Thank you! I wasn't expecting anyone to comment on the lines, heh, but I did intentionally make the ones on Raven thicker because he's closer to the viewer. I work in Paint Tool SAI and occasionally use Photoshop for last-minute color editing.
Yesss SAI lineart is the best. Photoshop has good color editing tools but I prefer SAI's blending functions. Then again I never really got the hang of custom Photoshop brushes and I imagine that changes the playing field somewhat.
It does really come down to practice combined with analyzing what you've done and what worked and what didn't, and what you're going to do differently in the future based on the conclusion you get from your analysis. Honestly I'm not sure it ever stops feeling like slow going as far as actual time to make a picture is concerned; I'm lucky if I can get a rough drawing finished in two hours, and a finished one is more like 5-10 hours depending on subject. But then there are artists that can churn out gorgeous sketches in 10-30 minutes, so. I'm still practicing too in the hopes that I'll be able to do that someday... though usually when I sit down to make a quick practice sketch it ends up being more like "spend two days perfecting this thing that wasn't supposed to be a significant picture in the first place".
I will say though that you eventually do start getting better results out of smaller amounts of time, though a finished picture is always going to be an investment. I think setting time limits is the best way to specifically train your speed, like telling yourself to make a bunch of little pictures in just 10-30 minutes each; I should do that more often. I like your FE/AA crossover drawings, it's very amusing to see and the poses of the hands and bodies give a solid sense of the character's attitudes.
Aww, thanks for that. I've definitely sensed improvement in my speed since I've been putting more focus on digital stuff, but it can still be discouraging sometimes to see how far I've yet to go. All you can do is to keep drawing, though, right?
Yeah--and analyzing what's working and what isn't. (I've always wanted a shortcut for lineart and have tried several times to get away with doing lines on paper, but a scan just never looks as crisp and clean and I end up spending several hours tracing it digitally anyway.) I'm probably not the best person to talk about speed with, since that's one of the things I wish I were better at myself, though I think my actual main problem is procrastinating on starting things. I always feel tired of staring at the screen after finishing something that's taken a lot of hours and I just won't want to draw digitally again for at least a few days due to the physical discomfort of sitting in front of a computer straining my eyes for so long, and the mental effort of figuring out how to approach things, and knowing that as soon as I start another picture I'll feel locked into that same process until I'm done. But there's not much to be said about that other than regularly setting aside time to work, like with anything else I could procrastinate on.
The support conversations between these two still make me weep. The relationship between these two is so heart-tucking! I also want to praise the use of shading which makes the colors really shine out like the ones in the sunset, woow-
I still remember when you drew that one pic where they had the argument from Support B-convo
Yeah, they definitely have an interesting dynamic... I tend to see Lucius as a mentor/guide and something of a pillar to Raven through his anger and struggle to accept the tragedy he's gone through, while Raven is the one who raised Lucius out of a miserable life and offered him acceptance and companionship, for which Lucius will always probably be grateful. Thanks, I'm very glad you like the lighting in this! I really enjoyed working with it.
Yeeeahhh maybe I'll repost that someday, but I dunno since I usually prefer to make calmer pictures, I don't actually enjoy looking at scenes full of a lot of angry red. I get stressed about fandom discussions and try to avoid them, and I just didn't want any of it clogging things up anymore.
You're not alone, I still don't actually ship them either although I understand it now. I mellowed out about Raven's character to the point that I can acknowledge they have a strong bond and mean a lot to each other, and actually appreciate their relationship as a positive thing for them both, but I still have a hard time seeing Lucius as anything but celibate.
...That said, it was way more canonically implied than any other possible pairing for either of them, though just ambiguous enough to be left up to interpretation (as most FE pairings are left up to the player, anyway). Whatever the state of affairs, it was pretty clear that Raven was the person Lucius was closest to, and I have to acknowledge that.
I am so conflicted about this because I legitimately cannot tell if it's canon or not. I mean, there's the paired ending, the "I don't need a wife" comment, Priscilla flat-out asking... but then, Lucius denies it when she asks, and seems confused by Raven's comment. Are we supposed to assume that he's covering up to Priscilla, or is that intended to be a humorous misunderstanding? I legitimately can't tell and, since the pairings are up to the player, I would rather not ship them--but I feel like that isn't considered a valid option in this fandom. I mean, I do think he loves Raven (as family if nothing else), but he never really came off to me as being interested in anyone romantically. (The fact that he called Serra "child" gave me the impression that her crush was one-way.) Maybe I'm projecting too much onto the character.
I still headcanon Lucius as celibate and possibly asexual. There need to be more asexual characters in media anyway.
Yeah... I mean, I definitely think there was something there with Raven? But I agree that it doesn't ultimately overpower Lucius's religious calling-- and I mean this in much the same way that people are too dedicated to a career to be involved with anyone. Fandom's whole "ohhh we can't be together because ELIMINE FORBIDS IT!!" is BS and manufactured angst and ignores the greater part of Lucius's character. Like, I think part of fandom reacts against not pairing them because there's a small but persistent strain of "anything-but-gay" shippers who simply separate them because they're two dudes, and not because of any personal issues that may arise between them as people? But it's ridiculous to just write off any reasonable critique of a pairing because of unreasonable people.
