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Kolblar Valka by JohnSu Kolblar Valka by JohnSu
Made a "blacksmith princess" for :icontheprincessproject:, 'cause drawing princesses* is the manly cool thing to do, and this type of princess in particular struck me as an interesting idea.


Valka is a dwarven metalworker with skin like vulcanized rubber. She learned her craft from old Hephaestus, and uses it to make functional 1/10 scale replicas of gundams. The other dwarves are constantly on her case about not using her skills for the good of her people, but she's like "No. I am Robo Princess," and then locks herself in a volcano with her creations. Her father the King is very concerned and often tries to convince her to get married or to get a "real job." He's even tried to get her mentor to talk some sense into her, but Hephaestus doesn't care - he thinks it's cool.

Though it would probably be even cooler if she would produce some work from Evangelion or Gurren Lagann some time, too, since those are some pretty hip designs. He's got a whole list.


trivia: "kolblár" = Old Norse for 'coal [blue]-black'

*Normally we're not supposed to upload the full version of the picture, but ~Frills-Of-Justice graciously allowed me an exception. Thanks!

Made in Manga Studio 5
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:iconskagtheprinceofhell:
SkagthePrinceofHell Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
She would be herald as a Goddess of the dwarfs from the anime Outbreak Company, well, at least the dwarf children that are being brainwashed into becoming otaku to buy Japan's anime goods.
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Mega-Minx Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Amazing and original idea! I'm in love<3
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:iconwxzhenghoppytruffles:
wxzhenghoppytruffles Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
well, i like her "weapons" as it seems in the pic.
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:iconmisterytwilightzone:
misterytwilightzone Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2013
OMG LOVE IT!!
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:iconpunkion:
punkion Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Sweeeeeeet!!!!♥○♥
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:icongogo-ghosty:
GoGo-Ghosty Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2013  Student General Artist
I really like the texture in the bk =3=

and she should totally make some stuff from the Macross series too
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:iconfirstandforsaken:
firstandforsaken Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2013
Super manly.  I'm so envious of the massive Viking beard you clearly have.
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:iconinochiame:
InochiAme Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2013  Hobbyist
Good job :)
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:iconjacob-cross:
Jacob-Cross Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2013
Nice
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:iconhuali:
huali Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2013  Student General Artist
painting looks really good in your style!
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:iconjohnsu:
JohnSu Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks!
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:iconfloopfloops:
floopfloops Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2013  Student General Artist
haha its always fun to read the little bios for your pics

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:iconfshounen:
FShounen Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2013
Isn't a 1/10 replica of a Gundam like a normal human height? She locks herself up in a room with replicas twice her height. That's gutsy.
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:iconjohnsu:
JohnSu Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
It is. But that is also partly why they are so effective at beating up other dwarfs.
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:iconazurerat:
AzureRat Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Looks more like a demon princess.
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:icondante8411:
Dante8411 Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2013
She doesn't just sell some Gundams to mortals to buy an upgrade to her station and whatever it is dwarf demigods buy to be cool?
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:iconjohnsu:
JohnSu Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
she doesn't like to get out much to find those mortals
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:icondante8411:
Dante8411 Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2013
And I guess she feels similarly about merchant minions. That one I can't blame her for; helpfulness is really difficult to find in an immortal.
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:iconleonidas666:
Leonidas666 Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I have no idea what it is but it looks coooooooooool! :D
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:iconriyacchi:
riyacchi Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2013  Student General Artist
hmm... wonder if she can really make anything.... OwO
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:iconssjnero:
SSjNero Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2013
Really? Would anyone really bother her? I mean, I personally would be convinced that I shouldn't mess with her the second I find out she casually hangs out in a volcano.
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:iconfateavernicus:
fateavernicus Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
DAT stocking and hair wow. how dose she keep her hair silky in all that fire?
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:iconjohnsu:
JohnSu Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
She treats it with aluminum!

And she has no stockings?
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:iconfateavernicus:
fateavernicus Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
oh... nice shoes.~
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:icontinyandhuge:
TinyandHuge Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2013  Student General Artist
Epic.
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:iconchocolatestrawberry:
chocolatestrawberry Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2013
It's just overflowing with manly coolness.
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:iconsaintregime:
SaintRegime Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Pinky Up!
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:iconjohnsu:
JohnSu Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
this is how we truely know she is a princess
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:iconclaytorpedo:
Claytorpedo Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2013  Student
The forging of Gurren Lagann mechs could lead to spiral-power caused destruction. She shows wisdom beyond her years by sticking with gundams. 1/10 scale is also a good size.
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:iconjohnsu:
JohnSu Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
especially in the context of dwarves
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:icontwilight-woods:
twilight-woods Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2013
Neato
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:icontigro-angel:
Tigro-Angel Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
That is so very wonderful!!
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:iconhypogeum:
Hypogeum Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
A proper lady must not show too much black, vulcanized rubber-skin.
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:iconshadowrunner2323:
shadowrunner2323 Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
definitely a blacksmith princess. well done!
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:iconbluekronos:
bluekronos Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
HOW FUNNY MAN MAKE FIRE
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:iconjohnsu:
JohnSu Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
BY TELLING JOKE SO BAD IT BURN
:iconrimshotplz:
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:iconcharredsky:
Charredsky Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2013  Student Interface Designer
JohnSu, I want a little version of you in my pocket (and a little laptop [and a magically powered little laptop battery]) so you can sit in my pocket and draw small cute things and type small funny things to go along with them, just for me, all day long.
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:iconjohnsu:
JohnSu Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
but then I will be like "I want to upload this to the internet!" and you will be "NO SLAVE, THESE ARE MINE AND MINE ALONE" and I will cross my arms and pout.
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:iconcharredsky:
Charredsky Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2013  Student Interface Designer
And I'll be like, "Okay, tiny Johnsu, you can upload them to this *special* internet," and it'll be a server that I have unplugged!!! That way you think it's the internet, and you can still be a tiny person in my pocket. Win-Win.
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:iconjohnsu:
JohnSu Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
as long as I never know the difference.
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:iconcharredsky:
Charredsky Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2013  Student Interface Designer
Okay. It's a deal then. Shrink!
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:iconstar-puppet:
star-puppet Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Your character back stories ALWAYS make my day. Seriously.
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:iconfulminato:
fulminato Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
little does her dad know that she's the one who makes and supplies all those dogblasted robots we have to kill in the co-op maps of TF2. They're simple and tedious, but hey, it's a secret living. And it funds her Gundam-related proclivities.
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:iconjohnsu:
JohnSu Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Her father hears the word "proclivities" and freaks out, thinking she is some sort of sexual deviant because he doesn't know the meaning of the word.
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:iconfulminato:
fulminato Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
(insert tasteless "ANIME = HENTAI ANYWAY!!!1" joke here)
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:iconlarein:
larein Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2013  Student Digital Artist
She's so cool! Or... hot?? Though I really just mean she's neat! Or should I say... neet?

...I'll stop.
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:iconjohnsu:
JohnSu Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
don't stop
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:iconmiss-it-girl:
Miss-It-Girl Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2013
I knew your princess was going to be awesome :iconyesyesyesplz: She's so cute with her girly thin legs and huge armor :giggle:
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:iconjohnsu:
JohnSu Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks! It's those contrasting weights that are fun to play with in a silhouette~
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:iconfrills-of-justice:
Frills-Of-Justice Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
@////u////@ She's so amazing!! So cute and such an awesome story~ And I just love her tools, with the little crown!! Not to mention her beautiful hair! I could go on but it would probably just a be a big list of like, literally everything in the picture...Great job!!
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