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Companion Quest by nursethalia Companion Quest by nursethalia
I like to imagine that there was originally meant to be a companion quest for Anders involving sailing all the way to Amaranthine and back to get him back his cat :3 Here's to hoping there's at least some sort of "get the mage a new cat" DLC mission offerred in the future.

I drew this in pretty record time, actually. Lineart usually takes me a few days to finish, but I decided to try a new "technique" using the following rules:

:bulletblack: No more zooming in to 500% and obsessing over EVERY line, and
:bulletblack: No obsessing over minor mistakes unless they're absolutely horrid.

It cut my lineart-drawing time from the usual 8-10 hours to... an hour and a half. So, I'd really like your opinions... obviously the new method would help me get work done a lot quicker, but do you all think the lines still look somewhat as decent as before? They did end up a bit thicker and more wobbly than usual.

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References:
Anders: [link]
Hawke: [link]
Cat: [link]
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:iconbehelzemont:
Behelzemont Featured By Owner May 31, 2013
Must have a cameo in DA3 ser pounce-a-lot!
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magicdrusilla Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2013
:love:
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AbbyGreenEyes Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2012
this is fantastic!
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:iconnursethalia:
nursethalia Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you :3
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coop500 Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
i like it good job and i wish anders had ser pounce a lot too
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IceQueenofMitera Featured By Owner May 5, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
SER POUNCE-A-LOT!!!!!

How dare they forget PAL in Dragon Age II!

Maybe he wouldn't have blown up the Chantry then if he had his pussy...

<.<

>.>


I couldn't help it :D The Ice Queen is a bad person...

And I've seen your other stuff and this looks no different than the others. Wonderful stuff
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:iconnursethalia:
nursethalia Featured By Owner May 6, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you. Yes, I think Anders would have been more rational if he'd had his furry little friend!
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IceQueenofMitera Featured By Owner May 6, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
He mentions in Awakening how much he misses Mr. Wiggums... Then you find the kitty :)
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LookIHaveCheese Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2012
KITTY!!! So cute.
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:iconemeraldkeefe:
EmeraldKeefe Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2012
I know, I want him to have his beloved kitty back too!!! T.T
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:iconkitiaramajere:
kitiaramajere Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2011
I know when I heard the banter with Merrill, I did go to Lowtown and search all the merchants...
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:iconnursethalia:
nursethalia Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I did, too! I was so disappointed when I didn't find those kittens... or that hat shop Isabella kept mentioning.
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tsaizheng Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
'K so I looked through your gallery and WOW, for shaving like seven hours off normal inking time, your lines are wonderfully smooth and I don't see a quality drop at all. C:

Yes, I was hoping you could get Pounce back for Anders, too. (Or at least get him a new cat.) He seemed so happy with one.
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caffeinatedmusing Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Had to take a peek at your gallery to see what you meant about the line work- I like this much better- it has a more relaxed natural feel to it and I think you got better variations in this. Previous line work looks a bit flat by comparison...IMO anyway.
I love fHawkes outfit, btw! casual Tshirt/skirt look that you made fit really well w/ overall look of in game armors : )
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iluvu2 Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2011  Professional Interface Designer
I'm with you on the zooming in to 500% thing. :/

I love the colors.
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:iconemeraldkeefe:
EmeraldKeefe Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2011
Such an adorable picture!!!
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Tarisha Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
So beautiful! I really like Hawke's pose and expression!
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Kitsunekitsayuri Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2011
Aww~ It looks like my cat.Ever since I heard Anders call his cat Ser-Pounce-a-Lot I've had to resist the temptation to call him that.
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doodlepoot Featured By Owner May 1, 2011
I prefer your lines this way. Their minor imperfections make it seem more like a pencil drawing.
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Avilels Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2011
yep we can only hope for serpouncelot DLC
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alewhitewell Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2011
aslkdnasld why you so awesome *is fail* (its moonlight-mage-shiro btw)
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:iconnursethalia:
nursethalia Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
LOL, thanks bb :3
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SyrahSchandmaul Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2011
i love it!
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SenshiStock Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
this looks lovely! So glad the stock was helpful! :heart:
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esca6angel Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2011
I agree, there should have been a quest that would give Ander a cat, I miss him having a cat.
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esca6angel Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2011
How sweet
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carlydria Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2011
just gorgeous
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fatguy88 Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
your hawke is hot and i miss sir pounce alot
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jancola Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2011
I think the lines look amazingly amazing. It feels very alive, maybe wobbliness is good?
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:iconnursethalia:
nursethalia Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Maybe! Thank you :)
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Aiwemor Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2011  Professional Photographer
This is amazing, I love it! Would it be ok if I used it for my wallpaper on my desktop? =D
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ZahhoMii Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Ahh pretty!

