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Attack on Titan - Armin by Hodremlin Attack on Titan - Armin by Hodremlin
So I finally started watching this show and now I have to read the manga.

I really liked Armin's character right from the start.  It's as if someone combined Genis Sage and Mithos Yggdrasill.  I need to stop comparing everything to ToS...

This was supposed to be a really quick drawing, but then I was just like "NO!! ONE MORE STRAND OF HAIR" so it took a lot longer.
Expect more fanart soon, I'm working on something involving Levi right now, heh.

And make sure to follow me on Tumblr too!
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TurquoiseGalaxy Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
//VIOLENTLY SCREECHES// this iS AMAZING <33
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EdwinaCX Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
OMFG - Emote 
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MegaJapanophile Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Oh my gosh this is so AWESOME!!!!
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Hodremlin Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2014
Thank you so much!!
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MegaJapanophile Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
No prob
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IrinaMartis Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Beautiful!
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Hodremlin Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2014
Thank youuu!!
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EpicFemShep Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Wow! This is beautiful. He looks great! Wonderful art! <3
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Hodremlin Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2014
Thank you so much, I'm glad you like it!  Armin's pretty cool.
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CausticCoquette Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2014  Professional General Artist
It's so perfect...
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Hodremlin Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2014
Thank you so much!!
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deeplyDophin Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
badass-ary at its finest True That Stamp 
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Hodremlin Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2014
Ahaha, thank you that's an awesome compliment. xD
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Flycker Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2014
Very well done. One thing I love about Attack on Titan is there are so many characters to like, Armin is definitely one of my favorites.
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Hodremlin Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2014
Thank you!

At first I was turned off from Attack on Titan because I thought all the characters looked alike, but once I started watching it I was amazed at how unique they really were personality-wise!!
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attackontitanloverX Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2014  Student
this is great. i love Armin too and does anybody know when the second season is coming out
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Hodremlin Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2014
Thank you so much!  Armin is a great character!!

I'm not sure when the second season is coming out, but I'm sure there will be lots of news about it when it is.  I'm sure they'll be making another season after the popularity of the first one.
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CausticCoquette Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2014  Professional General Artist
2015... *cries*
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Hodremlin Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2014
Ugh, 2015... I can't wait that long!!  I need it now!
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AllNamesAreClaimed12 Featured By Owner May 12, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Ohh, this is awesome, especially the hair! (haha for a second I thought the description read "I really disliked Armin's character right from the start." and I was like wat. Makes a lot more sense now xD 
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Hodremlin Featured By Owner May 13, 2014
Thank you!!  And ahaha, that's funny!  I really, really like Armin and I can't wait to see him more in the second season!  I need to draw more of him very soon.
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AllNamesAreClaimed12 Featured By Owner May 14, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Yeah, me too! I can't wait for the second season, can't believe it's not coming out until 2015 (at least!) >.<. So tempted to read the manga, but I don't want to spoil it so I'm going to try and wait. Yeah, he looks really good in your style :D 
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Hodremlin Featured By Owner May 16, 2014
Ugh, 2015 seems way too far away!  I guess I would rather wait awhile though if it means that it's done well and plus there will be more hype.  I've been reading the manga a bit but I honestly think the Anime is actually better.  I kinda stopped because I also don't want to spoil things yet.
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AllNamesAreClaimed12 Featured By Owner May 16, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Yeah, I just hope it comes out early in the year... Oh yes, definitely; if the alternative is bad quality, I'd much rather wait as long as it takes. It would be a shame if they ruined such an amazing series for a reason like that. I've only read up to chapter 34, and I don't plan on going further until season 2 comes out... not that I haven't been spoiled already, haha. Avoiding spoilers can be almost impossible. But yeah, SnK is definitely one of those things that works better as an anime with all the action scenes that can be kind of confusing in still form, plus I think the music and voice acting definitely boosts the impact of a lot of scenes. I still like the manga though, it has a unique style. 
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alydoll Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
this is so gorgeous oh my gosh
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Hodremlin Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2014
Thank you very much!!  I need to draw more Armin.
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Shiyuna Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2014
This was beautiful! I especially love Armin's eyes! Neko Emoji-27 (Being kawaii) [V2]
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Hodremlin Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2014
Thank you very much!  I've been trying to get better at eyes, I spent a lot of time getting Armin's just right!!  He does have a really cool colored eyes, probably because he's such an awesome character.
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Shiyuna Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2014
Well the eyes are perfect! It's like he's staring into my soul with his waterblue eyes. I really admire how you draw and colour.
Every line looks soft and the shading is perfect !Neko Emoji-16 (Blush) [V1]
I recently tried drawing using Paint Tool SAI, but it was kind of difficult....got any advice for a newbie? kaomoji set 2 15/67 
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Hodremlin Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2014
Ah, thank youuu!!

Actually my lines aren't really that smooth, haha.  I get that compliment a lot, and I inwardly laugh every time because I kinda have shaky hands.  I work on an A4 canvas at 300dpi usually and use a size 1 brush for lineart, so if I zoom out the lines look smooth but if I have it at normal size they're all over the place.

