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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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colormymemory Featured By Owner May 28, 2015  Professional General Artist
Psst, v-en pretty arts..!
v-en Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
colormymemory Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2015  Professional General Artist
Ooh cool!
dancingdawn62 Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
This looks absolutely amazing! :)
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   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  Hobbyist Digital Artist
:iconsqueeeeplz: AWWWWWWWWWWW!!!
PinkRussian Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2012  Student Digital Artist
all my feels ever... *explodes*
LuLu-Fukurou Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2012
The background it's almost real! D:
Nijuuni Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2012   Digital Artist
thanks ;v; <3
runkia-yaoi Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2012  Student General Artist
so pretty ! i love this ~ so much
it makes me happy so see a great pic
jazzysuika Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
I've been away from dA for a while, and when I came back and saw this, my brain melted. Your already-awesome skills are improving into beyond awesome in every aspect, especially the colors, shading and details. And the way you draw their expressions is always amazing, so touching and sincere. I've always loved your work and now I love it even more! :heart: I'm also glad of the fact that you still keep drawing AkuRoku from the very beginning up until now! Most artists usually move on to another fandom, but you certainly don't. That's one of the reasons I love you :D
TheBlackRose88 Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2012
Aww so sweet! I've noticed Roxas alwasy seems to be wearing ear muffs in winter pics XD
kimberlei Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
owa cute i love him very very much :love:
Kanome Featured By Owner May 13, 2012
This' beautiful, from the background to the characters. I think that this' one of the most unique and detailed pieces I've ever seen on here. I like so many things about it... from the way Axel's casually leaning forward and crossing his leg, to the way it's obvious that they're in love. Great job!
Nijuuni Featured By Owner May 18, 2012   Digital Artist
thank you so much <33 i love these two so much, i'm very happy i managed to portray their love for one another ;3; <3
Kanome Featured By Owner May 21, 2012
Yes! You did brilliantly :D it's easy to see the love that's there by their expressions and body language (: thank you so much for the wonderful piece!
Kina-chan92 Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2012  Hobbyist
This picture is absolutely gorgeous! The background is superb, and of course Axel and Roxas are, too.
Devikel Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
So beautiful! I just love this!
LoveJoyLoveJoy Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2012
This is so beautiful artwork and its really cute >w< AKUROKU4EVA!! <3<3<3<3<3<3
panicKingly Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2012  Student
This looks adorable! So sweet and atmospheric. :heart: :iconiloveitplz: Just...ahhh.
bonjourxmeadow Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Oh gosh, I thnk my favorite thing about this whole picture is Roxas' fingers twined in Axel's <3
DJRockgirl Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2012
Hey Erin, I really love those that couple! Are they your own originals? :)
Nijuuni Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2012   Digital Artist
haha no they're not, but I've ttly adopted them as my babies :iconhurrplz::heart: they're Axel and Roxas from the Square Enix game, Kingdom Hearts
DJRockgirl Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2012
I really love what you turn them into xD
Namigiveshartz Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2012
Gorgeous background, and I love it. As always :)
Nijuuni Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2012   Digital Artist
thank you so much <3
painofaninnocent Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2012
Erin your art is so beautiful is makes me cry big fat tears of joy while I soil my pants. I just. I can't. O3O ♥
Nijuuni Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2012   Digital Artist
OH NOOOO, LEAKING FROM BOTH ENDS 8'( *throws you a nice change of undies and some tissue*
Malfey Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
once again, your backgrounds never fail to amaze me. I swear, they bring the whole picture to life. the trees, the water, everything.. i love the shades of the sky and the poses of Roxas and Axel. the only thing i gotta point out is either Roxas's body is too small, or his head too big. other than that, it's amazing! C:
Nijuuni Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2012   Digital Artist
thank you so much! Haha I might have drawn Roxas's hair too big :') and inadvertantly made his head huge LOL
thanks for the comment and critique!
Malfey Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
lol big hair is big <XD

your welcome! <3
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Kyo-Oky Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2012
I love your AKUROKU fanart. It's so lovely. :D
Nijuuni Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2012   Digital Artist
thank you <333
AteMozzarella Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2012  Student General Artist
I adore the genuine tone and feel of it, the coloring making it look almost realistic.
michele-bellx Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2012
You are so amazing <3
Steleamaria Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2012
Sooo adorableee ! <33
TheGreatMillz33 Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2012  Student Digital Artist
So very adorable.
0nSilverWingsX Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2012
This turned out incredible! I remember watching you work on it in LS before. :heart:

(My name's actually Eliza, too. So when I read ~ethickca's letter you included in the description I was like 'wha?' lol. I rarely come across others who share my name.)
ordonlink Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Absolutely incredible as always!
SwivelSwivel Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2012  Student General Artist
Thirteen13XIII Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2012
It makes me so happy to see that you still do AkuRoku art even though the KH fandom has died down. <3
Nijuuni Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2012   Digital Artist
thank you <3 LOL well, maybe with the new kingdom hearts game coming out, it'll rekindle the fandom XDDD
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