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Ties by BlueRoseArkelle Ties by BlueRoseArkelle
^^ You can watch me draw this on my YouTube channel here: [link]

"Lets look at it this way; we form ties to inevitably cut them, and cut ties to form new ones to cut. Its an endless cycle Reysol, you should know that by now. "

^^; This originally was meant to be just a mindless doodle of my Reshiram gijinka, Reysol, just to give him some spotlight for his birthday on August 20th (x3 Reysol is a Leo~) but then I realized I subconsciously began drawing this and incorporating all this symbolism and stuff. OTL
SEE GUYS. I can't even mindlessly draw anymore. The overly analytical and complex symbolic stories just wiggle their way into everything I draw of my OCs. //shot
I got the idea to draw Reysol with one of those "red strings of destiny" as just sort of a little homage to his time and attachment with my OC Shu, but then I realized that I subconsciously made the string with three points and I was like "eAe SELF. WHY DO YOU SUBCONSCIOUSLY MAKE THINGS MORE COMPLEX THEN THEY NEED TO BE?!?". ^^; I guess I was subconsciously thinking about Shu and his...."trio" at the time when I was drawing this, so I happened to do that.

eve I tried using Copics and Colored pencils together for the first time!~ xD And I tried a lot of other things, like using lots of black, using greyscale, different ways of blending with Copics, scanning my lineart from one paper and then printing it onto the Copic many things I experimented with this xDD

oAo I just realized....I have never drawn that sort of..."darker" side of Reysol before....I mean....he isn't like a "dark" person per say but.... well he's a very moral and dignified sort of person on the outside, but has a darker side that he does not necessarily want to indulge. Its there, but he doesn't want it to be. So for the first time, I drew Reysol sort of trying to come to terms with that darkness.

o^o Also more symbolic stuff with his greyish color and the whole "Reysol sees the world in black and white, right and wrong" sort of thing. Perhaps in darkness, Reysol can come to be a bit more "grey". ;~; If that makes sense. Ugh, this doesn't make sense. Here is more info in case you care:

Ugh, this is hard to explain.....;n; L-lets just say that the parts of the strings that wrap around his fingers represent the two people who become very important in Shu's life after him and Reysol separate, and the part of the string in his mouth represents Shu, and Reysol's secret regret of his decision to separate from Shu and his desire to sinfully keep him for himself. The reason Reysol cut his ties from Shu was because he feared that he would give into temptation and betray his morality by letting himself fall in a non-platonic love for Shu. He made the decision to keep his moral standards, but he wonders if it was even worth it. In the back of his mind he wonders if morality even means anything at all if your desires do not coincide. And is it even worth cutting the ties you yearn for the most, just to prove you are doing the "right" thing?

So this is kind of like....Reysol deciding to either cut away that ties to Shu by breaking the string with his teeth, or to cut the ties Shu has made separate from Reysol by pulling them apart in his hands to keep him to himself.

.........xD Did I mention I like dark, twisted, overly complex stories....? //shot

^^; I a way it is sort of sad, and not a very "happy" birthday sort of thing, but....I dunno. Age played such a huge part in Reysol and Shu's relationship, but in a dark and separating way, so I guess this represents that sadness Reysol must feel for getting ever older knowing Shu would never catch up.
Again, I over analyze my art when it comes to my OCs way too much... But yeah. Srs. All that nonsense for one simple picture. OTL

Media: Copic Ciao markers, Prismacolor Verithin Pencils.
Time: About 5 hours
Date: August 17th, 2012
Character, art, concept, etc belong to me, ~BlueRoseArkelle and you do not have permission to use, alter, or reproduce in any way without my permission.
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naruko-uzumaki1 Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
love the hair 
ShanlorwriArt Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This is a great idea :D Ive seen this idea, about cutting ties or keeping ties, and promises, and bonds and I love is a great physical representation. :) Always, I love your art
ShanlorwriArt Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Gah I love it so much.
This relationship..Poor shu, hes so innocent, and I can tell Reysol desperately wants it to..but knows it is almost forbidden. j-j
nicholasvalencia Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2013
I just love love love love lovetge blending here with copics and how u add color pencils,yes i know what color pencils u use ,i watch this video like all the time u are my number on inspection to me and my art that im going to start making youtube videos too so time. This month but thank u so much arkelle i promise i l have a fan art video for u so too and i was wondering is they re anyway i can donate. to u ,i want to see u use more medias and since u dont just have extra money just laying down so where since ur a collage student i want to help u get more medias like digtal medias ,for example pixelmator for mac computers since its u cant get paint tool sai and i want u to have more copic refillables and colored pencils . Ok and since this da acount. is so old and i havent uploaded any new art in a year im going to make a new one so u cant at least see ok art k thank u for everything arkelle
calicocat7 Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2012  Student General Artist
I like how you made the red light glow :) Its really cool :)
MidnightEdge Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
You know, ever since I even had a DA I've watched you on youtube. And i've always felt so bad for shu and reysol. Shu is so innocent and doesn't really get it, then Reysol has to deal with his emotions for shu!!! Love does sometimes suck!
BlueRoseArkelle Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Q__Q I KNOW RIGHTTTT asdfghjkl

;__; I have so many feels for those two. It makes me sad thinking about it, that as their creator I could have just as easily made their relationships be perfect and idealistic, but it isn't. ;__; As sad as it is, I wanted to make their relationship difficult and full of conflicted emotion.
I don't know, it makes me sad really, but I'm one of those people who would prefers to watch a movie with a sad ending over a happy one because I like to feel that raw and realistic emotion. I want to feel really strong human connections to characters and stories, not force-fed cutesy romance and idealism. Even if the emotion is a sad one, I love having that real investment into something fictional. Life is not all bubblegum and rainbows, and I love seeing people who make characters with that in mind.

;___; But yeah, Shu and Reysol's time together is so full of sadness, but a beautiful kind of sadness....TvT Like the "protector and the innocent"...
MidnightEdge Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
The cool thing is though lost love turns to new love (omigosh tht sounds lik somethin out of avatar tla lol) so they'll both find someone new, shu found tht in etzel and caliope right (sorry if i can't spell...//shot
BlueRoseArkelle Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
TvT Exactly! "When one door closes, another opens" they say....
;w; And Yessu, Shu thankfully finds Etzel and Calliope to love :heart: :heart: :heart:

;v; And Reysol before meeting Shu was asexual anyways, so now he can be happy living free of romantic relationships as he prefers. TvT So yeah! Good things <3
jessiesparkelbottom Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
Omg i totally love your art style and the way you color its so amazing
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