because you guys keep asking when i'll finish it asdfghjkl jk jk jk
T//w//T Err, yeah. My OC, Kairos, or as he's usually called, "Traffic". He's part of my original story, Sleight.
x3 I just wanted to draw something representative of him and also something messy and colorful. ;//3//; I realize that I don't use a wide range of colors when I draw usually. I tend to prefer very specific color schemes and I am not one to add more hues randomly just because I can. Its also a key point of mine that when I color I tend to focus on the same level of tint/shade for each hue. Obviously you'd still have your extreme highlights and shadows, but I mean that each individual hue has a similar range of tint/shade, for example all pastel colors or all highly saturated etc. I feel things are a bit more cohesive to say the least that way, but sometimes it is fun to play with the range of colors more like with this! xD Kairos is like, the best OC of mine to do that with because he is usually always surrounded by the highly saturated colors of street signs and stuff, but his hair, eyes, and skin are very light and contrasting, which most of my OCs don't have. xD They usually blend in more with their fashion choices, but Kairos is a rebel or something xDDDD
Also because I know someone will ask, their is a bit of a backstory for the drawing itself xD
A lot of the characters from my story, Sleight, are....uhm....w-well kind of juvenile or uhm...xD well troublemakers. There are reasons for that but thats not really the point right now lol. Anyways so I got a random thought in my head that some of my Sleight OCs would go on a vandalizing run through the city and dirty a bunch of traffic signs along the way. And I thought it would be funny to draw Kairos in his traffic sign infested environment but vandalized by the other characters xD
There are a few little hints as to who the vandals in question are, but i'll just leave that to myself because i'm sneaky e ue
xD But I'm only really mentioning this because of the Yield sign. That one in particular was messed up by Phyre, and he has a habit of spelling things technically wrong, but in a way that they still make sense or would be read the same way. Hence why he spells his name "Phyre" and not "Fire". He's a total douchebag and likes to make unnecessary alterations just to annoy people. Also hence why the same sign is colored inverted xD
TvT Anyways yay now its time for pointless OC blah that nobody cares about and doesn't make sense go!
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So, I can't really say too much about Kairos as a character, or more importantly exactly how he interacts with the other characters in my story, Sleight, for spoiler reasons. But, I will say that he has a strong connection to IbbI mainly. I'm sure that if you know where his name comes from, you can figure out a lot about his character from that. Kairos is a Greek word basically meaning "opportune moment" (or alternatively "Caerus" the personification) , and goes hand-in-hand with the word "Chronos", which refers to chronological flow of time. While Chronos is like the ticking of the clock, Kairos is the moments in time on that clock when significant things happen. xD I'm sure paired with the traffic signs, you can understand Kairos as a character better knowing the meaning behind his name. But for those of you who don't quite get it, i'll just say that he has a lot of... "influence" on other people's lives. e u e
Personality wise, he's rather hard to explain. He gives the immediate impression of a "normal", casual, late-teenaged guy, but has an indescribable awkward dissonance between his actions and his mentality. It is like he simultaneously does know and does not know how his actions effect others, or just how influential and important they are. Without saying too much or being too direct, his mentality is oddly neutral, but in a chaotically random way. Some may interpret it as cowardice or ignorance, but Kairos has a very definite image of who he is and regardless of how that effects anything around him, he will not change it. He lives by a very strong sense of purpose, but lets just say that purpose it not necessarily... logical...or helpful. xD
e3e Err, most of my characters don't have "exact" ages because of many factors, but you can interpret Kairos as being about 17ish and pretty baby-faced, but taller (5'7) (and lankier) than some of my other OCs who are technically "older" than him xD
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;//u//; Yeah. So thats about it.
;__; Oh man I sure do ramble on about stupid stuff asdfghjkl
T//v//T B-but you guys seem to like it so...I hope you enjoy the textwall xDDDD //shot
;u; Anyways yeah the coloring video for this will be up by saturday most likely. T//~//T I'm suuuuuuper sorry again for my inactivity here and on YouTube, but i've already told you why that is so I won't say it again. But I haven't got around to replying to tons of Notes or comments yet so please don't think I'm ignoring you or anything I just haven't had the time to both read them and comprehend them coherently with all that is going on. OTL
Don't hurt meeeeeee
//flies back into pile of stress
Kairos, "Traffic" belongs to me and is part of my original story, "Sleight".
Media: Prismacolor Verithin/Premiere colored pencils, acrylic paint, chalk pastels, toothbrush
Time taken: About 12 hours
Date: August 15th, 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)
x3 Its a combination of the pressure in which I use on the pencils, at what time I do so, and what colors I use together. I color dark to light, so I use my darkest color and really hard pressure first where it is darkest, then I gradually lessen the pressure and fan it out into the lighter areas. Then I just repeat the same thing with the mid tones, using hard pressure over the areas I fanned out the pressure with the first color, then fan that color out and repeat for the lightest colors. xD Its hard to explain, but hopefully that kind of makes sense. I also use a harder colored pencil to overlay some added colors over the main coloring, as well as some pastels. I have videos about the type of colored pencils I use and the ways I use them if you haven't seen them (there are three parts): www.youtube.com/watch?v=QGCeQ3…
I've been waiting forever for you to finish this, lol! xD
Amazing as always Arkelle and love the colors you chose!
This piece is especially fun to look at because the stop sign is the only sign that looks like the signs in my country
I like all the colorful traffic signs a lot, as well as Traffic's beautiful pastel hair and eyes The composition works and you've scattered different signs all around the picture nicely. It's cool that there isn't too much red or yellow anywhere, but they're placed more, hmm, evenly.
Acrylic paint adds a nice dimension to this picture It was a very clever idea to use it to create all the smudges. That ultramarine stands out very well againts all the colors, too!
The only thing I don't like about this picture is actually how much Traffic stands out from the background. Well, it's a good thing that he stands out and this is very subjective, but I think he looks a little bleak in contrast to the background which may or may not be a good thing. I guess a little bit of darker shading for his hair, for instance, would've helped. Or adding some red! The yellow in the background is nicely reflected on the character, but the red isn't.
A-and like I said, this is just my opinion. I feel like a jealous brat telling you this... But I want to be of help, too, instead of just fangirling! I... Feel I owe you that. You've been of so much help to me in the past
I love your OCs and art tho (=
>u> And thank you! <333
And I appreciate the good suggestion, but I will ultimately draw however I want.
T//u//T B-but thank you <333
e w e Hehe, well...I won't say that is wrong or right. But, you could say he has a much heavier hand in that influential role than a Psychologist would though, if that makes sense xD
e w e And yes. That is my face all the time.
I also love the names you use for characters!
Have you heard if the name Caoilainn before ? I dunno why, but it made me think of your characters lol It means Slender and White, Fair or Pure
x3 Hehe, i'm glad you say that too! Naming is like, probably my favorite aspect of character designing <333
o: Hmm, I don't think I have actually! Thats really cool though~ How is that pronounced..? o3o
;3; I always want to color my way, if that makes sense, but its good to try different ways, and i'm glad that people like it T//u//T