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WWC - Soldier's Life by Aneeters WWC - Soldier's Life by Aneeters
Totally last-minute drawing for the Warchicks weekly art challenge. This week's theme was "The Soldier's Life." At first this theme didn't inspire me at all, but then I thought about my draenei paladin - Narcissa Calienne. Backstory time~

Following in the footsteps of her warrior father, she's fought alongside the humans most of her life. At first more of a representative of the draenei-human alliance, over time she developed a deep loyalty to Stormwind. Eventually becoming a knight of the Stormwind militia, she fights with a no-nonsense, dutiful personality, valuing honor and nobility. Her entire life devoted to defending the alliance, she always wears her armor, very rarely taking off her helm.

So, although it was difficult to pick a specific scene to draw, I decided to simply draw her looking over the city - as she herself represents a soldier's life to me. So focused on her duties, she forgets that beneath the serious mask and all that armor, she's still a beautiful girl. /sap :dummy:

About the drawing itself: at first the time limit was very daunting. I always take very long on pictures, so I decided to try finishing this as fast as I could to hopefully work on that. I took the time limit as optional, but as a guideline to try to keep it simple and a bit more sketchy than I'm used to.

Total time: 3 hours and 40 mins.
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xhogyokux Featured By Owner May 8, 2012  Student General Artist
I love the colors you used in her body. : 3 White can be difficult for me to use at times but the purples and greys that you added for the shadows really make her shimmer and stand out. : D
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Aneeters Featured By Owner May 10, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks~ When I use white I try to use something barely off-white as the base so I can still do highlights, and try to pick a color to gradually lean towards with the shading.
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xhogyokux Featured By Owner May 12, 2012  Student General Artist
Yup, that's always hard to figure out but it looks great. : D
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SwanofWar Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2012  Professional Writer
Love the character design! The tents in the background look a bit like bricks but that's not too big a deal :XD: Love the flags too :D
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Aneeters Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Haha they kinda do xD What happens when you're too lazy to choose a different color for the actual house part :p
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Stolen-Dreamer Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Congrats! This is cute, and the background is wonderful :3
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Aneeters Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks :D
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Desna0105 Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2012  Hobbyist
Really like this piece.
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Aneeters Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
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Kagzchan Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2012
I'm usually more of a horde chick but I really love the way you did this piece. I think you did really well considering the time restriction. You still manage to have some great depth and shading I am sure if you practice speed sketching and drawing you will only get better!
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