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Okay so... I know I am terribly late with this (again), and I do not have many excuses for this, it was just me being terribly tired all the time and I even forgot about this sometimes, I still had the usual headaches but they did not actually give me all that trouble, so yes, it was just me being distracted by other things, so sorry for that, I've never been good at keeping up with something for a long time and I am actually surprised that even through delays I managed to get the end of this, I truly am.
The only complaint I can make was both of my black markers leaving me when I was coloring one of these characters and have to pass to the bigger one with more risk of smudges and going out of the borders as it leaves a lot of color on a not such heavy paper, so it absorbs a lot. I'll leave it to you to figure out which character it was that gave me so much trouble with color, I'm sure it'll be easy to find.
Without any further delays or ramblings let's see which characters were features in the last nine days of the challenge.

Day 23 - Atlas from Mega Man ZX Advent
She is the Biomatch for Biometal Model F and a boss character, one of four Mega Men who participate in the Game of Destiny. She is fought in the Oil Field. Model F gives Atlas superhuman strength, fire manipulation powers, and the ability to curve bullets in her MegaMerged form.
Atlas has an exceptionally aggressive disposition and values power above everything else. She had previously fought as a soldier in a country that has been ravaged by Mavericks. She has developed the belief that human beings can only evolve during times of war, wherein the strong survive and grow stronger, while the weak perish.
Due to the hair style Atlas has, which covers the forehead, aka the location of the possible red triangle identifying reploids, it is impossible to tell if she is human/humanoid or reploid.

Inktober 2017 Day 23 - Atlas by SakuraAlexia

Day 24 - Quinton from Yu-Gi-Oh Zexal
Quinton, known as V in the Japanese version, Five in the Italian version, born as Christopher "Chris" Arclight, is the eldest son of the Vetrix Family and was the most dedicated towards their cause.
As the eldest brother of the Vetrix Family, Quinton is the most rational and calmest of his brothers, even more so than Vetrix at times. When he was younger, Quinton was gentle and mature to others, looking out for his younger brothers and made sure they behaved. When living with Kite, Quinton grew fond of him and taught him how to Duel to protect his own younger brother, Hart. After learning of his father's fate, Quinton became cold and stoic, blaming his father's condition on Dr. Faker. Assisting with Vetrix's revenge, Quinton kept his brothers in line and was usually shown with his father conversing over important issues.
Quinton acts cold and ruthless when he Duels, as well as egotistical, he has an intense hatred of Dr. Faker due to what he did to Vetrix and ruining his family, with which he also blames Kite for doing his father's dirty work. After his father's return to his old persona, these traits vanished and Quinton became kinder and returned to being friends with Kite.

Inktober 2017 Day 24 - Quinton by SakuraAlexia

Day 25 - Purin Fon from Tokyo Mew Mew
She is one of the main heroines of the story, the fourth Mew Mew to be introduced and her D.N.A is merged with a Golden Lion Tamarin. She is a chinese 11 years old girl, she has several brothers and sisters, which she takes care of, while her father is away for training and never home and her mother is no longer alive. To get money, she used to do tricks in the park to make money to "support the arts".
Her Mew Mark is two monkey tails on her forehead. Her weapon is Purin Rings, and her attack is Ribbon Purin Ring Inferno. This attack involves Mew Purin performing a series of acrobatic flips, kicks and somersaults before summoning a tambourine and a bell ring. She taps them together, forming a melody in the air. Her Mew mark glows and she brings the instruments down, unleashing a blast of yellow energy which encases the enemy in a force field similarly shaped like jello.

Inktober 2017 Day 25 - Purin Fon by SakuraAlexia

Day 26 - Aphrodite from Smite
Greek goddess of love and beauty, one of the many daughters of Zeus.
There are too few words to describe the radiance, the magnificence, the inequitable glory of Aphrodite, Goddess of Beauty. So wondrous is she to behold that one look can inspire tears, desire, jealousy, and love. Yet, beneath her flawless exterior resides a heart burdened with insecurity.
Inattentive and hideous to look upon, her husband, Hephaestus, unknowingly leaves Aphrodite feeling lonely and worthless. She finds consolation in the arms of other men such as Ares, or validation by competing in any contest of beauty she encounters.
At a wedding attended by all the Gods, a golden apple appeared, inscribed with the words "to the fairest." Immediately Aphrodite, her mother Hera, and sister Athena quarreled over it. Zeus elected Paris, Prince of Troy, to choose a victor. In exchange for being named the fairest, Aphrodite offered any woman in the world as his wife, so Paris agreed. However, he chose Helen as his wife, and their love began the catastrophic Trojan War.
In the game she's a healer mage, she's able to heal a single ally she ties to and protect them with the immuntity given by her ultimate.

Inktober 2017 Day 26 - Aphrodite by SakuraAlexia

Day 27 - 2A from Nier Automata
So this may be a little awkward but I do not actually know a thing about this game, I just saw this character from pictures and I thought she was cool, I often do that, I tend to like characters just by the looks without knowing a thing about them at all, not even going to look. To be honest I didn't even think that she would be picked by the randomizer, I could have changed but I didn't want to.
I guess that what got to me were the sort of badass look, and also maybe the fact that she reminds me of my own dear OC Sakura with the white hair and blue eyes, so yes, that it.
Despite everything I intend to remain ignorant about this game and this character and keep the idea I have of her, so sorry about it, no infos this time.

Inktober 2017 Day 27 - 2A by SakuraAlexia

Day 28 - Caveira from Rainbow Six Siege
Same thing as above for her too, I have known this character from videos of the game of a person I have watched on YouTube for a long time and that might have had some bit of influence on me in liking this character, she is also one of the characters I didn't think it would have been chosen.
All I know about her is that she is a defense operator and she is based on being stealthy and sneaking up on enemies, that she can interrogate in order to reveal where the rest of the enemy team is. That is all I know, and like before I want to remain in the shadows with her too. The main reason is that I am afraid to read something that may make me not like a certain character anymore, so I prefer to stay in my little bubble of ignorance and illusion.

