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Fayt Leingod - Flash sketch — By Annabel Lee (zenphoenixa)
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Rating: E · Category: Fan Art - Game · Classification: Finished Piece
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CHARACTER: Fayt Leingod (aka. Please-Zen-no-more-needles man! ^^; )

PIC STATUS: Fanart (fan source – ‘Star Ocean: Till the End of Time’!)

CHARACTER OWNER: Tri-Ace. Is it unhealthy to love a company this much? O__o

MEDIUMS: Macromedia Flash (line art), Photoshop CS (colouring, brushes)

SHOUTOUTS: Brushes can be downloaded here:

http://www.redmoonstudios.com/buddha/PS_5/index.html
http://veredgf.fredfarm.com/vbrush/main.html
http://mechadiva.net/
http://kathrynmerteuil.free.fr/brushes/index2.htm
http://www.8nero.net/brushes/
http://www.annikavonholdt.com/brushes/x.htm
http://www.rebel-heart.net/brushes/
http://aethereality.net/brushes.php?x=&screen=1
http://truly-sarah.com/brushes/brushlist.htm

FONT used: ‘Alien League’ – download here: http://www.1001fonts.com/font_details.html?font_id=355

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ARTIST THOUGHTS: This is what constitutional law essays drive you to do – nursing a little sketch for three days straight in between writing about some of the most boring and inane dribble known to mankind. O____o Anyway yes, this started out as a very quick mouse drawn sketch in Flash (ALL HAIL THE SMOOTHING TOOL ) but rather than face writing my essay, I imported it into Photoshop and kept fiddling with it. And on the third day Fayt was finished and IT WAS GOOD.

First Star Ocean fan art I’ve drawn which isn’t in wallpaper form, but that’s what happens when you do rushed computer sketches at a puny resolution and wind up working on them even though they can’t be resized. hmygod: So yeah, it’s Fayt. And for once Albel is nowhere in sight, oh my Lord. X_____x *Jumps off the nearest roof for committing such blasphemy* But Fayt is quite cute in his own way so I didn’t mind too much… he’s got nice hair, anyway. And I like drawing nice hair. Hence I drew Fayt in order to feel nice. And I do feel nice. O__o OMG WOW, don’t you just love logic??? ::rofl:: Nice enough to not subject Fayt this time around to the sadistic tendencies which seem to make themselves known whenever I do Star Ocean fan art… damn that puppy dog look. >__> (“Don’t HURT me Zen!!” T___T) I put it down to the self-imposed game exile I’m currently suffering through; I’m definitely losing my mean fan art edge. BAH HUMBUG! U__U

TECHNICAL STUFF:The most spontaneous and simplest sketch I’ve done in about a year, so it nearly winded up in scraps… ^^; Since I liked how the colouring turned out though, I gave it a shot in my main gallery. *Whew* The brushes definitely helped as well – for all Star Ocean 3 players, the diagram brushes were a homage to Fayt’s natural engineering skill, the hex cells a reference to his gene (you all know which gene I’m talking about!) and the feathers for his delightful battle skill, Ethereal Blast. ^__^ The binary “code” was just some rapidly typed zeroes and ones… I did try and find some binary code brushes, but then I realized just how lazy-arsed that would’ve been when it ain’t that hard to type two numbers over and over again. *Cough* O___@ Players who’ve completed the game will know why binary code matters! ;) Personally I know absolutely nothing about the stuff, you’re looking at someone who nearly failed software development class. ^__^;;;;

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And that’s all from me folks, I’ve still got an essay to finish so as of now… I RECOMMENCE GOING ABSOLUTELY BANANAS. *Foams at the mouth* @___@

Additional Credits: Fayt Leingod © Tri-Ace!
Referenced Source: Star Ocean - Till the End of Time
CHARACTER: Fayt Leingod (aka. Please-Zen-no-more-needles man! ^^; ) PIC STATUS: Fanart (fan sour...
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Be still, be calm... — By Annabel Lee (zenphoenixa)
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Rating: T (S) · Category: Fan Art - Game · Classification: Finished Piece
Filesize: 418.00 Kb · Dimensions: 1024 x 768 · Uploaded: 26 Feb 2005 - 03:19 ET

CHARACTERS: Albel Nox (aka. Kink Master3000) and Fayt Leingod (aka. JIMINY JILLICKERS Radioactive Man!!! )

PIC STATUS: Fanart wallpaper (fan source – ‘Star Ocean: Till the End of Time’) and commission of sorts for luciferia

CHARACTERS’ OWNER: Tri-Ace. My new God. =P

MEDIUMS: Sakura Micron felt tips (line art), Photoshop CS (colouring, brushes)

SHOUTOUTS: Brushes can be downloaded here:

http://www.redmoonstudios.com/buddha/PS_5/index.html
http://veredgf.fredfarm.com/vbrush/main.html
http://mechadiva.net/
http://kathrynmerteuil.free.fr/brushes/index2.htm
http://www.8nero.net/brushes/
http://www.annikavonholdt.com/brushes/x.htm
http://www.rebel-heart.net/brushes/
http://aethereality.net/brushes.php?x=&screen=1
http://truly-sarah.com/brushes/brushlist.htm

FONT used: ‘Volt’ – free download here: http://fonts.goldenweb.it/index_file/l/en/d2/True_Type_Fonts/c/v/start/150/default.html

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Presenting…. The Zen jukebox!

Quietly he laughs, and shaking his head
Creeps closer now, closer to the foot of the bed
And softer than shadow, and quicker than flies
His arms are all around me, and his tongue in my eyes…
“Be still be calm be quiet now, my precious boy
Don’t struggle like that or I will only love you more…”
It’s much too late to get away, or turn on the light
The spider man is having you for dinner tonight!

~ ‘Lullaby’, by The Cure

ARTIST THOUGHTS:*Rubs chin* It’s interesting how so many SO3 players I’ve talked to in the past month opted to make Albel a healer in their party. It’s also interesting how the newly awoken perverted fangirl in me viewed that trend. ^__~ Plus, you can blame my pal Niccon for being the detonator and pushing me to draw this idea in the first place. You people are most definitely never ending sources of inspiration, I swear… (and also bad influences.) =P

So er… yeah. *Temporary lapse of sanity* ALBEL!!! IMMUNISE ME!!!! It’s becoming readily apparent that I like giving Albel sharp objects, and even more readily apparent that I have no qualms about those sharp objects being used against Fayt, LOL. :D There’s a valid reason for all of this actually (for once >__> ) – this pic was drawn for Luciferia, in return for her sending me a copy of Star Ocean 2. Coz, well, I’ve completed SO3 and I need another game to breathe into my vital systems. *Coff* Hence I’ve drawn kink. Guilty as charged. ^__^;; Well hey, it was a natural progression in my gallery alright? You know… voodoo dolls… face paint… kink. Yay for evolution. > And besides, I NEEDED to draw something based on ‘Lullaby’ coz that’s the sexiest song ever and it deserves lots and lots of pictures (plus it almost describes the Peterny scene PERFECTLY), and all those references to a ‘spider man’ just made me think of Albel in his 3P outfit in which he looks very Black Widow-ish like indeed, though don’t ask about the whole nurse get-up coz that’s probably just the result of a very depraved mind. Uh huh. :nod:

*Furtive look* >__>;;

“………….”

