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At the Second Round by Absolute-Sero At the Second Round by Absolute-Sero
"Let's Start at the Second Round"
(I know it's a monster picture, but pleeeease full view <3)

From left-to-right:
Kai Leirou, Ian Van de Burg, (Tristan) Scott, Amy Crueze, Thomas Rudin "Hawkley" Driveli, Shadow Caradoc, Kira Tombin, Azi.

FINALLY. This is finished. I don't even know how long I've spent on this anymore. I owe ~vioishmeh, ~Crystallinewind, and *SADCAT for listening to me whine and ramble and complain about this.
Now that it's done.. I'm like.. drained for what to say x__x Worked on this so long all the flaws in anatomy and colouring stare at me like.. yeeeaaah.
You can probably tell from style who I started on first and who was finished last XD I did have a lot of fun with different hair and hairstyles. Even if it was hard. The harder and less fun aspect of this was skintones, and as it was my first real attempt in a long while... :B

I have exactly commentary for pretty much everyone here in *my* head.. but I'm gonna leave it to your imaginations to fill in the blanks. ;D Make me smile.
As a SIDE NOTE... let's just assume that this is out of roleplay world. I can think of two people who might want to kill Ian, one person to tangle with Scott, and that Shadow would be hard-pressed to wear anything decorative (even if that scarf isn't fluffy).

There should be a specific holiday season decoration on EVERY person, though whether it can be recognized or not after being shrunk.. I don't know. and ALSO.. each character has a drink mixed from a real recipe chosen online. No two people have the same drink, and I chose them according to taste.. partially from imagination, as I'm not exactly fit to go out and try these all myself yet.
Guess away at what they're drinking. Fact. *Two people had absinthe mixed in their drinks, and only one person drank something straight. *Where the bottles on the table are do not necessarily coincide with what each person had - they were moved around, understandably.

In future I may upload an alternate image, as a great deal below the waist of all the characters is cut off in this picture. While it's a bad job and I'm not upset to hide them mostly.. some actually GOOD turnouts got snipped by the table and bottles. Detail shots may also follow eventually.

All the OC's in this picture have been used in roleplay in the past couple years. I owe all the roleplayers I play with a HUGE hand.. for keeping these characters alive and helping my creativity :heart:
And for generally being awesome and fun and making my days brighter.

:iconmiss69-stock: - use of the marble brushes.. big help :D

All characters here are (c) to me.
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SwashyBuckles Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2008   Traditional Artist
a gift for you.

enjoi plz.

[link]


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Iraa Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2008  Student General Artist
Hey! Refs! 8D Now I can draw a human!

Ooo, speaking of humans... Shadow's hair and Draziel's hair are kinda alike, mainly in coloring. Just Ziel's is spikier than the norm. XD; I just went oh mai.

And I envy your wings and your hair and your coloring and your general ability altogether. Therefore, it gets bafaved!
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Absolute-Sero Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2008  Hobbyist Digital Artist
LOL. Shadow's gone through plenty of revamp and adjustment, picture-wise, since taking human form more. And the wings... you don't want to know how lazy I was on those. You don't XD Oh the joy of being about to shrink out the gross details, heheheh.

Awwwww, THANKYEE <3333
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SADCAT Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2008  Professional Filmographer
Oooooh, this turned out so great! Love the way you coloured it *pets the shiny hair*. And there are characters here that I'm now dying to meet. >:3

Oh, and I adore Kira's outfit. :heart:

Well done! :D
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Absolute-Sero Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2008  Hobbyist Digital Artist
MWAHAHAH. Non-Awakened RPG someday? xD (PS - you dun -wanna- meet most of my crew.. they've all got issues :D)
xDDD And thanks - though surely you understand every flaw in this burns my eye sockets after the amount of time into it.. o.o *twitch*

Kira's outfit is the only one I was happy with from the beginning.. glad you like. :3 She was the only girl who could be convinced to wear something especially nice.. ;b

Thankya muchly <3
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SwashyBuckles Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2008   Traditional Artist
DANG!!!
you werent kidding, this really is amonster picture. XD
<3
pretty much this is AWEEESOMEE! <3
glad to see a picture of scott!! (i always imagined him sort of monty-ish... but not.... anyways)

the detail is great, youre amazing!!!

:boogie:

I love your characters. totally cool. =3
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Absolute-Sero Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2008  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Yup. I spent a good chunk of December on this.. though.. a more experienced artist would have accomplished more ^^;
Thank you kindly Jinty-dear <333

Scott .. WELL.. I'll say that Scott might be more Montague-ish in terms of personality.. but that's all I'll say here ;D

And my characters balance out the fact that I'm a total loser in real life, so I thank you. I think most of them would thank you too. (But ignore the grouchies.)
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Mikkhos Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2008  Hobbyist Digital Artist
*Fails at commenting right away*

Well.. you already know that I adore this picture, buuuut... I'll tell you again anyways. This is just soooo.. awesome. Your coloring has improved so so soooo much and you can really see it in this. I think you did really well on the hair.
I have to say that Kai is simply stunning here. Her expression and features are amazing. Ian, of course, looks awesome as well. =D He does that oh so naturally. >__> ... <__< ... *molestshim*
ANYWAYS.