Inktober 2017 Day 28 - Caveira by SakuraAlexia

Day 29 - Izanami from Smite
The Matron of the Dead of the Japanese pantheon, and mother of Amaterasu, Susano and Tsukuyomi.
As Izanami gave birth to the god of Fire, his searing skin scorched her flesh. Fearful she would die, her husband, Izanagi, the man with whom she had created the world, held her close and wept. But it was too late. So grievous were the wounds, Izanami succumbed to death.
To rescue her soul, Izanagi traveled to Yomi, the realm of the darkness and death. Through the black maze he searched, until finally he came upon her, hidden amongst the shadows. He implored her to return with him. She could not, for she had already eaten the fruit that grew in Yomi. Izanagi insisted. He would not leave her in this place. He swore it.
Izanami agreed to take her husband to see the Gods of Yomi, to implore them to free her. Meanwhile, remain in darkness, she cautioned him, for the realm of the dead was not meant for the living to see. Taken by foreboding, Izanagi lit a torch and laid eyes upon his wife. No longer the graceful, elegant beauty she once was, Izanami now appeared a rotting corpse, hollow and decayed, maggot ridden and foul. Frightened and disgusted, Izanagi broke his vow and fled.
Through the bowels of Yomi he ran, pursued by the fiend that was once his wife. Escaping the cave entrance, Izanagi rolled a boulder in place to block it. Sealed within, betrayed and cursed, consumed with wrathful anger, Izanami swore, one thousand lives would she take each day. One thousand to pay for the broken promise he made.
In the game she's a hunter, and unlike the majority of them that wield a bow she has two sickles instead, she's one of the basic attack hunters, one that doesn't need to rely on skills to do a lot of damage, for that she has an attack speed and damage steroid, she can throw projections of herself in a line, become stealthied and her ultimate creates a dark portal that silences all enemies caught in other than dealing damage. She is also one of my first and favorite characters both look and lore wise.

Inktober 2017 Day 29 - Izanami by SakuraAlexia

Day 30 - Mariko Kurama from Elfen Lied
She is a third generation Diclonius, born from a father infected by a First Generation Diclonius. She was the most powerful Diclonius, with the most vectors (extremely powerful invisible arms) and longest range on record. She was locked away by her father within the Diclonius Research Institute since birth, and only released in an attempt to kill Lucy. She dies in the last episode alongside her father.
She's a five year old child who is unable to properly walk on her legs due to her prolonged isolation, she uses a wheelchair that she moves with her vectors, she has 26 of them in the anime (when all the other have just 4 of them) and 50 in the manga, and they have a range of 11 metres, compared to Nana and Lucy that have a range of 3 and 2 metres respectively.

Inktober 2017 Day 30 - Mariko Kurama by SakuraAlexia

Day 31 - Nike from Smite
Greek goddess of Victory.
It is often said that history is written by the victor. If that is true, then history is shaped by a single Goddess: Nike, the winged warrior.
When the fastest runner bears a golden medal, when a cunning hunter slays the fiercest beast, when the soldiers seize the day, the Faithful of Olympus praise Nike. Without her favor, failure is ensured, and obscurity certain.
Even mighty Zeus, a king among Gods, seeks the favor of Nike. On the smoke strewn fields of antiquity, when the God of Thunder marched against his Titan forebears, Nike fought by his side, her dauntless blade inspiring confidence in her allies as they faced an impossible foe. Without her, all the heavens are left to wonder if Zeus would have carried that day. Had Zeus fallen, the world as it is known would have fallen with him.
In the game she's a warrior, an ability based one, she can hurt the enemies by sending fissure in a line at them from two to three times, depending if her damage steroid is active or not, stick close to people by jumping on them or easily get away, and her ultimate gives her a shield and a damage increase and also slows all the enemies hit, in addiction her passive grants addictional power and movement speed to the entire team the more its goals are completed, which are three, and each time one is complete a laurel appears on the entire team's heads.

Inktober 2017 Day 31 - Nike by SakuraAlexia

This is it, and despite all the problems I had I really enjoyed doing this, I sincerely did.
The whole point of this for me it wasn't the challenge itself, nor the lack of creativity, I do have a lot of notes on drawings still to do that I have delayed because of this, the point was to train myself with something I do not usually do.
I had a few objectives for this, besides the one to get to the end of course, which were getting better at inking, the technique but most importantly being patient and precise, though I do not feel I have achieved the precision one, I believe I have to train some more for that. Then the main objective was to train and learn new styles of drawings, as you have seen I have collected a lot of characters coming from plenty of different fandoms, with different styles, the point was to try out new things I had never done before to get used to other styles for eventual future fan arts, but most importantly it was to see what adapted to me the most, what I could do best and what I struggled with.
I have reason to believe that now I have, at least a bit, the fundamentals of different styles that I will apply to my future drawings of my own charcters, to fuse what comes to me the best and create a style that belongs to me and me alone.
For example I was unable to do those sort of semi-realistic noses and mouths typical of Smite and Borderlands, now I got better, though I feel like the more simplistic style of an anime like One Piece or Pokemon adapts to me much more, while I love the detailed style for the hair, and I struggle when they are excessively simple, like for Pokemon, again, or Mega Man. I have never struggled much with the eyes and eyebrows so whatever works and the clothes can be both very detailed or very plain, I don't mind either. So yeah, things like these, and hopefully I can make what I have learned work correctly, we shall see in the future I guess.
I have also discovered that I love leaving things in black and white too so I will definitely use this style of coloring more often from now on.
Oddly enough I enjoyed the bigger pictures the most, the ones almost as big as the paper, amybe because I never do anything as big though if I have to pick a favorite its a tie between Lilith and Izanami, and yours?
Do I want to repeat this next year? Possibly yes, with a bit more of preparation I believe I can make it work better than this year for sure, I was only the first time after all, I had to be more aware of my own health and mental state, that was my mistake but now I know, so yes, if I can I'll most definitely repeat this next year, and hopelly finish things at the right time. XD
Anyway this is it for the time being, I'll see what I can come up with for future entries.

