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Fallen - Shadow Hearts II - by cat-cat Fallen - Shadow Hearts II - by cat-cat
Done in pencil + Photoshop 5.0

Finally got this done... A fanart of Nicholas from "Shadow Hearts II"~ I've wanted to draw him ever since I've saw this design when they announced the development of the game, but none of the previous pictures look right! (actually, this one looks funny as well)

CGing with a mouse is not my idea of having fun... and my old laptop couldn't handle all the smudging I want to do T_T (damn I've only used 22 layers in this!)

I've actually debated about whether I should have that funny murky colour over the whole pic... the "white" version looks quite nice as well (in my opinion anyway) but it couldn't bring out the colour of the eye... oh well, I'll post up the "white" version later on and see what people think...

Still, the colours went all funny when I transfer the picture from the other laptop to this one... T_T God knows what the hell it looks like on a desktop....

------------- Spoiler for "Shadow Hearts II" --------------

This is supposed to be Nicholas when he got posessed by Astorath. It's such a shame that you don't get to use Nicholas for long.. and even a greater shame that he's one of the bad guy!!! *sigh* I know he has done all sorts of evil things, but I just couldn't help but feel sorry for him... His whole life has been an absolute mess, things never went his way, got his butt kicked by Yuri (or Uru in the Jap version), then got "kidnapped", had all sorts of freak experiments + tortures performed on him which resulted in him getting posessed by Astorath. Finally, a miserable death.... x_x

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queenofshiba Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Nicholai was one hell of a bad cookie but he was gorgeous! Too bad he got killed! This piece is also gorgeous, the colors and the details! Just everything :heart:
BloodlustVampy Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2011  Student Writer
I have to say this is a real good image for Nicolai being possessed by the fallen angel Astaroth, plus Nicolai was one of my favorite characters as well in Shadow Hearts II, fanast ob!! :D
Death-The-Remix Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2009  Hobbyist Photographer
beautiful, the colors... his eye... simply WOW
HamalSharatan Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2009
First of all, well done!! The hues and tones indeed make him look possessed. I shall favorite this when I open my new account. It reminds me of when Ichigo is forming his mask.

"His whole life has been an absolute mess, things never went his way"

Do we really know that? I only remember Rasputin putting him in school, how bad could it have been? Other than not being able to kill Albert (he may have been over his head) and getting a roundhouse kick to the face, he didn't seem miserable. However, you may find it even sadder to see how the game was going to be at one point:


It certainly stirred my mind, and made me think about how the game was still not complete despite how much I like it. :(
vampire-lover-nagi Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2008
nice work.

and i think he deserved his death especially after killing ouka. agent kato. best. revenge. ever!

other than that nice work keep it up, do you have any other shadow hearts work?
AerithQueenOfCetra Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2008
Wow... Nicholai never looked so dangerous.... xDD
katetheskypirate Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2008  Student General Artist
This is so cool ^_^
Nicholai is my favourite character
and just wow ^_^
noacle Featured By Owner May 16, 2008
Lovely picture of Nic. I love the faint, ethereal look to it... one of my favorite characters from my very favorite game. Fav'd this. :)
MikoNoNyte Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2007
I agree totally. Nikki is my ultimate fav from SH II/DC. I so enjoyed fighting with him that I hated to leave Nihasu.

He's also my fav bishie. I've got him busy with some Uru action. Oh god, I said that out loud! LOL

See, writers love artists. YOU have inspired me even more. Thank you!
kilraaj Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2007
I know this is an older piece, but I just wanted to say I loved it! Even though Nicolai isn't my favorite character, this picture of him is just so stunning.
alucard-fangirl Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2007
Truer words have never been spoken and after seeing some downright horrible Nicolai fanart? It's nice to see one with a good composition and getting that dark side of his.

moonlove Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2006
*is now giddy seeing pretty Nicolai fanart*

You've done a fabulous job of him in this piece. I love the color tones being as they are with that green eye standing out vibrantly like it does. Nice touch! I loved Nicolai in the game, and I think he should have hooked up with Karin... Such a sad character.
Gillian-88 Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2006
ooo that's so pretty! :w00t:
The colours look amazing and I love the style! and the WING! XD
Nicholai is an awesome character, his eventual *cough*demise was so anticlimactic...All that and then along comes Katos thumb and x_X
It's great anyway xD Definitely :+fav: ^^
temaritemacchi Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2006
I love the color effects. What did you do for the wings?
Alucardslurver Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2005
Ah, Nicholai, Nicholai! I liked it when he got possessed. :D
xiaoyuchi Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2005
Nice pic :+fav:

I really couldn't feel sorry for him- he did a good job of feeling sorry for himself.

