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Ties by BlueRoseArkelle Ties by BlueRoseArkelle
^^ You can watch me draw this on my YouTube channel here: [link]
NOT SO HAPPY EARLY BIRTHDAY REYSOL!~ :heart:

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"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 paper...so 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:

//STARTBLAH
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 guess...in 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
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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 
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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 it..it is a great physical representation. :) Always, I love your art
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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
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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
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calicocat7 Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2012  Student General Artist
I like how you made the red light glow :) Its really cool :)
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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!
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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"...
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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
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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
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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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BlueRoseArkelle Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
TuT Aww, thank you so much!!~ Really, you are too sweet!~ ;w; I'm glad you think so...!!~
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taraforest Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2012  Student Filmographer
Wow! Fantastic work. The greyscale is really interesting and I really love your deep meanings behind the various aspects of this piece. Great work! :)
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BlueRoseArkelle Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
>v< Thank you so much!!~
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zara4leafclover8 Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I really love your art. I also love how your characters are complex. It makes them more life-like. After all it is much better for characters to be complex then to be paper-cut outs with no real life to them. If all your characters have deep personalities then I'm sure the personal stories that you have with be a delight to read. Its how the characters are deep and have faults that makes a story intresing.
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BlueRoseArkelle Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
.....;w; T-thank you so much......!!!! :heart:

;v; Yeah! I think so too!~ I love reading about peoples characters and learning about them and their faults. ^v^ I agree, it makes them so much more life-like and for me, relatable. I always try to make my characters in a way that other people can see in their perspective and sort of feel what they feel, if only just a tiny bit. ;v; Thats what makes characters special for me, when I can understand them on a multi-faceted and human level.

TvT A-and thank you again!~ You are too kind~
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zara4leafclover8 Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I forgot to add. I also really love that this was posted on my birthday, it was a great treat to see such a beatuiful drawing in my inbox on my birthday.

Reysol is a Leo like me XD (even thou I act nothing like a Leo XD)
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KRQY Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2012
beautiful! really love the detailed hair! please can you do a tutorial about detailed hair? Thank you! :)
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BlueRoseArkelle Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
^v^ Yes, I am planning on making that in the future!~
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Emma53 Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2012
Omg, I can't even express in words how much I love this picture. I also like dark and complex stories so this is just mindblowing.
The story, Reysol, Shu, all your other characters are amazing. I just can't express myself right now. Do you want to make me worship you or what?
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BlueRoseArkelle Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
....QvQ T-thank you!!~ asdfgh- Y-you are too nice really....!!!
>v< But i'm gad you think so!!~ ;w; Yeah....I love dark and complex stories too. >v> I love reading them as well. It just makes it so much more interesting to me when artists explain that sort of thing~
@v@ Aaaa and i'm glad you say that about my characters too....I put a lot of time and effort in to them, so it makes me so happy when people say they like them...!!! :heart:

;//~//; A-and nooo really, i'm not that great really...!! Definitely not enough to worship...!!! //shot
;v; B-but thank you so much <3
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Hixateez Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This is... Mindblowing:wow: Very atmospheric, very impactful and very beautiful.

I adore that background and Reysol's hair:love: I really adore them... The transition from black to red looks effortless and that red light on his hair also looks very natural and impressive... Oh Arceus, how much I love his hair in this picture! It's so detailed and flowy and long and there are all those colors that blend together amazingly:heart:

I also love the strings and crosses and white dots in the background, and the shape of the background... It reminds me of a window which somehow feels very fitting.
Can I ask you if you used copic for the bckground? I love the way that white pencil looks on the black and red and I want to know if I could try something like that with my media^^;

Red string of faith is a classic concept:) I especially loved it in ToS. And it certainly works here!
...I just wish Reysol will find some happiness in the future. I happy for Shu but then we have Reysol who's alone:(

I love Reysol's cyan eyes here. They look very captivating with all this red!

The overall shading of this picture is just excellent and I just love this so much I don't even know what to write anymore...

The only thing I'd like to point out is that his right arm, from elbow to wrist, is longer than the left one... Maybe not much but enough to disturb me a little bit.

And one more question! Did you color Reysol's hair and skin with a copic and then with Prismacolors on top? It's as if they have a bit of a different texture than your usual work.
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BlueRoseArkelle Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
@v@ Ahhh you are too sweet, really!!!~ :heart: Thank you soo much!~
TvT Baw, i'm glad you like this...! I like this quite a lot actually. ;v; And so much fun to make, with all the new things I tried!!~ >v<
:heart: :heart: :heart:

;~; But yeah...poor Reysol, always getting the short end of the stick in life when he does everything he can to do right. ;n; Its interesting to me thinking about how much sadness is around Reysol, but I always think of him as such a bright light. ;v; He is a very strong person, so in time he will be happy again~

xD And lol, I see what you mean. Haha, I suck at paying attention to this sort of thing. OTL

^v^ And yeah! Videos are super helpful with answering questions! xD Part of the reason I made a YouTube channel was for this reason!~ xD lol

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Hixateez Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
You're welcome:hug:

I'm happy to hear that^^ What doesn't kill you makes you stronger...
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Hixateez Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Uh, never mind my questions! I found them in your video:)
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kaycewashere Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Oh my gosh! i love your art! i hope i can improve my art too and be good as you! XD
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BlueRoseArkelle Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
;w; Aww, thank you so much!!~

^v^ Aww, and don't worry, I believe in you!~ You can be as good as you wish to be with enough dedication!!~ :heart:
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KikiArstist Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
You've really helped me a lot, you know. I watch your YouTube channel as gymcats319, and I take all your advice and try to put it into my drawings. I feel like you will help me improve. Keep up the good work!
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BlueRoseArkelle Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
QvQ Ahhh, I'm glad i've helped you!!~ ;w; Aww, you are too nice, really~ TvT But i'm so glad that i've helped you!~

>v< And thank you!!~
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mettephantom Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
i love this :squee:
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BlueRoseArkelle Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
;w; Thank you!!~ :heart:
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mettephantom Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
^^ no problem at all. just the truth :squee:
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DrAkulaz Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2012
I like the shading
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BlueRoseArkelle Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
;w; Thank you!~
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