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Illusionary Trio, Modern Twist! by BlueRoseArkelle Illusionary Trio, Modern Twist! by BlueRoseArkelle
Le colored version xD

>w< Yaaay I'm glad I finished this fast! I tend to sketch things slowly and then they end up sitting on my desk for all eternity, so I wanted to try and work more exclusively on one thing at a time. TwT It worked out well for me this time!
>u> My Ocs, Shu (left, boy), Etzel (middle, boy), and Calliope (right, girl) in modern day fashion! TuT I've been really inspired lately because of Doll!Shu and Doll!Calliope to think about their fashion sense and character in settings other than the canon ones.
Basically Shu's style would be wintery hobo Mori Boy, Etzel is fetishist Punk, and Calliope is neon hipster Oshare Kei, in an alternate reality/ modern day. xDDD

...xD Anyways, its been a while I think since i've done a big textwall of junk about my OCs, but this is a good time to talk about these three in particular a bit more because they are all together! So if you don't care about that then feel free to leave now xD -shot-


...xD I find it kind of funny actually that for some reason (especially in Livestreams) a lot of you guys aren't aware that these three are a trio. AS IN YES EXACTLY WHAT YOU ARE THINKING.
So if I don't/haven't made it clear enough before, yes they are a trio and yes that means more than friends .

;u; M-moreso than any of my other characters, I think about them and their lives at multiple ages and think about how they each grow up. Especially Shu, who i've basically written detailed ( as in like almost daily) courses of events for from 6-16 years old. xDD lol
TuT But yeah...When it comes to these three, its just really fun and inspiring to think about how they grow up and the things they go through. Not everything is butterflies and rainbows. Things happen, they meet people, they loose people, discover who they are, discover each other, deal with the past, what it means to live and to love... judgement...sacrifices...
But through everything they learn every day a little bit more that it is worth the effort and that happiness and love aren't things that follow rules. That people don't just ride off into the sunset and it ends like in books, but that there will always be new adventures and stories to tell. They are all individuals and have different needs and feelings and perspectives and for them, even though they are bound together by destiny, that doesn't mean their relationship is without trials and errors.

TvT Thinking about them in a more modern setting is really fun because I can see more intricately how different they are and can relate more to their struggles, if that makes sense. Even something as silly as thinking about what your fantasy characters would wear in modern day is a great way to expand their development and think about how they would act in different situations. xD It was a lot of fun thinking about what each of their styles would be given their personalities and such. xD Oh, and in keeping with the whole "thinking about their characters at different ages" thing, I wanted to draw them a year or two older here <3