The one I feel bad for is Kato, whom saw the love of his life die TWICE. Therefore, he deserved to have his head smashed. I miss the old Kato, though. That is, the bumbling, idiotic, weird, loveable goomba that was always hanging around Yoshiko (she was the only normal cop XD)

While we're on the subject of Kato, did you notice that between SH I and SHII that his first name changed? First, we have "Major Seiji Kato", then we have "Special Agent Masaji Kato". WTF?
kidrasan Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2005
heh. . felt bad for that crazy fool in the end. . :+fav:
kumarmia Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2004
i love the highlights in this
beea20 Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2004
omg does he have wings ?
Yaoi-Huntress-Earth Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2004  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Say, in the game, is Yuri still together with stupid ol' Alice?
Yaoi Huntress Earth
Roxsheena Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2004
Shadow hearts rules! This pic is cool. ^^
wingsoffreedom Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2004
oo0o0o.... this guy looks evilly gorgeous LOL yeah, i prefer this one to the white one too ^_________^
Midnite7175 Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2004
I like this one better then the white one
cocohints Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2004
Astorath? For a moment there I thought you meant Astaroth from Soul Calibur! XD Great work with the shading, once again! :clap:
wildcomets Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2004  Professional Digital Artist
Love the colours and the tone!!! Very soft, yet very dark. Me likes.

God I want cousin has it...should borrow it from her.
STECHA191 Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2004
OMG!! he looks so COOL~~!!
love the way you colored the pic in dark tone too > 0 <
mandachan Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2004
Nicolas died?? Nooo!! Manda liked him actually!! Waaahh, was also shocked he was a bad guy... TT_TT
mandachan Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2004
You did gave SPOILERS to Manda~ XD;;; Oh yeah, NEED your help pls!!! >__<;; You know Yuri and the rest had to go to a isle to retrieve a flower...? Manda came across three doors to solve the riddles. Tried many times, Manda do not know which zodiac puzzles should she place... can help? TT__TT
cat-cat Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2004
Nooo~~~ I've spoiled it for Manda~~~~

But yah... I was quite shocked when I found out too.... Me liked him too (< --- have a thing for evil good looking guys)
kiplingskat Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2004
Oooh! I like this! And of course yet another yummy man to add to your repertoire1 ^.~
The dark colors and smudging give it a really cool effect. And that eye is just bewitching! *stares at it mesmerized)
Not familiar with the game, but you already made me sympathetic towards Nicholas! :cries: Too sad!
kiplingskat Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2004
Ah, the best kinds, those... :nod:
cat-cat Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2004
Hehehe!!! Angsty bishis!!!! Bring on the angst!!!! Bwahahahaha~~~~

*got smack in the face by rotten tomatoes*
cat-cat Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2004
Phew~! I'm glad that I managed to create that effect with the eyes...

Didn't expect a lot of people to be familiar with this game as it was just recently released in Japan (no confirmed international release yet)... He is quite a tragic character... and a bishi too!!!! T_T
Erithe Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2004   General Artist
Gah! *mournfully* I want a PSII so I can play that game!!!!! *weeps* He's sooo pretty. I love hte monochromatic work with the highlights of color. You inspire me. You are the mistress of pretty boys. As a Bishi Collector, I salute you! I shall now stalk your bishis! ... *straps on a pith helmet, grabs what looks like a giant butterfly net on a spear, and runs off into the night yelling* Heeeerrre Bish bish bish bish .... !!
cat-cat Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2004
LOL! I think the "white" version of this looks even better after having staring at it for a whole day...

*gasp* You need to get a PS2 to get access to all sorts of bishis!!!! (and the FMA game!)

And off we go to do more bishis hunting~~~ *runs off towards sunset*
Erithe Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2004   General Artist
Oooh another version? *piku!* You know, I've got so many versions of so many pieces. I've tried, on occaision to upload them here, but then my gallery looks all weird, so I force myself to choose. Still, I'd love to see the white version!

Omg. My big goal for this year is to acquire a PS2. I've looked on EBay,on local system resellers, etc. They're just a bit high for my current budget. I've been pestering my brother for one for my birthday. *evil giggle*
cat-cat Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2004
Hahahaa!!! Yay!!! Hail to our brothers!!! I've been bugging mine to get me a Wacom Intuos 2 tablet and he finally gave in!!! But I won't get it till summer.....

Hmm... the version of the pic you see now is how I originally intended for it to look like. But I just tried to see what happen if I delete the "brownish" layer and the result looks suprisingly good... I'll post that one up later... see which one you think is better XD
Erithe Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2004   General Artist
LoL! My brother is a sweety! We've been playing "Champions of Norrath" together on his PS2 when I can go over to his house. It's pretty fun. But in order to play the really big RPG's I really need one I can spend time playing. I think he wants me to get one as much as I want one (He's sick of lending me his :P *giggle*)

OOOOH .... I want an Intuos 2 ... :drool:

I'll look for the new pic! I love how layers can change a picture. I've had so many that I've colored, then hated, then started clicking off layers and suddenly .. wow, I loved them.
maru- Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2004
Woww he looks so charming :heart: Cool eyes!!
maiji Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2004  Hobbyist General Artist
I scrolled down so as not to read the spoilers, but I think I can figure out what happens with poor ol Nic. XD DOH!

That looks absolutely awesome cat! Love the colouring and his creepy expression o.o
cat-cat Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2004
Ack!!! I've spoiled it for Maiji!!!!

I just hope they're gonna bring SH2 to outside Japan... It's a great game... they've made a lot of improvement in this one!

Oh and thanx for the comment~ Hmm... but the more I look at it... the more I prefer the "white" version over this one... x_x
pyroclasm Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2004
Mmmm... cool colours. Goes all soft and nice-looking ^^
loppa Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2004
wow!!! this is soooo cooool! I love the colouring! :nod:
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