Up until then, it has only been a rumor. A very persistent rumor, that was. But nobody had ever encountered Anima in person and lived long enough to tell the story. The ones that did survive, only saw the blazing light of his surrounding energy from a distance. And even that was enough to leave them traumatized for life.
Nobody know exactly was it was that Anima did to those people. He killed some of them, that was for sure. And he killed many, as he made many enemy's over time. But as he continued slaughtering every single soldier that went after hem, the army generals eventually gave up. And only the scientists were left, chasing this 'illusion'. Because that was what the government deemed him to be: nothing more than an illusion. Something like a mass hysteria that made more and more people go completely mad over time.
Those scientists knew better, however. Aiden's crew has been chasing this being for months already, but without any clear results. Although the creature didn't seem to respond so aggressively to the scientists as it did to the army, it was still highly dangerous. Even many scientists had already been fallen victim to his monstrous powers, and Kiriil knew that he had to be careful.
His fellow scientist didn't want to go with him, when he suggested following this creature all the way to the abandoned Neorasa headquarters. They thought it was foolish of him to go, and maybe they were right. He was all alone now. The energy measurement equipment, he brought with him, started to show more disturbing values as he progressed walking towards the building. Which was weird, because he couldn't see a thing yet. Was the equipment lying? It was terribly dark outside. As if a storm was coming. A weird storm. And Kiriil certainly wasn't feeling that well.
As he approached the old building, it suddenly came to him. As if he instinctively knew what was coming, he looked up to the towers. He held his breath. Anima! Was it real? Before he could realize what was happening, the creature noticed him, turned his head and looked at him. All of a sudden the place was surrounded with blue energy and the energy pressure went up like crazy. Kiriil knew that it was better to run, but for some reason he couldn't avert his eyes. Anima didn't seem to be angry, nor did he seem to be smiling. His blazing eyes didn't display any emotion at all. As if he wasn't human.
Kiriil couldn't stop looking. The dark sky tore open and a portal to what seemed to be another world appeared. A reflection of what the old headquarters seemed to be, years ago. The energy measurement equipment went out with a sudden beep, the level of energy being too high to even measure. Kiriil looked at it with fear, but knowing that it was already too late to run. His lifeless body was found by his co-workers the next morning. Although he bleed through both eyes, nose and ears, he was found with a mysterious smile on his face. He had seen something nobody else had seen yet.
Edit: Tweaked the colors a bit so the artwork could be seen at dark monitors as well.
I love this piece. It gives off this ominous emotion. One thing that I have noticed with blue light, especially, is that you can see the glow from quiet a distance. What I would have done is put gentle blue reflections along the architecture, which will not only heighten the power of the character; it will also put in the detail of the surroundings. I always try to promote the art and also let you have your own style. This piece is very nice and the colors compliment each other and your eye is drawn to every corner of the page which is hard to find. Just a thought
This is a very striking piece of work. The architecture on the castle(?) is very detailed and intricate, yet doesn't take away any attention to your character. I like the use of blue in the object surrounding the character and the slight blue aura surrounding him. I feel that the light from and around the character could be a little more vibrant and eye catching though, simply to make him stand out more. The simplistic sky contrasts well with the dark, almost silhouetted, building which i find very effective. The perspective of the character is perfect and i like the angle that everything is on, it adds to the mysterious effect of the whole thing.
Two comments: the composition is terrific. I always like pieces that don't have the main object dead center of the canvas. Secondly, it's a great contrast between the plain color palette of the church and the atmosphere and the figure. A really strong piece you should be proud of.
Oh but he was such a nice young man! He tried to kill me, but I sliced his liver out. Then we had a lovely meal together. He might've struggled once or twice, but I sorted him out (violently) because when you are in my house you will obey my rules. Tee-hee. :3
This is truly an amazing piece. The detail is incredible and quiet exquisite, it gives off a mix of emotions that seem to catch you and draw you into the picture. The pop of blue against the dark background adds a great intensity to the character. Keep on doing this, it is what I call a great piece of work!
I like the atmosphere in this quite a lot, it's a bit different from your usual stuff. It feels like the towers on the right and the character are competing a bit though, since those are the two points of most contrast. The vertical lines also lead me up and off the page if I look at the flow, I go from looking at the character briefly to the towers on the right and then up and off. I might add more blue hints throughout the piece so it's not so isolated in one area.
nice job on this one i like the narrative very interesting!
only crit from a technical standpoint is to push the perspective depth a bit, looks like the focal point is Anima so having a bit more detail in that foreground compared to those towers in the back will create more spacial depth as well as a bit of atmospheric perspective where things in the distance get a bit more hazed or less focused slightly. the high contrast in terms of saturation/color works well to push the character forward but surrounding the character itself there's not much details or too much dark (i do see some bounce light on the surface from the blue orbs but that could be a secondary light source to show off some of the surface details of the building that Anima is right by)