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The Elektrichka Arrived on Time (X)
The party, for Andrei, has dragged on at unbearably stagnant pace. Despite only being minutes, the minutes drag and cling on the clock Andrei fixedly watches like a hawk finding an escape from a murder of crows. Something between a deep yet quiet grunt and sigh heaving his broad shoulders, he strikes a match against the wooden paneling of walls, not caring if offended the hosts if he scratched their precious paneling. Party be damned, Andrei huffed tersely on his cigarette and chomped his frowning lips.
Aside, he notices Katya dancing with Kuzka. So apparently, the pup's sweetheart was his loon, after all. Ah, he thinks, he's probably a better match for her.
As he ruminates on this, he huffs more angrily, causing his cigarette to glow and ashen quickly.
Behind him, he hears Galkin's voice. Galkin is loudly talking about the Civil War and talking about his upcoming project to write a play about the Civil War's heroes. He looks towards Andrei's direction, hoping to get a chance to talk t
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My-Sword-is-Bigger:iconmy-sword-is-bigger:
=___= This is one of those "I'm probably gonna regret asking" times ...
Tue Mar 3, 2015, 11:24 AM
charcoalfeather:iconcharcoalfeather:
You're better off not knowing. xD
Thu Feb 19, 2015, 2:34 PM
My-Sword-is-Bigger:iconmy-sword-is-bigger:
oh lol I see x'''D Now I really want to know ...
Thu Feb 19, 2015, 10:05 AM
charcoalfeather:iconcharcoalfeather:
Hi Alessia!
Sat Feb 14, 2015, 8:43 AM
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Hi Ermeeek! ^_^
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I. L.
Artist | Hobbyist | Varied
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My current icon is by DaneTesla!


Born in Hong Kong, raised overseas. I have a BA Hons in history and political science from the University of Toronto and I just graduated from law school but I'm still not sure what I want to do with my life though I'm going through internship. But who does?

I've been drawing as a hobby as early as I can remember, but only started taking it more "seriously" starting in 2012.

I enjoy working on original stories (nearly of my art focuses around my characters and plots):

1) Blue Star focuses on political repression during 1930s USSR and protagonist Kuzma's dreamy Cosmist/trans-humanist private thoughts and what happens when these two separate "worlds" collide. A writer by trade, young Kuzma is idealistic yet cynical. He hates being a propagandist writer and has a limited social life. Meanwhile, his iconoclastic father, a former Russian Civil War "hero," gets into trouble with the Communist Party, which has recently started to purge so-called "counter-revolutionaries".

Kuzma is in for a ride: he rekindles his relationship with his father, questions his stagnant creative life, and unexpectedly falls in love for first time...with Katya, who just so happens to be his hated father's ex-mistress, Katya.

Throughout the course of the series, Katya and Kuzma learn to trust each other and find themselves learning more about human interaction and nature as they become closer. Katya, jaded after years of meaningless work to support her disabled father and still scarred by the abortion that had been the end result of her untimely affair with Ardalion years before, finds the courage to trust and love again...

Father and Son by charcoalfeather OC-Training: Katya's Biggest Fear by charcoalfeather OC-Training: Anger at Ardalion by charcoalfeather The Start of Something New by charcoalfeather Blue Star Ch3-6 by charcoalfeather VI: The Lovers by charcoalfeather

Check out Blue Star's dA group here: :iconblue-star-fc:

Comm - Experiencing the Outerspace by Kemikeni

Awesome pagedoll of Kuzma by Kemikeni!

3) I also am working on a minor series called Sam in New York, which is the story of a young Jewish man living in New York city who attends law school (at the behest of his parents). He argues with his parents about his future and desires nothing more than to be an actor some day. He idolizes men like Thomashefsky and others who were part of the Yiddish theater scene in the 1920s in New York City. One day, he works up the courage to leave law school once and for all and seek out his dreams in showbiz. Will it work for him?

