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Azalea, Her Majesty, The Queen by slimu Azalea, Her Majesty, The Queen by slimu
The title image of Section 2.1 of Directions of Destiny featuring Azalea Alatus. The original concept was borrowed from a panel in the first version of Directions of Destiny, as seen here. Additionally, I made another version with King Zephaniah.

This was the first time I used a nib pen to do one of my comic-related works; the original drawing on paper has several smudges from when I made mistakes, but needless to say they've since been cleaned up. The background was inspired by art nouveau architecture, and was drawn roughly on the computer before being printed out in blue ink to be "inked" over (in pencil) and scanned back in. Truth be told, I got lazy so some parts of the image I only drew the left side for and then copied and pasted mirrored on the right side after I scanned it back in. Aheheh. :>

Coloring this one was a major pain because, for one, it'd been so long since I'd done this, so most of the time was spent staring at it wondering what I should do next. The rest of the time was just trying to come up with an appropriate palette for not just the background but also Azalea's dress. Particularly difficult towards the end was making the cel-shaded Azalea in the foreground -work- with the fully-rendered background.

I originally started this in Corel Painter X, but after the program crashed five too many times on me for my liking, I switched to Photoshop. It doesn't have the same blending power as Painter, but it's a small price to pay for the added stability and superior processing algorithms. I used to hate Photoshop because it didn't let you dock the little windows to the side as Paint Shop Pro let you, and while it now KIND of has a little method of snapping the windows against the side of the screen, I still wish it were better. Oh well, Paint Shop Pro is on version 12 and it still has yet to do ANYTHING about its horrible memory processing algorithms (I'd been using it since version 4) so I'm abandoning it officially here and now.

Medium: Painter X, Crow Quill Nib Pen, .5mm 2H Mechanical Pencil, Photoshop CS2

EDIT: Thanks for the Daily Deviation!! @w@
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Azalea, Her Majesty, The Queen by *slimu ( Suggested by Nyiana-sama and Featured by azarath )
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Kuro-Okami13 Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
ooh~! She has the same name as me! :dummy:
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Eternal-Winggoddess Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2010
Heh heh, hey. Its me! Well, not really me - just the costume really. XP

I've always loved the way this piece turned out. Her expression - so mysterious and removed from her audience; the colors, not to mention her chair.

I think the first time I saw this the chair was what really caught my attention, but Azalea was what held it and had me buying the comic. The rest, as they say, is history.

I'm finally up and running on DA again, been far too long that I've gone without having an actually working computer. Now that I finally saved up for and bought my Mac I hope to be on way more.

Can't wait to read more of the comic. :heart:

~:floating:
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Eyltwo Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
I LOVE THIS ONE TOO!!!
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Azalea-Night Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2010
Wow it's so good
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:iconneko-muerto:
Neko-Muerto Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2009  Hobbyist Photographer
An amazing image *-*!! your images are pretty good~~
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:iconemplus:
emplus Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2009
Awesome :D
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:iconmarshmellowbrains:
marshmellowbrains Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2009  Student Digital Artist
Hello there!

I'd just like to let you know you've been featured in my news article! [link]

Thanks!
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:iconstellachan:
stellachan Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
I love the detail and composition. Very lovely!
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:iconookamicat:
OokamiCat Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2008
very, very beautiful :love: I love the details and the color :dance:
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:iconbakarti:
Bakarti Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2008
lovely pic
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DesertReaper Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2008
This is beyond amazing. :nod: That does suck about what happened while you were coloring it. T_T But after seeing this, it was worth it.
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:iconhokuto:
hokuto Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2008
Wow, she looks incredibly gorgeous. :heart: Fantastic details and lighting!
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:iconseyreene:
Seyreene Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2008  Hobbyist Digital Artist
that background is astounishing! The girl looks great, but in combination with that envoronment ther picture it's perfect. XD

I only think that the lineart of her face could be a bit darker. But that's just my taste. :)
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:icontenko72:
tenko72 Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
This is a great scene! I love all of the detail!
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:iconrainwhitehart:
RainWhitehart Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2008
Rad chair.
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:iconlovely-able-heather:
lovely-able-heather Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
This is stunning!! <3
I love everything about it!

