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WIP Draw this again: 2006 - 2016 by RagnarokEOTW
WIP Draw this again: 2006 - 2016
Silva Birgen, art/character comparison: July 2006 - June 2016

Firstly, this isn't finished yet. The intention is to clean the new one up, give it a proper background (rather than just a "placeholder box thing") and colour it by the ten year anniversary next month.

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To you, this probably isn't the most impressive "Draw this again" on DeviantART - others out there have progressed more or faster. But for me, it's significant.

Thing is, in 2003, I was first given the choice to pick my school subjects going into my GCSE years.
And my art were one of the things I dropped like a tonne of bricks. I was no good at it and the teaching was catastrophically useless; the classes only ever seemed to test skills rather than advance them - being told to draw a bowl of apples but drawing a bucket of potatoes got me nowhere. Sure, people learn from mistakes, but if they don't even know what mistake they made!

Anyway, I thought that was the end of it.

But about three years after that, in July 2006, a friend was himself getting into trying to draw. I'd made a comment on something of his (I believe that it was that the character's eyes weren't symmetrical), which earned me the response/challenge of "Yeah well, you do better".

And well, I thought I'd try. My first effort was a character called "Sean" - I've not really done much with him since though, as he was fairly generic and not really worthy of returning to. But I was prepared to try again.
Silva (as you see above) was about my third piece after the challenge started and was actually entirely an accident. I had an artist's mannequin around that I'd used for stop motion years previously, and was trying to use it for reference, but after numerous attempts at making her left arm look right, I tried sketching just what I saw in front of me... and hey, you know what, that could be a bionic arm, that's pretty cool. She quickly got given a bionic leg too, and that pretty much cemented her as a character. I wasn't a good artist at the time, but she was now visually distinct enough that I could draw her again and still have her look vaguely like the same person.

She didn't keep her original appearance all that long, and she's gone through an number of increasingly "gritty" revisions since. Her bionics have become less "clean" in design, she's put on a lot of muscle, gained quite a few scars, some changes of background and her personality has changed from its original version. (She's more cynical and hot-tempered than she used to be, but also more pragmatic and self-sacrificing).

But she, in one version or another, has now stuck with me nine years and eleven months, and is highly responsible for my overall artistic development.

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As far as the redraw, I've taken a slightly loose approach. The original posing was far too boring to reuse, so I've just copied some elements (mostly the raised gun and the grasped knife) and gone from there. More of a "how I'd do this piece now" rather than just a straight re-draw.

It should hopefully become a colour piece in time for next month, but I've still got to decide exactly on everything I want to do with it.

Also, feel free to take a look at full size. This is only 20% of the size of the full piece, but you can still see some of the details in it that I'm happy with.

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Character and artwork by RagnarokEOTW
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David
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United Kingdom
I'm David, although I'm generally better known as either Ragnarok or Marco.

Art is something I enjoy, even if I don't excel at it. Swapping out the madness of real life with the madness of my mind is quite relaxing at times.
Other than art, I pass my time with wargaming, general DIY projects and forums.

So you know, I don't do dA gimmicks - I have no need for swapping imaginary badges or such like.
I'll look at your art if it's interesting, I'll fave it if I like it, and watch you if I like what you're doing in general. That's it.

For the sake of trivia, the letters at the end of my username are taken from "End Of The World" - Ragnarok being a Norse equivalent of the apocalypse.
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BlitzJaeger Featured By Owner May 10, 2014
Hey David, I found you on here  while looking at minis, looks like you did a name change. I see you still sculpting at large, keep it up!
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RagnarokEOTW Featured By Owner May 11, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Yeah, this account slightly predates my use of the "MarcoSkoll" name, and I've never seen fit to go to the trouble (and expense) of renaming.

I need to get back to the art in general though, I've been being very lazy about it for the last few months...
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BlitzJaeger Featured By Owner May 11, 2014
Like any hobby they come in waves of interest...at least for me and most of my friends, youll suddenly find yourself in the midst of an art binge soon enough.
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sasunaru16 Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Thank you for adding [link] to your favourites! :love: :heart:
Please check out the rest of my gallery as well~! :tighthug: :la:
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SawStudios Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2012  Professional General Artist
Hey, thanks for the fav! I love your drawing, and pics, You have a good eye!
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BlackMonk13 Featured By Owner May 21, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
hey david, greetings from germany :). i like your work, will take a look at it some time :). are you interested in some collaboration ? this may kepp my motivation high enough to paint and draw more than i were used to be :D.
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RagnarokEOTW Featured By Owner May 21, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I might be interested. What sort of thing did you have in mind?
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BlackMonk13 Featured By Owner May 21, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
i dont have something already shaped in mind. something cyberpunkish, maybe designing a character together ? just what makes fun for both oarticipants :D.
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soxrule Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2010
happy B-day david
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SplinterFleetAlta Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Hey Marco!
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