My American Gothic by charcoalfeather The Regal Ramey by charcoalfeather Sam's Epic Rant by charcoalfeather Dissonance by charcoalfeather Go West Young Man by charcoalfeather

Check out Sam in NYC's dA group here: :iconsam-in-new-york-fc:



Featuring some art Bigsleeves-Arts did for me, of Sam (on the right) and his friend the deli owner, Harvey (left)! Aren't they cute?


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Please consider buying me a coffee if you want to support my continued subscription to deviantART CORE and so I can get new art supplies to continue making commissions and personal projects like Blue Star!

Thank you for your consideration!

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What do you want to see for the next OC-training, Fear, for Kuzma? 

36%
5 deviants said His fear of the Commissar when the Commissar interrogates him (so we will see the two interacting)
29%
4 deviants said His fear of being goaded to commit suicide like his father was
29%
4 deviants said His fear of losing Katya to disease or accident and/or losing her to someone else if he is going to WWII and away for a long period of time
7%
1 deviant said His fear of forever having a shitty job off of which he can barely live off
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No deviants said Other (comment)

Birthday Gifts!

Tue Mar 6, 2018, 8:12 PM
Thanks so much for all the awesome wishes and gifts you've given me, everyone! I didn't expect so many people would remember and give such awesome surprises!

Featuring all of them below (PLEASE check them out):

Sisters by HelevornArt



Katya by akitku

Birthday Gift - CharcoalFeather by RitellianCaptain

Sozvezdiye by Kainatarma

Man can love by Ktoya

Strong spirit by Ktoya

Katya [Gift] by pandalamaa

Amongst the Sunflowers by MelancholyCyborg1

|Cosmic Dreamer| (Kuzma Mayakov) by LunauroraKoroleva

Katya by Jen-and-Kris by InkyRose

Activity


Preview of @lunaurorakorolevna’s Basilico, for our art trade. Finally getting around to finishing some more art now! Do you want a background for this btw? What should it be?

Filename by charcoalfeather
Preview of the final Blue Star contest prize for RitellianCaptain featuring Maria and Derkain! Please tell me if there is anything you want edited or changed.

Filename by charcoalfeather
163 deviations
Kuzma Icon by RitellianCaptain
Check out RitellianCaptain's awesome icon of Kuzma that I commissioned! She's offering very affordable and excellent commissions right now in her journal ; please check it out!
291 deviations
Frescoes at Saint Blaise Chapel
It's been almost a year since the trip to Spain!

Still can't get over how stunning Toledo was. 

Here's a picture I took of one of the many artworks I saw at the San Blas (Saint Blaise) Chapel, at the Cathedral of Toledo. Located in the cloister (so it is exposed to open air), I was impressed by these fresco paintings done by Gherardo Starnina, an Italian painter from Florence. 

The Chapel of Saint Blaise was commissioned by Archbishop Tenorio and is on the lower level of the cathedral grounds. It can be entered from the cloister and its construction was mostly in the 14th century. Most of the scenes in the chapel illustrate the Apostels' Creed as well as Lives of the Saints. There's also a painting of the Final Judgment. 

From what I see here, it seems like I've taken a photo of the Lives of the Saints. Also, part of the frescoes were undergoing rennovation, as seen by the white patch in the corner. Due to being exposed to open air, there has to be constant rennovation.

Check out my other Spain pictures:

Skyline by charcoalfeather  Old Street by charcoalfeather  Moorish Garden by charcoalfeather  Toledo  by charcoalfeather  Chapel atop a hill by charcoalfeather 

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OC-Training: Katya's Biggest Fear
Media: watercolour and pencil. Panels added and edited on MediBang.

All characters and plotlines here are by me and are from my original series Blue Star. 




This is another task for :iconoc-training:, this time about my character Katya's biggest fear. See this folder for all the other OC-training tasks about Katya I've done so far. 

Summary: Katya's biggest fear is to be forgotten, abandoned, and become an old, bitter, lonely woman with no one by her side.
  • In particular, she is afraid of losing her lover and later husband Kuzma Ardalionovich Mayakov (the man on the top panel, shown for the first time with facial hair!! In this picture, he is being interrogated by Commissars who suspect him of being anti-State) to the State. 