Okay, change the subject now!

TECHNICAL STUFF: Take a look at the pic. What do you think was the hardest part to draw? Those hands maybe, or the apron? Fayt’s get-up maybe? Gawd no, it was the SYRINGE. O_____O;;;; That disarmingly simple little instrument made me crane my neck sideways for half an hour or more as I did some heavy duty editing on it in Photoshop, all because it turned out lopsided. It was so horribly obvious that I had to redraw nearly all of it from scratch on the computer with my crappy mouse, so LOOKIT THE NICE STRAIGHT SYRINGE WHEEEE. @__@ Apart from that though this was a fun pic to draw, and has pretty much cemented the fact that gradient-cel shading is what I will use as my default computer colouring style. :D However, this will most likely be the last fanart I upload for a long time since it’s back to uni I go-go where SO3 cannot follow… -____- in the meantime though enjoy, and if anyone wants a larger resolution then note me, as per usual! =P

So er…. who wants flu shots? ;)
Additional Credits: Albel and Fayt © Tri-Ace, all Photoshop brushes © their respective owners!
Referenced Source: Star Ocean: Till the End of Time
CHARACTERS: Albel Nox (aka. Kink Master3000) and Fayt Leingod (aka. JIMINY JILLICKERS Radioactive Ma...
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My Lost Heart - part 1 of 1 — By Annabel Lee (zenphoenixa)
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Rating: T (D) · Category: Humanoid · Classification: Finished Piece
Filesize: 381.00 Kb · Dimensions: 730 x 1022 · Uploaded: 06 Feb 2005 - 22:51 ET
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CHARACTER: Cal – my blind, Australian, dead-type weird dude. O__o

OWNER: Moi! :wave:

PIC STATUS: Poem/art collaboration comic page with Demonstelme2buycandy:

MEDIUMS: Sakura Micron felt tips (line art), Photoshop CS (colouring, text boxes), Paintshop Pro 5 (tweaking, light effects)

FONT used: ‘Zud Juice’ – download here: http://www.1001fonts.com/font_details.html?font_id=568

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THE LOST HEART AND SUFFERING MUSE:

When the night had fallen

And I sat in a strangely cold summer air

My cigarette flared as I inhaled

And the wind spoke to me of words that never were



On the air there approached an omen

A sign of spirits and things to come

Visions of sculpture which ramble about history

And events of the future inevitably tainted by the past



Inhaling the incense which I crave and consume,

A voice stirred inside that I could not ignore

Whispers of mistakes and triumphs, every action

According to Newton, invariably leads to reaction



It was then, upon the final breath of tobacco smoke

I heard the voices of the trees begging me to listen

Their wisdom sharing a truth which had eluded me

“Ghosts will only haunt bodies with desperate souls”

~ Poem written by Demonstelme2buycandy

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ARTIST THOUGHTS - It’s been a long time coming and an even greater rush (well, fast for me =P) to get this done by the 7th, but somehow I’ve made the cut! ^^; My first collaboration with another deviant, in which I agreed to draw something revolving around a poem written by my pal Demonstelme2buycandy. When I first read the poem, I was immediately struck by how well it could be applied to my character Cal, and since I’d already been dying for an excuse to draw Cal, that was an added bonus. =P It took AGES though to realize that the best way to go about this was through a comic page, I was sitting at my desk fretting for a whole afternoon until it hit me and I was like, “Duuuuuhhh, stupid…” :slow: :slow: As you can see, I only had enough room to work with two stanzas so it wound up being the first and last. Man, I love that end line. :D : Muahaha, and the shinies are back, I told you they’d be!

To know more about this character, check out the bio here: http://www.deviantart.com/deviation/14909259/


Artwork © 2005 Annabel Lee
Additional Credits: Poem © Demonstelme2buycandy!
CHARACTER: Cal – my blind, Australian, dead-type weird dude. O__o OWNER: Moi! :wave: PIC STATU...
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Albel x Fayt... or not. O__o — By Annabel Lee (zenphoenixa)
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Rating: E · Category: Fan Art - Game · Classification: Finished Piece
Filesize: 336.00 Kb · Dimensions: 1024 x 768 · Uploaded: 06 Feb 2005 - 22:33 ET

CHARACTERS: Albel Nox (yonder evil looking dude guy) & Fayt Leingod (yonder stoned looking, human-canvas type guy)

PIC STATUS: Fanart wallpaper (fan source – ‘Star Ocean: Till the End of Time’) and Valentines Day contest entry for deviantART’s albel-nox-club (And that explains the pink. OMG so much pink) O____O

CHARACTER OWNERS: Square-Enix and Tri-Ace. Ho hum. *Yearns for ownership* >_>

MEDIUMS: Sakura Micron felt tips (line art), Photoshop CS (colouring), Photoshop Brushes (background), Paintshop Pro 5 (tweaking)

SHOUT-OUTS: Brushes can be downloaded here:
http://www.redmoonstudios.com/buddha/PS_5/index.html
http://veredgf.fredfarm.com/vbrush/main.html
http://mechadiva.net/
http://kathrynmerteuil.free.fr/brushes/index2.htm
http://www.8nero.net/brushes/
http://www.annikavonholdt.com/brushes/x.htm
http://www.rebel-heart.net/brushes/

New brush sites since last upload: http://aethereality.net/brushes.php?x=&screen=1 and http://truly-sarah.com/brushes/brushlist.htm

FONT used in wallpaper: ‘KissmeKissmeKissme’ – download here: http://www.fontmaster.com/k2.shtml

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ARTIST THOUGHTS: Behold! After playing numerous RPGs in her lifetime, Zen has come to the conclusion that the following two rules should be taken up with great gusto by any aspiring games developer!

#1 - If for any reason, one party member should feel the need to sneak into another member’s hotel room for ‘a chat’ (yeah right), and that said party member falls into the category of ‘rival’ (or ‘annoying’ will do =P) and happens to be sleeping quite contentedly upon arrival… for the love of God, DON’T WAKE THEM UP RIGHT AWAY. O__O Abuse your powers of wakefulness, sneaky-late-night-intruder/perv! That’s why shaving cream and permanent markers were invented in the first place – to inflict early morning mirror madness!!!

#2 – If at any point in a game you should acquire one of the most ridiculous equippable accessories known to man, it should go without saying that the member of your party who would most likely take a sword to your abdomen should you ever contemplate the mere thought of them wearing said accessory… should be made to wear the accessory.

