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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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:iconlovegrimmjow:
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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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
:iconmonkeyloveplz:
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CherryInTheSun Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
wow, veeery nice picture!!! you did really good :) (Smile)
:icongreatjobplz:
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:iconvyndicare:
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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:iconcimenord:
Cimenord Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2013
Looks badass well done ^^
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:iconkaoru-reisaki:
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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:iconakairikorisu:
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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:iconmirenne:
mirenne Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I love the athmosphere in this :)! Really good!
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:iconbezawesome:
bezawesome Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This is just fantastic <3
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:iconacaciathorn:
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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:iconhitomi-chan666:
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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:iconnatsukoberry-san:
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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:iconcaephuier:
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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:iconvtas:
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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:iconpaperiz:
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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:iconpaperiz:
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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:iconenders-rebirth:
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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:iconvtas:
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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:iconvtas:
vtas Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2013
Thanks! C:
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:iconunrealisticxdreamer:
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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:iconvtas:
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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Knockoutcomicsbook Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I appreciated your stuffs and had to favorite it.thank you  for your cool stuff hey if you can look at my stuff  and give some feedback  .thanks
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vtas Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2013
Thanks for the support C: If there is anything you'd like my opinion on, you can ask me on my FAQ.
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Knockoutcomicsbook Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
 just wacom intuos 5 touch today .it is willing hard  to work but i like it so far . i like some feedback
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yorunaka Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I find it a bit amusing that Rivaille, of all characters, would be subjected to a dark and gritty style such as this considering how OCD he is when it comes to cleanliness.


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:iconvtas:
vtas Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2013
YES HEH C:
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I-eat-yo-leg Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2013
x'DDDD so true.
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meryvamp Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2013  Professional Writer
Love the dark and gritty feel of this. It perfectly captures the essence of Shingeki no Kyojin. And you nailed Levi's cold, expressionless eyes.  Not to mention the rusty blood on his blade :heart:
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vtas Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2013
Yesss *_* I'm glad you noticed the detail with the blood! Part of it is actually a reflection, but I don't think anyone noticed that XD
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Fashion-Monster Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
omg this is soo cool :DDD 
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:iconvtas:
vtas Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2013
Thanks!
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:icondeclori:
declori Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2013
I think it looks great! I really like the texture and pose. The only thing is, I kinda thought he was lying down at first ... XD
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:iconvtas:
vtas Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2013
Thank you! And that's a perfectly fine interpretation ovo He is near some sort of wall, so it's up to you if it's the floor or something else.
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