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Give me time I will be clear.
Given time you'll understand
What possesses me to right what you have suffered.
I'm in this mood because of scorn,
I'm in a mood for total war.
To the darkened skies once more, and ever onward.


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:bulletgreen: Ramirez from Skies of Arcadia, which is owned by Sega.

Photoderp CS6, all mouse except for the hair. The actual picture is 2400 x 3600 at 400dpi. I started this on 07.30.2012, and finished it on 08.08.2012, and it took 48.5 total hours of drawing time to complete.

Circuitry: [link]

It's been years and years since I drew my favorite character from anything ever. I figured he was about due. This is my take on this scene from the game (skip to 16:30).

Picture is named after VNV Nation - Dark Angel, which has always felt like a Ramirez song to me.

A ton of firsts here, not the least of which is an actual serious took-as-long-as-the-character background. Learned over a dozen new tricks along the way. My 16th completed picture in photoderp.
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MajinYggdrasill Featured By Owner May 16, 2014
i laughed when he cut down that old ass silvite cyborg. well done
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Aroihkin Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2014   Digital Artist
Prime had it coming. :boogie:
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MajinYggdrasill Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2014
damn right he did!
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ayu-ohseki Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2012
Everything about this pic is amazing, but I think I especially like a) the way you drew his sword (I still remember how much of a bitch it is to draw!!) b) the way that glass spirals around him, starting at the tip of said sword. Hella stylish.
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Aroihkin Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2012   Digital Artist
I toyed with making it more realistic, where the glass probably wouldn't be doing that, but then I was like NO, THIS LOOKS BITCHIN', FUCK REALISM.

:D :D

And that sword was a bastard to figure out how to color, not gonna lie. I like how it turned out, but it's like when I first started doing hair... I'm not sure how well I could replicate it a second time. XD
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ayu-ohseki Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2012
ROFL. I like that approach. :D
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superzwiebel Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2012
SO MUCH PURDY IN ONE PICTURE. The background, the glass, the sword... and, of course, Ramirez himself. I shall now resume staring in admiration at it all.
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Aroihkin Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2012   Digital Artist
That sword was such a pain to figure out how to color, but so worth it. XD

Thank you! I drew a lot of Ramirez back when my art was... well, it was eight years ago so it was kind of awful. XD He deserved an update. :D
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Amorius Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Holy shit. I can't pick a favorite thing from all that awesome... though I think the glass is calling to me. It's like, my favorite shade of green XD
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Aroihkin Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2012   Digital Artist
It's a bit blue-er in game but I was like asdfasdgasd IT'S GREEN NOW.

Matches his eyes better~
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Zinoodle Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
did you cry for that background? because I totally would :XD:
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Aroihkin Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2012   Digital Artist
I mostly geeked out hardcore for that background. :XD:

But I did spend about as much time on it as on Ramirez. Silvite stuff is neat looking. :3
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SkylaComics Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Awesome work! You've captured this scene and Ramirez so well. Only think to improve would be the hair. The rest of his body is outlined in black, I think his hair would look good outlined too :) Hope this helps!
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Aroihkin Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2012   Digital Artist
Thanks! Though the hair thing is a matter of style preference, and I'm not wanting to rely on outlines in it. (I meant to color the rest of his lines and ended up forgetting by the end of the 50 hours, though. Derp.)
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SkylaComics Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I see :)
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Sakudrew Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
My GAWD. AWESOME WORK :iconigiveupplz: :iconluvluvplz:
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Aroihkin Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2012   Digital Artist
Thanks you! :heart: It was a lot of work but I'm pleased it paid off so well. :D
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Sakudrew Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Haha you said it ! :D
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Wait...You have colorized everything with a mouse ?! Really ?!! :iconmonkeyshockplz:
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Aroihkin Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2012   Digital Artist
Yep, the only thing I currently use a tablet for is hair in photoderp. It doesn't get used at all in Paint. Everything else is via mouse, including my (vectored) lines.
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Sakudrew Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
T-That... Very impressive !!! :iconimdeadplz: T-T Really, keep working !! :'D :heart:
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TheLadySheogorath Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
This is fucking brilliant. And Ramirez is also my favourite character from SoA, he's one cool guy. ;)
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Aroihkin Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2012   Digital Artist
Thanks! And isn't he neat? He's my favorite character from anything. :XD: Even after all these years.

A compelling villain makes the world go 'round. And villains who could easily be the hero but for a coin toss are extra fun.
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Contraltissimo Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2012
Nuuuuu Elder Prime! :noes:

*clicks the youtube link*

Aoh dag, that's.... that's kinda....

I dig these beats man. :XD:

Heh, yeah, can see the Ramirez in it.


Beautiful art. :clap:
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Aroihkin Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2012   Digital Artist
Elder Prime had it coming! :shakefist:

I love that song for Rami, it's always on my "soundtrack" for him. :D

Very glad to hear it! It was a very, very long WIP. XD
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Contraltissimo Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2012
Had it coming. *lol* XD Eh I guess he was technically up to no good in the first place. :XD:

And I can tell! Gads, all the details are just lovely and delicious. :love:
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eitanya Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2012  Professional Artisan Crafter
Wow. Just...wow. You are crazy good. :)
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Aroihkin Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2012   Digital Artist
:heart: I'm trying! Leveled up a bit on this one, I think. Even if it took 50 hours. :lmao:
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eitanya Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2012  Professional Artisan Crafter
Leveled up for sure! Quality takes time. :)
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Bloodsong13T Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2012
holy wow, aro! his outfit is so richly coloured -- despite being almost all black ; D and the shattered glass stuff looks absolutely hella cool! the reflections and luminosity are really great.
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Aroihkin Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2012   Digital Artist
Thanks! Was my first time doing glass, among a lot of other things. :XD:

And obsessing over his uniform when I was going to cosplay him back in 2004-ish helped a lot, versus colors. I know what order all the parts are laying on him in and have an idea of their general texture and such. :D
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