This is one of my favourites. Nephrite of course is my favourite of the Shitennou, and the episode where he dies is the first Sailor Moon episode I watched. It's what made me love that series so much! It was also quite awesome that the US Dub, even with all its faults, did not censor any of the violence in "A Friend In Wolf's Clothing".
That was one of the saddest moments in the whole show TT His death was absolutely heartbreaking... I`m so glad you liked the portrait (especially since he`s your favourite of the Shitennou) and thank you very much for all the comments, it`s very inspiring
I know, his death made me cry a little, and I was watching the DIC version. These days it sounds a little narmy at some points, but you gotta give them props for leaving in the part where Nephrite gets impaled, and for leaving in the blood.
I've been writing fanfics where the Shitennou have been resurrected, but each has to pay a toll - including the trapped Jadeite. The resurrected Nephrite uses a wheelchair, as his thorax and legs are completely paralysed, and his arms are weak and clumsy; they have some feeling and he can move his fingers a little without bending his wrists backwards and forwards(taking advantage of the tendons in the fingers), but he has a hard time keeping hold of small or heavy objects, and writing with a pen or pencil can be a chore for him. His general attitude on life is, it could be worse, and he just wishes he could be the best he can for his friends. In those short fics I wrote, he gets rather emo, but in some rewrites I'm planning, he has a much more positive outlook. I think Naru would just hug Nephrite and not let go, once she finds out that he's alive.
I'm also thinking of writing an alternate universe fic where Naru is noticing how Umino is growing as they go into college. She notes how he has taken up weight lifting and jogging, and now that they go to an American university, Umino can let his hair grow. It has grown so much, though he left the fringe short. His hair is quite wavy too, and he looks so familiar, bringing back a sad memory(especially now that he is wearing nicer-looking rectangular-framed glasses that don't hide his eyes), but later a very sweet surprise.
Wow, I really like you fanfic ideas, especially that of a grown-up Umino, it gives promise of an intriguing story. How nice it would be if Naru and Nephrite reunited for their well-deserved `happily ever after` and finally shared a chocolate parfait with each other *dreamy sigh* ^^
Yup, though in my fanon, Nephrite and the others have to pay a toll to go back to the world of the living for this second chance. For that incarnation, they will have some sort of disability - Nephrite will be a tetraplegic with some use and feeling in his hands, Zoisite will have multiple problems with his internal organs(heart problems, liver, pancreas, spleen and kidney issues, diabetes, and possibly some digestive tract problems as well, Kunzite will likely have some kind of 'allergy' to light, where he will have to cover up when going outside during the day, even if it's overcast, and Jadeite will be rescued by the other three and the ghost of Queen Serenity; the three will find Jadeite and the crystal's weakest point(at Jadeite's eye-level), and Queen Serenity will crack the crystal, freeing Jadeite but blinding him for this lifetime. He will also be severely traumatized, but recover better due to establishing a psychic link with Mimete, who later also gets freed.
Anyway something I noticed about your pictures; the hair is very lovely, but I think it could look even more beautiful if you add more tiny strokes to it, to give the effect of individual strands. Also, for the skin, it looks lovely, but it could look even better with some small details, like pores and maybe a freckle or two. Real skin has bumps and pits on it, and it could be possible to render that kind of texture with some subtle brush strokes. I'm still trying to improve my style as well, and maybe make more complex drawings.
You made Nephrite, and they way you drew him is exactly how I expected you to do him. Amazing and Beautiful. I love how you especially made his hair look so much more natural then the anime. Great job; can't wait for the rest of the shittenou.