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Down, riverside by fredrin Down, riverside by fredrin
Scanned and cleaned up a little, this is just a sketch from my notebooks. Believe it or not, there's been a lot of dev ideas in what you see in this image, including what she's wearing (yes, laugh, go ahead, they are undergarments, i have some basic thoughts about how fabric and edge strips are woven and sewed and tied to do stuff that, uhn, undergarments tend to do. It's an extension of the outer garment designs too. Background, the scarf in her hair, beads if you look close... all story dev stuff.

not too bad of a drawing tho, so i thought i'd post it.
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MoogleChix0r Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2012
Colored a s a tribute to the artist: [link]
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doomie220 Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2011
Impressive!
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POKEMONFTW Featured By Owner May 20, 2011
Wow shes really hawt :3
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KyoukiSaru Featured By Owner May 10, 2011
I don't really understand the sort-of-necklace-braid thing. There's a character from Bleach with a similar hair style. This is really neat/cute! I just don't understand the hair style.
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fredrin Featured By Owner May 14, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
well, the development of the way Down wears her hair is actually derived from the clothing worn by people in her tribe, a lot like a Hooded Sweatshirt/coat. Since these are worn with the hoods up most of the time (the reason for that i wont go into here), women typically wear their hair over over their shoulder to the front, usually in braids (long hair with a hood can be a pain). There is quite a bit of variety to the ways women wear their hair in her tribe, but there is actually a bit of social commentary behind wearing her hair into a single braid in front (which comes out in the story)

So, in short, it's really derived from the fact that they all typically wear hoods, and thus have their hair forward, not behind them. See: [link]

Did i think this all out too much? yes, kind of.
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KyoukiSaru Featured By Owner May 24, 2011
Wow, thank you for such a wonderfully detailed explanation! With the hood reasoning, I can totally understand since I've had long hair while wearing clothing with hoods and can agree it's a pain. I look forward to learning about the social commentary involved in her choice of the single braid like that. Only just a little bit on the over thinking, but I like that about you! :) <3
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ZaikXory Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2011
Very good. I love the detail you put into here braids and clothing/or lack thereof. XD
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jimmysworld Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
It's a different twist from you and I have to approve. Nice drawing indeed. =)
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Gray-Wolfe Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2011
Cute. And, honestly, I thought she was wearing a swimsuit. XD
But this is really good.
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fredrin Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
Oh, if you're curious, here's the raw sketch pre-cleanup: [link]
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el-Igore Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2011
She's cute! I like girls with freckles! ^__^
And I really dig her hairstyle! I wish girls would wear their hair like this IRL!

Really looking forward to this story!
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alexwarlorn Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2011
I wonder what the story is behind this world.
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JackR Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2011
Interested to see where this story might go. Hope we'll see some more previews of it in the near future.

Really like her hair.
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Rosebudstar Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2011  Student General Artist
It's really pretty! I love your style so much.
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dragonartist22 Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2011
Ooh, another story~~? What is it called?
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SAW08 Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2011
This is very exciting!! I can't wait to see what you do with Mt and where you take THIS!
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ZeeWindsOfChange Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
I just LOVE the way you draw expressions.
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BlizzardTerrak Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
Kinda a classic scene, but not something I've seen you draw.

Very nice :nod:
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Skorpychan Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2011
Cute.
But should she really be wearing that watch in the water?

And with those stumps of reinforced concrete in the background, it can't be very clean water.
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fredrin Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
well, the watch doesn't actually work (though when it did, it was waterproof, and in spite of the seals having disintegrated markedly, water doesn't seep in too much - oh, it's a mechanical watch, kind of an odd mechanism, old). It's the most valuable thing she owns, so she tends to not take it off much.

well, the 'stumps' as you say are structural elements of the under-structure of the lands, actually (it has to do with the concept of stratification of a city over very long periods of time, specifically height reduction and full coverage atmospheric conditions required for a very long time, but that's gliding over the conditions the story takes place in). impervious pools like this (which is a pretty large water area) can sometimes be unstable, but the settling of the under-structure here is known to be relatively stable, so it's not unsafe really (though there are three points in the 'lake' where water takes routes down into the substructure.

If none of that makes sense, don't worry about it too much :P If some of it did, think about how running water works in relation to large glaciers. :)

and i'll shut up now
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mistersaxon Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
So the city is basically built on . . the city? In which case I wonder what lives (or exists) in the "under" city?

The picture is as cute as usual BTW and I can see how you might need to spend some time studying female undergarments for research (although that only ever gets me into trouble) but I am curious about her face: are those freckles or some kind of tattoo? They look kind of regular.
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hellomotos Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2011
so, so kawaii ^_^
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artista15 Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
I wish my hair was long enough to do that :XD:
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MIDNIGHTsong Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2011
I'd love to see a more finished version and hear the back story of this girl.
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kittyocean Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
I really like how the hair forms a braid on the front. That's something you rarely see!
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djchongy Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2011
gotta love undergarment design. Nice work dude
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I-Am-DeVan Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2011  Student Traditional Artist
Wonderful work as always good sir. This have anything to do with...anything, or is this just some random doodling?
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fredrin Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
it's part of a pretty involved story concept i've been mapping out for a while.
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I-Am-DeVan Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2011  Student Traditional Artist
Ah well that'll teach me not to read the comments. Good luck with it sir. And Keep up the good work.
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Karencasey Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Looks great Fred!! :)
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Descentpilot Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2011   Digital Artist
I like how she seems slightly embarrassed by it. Tho as much as I like the hair, it seems a bit...impractical, but I think it's what make it be quite cute.
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fredrin Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
Dowser women traditionally wear their hair braided, Down is being deliberately petulant with her particular way of wearing it...
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Claytorpedo Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2011  Student
Nice to see how you sketch things out. Are those posts left from removed street lights or something similar?
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fredrin Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
see response to Skorypchan below - technically, they are cycroconcrete columns, part of a structure that tilted and decintegrated over the years as water eroded much of the exposed upper structure, bringing it (and the fawna growing in it) crashing into the pool and washing away over time It probably is why the pool gets fairly deep as it descends several levels
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Claytorpedo Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2011  Student
Ah I see. Thanks for the in-depth description. It is pleasant to see how much work you put into building your stories. :)
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Tsa05 Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
Is that a teddy bear? :) This is a cool image!
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fredrin Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
Yep, it's a teddy bear pack, actually. To get at your stuff, you have to gut his belly tho (complete with plushy ribs) [link]
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Tsa05 Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
Hahahaha, plushie ribs! Nice :D
It's got a funny sort of "down the river of tossed-aside thoughts and ideas" thing going on :)
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SgtSareth Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2011
I dig it.

So, development stuff... Does this mean we're getting a peak into what comes after MT?
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fredrin Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
after, during, pretty soon perhaps, really, etc. Technically though, while this story is NOT technically part of MT, it does have a place in the MT universe where it fits nicely (it's pre-unMod, but post currenttime MT)
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SgtSareth Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2011
Cool! I look forward to it.
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b4k4-san Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
This is pretty cool stuff, you make me wish I could draw, Piro ^^;;
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