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Chlodvig and Theodosius (for Akitku) by NikosBoukouvalas Chlodvig and Theodosius (for Akitku) by NikosBoukouvalas
Art Trade for akitku
Her characters Theodosius and Chlodvig before the Chalke Gate. They are from her story "A tale of Byzantium and Persia", which I honestly hope we get to see finished one day because the premise is rather interesting. It takes time during the Byzantine-Persian war of 572–591), when queer things begin to happen: On both sides of the border cattle began to die. Strange creatures roamed the land. Soon after people began disappearing. Roman and Persian, civilian and soldier, all would disappear at the hands of an unknown culprit. From deep within each empire a detective was sent to deal with the mysterious threat. A detective specializing in the supernatural.

Chlodvig is a Frankish mercenary who serves as a hekatontarchos (centurion) in the East Roman Army (the magister militium at the time is Maurice, the future emperor).
Theodosios is a young Byzantine and the recently hired notarius (secretary) for the Merarch (division).
They form an unlikely friendship which will last for years.

So i finished it. Chlodvig came out as far prettier than I originally intended. Never mind. I enjoyed drawing his long viking-ish hair which is more than I can say for Theodosius whose hairstyle was a pain to capture. I have to say though, that it was somehow refreshing to draw these particular characters. I feel more motivated now to do my own comic.

I hope you like it Akitku and I am patiently waiting for your end of the Art Trade. 
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Ephaistien Featured By Owner May 16, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Wonderful work!
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NikosBoukouvalas Featured By Owner May 16, 2017
Thanks you very much and thanks for the watch! Glad you like my work! Take care!
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Ephaistien Featured By Owner May 18, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
My pleasure!Huggle!
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HelevornArt Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Wow I love how you depicted them! Chlodvig's tense look around and pose gives dynamics to the image and his hair is awesome (both the hairstyle and its motion)!
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NikosBoukouvalas Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2017
Thank you very much for the kind words! It means a lot that you like my work! I checked your gallery and you are very good!
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HelevornArt Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Ah thank you as well, I'm glad you liked what you saw :D
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joolita Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2017
I love your take on these characters! Both Chlodvig and Theodosius look so young and energetic! And the choice of colours really invokes the feeling of a sun-scorched Constantinople :D
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NikosBoukouvalas Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2017
Thank you! Glad you like it! Hah... I didn't notice that about the sun... then again the sun is the norm where I live so maybe that's why...
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charcoalfeather Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
This is really stunning! I love the way the viewer can see Chlodvig's action-focused personality (loving the scar on his cheek) and I love the work on his clothes and the shield. You can really feel he's about to fight someone and is ready to spring any minute. Theo really contrasts with him in the background, with his back partially turned. His expression looks somewhat mysterious too, fitting in well with what akitku has revealed about him. 

The Chalke gate is drawn very well in the background. You didn't go overboard with the detail but yet it's detailed enough to look very realistic. If you had gone over the top with detail, that would distract from the viewer's focus on Theo and Chlodvig, so you definitely handled the balance of the picture very well!
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NikosBoukouvalas Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2017
Thank you very much friend! Glad you liked it. I've seen your work and you are very skilled with the watercolors! Take care!
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charcoalfeather Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you, you are too! Love your linework!
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akrassia Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2017
Lovely! <3 
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NikosBoukouvalas Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2017
Thank you very much :)
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ugiel Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2017  Hobbyist Writer
Impressive :thumbsup: I wouldn't call his hair viking like, though. Long hair were incredibly popular among warriors all over barbaric Europe in early medieval ages.
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NikosBoukouvalas Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2017
Thank you. Really glad you liked it! Aye, I know what you mean about the hair, but people are more familiar with vikings and that's why I used the term to describe the look.
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Chronophontes Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Wow, impressive!

(I never knew what the Chalke looked like.  Thanks for including it!)
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NikosBoukouvalas Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2017
Thank you very much! Glad you liked my work!
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Chronophontes Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I loved it!  Also Chlodvig's very "barbarian" expression (though not totally in character for a Frank who can read Greek).
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Wolfenstein2552 Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2017
Great work as always :)
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NikosBoukouvalas Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2017
Thanks friend! :)
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EPH-SAN1634 Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
Great design.
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NikosBoukouvalas Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2017
Thanks! They are mostly Akitku's though. Τσεκαρε την σελιδα της αν θες, νομίζω ότι θα σου αρέσει το στυλ της.

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EPH-SAN1634 Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
Το είδα! Είναι όντως πολύ καλή. Το στυλ σας ταιριάζει.
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akitku Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Oh wow!!! :excited: This is absolutely splendid! :love: Thank you so, so much! I just love how you depicted them, it looks like a poster for an action film! The poses are just awesome, and their expressions really well done. Chlodvig looks very barbarian with that hairstyle! And I just love Theodosios' coy smile! Very fitting indeed! The colour scheme is perfect too! And gosh, am I always impressed with how you draw architecture - it makes the whole setting more real and alive! Haha, honestly, I don't even know what to focus on because it's all so awesome! :D Also, thank you for such a great description of the story and characters! :)

I will start on my part as soon as I get some free time! (My, you work fast btw! So impressive!)
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NikosBoukouvalas Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2017
I am glad to hear you like it :D
Well I would't say I work that fast, it took me an actual full day to draw this piece. I am just trying to speed my working process up (hopefully without suffering in quality) because, well I have to get used to deadlines. I also need to finish the second chapter of my comic because there is a publishing house that might be interested and I need to get it there as soon as I'm done. Plus it's lent and it's a good opportunity to get my life in a program.
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akitku Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Ah, that is interesting what you say that about lent - that is also how I'm trying to approach it! :)

So glad to hear you're back working on the comic! Looking forward to the new pages! :D
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