I present to you my last deviation of 2013.
It's certainly not my best work, but I guess it's a proper closure. An overlong rambling explaining why follows below:
Hanani is a character that dates back to 2008. If I look at my stuff from 2008, I cannot even recognize myself as the same artist who does what I do now. Impossibly huge cheekbones, big aquiline noses, sharp, manga style and narrow chins, and spaced big eyes... yuckh!
But since I started the big dream of working in comics, I studied, I practiced, and my style is still improving, which is a very encouraging thought. So it's not improper to redraw and reimagine an old character with today's skills, is it?
My tastes in roleplaying games, funny enough, evolved as well. Hanani was a character born into the Exalted roleplaying game back in 2008. But I quickly grew aware of the immense limits of that game. Not only the huge load of mechanic flaws in the rules, but also in the dispersive tone and setting. And now I prefer more refined, modern and focused games.
It is then not strange that I decided to emancipate Hanani from her initial Exalted setting and decided to place her in an original setting inspired by the Mahābhārata (the greatest opus of human literature, an epic tale of 110'000 and more verses, equalling four times the lenght of the Bible and seven times the lenght of Iliad and Odyssey put together).
The visual inspiration of this piece comes from the outstanding Mukesh Singh's reimagination of the tale in Grant Morrison's 18 days, also my current favorite comic writer. Besides Exalted did borrow very liberally from the Mahābhārata.
If I were to play this character again, it would probably be in a more modern and functional roleplaying game like Anima Prime.
So you have to forgive this long rambling on my behalf. It does make some sense I think, and I thought I'd share these thoughts with you. Best wishes for the new year guys!
And thank you from the deep of my heart for all the support, comments, faves, watches and love you've been having for my humble work!
See you next year, tomorrow!