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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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valerie28adventurer Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2015  Student Traditional Artist
The stary night sky is amazing!!!
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Marikokitty Featured By Owner May 24, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
<3 <3 Love it!!
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llama-flavored-pocky Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Your art is amazing :meow: Do you take requests??
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ScarletteDiscord Featured By Owner 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 Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
No problem! and I will :meow:
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HikariHeart Featured By Owner 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 Featured By Owner 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 Featured By Owner 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 Featured By Owner 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 Featured By Owner 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 Featured By Owner 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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X-I-L2048 Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Well, if you ever feel up to it, I'd like to see what you've come up with. :) I've slowly been uploading some art for original stories I've created, and so far, the response has been rather positive, though not many people have commented.

Aww, that's okay, dear. :huggle: I myself forgot to watch a friend's journals for, like, a month after I friended her, so it happens to everyone. Don't worry about it. ;) Thank you very much for the watch, though. I do appreciate it! =D
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ScarletteDiscord Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
You are quite welcome, and I finally get to post in your journal! :D

Once I get the courage to do so I'll put something from my personal stash up :) It's mostly original stories (all in the same universe that i've basically been working on since high school, which for me was a while ago, lol)
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X-I-L2048 Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
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Cool! I look forward to it. :)
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kelbora Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2011
D8 ... *jaw dropped awe and silence* ......I am...just...beyond words right now. OMG, I am SERIOUSLY beyond words right now! I didn't see the title at first when I saw this and went "8D WOW! WWI Hetalia fanart! YUS!", then I read the title and my stomach did one of those weird flip-flop things and about sent me into CONVULSIONS! .@////////@. ITS SO BEAUTIFUL!!!!!! *HERECOMESTHECAPSANDEXCLAIMATIONATTACK* GUH! Imagery in the poses, the background, THE STARRY SKY (Oh my LORD, you have no idea how much love I poured into that scene), the memory in the foreground- OH, THIS IS JUST BEAUTIFUL! .T____T. Fudgin' A, I wanna CRY!

:heart::heart::heart::glomp::glomp::glomp::cuddle::cuddle::cuddle::heart::heart::heart: Thank you so much, Scarlette! This is beyond amazing!!!!
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ScarletteDiscord Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
I didn't mean to send you into convulsions D8!! lol, I just wanted to make fanart for a story that deserves more love :D

I put everything I love into this, like textures (I loooveeeee me some good textures :heart:) soft gradients, and some good-ol' photoshopped imagery ;) I had a lot of fun making this as I was able to bring out some of my rusty coloring skills...I may just have to do more fanart to get them back up to speed (oh darn :D)
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kelbora Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2011
Scaaaaaarleeeeeette!!!! :glomp: You have NO idea how much I love this! I can tell you put a lot of time and effort into this, and the thought behind all the detail~ T___T GAH! Looooooove it! You did a magnificent job, love, and I thank you so, so much! >//////<

WERTYUIKFRTYUJNBVCFTYUIKN!!!! >/////< I look forward to seeing whatever ya do, darlin'! :heart:
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ScarletteDiscord Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
No seriously, tell me how much you really like it, lol :lmao:

I take pride in getting the details right, and if I can't do that I just wing it and hope for the best :) I'm super psyched that you love it (not that there were any doubts on my part ;))

You'll have to excuse me if I'm slow on the replies...a friend is over and we're playing Fatal Frame 2...in the dark...GAH!!
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kelbora Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2011
I'd say you nailed 'em, and it looks so professionally done~! >/////< I love the color contrasts of the sky and lower half of the image and really love the contrast between Alfred and Arthur here. OH, BLIMEY, I LOVE IT ALL! :love:

@___@ Fatal Frame in the DARK?! D8 Are you mad, woman?!
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ScarletteDiscord Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
I may be mad, but I'm having fun, lol (in the dark is really the only way to experience it) I'm also not the one playing, just watching...the first time was A LOT scarier, now it's just kinda "Well, that was creepy...lol"
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kelbora Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2011
First time playing that game, I grabbed the nearest pillow and hid in it like every time we turned a corner. T___T Even worse was my first time playing a Silent Hill game. That was sooooooo embarrassing. oTZ
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ScarletteDiscord Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Oh god Silent Hill...yeah that one'll get ya but this one got me worse! I hate the camera angles just because they won't let you see beyond the corners :X And random stuff falling off shelves thinking somethings attacking you...AHH!!!
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KitakLaw Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
"I may just have to do more fanart to get them back up to speed" - YES, PLEASE DO!!!!
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ScarletteDiscord Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Oh, trust me, there's more where this came from ;)
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KitakLaw Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
Yay! Don't tell me what it is - I want to be surprised. Like I was today.
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KitakLaw Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
Hey, I had to log off right after I saw this picture, but I totally second Philippe here (yeah...Papa Jack wants me to call him that now) on that I was SO looking forward to your reaction :)
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kelbora Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2011
>////< I only JUST logged on to my computer for the first time today. I've been on with my phone a few times, but the reception at the grocery store was making everything so slow to the point I gave up trying to use the net on it, and then at my sister's I was busy racing around catching plague ridden children (NOT and easy task). But I REALLY love this~! ...>/////< I seriously feel the warm and fuzzies all over looking at it!
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KitakLaw Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
Hey, all of us here love your fic and love seeing fanart for it. You ever notice how we'll jump you as soon as you log on? It's because we've seen this piece and are dying to share the joy with you.

