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Tranquil Evenings by Niraven Tranquil Evenings by Niraven
One of my first two personal artworks of the year! About time, right? This one's of Niraven character, Galary.

Galary is a Pureblood Elf. Unlike your typical Elves, however, Purebloods like Galary inhabit a jungle environment, not a forest.

This one also shows a slight redesign: Galary now has braids in addition to her long flowy hair. I imagine tranquil evenings in the jungle would look something like this.

Enjoy!

Galary & Niraven myself.
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Airforce1985 Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2011
LOOOVE IT!!!!
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Niraven Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you! :D
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Makyui Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Hi there! It's a lovely picture. :) And so green! Green is absolutely my favorite color (and for all the reasons demonstrated here: it's the color of pure, raw nature!).

The topic of "pureblood" has me a bit curious, though. What do you mean by "pureblood"? Are purebloods elves who don't mingle with other races for so many generations? Are you only pureblood if your hair and features are a certain color and shape?

How come they live in the jungle as a general "rule"? Are non-purebloods allowed to live in the jungle as well, or are they kind of forced to stick to forests? If the former, do non-purebloods who want to live in jungles get treated differently by their pureblood neighbors? Is there a "white flight" phenomenon, where purebloods rush to the jungle to get away from the non-purebloods?

Sorry, the questions are kind of weird, I know. ^^; But I was just wondering.
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Niraven Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
No problem, I'll try and answer all your questions as best as I can! :thanks:

"Pureblood" is really just a reference to their genes being closest to that of the original "founders", if you will. They're closest to the roots of their kind in that sense. :) "Pureblood" genes more often than not feature a certain ear shape and hair of a few general colors. Being called a Pureblood is really by someone other than a Pureblood Elf, who views them as being close to the roots of their kind and thus establishes them as such, and they accept it with no qualms. :aww:

Purebloods have been long established within the jungle and thus refer to it as their home. By general rule, I didn't mean a rule specifically. ^^; Non-Pureblood Elven creaturs/people(hermits, travellers, animals, Blackwood Elves, etc) may also live in the jungle but tend not to, as the jungle environment isn't generally enjoyed by many others. :giggle: Other inhabitants don't get treated any differently despite the fact they're few and far between. There's no descrimination with the Pureblood Elves towards others, though they tend to keep to their jungle to avoid war and confrontation that doesn't immediately involve them as they're a pretty peaceful folk.

Hope that answers your questions! :nod:
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Makyui Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
It does! Thank you so much for taking the time. :aww:
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Chezza932 Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
Really awesome! :D
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midnightninjawolf Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2010   General Artist
amazing :D
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Niraven Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks! :D
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midnightninjawolf Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2010   General Artist
np:D
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Luifex Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2010  Student Digital Artist
i like the slight redesign ^^ has a nice touch a feel, defo' goes with the background of how ur elfs are like :)
i adore ur shading :love: so soft
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Niraven Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you! :aww:
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Luifex Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2010  Student Digital Artist
your welcome ^-^
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CJ-DB Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2010   Traditional Artist
She's very pretty :love:
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greenforestwolf64 Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
OH and old fav had to fav this i love the braids shows more of her elfish ness braids are also fun to draw
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EsaKris Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2010   Digital Artist
Holy geezus; Tawny this looks fantastic. ♥!
I totally love her new design. And her hair is beautifully coloured.
Lovely, lovely work for sure.
This needs a DD. . .
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Niraven Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Aw thank you... :aww: That means a lot to me. :hug:

P.S. Writing you a note regarding the Gamescom. :)
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EsaKris Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2010   Digital Artist
You're very welcome. ♥!
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LittleFoxStudio Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Very beautiful.. I really like the style.
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Niraven Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you! :)
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Linkette Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2010
You did an amazing job on this! Galary is absolutely beautiful. I really like how you did the shading. Personally, I think the faded-out background was a good idea. Especially in green environments, a busy background can detract from the subject. But my only suggestion would be to take the blurriness one step further. A few-pixel gaussian blur would help even more, in my opinion. Either way, gorgeous work!
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Niraven Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks! :D I really appreciate the feedback. :heart:

I'll try your suggestion, thanks! I promised myself I'd come back to this one in around 6 months time and sprucen it up. :aww:
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Anilede Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
Oh she's gorgeous!! :love: I adore the braids in her hair, it's a really nice addition to her design.
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Niraven Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you! Now only if Galary could play against Begonia in Soul Calibur... :giggle: Ooo you should make Faheem!
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ForeverNoir Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
O.o She looks so pretty and I love her face XD I dunno why. :iconiloveitplz:
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Niraven Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
I assure you, that's a good thing. :giggle: And thanks! :hug:
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Nintendraw Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2010  Student Traditional Artist
Absolutely lovely!

All of my elves are more Hylian than elvish. But is there a difference? The only pureblood I have is Oshi, or Oshiarelaohk.
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Niraven Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks!

