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Strong on the Surface (take 2) by FadedDreams5 Strong on the Surface (take 2) by FadedDreams5
I'm strong on the surface, not all the way through. I've never been perfect, but neither have you.

^^Lyrics belong to Linkin Park^^

Decided to redo this because it's been driving me crazy for months now. Shockingly, his body was actually the fastest part this time. Got that done in like two or three hours. And the anatomy actually looks right...well, mostly. I'm sure it's something I still need to work on. The face took forever, and of course drawing each individual curl of his hair took a while...even if they are just scribbles.

Drawing this again REALLY made me want to get back to my story. I miss my characters, especially this guy. Having a break from them is nice but it probably won't be too much longer before I go back to revising my story.

I'm much happier with this. I can't decide if I like his face or not though...I have such a clear picture of what Jared looks like in my head but I can never quite seem to get it right in my art. But the rest of it...yeah, MUCH better than the old version (below):'s the old description since it' basically the same picture and concept, and I'm going to be moving that one to scraps now:

Ever since it dawned on me that there is a somewhat ironic contrast between Jared's physical strength and emotional vulnerability, I've been wanting to do something that somehow portrayed that. This was the outcome. He looks like a big, scary intimidating guy and he could kill you in a second if he wanted to. But underneath all that is a young man with a big heart and deep sadness. He acts confident and tough, but really he would rather run away from his problems than deal with them, which just ends up causing him more problems eventually. Out of all my characters, this one is my favorite. He's so conflicted and probably the one I can connect with most.
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December 5, 2012
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