And with those words of wisdom out the way I henceforth put them into action, as if you couldn’t tell already from looking at this… ‘tis Albel, HAND OF DOOM’ing a delightfully oblivious Fayt. :D Partly inspired by the Peterny scene in the game when Albel snuck into Fayt’s room… this is what should’ve happened. ^__^ Also partly inspired by my acquisition of the Bunny Shoes and giving them to Albel… which DID happen. ^_____^ And I’m not the only one, am I?!?! C’mon, fess up SO3 players – I know the thought crossed your minds at least *once*. Oh yes, it must have... I’m onto you! O__o

Insanity aside, this WAS supposed to be a Valentines Day contest entry so I had to try and make it fit the theme… sorta. Maybe. I don’t know anymore. I do admit that this is the pairing that I find most interesting in the game – and have any SO3 players noticed that Albel is a little… well, biased when it comes to Fayt in battle? I’ve found that if anyone heals Albel then the most that they’ll get in reply is “You’re actually useful!” BUT when Fayt heals Albel, it’s a grudging “Thanks.” O_o *Ho ho ho* Oh yeah, and then there’s the whole I’m-going-to-sneak-into-your-room-alone-at-midnight-just-to-talk thing, but who cares about that really, how irrelevant. *Snort*

TECHNICAL STUFF: Hey hey kids, it’s wallpaper time again! Actually, that’s just my half-assed excuse to not make proper backgrounds for these fanarts so er…yeah, the secret’s out. >__> Ha, and this is one of those exceptionally rare occasions where I’ve actually used pink. Normally I stay well away from that colour, it rubs me up the wrong way since I perpetually think of Barbies and Bratz dolls whenever I look at it, but for the sake of the upcoming day of luuuuurve I’ve made an exception. My God, and look at those love heart brushes which I specially downloaded for the occasion. I FEEL LIKE SUCH A GIRL. :X__X

Still stuck in cel-shading mode, just like the last fanart I uploaded, and thanks to Fayt I’m getting closer to making the colouring look shinier… (I just can’t make Albel shiny enough for my liking… -__-) Oh yeah, and Fayt’s officially annoying. To draw, that is. I understand now why many Fayt fanarts chop off his legs, they’re hideously complex which then begs the question – how does he manage to be the fastest moving character? O___o But I got my revenge by scrawling on his face with Photoshop’s brush tool, what delicious fun. > So yeah, same thing applies as always – wallpaper is free to use, if larger resolution needed, note me. Wheee. =P


So then, happy early Valentines Day to all you couples out there, and as for the rest of us singles… remember, there are ALWAYS Bunny Shoes. Always. And they give you 30% more movement too. :D

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(The next morning)

Fayt: *Looking in bathroom mirror*

O____O

Fayt: BLADE… OF FURY!!!!!

Additional Credits: Albel and Fayt © Tri-Ace, all Photoshop Brushes © their respective owners!
Referenced Source: Star Ocean: Till the End of Time
CHARACTERS: Albel Nox (yonder evil looking dude guy) & Fayt Leingod (yonder stoned looking, human-ca...
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Albel Nox - "Muahahaha!" — By Annabel Lee (zenphoenixa)
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Rating: E · Category: Fan Art - Game · Classification: Finished Piece
Filesize: 219.00 Kb · Dimensions: 643 x 716 · Uploaded: 14 Jan 2005 - 23:36 ET
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This is a crop of the original image, which in its full form is a wallpaper - the original image and full description can be found here - http://www.deviantart.com/deviation/14127970/ - if you'd like the image in a wallpaper, but for the rest of you, this is my first fanart in 6 years of my fav character in Star Ocean 3. ^__^ Any other fans out there? Speak out now or forever hold your peace, I'd love to hear from you! :D

Artwork © 2005 Annabel Lee
Additional Credits: Albel Nox © Square-Enix and Tri-Ace!
Referenced Source: Star Ocean - Till the End of Time
This is a crop of the original image, which in its full form is a wallpaper - the original image and...
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In the Sky with Diamonds — By Annabel Lee (zenphoenixa)
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Rating: E · Category: Furry / Anthropomorphic · Classification: Finished Piece
Filesize: 422.00 Kb · Dimensions: 730 x 1024 · Uploaded: 02 Dec 2004 - 10:57 ET
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CHARACTER: A moon phoenix!

OWNER: Errr… no one in particular, I guess. ^^;

MEDIUMS: Felt tip ink (shadow shading on the phoenix and the moon, line art), Photoshop CS (background, cel-type colouring), Paintshop Pro 5 (lighting effects, touchups)

FONT: ‘KissmeKissmeKissme’ (free download)

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ARTIST THOUGHTS: And so after a huge art drought, here’s something I’ve been carrying around in my head for about half a year and only got around to spitting out this week! On Monday I got home from my last exam, had a change of clothes and then immediately sat at my dusty desk to draw this, and in record time (for me anyway!) it’s been completed in three days. Two of those days were heat waves, so maybe the heat has a strange effect on my hand or something… O___o;; *Decides to not try and make any scientific theories* =P

Anyway for once, I’m going to cut straight to the chase and say what this pic is sorta about: to be honest, there wasn’t any specific meaning at first but things developed along the way and now I can ramble about it, ho ho ho! ^.^ This is meant to be a ‘sister’ pic to ‘Salute the Sun’ since they’re sorta similar, except this pic is more about dying then rebirth. *Cue - depressing music* T__T The moon phoenix sits on a moon that was once new, but is now crumbling away because there’s a new moon rising, and NO it’s not breaking up because the phoenix has been eating too many hotdogs lately! I guess the phoenix is doomed to be dragged down with its moon, but the less bleak-minded of you will probably be able to come up with something happier so by all means! :D I don’t really have any explanation for the cobwebby stuff so interpret it however you wish… and those are supposed to be diamonds draped from the moon by the way, but the colouring blurred the string and the stars suit the title’s diamond reference much better, so er… darn. Man, this really was a bit of a random pic, eh…? :D

TECHNICAL STUFF: This marked my return to ink shading and shinies after my cel-colouring stint, but I still used the polygon tool to fill in the colour this time instead of my usual method of using Prismacolour pencils. (Poor neglected things. ^^; ) I also tried to do a better job at making more realistic looking clouds, but I still have quite a ways to go… :/ I look in galleries and see amazing clouds and I can’t for the life of me figure out how people do it, arrrrrrrrg! @__@ Oh yeah, and have a look at the pic – see anything out of the ordinary? OH MY GODFATHER IT’S BIRDY FEET!!!!! O__O;; Yes peoples, this was one time when I couldn’t find a way to avoid drawing them without making it look like the phoenix was somehow magically levitating with stumps for legs, and this just served to remind me WHY it is that I do my best to not draw birdy feet whenever possible... O_____o The left foot is completely mangled, although don’t be confused about the right foot – there’re actually two and a half claws showing and the one at the back isn’t showing at all, but because of all the hair in the way, it looks like all four claws are visible. (Not that it makes much difference, the foot still looks groddy. >_<) Give me feathers any day! *Throws hands up in defeat*

Lastly, if anyone wants to see this pic as a print then just say the word and it shall be so – I’ve finally gotten myself into the habit of scanning things at 600 DPI, even though it’s slowly killing my comp, lol. =P *Pets her comp*

Artwork © 2004 Annabel Lee
CHARACTER: A moon phoenix! OWNER: Errr… no one in particular, I guess. ^^; MEDIUMS: Felt tip ...
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Touch - cel shaded version — By Annabel Lee (zenphoenixa)
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Rating: E · Category: Humanoid · Classification: Finished Piece
Filesize: 348.00 Kb · Dimensions: 710 x 1020 · Uploaded: 31 Aug 2004 - 00:48 ET
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Link to the prose for this pic: http://www.deviantart.com/deviation/9450576/