Oh there's a little difference. ^^; Elves in my story are either "Pureblood" or "Blackwood". Purebloods have ears that stick out and passive demeanors, while Blackwoods have ears that stick back with notches, and defensive demeanors.

"Purebloods" in my story are a lot like Hylians with the stick-out ears in that regard, but Hylians are of course exclusive to Zelda.

You know, I don't know how you'd define a normal Elf! I've seen them with ears back and out, long and tiny, and builds tough and petite. I think it all depends on personal perception. :)
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Nintendraw Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2010  Student Traditional Artist
Oops, sorry. (I haven't read it yet...)

I've been reading a lot of Krynn (Margaret Weis' Dragonlance series) and the elves there, even the "mongrel" Qualinesti, are all arrogant, isolated, pale skinned and/or haired, and disapproving of half-breeds. Other of Weis' books with elves say the same, so that impression kinda stuck. I really should read other authors. ^^

Oshi is the only non-Zelda elf I've designed, and she was for a Hendee's Noble Dead series.
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rinoaneko Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2010
Ooooh!<33 The green colors really give it a nice serene feel to it but I cant help but be bothered by a couple things. Something about the shadows seem off but I don't know what it is. Hmm..
The wind is blowing but some of her hair isn't moving, Shouldn't the grass and the vine be moving as well? This WIP looks good so far :). I look forward to seeing how the completed background turns out!
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Niraven Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Yep, I noticed it too, but I also know when to say "it's finished" with a picture or I'd go insane over details. :XD: I'm happy with it at the moment, despite the flaws, it makes me feel joy because it's such an improvement from my last one, and that was my biggest goal. I'm planning on coming back to it in 6 months to a year's time once I know more about backgrounds and how to incorperate it properly. :) I've already made a little list on my computer of details to change when I come back to it, lol. I've got a few pictures like that. :heart: In the meantime I've got a few minor detail tweaks I've already done that won't be going on dA until after the Gamescom and things settle down. I'd rather update this as a whole then edit, edit, edit! (Drives me crazy when other artists do it and I can't see what it was, haha).

Thanks for the feedback! I need to work with greens more often... ;P
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rinoaneko Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2010
I wish I had that sort of patience with my art XD;; I usually try to get things done asap because pictures tend to be forgotten untill months later. You sound like you are going to be really busy but the completed pic will be well worth the wait. :) You are very welcome. Ohohoho,green is an awesome color >:3. Not being biased about green..Honest! *shifty eyes*
*sigh* I need to buckle down and start studying backgrounds and colors too.. *walks away grumbling*.
You're welcome, btw!
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Ryugexu Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2010
She's beautiful~!
I love elf chicks with green hair/green eyes~!
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Niraven Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you! :D
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Lady-Zelda-of-Hyrule Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I'm so happy to see Galary again! :eager: She's so lovely.

This is really nice, too. I love the braids and the little clasps attached to them. ^^

And seriously. I wish I could do backgrounds as pretty as you do. >: :giggle:
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Niraven Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Aw thank you! I've missed Galary. She's simple and fun to do. I like the braid additions, too. I think they do a lot for her character. :aww:

And really, that means so much to me! I'm still majorly learning in the backgrounds arena but it just thrills me to hear you say that! :hug:
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DoctorEvil06 Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
she looks awesome!
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VanEvil Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2010   Digital Artist
Everything looks so neat! ^^
Great job! :heart:
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Niraven Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you! :D
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Jackaya Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2010
She looks so wonderful.
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Niraven Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks! :aww:
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BlackVixenStudios Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2010
This is awesome, instant fave
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Niraven Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks! :)
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tummaprinsessainen Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2010
you are getting better and better at this every time. good job! i like
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Niraven Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you! :)
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Know-Kname Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2010
beautiful, i love the hair and overall design is amazing.
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Niraven Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks! :D It always brightens my day when someone says they like one of my designs, lol. Thank you! :hug:
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Know-Kname Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2010
:D your welcome :D
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Golden-Okami Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2010  Hobbyist
Galary turned out quite beautiful. I really love the Jungle backround too, her hair is very beautiful and her smile gives the picture a welcoming feeling. I really like this and its good that you're getting around to original work again ^__^
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Niraven Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks! I've really missed original work. Hopefully things in the real-life area will change soon and I'll have more time and means for personal work. :)
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Stormsworder Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2010  Student Writer
It's nice to be able to see more of your personal artworks, Niraven ^^ I imagine it was relieving to get to see your character brought to life like this. What other differences are there between normal and pureblood elves? I'm rather curious. I love the little details like the designs on those clips in her hair (I guess they're clips?) and her necklace ^^ Terrific job

Although something kinda bugs me about the stillness of the bits of the background compared to her flowing hair, but that may be because I noticed it from a previous comment someone else made. But hey, what do I know about art, eh? ^^; I'm just a writer that not many read the works of.
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