>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. *cough* So if I don't/haven't made it clear enough before, yes they are a trio and yes that means more than friends . dontjudgethem
;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)
ERMERGERD. I love this picture! The colors look great and shu looks so adorable in winter clothes //shot XD Love it. Calliope is so pretty 0.0 And Etzel..you smexy as well my friend. Love all of their outfits, they seem to reflect their personalities pretty well. Imeanwhat.
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!
*MY OWN OPINION* 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.
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.
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!!!
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.
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!!!
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
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. 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'
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!
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
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.
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 BTW SHU AND CALLIOPE LOOK AMAZING IM THINKING OF MAKING THIS MY SCEENSAVER