I'd say Calliope's style was the easiest because she already tries to be a fashion rebel as much as she can canon, so in an environment where she is not forced to look a certain way she would wear all the bold and eccentric things she wants! xD Especially really weird contrasting super bright colors which are considered inelegant by the Unitrios. xD In a modern setting, Calliope wears glasses and pulls her hair up into one ponytail instead of pigtails (eve she's copying her brother in case that wasn't obvious hehe). >v< I thought Oshare Kei would be the perfect fashion for her because it has an edge of rebellion while still being cute and whimsical which I think suits her well. Fairy Kei is too soft and cute, Decora too extreme, and any Lolita would be too restrictive. Plus, all three aren't (usually) known for eccentric bright colors other than pinks and blues. She would also wear more Gyaru style in some instances as well though. xDD If I didn't mention it before, Calliope prefers to wear...err...kind of promiscuous clothing, despite not doing so for sex appeal (Unitrios don't have the same outlook on nudity equaling sexuality etc.). Sooo it is kind of hard to find a fashion that would allow for a bit of wiggle room in this respect, but Oshare kei is pretty broad so I think it would be reasonable. Plus, it actually uses a wide range of colors other than just pinks and blues.
o3o Etzel's fashion was definitely harder to figure out, but wasn't the hardest, weirdly enough. Etzel has a similar rebelliousness to typical Unitrios fashion, but is also not familiar with the more "human" concept of nudity etc. equaling sex appeal.... whatsoever. So err....yeah even canon speaking Etzel sometimes wears questionable things oh gawd I haven't mentioned the boy corset yet asdfgh- so I kind of thought about that sort of innocent side of him and what fashion he would probably not see out of context. xD Considering his spidery nature and his affinity for night-like things, I sort of was slapped in the face with a DUH for his modern fashion choice xD. I just laugh at how he would be like "omg, collars with spikes?! Thats wicked!!" and wouldn't think anything more of it haha. TvT Also considering of the three he is definitely the most...err..."devoted" (I don't really think that is the right word but how do I articulate asdfgh-) and prideful of the trio he would wear a lot of things referencing it. ....xD People are going to think weird things about you Etzel for the way you dress with that belt...//slapped
e3e Weirdly enough it was Shu who I had the hardest time thinking of a fashion style for. I mean, I know to a very detailed extent the type of clothes Shu prefers to wear, but I couldn't really think of any legitimate fashion style that would represent that. Shu likes to wear darker, more unsaturated colors (bright yellow being the one exception) and nothing that has a lot of quality detail or ornateness. Completely rounded buttons are the only things he'll tolerate, but every other err...what is the word..."hard" detail on clothes he won't wear. Nothing with zippers, pointed or harsh edges , metals, plastics, etc. Shu only likes clothes that are soft to the touch and that lack "expensive" quality. Its hard to explain, but Shu likes the things he wears to have an obvious home-made and rustic feel. xD I joke and call him a Hobo which is kind of mean considering its kind of true, but really it was the only way I could explain it for the longest time. Anyway, like, forever later I eventually remembered about Mori Girl fashion and the use of layers and neutrals tones that is simplistic in detail and was like "wtf why didn't I remember this ages ago". So yeah. Though the Mori Boy variation isn't really as "set" of a fashion as Mori Girl is in trend and acceptance, it is generally defined by similar rules. Technically speaking there is often more greens and browns in Mori style, but unsaturated greys and blues are neutral colors as well so I think he can get away with it. xD Oh, and i'm sure he wouldn't wear such wintery things all the time, but I think he looks cute in them xD -shot-

....xD Not that any of these are the best most direct representations of any of the fashion styles, but, you know.


xD So yeah, more retina burning colors etc.
Practicing texture etc.
Fun with Copics etc.
Video will be up on my Youtube soon etc.
Procrastination etc.
Existencial crisis etc.
No time for anything etc.
Fails at life etc.

TvT ILU all, and hope you missed the dreaded textwalls!



Shu, Etzel, and Calliope belong to me and is part of my personal story, "Unitrios"
Media: Copic Ciao/Sketch markers, chalk pastel, Prismacolor Verithin colored pencils, hand sanitizer (xD for effect)
Time taken: About 16 hours
Date: February 17th, 2013
Character, art, concepts, etc belong to me, *BlueRoseArkelle and you do not have permission to use, alter, repost or reproduce in any way without my permission.
(eve fanart is always welcome however)
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Vyctorian Featured By Owner May 11, 2015   General Artist
Beautiful work!~
Precurefan4ever Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Can I do fan art of Shu? He looks really cute in this:D
BlueRoseArkelle Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
>///w///> Daww, thank you so much!~ I'm glad you think so!~