CHARACTERS: Liam (the taller one) and Noel

OWNER: Me! Hello! :D

MEDIUMS: Felt tip pen (line art), Photoshop CS (cel colouring), Paintshop Pro 5 (touchups), downloaded brushes (background)

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Yeah yeah yeah, I know… I already uploaded this pic, albeit in a different form, but this is what happens when Zen gets sidetracked on the computer – the original line art for this pic had been scanned in a long time ago, and I just happened to come across it two weeks ago at a time when I was thinking, “You know, I REALLY should be trying to colour something via computer for the very first time…” O___O;; Not to mention I’m trying to get myself more familiar with Photoshop instead of leeching off Paintshop Pro all the time, so I figured I might as well kill two birds with one stone. Hence, this is Zen’s first ever serious attempt at completely cg’ing a pic, behold the amateurism…! *Laughs* I’ve always been a really big fan of cel-shading but I’ve never been able to do it up to now, so for as long as I can remember, I’ve been mooning away tragically looking at all the lovely cel shading pieces everyone seems to be doing all around me and thinking, “How?? HOW?!?!?!” T__T But I finally came across a tutorial that made sense, and now the polygon tool is one of Zen’s best friends alongside dodge! ^__^

Colouring this was a lot more fun than I thought it would be, even though it was extremely time consuming. X___X Not good for the eyes either, these glasses of mine are getting more and more dated as I stare at the computer all the way up to 4 in the morning! Anyway, like I said before in my Side 7 description of the first version of this pic:

… these two characters are from an actual storyline I’ve been carrying around for awhile, but nothing has been finalised yet so I won’t put up any big descriptions. (Luckily for all of you! ) As was mentioned briefly in the prose and above, featured here are Liam and Noel, who have a relationship of sorts with a strange foundation… to cut a long story short, their relationship started out as a bargain of sorts but as I’ve investigated in the prose I wrote, it doesn’t have to remain that way. I won’t elaborate further because I don’t know how to explain things without taking another 3000 words, so I’ll leave it at that! ^^;;; These two however are the only characters I have who could have a romantic relationship, so I’ll be paying close attention to them… and yes, Zen is actually a hopeless romantic at heart! So why haven’t I been drawing any couples for two years? O____o;; Er, I don’t know. ^^;;; *Coff*

Actually, to make up for it, I’m hoping to make this pic the first part of a small series based on the five senses, hence the title ‘Touch.’ Inspiration withstanding, I shall act on that idea! ^^ Stay tuned, I’ll see what I can do…


Yes, I’m getting so lazy that I’m cutting and pasting my own descriptions. :: Finally, this was also the first time I experimented with brushes, and if anyone wants to download the brushes used here (and more!) follow the yellow brick road!

http://www.8nero.net/brushes/
http://www.annikavonholdt.com/brushes/x.htm
http://www.rebel-heart.net/brushes/

That’s pretty much all I have to say, I’ve worn myself writing three different descriptions for this pic for three different versions… (prose, black and white version, coloured version) *Faints* You can decide which version you prefer! =P


Artwork © 2004 Annabel Lee
Additional Credits: The brushes are © to their respective owners!
Link to the prose for this pic: http://www.deviantart.com/deviation/9450576/ CHARACTERS: Liam (th...
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Touch — By Annabel Lee (zenphoenixa)
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Firstly, a link to the prose that I wrote for this pic which sorta explains the context: http://www.deviantart.com/deviation/9450576/

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FEATURED CHARACTERS: Liam (the tallest) and Noel

CREATOR: Me! *Hi!* ^^

MEDIUMS: Black felt tip ink (the subject matter, obviously) and Paintshop Pro 5 (background and light effects)

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Secondly, for those of you who have followed the link I left at DA, hello there! I should probably point out at the start that the prose you’ve just read is not an excerpt from any story I’ve written, but is merely a possible outcome… these two characters are from an actual storyline I’ve been carrying around for awhile, but nothing has been finalised yet so I won’t put up any big descriptions. (Luckily for all of you! ) As was mentioned briefly in the prose and above, featured here are Liam and Noel, who have a relationship of sorts with a strange foundation… to cut a long story short, their relationship started out as a bargain of sorts but as I’ve investigated in the prose I wrote, it doesn’t have to remain that way. I won’t elaborate further because I don’t know how to explain things without taking another 3000 words, so I’ll leave it at that! ^^;;; These two however are the only characters I have who could have a romantic relationship, so I’ll be paying close attention to them… and yes, Zen is actually a hopeless romantic at heart! So why haven’t I been drawing any couples for two years? O____o;; Er, I don’t know. ^^;;; *Coff*

Actually, to make up for it, I’m hoping to make this pic the first part of a small series based on the five senses, hence the title ‘Touch.’ Inspiration withstanding, I shall act on that idea! ^^ Stay tuned, I’ll see what I can do…

Now then, what about the technical side of things? This is the first time in awhile that I’ve decided to forego colour, but I just got the feeling that colour would’ve wrecked everything. Call it women’s intuition or something, I dunno. It didn’t mean I had to forego my shiny effects though, I can’t do without those! ;) There’s not really too much that bugs me about this pic, which is surprising since I’m usually always bugged by a lot of things… Liam’s right hand continuously urks me though since it looks out of proportion to everything else in the pic, but I threw that hand in at the last moment so that’s probably why. XP Lotsa hands, in here, what a nightmare to draw! X___X Thank goodness I’ve gotten Touch outta the way, the other senses should be easier! ;)

Well, I think I’ve said enough for now, so peace everyone, and may you all find love even in the most unexpected circumstances! :D


Artwork © 2004 Annabel Lee
Additional Credits: Liam and Noel are © to me!
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Rainbow Moon — By Annabel Lee (zenphoenixa)
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FEATURED CHARACTER: Rainbow Moon, a phoenix

CREATOR: Garnet Cross

MEDIUMS: Derwent watercolour pencils (Rainbow Moon) and Paintshop Pro 5 (background and light effects)

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Rainbow Moon is a phoenix with special significance to Garnet Cross, and she was a beautiful phoenix to draw. ^^ After a good long break from rainbows, I went ahead and created another one for this pic to match Rainbow Moon’s name, and this time it wasn’t as hard, thank goodness! =P

In this pic, Rainbow Moon is arcing across the sky, painting a rainbow with her plumage and bringing fair weather. In the clouds are a bunch of air phoenixes who are making their appearance after the storm, and I now charge you all with the task of finding them all! :D I originally put in six, but after a closer look, there could be a seventh which snuck in without me noticing… O___o *How on earth did it manage that?* If you can find anymore, then let me know! ^^

Arr, and I’m sorry that I misjudged the resizing this time and made the pic smaller than what I usually do for my pics – the full view won’t give a lot away, unfortunately. >< Well, happy phoenix hunting everyone, and remember to look out for the feathery clouds in the sky for an air phoenix near you! ;) (OMG and can you believe it, it’s a short description!!!!!!!)

