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Nuzzles by Altalamatox Nuzzles by Altalamatox
Ew, more mushy old people. Old people politicians this time, no less. I will break you guys.

I believe I've gone on about this relationship before.

An excellent metaphor for these two is the moon and sea. Diana is endlessly patient, calm, the unwavering light in dark. Of course she loves her man, but she could get along without him, as she did before. Cornelius is about as moody, irritable, and unforgiving as your average ocean, with that sort of majesty and sort of bleakness. After The Incident, he needed someone to take hold of his choppy life and impose exactly the sort of soothing rhythm Diana offers. He ebbs immediately from cold and strung-out to smiley and pacific under her influence. She straightens out his days. Losing her would be disastrous. Possibly fatal.

Because it gets asked as well, Cornelius and Diana are one of those couples that seem to be perennially engaged. These people are so damn busy. At first they were worried marriage between a senator and a representative from separate parties might be kind of bad for their careers. But silly them. Their colleagues, and the press, are more concerned that they're living together part-time and not married. It happens, eventually.

Also, do they get crap about Cornelius' glatnism? You betcha. On one terrible occasion Diana was accused of bestiality, and you can imagine Cornelius unleashed the motherloving wrath of god on the slanderers. They've been, publicly, left alone after that. Diana shrugs off the ignorance, but incendiary commentary on the state of his humanity will always be a live wire for Cornelius.


Might keep doing these couple portraits, though it occurs to me I don't have very many more couples in my cast...
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FrostKnight1 Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
looks like....my aunt O_O.......
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Jane-Martin906 Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2013
So. Damn. Cute. :D
they don't need to make it a big splashy wedding, just elope already!
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Autumn-Gracy Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2013  Student General Artist
MOTHER OF GOD, I CAN SEE HIS PORES
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Autumn-Gracy Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2013  Student General Artist
Not to mention the fact that her name is the Roman goddess of the moon...
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Altalamatox Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2013
Very much intentional. :) Brownie points for knowin' yer goddesses!
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Autumn-Gracy Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2013  Student General Artist
:D Yay! Artemis is my patron Goddess ;)
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AgentDax Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2013  Hobbyist
that skin texture is freaking amazing
not to mention this is such an adorable picture... I love how happy they look!
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Kerpow Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2013  Student General Artist
WOW the way you describe them together is so beautiful... The thing that first caught my eye here is his horribly adorable loose skin on his neck. I Absolutely LOVE that you didn't leave out his age. <3 <3 <3 <3 <3
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Nine-Tailed-Chaos Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2013
Ow, your Art hits me right in the feels! ; A ;

You can really feel the love in your couple portraits, and all the emotions that come with! Who doesn't love Snuggles? You're never to old to Love and be Loved!

...And I have to say I agree about the "Unleashing" Bit is the best part. :lmao:
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Susiron Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
That skin texture.
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Synaesthetic1 Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2013
So ADORABLE... (the idea of older couples is developing an appeal for me). And the unleashing. Gotta love that.
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Audisey Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2013  Student General Artist
NOES THIS WAS THE POSE THAT... SAKLDJHGDLFKGD
I was working on this sort of pose, but think of Diana holding a tinynewt Cornelius in her hands and giving him a little kiss on the head. You drew the scene far better than I could ever imagine, though.

Readin' mah brains... you sly Altalamatox, you.
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Altalamatox Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2013
Aah! Stealin' yer thunder, sorry! :XD: Oh man, but that sounds too cute to be true, I must needs to see this now! Honestly, this scenario would be infinitely more adorable if icky wrinkly old man Cornelius were replaced by his tiny amphibious self.

Cornelius: Tell me what you really think of me.

Diana: I'll take both, if you please. :)
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Audisey Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2013  Student General Artist
No worries! It simply amazes me. I chose this angle because I do not wish to butcher Diana's face, but THIS teaches me a lesson on adorableness! It'll definitely help with colors/shading (if I ever pick up my lazy butt and shade something).

PSH icky wrinkly old man... He's awesomely aged, like fine wine. As is Diana!
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Altalamatox Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2013
SPEAKING of butchering Diana's face, oh god oh god oh god... I kind of intended her face be pointing away from us a bit here and it came out stupid and I REEEEALLY should've just had her from the side because something weird happened to her cheek. D: This poor lady, I've probably only ever drawn her decently twice.

