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April's Choice by Imaliea April's Choice by Imaliea
UPDATE: Because ~Quna is so super-nice she assured me it was still OK to enter this into the contest she'd held over at ~AprilRyan-club even though I didn't finish it in time :heart::love: and just now I found out I won!!! :faint: Yahoooo !! I'm so happy!!! I was worried, cuz I didn't think it really looked like April as much as it could have and it was a new technique and it was late and..agahhhhh still happy! Is there a happydance icon??? There should be!

It's April Ryan from the game The Longest Journey / Dreamfall. I didn't use a reference for the most part (should have -_-') until I started drawing her outfit. Oh wells.

In the background on one side is the futuristic world of Stark, on the otherside is the dream world she first encounters at the beginning of the first game. Her turning away from Stark is uhh... kinda symbolic? XD

Tried out some of Nathie's cool new skin texture-y brushes [link] as well as I think, can't remember now

Used some of Marta Dahlig's brushes from [link]

And also shamelessly cheated with the city by using a brush (what can I say? I ran out of time and 'oomph')

Also used some of my own home-made brushes.

I'm pretty sure that's it but if I think of anything else I'll update this...

Artwork © Imaliea
DO NOT steal this artwork or use it without permission
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NonFlyingButter Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
This is so fucking beautiful, I mean, really
BrianJKory Featured By Owner May 7, 2014  Professional General Artist
Sarah Hamilton  voiced April Ryan in The Longest Journey
Even if you don't know who she is, what she does. She is a real survivor. She is really a truly beautiful, strong and boldly courageous human being. If you can even offer 5 dollars you are showing your support in her incredibly difficult and inspiring journey. I admire her profoundly. Just read her story, it's so inspiring and heart breaking at the same time. I donated what I could.

"What's my opportunity here?' is a question I never cease asking myself. I am a woman who doesn't allow life's challenges to get in the way of my growth. In fact, I believe challenges are to be overcome in order to transform our lives and allow us all to find the joy that is our birthright. And I have been challenged in the last decade.

My belief was put to the test when I was diagnosed in 2002 with Multiple Sclerosis, then 18 months later with Stage 2 Parotid (Salivary) Gland Cancer. 'What's my opportunity here?' was the question that kept repeating itself. My back was subsequently operated on due to a completely extruded disc in 2010. In 2013 I slipped and fell on the ice and needed surgery in my hand due to a ruptured tendon. Also one of the main MS symptoms are many many migraines. At one point they were up to 25 a month. Thankfully they are now down to about 10. All of this ... has led to bills, some of which I am still paying off without rancor.

Now again my belief has been put to the test. On April 2nd I went back to the Hospital for back surgery again. This time needing a fusion of my spine. I spent 4 days in the hospital post surgery due to drainage tubes, IV's and pain management that could not be medically supervised at home. I am now home and bills are coming in, which doesn't allow for ease of healing due to stress. The stress of which has caused an MS relapse which has come in the form of severe vertigo. This doesn't make movement easy, which is crucial to my healing. One doesn't want to topple over after a back fusion, that's not such a good idea...

So what is my opportunity here? It's to acknowledge that I need help. Help with my bills. Once I am given the go ahead to go back to work it will be part time, and in conjunction with all my regular bills I won't be able to pay my previous doctors bills let alone my new ones. I also acknowledge how so very grateful I am for being allowed the time to get well and for having those around me who love me. Yet I need help. And if you are able to do so I would be so grateful to all of you for the rest of my healthy life. So.... Thank You, Thank You from the bottom of my heart. I am honored and humbled by your support.

With All My Love,
~Sarah "
Clissat Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2013
Gorgeous work! Actually, the most beautiful portrait of April I had seen at this website :)
NaruzaMatomo Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2013
amazing work
talisath Featured By Owner May 20, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
WOOOW, so good! It April, all right.
raynetempura Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2013
Awesome. She looks amazing.
JaneWalter Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
these eyes... mysterious
oh, she is awesome
thank thank thank thank thank thank thank you)
Yinsho Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Oh my goooooood this looks so freaking awesome. *n*
DanielGlaber Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2013
Oh my... so GORGEOUS!
Sunseil Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I really love it..
Emmysarus Featured By Owner May 10, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Great character, I like the clousy background!
Yehudiah Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
wow - just wow, makes me speachlless :)
Diuxidx3 Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
This is gorgeous! I love how you drew her
lilynoelle-m Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
April Ryan is my favourite character from the game and that artwork... is just amazing *__*
Vijoh Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2012
The face!! O.o AND THE HAIR°!! :D Love this picture! And love dreamfall! You're a great artist!
CrimsynSeraph Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2012
I love this game so much! Amazing rendition of April
Soban-Re Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
This is *super* amazing work. The details are astonishing, I love the composition; how she seperates Stark and Arcadia in the background. Of course, I just love the subject matter, too. :D

Anyway, grand. Just grand!
vanilia13 Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
lovloss Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
She looks awesome here, almost like a rock star
lydiaterese Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
Goddamn the lighting/shading here is GOOD.
GodXofXDestruction Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
She looks badass! I've been trying to find a female character who fits that description without being, well, a whore, basically. Thank you!!
Imaliea Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2011   General Artist
Thank you so much! I agree, all too often 'female badass' translates to 'wearing as little clothing as possible and carrying a weapon' lol
ColeyChrist Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Beautiful lighting and detail. :D
Ty13r Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2011
Moozua Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2011  Professional General Artist
Wow, thats awesome!
TheSkillfullyInept Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2011
Oh my god...gorgeous!
Viccolatte Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Striking portrait! The colors really set the mood. Well done!
ErikaLeStrange Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2011  Student Digital Artist
I love the lighting and background ( > w < )
It's so beautiful :iconloveloveplz:
NelaNequin Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Wow, the hair is really done nicely. It looks amazing with the lights and shades. Really awesome work.
kyokochibi Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2011  Student Digital Artist
Woah, amazing ^^
The shadows looks amazing :3
devASHBA Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2011
Nice work :)
F1speedox96 Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2011  Hobbyist
AnnMarieBone Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
Beautifully painted!
jules-minette Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2011  Student General Artist
really good work!
gotta love April!
privilegium Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Absolutely amazing! :) Wonderfully done!
Evolvana Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2011   Digital Artist
Really nice portrait, very realistic ! :)
obsessedkitten Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Rendering is good! It's a bit dark in the shadows which is a shame because you can't really focus on the focal point (her face).
13tangerines Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
excellent! ;)
ScreamofmyHeart-Neko Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
well done
GoldenIvories Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2011  Professional General Artist
This looks really good man. Very intense.
best3dcreations Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2011  Professional Filmographer
love this piece. great use of color and attention to detail. great job
shinsengumi77 Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Awesome work! I like the lighting in this piece. :D
moxiegraphix Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
This is gorgeous. Even if I had no idea who the character was, it would still be a fantastic painting.
Pheelip2010 Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2011  Student Traditional Artist
Beautifully rendered.
StingRoll Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Gorgeous work.
Especially nice job with the shadows and lighting, most impressive!
Gotappenname Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2011
wowza very cool looking
ynist Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2011  Student General Artist
really gorgeous work !
KellerAC Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Nice work, this is very well done :D
Ignis-Phoenix Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Never played this game, but this is just so amazing. WOnderful detail, especially with her expression.
zummerfish Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
absolutely stunning and intense, and very very mysterious, specially her distant gaze :heart:
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