The pose, the colors, the outfit...
*swoon*
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starfish3 Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2008
incredible detail! excellent color and shadow, and great drawing!
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:iconfrenchay:
Frenchay Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2008   Digital Artist
It's very good. I like how the detail helps emphasize the drama.
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:iconangelfishie:
angelfishie Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2008
awesome. the architectural elements in this are so aesthetically pleasing, both in shape and in color... lovely composition ^.^
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:iconivymere:
Ivymere Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2008  Student
I LOVE the background :)
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:iconinkibus:
InKibus Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2008  Professional General Artist
Most gorgeous choice of colors! Congrats on the DD!
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:iconfiresprite:
firesprite Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2008
Have you ever thought of doing a tarot deck? The symmetry of this piece and the elemental feel it's got reminds me of a queen in a deck of cards.
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Superdemon-Inuyasha Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2008  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
pretty 8D nice job! it looks awesome!
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:iconairashii-enjuku:
Airashii-Enjuku Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2008  Hobbyist Artist
I would love to have a throne like that.
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:iconsoreaggga:
soreaggga Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2008
OMFG,It,s soo beautifuly Elegant,i,m going 2 Faint!!:faint:
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:iconspiked-rose:
Spiked-Rose Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2008
hey I have this picture!! xD
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:iconmelody-hikari:
Melody-Hikari Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2008  Hobbyist Writer
=D Awesiome job!!!!
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Desiress1 Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2008
so pretty!
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BookAce Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2008
Ooh! Purtyful :3
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alic3cull3n Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2008
O.O wow i really like this. *steals her dress and runs away*
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:iconavorian:
Avorian Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2008
I have no idea what it's originally derived from, but the whole thing is so Alice in Wonderland! Great detail, nice job.
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:iconhotcandydeath:
HotCandyDeath Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
This reminds me of a beautiful manga, called Alichino.
The colours, the clothing. It's great.
I like this a lot. :D
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nofairykiss Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2008
lovely work
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:iconrschaan:
RSchaan Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2008  Professional Digital Artist
oh my godness!!
it's awesome =DD
congratulations ^^
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:iconkozinu:
Kozinu Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2008  Hobbyist Interface Designer
Wonderful design, I adore this!
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:iconkizukudawn:
KizukuDawn Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2008  Student Traditional Artist
so pretty! I remember seeing your work on the AX con! So cool! ^-^
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MoonFlesh Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2008
Oh my, this is incredibly lovely. I really like the kind of faded colors
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:iconkero-no-twilight:
kero-no-twilight Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
oh, i liked this illustration

<3
good job~!
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iamafreak4sesshy Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2008
sugoi!!
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:iconjcallius:
JCallius Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2008  Professional Digital Artist
This is really beautiful! :)
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:icontunchi:
Tunchi Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2008
details are amazing, congrats for the DD! :heart:
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:iconzeldalina:
Zeldalina Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2008  Student General Artist
Congratulations on the DD, and this is very beautiful! :)
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:iconthesixofhearts:
TheSixofHearts Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2008  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Congrats on your DD, slimu!!!
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:iconyuumegari:
Yuumegari Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2008
Ooh, I love her dress...the details are amazing! I love the colors and everything. <3
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:icondaioh--sakura:
Daioh--Sakura Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2008
VERY cool >w0 congrats on the DD! It was well-deserved :heart: this is a GREAT piece of art.
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:iconjeesiang:
Jeesiang Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2008
HOLY CRAP! You got a DD!! CONGRATULATIONS!!!
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:iconjesseth:
Jesseth Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2008  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Gorgeous ^_^
I love the combination of art nouveau and manga- it's something I hope to manage myself one day...
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:iconsj-sakua:
sj-sakua Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2008
Amazing. I love the colors.
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HikaruNephele Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
So pretty! I love the wings
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:iconbrunice:
brunice Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2008   Photographer
wow!
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