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!
Hey, I LIKE the setting and tone for Exalted! (However, I agree that it has rules problems, including rolling buckets of dice for doing stuff when you're using charms.) Incidentally, I also like your artwork for Exalted.
But seriously . . .
Very snazzy pic. I like the lighting effects with the halo, the aura around the spear/polearm, and the glowing portions of her armor. Very eye-catching. I also like the hex texturing for the torso armor and the color shading for the hanging cloth around the pelvis. All of these visual effects are nicely integrated into the image.
I've seen Grant Morrison's 18 Days myself, and Hanami's armor certainly seems appropriate to that book's art style, with its mixture of archaic and seemingly high-tech elements. Hanani has a nice, assertive pose; very heroic-looking. You do a good job of making her look attractive.
However, I'm of two minds regarding a couple of elements. One is Hanani's bust size; her breasts are so big you'd think she'd have back problems. Second, one has to wonder why her armor would expose her boobs so much. (Unless it's part of her character concept that she likes showing some skin?) I'm not trying to be puritanical, and I don't necessarily mind exposed flesh, especially of the attractive female variety (heh, heh). In this case, though, I feel like it doesn't fit. BTW, fellow Deviant Megan Hetrick provides an interesting and entertaining guide on "How to Draw Boobies" at meghanhetrick.deviantart.com/a….
Sorry if that's too much info. I still like your work, including this piece. Keep it up, and happy new year!
Since you haven't read my profile, I will give you an idea of where I am coming from. I don't care about realism in that regard, what is real to me is what has an impact, a phenomenal impact!!! Art that takes me away from the confinement of this reality we share I sincerely welcome. There is a difference between comical art where boobs are too big etc, and just plain OMG art. The kind of art that takes me away. This piece is one of such, an OMG art piece! It is my sincere believe that we have the power of imagination; to create, to shape our world or escape it.
Your work not only this piece as well as others I have found are to me windows into realities without boundaries filled with splendor. So when I ask or say I would like to see more of such quality, more of such phenomenal art of Nanani from you. I sincerely mean it.
Happy new artful 2014 to you!
Nice to see a new & polished take of Hanani; she's instantly recognizable, yet looks fresh. And the out-of-this-world boobs suit her just fine.
Well yeah, raw is certainly the right adjective, but a perfectionist like me can't be satisfied with that can I?