(Semi)Final result with Lancelion after meticulous hours of practise, sped up and slapped down >:3
For those who don't watch me, this is my character Lancelion, the main character for the video game project I am working on.
For those who do know me! I hopes you like it >:3
I felt I needed to breach the digital area with my previous drawing of Lancelion, I wanted to try and do him justice and I'll probably repaint this in a years time to see if I've improved at all D:
Enjoying digital art at long last >:3
And here is a wall text of him and his personality/backstory and stuffs!
-Appearance- His current facial structure will be his default appearance, but the player will have the option to change any aspect except his eye colour. Facial hair, face shape, anything >:3
Lancelion has two alternating states of appearance. His casual clothing and his armour.
For casual, his default clothing is a garnet red shirt, with a weather worn and scratched pitch black jacket, garnished with a grey lion's mane. He wears a pair of black trousers and steel capped black boots.
Lancelion's armour is better left to reference for now (I keep changing it T.T)
Of course all of this will be interchangeable, but his default appearance will be affected by his morality. The mane will become white should he behave kindly and black should he follow a more evil path.
Casual and Armour have two different UI's. Casual wear can be layered, all the way down to bare. Whether Lancelion will approve of walking around in his underwear depends on his personality. x3
Armour however is entirely combat dependant, you can cover him in armour, but he becomes slower. His default armour is optimised for attack, movement and defence. The doodle is here: [link] Leaving room for movement, but protection in the important places.
Lancelion's scar pattern will be dependant on his personality, the more evil he become, the wider he scars will become. They will eventually form a labyrinth of cuts on his body. The more good he becomes, the more they will heal.
-Personality- Lancelion's default personality is aggressive and callous. But curious, compassionate and loving. Brainwashed by his father into becoming the ultimate weapon. But his repressed childlike behaviour can be brought forwards with benevolent actions. I was hoping to give the two polar opposites, so that Lancelion can be cruel to those who are evil, but willing to share with those who are good, or vice versa! >:3
Now I don't want to come across as the overused, 'He's schizophrenic and has lots of personalities,' it's more so how you make him behave in certain events will affect his behaviour later on.
His default behaviour is to disregard other's lives in general. He holds no morales against killing and thoroughly enjoys it, believing that removing one person increases his own personal chance of surviving, furthermore he love holding a person/creature's life in his hands and being the judge of whether it's worth saving, or punishing.
Lancelion is the embodiment of Wrath. Sin of anger and hate. The first Knight to be endowed with the Halo of Wrath. He is given the blessing of skin regeneration (to an extent, large wounds end up as scars,) and inhuman strength. At the beginning of the game, Lancelion can lift upto two metric tonnes, this will increase as you improve his strength skill tree.
Lancelion's role amongst the seven Archangels is the Punisher. He deems which souls he can send to hell. He can choose not to send them at all, and leave them floating in Limbo for Abaddon to decide. Sanctius (Originally Samael) acts as the Absolver, (who shall be posted soon!)
Lancelion's personality ideal is shaped around choosing the power of love or the love of power!
He can either deny this role, or choose to enjoy it. The choice is upto you! >:3
-Backstory- Lancelion was born on the 21st of November 1781, and would be a Scorpio if he believed in it. Even before he was born, Lancelion was bred to be the perfect warrior. His mother Scarlet, was given the soul of Infinity in the form of a Wrath Halo. The original Archangel of Wrath from the Ascendant War, (The current secret story I am working on shhhh!) So that when she birthed Lancelion, it's essence would be absorbed into him.
Lancelion is the 'Last Firstborn', four children came before him, but none survived being bathed in blood. This is taken from the Spartan training in which babies would be bathed in Wine instead of water. Those who were weak would die quickly. Upon being bathed Infinity was absorbed, turning his eyes a dark red.
Lancelion was raised exclusively by his Mother until he reached the age of seven. He was benevolent, sharing and kind. Taught how to read, write, tell stories and speak properly to his elders, his future brothers in arms and girls. He gave away alot of which he owned so that the other children may like him, but alot of it was for naught, especially when his Father would tell the children he was just waiting to murder them.
By the end of his child years Lancelion was vastly disliked and bullied. He often retreated into Huntsfjord forest, whih stretched for miles and miles with his younger brother Orinir. Upon arriving in a clearing Lancelion asked why the other children didn't like him. Orinir obviously didn't know. So in a fit of rage Lancelion began to hit the ground, tear away at bark, until he screamed the words: 'Ignis' which is Latin for fire or ignite.
Lancelion returned home to show his parents. This was a symbol that Infinity was on the border of awakening. All he needed was blood.
Orlyssieus, his Father, took over for Scarlet, and he was brutal.
Taught how to be cunning, cruel, pragmatic and merciless. Lancelion was pushed to his mental and physical limits. He was not allowed to wear shoes, either metal plates or simple cloth. He slept on reeds, ate nothing but broth and began to hate everything. He was trained in the art of swordplay, athletics, stamina and willpower.
