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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

Credits:
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')
[link]

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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BrianJKory Featured By Owner May 7, 2014  Professional General Artist
Sarah Hamilton  voiced April Ryan in The Longest Journey

www.gofundme.com/8fbxk8
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 "
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Clissat Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2013
Gorgeous work! Actually, the most beautiful portrait of April I had seen at this website :)
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NaruzaMatomo Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2013
amazing work
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talisath Featured By Owner May 20, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
WOOOW, so good! It April, all right.
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raynetempura Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2013
Awesome. She looks amazing.
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JaneWalter Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
these eyes... mysterious
oh, she is awesome
thank thank thank thank thank thank thank you)
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Yinsho Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Oh my goooooood this looks so freaking awesome. *n*
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DanielGlaber Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2013
Oh my... so GORGEOUS!
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Sunseil Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Cool!
I really love it..
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Emmysarus Featured By Owner May 10, 2012  Student Writer
Great character, I like the clousy background!
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