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Till Next Time... by SerenaVerdeArt Till Next Time... by SerenaVerdeArt
I promised a story when I first posted the preliminary sketch of this, so, now that the drawing is finished, here I am. (DOOM DOOM DOOOOMMM...)
After submitting "Defiance" I thought I probably had to spend some words to explain Vehnas and Messirama's relationship, and since I had already planned a picture with them in first place, what better time?
Onward, to the wall of word!

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I may have mentioned already how pretty much all the Embodiments openly dislike Vehans, which is, of course, not a surprise considering how easy is to dislike him.
On the other hand, we can safely say that their hostility is well reciprocated by Vehnas himself, yet, having him found in Istaaz a "pastime" gratifying enough, he never really cared about them, merely enjoying their indignation for the attentions he likes to dedicate to poor Fate.

Messirama, even being the newcomer among the Embodiments, made really no exception in this scenario. She learnt almost immediately that it was best to stay away from him, especially since he made no mystery of his... uhm, disapproval, when she dared to mess up with his precious toy (the stabbing I talked about in Messirama's Death picture).
At first everything was fine, but yes, Vehans did have some kind of interest in her, mostly because she proved herself capable not only to hurt an Embodiment, but also to heal them afterwards when nothing else seemed to work: he was in the belief that she could help him healing back his missing eye.
Of course, not only Messirama wasn't willing to help him in any way, she also avoided him on regular basis, until he finally seemed to lose interest in her almost completely.
Almost.

Time had passed since he first started seeing Istaaz, and even though he never ceased tormenting her, he couldn't help noticing that all the other Embodiments had grown so accustomed with the situation that they seemed to almost don't care about it anymore.
After all, Istaaz proved herself strong enough to stand up to him, and she clearly stated she didn't need anyone's help, so, even if all the others still felt quite sorry for her situation, in the end they gave up on her, thus abandoning Fate to... well, her fate.
Now, if there's something Vehans really can't stand is probably *quiescence*... I mean, he didn't bother so much to ruin some lady's life just to be ignored by the bystanders, not so blatantly at least... not to mention that the lady in question herself still didn't seem willing to grant him the attention he required from her, and that's why he decided, at some point, to get himself a different "leverage".
This leverage went under the name of Messirama.
This other lady wasn't exactly the most loved among the other Embodiments, yet, she met a particular requirement that Vehnas considered crucial for his purposes: she was in an *extremely* friendly relationship with Grhon, the Embodiment of Warfare.
Now, Grhon was probably the only one who never shown any real concern regarding Istaaz situation. Not because he didn't care about her, on the contrary, he had so much respect for the Blind Fate that he found the sole idea of being concerned about her almost insulting. Yeah, twisted...
Anyway, Vehans knew that if he wanted him to lose his temper, he had to hit the right nerve. And that's when he started focusing his attention on Miss Poisontongue.

She wasn't a big deal. It took him very little time to figure out how to break her, and it was even more entertaining than he thought, since she kept fighting and struggling every time, even though she already knew she had no chance to win. Yet, to his disappointment, she didn't seem intentioned to talk about her problem to anyone (let alone Grhon!)... she just did her best to keep the abuses secret, which was something that obviously discorded with Vehans' plans.
To fix this, he just decided that he was going to leave her a token of his passage after each visit. Something she couldn't just wash away or hide behind a fake smile, something that could slip away from her view and get missed on the floor, or between the sheets...
Something that, sooner or later, was going to be found.



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Staedtler karat and Prismalo caran d'ache
A4 size, ivory paper 200g/m2
Sketch and Walktrough on Tumblr [link] and [link]


Messirama, Vehnas, "Inavesu - The Timeless" (c) Serena Verde
Don't use this picture in any way without my explicit permission.

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PaperandDust Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
The expression. The hair. The skin. I like how you didn't show much of him, it works so well, and compliments the backstory beautifully.