He began to resent his father, but he loved him also. If Lancelion was in too much pain Orlyssieus would always stop for a small amount of time, even for a moment, just to allow Lancelion back on his feet. This taught him the act of mercy.
Living at home was Lancelion's down time. He would often spend it sharpening knives, cutting his skin to watch it sew itself back together. Or play fighting with his brother.
Before long Lancelion was put in the cage. Where he was forced to fight criminals. At first he didn't want to kill. But the moment he tore his first opponent apart, and felt his rage quell, he became addicted. He was given narcotics when he did the right thing. Brutal kills such as the slow severing of fingers and bones were rewarded. The more blood that spilled, the more he felt quenched.
This vicious cycle continued for years. Until they had to import criminals, because the local ones would be too afraid. Too often had children pointed and laughed at Lancelion just sitting in his cage, and every time he made sure to get close. Lancelion's rage became uncontrollable, he began to fear and hate everything.
Even the day when a young boy got too close to his cage, and pointed in and laughed, Lancelion was on him in a moment. Dragged in through the bars, arm torn off and beaten to death with it, Lancelion enjoyed watching even the child suffer, still he was not punished, rather, he was rewarded with more narcotics for dealing with a ruffian.
During Lancelion's meditations, a small white cat would often come and visit. At first Lancelion was unsure what to make of the animal. But within a few purrs and meows, Leo, as he was dubbed became Lancelion's secret companion.
He grew a love for combat, until the day he had to fight his own father. In which he failed miserably. With a fractured skull that not even his regeneration could heal. Lancelion was bedridden for months. Nearly breaking the family apart, Scarlet made sure Orinir would never be subject to the same form of training.
The day Lancelion sat up, was the day he was gagged, bagged and thrown into the wild. His final test was to survive for a year. Living off of the land and the criminals they would drop off at a random place and time.
He succeeded, and returned home, where he was coronated as Heaven's Harbinger - Knight of Wrath - Lancelion Ashbourne.
His final test was to slay a Hellspawn, which he also succeeded in, final uncaging Infinity and allowing him to take control of his strength when needed.
At an attempt to further boost Lancelion's hatred. Orlyssieus trapped Leo and had him brought to Lancelion, where he was forced to kill him. However, through sleight of hand and making Leo fall asleep, Lancelion stabbed his own knee to fake a blood spurt, soaked Leo in it and removed his fur coat, leaving a bare sleeping, blood drenched kitten. Orlyssieus fell for his trick. Upon 'burying' Leo, he was released. But regardless, he made sure to visit Lancelion every night. The tufts of his coat were attached to his future armour, which he could wear when he reached the prime of his youth.
Lancelion is 17 in the prologue and 23 at the actual start of the game.
Well, I'd like to start off with the positives. First of all, the way you've shaded the skin on his face really gives it that realistic glare, that 3D sort of look. It also helps us to know where the lighting is coming from. With the combination of great shadows, highlights, and knowledge of effects, you've clearly defined Lancelion's facial structure and given us a better idea of what he'd look like if he were really brought to life. Second, the background is fantastic! I've always loved that choppy, yet well-blended, type of surrounding. Photographers tend to use that look quite a lot with their work, so that really helps to bring out the realistic quality of you character's features.
Now on to things that may be in need of some work. In my opinion, and this may just be me, the hair and clothing look as if they were cut from a different picture and pasted on. The hair sits at an odd angle and seems to be sticking out in places that it otherwise shouldn't. To fix this, I'd say you should maybe move the hair crease to the right just a bit, so as to align it more with the nose. If you were to draw a line straight up from his nose to the top of his forehead, that's where I think the hair crease should be. Unless Lancelion's is actually meant to be on more one side than the other. If that's the case, then you may just need to fix the placement of the hair sticking out. Imagine if he were a real person. Take the pieces of hair that are sticking out and trace them up to where they'd be growing from the skull. Depending on where they're coming from, they'd settle a certain way. Does that make sense? I don't know. And speaking of which, the right side of his hair, from our view, is much more unkempt than the left. I understand that it's a bit harder to draw nice lines that way, if you're right handed, but practice makes perfect--and that side may also need a bit more shading too. And the pupil/color part of the right eye should be brought to the right just a tad bit, so he doesn't seem as cross-eyed. But that's not really a huge problem.
And the hairline doesn't quite "grow" out of his skin. It seems to be too perfect of a line. Try chopping it up a bit. Make every other hair or so stick down a little further than the others. Same with the diamond-shaped part of his beard.
And lastly, there are the clothes. That line that goes across his neck...I can't really tell if that's the start of clothing or if that's a necklace. If a necklace, than you'll need to continue the shading of the neck, chest, and stuff so that we can tell they're connected. If clothing, you'll need to try and make it a bit darker/lighter than the skin and also add a more fabric appearance. As for the brim of the clothing, it looks fine. But the fur is a bit too scribbled. It may take longer, but try individual hairs, and try to keep most of them as parallel as possible.
Well, that really seems like a lot~ but that's only because I tend to go into great detail and elaborate on things But in all honesty, I really do see improvement! The skin, most of all. I think it's amazing Keep up the great work!
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