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Hanani by TazioBettin Hanani by TazioBettin
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!
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MarikElricXIII Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2015
Awesome, love the staff/spear.
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TazioBettin Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
thank you
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MarikElricXIII Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2015
No problem
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licorneenragee Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2014
The drawing is marvelous, but the boobs... those are just some ugly monstruosities x_x
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JihakaDiega Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2014  Hobbyist
You must really not like big tits? Me... I LOVE'EM.
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argocomics Featured By Owner May 4, 2014
Brilliant work!
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JoseMiguelBatistajr Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I have seen all your Hanani pics, and I must say  I love how her design has a evolved. She started of as a standard female Exalted character with big boobs, an oversized sword and impratical armor (nothing wrong with that, I draw the same stuff :V ), but with each iteration her design became more complex, her armor detailed, and you switched out her sword for a spear, which in itsekf looked more godly looking with each new pic. I know she is no longer Exalted, but now, she looks like a demi-goddess. Congrats! :D
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TazioBettin Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks man! This is one of the best comments this picture can get. It's very much appreciated.
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Enoa79 Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2014
Molto bello. Complimenti.
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TazioBettin Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Grazie :)
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Enoa79 Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2014
:-)
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AngelicAdonis Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
That's amazing! :D Love the colours and the design of her armor!
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TazioBettin Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
thanks!
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pyrasterran Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I happened to like your aquiline noses~
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Stigmartyr762 Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
I think she's magnificent looking. The characters you create are simply amazing.
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TazioBettin Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Aw man thank you :)
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Stigmartyr762 Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
You are most welcome friend. :)
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macrossmecha Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2013
I'm impressed

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bigdave42 Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2013

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!

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TazioBettin Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Ah I see the misunderstanding. She's not wearing armor, that's her night dress.
As per boobs, that tutorial is all wrong. This is much better, and the one I always refer to: matsu-sensei.deviantart.com/ar…
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Renezuo Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2013  Student Digital Artist
It was a picture of Hanani that was the very first picture of yours I EVER saw, and while you have come a long way as an artist it was your work and her as a character that inspired me back then. To see her redesigned is a treat, and I can't tell you how much I love seeing her again, its simply awesome. You did a great job with her here and I hope this is not the last time we see in the coming year!
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TazioBettin Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
:hug:
man that was actually touching.
Ok, done, I'll draw her again, I promise.
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QuantumCrab Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2013
Dude, this piece is intense! I remember the first time I saw your art - I was instantly impressed! So don't knock on your old style too much, because it was still something striking! And as for Exalted, it's like a torrid love affair that was destined to fail. It's just a hot mess of an RPG
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TazioBettin Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Amen to that!
And thanks!
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Carringd Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2013
Forgive my greediness when I ask. plz more of Hanani!!!
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TazioBettin Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
And on a second thought, I might even not... I always get dicky comments about her boobs being too big or too round or too exposed. The worst are the "i like this pic BUT!..." and start talking about realism and other stuff I don't give a damn for...
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Carringd Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2013
NO! NO! NO! I AM NOT LIKE THAT OR THEM!!

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.
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TazioBettin Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Heey, thanks for the support man :)
I appreciate it very much. Of course I wasn't talking about you, and sorry for the semi-rant!
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Carringd Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2013
No need to apologise!! But if you want to make up for the rant!!

Make more Hanani and OCs too why NOT!!!
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Carringd Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2013
:D (Big Grin) 
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TazioBettin Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Hahah thanks will do
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Carringd Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2013
Whoa!! so vivid colours! Clap 
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Grymjack Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2013
Awesome work!  I have watched your style progress over the years, and I have to say I love the direction that it is going!
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TazioBettin Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you dear sir
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Grymjack Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2013
..RESPECT.
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darkgothicwriter Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2013
It's awesome to see Hanani again, and also awesome to see some characters are so strong they can survive changing settings/systems.

Happy new artful 2014 to you!
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TazioBettin Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks man!
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luckybasterd Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2013
awesome-0 VERY VERY NICE! LOVE IT XXX
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TazioBettin Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
thanks!
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Lurks-no-More Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2013
Well, I actually liked your older art as well! In retrospect, it's got an interesting "raw" quality to it. :)

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. ;)
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TazioBettin Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks man :D
Well yeah, raw is certainly the right adjective, but a perfectionist like me can't be satisfied with that can I? :)
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linas3001 Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Needs a boob reduction surgery. Cool armor though.
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TazioBettin Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Let us not be jerks :)
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frokamen Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2013
looks amazing
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TazioBettin Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks!
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frokamen Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2013
my pleasure
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jamk Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
Man the level of detail is amazing! keep up the awesome job!
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TazioBettin Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks!
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13thMortamer Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2013
I need this armor in Skyrim. Someone make a quick! XD
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TazioBettin Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
I want it too, I don't care if it's out of place!
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