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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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chibi-kyo-chan17 Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2014  Student Filmographer
really nice
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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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Wow she's really pretty!
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Jez13 Featured By Owner May 18, 2013
Beautiful drawing well done, you are really good :clap:
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Jacob-Cross Featured By Owner May 17, 2013
Nice ^^
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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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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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