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Never Your Hero Cover Art by ScarletteDiscord Never Your Hero Cover Art by ScarletteDiscord
For :iconkelbora:'s awesome story Never Your Hero!! [link] <--check it out here!!

This took me a lot longer than it should have ^^; I'm seriously out of practice when it comes to coloring in Photoshop (and with the high standards I set for myself i'm surprised I get anything done, lol).

I took some liberties with their uniforms because from my initial research WW 1 uniforms are very bulky and had a lot of stuff attached so I kinda left them a bit bare-boned here (and pure laziness on my part , I'm not afraid to admit this...).

If Alfred's hair color seems darker, that's because I actually prefer the hair color he has in the anime... -_- I don't know I just can't see him as a "golden" blond. He always seemed more of a dark blond to me with some gold highlights or something...you wouldn't believe how much I thought about this, lol.

As for the overall content, I tried convey the characters emotion with poses and demeanor through a kind of generic poster-like composition rather than stick with a certain scene. The bottom is some distant memory that Arthur is recalling which is the reason for his looking back towards Alfred, like he doesn't know how to act around him now that he's grown and more of a stranger. Alfred looks up at a star-filled sky (which is directly taken from a scene in the story and the only element of this piece to do so) looking very melancholy and unlike himself. This pose is to convey his longing for home and how much he desperately dosen't want to be there, as well as not paying much attention to Arthur at all (why they face back to back). I was also trying to show his naiveté and inexperience a little.

I'm glad to be getting back into the practice of doing this as I have the most fun playing with layers and textures and such. I feel I still have a long way to go but it wouldn't be right to keep this pic to myself for much longer, so to all, enjoy! ;)

APH (c) Hidekaz Himeruya
"Never Your Hero" (c) kelbora
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Marikokitty May 24, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
<3 <3 Love it!!
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llama-flavored-pocky Dec 27, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Your art is amazing :meow: Do you take requests??
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ScarletteDiscord Dec 28, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you! :thanks:

Unfortunately no :( Between school and work I'm only able to do so much. I hope you enjoy what I am able to do though! :)
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llama-flavored-pocky Dec 28, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
No problem! and I will :meow:
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HikariHeart Dec 23, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Wow!! The details are great!!! I especially love the faded background and their expressions. :D Great job! It's always awesome to see good artwork for fanfictions you love! :D
Is anyone else wondering if this fic will eventually turn romantic between these two? o.O I originally thought it was... but now it seems that it isn't meant to be like that at all! XD
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ScarletteDiscord Dec 23, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks :)

No, it isn't meant to be romantic from what I'm getting and to be honest I kinda like it that way. They seem to be becoming friends despite their best efforts, lol :D with both starting to show a little respect for the other. It's nice to see something different if you know what I mean :)
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X-I-L2048 Dec 18, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Wow... Scarlette, honey... this is AMAZING! The colors, the poses, the background, the stars, the text, everything is superbly well done! Actually... I think this is the first colored lineart I think I've seen from you, and color me incredibly impressed. I can tell you had a fun time with this. ;) Aren't cover arts just so fun to do? I've done a couple in my time, and I think they're one of my favorite things to draw, even if they, as you said, take FOREVER. Looking forward to any other fanart you do in the future. :) Not much else for me to say except well done, and KUTGW. :iconclappingplz:
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ScarletteDiscord Dec 18, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you :bow: :thanks:

It's been a while since I've done any colored art so the reason it took so long was because I kept second guessing everything and re-working stuff. I literally had to stop myself at one point and say its finished or I would've kept working on it forever! lol :D

Cover arts are fun. :) They give me good practice at summing up a story in a few images without giving too much away but at the same time catching a viewer's interest (and giving you guys something pretty to look at! :D)
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X-I-L2048 Dec 18, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
You're quite welcome, dear. :hug:

lol - I know what you mean working on stuff forever unless you make yourself quit. :XD:

Yeah, exactly! I second everything you said. =D Have you done any more? I'd love to see them if you have. 8D
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ScarletteDiscord Dec 18, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Nothing recent, a lot of is older experimental stuff with some OC's I've been having for a while (not APH)...not something I'm really prepared to put up here if you know what I mean ;)

And I...umm...I just added you to my watch list...like today...now I feel like I bad friend...:forgiveme:...and we've been talking for a while now...
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