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Bark and Brambles — By Annabel Lee (zenphoenixa)
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FEATURED CHARACTERS: Cal (left) and Taliana (right)

CREATOR: Me! *waves*

MEDIUMS: Prismacolour pencils (main subject matter in foreground), ink (black shadows, line art) and Paintshop Pro 5 (background and light effects)

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Anyway, this is obviously the most complicated pic I’ve done in a LONG time – at least 95% of what you see here is hand drawn/coloured. My poor felt tip pens had virtually all the life sucked out of them… I literally had to keeping scratching at the paper with the tip in order to get any ink out. X___X Repeat ad infinitum. *Bah* It took 12 ½ hours just to shade the pic with ink, and I don’t recommend doing that if you want to keep a sane mind! @__@

Arr, and I'm well aware that the image has an uneven tilt to it which favours Cal more than Taliana. *Darn!!* I was hoping that after colouring it the tilt wouldn’t be as noticeable but it’s still there, as annoying as ever! *shakes fist* I look at it now, and I realise how I should have positioned Taliana – she should’ve been drawn *upside down*!!!!! Doh! Um, well, just try to ignore it. ^^; (I know I am. =P)

Lastly, in the hopefully near future, I’m hoping to make this pic into a print. It’s the first pic I’ve scanned in at 300 DPI resolution, making it a candidate for turning into a print… ^^;; I’ve still got a lot of house keeping matters to take care of before dealing with prints though, but I’ll let you all know when things are on the move. ^^
So, that ends my rambling for tonight! Take care everyone! B^)

Artwork © 2004 Annabel Lee
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It came to the Glimmer Field... — By Annabel Lee (zenphoenixa)
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FEATURED CHARACTER: Gavin, a silver-haired, spear-wielding Priest.

CREATOR’S CHARACTER: Eternalblade

PIC STATUS: Surprise gift/request

MEDIUMS: Prismacolour pencils (Gavin, grass), black felt tip and permanent marker (line art and ink shading), Paintshop Pro 5 (background and all light/special effects).

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First things first: HAPPY BIRTHDAY ETERNALBLADE!!! arty: arty: arty: And for the first time this year, I don’t have to add ‘belated’ before everything else! ^^; ^^; (What a shocker! ) It helped that I was noted three months in advance… =P
Anyway, how did this come about? Waaaaaay back in December last year, one of Eternalblade’s good friends, Himizu sent me a note regarding a request – not for himself though, but for his pal as a Christmas gift. Knowing my chances of getting a pic done in time for Christmas were low, I decided to postpone the gift for Eternalblade’s b-day, and the day has finally arrived… I’m actually two days early – his b-day is on the 22nd but I got this done three days ago. =P It feels nice to be early for a change instead of horrifically late as I always am, though. Hmm, I could get used to this…

(Before I go on, I’d like to point out again that requests are still CLOSED, with a few exceptions – this is one of them!)

With that out of the way, it’s time for introductions – this here is Gavin, who Himizu asked me to draw for Eternalblade, and one of the characters who features in his main prose work on Deviantart. This is the second time I’ve drawn one of his characters, the first being Kell who I drew as part of one of the first ever trades I’d gotten on the internet, and that was about two years ago now… time passes by so fast, eh? ^.^ Lol, you need to colour Gavin more often EB… I was only guessing that his colour scheme hadn’t changed after all the other alterations you gave him, and I had to get Himizu to find out what colour his eyes were. =P He was fun to draw anyway! :D

So er… for the rest of you… what’s going on here? O__o;; The title implies that something’s up, and I guess that could be true. Okay, well, the thing is that throughout the whole drawing process, I’m always sifting through possible titles in my head, because that determines what the final look is going to be. This was no exception, so because I wanted an excuse to show Gavin’s special abilities by using shiny light effects, ;) I homed in on the word ‘glimmer’… and because I wanted to try my hand at drawing long grass, I homed in on the word ‘field’. It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to realise how the title came about next then… ^^; The concept of a Glimmer Field does not feature in Eternalblade’s story, but you’re always welcome to use it in the future if you wish dear. ^^ Secondly, I wanted some sort of justification for Gavin’s slightly ordinary pose, so whatever’s “come” to the Glimmer Field is about to be engaged in battle and so Gavin’s pose is defensive. Speaking of battle, in Eternalblade’s story, the spear which Gavin is holding plays an important part and he is able to “draw” from it… hey, it was a good excuse to break out the dodge tool! (By the way, I did not use any lens filters when making those light effects; people often think that I use them in my pics but I definitely do not rely on them, and use them only once every ten pics or so.)

And so we reach the technical stuff – let me just say OH MY GODFATHER!!! O____O If this were real life, Gavin would be having one hell of a bill on his hands from an overload of cosmetic surgery… X_____X;;; His face underwent at least six alterations all the way through the pencilling, inking and colouring until finally, at 8 pm, I was able to officially say: “The eyes are even at last…!!!!!!!” Don’t forget the nose, cheek, mouth and chin jobs either. I had to give the eyes a serious makeover though, they were constantly lopsided and saggy, and I was after the sharp effect that Eternalblade created in his most recent frontal pic of Gavin. Lol, when I finally got them fixed though, I found myself squinting hard, wondering where I’d seen the face before me in the past… and then I was like, “Oh my Lord! He looks like Sephiroth now – without the fringe…!!” O_____O;;;; *Runs off screeching* Er, it’s not that bad though. ^^; ^^;

Ho hum, well, that’s all I can think of to talk about so I’ll leave you all now; have a happy b’day Eternalblade, and thankyou also to Himizu for getting the ball rolling in the first place! ^__^


Artwork © 2004 Annabel Lee
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Black Hole Sun — By Annabel Lee (zenphoenixa)
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“Black Hole Sun, won’t you come
and wash away the rain?
Black Hole Sun, won’t you come,
Won’t you come?” – Soundgarden.

As a disclaimer, I don’t even like the above song. (I don’t hate it though! =P) The last time I heard it was when I was 9 years old. I don’t remember what it sounds like. But for some inane reason, I never forgot the title of the song when I first saw its video clip and for some even more inane reason, I never forgot the lyrics to the chorus either. WHAT THE HECK???? O____O;;; So then, somehow a song which I never liked and which I can hardly even remember was to inspire a pic ten years down the track. Go figure. O__o *Shrugs and is curious about her mind’s priorities* ¬__¬

Anyway, this is matirx7’s Phoenix character Twhich, appearing late but then again, I’m always late so what’s new… ^^; Some of you might be thinking that the foreground looks familiar, and you think correctly – when Matirx7 told me that a story she’s working on was inspired by my pic ‘Once around Yggdrasil’, I decided to revisit the idea and include Yggdrasil in this trade pic. The only difference is that I drew Yggdrasil with flowers this time, and if you look closely, there are stars in those flowers, but er… they didn’t come out very well. -__- Damn you Dodge tool, you let me down! =P

