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Imperatrix by Shu-Maat Imperatrix by Shu-Maat
The usual Seth Nightroad, the Empress Augusta Vladika, from the novel/manga “Trinity Blood”.

My gallery was definitely in need of a drawing worth of the name. I always say that I love details, studying the references, spending time on the projects… but my sketchbook is full of unfinished attempts or minor things. My DA friends deserved much more!

I’m just sorry the subject isn’t very original for my gallery ^^’ but I’ve always toyed with the idea of trying a very detailed Empire fanart; I swear, I’ve aimed for other characters at first, but with no success. (how I wish I could portray Suleyman… .___.)
As for the outfit, I opted for something that could be more unusual, and more challenging. This is the very beautiful and intricate outfit from Kiyo Kyujo’s “Together with grandmother” side story, TB vol. 13 (this one [link]). I tried to figure it out as much as I could, but I also took some liberties: while I’ve drawn some details the way I would make them for a cosplay (which will never happen, don’t worry XD), some other parts of the dress aren’t as they should be in “reality”. As you can see, I did include some Thores-style features, like a bigger hat, the veil, and the floating armour.

It took me a week to finish the lineart (not a non-stop drawing week, of course! XD), and another one to colour it. Most difficult part? The floating armour: I had to draw it on tracing paper and then add it behind her back to sort out how the thing worked. I’ve also tried to improve a bit my shading style, but meanie scanner ate up everything as usual.

Thank you for your visit and for reading this! :worship:

- pose referenced from this [link] base, by ~WeroNoYume
- pattern for the red lining from this pack [link] by ~masterjinn
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Deus-Lux Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Amazing work! I love the little details on the red parts of her clothes.
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Shu-Maat Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you soooo very much for your kind words and the fave, it means a lot to me! :hug:
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Deus-Lux Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
You're very welcome!
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Glaxos Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Wow!!! *^*
Il disegno è bellissimo e i dettagli sono stupendi!! Complimenti!! :la:
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Shu-Maat Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Ma GRAZIE!!! Felicissima che ti sia piaciuto!! *__________*
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Giuly-Chan Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
bellissima*__* sei bravissima *O* adoro sto costume di Seth **
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Shu-Maat Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Scusa mi scordo di rispondere ai commenti! ç___ç Ma grazie di avermi lasciato questo! Concordo, questo vestito è folle (la Kiyo sa essere più di fuori della Thores quando ci si mette!) ma è tanta tanta roba! Il tema della farfalla è stata una trovata davvero meravigliosa!
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Gundown26 Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2012  Student Digital Artist
The clothes and coloration definitely brings out the character speaking out something original. Loving this piece!
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Shu-Maat Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
That's one of the best comments I've ever received, it means so much to me! I truly thank you for havin' shared your thoughts with me!! :hug:
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Nuaran Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
Favoloso. Questa e vera Seth. Ottimo lavoro!
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Shu-Maat Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Grazie!! Thank you so much also for writing me in Italian! Receiving such a great comment from such a great artist is a huge joy to me!! :hug:
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Nuaran Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
Ma figurati))))
Conosco bene l`italiano(sto in Italia da sei anni)
`E con l`inglese che sono un asino X)
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KitsunekoShojo Featured By Owner May 11, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Oh, I think it's not vise to explain the good things on this work as there would be a huge list >'] <3 I love her eyes, how you can do nothing but look at them, just as the author describes :D<3
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Shu-Maat Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Sorry for the delay in my reply, but be sure that I have appreciated these word soooo much! Your comment about the eyes made me melt down like a little pudding. I could not receive any greater praise! :worship: :tighthug:
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KitsunekoShojo Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Oh, no problem, all of us are busy at times ^^ It makes me so so happy to know you liked my comment :w00t: That eye-thing was very first popped up on my mind when I saw your work :D Keep on making great art!
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Sephirayne Featured By Owner May 8, 2012  Professional General Artist
Great drawing of Seth. Really love the detail ^^.
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Shu-Maat Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Sorry for the delay, and thank yoouuuuuu!! I'm happy you appreciated the details, I tried to follow them as much as I could! Kiyo can be worst than Thores sometimes... :D
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Sephirayne Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2012  Professional General Artist
You're welcome ^^. Yes, Kiyo can be XD XD.
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SweetLittleVampire Featured By Owner May 2, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Whohooo! I've tried to draw Seth some years ago, and I failed - I might retry, as I have a bit more practice now.
This is beyond brilliant - I love everything about it and don't really know where to start when telling what I like most.
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Shu-Maat Featured By Owner May 2, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Now it's my turn to be blown away. You're praising me far too much! But I'm so happy that you appreciated this! :hug:
I would truly love to see a Seth drawn by you. It's not a simple character, so I'm definitely curious to see how a very good artist as you are would render her. I hope you will give it a try, I'll be waiting! ^^
Thank you again for your kind words, and your fave! :wave:
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SweetLittleVampire Featured By Owner May 3, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I'll surely give it a try, for I love her design, and it's always great fun to draw her. ^^
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Shu-Maat Featured By Owner May 20, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I will be eagerly waiting for your try!! *___*
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arthemis92 Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2012
wow che bello... ma hai fatto anche il damascato nella parte interna dell'abito?? *__*
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Shu-Maat Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Ooooh, GRAZIE di questi complimenti, me è onorata come sempre!! Però no, non posso prendere il credit per quello, nell'originale è solo rosso, ci ho messo delle textures col photoshop! Purtroppo non sono capace di fare un pattern così complicato a mano... non so come faccia la gente! XD
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arthemis92 Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2012
ah beh, che l'abbia aggiunto dopo o meno non cambia molto, è sempre fighissimo! XD
e poi anche il mettere texture con photoshop ha la sau difficoltà, comunque sia nel tuo disegno sembra addirittura disegnato a pastello!
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lorenzo84 Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2012
Un altro meraviglioso capolavoro! Davvero complimenti!
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Shu-Maat Featured By Owner May 22, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Lore, GRAZIE, davvero davvero tanto!!! :hug: Ve lo farò vedere dal vero! :giggle:
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TsukiLion Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2012  Professional Interface Designer
che bellezza! *.*
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Shu-Maat Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Grazie infinite! *______* :hug:
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lillabullero Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2012
Che meraviglia!!! :wow:
Ancora una volta non posso che rimanere incantata innanzi al tuo ultimo capolavoro e ammettere che mi ci è voluta una buona manciata di minuti davantissimo allo schermo per godermi appieno ogni più piccola minuzia di dettagli. La visione di insieme ha già un impatto straordinario, ma se si inizia a guardare ogni singola componente della figura e degli abiti, l'effetto viene a dir poco triplicato. Non saprei neanche da dove cominciare! Precisione elegante e graziosa, ipnotica come gli intrecci dei merletti, maestosa ma leggiadra, un azzeccatissimo tutt'uno con l'essenza del personaggio in sé... Adoro l'associazione surreale dell'armatura fluttuante con i decori imperiali, così come la vivacità imprevedibile e gioiosa di Seth che trapela dal modo sbarazzino di mettere le gambe e le braccia - eppure in contrasto con un'espressione magnetica, misteriosa e autoritaria (questi occhi di un verde troppo acceso, velati di trucco rosso, quasi di predatore, su un viso piccolo e apparentemente fragile)... Hai davvero di che essere fiera della scelta che hai fatto e per la sfida niente male che hai portato a termine con così tanta bravura! :hug:
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Shu-Maat Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
ç________ç Mi commuovi ogni volta...
Come sempre, riesci a cogliere ogni singolo aspetto che cerco di mettere nelle mie cose; ogni punto in cui ho messo attenzione, lo riconosci. Ogni volta, il tuo gusto, la tua abilità nello scomporre un'immagine e nell'analizzarla, e quel tuo sesto senso nel capire tutto mi lasciano talmente meravigliata...
Soprattutto mi rende felice essere riuscita a mettere lo sguardo che hai così ben descritto nei suoi occhi... Sai che l'inespressività, l'incapacità di comunicare qualcosa sono la mia più grande preoccupazione. Anche se la tecnica non è perfetta, spero di riuscire a infondere almeno un po' di vita in quello che disegno, per quanto "stortignaccolo" sia.
Grazie, grazie, grazie. Per una volta, una sfida andata a buon fine! Grazie come sempre per essere qui col tuo sostegno, ad occhieggiare i miei piccoli passi avanti. :hug:
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Yamina00 Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2012
UHHHHH *__________* Finalmente completo!!! i decori del cappello mi piacciono da morire *_* non riesco a staccare gli occhi da lui!!!
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Shu-Maat Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Yamiiiiiii scusa il ritardo! ç____ç GRAZIE di queste parole, e grazie di averlo visto anche in anteprima e di avermi incoraggiata!!
Davvero ti piacciono? Pensavo che il cappello fosse la cosa più pasticciata... ma se piacciono a te, posso star tranquilla! GRAZIE davvero, sono così contenta che ti sia piaciuto! ^///////^
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Yamina00 Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2012
Naah non è pasticciato è figo! E altra cosa strafiga sono le labbra! mi piacciono da morire!
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Wragziez Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2012
Absolutely gorgeous!:heart::love:
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Shu-Maat Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Awwww, many thankies!!! I'm so happy you appreciated! :love:
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LadyZimaMythos Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2012  Student General Artist
Very lovely artwork! As always I absolutely love the sheer amount of detail you always have in your work and I just love every little bit of it! :love: When I first saw it, I thought of it more looking like you in your cosplay than just the character itself. :D
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Shu-Maat Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Hi dear! :wave: Sorry for the delay!
I'm super grateful for your lovely words, and... you literally moved me. Telling a cosplayer such words... you know, it's the best compliment ever, truly the best. You made my cry! ç___ç :hug:
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frosty-frogs Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
CHE. FIGO.
Perdono, davanti alle cose belle il mio cervellino si spegne e non riesco a fare commenti intelligenti çAç
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Shu-Maat Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
...non ti preoccupare, è la stessa reazione che ho di solito davanti ai vostri vestiti. u__u
ç_________ç GRAZIE! E' un onore essere nei tuoi favvi!!!!!!!!!
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MaeMaeTwin Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2012
OH man... I LOVE THIS!!!!!!!!! This outfit need more love!!!! The details are perfect! The color is amazing!!! :heart::heart::heart::heart::heart:
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Shu-Maat Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Awwww, THANK YOU!!! I'm so happy that you appreciated! :love: Knowing how much you love this outfit! :D Thank you very much for everything!!
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MaeMaeTwin Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2012
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Olaunis Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2012
Beautifuuuul! Absolute love.
You get to impress me each day. All those detailed shading, the delicacy of gradients, the intrincate ornaments, the shades of each tone you used... How I love that smooth light jade green. And yet you use it with so much dextrity and mix it up so well with the golden and red tones!
And don´t worry, I think the image is ok. Don´t know how much will the drawing have lost during the scanning proccess, but I think there are minor damage. Which resolution do you use? Sometimes it´s worth the time wasted in a good (although slower) resolution scan. Better than a poor image, that gets pixelated whenever you use the zoom even once or twice.
And the details are great. Of course, I don´t remember the whole original costume, but I´m pretty sure that this could have been perfectly done by the talent of Thores. She would not mind those details added or changed in your picture. Yet she would even appreciate them!
P.D.: Suleyman... Ohmygosh! The involuntary consonance between minds almost scares me sometimes... ;-P Two weeks ago I made some sketches about him. I couldn´t resist trying to draw such a hot guy in uniform... And they are ready to be uploaded here ^_^
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Shu-Maat Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Hi my dear, here I am :hug:
It's not the first time that I say it, but... knowing that one of my favourite artists took her time to look at my works, and left me this oh-so-touching feedback, it's like... the best thing that I could receive for my drawings. Thank you so much for all the words you spent for this piece. I did my best this time first of all not to fall in my usual weaknesses (like starting and never finishing, or abandoning the drawing at the first sign it doesn't come out as expected, or my difficulties with frontal poses), so I hope I'm getting a little better.
Thank you also for your advices. I usually scan at 400 dpi, but my scanner seems to pick up quite badly the colors themselves, the reds especially are always off. Each time I spend hours on Photoshop trying to set the drawings up, but I'm never too satisfied. On the other hand, I don't want to overreact, this is not so different from the original! Just the darker shades on the dress and on the whites are not very visible.
And... omg MIND READING!! And more omg... SULEYMAN!!!!!!! You... cannot know how thrilled I am at the news that I'm about to see a SULEYMAN drawn by you! I have a soft spot for that smokin' hot guy, but drawn by your hand... it must be uber gorgeous! I'll be waiting! :heart:________:heart:
Thank you again, for everything.
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Ayachan81 Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2012
O_O Che megalomane che sei.....guarda qua che super autoritratto ti sei fatta!!! Ma la ciotola per la bava per chi lo guarda è compresa???? *_* *_* *_* *_* *_*
Se no....ti arrangi!
Io sbavo:
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XD XD XD XD XD XD XD XD XD XD
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Shu-Maat Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
XDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDD
My dear, GRAZIE per questo bellissimo commento!!! :hug: :hug: :hug: Sono troppo contenta che ti sia garbato! E sia, farò una ciotola istoriata e dorata e barocca per i visitatori! XD
Graziegraziegrazie ancora!!! ^___^
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MCMXC2 Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2012  Hobbyist Filmographer
Splendida!!!!!!
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Shu-Maat Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Quanti punti esclamativi! ^///^ GRAZIE di cuore!!
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MCMXC2 Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2012  Hobbyist Filmographer
Quando ci vuole ci vuole!:D
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