*//U//* And of course you can!! Ahh I would love it if you did!!~ >U<
candela2ooo Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2013
MistyArtz Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Shu!!! he's so kawaii!!
ShanlorwriArt Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I love this picture! The colors look great and shu looks so adorable in winter clothes
XD Love it. Calliope is so pretty 0.0
And smexy as well my friend.
:) Love all of their outfits, they seem to reflect their personalities pretty well.
PartyRockingPikachu Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Mind if I critique?
I find that you had a habit of giving your characters big heads. The shoulders should be a little wider, about one head apart (idk if that makes sense). And if the middle character is a boy, then his body should look a bit more masculine (depending on his age). You also have to work on your anatomy, especially for the arms and hands. Try using real life references is people. *SenshiStock has some REALLY great references! You should check them out!
DarkAngelKnight99 Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I'm not wanting to be that person but I think this is Arkelle's style and if she wanted a more "realistic" look she would do it (she has amazing Artsu skills :3), I think this is perfect art in my opinion and I think the gender bender thoughts you get from some of her unicorn characters are supposed to be like that as they are like... I can't explain it hahaha :) sorry for being that person XD. As I said my opinion.
BlueRoseArkelle Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Yes, I am familiar with *SenshiStock and have used their work before.

;n; A-and I don't know how to say this in a way that doesn't sound rude or ungrateful, but...I did not ask.
Ugff, really I don't mean to sound rude but yes, you are correct and I'm well aware of all of that. I draw the way I do exaggerating/lessening certain things because I like it, or to represent something other than the norm/ideal, not because I'm trying to please realists. If I wanted advice, I would ask for it. If I wanted to draw everything within the context of realistic norm/ideal, I would draw realism and certainly not anime which is an unrealistic art style. ;_; I'm sorry, I probably sound like a jerk but... thank you regardless for the good intention.
PartyRockingPikachu Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Yeah, I just read the disclaimer about androgyny on your profile after I wrote that critique LOL.
Nah, you're not a jerk.
Gr33nQu33n14 Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2013
i love etzel's outfit...i actually was watching it on youtube and was like wtf...he's totally wearing my outfit right now!!! but it's different after the fish net was added giggle...and dog collar!!! but i super adore his style!!!
ArisenKikyou Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2013
You've made me adoring Calliope official; love her Oshare Kei-influenced fashion-wear, it's interesting and something I might have drawn for such an exotic-looking character. Great job with her. And I hope to see more of her. She's my favorite.
LeNotoriousCheesebar Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2013  Student General Artist
*slides next to Arkelle and nudges with elbow* so..... about this boy corset i keep hearing about :SuggestiveDaveplz:
konstargirl Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Sooo cute! <3
CosmicCherry Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2013  Student General Artist
I always expect good work from you Arkelle, and, as always, you deliver. I love your great use of color saturation in any media that you use. Your impressive techniques and character designs leave me on the floor in FEELS tears everytime!!!
Sketchyanimeluver Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
This is just absolutely amazing!! :D i love how they each have their own style. I just live it!!
Zenzika Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I love your Text walls :)
Also, I was wondering why doesn't Shu have a horn? I'm really curious. ;)
I love Shu's style... And again I just love Calliope. I'm probably gonna marry her one day if you don't mind *v*
Now it's me who gets slapped xDD
Looking forward to the video :-O
SunnyMadoka Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Yep. Read the entire thing.