Sakura Alexia

Third week of the challenge, and I made it even this time. Difficulties have been present this week more than ever so far, after drawing so much I started having some quite bad cramps in my hand and wrist, also my neck and my back felt the toll of the challenge, sometimes my pain even developed in some not pleasant headaches too, but despite all of this I made all the drawings I was supposed to make.
Also apologies for posting these late but also my laptop decided not to collaborate with me, as it had quite bad problems in loading things, so I couldn't scan anything in that condition, but things seem better now.
Without further delay let's see them.

Day 16 - Symmetra from Overwatch
Her real name is Satya Vaswani, and she's an indian light-bending architech, member of the Vishkar Corporation, the same corporation that, given her greater potential, has given her the nickname "Symmetra" and sends her all over the world to carry out clandestine missions in order to expand itself.
She has also been confirmed to be autistic, she has demonstrated traits associated with the condition such as having trouble with social interactions, suffering from sensory overload and preferring environments that are structured and harmonious.
She's the only support character that is not a healer, her abilities consists on creating deployable sentry turrets and proton barriers, she also has two ultimates, the first consists on creating a teleporter, that will allow fallen allies to rejoin the fight quickly, or she can create a shield generator providing teammates with addictional shields when standing in its radius.
Not sure about all the blue on this picture but well its done now, no turning back.

Inktober 2017 Day 16 - Symmetra by SakuraAlexia

Day 17 - Glacia from Pokemon Ruby, Sapphire, Emerald, Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire
She's the third member of the Hoenn Elite Four and specializes on ice types. Glacia had trained in an unspecified region before journeying to Hoenn to become part of the Elite Four.
Her english name of course comes from the word "glacier", while her original name is Prim.

Inktober 2017 Day 17 - Glacia by SakuraAlexia

Day 18 - Mad Moxxi from Borderlands
Moxxi is the hostess of The Underdome, and the owner of various bars on Pandora, she provides missions to the player.
She could be summed up with the words sadistic, lustful, alluring, and dangerous. She enjoys violence and combat, having been a skilled fighter in her earlier years. Modesty has little to do with Moxxi. Her affairs are innumerable and she has had several husbands, and her lovers have been both male and female, though despite her violent tastes, is also friendly and rather compassionate when fighting is not involved. She is a caring mother, in her own Pandoran way, and can be protective of her children and others close.
She was originally a member of the Hodunk clan. She grabbed her children and split from the Hodunks to prevent her daughter Ellie becoming the clan wife. Moxxi has been married at least three times to different husbands.
She appears pretty much in all the games and in various DLCs as well.
I was unsure wheter to color or not her hair since they are a dark brown, but then I settled with not coloring them, I probably wouldn't have liked the result of it.

Inktober 2017 Day 18 - Moxxi by SakuraAlexia

Day 19 - Loki from Smite
The Trickster God of the Norse Pantheon and father of Fenrir, Hel and Jormungandr. 
As a trickster he loves causing trouble and mishief, and his worst act was to kill the God fo Light Baldr. After that he was bound in entrails and a venomous serpent hung over his head, dripping venom onto his face.
But now he's free again and ready to create havoc.
In the game he has the ability to throw decoys, become invisible and assassinate people by stabbing them in the back.

Inktober 2017 Day 19 - Loki by SakuraAlexia

Day 20 - Eustass Kidd from One Piece
Eustass "Captain" Kid is a notorious pirate from South Blue and the captain of the Kid Pirates and he is one of twelve pirates who are referred to as the "Worst Generation".
Kidd is notorious for causing huge amounts of civilian casualties. He is generally either angry or making sarcastic jokes. When he feels that he is being insulted, he is quick to resort to violence, he is quite sensitive to being mocked, insulted or glanced at.
He has the power of a Devil Fruit, which allows him to attract and repulse anything metallic, though the name of the fruit is still unknown. His current bounty is 470 millons.

Inktober 2017 Day 20 - Kidd by SakuraAlexia

Day 21 - Nami from One Piece
She's the navigator of the Straw Hat Pirates. She was the third member of the crew and the second to join.
Nami is an orphan of war from an unknown village, found by Bell-mère, a female Marine, on a hostile battlefield when she was still a baby. The marine adopted her and Nojiko, another orphan. The three became as close as a real family, they went to live at the Cocoyasi Village in the Conomi Islands in the East Blue.
One day  the infamous fishman pirate Arlong took over the place and imposed a fee on every single adult and child in the village in order to 'live'. Since Bell-mère could not pay for her entire family's monthly fee for living, she was used as an example by Arlong to demonstrate to the townspeople what will happen to them if they ever go against him or fail to pay the fee. Bell-mère was then brutally murdered by Arlong in front of Nami and Nojiko. Nami was then kidnapped and forced to become a cartographer for Arlong after he noticed the quality of her maps at such a young age, however, Arlong struck a deal with Nami, if she brought him 100,000,000 of Belly he would free her village, deal he never had intention to keep, though Nami had spent eight years making maps for Arlong and stealing treasure from pirates in order to buy back her village.
She initially had joined the Straw Hats with the intention of robbing them, though when Luffy and his crew find out they assault and defeat Arlong and his pirates, freeing Nami's village from his oppression, and making her free to properly join the crew as Navigator.
Her dream is to draw the map of the entire world. Her current bounty is of 66 millons. She has a weapon called Clima-Tact, was created by Usopp, and allows her to control the weather as much as she likes, thanks to her knowledge as a Navigator, this weapon has been upgraded several times during the story.
Her nickname is "Cat Burglar" referencing at her being an expert thief.

