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Arbalest by JohnSu Arbalest by JohnSu
Arbalest is a pirate gunner's daughter who was accidentally left behind on an air island after they had concluded a raid (her father is very negligent). By the time the crew realized she was missing, it had already been several weeks (very negligent) and no one could remember when they had last seen her, so they're having a hard time of figuring out where to look. They might not even be trying, actually, since apparently nobody cared enough to notice she was missing for so long... *emo emo*

So now she spend her days on this island as a leech on a pastoral community. The locals do their best to ignore her, but she keeps eating their ruined produce and trying to be part of everything. She is like the annoying kid sister of the island who somehow manages to thrive despite everyone's attempts to get her to leave. How they expect her to do that is a mystery, as there are no airships on the island. Perhaps they are just hoping that the pirates will come back one day and take her back with them. Good luck with that, everyone!

But in spite of her unearned unpopularity, Arbalest does have one pretty cool specialty: she can throw an arrow pretty hard. Perhaps not as far or as accurately as her namesake can, but she could probably wreck a bird from a good distance. This ability is a secret, though.

Because nobody pays attention when she's trying to show off. *emo emo*

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This is my first painted work in a long time (I don't count my previous submission as a "paint" job since it used pretty much the same techniques I used in Flash). The last time I tried digital painting was probably...six years ago? I like to imagine I've learned some things during my ventures in Flash and while envying *joodlez's work - namely, that separation of colors is important! Being able to blend colors shouldn't mean I blend all the colors. Otherwise I just get this muddy / noisy piece. Hopefully, moving forward I will continue to learn when to color sharp & flat, and when to color soft & smooth.

Made in SAI
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:iconcreeper202:
Creeper202 Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Oc of yours?
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:iconjohnsu:
JohnSu Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
Yep.
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:iconcreeper202:
Creeper202 Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Very nice!

Do you take requests?
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:iconchibi-kyo-chan17:
chibi-kyo-chan17 Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2014  Student Filmographer
really nice
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:iconlunarsoul14:
lunarsoul14 Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
kawaii
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NycterisA Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I love her costume! And the Ruined Produce.
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:iconyoungalchemistedward:
Wow she's really pretty!
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:iconjez13:
Jez13 Featured By Owner May 18, 2013
Beautiful drawing well done, you are really good :clap:
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:iconjacob-cross:
Jacob-Cross Featured By Owner May 17, 2013
Nice ^^
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:iconhungrysohma16:
HungrySohma16 Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2013  Student Digital Artist
So beautiful. oAo
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MasterArtPad Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2013  Hobbyist Filmographer
COOL PAINTING!!
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:iconcomplicatedandsimple:
ComplicatedAndSimple Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2012  Student Artist
Oh my God... Am I seeing that correctly? "Made in SAI"...? For you to venture outside of adobe Flash... Did it hurt?
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:iconjohnsu:
JohnSu Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
I still have most of my eyes, so I'm good
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:iconcomplicatedandsimple:
ComplicatedAndSimple Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2012  Student Artist
I see. Most of them. So it was the one on your hand that you lost, wasn't it. You thought the marker would be permanent, but you found out the difficult way.
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:iconjohnsu:
JohnSu Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
I cried, yet my hand was dry.
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:iconmadmother88:
MadMother88 Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
lol!
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:iconordoncrane:
OrdonCrane Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2012
Nom nom Yaaay.

Nice joke with the crossbow name. Question, is the primary foodstuff of the island vegetables? I was just thinking if people don't really hunt, then her skill is USELESS TO THEM. *emo emo*
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:iconjohnsu:
JohnSu Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
they also have livestock, like goats and mice.
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:iconpharyxian28:
Pharyxian28 Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2012
I really like this. The outfit design is really good. Feminine pirate with rings.
All that said... does she have knees or just one long bone in each leg?
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:iconjohnsu:
JohnSu Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Through sheer desire for conformity, her legs grew to resemble the wooden pegs of her pirate colleagues.
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:iconpharyxian28:
Pharyxian28 Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2012
She tries so hard...
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:iconthereza13:
TheReza13 Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2012  Student Filmographer
I like the mix of sharp and soft colouring - very calming colours as well.

I also can't stop thinking that her boots look like bear claws or something
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:iconjohnsu:
JohnSu Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
mmmm, bearclaws...
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Spazzybunny108 Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This is so cute <3 I love her design. Very well done ^u^
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:iconfirstandforsaken:
firstandforsaken Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2012
Yes, I see. Very cool... but still not a reacquiring character.
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:iconjohnsu:
JohnSu Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
I knew I would regret that.
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:icontelaros:
Telaros Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2012
lol she's such a cutey and such a forgettable character!

I love it!


now go away! D:<
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:iconjohnsu:
JohnSu Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
*sad violin music*
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:iconsunshine-usa:
Sunshine-USA Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I love your style!
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:iconthecures:
TheCures Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2012
can i adopt her
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:iconjohnsu:
JohnSu Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
she will love you
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KirbyGotenksabsorbed Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
If this had an ending, I'd imagine it being her eventually gaining the respect/love of the island. Then her father would be like "Oh, I found you, wanna come home?", and she'd be like "No, this place is like totally hip yo".

Also, her boots look like mole paws.
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:iconjohnsu:
JohnSu Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
The ending is she finds the One Piece on the island by accident and becomes the Pirate King
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DaggerRavionFall Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I love her outfit!
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:iconsuperjaegar-aviator:
superjaegar-aviator Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2012  Student General Artist
Awww I feel like arbalest a lot *emo* *emo*
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:iconjohnsu:
JohnSu Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
:petting:
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:iconsuperjaegar-aviator:
superjaegar-aviator Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2012  Student General Artist
thank you :iconsadfaceplz:
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invisible-chan Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2012
I hope GLaDOS isn't one of those potatoes. I don't think she'd appreciate being called ugly.

Has she ever joined any arrow throwing competitions? I heard they give out good prizes.
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:iconjohnsu:
JohnSu Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
She has never known them to exist!
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Claytorpedo Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2012  Student
Wow you have really improved your painting! Though her colours are maybe not as well rounded as the bagels..................... OH HO HO HO HO!
I'd imagine those rings are to mold the clouds into silly shapes while fighting the tedium of air-sailing?
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:iconjohnsu:
JohnSu Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
the rings are there in hope that one day someone will grab them to stop her when she is told to go away
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Claytorpedo Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2012  Student
Hope in the futility.
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tsukicloverfield61 Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2012
cute n//n
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:icontozetre:
Tozetre Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2012
I want her to be my charming/annoying/foodsick sidekick as we go on air pirate adventures ( ;__;)/ /
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:iconjohnsu:
JohnSu Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
thought you said "foodstick" for a while there
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:icontozetre:
Tozetre Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2012
Anyone who is made of meat is coincidentally also made of emergency rations.

Just sayin'.
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RakkuGuy Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
i lost it when i read "trying to be part of everything."
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kyannakitty Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
johnsu? will you please publish a multitude of unorthodox children's books so i can collect them all and read them to my poor child someday? so they turn out to be the crazy kid in class that everyone whispers about but is secretly a genius?
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:iconjohnsu:
JohnSu Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
That is something I wish to do one day, for laughs.
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