I just finished the game a few days ago but I liked Anders more in Awakening. 8C
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Yoshida6 Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2011
So cute! :D
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Nimloth87 Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2011
The lines look absolutely nice, Thalia! :love: I can't tell the difference from your usual astoundingly smooth lines! XD (I think the only one who can tell the difference is you, zooming in on the PS file, but we definitely can't from this size :'D) I had always wondered how you managed to get them so regular and clean! I think this method is very good for you, and inking is boring, saving time while inking can only improve your life UuU And this is beautiful! :hug: I must play this game, I have the feeling I would like it!

...Cat. *w*<33 *pets*

I had similar problems with digital lineart, at first. Mainly, I was slow and I felt my hand was too shaky. Then I tried zooming in a lot and never doing long lines at once, but small segment per small segment with a 3px brush, almost never correcting them, so that when zoomed out they look like a clean line that sort of (veeery sort of) reminds pencilwork. :3 I can absolutely understand the joys of saving time while inking!! XDDDD
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nursethalia Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you Nimmy! :tighthug: I tried using this method again last night, I finished inking a file in 34 minutes. I've actually been looking forward to drawing again, which is something I honestly haven't felt in a very long time! (my bb thinks it's funny, he'll ask, "What do you want to do now?" and I just say, "I want to draw!!! Bye!")

I used to do the same, I was NEVER confident enough to do lovely long strokes the way Squit does. Mine would always come out all wobbly! I found this brush two nights ago and decided to give it a go: [link] It looks just like the normal 5px round brush, but somehow it's makes my lines a wee bit smoother.
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Wirls Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2011
I miss Ser-Pounce-a-lot!
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JoalitaLadyStock Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
I think it looks good. Well done!
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Jenny28 Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
pretty impressive. i like it
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itsdarkoutside Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
awww so awesome. i really wish we could give him a cat.
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LittleWolfHands Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2011
This is so so so so so so good.
MOAAAAAR!
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:iconnursethalia:
nursethalia Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you so much! Haha, despite loving the games so much, I never really got around to doing fanart for them. Your gallery inspired me!
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LittleWolfHands Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2011
Awwww, really? I'm glad.
Because I really like this and you should do more!
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:iconnursethalia:
nursethalia Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I'm definitely planning on doing much more!
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:iconlittlewolfhands:
LittleWolfHands Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2011
GOOD, I LOOK FORWARD TO ALL OF IT!
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:iconcorbie:
Corbie Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2011  Professional Writer
This is gorgeous! I love it! And I agree with other posters - we need a cat-companion DLC!
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:iconnursethalia:
nursethalia Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
We should petition Bioware XD
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:iconbluecreekphotography:
I love the posing of this one....but, since you asked specifically on the lineart let me just say....unless you are blowing this bad boy up to billboard size, I think the rest of the world is not going to notice any "thicker and more wobbly" bits....I even went looking for them on the larger version and can't see them. I think this method will certainly work well for you. Amazing work girl....as usual!
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emmav Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Oh, adorable. You've done a lovely job ^_^
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katiebour Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2011
I really love this- a lot of the anders art either makes him look too young and fem or too old and grizzled. I think you've caught his perfect balance of fuzzy-sexy. So cute!
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:iconnursethalia:
nursethalia Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you so much! :love:
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