Inktober 2017 Day 21 - Nami by SakuraAlexia

Day 22 - Dahlia from Pokemon Platinum, Heart Gold and Soul Silver
Frontier Brain in charge of the Battle Arcade, not much is known about her, only the fact that she's apparently a dancer and has her own peculiar sense of fashon.
Only thing to say is that I loved doing the hair, they're unusual.

Inktober 2017 Day 22 - Dahlia by SakuraAlexia

I am already working on the last ones, and I will hopefully post the very last day and not after, if my laptop allows it. Once again who's your favorite?

Sakura Alexia

Another week has passed and I have to say that I didn't expect myself to be able to be constant in this, but I did and its feels great.
This week wasn't as good as the first as I found myself to be kind of tired, but despite that other complications have taken their toll on me, I don't know how or why but I had an infection and the pain was quite distracting to say the least, in fact I had to take a couple of days off while on other days I did two drawings at once because I couldn't handle it. Fortunately its healing and its good.
Still I made it through despite everything and I look forward to continue this, hopefully with no more complications.

Day 9
Kite Tenjo from Yu-gi-oh Zexal
A pretty recent anime I saw a few years ago. He was one of the main characters and a former number hunter, he was collecting numbers in order to help his father to heal his sick younger brother Hart. In the first sagas he was the main antagonist and he's the only one that didn't lose to Yuma and Astral (the main characters).
Once his brother was cured he became friends with Yuma and his group and assisted them during the Interdimensional War between the Astral World and Barian World. Always during it he succumbs but he's later revived by the Numeron Code.
Nothing to say about this one, fairly easy, even though the hair gave me some troubles.

Inktober 2017 Day 9 - Kite Tenjo by SakuraAlexia

Day 10
Lusamine from Pokemon Sun and Moon
Most of us know her right? The main antagonist of Pokemon Sun and Moon, and we've yet to see what she will do in Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon.
President of the Aether Foundation and mother of Gladion and Lillie. We know how it goes from here no? In the games she uses the power of Cosmog to open Ultra Wormholes in the entire Alola, then later on we find her in Nihilego's world where we all know she merges with in order to battle the player, and once she loses and turns back to normal she falls victim of Nihilego's poison, which leaves her in a comatose state.
It is speculated that before becoming obsessed with Ultra Beasts that she was a very nice woman that sincerely loved her children, and that possibly she tried to open the Ultra Wormholes in an ill attempt to try and get back her husband that disappeared years before in game in one of those.
Lots of theories were made on her motives, and I hope something more will be explained in the games that will be out in a month. I personally love this character, her story is interesting and I really want to see where it will end up to.
Loved to make this, though her hair are hell, I added a touch of color because it would have been way too white otherwise, with her dressed in white and being blonde.

Inktober 2017 Day 10 - Lusamine by SakuraAlexia

Day 11
Hidden Phantom from Mega Man Zero
One of the Four Guardians of Copy X, he is the leader of the Cutting Shadow Squadron, his abilities come from X's stealth capabilities. He's extremely quiet and extremely loyal to Copy X, even willing to die for him after he gets defeated by Zero by making himself explode in an attempt to take Zero with him in the first game.
After he can make and appearance in the third game in a special level. While in the ZX series his spirit appears as a Biometal just like his siblings.
He's also the first boss than when met has to be battled at the begginning of a level and not at the end.

Inktober 2017 Day 11 - Hidden Phantom by SakuraAlexia

Day 12
Gaige from Borderlands 2
Gaige is a Mechromancer. She is the fifth playable class in Borderlands 2. Gaige was a high school student from the planet Eden-5. She originally created Deathtrap (her robot), DT for short, as a science fair project to combat bullying. Her rival, Marcie Holloway, was a contestant in the science fair as well, and used her father's money to buy her way through the competition. Marcie apparently stole Gaige's DT designs and sold them to Eden-5's police force.
On the day of the science fair, Marcie's father bribed the judges, helping win her first place with a defective robot based on Deathtrap's blueprints. Gaige placed third. Marcie then shoved Gaige, causing Deathtrap to identify her as a hostile. Deathtrap attacked with its claws, causing her to explode due to a miscalibration by Gaige. Gaige faced expulsion and arrest for accidentally murdering her rival. She called her father to create a distraction to help her evade arrest, and bought a ticket to Pandora.
Her action skill is indeed calling Deathtrap to her aid on the battlefield. Given her skill trees she can be both the easiest and the hardest character to play as.

Inktober 2017 Day 12 - Gaige by SakuraAlexia

Day 13
Inuyasha from Inuyasha
Main character of the series (you would have never guessed XD), anyway Inuyasha is a half-demon, half human and half dog demon, which gives him superhuman capabilities, and even though he looks 15 he is actually over 200 years old.
In his early years he fell in love with a priestess named Kikyo, who was entrusted to guard the Jewel of Four Souls, which he sought in order to become a full demon, the two fell in love with each other and he gave up trying to get the jewel. But another half demon, Naraku, who also wanted the jewel managed to trick them both into betraying each other. Disguised as Inuyasha, Naraku attacked Kikyo and attempted to steal the jewel from her, wrongly Kikyo attacked the true Inuyasha, with a sacred arrow she pins him to a tree and sends him into an endless sleep, before succimbing to the wound she received.
Years later Kagome finds him and removes the arrow from him, awakening Inuyasha once more, and starts the adventures of the series.
Here I decided to portray him in his demon form as I though he would look cooler like this, hence the re eyes and the markings on the cheeks.

Inktober 2017 Day 13 - Inuyasha by SakuraAlexia

Day 14
Word Paynn from Dragon Booster
Word Paynn is the 50 year old father of Moordryd Paynn and the main antagonist of the series. He has a vast knowledge of the legends of the Dragon-Human War, and it is he who wants another war to start so he can control the world.
Throughout the series, he plans much in the way of stealing the dragon of legend, Beau,  He almost succeeds several times at obtaining him, but is always stopped at the last minute. Word is also the CEO of his own company, Paynn Incorporated, which is a world famous company for manufacturing battle gear. The company is referred to as the largest gear manufacturer on the planet, making Word a millionaire.
I wish that I could show his clawed hand better but I ran out of space, shame on me.

