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Dreaming of a World I Never Knew by Aederith Dreaming of a World I Never Knew by Aederith
"Its heart is imbued with a foreign magick and might... it knows the power to think and to live, given form and function by means unfathomable..."


Traditional scan + digital colouring and effects. Designed as a bookmark.

This is Coded, who I believe is currently my oldest surviving character, and perhaps familiar to my older watchers. He is a sentient construct born of a rhyme and reason lost to the mists of time, a vestige of a war and an era long since faded from modern memory.

Name inspired by Moonquest: An Epic Journey by the Yogscast.
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Dragon-wolf-490 Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I would've never been able to of thought that I might have to say that I wish I found your account long before now so I could've started liking all of these pictures!
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Aederith Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2014   Digital Artist
I really appreciate that you like my work so much. :la: Thank you for all the faves and comments on my various submissions! Glad to have a new fan. :]
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Dragon-wolf-490 Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
your welcome! it's pretty hard for someone to make me their fan! your work is awesome!
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Jellandha Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Coded looks a dignified and wise fellow. The look in his eye seems ancient and contemplative, the bright red a spark of sentience. You so cleverly capture emotion on an armoured and immobile face. I've always loved that about your works. Great use of pose and movement to bring life to the construct, and I enjoy how you framed the overall image. It really adds to the artistic quality, bringing in the focus where it's most needed. The colour scheme really works, highlights and tones in all the right places to give him form. His armour is placed organically, not too bulky or encumbering, not overly flashy with impractical elements. I hope you don't mind if I study it for help with my own work!
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Aederith Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2014   Digital Artist
Why thank you! Regarding emotions in immobile faces, that does seem to be a thing people consistently comment on in my work; even I don't know how I do it! It just comes naturally, I suppose. Of course, Coded is a near and dear character to me, so a lot of the feeling that exudes from him I'd be willing to bet just comes from the amount of old memories, ideas and emotions surrounding his design and old stories that whirl in my head when drawing him.

The armour is quite a tricky one to do, and over the years I've really tried to practice on that front, given my love of armoured designs and machines and so on. These days I'm better at giving them a more organic design than looking amateur and clunky, but I must admit that Coded's armour hasn't changed all that much since his inception! It used to be far clunkier and heavy-looking, though, so my latest refinements were definitely done in an effort to keep the air of the old while applying what I've learned since the first iteration - and I'm glad the look I was going for seems to have gone as I wanted it to, and is evident. :] You are of course welcome to study what you wish; how I learned what I do now came largely from the study of other designs and real life examples, and compiling that knowledge into my own way of doing things. So by all means, if I am one of those sources of learning and study for you, go for it. I am not against it, and in fact I am quite flattered my design is worthy of appreciation on that level!
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Kestanesus Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Ohohoho, yes! Don't remember if I mentioned it, but I always liked this character of yours, such a cool design. This is a wonderful piece that really highlights your improvement over time when compared with the older pictures of him; differences here and there in your style and how you draw certain things like the eyes, as well as a certain clean-ness to it and a better grasp of how things look under different perspectives. Plus, this piece has a certain feel to it that almost highlights the traditional roots of the foundation of the piece, because though digitally coloured and everything I still get something of a traditional vibe from it that creates an awesome blend of the two. Wonderful work, fabulosu! <3
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Aederith Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2014   Digital Artist
Ohohoho :iconohohoplz:

It might've been one of your trademark vague mumblings, but I appreciate knowing that now for sure either way. <3 I am fond of his design too, it has a certain something about it that harkens back to my older ideas but still carries over into the present day nicely as a fond remnant and prevailing example of my abilities.  And I'm very glad to know that my improvement is evident, as well as my stylistic progression, since those are quite hard to see myself until I look back at something a lot older and compare directly to the new. It makes me glad those specific things you mentioned seem to be points of improvement as well; I hadn't considered changes in those in particular, but I'm happy that the keen eye of my fabulosu caught them and can see that. <3 The traditional feel to this I agree does remain, certainly in specific areas where I didn't do as much editing and I can see a bit of my pencil work underneath - and otherwise just something about it that conveys the general vibe, yes. Anyway, thank you so very much, I'm glad this represents such a change over time, and that it is evident, especially to you. <3
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ChimeraDragonfang Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2014
Agreeing with Angel: the S-shape/figure-8 formed by the tail and swirling cloth gives it a great sense of motion. The muted reds and faint sepia tones provide a feeling of old-school sophistication. Aged and maybe a bit worn in places, but still dignified. And of course adding traces of gold always classes up anything.
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Aederith Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2014   Digital Artist
Ah, so it definitely seems to have been a touch that worked quite well than. I appreciate the feedback, thank you! :la: And agreed, gold just classes up things nicely.
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Korban3 Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Freakin' radical :D
God that's cool.
Digging the idea of living armor, as well. Cool as hell.
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