She is afraid that Kuzma's connection to some underground poets (as well as the fact that he is one of the sons of the 'blacklisted' Regimental Commander Ardalion Ivanovich Mayakov, who committed suicide before the Secret Police could get to him to save face, see here: Embracing Nothingness) will lead him to be taken away by the secret police and that they will 'conclude' that he is an counter-revolutionary, leading to imprisonment, torture, exile, and/or execution. After the accusations go away in 1933-4, Katya starts worrying about losing Kuzma again in 1939 when the Great Patriotic War, WWII starts. When he is drafted, she is afraid he will never return and that their children will not remember him or have very few memories of him by the time he does return (or doesn't return). The idea of being away from him for so long causes her deep pain. Who else can she talk to about her greatest fears? And she'll miss him talking about his creative writing as well as his physical presence. There are, after all, many things she won't and can't tell her children.

She fears that once she loses Kuzma, she will fall back into being the kind of stagnant, boring, anxious person she was before (bottom left hand panel illustration). She fears that she will become so disillusioned that she will isolate herself from society even more than before and become an old, embittered woman with no one by her side (see bottom right panel for an illustration of old Katya) other than a couple of cats. Such a life, she feels, would not be worth living. Better to die young if becoming an old, embittered, lonely crone is the only thing waiting for her at the end of all of this, she thinks. All these years of slaving away at the factory and serving her family, all for nothing...? All of her attempts to gain freedom (by boarding the Armoured Train during the Civil War, reading, and trying to learn new things despite her extremely busy schedule) and develop a stronger sense of self, all for nothing...?

Her fear of becoming old is also tied to her self-worth. Not well-educated with no real career of her own, Katya believes that one of the only things she can be proud of is her femininity. Though she is not the most beautiful woman she knows and she is well aware she doesn't turn heads most of the time, she believes she's reasonably attractive and hopes that she can use her beauty and sensuality for a good cause (to get married and have a family) before it's too late. When she becomes a wrinkled old hag, she knows that no one will have time for her and that she'll be shut out of most activities as a woman with no children, grandchildren, husband or suitors. See the third deviation below for a discussion/illustration about Katya's views on age, body, and sexuality.

Katya: Guess Who? by charcoalfeather  Feeling of Freedom by charcoalfeather

Mature Content

Pensive by charcoalfeather


Why is she so afraid of losing Kuzma?

After years of slaving away at the factory with few chances to get to know new people besides her family and two or three friends she knew from before she started work (all of whom started drifting away from her once they married and started families of their own in their early 20s and late teens), 27 year old Katya (as we know her at the beginning of Blue Star) is jaded about her future prospects of finding a suitable husband, especially since she had been 'ruined' by the Regimental Commander Ardalion Ivanovich Mayakov back in the early 1920s, when she had been an impressionable teen. As a result of their impestuous affair, which was about satiating both of their egos and desire for attention more than it was about mutual attraction, young Katya had to go through a painful abortion, which prevented her from actively seeking out any kind of relationship from 1922 to 1932.

Then she runs into Kuzma again in 1930s. She knew him back in the early 1920s when she was getting acquainted with the Mayakov family, before she started her affair with Kuzma's father, Ardalion. Kuzma back then was only 12 years old, whereas she seemed much more mature than him at 17. Little did she know that she had made an impression on him, due to the mature way she had behaved and the loyalty she expressed towards her family (which Kuzma wished he had for his own family, since his family was already breaking apart for a variety of reasons, mostly due to his parents quarelling over Ardalion's long absences, womanizing, and his mother's bitterness and as his father put it, 'turning Kuzma into a weapon against his own father').

