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".
Ah man, it's things like this that make me think I should try to revive my Lucius blog. I almost forgot how much I love these two uvu
Wonderful work as always!
Heh, I admire the dedication it takes to maintain an askblog and stay in character; I wish I could do one but I'm not much for RP and I don't trust myself to draw responses fast enough.
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.
Raven and Lucius, I think.
I love them.
...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.
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.
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.)
(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.
(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?