Inktober 2017 Day 14 - Word Paynn by SakuraAlexia

Day 15
Lilith from Borderlands
She is originally from the planet Dionysus and is one of six Sirens, a group of women with unbelievable powers.
Lilith plays a noticeable role as NPC in Borderlands the PreSequel. After the opening of the Vault and the defeat of General Knoxx in the first game, Lilith and Roland traveled to Pandora's moon Elpis on a vacation trip. When they met Jack for the first time, who asked them for help against Colonel Zarpedon through the Vault Hunters, they didn't want to have anything to do with that at first, but they ended up helping when they realized the true danger behind the attacks. So, they cooperated with Jack and the Vault Hunters to recover the Helios station and its main weapon, a giant laser, until they saw how Jack killed three scientists throwing them into space on the suspicion that one of them might be a spy.
They keep helping him still but, with Mad Moxxi's help, at the end they destroyed the laser and almost the entire Helios station to avoid further destruction. Later, Jack found the Vault he was looking for on Elpis and obtained an Eridian relic that granted him some visions of The Warrior's existence, but Lilith, who had been following him, appeared and destroyed the relic, creating a blast of energy that branded Jack's face with a Vault emblem.
Lilith and Roland returned to Pandora as Hyperion began its rise. Lilith's powers grew substantially from absorbing Eridium, the element released after the defeat of the Destroyer. She was one of the founding members of the Crimson Raiders to fight against Hyperion (Jack's company).
At some point in Borderlands 2, when Sanctuary became unshielded, as Hyperion attacked, Lilith doped herself with a large amount of Eridium to strengthen her powers. She was able to move the whole city in the sky with her powers. Sanctuary became the current flying city.
Later, Lilith was told to stay and defend Sanctuary during the assault on Control Core Angel, but defied both Angel's insistence and Roland's orders to stay away. With Angel dead, Roland went to retrieve the Vault Key, but was shot from behind by Jack himself. Lilith attempted to attack him, but was restrained by Jack through some kind of artifact that gave him control over her powers, to replace his dead daughter to charge the Vault key.
She then was taken to the Vault of the Warrior, where she became the catalyst to charge the key against her will, while undergoing torture from Jack. The Vault Hunters found her there, along with Jack, who fought them, but while fighting the key became fully charged, so, even defeated, Jack summoned and controlled the Warrior. Anyway, the warrior was defeated as well and Lilith was fred from his control, and even able to kill Jack herself if the player allowed it.
Lilith's action skill is called Phasewalk (which is the mane of her Siren powers), which lets her turn invisible to enemies, move much faster, and cause a damaging shockwave.
One of my personal favorite characters, love her and her powers.

Inktober 2017 Day 15 - Lilith by SakuraAlexia

As usual I hope you like them and who is your favorite this time?

Sakura Alexia

A week has passed since I started this challenge, I must say I was pretty excited the first days, and I couldn't wait to draw new things, then after the first 4/5 days I have strted feeling the weight of the challenge.
I love drawing yes but there are some of these days where you just don't feel like it, where you say "I have drawn for so many days one after another and I need a pause" kind of thing, the last few days of the week have been more stressful and less exciting than the first ones for sure, without being able to just stop for a day the thing becomes tiring, really tiring, mentally in particular, though despite everything I made it for the entire week, and believe it or not I am determined to go till the end.

Let's see which characters have been selected with the randomizer during this week:

Day 1
Rina Toin from Mermaid Melody.
This is one of the very first animes I watched and liked, childish yes, but I was no more than 10 at the time and I liked these kind of things.
She's one of the main characters of the story, she's the mermaid princess of the North Atlantic ocean and the color assigned to her is green.
Out of the three main protagonists she's the smartest and most mature one of the trio and the less girlish as well (in fact she's never been seen with a short skirt), which made me prefer her compared to the other two, though of the series she used to be and still is my second favorite, after the first mermaid princess of the Indian ocean Sarah.
It is also believed that she is one of the best voices, certainly she is in the italian dub, in fact she has one of the best voice actresses we have. Her own song, Star Jewel, used to be one of my favorites regarding the songs of the anime of course.
Here's she's represented in her idol form instead, due to the fact that her hair are a really dark shade of green they have been all colored black.
This took me an insanely long amount of time, her hair in particular, though I believe that for the first day this is an excellent result.

Inktober 2017 Day 1 - Rina Toin by SakuraAlexia

Day 2
Neige from Mega Man Zero 4.
She's a human reporter and she plays a rather important role in the game's story.
She first appears in the caravan trucks that are trying to reach Area Zero, a human settlement of people who fled Neo Arcadia in fear of being killed by Weil, the main atagonist, when he took power over it.
She is romantically involved with a replirod named Craft, who is working for Weil. At a certain point of the game she gets kidnapped by the same Craft, and then fred by the player itself.
Later she appears again to give the player the coordinates of the Teleporter Base so that he may start the last mission, which is to kill Weil, and finish the game.
Her name in french means Snow.
The drawing is a little bit smaller compared to the first but the result is pleasing nonetheless.

