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I really really wish I had just posted this last night; after about my third mixed drink or so I was convinced - no, I knew to the very depths of my existence! - that it was the best drawing in the whole d*mn world.

Today finds me sober, and with the return to my senses comes the realisation that the drawing has.. issues.... not the least of which is Why in the Hell am I having such a hard time getting it coloured?

For one thing, it's been too long since I've done any digital colouring; for the other, surely I am not the only one that thinks that Painter is completely and totally counter-intuitive!?

Well, anyway. :) Balthy-Fran snuggly ( *scolds Fran* You are Very-Hard-To-Draw!), not half bad even if I do say so myself, I hope you enjoy it, and I can't believe that anyone is still reading this!
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chemicalkidd Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2010  Professional General Artist
Hello! Just in case you don't get any updates from the group, I wanted to let you know that I've featured this piece in a blog entry. You can see the entry here. Please let me know if you don't want this in there and I'll remove it!! Thanks a bunch, and keep up the good work!!

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Souden Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2009
I know this is like..two years late, but looking at it, I think it's amazing. x)

I think what looks off to you about Fran is her left(our right)eye. It looks as though it's too far from her nose. Try bringing it in a little bit and giving her eyebrows more of an arch, rather than being so straight and angled. n n
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razimo Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
It's, well, actually within a stone's throw of three years late. XD I do appreciate the crit, though! It's ridiculously rare that I get a comment from anyone that actually makes a constructive crit, so I always like 'em when they show up.

Three years later.

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Celestiania Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2009
I can't believe I hadn't found your artwork sooner!! Simply amazing <3
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Akraya Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2009  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I just came across your page and I love your drawings of balthier and Fran! They look gorgeous in this picture! Really great job ^_^
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razimo Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you so much! :heart: I always worry that people won't get this one, and will be like 'Why did you make Balthier so tall??' .. and I'm like, 'Nooo.. he's supposed to be, like, reeeeaaaallly stretching, to get his chin up there on Fran's head. Standing on a box, maybe.' XD

Anyway.. glad you like!!
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Akraya Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2009  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
You're welcome ^_^ Haha yeah I read the comments on this piece, I guess those people just can't think outside of the box ;) Thank you for sharing this piece here ^_^ <3
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Honda-Thoru Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2008
Very nicely made.Loved the discription it was very honest.A fav from me it's a lovely set of pencil lines can't wait to see it coloured.^^
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razimo Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
Oh, wow.. I do believe I'd forgotten that this one was in here! Thank you for the very kind words on it.. I really should have another go at coloring it; I think I've gotten at least a little better since the last time I tried. :heart:
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Honda-Thoru Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2009
Would be nice to see a remake just to see the difference over some time.^^
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WantonTragedy Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2008
I can't wait for color, I really love your work.
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Cat-C Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2008
Why did your feeling change when you got sober?! Love it.
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MitsukiShiroi Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2007  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Omg, this is such a pretty one <333 I love Balthier's expression and Fran's smile :D

I was wondering, is it okay if I color this? I'd naturally credit you for the lovely linework and send you the link of the finished version. :3
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razimo Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2007  Professional Traditional Artist
Mup!! Sorry, crazy-busy-super-ooper-distracting week! Anyway - sure, knock yerself out. :) I certainly had no luck colouring it! Do put a link to the original in yours, please. Other than that - how fun!! It's been I-don't-even-know-how-long since someone else has coloured one of my pieces; so this ought to be Nifty, and I'm looking forward to it. :boogie:
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MitsukiShiroi Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2007  Hobbyist Digital Artist
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Here's the result! :D Sorry it's so sloppy, I thought the sloppy coloring did kind of fit with the sketchy feel of the entire picture.

Hope you like it and thanks for giving me permission to do this. I had a lot of fun with it <3
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razimo Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2007  Professional Traditional Artist
I like your coloring! It doesn't seem sloppy at all to me - heck, you've seen how I color MY pieces! I'm far from meticulous. I do like it; and thank YOU - it's very, very fun to see what other artists do with my work! :heart
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FabulaNova Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2007  Hobbyist Photographer
Indeed, this is one of the best drawings of Balthier and Fran I've seen in my life. And believe me, I spent a lot of time searching for art on any page Ican find.

The pose is simply stunning, perfect anatomy and beautiful drawn faces - overall great feeling and a definitive fav for me now.
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razimo Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2007  Professional Traditional Artist
You are extremely kind! Thank you very, very much. Anatomy is a work in progress for me.. I really have to WORK at it, rather than having a proper instinctive grasp of it. It mostly succeeds here, although Balthier would still have to be standing on a box, no? (I was going for a pose that showed Fran hunching down, and Balthier really sttttrreeeeetching up to get his chin on her head.)
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kutieaznbunni Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2007  Hobbyist General Artist
Their expressions = cute ^_^

Love it <3
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thundermistress Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2007  Hobbyist Photographer
Balthier looks so vulnerable in his exprssion in this pic, just gorgeous <3 And they do make quite the good looking couple xD