ARKELLE-SEMPAI THIS PICTURE IS SO CUTE I THINK I'M GONNA DIEEEE!!!!!!! >//3//< <33333 I love all your pictures Sempai~ Keep up this fabulous work~~~ eve Calliope and Shuuuuuuuuu <33
NasikaSakura Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2013  Student General Artist
Shu has my favorite style here! :D
So cute~! <3
There needs to be more Mori Boys. >//u//<
DeaCat31 Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2013  Student General Artist
Also I just realized they all have blue hiar
DeaCat31 Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2013  Student General Artist
I really love your text walls! Omg wintery hobo I'm dying
lulurine Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2013  Student General Artist
extremely beauitful!
JasiChan17 Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
waaah soooo cuuuteeeeee*-* ♥ i like the left one haww so super cuuteee :3 good work ♥ rose^^
Kat-Dakuu Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I love the fashion you came up with for them! creative and so colorful. o.o
dientjeart Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I recognized your style from far away! I love it! do you have a speed drawing of this? I love it!! <3
SkySolo0 Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2013  Student General Artist
Literally just this morning I was wondering when you would put up the colored version of this. XD Miracles!~ :3
I absolutely adore the way you use colors in all of your drawings, especially this one. o3o Ones close to each other go well (like Calliope's blue-y hair and her fiery...main-garments? is that even a word? o.o lolz) yet you're still not afraid to get wacky and throw all kinds of other unusual shades/hues in there too. :D It's really unique and inspiring imo. ^u^
And the way you choose to get into the character's minds and tastes instead of just what looks cool to most people is plain awesome. :) Sorry for the huge wall of text, btw. XD'
captainroxas Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I love how you don't just put clothes on your characters and say "oh that's cute". I LOOOVE how you get inside the character's mind and really pick clothes they'd like, not viewers. and can I say I admiiiiiire your courage to put your story unitrios out! I know you haven't revealed too much, but really, that's courage. haters are gonna hate, but you just keep doing what you love!

p.s is etzel wearing a belly button ring? xD
captainroxas Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
and omg i comment on all your posts, cx, but i love your mentality is that normal instead of saying art, although i love both .
complex-dreams Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
You amazed me again! ;^; Such beautiful work....the colors. Oh my god. Can you put up a tutorial for dark skin characters? ;^;
Zephrine Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
So cute!
Devicre Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
animet20 Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
Arkelle I drew Shu in a sailor outfit and I was wondering if you can check it out a tell me what you think?
BlueEyesNeko Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2013  Student General Artist
Shuuuuuu~! >w< :iconexplodeplz:
MidnightEdge Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Can I just say I love Calliope's can't spell hair and skin and everything!!!! Plus, Shu's hat is ADORABLE. Oh yeah, i kinda tried 2 color the lineart for this but I completely failed
//I'm sorry Arkelle
Etzel. Is. Fabulous. How did you do that fishnet effect?
Thank you arkelle for letting us see your amazing art :)
LDDandMRH4ever Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Those colors ;A;
You're style of coloring is just AMAZING~! :iconeweplz:
KikiArstist Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Yay, more art! I love your text walls; I love your stories. Always willing to read them!

I totally want to try this for my characters now!

Looks amazing as always!
animet20 Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
Love calliope so much!
seifuku-senpai Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2013  Student
Hand sanitizer? How the heck did you use hand sanitizer for this? Y'knowotherthanformoisturizingyourhands.
BlueRoseArkelle Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
xD Copic Markers are made of alcohol, so you can use things with a certain level of alcohol in them to sort of "take away" some of the color, like hand sanitizer. Kind of like an eraser for Markers. It kind of works like the Colorless Blender, but only much stronger. >v< The little stars and dots in the background were made this way.

...and also for moisturizing your hands. xDDD
seifuku-senpai Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2013  Student
I see… I'll have to try that next time I use copics!
KylieStokes Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2013
I'm sorry to say but I'm not impress with etzel mainly his shirt(the purple part) because I think it could use more color/pattern
fronanc345 Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2013
Devil-Marionette Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I'm still coloring this ;-; cause I got grounded for a week. Your lines are so tiny ;~;.

It's so pretty though the colors and all it's just like blend all the colors <3. Calliope looks so grown up no wonder they are a trio ifyouknowwhatimean XD
Kyrokyt Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2013  Student Digital Artist
They are soooooo cute! I want to hug them all! >u<
Libra-the-Hedghog Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2013  Student General Artist
Definitely like Shu's style the most, loving the oversized jumper :)
Then Calliope, none of her clothes match and yet look really good <3
And Etzel, just wow... Boy corset?? O_o
MichaelJ83 Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
their beautiful Arkelle
CatherineDaydreamer Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2013
Your work is simply gorgeous!!!
NotSoRad Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2013
So amazing!!
They all look so adorable~!!<33
RedFlameWolf Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
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