Inktober 2017 Day 2 - Neige by SakuraAlexia

Day 3
Kagura from Inuyasha
Another anime I used to follow during my childhood/teen years.
Kakura is a demon and is one of the creations of the demon Naraku (the main antagonist), she is able to control the wind by using her fan to create tornadoes or reanimate dead bodies, also she can enlarge her feather-like head ornaments to use as transportation.
As one of Naraku's incarnations he holds power over her, and she is bound to service him as betrayal would mean her death. Despite everything she hates Naraku and tries her best to get rid of him by trying to get Inuyasha (the main character) or his brother Sesshomaru kill him so she could be free.
Later in the anime she indeed betrays Naraku, though fearful for her life she escapes, Naraku does indeed find her, suspiciously he hands her her heart that he had in his possession, killing her right after by piercing her chest and poisoning her so she could not recover. Before her final moment she is found by Sesshomaru, who its been hinted she had romantic interests into. At the moment of her death Kagura's body disintegrates and becomes a gust of wind, her last thoughts though are happy as she was finally free, like the wind.
Certailnly one of the most loved characters, and one of the saddests deaths of the anime. Also her name means God-entertainment.
I liked this drawing though I messed up the shape of her face a bit, also the fan was too big and I had to cut a piece of the picture to make it look like it was okay with the rest. Also the eyes looked like she was hypnotized so I colored them red like they are meant to be, and also her lips which looked open but were meant to be closed instead.

Inktober 2017 Day 3 - Kagura by SakuraAlexia

Day 4 
Mercy from Overwatch
Her real name is Angela Ziegler, she comes from Switzerland and she's one of the most brilliant doctors when it comes to medical technology, she also applied said technology to her own body, which has possibly altered her aging process, she's in fact 37 years old but as you can see she looks way younger.
After obtaining her grades she became head of the surgery in a prominent Swiss hospital before pioneering a breakthrough in the field of applied nanobiology that radically improved the treatment of life-threatening illnesses and injuries. This brought her to Overwatch's attention.
Initially she opposed as her parents were taken during the war and she was contrary to military organizations, she still joined Overwatch to be able to save lives on a larger scale, becoming the head of Overwatch's medical research, which lead to the creation of her Valkyrie suit.
When Overwatch dissolved, she dedicated herself to helping those affected by war.
In the game she is the most healing oriented support, she can heal her teammates or boost them with the use of her caduceus staff and even resurrect them, she also has a blaster to defend herself in dire situations. She's for now my main character and easily one of my favorites.
I have kind of messed up in a few places with the ink, which I tried to solve by using my white marker to erase it, not sure if it worked well though. Despite that I am happy because the pose I have chosen wasn't the easiest either, her right arm was a real pain to do, and so was her right wing.

Inktober 2017 Day 4 - Mercy by SakuraAlexia

Day 5
Kitt Raada Wonn from Dragon Booster
Another thing I used to see, and honestly it still is one of my favorites.
She's a 16 years old dragon racer, her Magma class dragon Wyldfyr is one of the fastest dragons there is. Not much is known about her, only that her parents died when she was young and was left on the streets with other racers taking care of her.
During the events of the show she becomes good friends with Artha Penn (the main character) and joins his racing crew, on which she's the only female member, and lives his adventures along with him.
Nothing to really say about this drawing, was rather easy as well, I'm good with it.

Inktober 2017 Day 5 - Kitt Raada Wonn by SakuraAlexia

Day 6
D.Va from Overwatch
Her real name is Hana Song and she is from North Korea. She's a 19 years old former professional gamer that now uses her abilities to pilot a mech to defend her homeland.
Given her popularity she is famous in the entire world.
Since she pilots a mech she's one of the tank heroes of the game, she has boosters, a shield that allows her to absorb hits and can also fire missiles, and her ultimate allows her to self-destruct her mech to cause an explosion. If her mech is destroyed she is equipped with a mini gun so she can continue to fight.
About the drawing I am absolutely not pleased with this, I don't know why but I feel like its the worst of them all, the pose is okay but I feel like her head is too big and her face makes her look too old compared to what she is. Then again I was really tired this day so that might have made things more complicated. 

Inktober 2017 Day 6 - D.Va by SakuraAlexia

Day 7
Android 18 from Dragon Ball
This was the anime of my teen years, and one of pretty much all italian teens of my age, it was transmitted so much.
Anyway she's an android, she's the twin sister of android 17, the 18th creation of Doctor Gero, designed to kill Goku, though she used to be human, and her name was Lazuli.
She first appears in the Cell saga and has been present in the anime ever since, she's also married to Krillin and they have a daughter named Marron.
Not much to say about this drawing, except that I haven't been really precise with her hair, but its okay.

Inktober 2017 Day 7 - Android 18 by SakuraAlexia

Day 8
Rob Lucci from One Piece
My favorite anime of all times, I still read the manga as well.
He's the main antagonist of the Water 7/Enies Lobby saga, my personal favorite saga too, anyway he was the head of CP9 (Cipher Pol number 9), a group of government agents that acts in the shadows, during the saga him and his group try to get their hands on the blueprints of a weapon of destruction named Pluton, to do so they capture Franky, the holder of the bluprints, and Nico Robin, the one that knows the location of the weapon, and take them to Enies Lobby, so then after they can be transfered to Impel Down, a huge underwater prison, so they could face justice for their crimes.
He and his group are stopped by Luffy and his crew, along with their allies and Franky himself, that manages to break free from his chains by himself, they defeat the CP9 before they can take Robin away.
After the saga they are later seen in the Dressrosa saga, and in the Film Gold, where they are revealed to be part of the CP0, their goals are still unknown for now.
Like many characters he has eaten a devil fruit, his is the Neko (cat) Neko no mi model leopard, which allows him to turn into a leopard, its a Zoan type of fruit, which allows the user to turn into an animal, depending from the fruit, this type of fruit enhances physical powers a lot. He's also the strongest member of his group.
Here he is represented in his human and also hybrid form, exactly as it was seen in the last movie. It took a lot since it was kind of big but I managed.

Inktober 2017 Day 8 - Rob Lucci by SakuraAlexia

Well the first week is gone, overall I am okay with the results, except that one day where I did worse but I believe that there are some days where you are just tired and that screws up something. But anyway I look forward to continue and I shall hold on until the end.
Who's your favorite by the way?