I've been using SAI for a few years now so I can definitely give you some tips.  I've been meaning to make a tutorial and now that school is almost over I should finally have time.  But for now, do you have an specific questions I could try to answer?  I could probably type out a whole essay about everything I know but I'm not sure if that would be as helpful as me giving you specific answers.
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Shiyuna Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2014
Aww, I want to make smooth lines too! Makes the painting look more vivid. ^^
And I would love a tutorial ^^! I bet alot of people would appreciate it as well!

I'm mostly curious about how you colour and shade. What tools and brushes are you using? How do you blend the colours so they don't look to sharp or too blurry? Usually when I blend two colours it turns out looking 3D-like, which I'm not very fond of. Do you create a new layer for every colour you use to shade Armin's hair?
Thanks for taking time to answer. You're really helpful kaomoji set 1 9/19 ! Sorry if the questions are stupid or very obvious. 
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Hodremlin Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2014
I'm definitely going to be putting a tutorial together either this weekend or next... I hope.  Finally done with school so I can actually do fun things now, heh.

But until then, I can answer your questions!

For lineart, base coloring, and shading I use pretty much only one brush.  It is a custom brush that I made.  Here's the specifications for it so you can duplicate it if you wish:
imgur.com/FREr191

I also use the standard Watercolor tool for blending sometimes, but that brush tool does really well for blending too. 

I did each part of Armin on a separate layer, ie. skin, jacket, shirt, eyes, hair, etc.  I hit the preserve opacity button on the layers panel so I don't color outside of the lines and then I start shading.  I find that working on the same layer makes the shading come out smoother than if I created a layer above each one for every color.  I used to do that but it came out too sharp looking.

I think finding a brush that you are comfortable using makes all the difference.  Also, your questions are not stupid or too obvious or anything, I enjoy answering people's questions because I think we can all learn something from one another.  Let me know if you have any other questions!!
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Hodremlin Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2014
OH!  And one other thing I forgot, the brush that I use doesn't actually have blending capabilities, but what I do is lay down one stroke and then use the eyedropper (or my tablet pen has a button on the side that lets me right click) and pick up the color that I used it on and place it over the stroke I just put down.

Okay that sounds really confusing reading that... I'll have a tutorial soon so I can actually visually communicate what I'm trying to say. xD
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Shiyuna Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2014
That's one detailed post! Thank you so much for taking time to write that kaomoji set 2 18/67 .  I'm quite surprised that you're able to blend the colours so softly without any blending tool. I'll definitely try duplicating your brush and practice tomorrow ^^! Maybe that will be the end of the harsh/sharp colour blending I create with the smudge tool in Photoshop xD.

I was already quite inspired by your Armin art, but now I'm even more motivated to improve my coloring and shading techniques. Oh, and please don't stress with the SAI tutorial ^^ Make it whenever you feel like it :)
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detectivegirl15 Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
Armin is cute :D 
I also liked Armin from the start he's just so adorable :squee:
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Hodremlin Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2014
He is cute, and ever-so-likeable!  I look forward to seeing him develop as a character!!
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detectivegirl15 Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
I agree :D I can't wait for the next season
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Red-Rider-Beccu Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I also loved Armin form the start <3 And that hair! I love how you did it ;w; His eyes are so pretty~ ^^
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Hodremlin Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2014
He's such a great character!  Lots of room for him to develop in the storyline too.

Thank you very much, I'm glad you like his eyes (I always have trouble with eyes)!!
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strawhatapple15 Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This is awesome !!!! :iconmuahplz:
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Hodremlin Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2014
Oh my gosh, thank you!  I LOVE ARMIN!  Need to draw more of him!
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strawhatapple15 Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
ahhh you're welcome ! Oh and yes please do !!! You artwork is amazing ! :iconmotherofgod-plz: I LOVE THAT LI'L BLONDIE TOO !!! Armin has the lovable syndrome !!! He's just too cute ! :iconotakuingplz:
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landra15 Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Awesome!
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Hodremlin Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2014
Thanksss!!  (again thank you so much, hahaha)
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scarlet104 Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2014  Hobbyist Filmographer
awesome!!!
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Hodremlin Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2014
Thank youu!!
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CynFinnegan Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I think Armin has a bit in common with Quatre from Gundam Wing, too.  They're both blond haired (though Quatre's hair is almost white), blue eyed, considered to be the weakest member of their team (don't know about Armin, but Quatre has the highest level of endurance and pain tolerance), and they're both master strategists.
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Hodremlin Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2014
I never looked at it that way before, but I can definitely see his resemblance to Quatre!  It's been a long time since my Gundam Wing days, but now that you mention it I agree with you.  I always liked Quatre's character (although Duo was my favorite), I appreciated that what he lacked in strength he made up for in brains similar to Armin.  I seem to recall that Quatre had a pretty depressing backstory too, hopefully nothing that sad will be revealed about Armin but who knows!
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IrishGal434 Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Very detailed. I like it. Good job.
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Hodremlin Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2014
Thank you!!

(I received your invite into the RP group too.  Unfortunately I don't have enough time to dedicate to it right now, although I would have really liked to be a part of it.  I would definitely be interested in the future though if another RP group arises!)
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