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Dreaming of the High Seas by anime-dragon-tamer Dreaming of the High Seas by anime-dragon-tamer
OH MEE GEES! About +8 hours when into this sucker! I'm not used to that kind of work again. But it's done and Fox should be happy cause I draw his character.

The characters are my bard, Aereona, and Fox's ranger/pirate, "One-eyed" Theran, from our latest D&D session. Together, along with their group of adventurers, they seek a ship in order to sail the seas as privateers, with Theran at the helm and Miss Aereona as his trusted first-mate.

Hoping this is how everyone interprets this ^^;
*Note: this little story is before they met with the rest of the group*

After a long and weary day of traveling the grassy meadows, a young gypsy minstrel rested a the base of a tall oak. A light sigh passed her lips as she strummed a few cords on her precious citole; though a small melody was forming, lyrics seemed to fail her. It was nice to play a song when it wasn't for a preformance, but not being able to think of lyrics was one of her many annoyances.

But a bigger on was being interrupted.

"Oi! Look alive, me hearty!" A sour note was followed, blue eyes peered up behind loose strands of yellow hair in some anger at the source. A man a long captain's coat with an eyepatch strolled almost casual to her with a scroll of parchment in his hand.

"And to what do I own the pleasure, Captian?" She replied back to him in half sarcasm. The man, not taking hint at the insult, unrolled his prize to the bard.

"Look at what I just found! A notice from a caravan sayin' they need some guards. Looked like a couple of fancy blokes in need of some service, ay?" He pointed at it in pride. All this was to him was one more opportunity to score some gold.

"Payout doesn't look like much, though..." After scanning it, she pointed to the payout. "Ye be luck if you manage fifteen gold from this odd job."

"Aye, true. But every bit helps, ay me lass?" He rolled the notice up, and placed it in his coat pocket before taking a seat on the ground close to her. As he took his tri corner hat off his head, the woman turned her attention back to her instrument.

"Best not be countin' my share in that amount..." Then she was interrupted once more. "W-What in tha-! Captain, what in bloody hell do ya doing?"

Seemed without her notice, the man had laid back onto the ground, using her leg as a head rest. This made the bard so furious, she was tempted to smack him upside his head with her citole, however, she knew that would only do more damage to the instrument. She sighed again, leaning back up against the tree trunk to try and think of a song in an attempt to ignore the man's folly.

"You know, lass. I bet we be gettin' close to me goal." He spoke again after a brief moment, placing his arms between his head and the woman's leg.

"I don't know about that. A ship's awfully expensive now a days." She replied, knowing all to well about prices on goods and having a lack of gold.

"Aye, can ya see it, lass?" Completely ignoring her remark, he continued, "We'll strike fear into the seas themselves, Captain 'One-Eyed' Theran of the Sapphire Queen, the bane of pirate scum across the world. And you, Miss Aereona, as me first mate." He glance up at her with his one good eye before his gaze traveled back to the sky. "Aye, the dream of adventure. How's that sound to ya?"

Actually, all she could do in response was sigh. It seemed like only yesterday when she first her him say those exact word to her. The whole notion seemed like nothing but a far of dream; but, at the same time, sure beat performing on the street just trying to live for the next day.

"Aye, sound like a hell of good life. Captain?" When she finally gave her response, she never got a reply back. As she looked down, she was once again agitated, realizing that the captain had fallen asleep, still resting his head in her lap. "Oi, just what am I to do with you?"

She sighed again, adjusting her citole so that she could play around him. Chuckling quietly to herself, she began to strum a soft melody, and glanced up to the sky. As the clouds passed by, she could have sworn one of them look like a galleon sailing across a bright blue sea.

A life on the sea. Sounds like an adventure to me.
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Akumu-Ankoku Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2010  Hobbyist Artist
I really love your art style. :3
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MarluxiaXIII Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2010
Pirates never looked so good ^^
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anime-dragon-tamer Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2010
Ha! thanks ^^
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MarluxiaXIII Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2010
welcome ^-^
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Edward-Smee Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2009  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Very good, you know the characters and they are beleivable. The most important thing about a character is their believability. The picture is well illustrated and the colors do nothing but complement it.


Well Done and Encore.
I'll raise a glass to your skill
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CatsCowCow Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
well since DA is a whore i cant post an actual Critique (cuz i don't feel like paying to be able to) so i will do so in a comment. Ehem!

after studying the picture i notices right off the bat that Therans Body if to thin framed for his arms. either the arms should be smaller or the body bigger.
Aereona's Hips are to small.anatomy wise her hips should be the same length if not wider then the shoulders of a woman. if it was not intended for them to be to narrow if does have that effect when her instrument almost covers her hips and rest of her lower half so much, especially considering that particular instrument is small much like a ukulele.

the knuckles of her hands seem to flat or 2D especialy so in the right hand (er hand on the right side of the picture)

you can see the line from where the tree was drawn and then the barks colored over it. it makes it look a bit sloppy though it may have been a simple mistake witch is understandable.

now the brushes were well used in creating a realistic effect with the shade of the leaves, BUT having a brush make continuous lines for the bark tree leaves and grass did make it some what realistic but was not constant with the rest of the picture. anime people with a detailed realistic background at least in my opinion don't work. also while like i said many times already it did make a realistic background but made it also look lazy or rather not as creative if the background was drawn out much like the characters.

lastly of the thing I had to being up that can be fixed is the hat, it mostly looks like a brown square, the hat fabric could have flowed better giving it more of a noticeable shape.

ok, now that i am done being the Simon cowl of art critique i will move on to being your Paula!

the amount of detail on the clothes is wonderful, for example Therans undercoat and Aereona's scarf, expression is well used on Aereona's eyes and the cloud ship was very creative and well drawn out. i had to look twice before i was able to notice it. not making it obvious was a good move to keep the focal point on the characters in the image.
the cloth, skin and hair shading and texture was well done. highlights were put in the hair rather then solid color as seen in a lot of drawing now a days, making this picture very refreshing. the instrument was well done and the lines were very straight. nice use of the straight line tool.

overall you can tell it took hard work and many hour to create this picture but Mistakes were in fact made. if it were given a star rating, I would give it a


:star::star::star::star-empty::star-empty:


well done and keep up the hard work. :cowtwo::heart:
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karlarei2003 Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
The clothes look really good in this!
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kamawanai Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2009  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
great work...
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au-re Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2009
cute :D
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MAGNUS-8M Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2009
Oh wow, VERY nice~! The characters are drawn and posed so well, and the shading and coloring are great! Even the ship-shaped cloud in the background looks great. As far as critiques go, it'd be something I have trouble with too - just the way the tree appears flat from being a texture. I can only suggest some creative gradient-esque brush shading on the edge to make it look a little round, and maybe some shading in between to indicate some uneven ridges/surfaces in the bark(although like I said I had a hard time with that too, and it didn't come out too great). Very cool for the time taken. Looks great, good luck on the contest..!
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