Lovely job! Happy new year!
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AxelVIIIThePyroPunK Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
bellissimo, e la colorazione č perfetta. complimenti :)
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PandoraLewis Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
Beautiful.
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monymuf Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2012
It's fantastic!!!
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Coconutdawn Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Fantastic capture of emotion in her face, even the eyes! very impressive!
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SerenaVerdeArt Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you :)
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Mirz123 Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2012
:heart: 6-19-12 - This piece has been showcased on my profile page as today's daily feature. Thank you for making such great art.
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SerenaVerdeArt Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks to you for the feature :heart:
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Mirz123 Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2012
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PandoraOrtiz Featured By Owner May 24, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
what a skill!
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OneToSmile Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
You know, That's not only the Art you do (It's perfect, I'm fan of you!!!), but also comments under it. You're great, thanks for your art and stories.
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Eniat Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2012  Student General Artist
That scar-like bit on the back of his hand looks very believable.
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psychsg Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2012
so much emotion in her eyes. great pic :)
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Vampyre-Lover Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2012
Beautiful Art!!!
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DameOdessa Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Somptuous colors :wow: The tones are perfect!
And the story is marvelous :love:
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IveBeenShot Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2012
I really love the textures your coloring creates, I like looking at it, nice work!
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pump-kin-pie Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2012
this is excruciatingly catchy! *wants to read more*
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lovelycoldsmile21 Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2012
cool story
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ILikeGnomes Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Absolutely astounding. The blending and range of the colors baffles me.
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Tajii-chan Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This is beautiful :love:

I'm always taken aback by how much emotion you incorporate into your works. Because of it, your characters always seem so interesting in their storyline! The shading and the lighting does a beautiful job of bringing out the atmosphere that you want to portray as well :) And your toning with traditional media is even more admirable.. the way you bring in texture through your shading is really beautiful. The shading on the arms and the face here are really beautiful, and the fall of the hair is so delicate and charming :heart:
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SerenaVerdeArt Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you so much Tajii :heart: I'm really glad you liked it *_*
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Obscure-Beauty Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2012  Hobbyist
good work with the characters' poses :D
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haius Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2012  Hobbyist
What's the mark on his hand?
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SerenaVerdeArt Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
it's called the "mark of shame", it's usually branded on criminals who're going to be publicly executed ^^
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whiteshaix Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2012  Professional General Artist
Disegno bellissimo e storia interessante... Contorta il giusto direi. Penso che Messirama abbia avuto un'evoluzione affascinante - all'inizio sembrava molto pių "dark lady" classica, invece č davvero complessa e intrigante.
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SerenaVerdeArt Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Ti ringrazio!
Aw, per la gran parte della storia principale Messirama č cosė secondaria che non ho mai avuto nessuna motivazione per parlare di lei T_T devo ammettere di essere felice di aver iniziato a sviluppare quest'altra storyline, almeno posso dire di non aver fatto dei background per poi tenerli nascosti nei miei quaderni!

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Cpresti Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2012   General Artist
I love the hair! Very beautiful work.
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SerenaVerdeArt Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
thanks!
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3rdMask Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2012   Traditional Artist
you KNOW i love me some Vehnas, but i kinda feel bad for Messirama... eh but its Vehnas XD i cant help myself <3 lovely as always! oh and i wonder whats gonna happen when that Grhon guy finds out what Vehnas has been doing to his Messirama. more please!
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SerenaVerdeArt Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
ahahha :XD: damn Vehnas...
Thank you hun :D
(yes, I'll keep updating the story for sure, I just need to decide how :XD:)
:heart:
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chaolan6 Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2012  Student Digital Artist
Remember me.. MEDEA <3
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fuchrisskeeto Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
OMG! Your skills with coloured pencils is amazing , i just LOVE this! And the story is wonderfully beautiful :D
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SerenaVerdeArt Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks a lot :love:
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vya Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2012
Beautiful! *__*
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XxmimixX2 Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2012  Student General Artist
This is a wonderful piece. Now, I'm going to read this!! You just made a new fan!

<3
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DrawDesign Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Excellent, love it!
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Hekabe Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Such an beautiful artwork! I love it! :)
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GiovyLoCa Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
*-*
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jDawg26 Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2012  Student General Artist
thats really good well done :)
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dragondoodle Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Amazingly done picture and fascinating story! :love:
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SerenaVerdeArt Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
thank you!! :hug:
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I-love-cupcakes-alot Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
beautifully drawn and coloured, it looks almost real
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SerenaVerdeArt Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks! <3
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SaintxEnigma Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2012  Professional Writer
I love it. Absolutely. Her eyes hold so much hate and pain - and the writing is amazing. Well done.
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SerenaVerdeArt Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you :heart:
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MechaAlchemist Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2012  Student Writer
The emotion in this piece is astounding. Both on her face and in the way he has his hand through her hair. It's amazing, truly.
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SerenaVerdeArt Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks a lot <3<3
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MechaAlchemist Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2012  Student Writer
You are very welcome. <3
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Mr-Ripley Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Very nice :peace:
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SerenaVerdeArt Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
thank you!
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