You can see the effort you put in here.
This rocks.. <333333
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Absolute-Sero Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2008  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Pfft. I've replied to comments over a month old.. you're quite safe and fail-free. :D

Well.. I have experimented with how I colour. I actually wanted to do MUCH more with the lighting in this picture O_O But.. I.. ran out of time. And it's still not in my skill level yet to attempt such.. plus I couldn't work out how to do extra lights after the foreground and background gave me hell :B
The hair was kinda being played with up until the 4th time around.. and Amy is the only one who hair turned out how I'd like to draw it . Maybe Kai.. but the rest..

I'm happy Kai turned out.. since she was the first coloured and is supposed to be extremely beautiful.. I was most worried about her X3
And Ian.. he didn't turn out quite how I wanted, but glad you approve anyway ;D Beware of Yuichi if you choose to molest. >__>;

RAMBLEY COMMENT... ew x___x But I <3 you for taking the time and telling me what you like about this. <33 :heart:
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Mikkhos Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2008  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Well I can definately see your improvement. 8D And I like allllll the hair. <3
And yeah. I'd prolly end up dead for touching Ian. x__x
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miss69-stock Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2008
Wow!! This is awesome :clap:
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Absolute-Sero Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2008  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you kindly ^__^
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diana-hnd Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2007  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Amy looks ready to knock the stuffing out of Scott. :XD:

Heheh, Azi is really, really short. :P

But wow... look at all those details. I envy the way you coloured their hair. Shadow's got a really nice looking scarf there.

This is a monster pic, but it certainly looks monstrously good. :nod:

It would be interesting to see what happens when they're pissed drunk from drinking all that stuff on the table. :giggle:
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Absolute-Sero Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2007  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Amy's a berserker.. she can and most likely will ;D At least Scott's capable of surviving it.

Azi's by far the shortest (5'5") but with half the crowd at 5'11" or taller, it is a large difference in scale, and though I tried to fix it, didn't quite get it right :\
Thankies - the hair was a constant work in progress in terms of shine.. it improved as I went along XD
(OH YEAH.. I'm pretty sure my friend and I agreed that Shadow's girlfriend made him or would make him wear that scarf. ;P He's got no clothing sense at all.)

A million thanks for the commentary - though believe me.. you wouldn't be applauding if you saw all the mess at full scale 8D (This is 25% its original size.)
PS - the original idea before I sketched this out was actually pretty close to what you wonder.. it just didn't work properly, long story short, heheh. ;3 Though that may be a doodle for me to do in future ^^
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Bunni89 Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2007  Hobbyist General Artist
Wowowowowow.. That is seriously some of the BEST colouring and shading I've seen in god-knows-how-long. Woooooooooooow!

I can't even think of ANY critique to give on this. It's so.. cool.
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Absolute-Sero Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2008  Hobbyist Digital Artist
You're too nice XD
But when a girl rarely exerts much effort or time into digital media... it's worth the time to make it count when she does xD By the way, you are too kind becaaaauuuse.. this is a highly-shrunk image so you can't see all the horrible detail 8D

Ehe. ^^; If I did any serious editing on this picture now.. I might lose my sanity. xD
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Bunni89 Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
Lose your sanity, you know you want to!!

I thought it looked like it had been resized, but it doesn't suffer for it. I still wanna find out what the 'horrible detail' looks like tho.
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SavePoint Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2007
CONGRATULATIONS.

it looks totally awesome.
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Absolute-Sero Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2007  Hobbyist Digital Artist
THANKYOU <33333

I worked on this so long that every little flaw in this burns my retinas, though. xD
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ashlelang Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2007  Professional Digital Artist
Ha, I love how all the girls look pissed - and the excess number of drinks availible. Looks like a fun party.
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Absolute-Sero Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2007  Hobbyist Digital Artist
My girls seem to end up grouchier than my boys it seems.. at least the ones who ended up here. XD
(Blame the excess liquour on Scott. He works in clubs and bars, and gets anything he wants.)

Thanks.. it would probably get more chaotic after this round of drinks though. XD
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cardboard-jukebox Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2007  Student General Artist
Wow! So great! ^^ I love the wings on Shadow.

Wah! I can't figure out all the symbols! ><!
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Absolute-Sero Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2007  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Eeee, thank you very much.. I almost removed his wings because I was getting extremely pressed for time, but found a way to do a hasty job instead X3

Heh. Two people (Kira and Rudin) pretty much lost their holiday decor when I resized.. and Amy is adorned by something from a song ;3
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cardboard-jukebox Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2007  Student General Artist
T-T I don't see them...

Oh, happy new year! :D
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Absolute-Sero Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2007  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Rudin is wearing a ring engraved with a wreath. Kira's wearing candy-cane earrings and also a set of bells on one wrist ;D

Back atcha ^^
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cardboard-jukebox Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2007  Student General Artist
Gah! I knew that! DX Bleh! *checks cheat-sheet* You've failed me again! Nuuuuuuuu! XD
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Jenny-Jen Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2007  Professional General Artist
Oh wow, great job! I love the shading method you used *_____* It looks like it took a while.
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Absolute-Sero Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2007  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I didn't make shading easy on myself because I didn't use more than one layer for each character (except for the hair's shine and shading) and had to avoid tainting over the lines. Never again. >_>

Thank you kindly - I spent a lot longer on this picture than I usually do. :D At least it shows (somewhat). XD
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