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February 26, 2013
February 26, 2013
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Vagrant Golden by Rakugaki-otoko Vagrant Golden by Rakugaki-otoko
Sorry for the lack of activity, Ive been sick in bed.

I happened to hear a song from Kirby's Air Ride again today.
It was the theme to the desert stage, Sky Sands. Here, have a listen to it:…
The only thing I don't enjoy about the song is the sloppy way that it loops at the end. I think that could have been handled slightly smoother.

I was listening to it, and I realized that it sounds like it would have been perfect to be the opening music to a 90s anime about a desert traveler.
So, I listened to it and drew the image I saw in my head.

I miss the golden age.

constructive criticism and substantial comments are appreciated.
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HikariMimamoto Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Ahhh, the outfit is so awesome. ;m; I love those kinds of outfits.

Also, your choices in colors is very good, especially with the lighting. It really allows for the picture to give off a feel as if the sun shining down is making the character glow a bit.

Good job with the sand as well. To be honest, I always had a hard time choosing colors to portray sand properly. The blends you used for it is also nice.
Rakugaki-otoko Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks! I appreciate it
HikariMimamoto Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2013  Student Digital Artist
You're very welcome, Rakurin~
Maki-Ubermach Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2013
Aw, you're sick too~?!
I'll be wishing you lots of energy for a speedy recovery; I've been knocked out for a week already and warm water with salt helped, gallons of apple juice and in desperate times, loads of Nyquil. ( ^ ^ )'

I'm really enjoying the image as a whole especially with treatment of the lighting.
I can't tell exactly because my vision has been off this week but did you use a different brush on the cape?
Something about it looks almost glowy but that could be because you picked a nice palette and I love that the shading doesn't follow strictly along the folds. The aesthetics work so well in this entire pic, good job! Plus very catchy design on the character, I hope we see her again sometime~
Rakugaki-otoko Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Oh man, you too? I appreciate the energy wishes, Maki~ The same goes for your recovery as well. I'm doing the best I can to make myself not sick as quick as possible.

Thank you very much. I colored the character like usual, but then after I did the coloring and shading I went in with another layer in front and colored a soft "bloom" of any colors that were light enough to cause that sort of light effect if the sun was reflecting off of them. So, mostly white parts of his clothes have that.

And thanks! as I said, I pulled the character out of whatever I was seeing in my mind at the time. Looking at it some more, I notice I took influence from two old characters that I admired: [link] and [link]
It caught me off guard that you referred to it as "her" because it didn't even occur to me that he looks so feminine with the earrings and the poofy pants that appear to make his hips look wide, that's a funny little hindsight there. I guess the character is androgynous in that way ^^

I hope I someday draw him again as well, we'll see
Krisoyo Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Ooh, cool stuff. I like the feeling of wind here. The way the shading is smudged out on the sand in the background somehow enhances that feeling as well.
Nice heat waves in the atmosphere there. The sharp shading on the character contrasts well with the blurry tower in the background, and creates a quite nice depth feeling.
Though now that I look at it the sand looks kinda flat in comparison, like a cardboard wall that's been painted, particularly when observing the edge of the sand, I have no idea if blurring the edge would help, but I think the reason is the lack of atmospheric perspective and heat waves on the sand as well. It still works pretty well though.
I like the character. The pattern on his clothes is really cool and I like how the way you've drawn the suit makes the fabric appear thick. The little mark on his bandage there is really nice, and stands out since it's color is unique for the picture. The composition looks really nice. And I like how the strong shading and lighting on his clothes, with the slight shine effect around it makes for the effect of a bright sunlight. I dunno if it's a problem, but it kinda looks to me like the light appears to be stronger on the white cloth/cape than on the rest of his clothes. Now I know different textures and colors reflect light differently, but when comparing the lighting/shading contrasts on it with for example the bandage on his head, which is almost white itself, it looks a bit strange. Only when I look closely though. In general I really like how both the softer shading on his body and the sharp shading on his cape looks though, soo... I dunno.
Anyway, I really like it, the atmosphere and colors are real nice and stuff. It definitely looks like it could be a 90's anime, and yeah the music fits pretty well, though personally I find it generally feels a tad happier than the picture, and watching the redraw I saw he started out with a happier expression as well, though that might not mean anything.
And yeah, even though I didn't grow up with it, I wish the golden age back as well. u.u
(On that note you might wanna check out this dude's channel [link], he uploads sweet sakuga clips from the 80's and 90's)
Rakugaki-otoko Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
oops! I actually didn't intend to have a redraw available for this one, it seems to be automatically set to have that on any muro picture you submit... anyway, thank you for the detailed comment. I see what you're talking about with the light on the cape, and I did that on purpose, to make the cape appear to be of a material that reflects light stronger than the other parts of his clothing. If you look at his head wrapping, you'll probably see that it's a darker shade than the cape as well.
caleb157 Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2013
Kenj Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2013  Hobbyist
I like desert/western settings, sometimes a dash of Sci-Fi tech too. And character design is good, a desert wanderer needs something to flap in the sandy winds after all~
Rakugaki-otoko Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks, same with me. Whenever they went to a desert setting in Cowboy Bebop or Outlaw Star, those backdrops were always very poignant to me for some reason. Back then, they used different coloring techniques for the sand/sky and all that, and I remember it fondly. And thanks, I just pulled the character design out of my head. His head wrapping is based on Randi's from Secret of Mana, but the rest is just imagination.
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