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Nareesha by sadwonderland Nareesha by sadwonderland
EDIT: A lot of ppl seem to want this colored. I'm not going to because it's interior book art so it's supposed to be black and white, but if YOU want to color it then go nuts, and send me a link when you're done! :)
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OK, is anyone else sick of opening a comic and being confronted with a parade of stick figures? Because that's what I see when I read most comics. Female figures that are blatantly labelled as beautiful and they're beyond being unrealistically thin...they're just sick.

I'm so sick of mangas that have their most beautiful characters being stick figures. That's why, when I was designing Nareesha (who is characterized in the book as being "the beautiful woman in the world") for book two of Bizenghast, I said HEY, let's make her super-full figured!


I'm glad some of my cosplay friends will dress as Nareesha. I made her to be a beautiful character that larger cosplay gals could cosplay with confidence. You CANNOT tell a cosplayer she's too fat to be Nareesha, because Nareesha is both really BIG and really HOT. BOO freakin YAH.

*sucker punch!*
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unicornomics Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2014   General Artist
I really love the detailed clothing and elegant posture
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JadeRoseofChaos Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2014
I must applaud your creation of this character. Women comes in all shapes and sizes, and many artists and writers seriously need to realize that. T_T

She is very beautiful, by the way. ^_^
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death-g-reaper Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
That's why I admire Beth Ditto, former skinny model who decided to gain weight on purpose to prove this same point!
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Guest-1001 Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2013
"I made her to be a beautiful character that larger cosplay gals could cosplay with confidence. You CANNOT tell a cosplayer she's too fat to be Nareesha, because Nareesha is both really BIG and really HOT. BOO freakin YAH."

Any chance you could create a male character for this purpose too? I would love to cosplay but I'm far too self-conscious about my size to participate in the realm of young, thin, muscular gentlemen.
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sadwonderland Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2013
I'm not really working on any characters right now, but there are lots of cool larger characters out there for men...more so than women, I think.  You just have to investigate some other fandoms!
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Guest-1001 Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2013
You're probably right about needing to check out other fandoms. In my experience, large male characters are usually comic relief though and that doesn't really appeal to me. Thanks for replying though.

Love the art, by the way. :)
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Guest-1001 Featured By Owner May 14, 2014
Read it before but I don't like the double standard implied; I feel like larger men in fiction are rarely given the same respect as larger women. Their wives may be attractive but they themselves are, more often than not, rarely considered attractive themselves. Their weight is made fun of more often than not.

Meanwhile, in the UK, we've had sitcoms like The Vicar Of Dibley and Miranda, which both feature less "conventionally" attractive women in leading roles (and personally, I find Miranda Hart very attractive). They feature plenty of self-deprecation about their looks but they're both also treated as attractive over the course of the show too in ways that male characters usually aren't.
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Idontknowwhoyouknow Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
She is beautiful!
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Waywren Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2013
Oh wow. *falls in love at first sight*
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GrumpyElf Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2013
Your lovely work has been featured here: [link]
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GokuMartin Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2013
Nareesha: Yeah, guess what, sadwonderland? Turns out the girl I'm replacing wasn't even fat in the first place! Dezu just made her fat! I'm the real deal, baby! Bigger IS better!
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Akatsuki4eva666 Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2013
Dem curves :3
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Sousetsuken Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Super full figured, super cool, SUPER SEXY!!!
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OtomeGirl42 Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Personally, I like this view on beautiful much better than the 'so-thin-I-can-count-your-ribs' kind.

I can picture some girls who are religious about being thin and pretty having a hissy fit over this. XD
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chibi-seijitsu-chan Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2012
You've read my mind. What a refreshing sight! I love your art style.
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Dave-31 Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2012
She is amazing. I wish I had the skill to draw something half as good as you did here. I'm envious on several levels. You have a new fan. Wish I looked like that.
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tiddarifka Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Hello just note to say I had a go at colouring Nareesha, I did 2 versions but I like the second better. 1st time doing a DA link hope it works.

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sadwonderland Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2012
I saw! IT'S EPIC!
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tiddarifka Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Thank you!! If you would like it, would you consider a swop.

