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conversation between two musician friends


Something is happening.

What musical conversation could these two friends be having?

Perhaps you'll all find out in the course of time...


Drawn on MS PowerPoint and coloured in Autodesk Sketchbook as always.

I started this in December last year (2020). The outlines were painstaking to do, both because I wanted to get them right, and because PowerPoint crashes after X number of strokes. It was an exercise in patience, poses, and not tearing my hair out when the program inevitably crashed.

This is the lineart. (Yes, everything else was just done in colouring and post-processing.)


My persona, Hibiki, whom I created some time last year, features here, albeit with elements of my previous persona and Reyvateil original character, Tetria. I drew Hibiki and Phyrnna as mermaids, each playing the instrument befitting her -- I've always mentioned that the harp is a step down from the keyboard or the piano, and that would make Phyrnna suited to playing it.

This is also not the first time I've drawn Phyrnna as a harpist.

My persona is a drummer because... well... drumming is in my soul. Thinking that I lacked anything that I could really turn into drums aside from clams and jellyfish, I went with jellyfish.

Colouring this, and doing the background for this, was quite a joy. I love playing with vivid colours, if my previous pieces of art are any indicator. Drawing the coral and the fish was a very relaxing exercise. The only real tedious part of the colouring was the bubbles, but that ultimately got done and I was so proud of the sparkle and shine these gave when the artwork was done.

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Great piece, was really cool watching it evolve with all the wips

Drums... Drums in the deep.

Honestly, I would say that this is one of your very best works yet! Admittedly, the fingers are still a little off, but unless you draw nothing but hands for months on end, I think they have to be one of the most difficult details to get right. Your line work and coloring are fantastic. The ripple effects in Phyrnna's tail and the jellyfish drums are beautiful, and your use of light and shadow are exemplary, giving the entire image a great deal of depth.

As if all that weren't enough, you deigned to add a subtle, yet highly apropos, background to the character art. While I love seeing interesting characters brought to life, I often cannot bring myself to vote 5 simply because there's a complete lack of anything interesting going on besides the character(s) themselves. The combination of elements and how you still manage to draw the eye to Hibiki and Phyrnna, despite the fact that they're on separate sides of the stage, makes this illustration a real winner in my book! Full marks from me. God bless and godspeed to you and yours in the new year.

That is beautiful. Though I'm curious what their conversation is.

Credits & Info

4.84 / 5.00

Jan 16, 2021
4:26 PM EST
File Info
2000 x 2000 px
10.7 MB

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