The Black Hole Sun was in part inspired by the info that Matirx7 told me about Twhich, who has the ability to control black fire. My interpretation was a bit way out and quite frankly I don’t know if Twhich could (or would) control something like a Black Hole Sun, but you’re welcome to develop the idea if you want, Matirx7! ^__^;

I want to try and make this description shorter than the ones I’ve written lately so I’d better sign out now… ^^; enjoy your pic Matirx7, and thankyou again for the pic that you drew for me! A phoenix for a phoenix! :D :D


Artwork © 2004 Annabel Lee
Additional Credits: Twhich is © Matirx7!
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Winter Witch - Elis & Black Phoenix — By Annabel Lee (zenphoenixa)
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Hmm, and next up is a birthday pic which is er, nearly four months late… O___o;; :hmygodfather:: I think the next time someone asks me to make a b-day pic for them, they’ll have to warn me at least six months in advance or something… or at least until my warped concept of time has rearranged itself. =P *It’s the end of January already?!?!?!* O__O

But without further ado, firstly this is Elis, one of my human characters who hasn’t made a public appearance in any of my internet galleries for maybe three or four years… (!) Part of the reason was because her design was never stable (as goes for all of my human characters actually), and she’s a character that I never really tried giving a background, so er, she’s been languishing for awhile. ^^; But even though I hardly ever draw my human characters in this sort of ‘upload’ format, I’m always doodling them on scraps of paper in my spare time giving them much needed makeovers and such, and Elis is someone I started working on a little while back.

The second significant thing about Elis (and two other human characters of mine) is that she’s the cartoon persona of one of my best friends, whom I specifically drew this pic for in the first place! =P *Late late late* The storyline I have for my human characters started when my two best friends and I decided to create personas for a storyline about six years ago – my persona is Analise (shown in my gallery), my friend Nicole’s is Nikki (not in my gallery in her new design, might be drawn very soon) and my friend Erica has Elis. Elis actually got a name change since she was called Courtney until recently, but it was a name that I never fully approved of and I got overruled. *bleh* Anyway, this storyline has gone through a lot of bumps and friction which I don’t particularly feel like talking about here since it got a bit ugly, but I’m now back in full control of the nine characters I created and it’s high time to feature one of them… ^^ In the storyline, to cut a looooong explanation down to about two sentences, there’s a Balance consisting of two trios representing Yin and Yang, and Elis is a member of the Yang trio. (Geez that’s short…) -__- This all happens in a contemporary environment by the way...

Since Elis was made based on my friend, they share a few loose similarities but aren’t exactly the same, so Erica (I know you’re reading this =P) your bad habits and such haven’t been included. ;) Personality-wise, the two of you are very different, since Elis is a distant loner who appreciates being left to her own devices and is the last person you could describe as social and welcoming… but just as you won’t tolerate being rubbed up the wrong way, Elis is just as unforgiving. You both practice self defence in your spare time and share an interest in the arcane… and that’s probably where the similarities end. To the rest of you reading this, my friend does NOT look like Elis in any way except for the Asian appearance and black hair, so don’t be hoping to run into an Elis-lookalike if you ever visit Australia. ;)

Like I was saying before, Elis has an interest in spiritual things but nothing captures her interest more than magic, which has led to her becoming a practicing witch as a past-time. This complements her naturally secretive and closed nature, and of course when you know there’s a physically and magically lethal girl living next door you have a decent excuse to feel a bit nervous… ^^;
It’d make people even more nervous if they were to lay eyes on Elis’ ‘Ward’, or in other words, Soul. To cut an even longer explanation shorter, each member of the Balance I mentioned before is in tune with their Soul manifestations (called ‘Wards’), which are set apart from their physical human vessels on a different plane… in this case, Elis’ Ward is Black Phoenix. In the background of this pic, I attempted to make an emblem based on Black Phoenix, so er, look hard and you might see it! ^^; ^^; It’s a devilish bird which might have been a pure Yin embodiment if it hadn’t cast of its demon wings, so instead, it serves as the Yin embodiment of the Yang trio – Hence, that’s what the phrase below the image is referring to. ^^

On the image itself, I admit that I found myself somewhat uninspired when it came to choosing a computer background, and I only opted for a snow setting because Elis’ season is Winter. Creating that background emblem though took longer than the foreground, and my friend Erica will vouch for all the times I complained on the phone about not knowing what to put in the background! :D (We ruled out suggestions of a certain ex-boyfriend rendered headless.) > Instead, I got a colander (or sieve) from the kitchen to make the circle shape, which of course led to weird looks from my family when they saw a colander on my bed, and the prize line from my sister: “What the heck are you doing with a coriander on your bed?!” ~ “Coriander? That’s a herb, you idiot!” ~ “Well then what is that thing?!” ~ “Anything BUT a coriander!!” ~ *Zen then goes off to consult a dictionary*

Some of the colours in the foreground got drowned out by the computer colouring and by scanning, so in case it’s not too clear, Elis’ hair is black but has purple tips and she has violet eyes. Anything else which doesn’t have colouring apart from black shading is in fact just plain black – no, I didn’t leave it half coloured! ^^; Overall, this was done with the usual felt tip for the black shadows, prismacolour pencils for the foreground, black ink for the emblem and Paintshop Pro 5 for the coloured background.

And so ends my rambling for another day, and hopefully I’ll be able to get one more pic done before my holidays officially end… *sob* T__T Erica, give me a call so you can come over and pick up the pic (heh heh, that sounded weird ) and hopefully it’ll make up for the first two craptacular b-day pics. ^^;;;

Artwork © 2004 Annabel Lee
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Bark and Brambles - inked version — By Annabel Lee (zenphoenixa)
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It’s been a long time since I uploaded the inked version of a pic, but since I felt that the lineart of this pic was chaotic enough to be a deviation (and not to mention it’s so horrifying busy that I don’t know how I’m going to be patient enough to colour it), I thought I might as well... =P

Speaking of a long time, it’s been more than a year since I drew any of my original humanoid characters, although technically this pic has been sitting around ever since September or October! *Late late late* On the left is my main human character, Cal, while on the right is his rival Taliana. Taliana hasn’t changed at all since I last drew her, but Cal has gone through a big makeover which I hope to show in this pic when it’s completed – when it is, I’ll be putting up a big explanation about the second storyline I have in my head but thankfully I can spare you all from that rambling for now! ;) All you need to know at the moment is that Cal is blind and his season is Autumn, while Taliana is a rival to his position in my story and is represented by the season of Winter. There’re actually seven more characters in this storyline – some of you may have already seen them in my gallery while another is going to make her appearance in my next submission… bah, I should do a collage or something. XP

Since this is the line art, I’ll be open to any suggestions any of you might have on how I should go about the colouring process – the only thing I’m fairly certain about is that the light source will be coming from the gap at the top of the pic. I’m also aware that there’s a certain uneven look to the pic, which is probably because there’s a dividing line carving the pic into two and it looks as though Taliana is being pushed out of the pic altogether – I’m hoping that colouring will even up the image. *Shakes fist* Oh yes, and I’m planning to ink the shadows, just like I’ve been doing in my past couple of submissions. Anyway, I can’t say when the pic will be completed but it might be safe to say that it’ll be done before my holidays are over, if I don’t slack off too much! ^^; Over and out peoples, my fingers are tired from all this typing… @__@

Cal & Taliana are copyrighted to me!

