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trying to find common ground refine by hattonslayden trying to find common ground refine by hattonslayden
by placing a temp black background i can pull out the parts that need fixing

and as for that 'thing' they have in common.  it's food.  they both love food that is sweet and or spicy. from jams to peppers, and from cakes to sauces, sweet and spicy is what they found in common and how Nell was finally able to reach Gerrard as a person to a person and not a monster.

once he could see her as a person, Gerrard found that he could see her as a woman not unlike the women he had pursued earlier in his life.  the fact that she looked different was no longer a vile thing like human society demanded he think and he could see that she is in fact quite beautiful.

i do see a bit of irony though in the use of food, at least in my experience with the portrayal of Naga
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nebezial Featured By Owner May 6, 2014
holy hell this gets the concept of a naga to a whole new level! 
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hattonslayden Featured By Owner May 6, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
:D thanks a bunch since Naga in traditional modern day fantasy settings tend to have them as the bad guys due to them being snakes i figured it would be a good "flip on it's head" story element. by making her completely non-human so that the symbolism of 'breaking down racial barriers' is at it's absolute.
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nebezial Featured By Owner May 6, 2014
one of the big themes behind khedira and antheus in ravine is exactly that :)
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hattonslayden Featured By Owner May 6, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
:nods: that is what makes me eager to read it
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Nutcase9 Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2014  Student General Artist
Are you sure he's not the food? :p
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hattonslayden Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
positive
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MensjeDeZeemeermin Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2014
Very good sense of the intent, friendly, alien.  And an utterly bewildered human.
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hattonslayden Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
thanks ;)
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ApennilessARTIST Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Awesome!^-^
I love the bit of story you put in this! It really touches home.
I laughed when I read that their common ground was food... They almost look like snake and mouse kind of deal there. He looks so uncomfortable it's hilarious! Keep up the good work!
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hattonslayden Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
thanks a bunch that is pretty much my intent
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ApennilessARTIST Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I love to read little mini-stories... They always are good for when I feel bored but too lazy to read a whole story.
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Connan-Bell Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2014   Traditional Artist
You will SHARE YOUR SPICY CHEESE SNACKS!! 
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hattonslayden Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Never! they are all MINE! nomnomnom
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foxred1988 Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
-Lets make a Deal, if you solve this Cube, I'll not squeeze you... But if you dont... I'll be glad to hear each bone of you body crashes as I squeeze you slowly.

-Deal? ^.^

-D d d d d d d d de de deal!
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hattonslayden Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
after spending 3 months just to nurse him back to health?.... no i don't think so
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foxred1988 Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
ahahah xp
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Wanderer619 Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2014
It's the quickest way to a person's heart ^^
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hattonslayden Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
..is though good home cookin

one of these days i need to create the foods that exist in these worlds
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Wanderer619 Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2014
C:
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Xenanraptor720 Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2014
Their relationship is off to a slow start, but at least it has started well.
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hattonslayden Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
well wait until i draw their fist meeting
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Xenanraptor720 Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2014
Hmmm...
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Luckysweep Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2014
I think that the relationship started with a random comment about an ingredient one of them was looking for. I can get that they first connected over food, but how did they start to connect over food?
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hattonslayden Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
how they met is Gerrard fell out of a low flying airship and nearly died.  Nell found him and nursed him back to health.  she spent the next several months trying to make friends with him but no success until they found their love of food
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Luckysweep Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2014
Okay, how did he fall out of an airship, how did she find him, and what was his first reaction to her?
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hattonslayden Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
in this time period humans live in flying cities so they don't have to interact with the non-human peoples of the world.

Gerrard was a deck hand on one of the air ships and fell off due to being clumsy.

Nell happened upon him by chance and nursed him back to health because it is in her nature to and she was fascinated to see a human for the first time.

Gerrard was terrified of her because i grew up with stories of Naga eating their victims alive and all sorts of horrible things (which are all lies in this world)
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Luckysweep Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2014
They have flying cities? Must be either steampunk or magic. And if they live there to avoid non-humans, they must be mislead by their leaders into thinking they are only safe in the air, and that all humans are in the air.

I have been on ships before, and there are a lot of things that are in place to keep somebody from falling off. The same was true for airships of old. The very fact he WAS able to fall off in a way that could be "innocently" explained as clumsiness seems strange. Even going so far as to suspect foul play.

"Happened upon him by chance." I can only imagine him falling out of the branches of a tree he landed in right onto her head. I'm guessing that Naga's usually only wear shirts, and she tore it up to help bandage his wounds and whatever bones that were broken in the fall. Which would explain why she is seen shirtless even when she isn't being sexy with Gerrard.

And the idea that Naga eat victims alive probably started as a rumor seeing how snakes eat their prey alive. I wouldn't be surprised if they were able to eat large amounts of food Whole, but I feel that a Naga eating somebody alive would be comparable to psychopath serial killers in the real world. They are extremely rare, and are usually pitiful.
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hattonslayden Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
yes to all thats
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Luckysweep Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2014
Thank you!
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Aturo Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Its getting worse with this designercouches every time, this one s even living xD
nice pic:)
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hattonslayden Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
haha nice one :XD:
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o0Lonegamer0o Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
neato
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hattonslayden Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
thankO
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o0Lonegamer0o Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
welcomO
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Wanderer619 Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2014
Lovely ^^
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hattonslayden Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
thank-ly
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Wanderer619 Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2014
no probz!
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Grendelkin Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2014
I like it! ^^ Well done.
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hattonslayden Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
thank you
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dragon-blood-runs Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
aww. this is sweet.
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hattonslayden Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
:D thanks
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dragon-blood-runs Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
:3 what do you think of these? 

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dragon-blood-runs.deviantart.c…

Also interspecies relationships :D i think that interspecies relationshps are cute, and are often misjudge just because of closed minded people.
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hattonslayden Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
i really liked "trouble with dragons"
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dragon-blood-runs Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
x3 im bad with chibi's and it was more of a doodle but lots of people found it amusing. What do you think happens next XDDDD
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hattonslayden Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
DEATH BY SNUUSNUU
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dragon-blood-runs Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
HAHAAAAAAH! YES! wouldnt be so bad with her. she seems like she would be a gentle lover. then again, im only guessing.
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AnthropomorPhillie Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
The cube is food? I thought it was the apocarubics cube or somesuch.
I think it'd be a bit difficult to find things needing fixing with Gerards hair in a black backgrouund, but for everything else I agree. I think I see one thing though - her belly scales seem to take a very drastic turn upwards from this angle of view.
I notice (thanks to the original being in the 'more from hattonslayden window' to the right I must admit) that you've mirrored it horizintally. Why?
I may simply not have noticed it, but did she always have such slender spider-leg-fingers? I like them, they look weird, but are they intentional or not finished?
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hattonslayden Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
no no i have not done the illustration that shows them daring a meal yet, i was just telling the story.

i have several illustrations planned that show the progression of their relationship.

i see what you mean, on the scales thanks on that.

i flip the image a lot because it is a trick to show if the image is 'skewed'

and yes her hands are intentionally that way but still unfinished
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AnthropomorPhillie Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
It'll be interesting to get to know them. :)
That's a neat trick if it works. My images are always skewed, though to be fair I am using my hands and paper, so I can't change them.
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hattonslayden Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
try looking at it in a mirror, when i was in Florance we used a 'black mirror'
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