Kuzma, however, is now a young man, a writer working for a political organization. He is deeply dissatisfied with his lot in life. A poor writer with few connections, he has been reduced to being an editor who has no say in his boss' projects. All he does is copy and edit, and he is questioning his career choice. Before, he had tried to join the army like his brothers and father before him. He did not fit in there well, finding the structure of the army "animalistic" and the behaviour of his peers reprehensible, particularly their sexual mores (which reminded him once again of his father's transgressions against his mother, Katya, and many others).

Proud and obsessed with being pure and dignified (so he can project some sort of confidence, since Kuzma really has NO confidence due to his lack of achievements and lack of strong bonds with others), Kuzma drifts towards Katya, wanting to establish a friendship with her. Finally, he thinks, the woman he used to be obsessed with has made her appearance again. He tries to 'fix' her, tries to educate her, giving her lectures, showing her his universitiy work, and trying to get her to network with the small group of writers he's acquainted with. When Katya accepts, he is delighted, and tries to further 'refine' her into the woman of his dreams. He is a bit perturbed by her 'lack of refinement,' as he puts it, and encourages her to read more, especially now that many of her factory shifts have been taken by new workers from the villages. With Katya having more free time and having earned enough savings (at least for now) to live more comfortably, Kuzma decides to help her find a new job for her. This is done ALL for the sake of himself more than Katya's sake. What Kuzma wants at this point is to have a subservient, grateful woman like Katya follow him around and inflate his ego, so that he can finally feel on par with his peers and challenge his father's assumption that he is a weak, mollycoddled child unable to stand on his own.

Katya and Kuzma only become truly close and emotionally and sexually intimate after Katya's father's death. Kuzma, being the fool he is, erupts in anger towards her in their pivotal Argument (read the description of the deviation). Thinking that Katya will never forgive him for using her like this and leaving her at her most vulnerable time, Kuzma blocks off all contact with Katya for a couple of months. Later, they meet again and both reveal their insecurities. They manage to forgive each other and realize that despite all the tension between the two of them, they had really enjoyed their time together and want to spend more time together in the future. Kuzma reveals his lonliness and fears towards Katya, and tell her about how he's been suspected by the State of contributing towards counterrevolutionary poetry groups. He's also been placed under 'supervision' by the Secret Police due to his Father, who was suspected of spreading anti-State views before his suicide. Katya tells him her fears as well--her fears of being abandoned, ignored, and, as he already knew, being an unrefined working mule with no significance. 

They spend more time together and eventually become lovers. Katya and Kuzma start understanding each other more as they share more and realize they have a lot more in common than either of them had previously assumed. Both of them find in each other someone who listens to them more than anyone else they've known has ever done. Kuzma especially loves Katya's kindness and her desire to improve herself, which he no longer uses to prop up his ego. He learns to be more selfless and less demanding and finds happiness in helping Katya find her own happiness. Katya admires Kuzma's resolve and his intellect as it develops throughout the course of the series. He becomes more outgoing, less judgmental, and starts making more connections as he shakes off the accusations, builds better relationships with his co-workers, and starts to legimately enjoy writing and creativity.

Together, Katya and Kuzma build their own world and eventually family, and both instill within one another a zest for life they had not known previously.

This is why losing Kuzma is something that terrifies Katya. Without Kuzma, she feels, she would have to start from scratch again. What are the chances of her meeting someone like this again? She is nearly thirty years old, after all. In the event she loses Kuzma during WWII when she is already married with children, she worries that her children will have few/no memories of him once they grow up and only she will remember Kuzma's role in their family. Eventually, their son and daughter will leave her, so she will be all alone again (for the most part) when she gets old...


A Walk in the Forest by charcoalfeather  Forest Story Pg 2 by charcoalfeather 

Check out this fear from Kuzma's perspective:

Kuzma's Fear (Page 1) by charcoalfeather
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Kuzma's Fear (Page 1)
Media: watercolour and pencil, with post-editing and frame added on Medibang. 

If you're interested in seeing how I painted this, check out this YouTube video!



My Instagram photo of this work as it appears in "real life" without digital editing/cropping can be seen here.

