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Villaman89 Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2014
You're welcome :)
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xZombieCandy Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Wow....I love the lighting OAO
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aquanut Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you, I'm glad you like the lighting! =)
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