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Wanting you in my web - part 2 of 2 — By Annabel Lee (zenphoenixa)
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MY GODFATHER!!!!!! O______O;;;;; How long did it take for Lizsama's trade to finally be completed…? *Counts and is mortified* Half a freakin’ year?!?! *Faints* Oi, talk about delayed reaction! X__X Well, at last part 2 got out at last, just squiggling and squirming its way out of my otherwise empty noggin… so then, on towards the usual rambling. :D *Gives you all a chance to leave before padlocking the door*

(I’ll just make it clear here that the comic format is *not* something I choose to do on a regular basis, so don’t be expecting any series or things in the future! Uploading two comic pages in a row was just a bit of a coincidence and I’ll be taking a vacation from it until further notice because such a format always near kills me… ^^; )

Ok, time for character introductions and explanations… the main dude featured here is Lizsama's evil version of Sonic the Hedgehog, none other than The Dark One – he’s a character with a lot of background and depth to him which I couldn’t hope to scrape in just this description box, so if you’re curious about his evil deeds, I really recommend you check out Liz’s gallery at Deviantart! http://lizsama.deviantart.com/
On the left is Princess Sally Acorn, a regular fixture in the Archie Sonic comic series (who serves as Sonic’s love interest for those who don’t know) and on the left is Elex, another of Liz’s characters. At the bottom is a doll that is supposed to represent Tails, Sonic’s best friend in the game/comic continuity. Take a bow everyone, and say hello!

Alright, so what does it all mean? The two parts of this comic basically revolve around how The Dark One has managed to snare a whole swag of victims (I can only show three!) except for one, and that of course is the biggest prize of them all. The Dark One is as evil as Sonic was good, preying on what is innocent and indulging in the pleasures of the flesh, so to speak. *Coff* (And that’s only a few of the things he does. Er, go ask Aunty Liz for more stuff. ) In part 1, Sonya (one of Liz’s main characters) was featured as one of his victims… although whether or not she could be classified as a victim or a willing captive is something I’m not too sure about. ^^; Lets just say The Dark One has worn her down physically and mentally, and she’s been warped into a twisted being as a result. *Short explanation*
Next up is Princess Sally, and I don’t know how many of you follow the Sonic comic storyline so I can’t really go into much detail here. ^^; She is, as Liz quaintly put it in one of her deviations, a ‘prisoner of lust’ to The Dark One and I think that sums up her position relatively well! Third is Elex, a sweet innocent child which makes him the perfect prey, and then there’s the current non-existent fourth…
When Liz explained to me how The Dark One lusts after Tails most of all, I thought that’d be something interesting to base this trade on, so that’s the significance of the title and that’s why there’s a strange little doll taking up a quarter of the pic… O.O;; The Dark One might not have Tails physically yet, but he can still dream can’t he? (And sew, apparently. =P) Better run Tails, coz this is one web you don’t want to walk into…

Technically wise, this was one hell of a challenging pic to get out – I swear, those chains could be a separate picture judging by the time it took to draw and ink them, but it’s partly my own fault for making them so small! *Curls into a fetal position at the thought of going through that again* It was definitely fun drawing The Dark One though coz I like his spiky get-up – imagine getting kicked in the googlies with those shoes! O__O;;;; Oh yes, and the Tails doll was a small homage to the er... Tails doll character in the Sonic R game – it was my favourite character to race with, I dunno why, probably because it floated. :D This was done with ink (for the black parts, using a felt tip and a permanent marker), Prismacolour pencils for the main subject matter (there was no way I could try cg’ing this part!) and Paintshop Pro & Photoshop 6 for the background and effects.

Anyway, I think I’ve run out of things to say at last so I’ll just unlock this door now and… *nearly gets crushed in the ensuing stampede* X____X Bah, well, it was a long time coming but here it is, and I hope you enjoy this Liz! ^.^


Artwork © 2004 Annabel Lee
Additional Credits: The Dark One and Elex are copyrighted to Liz! Sally and Tails are copyrighed to Sega!
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One step towards tomorrow — By Annabel Lee (zenphoenixa)
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This here is my half of a trade with Mel Baldwin at long last, Lord knows how late I am… @__@ an interesting type of trade this time around since we agreed on an interactive one where we’d draw one of each of our characters in the same pic. ^^ Mel chose Survaaner (a very neglected character of mine indeed!) and her spunky character Zar, so ‘twas time for me to get the girls strutting their stuff! (Figuratively speaking of course, for all you pervs out there!) ;)

Back to the comic format again, as you’ve no doubt noticed... =P This little comic outing features my Keepyr character Hydrya (first on the left of the top panel) and Mel’s character Sandra, or Sandy for short. So uh, why and what I hear you ask? (Or am I just hearing voices again? )

Personality wise, Hydrya and Sandy seem to be pretty much complete opposites in that Sandy is a friendly and happy sort while Hydrya is a frowning grump in comparison, so I couldn’t see them getting along too well as friends, but what about as teacher and student? Hydrya from time to time acts as a ‘Mentyr’ by schooling would-be Keepyrs (Hydrya is a Mentyr to Gale, for those who are interested), so I decided it would be interesting to make Sandy an honorary Keepyr for a day! ;) Hence Sandy doesn’t normally own a staff, but she needs to have one if she’s going to able to pass the tests… =P it’s cross shaped because Mel gave Sandy a distinctive cross marking on her chest, so I decided to capitalise on that point. =P

So, as for what’s going on in this very short skit, Hydrya’s basically teaching Sandy how to walk on water but it requires a bit of a leap of faith. Hydrya’s a Keepyr of Blud (water), so it seems fitting that she should be trying to pass a couple of tricks onto Sandy. *Gasp* Water? Did someone mention water? @__@ You mean that weird blue blob in the last panel which is supposed to be a sad excuse for water? XP Bah, as you can see I still have a long way to go before I can get used to making water effects... T__T Also something worth pointing out in the last panel, Sandy technically *is* supposed to be stepping onto the water, but I made a mistake in drawing the rock too close to her foot so it now looks as though she’s still standing on the bloody thing! *Doh!*

Anyway, to wrap things up, this pic was coloured with Prismacolour pencils and ink (for the foreground) while the background/editing was done in Paintshop Pro 5 and a bit in Photoshop 6. I also leave you all with this tip: never never NEVER use Tombow Brushpen ink to rule straight lines because it’s so damn smudgy that it’ll ruin your nice white spaces! O___Oxxx *I’ve definitely learnt from THAT experience!* ^^;


Artwork © 2003 Annabel Lee
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Salute the Sun - Fire Phoenix — By Annabel Lee (zenphoenixa)
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Wow, I'm actually uploading something without a delay of one month! O__O;; To be honest though, this pic has been complete since last week and I've only just gotten around to putting it up... *gasp* I'm becoming... ORGANISED!!!! *screech*

Ahem. ^.^;; So then, this is a different type of request pic for Zlok - different because Zlok requested a shaded phoenix to colour in Photoshop, although I decided to complete the pic as an added bonus... I think that this pic marks one of the new changes to my style; one which is extremely time consuming but worth the results - I've taken to colouring shadows in ink so that the image looks shinier. (I can hear my friend Draco groaning already. ) Hand drawn border which caused me a lot of pain... >_< this time it's not as easy to see the symmetry mistakes, heh heh heh. I traced the round shape using a biscuit container... =P then I hand coloured the border, due to my learning from the mistake I made in 'Phoenix of the Candlebark' where I decided to try and colour the border by computer and it went horribly wrong! O__O;; The phoenix's red colouring was also done by pencil, but everything else was done by comp in Paint Shop Pro 5.

