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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.
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:
Deus-Lux Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
You're very welcome!
Glaxos Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Wow!!! *^*
Il disegno è bellissimo e i dettagli sono stupendi!! Complimenti!! :la:
Shu-Maat Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Ma GRAZIE!!! Felicissima che ti sia piaciuto!! *__________*
Giuly-Chan Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
bellissima*__* sei bravissima *O* adoro sto costume di Seth **
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!
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!
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:
Nuaran Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
Favoloso. Questa e vera Seth. Ottimo lavoro!
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