Hmm you made a good point. Bear with me here, as I also think of Volvagia as gender neutral (or I never payed particular attention to it's gender before).
Is that is the case, where did that particular choice of words came from? Well, Portuguese is my native tongue, and as in many latin languages, every noun is gendered; We don't have an "it" equivalent, and we have two options for "the", both gendered. So we refer to a chair, in example, as "a cadeira", and the "a" preceding it makes it a female noun. A glass of water would be "o copo", or "um copo", both making it a male noun. So, as in many languages like this, we sort of default things as male; A human is "o humano", definitely male; So you kind of end using it for genderless things too. It's weird because it is definitely gendered, language wise, but not meaning wise. A lot of activists groups is actively trying to knock out this male-default set by the language, but it's hard.
So yeah, when I pick words across languages, this male-can-be-neutral-too though sometimes slips though. I have been trying to avoid this kind of structural slip, but it's so impervious and hard to spot sometimes! So thank you, another thing I'm going to keep in mind from now on.
Hey Fawkes! Welcome to digital art Questions don't bother at all, fire them away. This one in special was indeed digital color in photoshop over a scanned sketch. You can see the original pencil sketch and the first color pass at this link: sulamoon.tumblr.com/post/30229…
I do a lot of fixing digitally as you can see; But a pencil sketch is a powerful way to decide what direction you want to take your image.
However, I do sketch a lot digitally using a wacom tablet, a digital pen you attach to a desktop, not a tablet like ipad hehe. If you don't know it, I recommend you looking into for digital painting.
Ctrl paint site also has a very nice free tutorial series that does a nice introduction to digital painting. Check it out here: www.ctrlpaint.com/library/
I used this for a photo I blended on Photoshop CS6. I just wanted to make sure it was ok. I know it's after the fact. I kind of spaced out on asking permission. (Sorry about that)
I added a link to this picture in the description and hardly anyone follows me. It's more for fun than anything. Not for credit or money definitely as it's just a mish mash of pictures. Hope you enjoy. Here's the link (pun intended) : vtfawkes.deviantart.com/art/Ze…
and if you'd rather me take it down I will gladly do so as it's just fun and never intended to diminish the hard work of others.
In the Manga version of OoT, Young Link buys a pet dragon in the Market Place of Hyrule Castle and he becomes friends with it. But, after the seven years of his magically induced coma, he goes to the fire temple and sees Volvagia. He then realizes that Volvagia is the pet dragon and he is then forced to kill it. Its very sad.
There's often a great deal of fanart in a more cartoon style, but the realism on Volvagia's face and claws is spot on, and the colours and shading really take me back to...the intense heat of the moment. (I'M SO SORRY)