Sakura Alexia

Its been a while since I did one of these, but I figured it was time to pick them up again.
October is coming and like every year there is a challenge that artists take during this month, its called the Inktober challenge. I what it consists on? It consist into drawing something with ink every day for each day of the month, which means 31 drawings in total.
In this challenge only traditional medias are used, namely the good and old drawings made on paper.
The special thing about this challenge is, not only being able to draw every single day, but also certain instruments are not to be used, it is called inktober so what it will be used is everything that has ink in it, from a simple pen to true ink, it is possible though to make a drawing with a pencil first and the ink it later on, which is what I will personally do.
Though the use of colors is allowed I will try to keep the pictures in black and white mostly, if I will add color it will be in a small quantity.
This is my equipment:
A pencil, an eraser, a sharpner (a very old one, its from elementary school lol), a small set square (it may be useful, also very old too), my ink pens, a 0.1, a 0.3, and two 0.5, these are the sizes of their tips, I wish I had more but they will do. (also I suck at taking pictures)


And then, not sure if I will end up using them a lot but here's my collections of markers. The first ones are pretty small and their tip is no bigger than my ink pens, the second ones are common ones, and the last ones are more professional, these have two tips, one smaller and pointy while the other one is bigger and more similar to a highlighter (apologies for the last picture, they didn't fit all in the wooden board, and I don't have a desk as many of you know), plus a white marker.




And of course paper, but that is obvious, just regular paper, nothing special.
For the challenge I have used a random generator to pick for me a roster of characters I had picked up previously, these characters are ones coming from videogames (that I played and/or watched) and also from animes that I liked (most of them are ones that I watched when I was younger), I wanted my selection to be big and various and hopefully it is, and for each of the character drawn I will post some informations on him/her so you can get to know them a bit more.
I won't be posting a drawing for each day, but rather I will post all the drawings of an entire week all at once for these four weeks. My hopes for this is to be able to improve and to be able to aquire the ability to draw constantly, and also to become much more precise when I ink, which currently I am not.
I am leaving here some examples of drawings I have done in the past with this style so you can get an idea. I have nothing else to say for now, wish me luck. ^_^ 

Aqua from Kingdom Hearts - ink by SakuraAlexia

Bloody Lucy by SakuraAlexia

Sakura Alexia

Okay, here's a new entry for you, about the fictional creature challenge made a while ago.
As creature, since human-like creatures weren't allowed and I had to change my first idea which was a siren, I chose a dragon, an elemental one, and more specifically the dragon is a vyvern.
Then of course I chose the element, I wrote a number of them, about 7/8 on a piece of paper, broke it to pieces and put them in a box. The chosen element was darkness.
Once done I got a few references and started working on it, but instead of making a drawing on paper like I always did before I also challenged myself to make the drawing entirely with the graphic tablet.
This is the sketch of it:  (I've changed host site so now you should be able to see all the pictures, I apologize for the previous entry that doesn't have most pictures anymore)


Next step was the color, since I had to represent something dark I chose a really dark and greyish purple as main color, a really dark gray for the fur, as pure black can't be shaded, and a slighter brighter and lighter purple for the internal part of the wings.
Coloring wasn't really easy since I had to trace again the sketch with the color instead than filling a part like I do when I have a lineart, I also had to redo the part of the fur on the head and neck several times too, but the ending result was pleasing.
Here it is:


Then I did the shading and lighting, first I started with the darker colors, I usually shade twice, the first time I do bigger portions of color with a lighter tone than the second stage, where I use a darker tone where things have to be more detailed, this also helps give the piece a bit more of tridimensionality.
After that of course there's the lighting done with a lighter tone than the basic one where the color was looking a bit too plain or was without shading. Still I didn't use much light as the dragon had to be dark and too much light would have thrown things off, I used it mostly on the muzzle to make a bit more of detail.
I also switched the background from white to black as I couldn't see well what I was doing while I shaded, especially when I shaded the fur, changing the background color helped me see better what I was doing.
Here's the result:


Next step, and probably the longest and most tedious one, making up the scales and detailing the fur.
Now for the fur it was easy, I just had to choose a lighter grey with a really smal brush and do lines after lines following the direction of the fur itself, but for the scales it was all another story.
For the scales I did use a really small brush too, with a dark, almost black, purple color, all I did was to draw small circles all over the body of the dragon, its not hard to do at all, but it was really, really long. The result paid off eventually though.
Also I lowered the opacity of the layers of details too, the scales have a 40% of opacity while the fur has a 25% instead.
You can see it here: (Here is a little bit lighter as I fixed it later, but I was too lazy to make another screenshot XD)


Finshing touches, the background, the dark flame and the addictional lighting.
I went for a sort of cloudy and stormy background, I used really light colors for the lightnings as I felt they would have contrasted well with the dragon itself, and then I laid down some light all around the dragon itself.
Then I made the flame, this was fun, I used no more than 3 colors mixed together with some help of the burn tool, that makes thing darker, and the dodge too that does lights instead, the effect was really cool and glowy. At the end I added some purple shadows around the muzzle and in a few other places, I didn't do too much though, I could have done a little bit more but that's okay.
Here's the finished result after 44 layers and 8 hours of work divided in more days, nights actually.


Hope you guys liked it, I can't wait for the next challenge to begin. ^_^ 

Sakura Alexia

Hi everyone, as you may have heard there was a challenge here to redraw a certain picture, which is this one:

And today I will be sharing with you guys the way I did it, hopefully it will inspire someone or just make people more curious about art, if not well it's fine anyway. Mind me that I am nowhere near perfect and I am not here to teach anyone, I just feel like sharing my passion a bit more with you guys.
First things first I took my paper, just that print one nothing expensive at all, a very light pencil and with the picture right before my eyes I started redrawing it the best I could, starting from the head, then the sword, because it was covering most of the picture, then the rest of the body with the clothes and in the end the details.
Once I was done drawing it and satisfied with the result I took my ink pens and started inking the picture, here's the not so good result.