Kuzma's biggest fear is:

1) getting interrogated by Commissar Dashkevich (top panel), who has been targetting him and his father for supposedly engaging in anti-state activities like meeting with dissident poets and supporting Leninists;

2) getting imprisoned by Dashkevich for further interrogation and perhaps even getting sent to a work campl, and

3) being separated from his lover Katya (the woman behind him on the bottom panel) and others like his mother Kseniya (who will appear in the second page of this work) because of Dashkevich's meddling. 

Especially since he does not know currently what he will be doing with his life, he is scared that the interrogation will lead to imprisonment, which would lead to him never getting to know what he will do with his life. In short, he's afraid of being stripped of all opportunities and just thrown away in a dark cell to rot. What would his mother think? Does she deserve to lose another son (she had already lost his older brother Mitya in the Russian Civil War) in her middle age?

And it especially irks him that someone like the Commissar, who was rumoured to have caused his own father to commit suicide for being an anti-Stalinist (a claim that seemed to have come out of nowhere), is going to succeed in locking him away for the rest of his life/executing him/sending him to a work camp.

This picture is actually meant to be a companion to the Fear assignment I did for Katya's OC-training last year, which you can see below, which also talks about how Kuzma being interrogated and potentially imprisoned by the Commissar affects Katya:

OC-Training: Katya's Biggest Fear by charcoalfeather

Other Related Artwork:

Kuzma - In Private by charcoalfeather  Paranoia by charcoalfeather  Space (link to video tutorial included) by charcoalfeather   Commissar Dashkevich by charcoalfeather 
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To see Sam dressed as a Samurai and Ardalion looking pretty convincing in Black Desert MMORPG video game, click the link below:

charcoalfeather.tumblr.com/pos…
For those of you who don't have Instagram, feel free to check out this Video I recorded of  me flipping through my Moleskine in which I am drawing the Blue Star pages chronologically:

www.instagram.com/p/BhVHqzmAOt…

HelevornArt, since I told you I would make a video of it! I didn't do a YouTube video of this since this one doesn't have really good quality, but when I get the chance to, I will do a more high quality filming of this.

2018 Commissions [Slots Full for Now]

Sat Jan 27, 2018, 5:26 PM
Slots:
  1. Classically-DePunk's Moderata (2a) (PAID) (FINISHED)
  2. Classically-DePunk's Andrei (2b)
    • split schism of him
    • One side, he is in his Cossack officer uniform and looks younger with a moustache- the other schism side is him as boxing, maybe with a bruise on his cheek or black eye? 
    • His hair should be disheveled and plastered against his forehead with sweat.  
      • (You can choose between the bruise or black eye.)
  3. PendragonMagicFairy's Edanur (2a) (PAID)
  4. akitku's Amalfi 5(a)

Please comment with what you want (name of character, references, pose, etc.) in the comments below and I will put you up for the slot!

EDIT: as of April 9, 2018, existing slots have all been filled. I have a lot to catch up on art-wise as well as in real life, so more slots will open when I return from my trip in late May. If you are interested in reserving a spot, feel free to note/comment below, but I will not be accepting payments or starting new commissions other than the four above until late May.

Rules: As with last time, I will NOT do the following:
  • Porn (artistic nudity is okay, but anything with penetration/fluids/kinks I will not do)
  • Trademarked characters and fancharacters (such as Naruto, Harry Potter, Hunger Games, Friday Nights at Freddy's)
  • Fetish (vore, inflation, etc.)
  • Gore/torture/abuse
  • Political

Types of Commissions Offered:



1) Rough Watercolour Sketch:


400 points or 5 USD for one character

[Prize] Narcisa by charcoalfeather 
[Prize] Melaine by charcoalfeather  [Contest Prize] Happier Times by charcoalfeather  [Prize] Aardrin by charcoalfeather

+200 points (or 2.50 USD) for each extra character (up to three)

At the Royal Ball by charcoalfeather

2a) Watercolour Detailed Drawing (with lineart):