But going to the grocery store and trying to take care of sick kids...that's not fun, huh.
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kelbora Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2011
T____T You guys...oTZ Oh Lord, you're gonna have me crying - seriously. I really do feel so much joy seeing fanart from my works, and this is just...GAH! Its so awesome! T~T

It wasn't, but hopefully my sister will feel a little better after having gotten a break today. @___@ But now I'm the one who needs a break. oTZ Aunt Kel wants a nap now~ :faint:
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KitakLaw Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
Trust me, I haven't done this since November (actually...the last time I've done this to you, it was Scarlette's fault - again), so forgive me for being rather enthusiastic about it this time around.

Well then, let Aunt Kel take her nap - or her BBC-on-YouTube time ;)
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kelbora Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2011
XD No worries~ Totally understand. :glomp:

@.@ BBC is consuming me at the moment. Body, shhhhh, you shall have to wait...the tele is on on my computer.
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KitakLaw Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
lol
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papajack1 Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
Ah, Kelley, I've been waiting for at least an hour hoping to see your reaction and now that've seen it... Well, I'm laughing my arse off!!!! honestly, you never disapoint!
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KitakLaw Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
It was well worth the wait, eh, Philippe?
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papajack1 Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
Damn right! It never fails to put a smile on my face!
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KitakLaw Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
Or mine :) We all seem to do that for each other, I find.
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papajack1 Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
(here it comes....) Indeed.
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KitakLaw Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
lol - no need to warn me when you do that! I already know you would.
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papajack1 Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
:D Indeed!!!!
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kelbora Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2011
DX I'm sorry. Today I was at my sister's house all day taking care of her kids because she has plague (okay its the flu, but with how its spreading it might as well be plague). T~T I only just NOW got home, but when I saw this it TOTALLY brightened my day! GUUUUUUUH! I LOVE THIS SO MUCH! *goes to display on ff.net profile*
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papajack1 Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
LOL, Put on your plague doctor outfit, then!

By the way, I'm making good progress on my Collab with Kitak. Writting my secound paragraph right now... Hopefully I won't botch any of the cast! (Hasn't written anything for 6-8 mounths)
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kelbora Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2011
Pffft~ Aunt Kelley was HOT on that Campbell's soup and hot tea all day long. ;D I am a professional plague combater.

8D EXCELLENT! I still would love to see it when you're done. ^____^ :heart: I can't wait!!!
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papajack1 Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
That's right, girl! Soup that flu to DEATH! Fortunatly, my immune system is so freaking strong I could make the bubonic plague scream uncle... Benifits of living in Quebec, or like I call it, flu land! (You get the flu mid summer, serioulsy!) And trust me, I have nephews(bloody little savages!!!!) and it's VERY usefull!

Off course I'll link it to you ounce kitak has proof read it, otherwise you'll just be confused as hell when Kitak get's done with chapter 2! (Like I said, we are doing seperated chapters.) I CAN'T WAIT EITHER!!!!!!
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kelbora Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2011
o_o Flu in the summer time? D8 DEAR GOD, MAN! *shivers at the thought*

XD I know you guys will wanna show an absolutely polished final project, so its totally cool! >.> Ask Kitak, I'm terribly impatient (her cliffhangers -- I BEG her to drop hints every time with like RARELY any success T~T), but I'm getting better! XD Kitak has trained me well~
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papajack1 Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
I KNOW!!!!!! It's horrible! Not that it's cold in summer, it's getting unbereable for this Irishman (I don't know if you know, but people from the british isles can't stand heat and the sun very well, we cook like lobsters.)

Oh don't talk to me about Kitak's cliffhangers I'm nearly at the end of my nails here!!!! But, yeah. I've finished my secound paragraph now, only one to go before I'm at a complete loss as to what to write, oh joy! Ouer collab is about Canadians in Italy, I'm doing operation Husky and she does Ortona (or have I already mantioned this and am repeating myself? Curse my swiss cheese of a memory!)
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catvomit-inc Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2011
This is amazing in every way. The gritty filter, the positions, all of it.

STOP BEING A GREAT ARTIST!!
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ScarletteDiscord Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
YOU'LL NEVER STOP ME :evillaugh:
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catvomit-inc Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2011
Curse you! Then I shall have to work on stuff WITH you! Mwua ha ha ha ha!!!
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ScarletteDiscord Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Make sure you can keep up!!
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catvomit-inc Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2011
Oh, you're on!
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