Like an Oak, You Must Stand Firm

Posted Sep 2, 2023, 9:19:03 AM UTC

(Featuring an 18 year-old Bill)

Billy bears the element of Earth! It manifests itself as chlorokinesis. He was rather late discovering his element (17yo) and had already been training for years without it, so it was rather difficult for him to suddenly integrate it into his routine. His uncle Jora was ecstatic when the lad discovered he was an Earth elemental and graciously agreed to guide him through his new magic-weilding journey. At first, Billy was disappointed; Faedin, being a mushroom forest, didn't have a large variety of surface plantlife, which rendered his abilities practically useless. But being an Earth elemental himself, Jora familiarized himself with the incredibly intricate and plentiful root systems of Faedin and taught Billy how to use these root systems to his advantage. By enforcing his legs and arms with the roots, Billy learns to "plant" himself (haha) and is able to empower his swings and reduce knockback taken from opponents. (Basically a plant exoskeleton as perfectly summarized by seepran )

Venturing outside of Faedin, however, Billy struggles to adapt to the copious amounts of new vegetation now available to him. He just may find some help from a rather eager pink florist studying botany... Who's to say though!


Whoophsoidhaois okay this is done, it's been in the works for a while but I could never get out of the sketch phase. can I just say how proud I am of that tricep???? like holy crap that took a lot of reference photos of shirtless bodybuilders to figure that out. I tried going with a cooler palette this time since I always seem to work with warmer tones. Not sure if I like it... but I do think the background is half decent??

The floaty blobs are sweat flying off of him by the way, ik they look a lil out of place XDD 

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  • Sep 6, 2023, 4:10:35 AM UTC
    HERKTOIGHUHTNYUMUIL- MY MANS IS FINALLY HERE!!! (yes I'm late shh qwq) I knew I saw this though the sketch phase and when it was done and you got all my excitement but you shall get it again >:3 hes loooking so badassed and just the way you shaded him I JUST WANNA SQUSH AND NEVER LET HIM GO Heart You expressions and backgrounds have been on point lately my dudes its masterpiece after masterpiece Hug
    • Sep 9, 2023, 7:41:23 PM UTC | Total Edits: 1 | Last edited on Sep 9, 2023 by Neap0litan
      idk why pd is being weird but this is like my third time writing this comment, but I just wanted to say tysm and that your words mean just as much to me now as they did the first time you told me Heart I figured it was time i kick myself into gear and actually start putting genuine effort into my backgrounds X3 I owe some of that to you as well! Your epic rendering of the background in "have a slice day" inspired me to try ^^ HeartHug
  • Sep 4, 2023, 2:52:22 AM UTC
    Eeeeeeeee the art is awesome!!! (and the written piece in the description, always nice to read some backstory/lore>:3)
    Great atmosphere all in all, and holy cow the muscles, great work on those too! Bounce
    • Sep 4, 2023, 4:02:02 AM UTC | Total Edits: 1 | Last edited on Sep 4, 2023 by Neap0litan
      hehehe yes all of the pointless freefloating lore living rent free in my head >:3
      Thanks a lot, Wyv! Heart^^ i need to practice more... gotta draw some more buff characters...

      Looking at you Bryn...
  • Sep 2, 2023, 5:36:16 PM UTC
    Holy moly this is amazing. What an excellent pose!!!! So dynamic!!!
    • Sep 4, 2023, 3:57:27 AM UTC
      tysm!! I'm actually so glad to hear that, it's my first solid attempt at dramatic perspective ^^ - your words mean so much to me! HeartStar
  • Sep 2, 2023, 3:03:12 PM UTC
    oooh so basically a plant exoskeleton? cool!

    and you SHOULD be proud of that bicep, it looks good as heck! and that sweat tho, i have mad respect for anyone who can pull it off well 👌👌👌
    • Sep 4, 2023, 3:55:30 AM UTC
      yes you described that perfectly? can I steal that?
      and tysm TwT muscles are not my strong suit Sweat Drop