Cornelius: Ah, thank you. As with all art it takes a particular sense of refinement to properly appreciate some appearances...

Tox: *smiiiiiles*

Cornelius: For heaven's sakes, what?

Tox: I know what you're going to loooook liiiike in twenty yeeeears~

Cornelius: *stares* After that smile, dead, hopefully.
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Audisey Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2013  Student General Artist
Her cheek is awesome and elegant! It's all like ~wewsh~ majestic lady face. You've drawn her splendidly each time, don'tchu get to thinking otherwise.

o: What's he going to look like?

Shadra: Probably like me when I'm older. *nod*

Ehh, well... I should hope not.

Shadra: ... Excuse me?!
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Phageous Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I don't care what people think or say about kissing--nuzzles are always the most adorable form of romantic expression. c: I adore the way you write romance. It's so unique and character-driven. And these two complement each other so well!

If I remember right, Cornelius has to sort of... tighten himself to maintain his human form, right? Does he have a hard time staying in human form and relaxing with Diana at the same time?
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Altalamatox Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2013
Thanks, you! Totally agree on the kissing. Kissing is kind of a strange thing to begin with, and it only gets stranger when it's frozen in time in a drawing/etc. I am, however, a fan of cuddles of all forms. Oh, I'm glad you like my stabs at romance, I sometimes suspect my couples come off as boring. Yes, yes, they all have their steamy moments, but I'm too embarrassed to explore those scenarios let alone share them all over teh internets.

You have it exactly. It's pretty frustrating for him, you can imagine. Diana is a saint, however, and tirelessly assures him she'd far rather he was comfortable than human. To be honest, she'd be almost as thrilled as Cornelius if he could be 'himself' again full-time, but that's not in the cards and so she leads the effort in making them both grow more cheerfully accustom to his quirks. However, if he's been shifted down for a good while, like after a night's sleep, he can hold human shape for a few hours almost effortlessly, so they can have snuggles like above. C:
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Phageous Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
My sentiments exactly! Kissing mostly confuses me. And no way! Your characters' romances are very well done. I love seeing relationships that are based on friendship and how the partners get along and support each other, rather than the mere fact that they are "in love" and just doing all the physical lovey stuff.

Oh, good for him! I won't lie though. I find the image of Cornelius trying to figure out how to relax without actually relaxing a little too amusing.
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julianwilbury Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2013  Student General Artist
That said, I won't lie, I've been itchin' to draw a rather mushy picture meself of these two cuddling in his glanti form. Her love and acceptance is what really makes me love these two.

(No I won't leave your characters alone. Hell, I may still have some math notes from LAST semester with some Corny doodles I did of my own...)
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Altalamatox Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2013
Dude, you've done such lovely things with the glatni in the past I know you'd turn out something brilliant. C: Never fear, they do spend a ton of time together as lady and monster. Which isn't so terrible. Cornelius makes a pretty good couch and/or full body pillow according to Diana. And as Diana is just an inch or two taller than him in human shape, he secretly enjoys having a foot and a half on her when unshifted.

*sits on hands to avoid doing grabby hands* Did you really doodle some of Cornelius? (It's as good a use for math class as any. ;p)
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julianwilbury Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2013  Student General Artist
Sorry a took a bit to scan, life's taken to issuing multiple beatings lately.

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(GUESS WHICH ONE IS THE OLDEST!)
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BullSwag Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
The wrinkles....the soft looks...

Your art is just...so brill...
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Moonkelpie Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2013
Dang--how do you create those textures?--woah!:wow: I don't know which I like more, your illustrations, or your descriptions, Tox--they dovetail so nicely.:iconhappymeowplz:
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TsengEclipse Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
They are so adorable oh my gosh. I fully endorse more relationship art from you (although I'm not sure I can handle all the adorable feels.)

(I guess you could do BFF portraits instead of couples portraits if you run out?)
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Altalamatox Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2013
SUCH adorable feels. Been painting a lot of dark stuff lately, needed something happy to clear the air. Glad you've been enjoyin' these! Eric and Penny (or Eric and his seventeenth-century love Jessabelle) are about the only other main characters I have in serious relationships. This little project has kind of got me thinking I have an unrealistically high number of single characters, but my cast shouldn't get their hopes up too soon. Misery loves company and all that.

