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AkuRoku - Our Usual Spot by Nijuuni AkuRoku - Our Usual Spot by Nijuuni
Happy birthday Jen! I know it's winter now, and you are hoping to be accepted into that program where you will be sent back over to your beloved Japan to teach English to lucky Japanese students, who I am sure I am sure will love you. I can only hope while you spend time over there, half a globe away from all of us here, that you don't forget about lovely Ohio, from Headlands Beach here where we swam and laughed pretending it was our own destiny islands, to the park near my house where we laughed with Eliza and found our very own paopu tree. I hope you think of the beach, frozen as it is around this time of year, the waves solid as if moment frozen in time to remain still till spring when they thaw. i could not think of a better gift for my best friend than a drawing of her favorite couple, to which the sheer mention will bring a squeal of delight from. I hope this gift will fill you with delight for the year to come, as I think I'll only be able to give a gift this big once. I hope that you'll keep all of us in your heart as you go off into the big world, so until I become old enough to go to Japan myself don't forget your friends and your roots.

Sincerely, your geeky friend~


(P.S, don't bother sending me a thank you note, as I will probably hear your screams of joy from three hundred miles away if you like it)
(P.S.S., will send Advil and earplugs for those around you)


Commission for the sweet :iconethickca::heart:

This is a gift for her friend Jen, and wanted to have Axel and Roxas near Headlands Beach State Park (Ohio) in the winter, featuring a frozen lake Erie.

References used: [link] and googling up "frozen lake erie"

Hope you two like it as much as I loved drawing this *3* <33! Good luck on your teaching adventures in Japan, Jen \o/!

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This is a very beautifully done piece. I remember watching you work on the basic sketch during one of your livestream sessions, but I never got to see anything past the basic coloring. I really have to say that, considering the difficulty of drawing and painting the textures of the ground, the ice, and the wood, you did an amazing job. I love how you kept the integrity of the wood even when "carving" those words into the log; you followed the "grain" of the wood very well and even managed to make it look like someone really had stuck a knife into it, and even added a few extra carvings hidden in the painting. That was very clever and unique. You also kept the shading constant and placed shadows where most people would either ignore or forget about completely, such as the second shadow underneath Axel's hand and Roxas's arm.

Another thing I enjoy about this is the color. Most people (including myself) when doing a winter scene will add flecks of white for snow and cover the sky with grey clouds, but instead you dulled your colors slightly, kept the highlights and shadows subtle, and added light touches of frost and snow to complete the look. It's very easy to overdo highlights and shadows, or to go overboard with neutral colors. You worked out a balance for yourself and kept it aesthetically pleasing at the same time, which isn't as easy as it sounds.

The only suggestion I have to make for this particular piece would be to add a little extra texture to the back of Roxas's head. I know how hard Roxas's head is to draw (believe me, I've tried far too many times) but it seems a little too smooth for me. I'd also suggest a light texture on Roxas's pants, if you feel like messing with the fabric. However, small details like that are unlikely to be noticed at all, so I wouldn't worry about them. I'd also suggest adding little puffs of breath around their faces, because if the temperature out there is cold enough to freeze a lake, you should be able to see their breath. But again, that's just a minor detail and is easily overlooked.

Overall you did an incredible job, and I'm very much looking forward to your next big work. Thank you for sharing!
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LucyxKimi Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2014  Student General Artist
Lovely.... Pinkie Chibi Pie Dancing 
decorinne Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2013
This is so calming. Beautiful and hopeful while still a bit lonely. I love it <3
AxelHokage Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2013
Love this, but honestly, there are very few places in Ohio that are even remotely pretty. This is one I will visit with hopes of replicating this image with my own Roxas when I meet him one day.
GambitAndRika Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
so sweet love this so much im in envy
L-Sparrow Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
The bottom is surprising of realism!
It's funny how the winter scenery highlights this small couple warm and conversely... They are really adorable ! I love how it seems Roxas is a little on tiptoe to kiss Axel with his mocking smile and full of tenderness haha.
Nijuuni Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
thank you! lmfao yessss tip-toe affection is so cute ;u; <3
Kayuunekochan Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
:icondamnplz: :iconovariesplz:
Neko-Baka-Olush Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2012
Aww,this is so cute x3
MegaAnimeFreak7 Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2012  Student Writer
:iconsqueeeeplz: AWWWWWWWWWWW!!!
PinkRussian Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2012  Student Digital Artist
all my feels ever... *explodes*
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