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Rivaille/Levi by vtas Rivaille/Levi by vtas

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Done a month ago for AX 2013 - Rivaille won my poll so, here he is~

It's a pretty experimental piece - I was aiming for a grittier style reminiscent of the manga. Success? Fail? Not sure...
I had a lot of trouble with the posing (made about 30 different sketches, I'll show some in the step-by-step gif I'll be posting) and general displeasure after I finished, though I did get pretty excited to use a new textured brush I experimented with. Feels like I've been heavily dissatisfied with the art I've been drawing lately. Ah well, gotta keep trying right?

Rivaille Process GIF by vtas
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Artwork by vtas
Rivaille/Levi from Shingeki no Kyojin.
BIG BIG BIG thanks to everyone who endured my extremely angsty bipolar ranting ~ Illycia, sepulcralis, Katarya, ah-bao, aiki-ame, darkshia - basically most of the lovely people from :iconreverse-studio: (which produced a beautiful Studio Ghibli fanbook and orders are open here: [link])
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Blueberries-in-July Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This is seriously one of the best fan-arts I've seen of Levi!! Awesome work on him, as well as the rest of your gallery!! La la la la  Hope ya don't mind another watcher =P (Razz) 
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GirlGamer12 Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This looks fantastic! I really like the pose and how you've done the blood on the blades and Levi's face. Very well done! ^_^
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:iconvtas:
vtas Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2015
Thank you! I enjoyed rendering the blood too hehe :"D
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GirlGamer12 Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
You're welcome. :)
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semaseri Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Now this is a man
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:iconvtas:
vtas Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2015
awesome thanks :"D
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semaseri Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
It's a really unique style you painted,it aggressive and in motion yet Levi looks so calm but in danger at the same time.
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:iconvtas:
vtas Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2015
Yes! I'm so happy those things came across to you!
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twocupsofbancha Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I can't recall where I heard this from, but there's a saying about art that goes: when you're dissatisfied with your art is the moment when you are improving most. To me, this piece is a total success, but if it made you frustrated, don't fret! For example, I saw the process gif, and you did find an awesome brush while doing this, right? X,D All clouds with their silver lining! Keep sharing your talent.~
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vtas Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2015
That is true! Thank you for the uplifting comment! I very much appreciate the message <3
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twocupsofbancha Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Hahaha, always at your service!~ ;u; :heart:
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loveGrimmjow Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2014  Student Artist
OMG OMG Love 
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levithebest Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
Levi: why is there blood all over me?
Me: I was nose bleeding...
Levi: Why?
*looks at abbs*
Me: no reason
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vtas Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2015
haha, perfect :"D
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Perishsinger Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
Amazing picture! Love Levi!
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Narikoh Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
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CherryInTheSun Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
wow, veeery nice picture!!! you did really good :) (Smile)
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Vyndicare Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Hi there V! I featured this in :iconshingekinokyojinfans: :D
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:iconvtas:
vtas Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2013
I saw! Thank you! <3
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:iconvyndicare:
Vyndicare Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2013  Student Digital Artist
You're welcome! :D
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Cimenord Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2013
Looks badass well done ^^
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kaoru-reisaki Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
And you did ended up with a cute face.... and then killd me. FAV! xD
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akairikorisu Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2013  Hobbyist
Amazing fanart (*____*)
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FlamewolfTheWhite Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I died Happy Happy..Onion 
so awesome *v*
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mirenne Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I love the athmosphere in this :)! Really good!
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bezawesome Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This is just fantastic <3
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Acaciathorn Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
He's thinking about taking a shower :XD:
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:iconvtas:
vtas Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2013
e;lkajdf SO TRUE XD
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Hitomi-chan666 Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2013  Student General Artist
:iconawwwplz: really beautiful~ aww~
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lelouch8vi8britannia Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2013
this one is outrageously awesome...
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Minidarkcalibur89 Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2013
Nice !
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NatsukoBerry-san Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
:O so epic! amazing picture :D
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NeroInu Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2013  Student Digital Artist
This is... BEATIUFUL
THANK YOU
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eternalpose Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2013
awesome!
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caephuier Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
W WW W  W W W WW  REAPER THIS LOOKs AMAZING y eAHH H H HH HH H  WOW BLESS
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vtas Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2013
Ealsjdf CAEEE TY VM MANN :iconbrohugplz:
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DrNeoInsanity Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2013
Mr. Levi's looking all badass right here! What a lovely work :p (Lick) 
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PaperIz Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This is very very cool! I love the gritty style. It's very very cool, like I said :giggle:
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:iconvtas:
vtas Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2013
Thanks! I'm happy it worked for you C:
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PaperIz Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
C:
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snow0117 Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2013
so beautiful~~~~~030
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:iconvtas:
vtas Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2013
Thank you~!
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Enders-Rebirth Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2013
I like the grittyness of it, mixed with the defensive posture. Though, the look is one of resignation, ready to die.
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vtas Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2013
Thank you! It's always nice to hear how someone else sees his expression.
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VeroVeroBlack Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Amazing :O
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vtas Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2013
Thanks! C:
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UnrealisticxDreamer Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2013  Student Digital Artist
This is so amazing! Oh my gosh! Heart 
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Lloyd-Dono Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Oh my goodness holy hot in hell dear cod why you so hote levi?
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vtas Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2013
LOL I'm glad you like it XD
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MuffinzxO Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Very cool :D
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