Can be bust or 3/4 figure

800 points or 10 USD

[Prize] Oriane the midwife by charcoalfeather  [COM] Flickering Flame by charcoalfeather IV: The Emperor by charcoalfeather Akemi by charcoalfeather
Commissar Dashkevich by charcoalfeather  [COM] Iole by charcoalfeather

+300 points (or 3.75 USD) for each extra character (up to three)

[COM] Calcium and Fluorine in Paris by charcoalfeather VI: The Lovers by charcoalfeather Blue Star Ch3-14 by charcoalfeather [Raffle Prize] Midsummer by charcoalfeather

2b) There is also a faded lineart/colour option which is a bit cheaper at:


600 points or 7.5 USD

Blue Star [2017 Promo Image] by charcoalfeather  [FUNSUN EVENT] Katya's Fun in Summer by charcoalfeather

+300 points (or 3.75 USD) for each extra character (up to three)

+100 points (or 1.25 USD) for detailed background as below: 

Guess Who? Kuzma Ardalionovich Mayakov by charcoalfeather

4) Side-to-side black and white versus colour comparison:


800 points or 10 USD

Little Tree by charcoalfeather  Mr. Sam Ramey, Entertainment Lawyer by charcoalfeather  Katya in Winter by charcoalfeather
*One character only

5a) Inktober black and white/single colour style:


400 points or 5 USD

  I've never seen the sky this blue, you see by charcoalfeather  Grace by charcoalfeather  Roderick by charcoalfeather

+ 200 points or 2.50 USD for each extra character. 

Inktober 22: Carnival Night by charcoalfeather  Inktober 29: Two Friends by charcoalfeather

5b) 700 points or 8.75 USD with detailed background/3/4 body of character:


[Prize] Outlaw by charcoalfeather 
[Prize] What It Means to be Queen by charcoalfeather  [Prize] Kaede by charcoalfeather  [COM] Venice and the Afterlife by charcoalfeather

+ 300 points or 3.75 USD for each extra character. 










My to-do list before I leave for vacation on the 28th of this month (in no particular order):

[COM] Flickering Flame
Media: watercolour and pencil and coloured pencil

This is a commission for Classically-DePunk, featuring her character Moderata Di Guada, who is Natalia's mother. She is a character from Classically-DePunk's "After This Comes That." 

A tortured woman who was forced into glorified prostitution (courtesan) at an early age, Moderata has difficulties understanding many forms of affection, trust and life outside of materialistic gain. She eventually takes on the name of an aristocratic woman since in 17th century Venice, identities were often confused, and manages to marry a well-off glass merchant, Benedetto, Natalia's eventual father.

Moderata is a cold, depressed woman who clashes with Natalia. Moderata believes that the only way for Natalia to survive as a merchant's daughter is to marry a rich man--which Natalia has no interest in doing. Benedetto also believes Natalia should take over his glass business rather than marry a rich man to survive, leading to many disagreements between himself and his wife.

In the Afterlife, Moderata takes the form of a woman on fire or a personified flame with her central portion missing, symbolizing that she does not feel complete. She has a lot of regret about the cool, distant relationship she had with her husband and daughter and deeply regrets how Natalia pushed her out of her life. 

More about Moderata:

The (Human) Life of Moderata di Guada (Please Read the Disclaimers Below Before Proceeding!
In 1721, an infant girl was born furtively to a courtesan in Venice. The infant, though not baptized because of her illegitimate birth, was named Moderata- a docile name for hopefully a dutifully docile child and woman.
 Moderata was actually not born from an affluent family, but was actually born to a middle-rank courtesan. While her mother was not the higher rank cortigiana onesta (honest courtesan), but rather the cortigiana di lume ("light" courtesan), her mother was driven to ascend to the rank of cortigiana onesta- if not her, then her next child, a female, (she conveniently placed away two children prior to Moderata's birth) she would spare and raise to ascend to this rank through education and refinement.
However, in order to provide Moderata with a respectable upbringing during her infancy and tender childhood, her mother placed her anonymously into a nearby convent in Venice th
 




For more about my commissions, please see:

2018 Commissions [price update and new types!]Without further ado, I think I will take around 2 commissions right now (though if you are interested feel free to contact me and I will be adding more slots):
Classically-DePunk's Moderata (2a) (PAID) (FINISHED)Classically-DePunk's Andrei (2b)split schism of himOne side, he is in his Cossack officer uniform and looks younger with a moustache- the other schism side is him as boxing, maybe with a bruise on his cheek or black eye? His hair should be disheveled and plastered against his forehead with sweat.  (You can choose between the bruise or black eye.)PendragonMagicFairy's Edanur (2a) (PAID)
Please comment with what you want (name of character, references, pose, etc.) in the comments below and I will put you up for the slot!
Rules: As with last time, I will NOT do the following:
Porn (artistic nudity is okay, but anything with penetration/fluids/kinks I will not do)Trademarked characters and fancharacters (such as Naruto, Harry Potter, Hunger Games, Friday Ni
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I've tried out the game Black Desert and it is soooo boring as expected from a typical MMORPG, but its character creator is quite fun and I liked taking screenshots in the game:

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contest is: making an ICON for :iconblue-star-fc:!


The contest will go all the way to MaY 31, 2018!



Requirements:
  • You do NOT have to submit your entry in icon format/size. If you feel like your submission should be a full painting that can be resized into an icon, then feel free to submit a full painting/drawing!
  • Any style is welcome (anime, realism, heck, even abstract if you think it fits!), as long as what you draw/design is related to the group's theme at hand. 
  • GIFs are welcome as well.
  • Multiple submissions of icons, paintings that will be turned into icons, etc. are welcome. 

How will the entries be judged?
  • I will NOT be the only judge. I was thinking of inviting all the contributors and admins of the group to be judges, but if you are interested in being a judge, please talk to me in the comments below. You must be a member of the group Blue-Star-FC to be a judge, however, and you must have at least one idea as to what would be a good icon for the group (colour, theme, etc.)
  • Though skill will be judged, primarily, the focus is on creativity and expressing the theme of the group well. Remember that this group is a repository of my series Blue Star's works, including not only my own works but those of others (commissions, art trades, gifts, crossovers, fan fiction, etc.).

Prizes: (feel free to contribute):



First Place:


  • From charcoalfeather
    • HBD Joolita: Uene by charcoalfeather Half body coloured painting of a character of your choice
    • Timofei by charcoalfeather Coloured bust of a character of your choice
  • From Classically-DePunk  
    • 50 points
  • From girl-n-herhorse 
    • Stamp prize with background of any choice (can be your art, a picture, etc.)
    • 5th Anniversary Contest Stamp - Comic Ship Visual by girl-n-herhorse
  • From Aya-I:
    • Coloured half body (choice between Traditional or digital)
    • {AT} Ava by Aya-I Dream [OC] by Aya-I
  • From HelevornArt 
    • Coloured portrait of a character of their choice:  Snowfall by HelevornArt 


Second Place:


Third Place: 


  • charcoalfeather 
    • Headshot sketch of character:
    • Commission: LukaL for Aya-I by charcoalfeather
    • Feature in my journal of your entry and four other artworks of your choice
    • 500 points
  • Classically-DePunk 
    • 25 points
  • From girl-n-herhorse 
    • Stamp prize with background of any choice (can be your art, a picture, etc.) 5th Anniversary Contest Stamp - Comic Ship Visual by girl-n-herhorse
  • From Aya-I
    • Headshot sketch:
    • H IS BASE CONTEST HEADSHOTS COLLECTION by Aya-I 
  • From HelevornArt 
    • Graphite pencil portrait of a character of their choice:  Yngvar by HelevornArt 


Skin by ClearStyle
The Bear Tamer
Media: watercolour and pencil

I've made a recording/speedpaint of how I painted this and posted it on YouTube here if you are interested in viewing!