Also I always thought Priscilla was calling him out on the assumption that he was like, using his ~feminine wiles~ to gain power? She's also uber possessive of Raven so I would find it hard to take anything she says as more than pettiness.
Yeah, there seemed to be something there, but I have an extremely hard time imagining Lucius acting on it? I really like your point about being too dedicated to a career/duty to be involved with anyone—I think that’s how I see it as well. (I also still wonder if he has difficulty trusting people given his childhood. I mean, Raven is the only person he has, and what if they try it and it doesn’t work out—the chances are high that it would wreck their friendship, and I don’t know that Lucius would want to risk that considering how he won’t get close to anyone else.) And frankly I could never understand how Raven would be able to help him with anything that was important to him; Raven wanted to travel alone as a mercenary, and Lucius wanted to settle and help lead a new generation to a better future. I really disliked their paired ending because I thought traveling as a mercenary wasn’t the kind of thing Lucius would want to do at all, and it seemed like he was just letting Raven drag him around yet again because of his unwavering attachment to his lord. I honestly thought that was a terrible waste and the only way I could possibly accept it is if I assumed that he built an orphanage at the end of their travels anyway.
I think there’s also a certain part of the fandom that latches onto any gay ships that could conceivably work just because of the lack of them in canon, and that’s the part that I feel worse about disappointing, but… A personality clash is still a personality clash. Too bad the game doesn’t really show another side to Lucius and Raven’s interactions besides their arguments.
I think fandom does Priscilla a disservice by portraying her as petty and jealous and possessive of Raven. Considering that she’s also lost nearly all her family due to the fall of Cornwell, and has apparently spent much of her lonely years reminiscing about her earlier closeness to her brother, I think it’s understandable that she’s so keen to stay with him now that she’s finally found him again. Her family left her alone all those years and she doesn’t want to be ostracized like that again. I always thought she was aware of how childish and foolish her feelings for Raven were, and she struggled to cope with it as well as she could but wasn’t able to conceal it completely, which I actually found rather tragic.
The fact that she’s explicitly stated to be in love with Raven is what makes her support with Lucius take on a love triangle aspect—to be honest I thought it was pretty clear that’s what she was asking (in a roundabout way because she didn’t want to say it outright), given that she starts in on the “you’re so pretty that even a few lords must have fallen for you” thing immediately after her line of questioning about whether Raven ever talks about her or their childhood promise. But the way Lucius responded to it made it sound like he interpreted her question the way you did, at least. Or else he was being evasive; there’s really no way to know which. But when I have to cite an assumption that a character is intentionally denying a relationship as evidence to support it, I wonder how canon it really is. (If a paired ending is proof, then I wonder how many people ship Marcus and Merlinus.)
Yeah... I have to keep reminding myself not to be too hard on Priscilla, but she just rubs me the wrong way. I think the thing that got me the most was when she swooned listening to Heath's war story. Because it would really inspire confidence if my field medic couldn't even listen to a story with blood in it!
(Then again, I'm probably a huge hypocrite... a knight who can't miss one meal without fainting shouldn't inspire confidence either! P: )
Yeah, I've always sensed kind of a toxicity to Raven and Lucius's relationship... like, I understand where Raven's coming from, but the whole thing just seems to be dragging Lucius down. Almost like he feels just as obligated morally to stick around as he does emotionally.
Nah, Merlinus doesn't deserve Marcus. Merlinus deserves to be fed to a dragon. In FE6 anyway.
I have the exact same problem with Serra, heh. I always have to remind myself that her attention-seeking stems from her childhood of neglect, but I've always found her obnoxiousness more grating than humorous. I think Priscilla and Serra were both somewhat immature, but in Priscilla's case she came across to me as more naive and rather nervous and lonely, which I found more sympathetic.
(Heh, true. It's the imperfections that make them human though, right? I didn't get the impression she was swooning at the mere mention of blood, but because of how the captain expected his soldiers to weather any pain without complaining; having grown up sheltered to some degree, I imagine she must have found it harsh.)
I have always thought that in large part Lucius felt obligated to stick with Raven for moral reasons. I always saw him as a sort of mentor to his younger lord, and I think he'd feel responsible for raising him properly after the death of his family--to say nothing of the fact that Lucius probably would have felt a strong obligation to stop Raven's revenge plot and prevent unnecessary Ostian deaths. I feel like, once Raven got a handle on himself and grew up a bit, Lucius wouldn't be as needed anymore and would be okay parting ways with him. But then Lucius does come across as really attached to him, so on some level he's not just doing it for Raven's own good. I do think it's likely that Raven was just the first person who actually took him in and treated him decently and he has a debt of gratitude for that.
Haha yeah I always pretty much imagined Merlinus just sitting in his tent alone forever, too. Ironically isn't he the only character that can't actually get killed since he'll just retreat?