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Ciel Phantomhive of Kuroshitsuji. First time using the Fog tool, and I love how the light rays turned out. Will definitely use more of it in future :D

Personal challenge: work on characters I don't like and still make him/her look good. To be honest, this is much easier compared to working on characters that I do like. And he turned out better than I imagined.

Why don't I like Ciel? Suffice to say the only reason I watched Kuroshitsuji was because of the Reapers. The recent Circus Ark, however, isn't enough to make me stay on the show. My anime tastes have evolved over the years. I'm more discerning with what I watch now. So this is my respectful farewell to the series. Doesn't mean I'd stop doing Kuro fanart, though.

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More Kuroshitsuji stuff:
Alois Trancy - Play With Me by Azkas19  That Butler, So Refined by Azkas19  Winter Roses by Azkas19
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LadyShentra Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
One word: EPIC.
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Azkas19 Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you :)
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LadyShentra Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
You are welcome!!!
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AntaraNN Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2014   Filmographer
Great character concept.
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Azkas19 Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks!
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Shinkan-Seto Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2014  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
This is a real awsome design! *_*
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Azkas19 Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Cheerssss....thank you so much! :D
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Shinkan-Seto Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2014  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
No prob ; )
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GISC-AniTeam Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
You did a wonderful job with this!! 

And yes, I'm not a huge fan of Ciel either. I do not hate him, nor do I love him: I feel neutral about him. I just wish Ciel would show a little more compassion towards the people who truly care for him. I like Sebastian a little bit better because he is more capable, but I definately agree that he is a Gary-Stu. Just because he's one of the main characters it doesn't mean that he should be absolutely perfect in every single way. Again, I definately do NOT dislike the main characters: I have neutral feelings for both of them. However, I still continue to watch the series because the plot still intrigues me and I LOVE the other side characters. 
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Azkas19 Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Yes, I do so love the side characters too, especially Mey-Rin and the Reapers :D
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GISC-AniTeam Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I like the servants, Prince Soma, and Agni. =D
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RissingFlower Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2014
Beautiful as always. Well done hon. :D (Big Grin) 

Love your post-work. Love Love 
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Azkas19 Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you! :happybounce: Love 
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RissingFlower Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2014
Your welcome!Wink/Razz 
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lazlong Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2014
What an Amazing image! Really great work!
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Azkas19 Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you! Love 
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Konnono Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
The Circus arc got me so emotionally invested I ended up quitting the show for good, and I don't even watch the show!

Ciel looks real shota here. Was that the point? XD
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Azkas19 Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Haha, yeah...Ciel's supposed to look like that :)

Just curious: if you're emotionally invested, why did you quit the show? Did you like any of the Circus Arc characters? My personal favourite's Snake. 
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Konnono Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
I loved all of them; I particularly felt for Joker the most, since he knew what he was doing was wrong but that he had to, for the person who gave him and his family another lease on life. The manga focused on how each of the circus members died when they were trying to attack the Phantomhive Manor and it really hit home on how these guys weren't just regular villains, but also people. I got pissed when they all died (read: killed in cold blood), so I ended up giving up on the whole series altogether. Just because Ciel is adorable has a tragic past doesn't mean he has the license to be a complete dick. 
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Azkas19 Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
My sentiments exactly! Plus, Ciel tricked Snake into his service afterwards. This is why I don't like Ciel and Sebastian. After reading the Campania arc, Sebastian seems too much like a Gary Stu to me, and that's when I stopped following the manga altogether...and the the entire series ultimately.
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rowenaphantomhive Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Wow, I never got that impression from it. Actually, I've always thought that Ciel having Snake join his merry band of servants was proof that he does have a heart, deep down. He could have just killed him and been done with the whole circus affair, but he gave him a home instead. I interpreted it sort of as his way of atoning for killing the rest of the Circus. Also in the most recent chapter, it is shown that he clearly regrets killing Doll and Joker. I mean, none of this excuses what he did, but.... eh, Ciel has always been a selfish bitch. He's a terrible person, no doubt about that, but that doesn't make him a terrible character. He's an antihero, is all, and a very well written one, imo. And Sebastian is, has, and always will be a Gary Stu, but, to be fair, being perfect is in his job description.
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Azkas19 Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
I'm all for antiheroes, seriously :) Characters like Walter White from Breaking Bad, or Aiden Pearce from Watch Dogs are both selfish and without conscience, but they're acting out on a personal vendetta of their own. Ciel relies entirely too much on Sebastian to save the day, which...I think...makes the plot highly predictable. If it were me, I'd make Sebastian disappear for some reason, and Ciel would have to rely on his own skill set to survive. 

Sebastian as a seemingly infallible character doesn't sit well for me because there's nothing for me to latch on...to have a reason to root for him. Besides his fascination towards cats, there's not much else. His sole motivation was to devour Ciel's soul. I think Yana Toboso has done a great job laying a foundation for her characters, but she still needs to do a lot of fleshing out on 'em. That's just my 2 cents on the show, really. It is great stylistically....but much, much more could still be done with it. 
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rowenaphantomhive Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Hmm, I do see your point. Although, I think the characters have been a little more fleshed out since you stopped reading the manga... the current arc, for instance. A new character is the one who ultimately saves Ciel for a change, not Sebastian. Ciel also goes through a reevaluation of his morals (or, well, lack thereof). And there are points throughout the story where Ciel has to make do on his own temporarily without Sebastian.

I've always thought that the point of Sebastian was for him to be completely unrelatable, since, as he so often reminds us, he isn't human. He serves as a contrast to Ciel, who is achingly so. It's been a while, but as I remember, the Undertaker has been more powerful and whenever they have one of their little showdowns, Sebby kind of gets his ass whooped. He isn't completely infallible (I think). I will definitely concede, though, that Sebastian has a fairly weak character motivation. I'm not sure how ANYONE'S soul could be worth all the shit he does... (and someone tell me how Ciel's soul is so pure anyway when he acts like a spoiled, conscience-less brat all the time...)
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Azkas19 Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Baahaaahaaa! Yeah, I did reach that point where Sebastian mentioned about Ciel's pure soul, and all I could think of was: Whut? Confused O_o Does that guy even know what he's talking about?

I read the Campania arc where Undertaker beat Sebastian up. It's like total WWF smackdown for me. I was going 'Go, Undertaker!' all the way!
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