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Katya in Winter by charcoalfeather Katya in Winter by charcoalfeather
Media: micron liner, pencil, and (on the left) Medibang

This is going to be the first of a series of pictures where I draw something in moleskine in just black/white and then colour it digitally on the other side. I find that colouring traditional artwork digitally gives off this smooth vibe that can't be reproduced entirely when I use traditional media to colour. 

Anyways, this is of Katya, the female protagonist of my series Blue Star, dressed in warm clothing in winter. She is probably quite young here (1919 or something), maybe in her early teens (so this may take place before all of that shit with Ardalion, etc.). 

Katya looks quite positive here and seems to be looking forward to spending time with her family and/or other people she enjoys being around. At this point of her story, it's probably just her family. Liza is still very young, around 5 or 6, at this time, so Katya will probably play some games with her.

In the comic weeks, I will hopefully be showing more sketches of how Katya and her family celebrated winter holidays before and after the Revolution, contrasted with how Kuzma's family celebrated before and after the Revolution. 
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charcoalfeather Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you so much! It is definitely more poignant since we knows what later awaits her. 

I will be showing more colour vs. greyscale since there are some I haven't yet uploaded to dA yet ;)
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charcoalfeather Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks so much! I love drawing outfits sometimes. I usually get the ideas and references from Pinterest, through the search function, since they really do have so many historical (and modern) things there!
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SECONDARY-TARGET Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Ah, Pinterest, interesting! Indeed there are so many useful references out there :)
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charcoalfeather Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
Yeah, definitely!
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charcoalfeather Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks so much! <333
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charcoalfeather Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks for the awesome comment <333 I really liked how this piece turned out. I think it captures Katya's personality as it was before she became "corrupted" by cynicism and tiredness, and it takes quite a number of years (and with the right person ;)) for her to "get" this part of her personality back.
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charcoalfeather Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
It's alright, thanks for telling me about what you think. Thanks for speaking your mind on this issue.

Copics are so expensive though and they bleed through the pages :/ 
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Oly-RRR Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2017  Professional General Artist
I feel kind of awkward about it because it's by no means any sort of "stop doing what you're doing" message, it's just how I see your work - sometimes I enjoy it, sometimes it makes me think sad stuff. But I've been told the same about my stuff so it's not even an issue, just a reflection, I guess? I was recently pondering how I would write a story about Russia and I still have no clue, to be honest.

Copics are expensive, I have some but I'm not buying new ones... Everything else on that list is more affordable though. Ecoline brushpens don't bleed through pages so they are worth a shot. Though honestly I dunno how you do watercolours at all, that paper does seem thin (which sketchbook is that?). I struggle finding the right watercolour paper for more heavy-duty watercolouring a lot but I usually get away with a bit of watercolours in non-watercolour sketchbooks.
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charcoalfeather Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
To be honest, I don't really think of it as writing a story about any setting in particular, just people, if it makes sense. The setting is only an accessory, in a sense. Have you thought similarly?
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Oly-RRR Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2017  Professional General Artist
I get what you're saying but for me settings always become like... an additional character, it's too looming to be an accessory. Sure, some things stay the same, but I also feel how places (and times) affect characters. If you put your cast in another time and place they can keep the same relationships but the myriad of small ways in which their environment affects them would eventually add up to a different story. But that's me, I have a weird attitude about places, I almost see them as big living things leading lives that are too big and slow to be comprehensible, kinda like giant creatures out of Ghibli movies or something.
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charcoalfeather Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
I see, thanks for explaining, that's interesting how you see it.
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charcoalfeather Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you! I plan to continue doing this side by side series of pictures, so you're going to see more digital versions of traditional pieces.
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Anastasiy Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2017  Professional Digital Artist
This is totally beautiful! I love the colors
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charcoalfeather Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you!
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Ricoro Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Lovely!
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charcoalfeather Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you!
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charcoalfeather Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you for your feedback! I want to explore more of that as well.
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Orkideh84 Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2017  Professional Traditional Artist
Finland's history is interesting. I actually went to the cafeteria, just few days after Finland turned 100 years and the owner was actually a grandchild of her grandparents who fled from Karelia, a stolen land from Russia who still even today refuse to return to Finland. Also shortly after independence, Finland went through a bloodshed civilwar and more wars and USSR's attempt to grab more lands.
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charcoalfeather Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
Wow, that's very interesting! I did see your recent post about trying out Finnish food. I will definitely try it out in the future!
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Orkideh84 Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2017  Professional Traditional Artist
Yes, it was definitely trying Finnish Karelian pirouge and then I'm extremely picky when it comes to food and taste. It taste almost like rice pudding.
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AlexandraOrlova Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2017  Hobbyist Writer
BEAUTIFUL!
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charcoalfeather Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks!
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Drayah Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2017  Student Traditional Artist
This looks so lovely! You did an amazing job with the coloring! Beautiful job! :heart:
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charcoalfeather Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you!
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charcoalfeather Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you! I would have to agree with you that this is one of the pictures I've done the best on. I thought using digital media would really bring out the line sharpness.
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pandalamaa Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
You're very welcome! :la: And indeed it did! Aquarelle is a difficult medium to control (or control at all, it has it's own life most of the time) D:
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wiwaldi24 Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Beauti by wiwaldi24  
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charcoalfeather Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks!
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wiwaldi24 Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
My pleasure by wiwaldi24  
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charcoalfeather Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you! I want to do more pics in this style. 

Aw, I'd like to see that notebook!
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Kainatarma Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
Then you have my total support!

Speaking about the notebook: sta.sh/01pjai9cinck
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charcoalfeather Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
It's beautiful!
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charcoalfeather Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks so much! I'm really glad how this turned out, and yes, I do think she looks beautiful here, and the scarf's patterns enhance that. 
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charcoalfeather Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you! I like the colour scheme too. It feels very winter, yet warm (especially when considering her face).

Yes, it'll be interesting to compare and contrast the two family's different approaches to the season. you can guess Ardalion doesn't celebrate anything and doesn't want to :rofl: Also might want to draw something romantic with Kuzma and Katya soon, about this topic!
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HelevornArt Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
:rofl: Of course, I expected nothing less of him :D What does he celebrate? Is it just another regular day for him? And does he want his family to do the same? Or they just "celebrate" the days off by eating together, but nothing with any religious connotations or any old traditions?

Yes, that would be lovely to see :D
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charcoalfeather Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
I was thinking that he would probably just eat or something, and say something about how bad religious tradition is but be okay with buying things, etc. generally. And he'd really push for Christmas to be amalgamated with New Years, which it was as the USSR progressed throughout the 20th century. xD
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HelevornArt Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Hah that makes sense, that he would make it a time to back religious tradition more than ever. In Romania, Santa Claus is called "old man Christmas" but during communism they changed his name to "old man Cold" to avoid the word Christmas xD
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charcoalfeather Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
:rofl: That sounds like something Ardalion would really support. lol, can you even imagine if Ardalion dressed up as (communist) Santa?!! Would he do that? Do you think he's the type to be generous to children in general?
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HelevornArt Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
:rofl: I don't think so, and I don't imagine he would be very interested in children in particular, unless he thought that certain kid was smart and had potential (to become like him xD), so maybe if it's about kids above 10 so that he could really have a conversation with them. So maybe he did take a liking to some kids, but I don't imagine him acting silly because of it xD

But is he the kind to give charity to the poor, thinking their misfortune a fault of society and its faulty rules? As a communist, I suppose he should care for the poor and uneducated and wish that the regime help them have equal chances to those like him, but I don't know if his personality allows him to care without being condescending at the same time...
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