I should really do some BFF drawings. I think there are a lot of fun friendships going on around the cast I never or rarely mention. What possesses me to draw characters standing around alone all the time like boring lumps-- I need way more interaction doodles!
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TsengEclipse Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
My characters usually start off single and pair up as the stories develop (if they ever do), but I guess it's a bit more difficult to wait for that if you're drawing from all sorts of points in the storyline and waiting a while to write it down.
I did have one set of characters where I couldn't work out who was meant to end up with who and it ended up being a polyamorous triad, so that was interesting.

Yay BFFs! I'd love to see Penny around some of the rest of the cast, she seems to mostly crop up around Eric and Cornelius.
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Synaesthetic1 Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2013
(Or make more couples, but that in and of itself is a difficult endeavor... or explore the rlationships further? gah, but its no busiess of mine)

YES ADORABLE.
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dueeast Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Nice! I love seeing interracial couples of all ages. Good stuff!
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Allana-san Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
So cute... :heart: :cudle: :tighthug:
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Aspendragon Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2013  Professional General Artist
Whoa, how do you do that texturing?
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Altalamatox Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2013
It's a mix of a brush set to scatter with a few darker spots hand-placed to taste. (:
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Elyan-Dreams Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2013  Professional General Artist
Your painting is amazing ! So much love, I love that :heart:
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MBlackwood Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2013  Student Filmographer
My . . . my ovaries. They've gone. You've gone and exploded them.

I 'ship this 'ship harder than FedEx, and, in metaphorical terms, that's saying something. They are so sweet and believable and I really want them to be the mushiest couple there ever was because Cornelius has just had it so awfully hard and he deserves a break. I just . . . spleeeeeeeeeeee
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KenDraw Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2013
First off- the textures on both their hair and skin is STUNNING and even though you can still see your style in this, it's rendered so realistically that you can just FEEL the warmth coming off these two! ;; AAA I love them, they're precious ♥
Also, can I just say how I'm really floored with how you explain things in your descriptions You always give these little history lessons about your characters and I adore reading them- great work as always! ;u;
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mawwyfawwie13 Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
That's actually adorable.
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FieldsOfFire Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2013
Might keep doing these couple portraits, though it occurs to me I don't have very many more couples in my cast...

Go for it. This is the internet: canonical relationship status has never stopped anyone before.
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Altalamatox Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2013
Oh man, I never thought about non-canon pairings... *turns a thoughtful eye on the cast*

*cast takes a step back in unison*
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FieldsOfFire Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2013
Dear God WHAT HAVE I DONE
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Altalamatox Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2013
What have you done indeed. *twirls metaphorical mustache* Got any suggestions on who should suffer? I may have to do a doodle or two on this subject.
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FieldsOfFire Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2013
Oh my, I'm probably the last person to ask about shipping. I'm sure some of your fans have much stronger opinions.
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Altalamatox Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2013
Hear ya. Now that I'm thinking about it, I'm realizing I've never even once in my life shipped a wild and crazy pairing of any kind, within my stories or without. God I'm so vanilla. Maybe I should just draw names and draw the results. I'd ask my watchers at large for said opinions, except that I think the responses would kill parts of my brain.
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Elyandarin Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Hmmm, I'm hardly a licenced shipper, but choosing from your line-up with regard for neither canon nor sanity, I'd have to go for... Magda/Vra'kriss ;)
Magda might provide the unstable warlock much-needed emotional support, while on the other hand, Vra'kriss has the kind of rage outbursts that Magda kinda wishes she could have... And hey, maybe his culture's beauty ideal is heavily influenced by a person's likelihood to survive famines and icy winters?
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Elyandarin Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I mean, yes, Vra'Kriss from the book is pretty much the epitome of the kind of people Magda despises, but he is trying to do better these days, right?
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FieldsOfFire Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2013
Well, now's your chance: How about some Morgan-on-Morgan? He'd enjoy it, if no one else.
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Audisey Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2013  Student General Artist
D'oh my gosh my brain just snapped trying to imagine that. XD I can't believe I even tried. Maybe out of all of his forms, he has one transformation that...

NOPE NOPE NOPE my brain can't handle it on its own.
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xxMossfacexx Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Aww.. It makes me feel all warm and fuzzy. :3 It's how I want my bf and I to be when we get all old. Lol.
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