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Urbem Regiam by anqila Urbem Regiam by anqila
It's been a while since I did anything for OC-Challenge's Kings and Queens theme. Take an OC, place her in an environment, add a heavy dose of symbolism, and it doubles quite nicely as a portfolio piece as well.

Ivy isn't literally royalty or anything fancy like that, but she does have a good portion of the city under her fingertips. Being one of the best hackers has its perks--even if most people don't know you practically rule the city.

You don't need royal blood to feel like a queen.

WIPs on Tumblr
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Schlussmedley Featured By Owner May 10, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
It's totally fascinating! Love the colors and the atmosphere, all the details, such a great work!
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anqila Featured By Owner May 11, 2014  Student General Artist
Thank you! :heart:
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Schlussmedley Featured By Owner May 11, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
You're welcome :iconbunnyloveplz:
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Solkatt Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This is a really impressive piece!
You use colours in a very fashinating way and the contrast between the warm sunset (?) colours and her clothes and window decorations (?)... I just adore it
It just has so much of that "it" thing that is so hard to get :)
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anqila Featured By Owner May 3, 2014  Student General Artist
Thank you so much for your kind words! I always appreciate it when anyone takes the time to tell me what they liked about my piece. :heart:
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Purplefire40 Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
Every time I've viewed this piece, the reflections on the floor catch my attention. They are so lovely!
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anqila Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2014  Student General Artist
Thank you! :)
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Laitma Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2014  Professional General Artist
IIIIIVVVVYYYYYY Ivy darling babyyy~ <3<3<3
There's something I've just always really loved about pictures that express a character without needing to show their face, and this does a terrific job of it~ <3  And just, the coloring and lighting of this piece is incredible, I love the feel of this and the framing of Ivy is just perfect~ <3<3<3  Gorgeous work!
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anqila Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2014  Student General Artist
I think Ivy's getting a little fan club of her own. :3

And thanks! This piece definitely went through an ugly duckling phase before it pulled together, haha. Might be time to step away from symmetric compositions, though...
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Yukiko-berrie Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2014  Student General Artist
Oh wow love how semi realistic and cartoony this piece looks!
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anqila Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2014  Student General Artist
It's a style I've been trying to refine for a while, so thank you!
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MetalMagpie Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
Lovely painting. It feels very peaceful and elegant with the evening light and the reflections in the floor. I like that she's doing something that feels quite natural rather than just posing. :)
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anqila Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2014  Student General Artist
Ah, thank you! Posing/gestures is still something I'm working on, so as always it's good to know when I'm doing something right. :)
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An-san Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Those buildings turned out amazingssss
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anqila Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2014  Student General Artist
yayyyyy :D
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Deus-Lux Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Wow! Awesome piece, this is probably the most unique and symbolic piece in the whole contest so far. Good luck!
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anqila Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2014  Student General Artist
ahh, thank you for the kind comments! :heart:
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Deus-Lux Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
You're welcome!
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JuanMilagro Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2014
Fingerspitzengefühl!
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anqila Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2014  Student General Artist
Thanks! :)
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JuanMilagro Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2014
You are most welcome. It is a great piece of art.
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LunaBell Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2014
that stain glass idea is beautiful!

It looks awesome.
good luck 
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anqila Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2014  Student General Artist
Thank you! :D
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Pheoniic Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Oh wow! The atmosphere here is just lovely! The colors go really well with each other.
And what a great interpretation of the prompt too. :la:
And my gosh I've never heard of that group- it sounds awesome and I might have to join in sometime too. o u o;;
Although their limitation on mature content is disappointing... I can't see Nova's "throne" ...um...not on a giant pile of bleeding corpses.. :iconheplz:
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anqila Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2014  Student General Artist
Thank you! I try not to go the super obvious route on prompts, haha. 

also I'm very flattered you included this in your background refs collection, o practitioner of backgrounds. :O

Whoa, when did that mature content restriction on blood happen? I certainly don't remember it being there when I first joined. x_X I mean, a few challenges ago someone drew a beheaded lady holding her own head... The group changed management relatively recently, so I guess that must have been when the rules changed. 

Well, I hope you draw it, whether it's for the group or not. 8D
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Pheoniic Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
:D That's great!
Haha it's "background ref" but it's also "Background inspiration". ;)

I don't know man, I checked it and it said to keep it clean and stuff.... I might just imply the blood and submit a more explicit version later. :XD:
(If I end up doing this challenge, because who knows with school and stuff :shrug:)

Yay thanks! It's an image I've had... for probably about a year now. I have too many ideas and too little time. ^^;
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simply-irenic Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
ohhhh myyy godddd you finished it it's amazing, how do you colorssss

(i don't have anything useful to say i'm so sorry)
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anqila Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2014  Student General Artist
mess around in PS until it luk gud??? I DON'T KNOW

oh hush you helped me make composition decisions
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squidlifecrisis Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2014
I love this semi-painting semi-drawing style you have :heart:  and I'm so digging the cityscape and the stained glass shapes!  I see the crown but also some kind of animal motif?  is it the muzzle of a bear or a badger?

the perspective in the reflection is off, though, at least edit the hem of her dress, the bottom rail, and those two closest buildings maybe??  The rest you can get away with copy/pasting. :o

you rock symmetric compositions as always :D
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anqila Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2014  Student General Artist
Thank you! :D I wasn't thinking any animal in particular, but I liked the look so I left it in there. Got to say, this style is a lot faster than straight-up painting or lines. I'm such a slowpoke. :<

ahahaha I was hoping nobody would notice about the reflection but of course you would. 8D; I'll have to revisit this once my hands get a break. Thanks for pointing it out.
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squidlifecrisis Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2014
maybe you could do a time lapse one day?  I'd be curious to see your process. :o

hehe that's what I'm here for, keeping everyone on their toes :'D
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anqila Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2014  Student General Artist
Actuallyyyy, I saved some WIPs for this one: hisiheyah.tumblr.com/post/7979…
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