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Volvagia by SulaMoon Volvagia by SulaMoon
Aaand it's done!
I hope I can talk about Chris Oatley classes soon enough :) They are amazing.

So! Fanart to Zelda Ocarina of Time, Volvagia boss! The though guy from temple of Fire. So very fond of this memories!

Photoshop CS6 over scanned sketch, around 20h.
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Laharl234 Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
I've always seen Volvagia as a female, mostly cause of the hair. Nintendo's official stance, though, is it's genderless. Like the picture at any rate.
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SulaMoon Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
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.
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vtfawkes Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2014
You used Photoshop CS6 for this? What is over scanned sketch? Forgive me if these are silly questions I'm just a newb in need of assistance.
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SulaMoon Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
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/
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vtfawkes Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2014
Thank you so much. Woah seeing the sketch and what you did with it I'm even more impressed. So cool.

A friend of mine bought a wacom tablet but he didn't use it much so I didn't see the amazing benefits it could have but now I do.

Thanks again SulaMoon :-)
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vtfawkes Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2014
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.

Stay frosty SulaMoon :-)
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Old-man-Frosty Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2014
Time to use the Mega Crush Hammer!
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TaeKwonDoMonk Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
This is completely awe-inspiring! :D
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shadowalex3000 Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2014
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.
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vtfawkes Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2014
Wow, I never knew that. Makes the story that much better for me despite it being very sad.
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