Finally, what the hell does it mean? The concept was sort of inspired by how the Phoenix's death and rebirth is sometimes associated with the setting and dawning of the sun each day. This is meant to be the break of dawn when the sun starts coming out above the clouds... and of course some whopping big phoenix missing half it's body due to my aversion to drawing birdy legs has to be hanging around blocking the nice view. *Bah* *Cans all that silly poetic stuff and goes off to lunch* =P

Artwork © 2003 Annabel Lee
Wow, I'm actually uploading something without a delay of one month! O__O;; To be honest though, this...
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All that glitters: Ice Phoenix — By Annabel Lee (zenphoenixa)
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Right! *Cracks knuckles* To start with after my long absence, this was a little something I cooked up in Paintshop Pro 5 in between typing up my horrible essay - yeah yeah, I should've been working but it was hard to concentrate at times! ^.^;;

Firstly, this is a gift for Defade who has been a great support over the past few months in so many ways, and I wanted to show her a token of my appreciation! ^__^ This phoenix was almost entirely computer generated except for the base of the wings. Some of you might remember my pic, 'White Phoenix' (here in my gallery) in which I mentioned that I used an existing image of wings that I'd cropped from one of my old pictures - I hauled the wings out again and used them as the basis for this pic, this time in their full size. (Only about a quarter of them was shown in 'White Phoenix'.)

Secondly, everything else about the phoenix and the picture was made by mouse, which was possible because I now have a new mouse that doesn't stick or jerk... =P the phoenix here is actually the design I'm using to help out a paintball team in Atlanta with a phoenix design for the jerseys. The only difference is that I've turned the phoenix red for them, but those who know me here also know that I'm a fan of blue phoenixes... :D so of course I had to see what the phoenix looked like when it was blue! Then I added the snow effects and everything else in the background, and made it as neat as possible for Defade...

So then, I hope you like this Defade, and thankyou again for everything that you've kindly done for me! ^__^ Oh yes, and as for the 'All that glitters is not gold' bit? Of course, because you never know when you're going to run into a glittery blue phoenix! ;)



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Right! *Cracks knuckles* To start with after my long absence, this was a little something I cooked u...
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Phoenix of the Candlebark — By Annabel Lee (zenphoenixa)
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Summer's on its way down here in Aus, and that means the fires will soon be returning... last year, bushfires took out over 500 homes in Canberra alone... (Australia's capital, in case you don't know) I'm lucky to live in a region which bushfires pull short of, but it doesn't mean I don't get affected! =P When the wind is blowing just right, there's hardly anywhere in Sydney which isn't fogged up by haze... smoke is all you smell in the day and all you smell at night, and the sun turns a bloody red. One month to go before Summer arrives, and I wonder how bad it'll be this year?

And so before the fires flare up again, it gets me thinking how everything which has reflourished from the last bout of fires is about to get destroyed again... but it's strange how life is actually dependent on this destruction. I couldn't think of any better example than the Eucalyptus tree, of which the Candlebark is a variety...

Eucalypts give off oils which actually fuel fire and their bark is so flammable that sometimes, the varieties are nicknamed 'gasoline' trees (which can literally explode!), so they have a part in their own demise. But at the same time, the heat of the fire causes chemical reactions in the trees which cause them to produce new buds, and the Eucalypts regenerate rapidly right after the blaze. Sound familiar? I smell a Phoenix involved... *Evil grin*

So then, lets get down to the nitty gritty. This is my half of a trade with InstantPhoenix (sloooooooowly getting my trades done) who asked for a phoenix rising from flames, and as usual I had to wander off the beaten track... ('tis amazing I don't get lost more often) My tired old pen somehow managed to colour in all the black parts with the help of a marker, and I *really* think I should be getting a new pen for Christmas, don't you? =P The border was hand drawn, and I thus add borders to my list of " try-not-to-draw-unless-you're-hankering- for-a-mental-breakdown" things, alongside rainbows and chains.... X__X unfortunately, the computer colouring on the border ate up a lot of the details after I'd spent so long getting it symmetrical, so I might upload the inked version of this pic elsewhere on the net... -__-;;
The background caused me a lot of woe as I found myself so uninspired at one point, so it took two days to fix the darn thing up into what I hope looks like a bushfire...? I've never been in a fire (actually, that may be a good thing... O.o ) and I haven't had too much practice with fire effects so er... yeah. I hope this worked. ^.^;;;

... and that's all I can think of during this rambling session, so I'll let you all go now. *Unlocks the door and unties you all* Peace all, and search for the Phoenix that lurks around you... 'never know where one might be hiding!
*Sits and proceeds to wait for the fires* ¬_¬;;



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Summer's on its way down here in Aus, and that means the fires will soon be returning... last year, ...
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Hydrya - Keepyr of Blud — By Annabel Lee (zenphoenixa)
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For a loooooong (don’t say I didn’t warn you!) explanation about the story and character behind this pic, I refer you here: http://www.deviantart.com/deviation/3225742/
On this site though, I just want to talk about how I made the pic. =P So without further ado, this here is Hydrya, one of my furry characters making a long overdue appearance after half a year, and with a new makeover! O.O The pic itself came out rather scrappy looking due to a misplaced filter which threw everything out of whack… >_< but hopefully it doesn’t look too bad! I tried something I’ve never done before, and that was to create a background using separate sketches and written words scanned in to the computer, so yes, that’s my writing there… trust me though, it doesn’t normally look like that. My writing is completely ILLEGIBLE!! *Swears on it* I wanted the sketches to look, well, sketchy and messy, but they turned out a lot neater than I thought they would so er… curses! Foiled again! =P I used pencil and my neglected brush pen for those, computer colouring for the rest of the background and colour pencil for the main poses of Hydrya. The text in the background is simply referring to the main features of Hydrya in a messy and unclear fashion (O.O;;) – ‘Violet eyes’, ‘black hood’, ‘hair with 2 shades of blue’ and ‘open skirt’. Computer drawn border, done painstakingly with a one pixel paintbrush tool in the tight spaces since my scanner hates it when I scan in a pre-drawn border… probably too confusing a pic to be a profile, but hopefully you get the impression of graffiti and weird sketchiness…? *prays* Well, the inked version is posted here anyway if you want to see the details which got swallowed up. ^^ Trades and requests are most definitely coming up after this!! *Is mortified at her lateness* X___X

Artwork © 2003 Annabel Lee
For a loooooong (don’t say I didn’t warn you!) explanation about the story and character behind this...