Finally, managed to finish one of the last remaining prizes I have to give out for the Blue Star contest that ended back in early February I know it's been a long time

This is a prize for the awesome HelevornArt, featuring her character Murgu and his bear, Sultana. Murgu is a Romanian Gypsy living in the 17th century and a bear tamer who makes a living by showing people how his bear can perform certain tricks and listen to commands. He also happens to be a runaway, fleeing slavery. In these days, Gypsies in Romania were slaves. His sister Narcisa accompanies him, as she is fleeing her abusive husband, who scarred her face after he found out about how her owner had slept with her.

I've drawn Narcisa here previously:

[Prize] Narcisa by charcoalfeather 

Read more about Murgu:

The Bear-tamer by HelevornArt  Colourful by HelevornArt  Outlaws: Lonely by HelevornArt  Outlaws: Run by HelevornArt  Outlaws: Quarrel by HelevornArt 

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Slots for commissions right now:



1. Classically-DePunk's Moderata (PAID-Paypal) 2(a) FINISHED
2. Classically-DePunk's Andrei 2(b)
3. PendragonMagicFairy's Edanur (PAID-Paypal) 2(a)
4. akitku's Amalfi 5(a)

Please comment with what you want (name of character, references, pose, etc.) in the comments below and I will put you up for the slot!


Types of Commissions Offered:

1) Rough Watercolour Sketch:



400 points or 5 USD for one character

[Prize] Narcisa by charcoalfeather [Prize] Melaine by charcoalfeather


+200 points (or 2.50 USD) for each extra character (up to three)

At the Royal Ball by charcoalfeather

2a) Watercolour Detailed Drawing (with lineart):



Can be bust or 3/4 figure

800 points or 10 USD

[Gift] Cantua by charcoalfeather [COM] Flickering Flame by charcoalfeather [COM] Iole by charcoalfeather

+300 points (or 3.75 USD) for each extra character (up to three)

[COM] Calcium and Fluorine in Paris by charcoalfeather

2b) There is also a faded lineart/colour option which is a bit cheaper at:



600 points or 7.5 USD

Blue Star [2017 Promo Image] by charcoalfeather

+300 points (or 3.75 USD) for each extra character (up to three)

+100 points (or 1.25 USD) for detailed background as below:

Guess Who? Kuzma Ardalionovich Mayakov by charcoalfeather

4) Side-to-side black and white versus colour comparison:

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800 points or 10 USD

Katya in Winter by charcoalfeather Little Tree by charcoalfeather

*One character only

5a) Inktober black and white/single colour style:



400 points or 5 USD

I've never seen the sky this blue, you see by charcoalfeather Grace by charcoalfeather

+ 200 points or 2.50 USD for each extra character.


5b) 700 points or 8.75 USD with detailed background/3/4 body of character:



[COM] Venice and the Afterlife by charcoalfeather [Prize] What It Means to be Queen by charcoalfeather

+ 300 points or 3.75 USD for each extra character.

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charcoalfeather Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks so much for the awesome comment and feedback! I think increasing shading works for certain styles that are meant to be more dramatic or scenes/lighting that are more dramatic, but lately, I've been moving towards more subtle shading due to being sort of captivated by really light watercolour-wash styles I've seen. But yes, generally speaking, it is definitely a good choice to try new things!

Thank you so much! Yeah, comics do take up a lot of time and sometimes you even want to give up when you don't have enough energy/time to get it going. But it's definitely worth it!
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Thanks a lot for the watch, I really appreciate it (:

You've a good hand with watercolors ^^
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THanks!
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thanks for the fav:)

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Welcome!
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Thanks so much for watching me and for faving my drawings :)
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Thank you for +watch :heart: :heart:
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thank you for the fav :D
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Thank you for the watch! :hug:
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thank u for the fav. i like your gallery a lot *
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Thanks for your support, and you're welcome!
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Thank you so much! :hug: 
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:whisper:  Also, expect a little something tomorrow (didn't finish it in time to take a photo of it in natural light and I hate how it looks on my scanner) ^^
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Gosh, I can’t wait! Thanks so much!
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Thanks!
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