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Caius -shaded- by GenesisArclite Caius -shaded- by GenesisArclite
Shaded and slightly improved version of Caius, in my scraps.

Reference: Blau by =TwiggXstock (angle and basic feature placement only)

See the improvement meme here.


For an image of what this character looks like in the game, see here and here.

Fullview is a must to get all the little details. Also: if the image seems a bit dark, check your monitor's brightness. I edited this on a semi-bright monitor and so it looked fine to me.

I straightened out the ends of his headband and added a bunch of shading. Instead of using lines on his neck and shoulder, I shaded the shape of his bones and tendons, which makes it look more real. Someday I want to get to the point where I can completely shade the shape of everything, nose included, rather than using lines. While I like my stylized style, I don't like the cartoony feeling the lines give the impression of.

Last improvement for this drawing. Comments about the improvement (or lack thereof?) are welcome. I'm more interested in shading and likeness critiquing, as I can pretty well see where I need to improve in basic things like proportion.

I love how his lips and eyes turned out. I seem to be good at drawing eyes, at least. Also, the way his lips are shaded makes them look full but not feminine or cartoony, which is exactly what I was going for.

Admittedly, the camera ate the pencil shading, so it looks sketchy when it really isn't.

Tools: 8B pencil, 2H pencil, gum eraser, kneaded rubber eraser, paper stump, lots of patience and time.

See the original WIP here and the unshaded version here.

Imrpovement Meme


Caius Ballad (c) Square Enix Holdings Co., Ltd. This is a work of fanart with no infringement inherent in its creation.
Critique by KOIBEAT Dec 11, 2012, 3:24:24 PM
This is a really nice drawing. As I critique this I will also try to throw in some advice too wherever I can.

I’m going to start off by talking about the originality of your drawing. As far as the angle goes in this portrait, I find it very positive that you didn’t just draw it from a straight on angle. The slight shift to the left gives off a fierceness being held back that goes well with this character’s personality. The look this guy has reminds me a lot of princess Monoke, and a Native American but don’t get me wrong I haven’t seen a figure quite like this.

Now for the proportions:

You did a great job with facial features and the ears. The part that is a little inaccurate though is the collar bone. The center where that little dip is should be a little wider so it can agree with the angle it is being seen at. There also seems to be something I can’t really put my finger on. But overall I would just suggest more focus when drawing that area.

The shading was impressive. I would just suggest more practice on the neck. Also the contrast from the left side of drawing (the hair and edge of the face to the right side (jaw line and neck area) was good but there is no cheekbone definition at all.

The long hair was good the way it fell down. One thing it needs though is more curves to make the fact that it is hair believable. An example of this is the two locks of hair falling over the head band. The placement of them gave character but they don’t seem to agree with gravity. The best way to describe it though is stiffness. A very good thing I noticed in the hair is that it doesn’t appear flat. The shading was great. However the top of the head could’ve used more work. Even when a drawing has great volume, the flow of the direction the hair goes is equally as important in a realistic portrait.

The contours of his jaw line, eyes, lips, and neck were well shaped. It would help to give it a more organic design though. Again there appears to be a kind of unreal stiffness.

You may have heard this a thousand times here and there but the less “lines” and the more “edges” the better.

As far as his accessories go, I personally really liked the feathers. The only thing that seemed to lack in the accessories like the earrings, feathers, and head band is the texture and value. With more and more practice I’m sure it will come.

The accessory that I personally didn’t like as much was the thin like scarf falling down his shoulder. It’s not that I think it wasn’t placed well but the design on the head band made me think Native American and then the design on this made me think of those little scarves men would wear in the seventies (kind of like Freddie from Scooby Doo) with the dark patterns resembling lava lamps. I don’t mean to be harsh and keep in mind this is probably just me, but it just doesn’t have the sharp jungle looking pattern like the head band.

Overall I liked this drawing and saw some great potential. I hope my critique was helpful in some way. Keep it up.

Sincerely, KOIBEAT
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risinggundam Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I do love Caius's eyes.
GenesisArclite Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks! :D His eyes and lips are my favorite parts.
risinggundam Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
You're welcome!
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6 mm
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Date Taken
Dec 10, 2012, 8:37:14 AM
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