Fran's hair so pretttyy ;____; <3
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l3goman Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2007
wow this is great! definately a fave
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razimo Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2007  Professional Traditional Artist
:boogie: for the :+fav:! Thank you very much, I'm glad you like it! :D
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NatashaRazi Featured By Owner May 26, 2007  Professional Digital Artist
Can i be you when I grow up?
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razimo Featured By Owner May 30, 2007  Professional Traditional Artist
Sure! I hope you like ginger - I :heart: it like crazy! My boyfriend thinks it stinks up the house, but he's very negative about things! :D
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NatashaRazi Featured By Owner May 30, 2007  Professional Digital Artist
I'm asian :P ginger is like staple diet here. It's in everything. You learn to like it! LOL!
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Alfox086 Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2007  Student
so romantic and true
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cinnamon-kisses Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2007
aww soo sweet!
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cinnamon-kisses Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2007
hehe yeah!!! ooh that would be cool! yoo should do that ^^ :chew:
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razimo Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2007  Professional Traditional Artist
:D Aren't they, though? I could draw these two all day, and devote a dA account to just them.... ;)
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cinnamon-kisses Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2007
hehe yeah!! there a great couple!! ooh yoo should do that ^^ :ahoy:
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Luiser Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2007  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Love it!!. But... Balthier is THAT tall only in his dreams :pointandlaugh:
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razimo Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2007  Professional Traditional Artist
Standing on... a.. box, perhaps? :)

Heeheehee... seriously, though, I know. Le sigh! I do use references for these; I am too much of a stickler for accuracy to do otherwise, BUT.. I have a very Very hard time finding references wherein the couple are anywhere *near* the same height. The height difference is/appears to be 10" or more, presumably because that sort of thing makes for cuter photographs. :p Pleh! Well, it's a PITA when one is trying to draw two people that are pretty well the same height.

So, I just take whatever image struck my fancy, then mangle it out of recognition to make the underwear models look like Balthier and Fran. :D In the case of this image, I what I thought was a pretty valiant effort to give the impression that Balthier was strrreeeeeetching up and back, his chin juuuse perched on Fran's head, who is sorta curled/snuggled down into his chest.

... not that all/any of that came off, mind you, but hey... I did try! ;)
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Luiser Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2007  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Yeah, standing on a box, I suposse. But well, Balthier is cool as a big man. I like his expression, it's like: Oh, my... look at me... I'm cooler now... I'm a tall man... I can't believe it... that platform boots really works... *tear*, hahahahahahahahaha!!. I love that two, really.
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Levade0411 Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2007
Your line work has only gotten better since I remember it. I love the work on his shirt/coat...er...thingie. The neat thing is I can still recognize your style in his face and her hair, which is cool to me. Can't comment on the characters since I'm not familiar with them but this is a nice piece o' work, sib! :)
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razimo Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2007  Professional Traditional Artist
Julia-CHAN! :D :love: :cuddle: Why, thank you, Sibling! I'd hope that by now I would have improved at least a little; although if you'd heard the amount of profanity required to get this drawing to even this state you might not think so. His vest/armour thing has an incredibly complicated pattern; I'll show you a picture of it.. believe me, it'll be no mystery whatsoever why I chose to, heeheehee, leave it off in other pieces. Endlessly happy... she'enedra...!! :D :bounce:
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marc21 Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2007  Hobbyist Digital Artist
REAL nice. I love the monochromatic style...
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razimo Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2007  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you! :) Honestly, this drawing deserves more respect from me; I was so cross with it that I didn't even 'clean' the pencil in Photoshop before posting it. Yeeesh... ^.^; It also looks pink to me.. yow.. anyway, I appreciate the kind comment on it.
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Kimmie3 Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2007
This is really good! Love the pose. Beautiful drawing *fav*
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razimo Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2007  Professional Traditional Artist
Ah, thank you for the fav! :) I can't honestly say that it's an unusual pose or anything, but I rather liked it myself.

It still needs to be coloured; and fights with me every time I try. *sigh* Well, perhaps I'll win the next round, who knows.
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Kimmie3 Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2007
keep at it! If you're anything like me, it may take a while, but I'm sure it will be nothing short of beautiful in the end.
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razimo Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2007  Professional Traditional Artist
I can't not say Thanks! to someone with an awesome Willow quote, so... Thanks! :D Glad yer liked it!
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razimo Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2007  Professional Traditional Artist
:D Why, thank you all very, very much! Here I was just reflecting on what a mess this is, and then I find people with such sweet things to say. Consider yourselves hugged.

The perspective was a ppaaaaaaiiinnnn.... they're the same height, so I really tried to give the impression that The B-man was ssssstreching up, and Fran was sorta hunching/snuggling down a bit.
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departedspirit Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2007
amazing lineart!!
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razimo Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2007  Professional Traditional Artist
Very thank you! If only I could get the perspective looking as decent, pleh.
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crimson-rose01 Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2007  Hobbyist Artist
Very well done!
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razimo Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2007  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you! It ocurrs to me.. is it polite or annoying to personally thank each and every one of the nice people who have nice things to say about one's art? Hmmm.... Well, I do appreciate it. :)
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razimo Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2007  Professional Traditional Artist
... I think that my determined efforts to clean the lineart just made matters worse.

:p on it! I'll move it to Scraps or somesuch later.... when I.. ah.. figure out how.
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YinnyYang Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2007
Wow, it's well drawn!
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