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Hetalia: Kremlin by Firnheledien Hetalia: Kremlin by Firnheledien
At long last, this is done. I took a lot longer on this one because there wasn't any good refs for the pose, lighting, colour etc so it was all quite against me from the start. Plus, I had to extensively tweak the background to get the mood I wanted.

I was inspired by the mood of these series of amazing cosplay pictures: [link]

It was fun adding the snow. I used this tutorial to help me: [link]

I cropped the picture again after painting in the character because the statue was too distracting. The original photo is here: [link]

Painting the scarf took forever to make it look right. I tried to equalize the colours at the end but it didn't look nice at all. Thanks for the tip though, :icontravesty-of-life:. :)

And just a quick note, that building is NOT the Kremlin, but a famous Russian Orthodox cathedral called St. Basil's. Most people, like me think that it's the Kremlin! The real one is just further along the Red Square.

[EDIT] Changed some of the snow after consulting :iconaiori:. I think it looks better now and more calm, which is what I wanted it to be.
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:iconkumajiro-chan:
Kumajiro-chan Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2013  Student Artist
It's Very beautiful, Love this :3 
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xYURENx Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2012
It's an amazing job \*o*/

(This is Church of Our Lady, which is the moat. St. Basil's Cathedral - is an addition to it)
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itachifangirl00 Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2012  Student Digital Artist
HOLY SHIT!! WHEN I FIRST SAW THIS IT LOOKED LIKE A COSPLAY XDD i had to take a double look at it ^^ its amazing!
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Kyogurt-Star459 Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
This is very beautiful!^^ I love how the cathedral blends in with Ivan's clothing and such. The snow looks so real.
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Ms-Mina Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
So beautiful! Breathtaking even!
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BrixHichi Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2011  Hobbyist
;J; How beautiful!
This warms my Russian heart~ <3
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BearTrack Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2011  Student Traditional Artist
I really, really, really, really, really love this! :love: :love: :love:
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pockyboxes Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2011  Student General Artist
Hnnnngh--
This is beautiful ;v; it looks sooo real, it's almost unbelievable. When I clicked it I thought it was cosplay it was so well done asdf :heart:
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:iconfirnheledien:
Firnheledien Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2011
Aw thank you very much. My dream would be for ethnically-appropriate characters cosplaying at these locations. :3
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Karisean Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2011
The hat and scarf look especially good. How you gave them a texture. It's like I could grab it and feel it almost.

Nice touch with the red colour choice, haha.
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Firnheledien Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2011
Thank you. I took ages rendering the scarf because I couldn't get it looking woolly enough. I originally had the scarf in pink but it seemed too washed out with the gloomy background.
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Karisean Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2011
It was really worth it in the end though, I don't think I've ever seen such a realistic looking wooly scarf in my life. And to render it from a distance with detail was quite the task. Prop to you for that.

Oh, forgot to mention something. The reddened cheeks you gave him was a really nice detail. ^_^
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Firnheledien Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2011
Yes, I intentionally make him rosy-cheeked because it's cold. :) I'm glad you enjoyed that little detail.
For small pictures like these I tend to zoom in for the details although most of the time I'm working at the finished res.
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:iconkarisean:
Karisean Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2011
Yeah, one of the greatest things about your art is the details. :)
Wow, I usually have the tendency to zoom in too much. ;P
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smilyimp Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2011
Awesome work!!!!! :XD: :love:
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Dragonmagik Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2011
Very beautiful and well done. :D
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VodkaCookies Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
AMAZIIING !!
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AereKidd Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2011
this is so beautiful, i love it :love:
love tha background is just perfect...
even i can feel the cold and its 40C here XD
just amazing
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PastaVodkaTomatoes Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Oh wow. This looks absolutely gorgeous. I really have no words to describe the amazing feel and atmosphere of this entire picture. c:
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privettotheworld Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
I love the picture sooooo much!
And I also originally thought that was the Kremlin.
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:iconfirnheledien:
Firnheledien Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2011
Me too! Amazing what Hetalia can do for your general knowledge. :)
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:iconmelovesl:
MELOVESL Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
This is just..wow.
Looks like a photograph XD
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:iconfirnheledien:
Firnheledien Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2011
The background is a photo but the figure and snow are painted in. :)
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:iconmelovesl:
MELOVESL Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Yeah, dw, I read the description ^_^
But I thought that Russia himself was so wonderfully painted that he looked very realistic. If you get what I mean :P
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:iconfirnheledien:
Firnheledien Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2011
Thank you. I'm terrible at backgrounds which is why I took this approach.
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:iconmelovesl:
MELOVESL Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
No, you're not .___. I've looked at your other work D: Don't put yourself down~
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Firnheledien Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2011
It's only in recent years that I've attempted serious backgrounds and even then it's few and far between. And even now I hardly put my characters in environments. Thanks for your kind words anyway.
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pwoperzoo Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2011
Whooaaa! :la:
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ScreamBoo Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2011  Student Traditional Artist
@J@ ooooooooo! pweeeertyyyyyyyyyyy :D makes me wanna go there even more
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o-kana Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2011
Awesome *o*
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L337one Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2011
That's amazing! :heart: he looks so cool! Wayto go! totally faved
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wheeljackpwnz Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
OH NOEZ FAIL!
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wheeljackpwnz Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
:icnobravoplz:
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ravens-reminiscence Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2011
Awesome! And I can't believe the snow's not real! You did such a good job with that!
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em-jazz-137 Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2011
Wow, this is amazing! :wow:
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Hodokoshi Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2011
this is beautiful! LOVE IT!!!
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:icontheaxay:
Theaxay Featured By Owner May 1, 2011
I'VE BEEN LOOKING FOR THIS PICTURE FOREVER!!!!!!! I LOVE IT SO FREAKIN MUCH!!!!
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:iconfirnheledien:
Firnheledien Featured By Owner May 1, 2011
Aww thanks. Glad you found it. Where did you first see it (curious)?
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:icontheaxay:
Theaxay Featured By Owner May 1, 2011
In a youtube video I think... But your welcome ^^
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:iconfirnheledien:
Firnheledien Featured By Owner May 2, 2011
Aww, thanks. I'm actually not a big fan of those vids because they tend not to credit the artists.
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Theaxay Featured By Owner May 3, 2011
Yeah I can see why if they don't credit you :\
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Ktz25xXxhazel Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Wait, that snows not real? -jaw drop-
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Firnheledien Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2011
8D
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AlayAmay Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2011
This is AMAZING O_O
You should be extremely proud of yourself... Aewsome ._.
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AliceInWonderland-xx Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2011
this is STUNNING
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Hildetann Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2010  Student Writer
This is fantastic looking, really realistic!!)
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the-toll-of-death Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2010
This is just wonderful. Great job!
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Aru-08 Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2010
Beautiful !!!!
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BrainDeadDemon Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2010
omg i totaly love it to death
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