Nareesha No.2 for a signed drawing.

I'm in Australia by the way.
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sadwonderland Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2012
Sounds good to me!!! Note me about what you'd like!
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Sucosa Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2012
One of my absolute favorite characters in the books :)
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MizCactus Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2011
She's beautiful, and I agree: full-figured women can be lovely. Not all are, just as not all skinny women are beautiful. Personally, it's the attitude that pulls off either look. (And by the way? I LOVE Bizenghast.) Nice job; can I seriously have her dress?
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ButterflyMethuselah Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Wow...she's stunning. Absolutely stunning.
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RogueSimulant Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2011
Very nice work! She's gorgeous and those hips are exquisite. It's about time we saw some big curvy women as fantasy heroines.
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oldmanriver22 Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2011  Hobbyist
You're a very talented artist, but I have to say, I don't consider the woman you just drew fat. I would consider her more along the lines of healthy. I really only consider someone fat if it's obvious that it's so much to the point where it's unhealthy.

I guess that's beyond the point though, this is a beautifully drawn picture! Also, it's good for young women to hear what you're preaching. Unrealistic views of beauty is just unhealthy and disappointing in the end.
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QueenAnime99 Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
She's lovely.
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FoggyPebble Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2011
That's not 'super full-figured.' That's not even overweight. Full figures include at least a lil gut, and her face is small.
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Hitono-kun Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I passed by this from TV tropes...I like your style. Thank you 100 times thank you for not being..."hollywood" I guess.
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MissThang25 Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2011  Student Writer
I agree shes beautiful
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WenchyPirate Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2011
I <3 you.... just saying.
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Shirojyuu Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2011
I love that dress.
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LittleladyToph Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2011  Student Traditional Artist
u my friend are my hero for that! hallelujah...damn spelled it wrong
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WaterdragonTonx94 Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
i simplly adore her. and its awsome to be both big and hot. can i draw her
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PainfulSuffering Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I've got to say, the full figured part was one of my favorite parts about her ^+^

go you going against the curve (haha) and drawing a character that isn't super skinny, and is still super hot :meow:
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sadwonderland Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2011
if you like her, maybe you'll like the main character for my next series!:

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PainfulSuffering Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Oh yes, cupcake, i do... what's the name of the series? do you have it yet?
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Euel Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2011
Oh va va va voom! Allow me to wipe the drool off my keyboard and say thank you kindly for this image...
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TheOneYouCallWe Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
Wait, holy crap, YOU'RE LeGrow?! *re-reading Bizenghast right now, coincidentally*

iloveyou
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sadwonderland Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2011
WHY YES I AM! I am also interested in moving to Owl City. How do I get there?
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TheOneYouCallWe Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
A zoo, I'd assume. City of owls and whatnot. :I Idk how to otherwise. ):
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SapphireIceQueen21 Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2010
Beautiful! she looks so real!
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Tinkertootz1982 Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2010  Student Traditional Artist
I love the clothes! Do your friends have pictures of their cosplay? I would like to see how that dress(?) would look like in real life and the jewelry!...you should do some runway work with her ^ !
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Spiegel666 Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2010
Oh sweet lord she is stunning. So beautiful. I think I'd like to worship at her feet. I'm sure she has beautiful feet.
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tama-chan-myu Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2010
I was so happy when I saw Nareesha :D She's one of the most beautiful characters in the manga :>
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XxDaughterOfApolloxX Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2010   General Artist
What color is her outfit (I wanna get it right for cosplay purposes)
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sadwonderland Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2010
like a purply red!
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MistressOfTheVoid Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
*blissful sigh* It's sooo wonderful to see a full figured woman in anime today! I mean don't get me wrong I'm not saying other peoples stick thin female characters are ugly or anything because all women are beautiful but it's so rare to see a beautiful full figured woman in todays society! It gives me hope for the future.
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JudeDeluca Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2010
I have to be honest. When I heard about Nareesha, I used her as the inspiration for a character of mine. That is, her body type.
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sadwonderland Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2010
awesome! :D
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