As you see it wasn't inked well at all, but still I have a base to work with for the digital part of the process.
The first step to do was the lineart, first, since it was mostly straight lines and I was sure to not have been able to make them well with my hand, I made the lineart of the sword using the pen tool, though I don't find it very easy to use on Photoshop, but for this time I managed, and a few circles.
After that I made the rest with a 5pt hard brush, I use the ones already in Photoshop, nothing fancy. Here's the result: (please ignore all those italian words and stuff)

Then there's the color, so lets open the reference picture on another Photoshop file and with the color piquer get all the colors needed for the color palette.
After that I used, instead of the brush, the wand tool to fill up the character with the colors I picked up previously, this is just the base, lights and shadows are applied after. This is the result:

After this I added a layer of shadow, very quick and very basic, and very new too, I didn't try this style yet but I do like the result, its taking shape pretty nicely isn't it?

Here I added another layer of shadow to make it look less flat and then some light too, it really stands out now no? I also fixed her hair with thin lines to make them look a bit more realistic, here's how it looks:

Last touch was to color the lineart, at first I wanted to follow the colors I put down but it wasn't working so well, the thing was becoming flat once more, so I took the basic colors out once again and started filling the lineart with them. In some areas the effect is pretty nice in others a bit less but the overall result is much better than I expected. (I got lazy with the background feathers yes)
So after quite some hours of work and 43 layers I was happy to say that the work was finished, here it is:
Red (TAZ challenge) by SakuraAlexia

Sakura Alexia

Okay here's the finished version of the fateful cover, the manual colored one.


As you can see I added a pokeball with a ribbon to cover up that nasty blank space at the top
I am not very good at coloring manually, I've never been, but I had fun, I gave it my best, to me it looks nice enough especially the shading as I'm absolutely terrible at shading and I like it a lot, I feel happy and proud of myself as this is way over my usual standards.
And you? what do you think? What do you think its good? What do you think its bad? What could have been better and what could have been worse? And most importantly which character is your favorite?
I'd love to hear your opinions, and don't worry I'll make this digital too, though it'll take quite some time.
See ya next time!

Sakura Alexia

Here's the second part where I inked the drawing and added a couple of things I forgot and fixed others, mostly Robin, where I added her cross, scars and fixed her top, and I added some hair to Trish as well.
No major changes or anything, though in a few spots my hand slipped and I ruined a few little things, I'm sorry for that but its not easy to do things well without a proper desk.
I have intention to add something in the space between Trish, Cade and Brina as I don't like the black space right there when I did everything to cover the space everywhere else, probably will be a Pokeball.
Next time I'll bring you the colored version, manually, not digitally, though I have intention of doing that too.

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Sakura Alexia

Hi all, here I bring you one of my latest works.
Since I've been asked plenty of times how I draw my stuff I'm showing you what happens behind the scenes, my ways, my items, and my choices, commenting them right here for you.
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This is what will be the cover picture of a folder I have at home dedicated on the project of the Pokemon Region of Lilac, and these here are the characters of its League.
As you can see what I bring you is a pretty big sketch of them all where I haven't erased anything yet, as you see there are round lines that were my guide on where each character had to be placed, the circles used for their heads are still visible too, there are also a few mistakes here and there too. 
In the first row we have, from left to right, the first four Gym Leaders.
In the top left corner we have the Poison type leader Serbis with his long hair and leather jacket, here, mostly for a lack of space I've unfortunately reduced a bit the proportions, resulting his head looking a bit bigger than how it should be, this has always been a problem to me for years but it's not as bad now.
Right on Serbis' right side we have the Fire type leader Cade, here there isn't much to say only that his hair weren't very easy to do, and look a bit like a torch to me, which isn't exactly a bad thing actually.
On the right side and a bit below from Cade there's the Ice type leader Brina, with her I had a bit of a scuffle between the hair and her scarf, which should have been a bit bigger too, my problem here is that I wasn't completely sure if I wanted her hair to stay covered by the scarf or not, as you see I decided to let them out later.
In the top right corner we have the Flying type leader Trish, the angle of her face was a bit tough to work with but since her neck is covered by the hair the problem was pretty much solved quickly, here I removed the two hairpins in her bangs from the original atrwork.
Okay now let's see the remaining four Gym Leaders.
Right below Trish we have the Psychic type leader Alexis, she's the one that changed the most from the original here, her side ponytail was leaning on her shoulder before while now its tied near her ear, I've also added some freckles because why not? 
In the middle of the page we have the Water type leader Sakura, here I didn't have much trouble except for the googles that I had to look up for a reference as I couldn't do them right, no matter how hard I tried.
On the left side below Serbis there's the Dark and Ghost type leader Lavender, no big trouble with her, just a tiny bit to the left side of her bangs but nothing that hard.
The last Gym Leader is located below Alexis, his name is Remus and used Ground types, he's the one I had trouble the most, the different shape of the face was a but hard to deal with but the biggest trouble of the entire work was his hat, it really took me a lot of time and tries to get it right, various lines that were erased are still visible.
Okay now I believe you may have noticed that there are a few canon characters between the OCs, they are Courtney, Volkner, Clair and Zinnia, and they're the Elite 4, there isn't much to say on them as they look pretty much the same as the original ones, their changes are mostly on their clothes, Courtney doesn't have her hoodie anymore, Volkner has a new jacket while Clair and Zinnia both got a new cape, the changes will be shown better with a proper work another time but these are the biggest ones.
And at the end, in the left corner we have the Champion, Robin, she wasn't all that hard, I've made her hair messier and for the first time I've shown her Mega Glove, her hand was tough but hands are tough to do.
I've noticed, a bit too late that I forgot to add more details on Robin, which are the necklace with the cross she wears and a few scars, but I'll make up to it.
I did this in 3 nights working from 10 pm to midnight for around 5/6 hours in total, my allies were a 3H pencil, a very light one, a compass, and the eraser, no more, no less.
Now this is all for this sketch, I will post other stages of the drawing as I progress, but for now I'm done.
Feel free to leave your comments, your impressions, your critiques, anything you wish I'll take it.

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