Boy... That escalated quickly...
So yeah, I think it has been a very long time since I fully colored something in my gallery.
And after finishing this piece I think I now remember why I don't do this so often...
As I continued to look through the old manuscript of Super Mario AU, I found some "lost" pages in an older folder containing the middle half of the story.
This part of the story was more or less Rikkimaru adjusting to his new life inside the Koopa Kingdom and learning how to deal with Bowsy's more brash attitude.
Through some time together and just learning about each others upbringing in general Rikkimaru learns that Bowsy has had it rather rough and only acts the way she does because she needed to protect her homeland.
He starts to see that Bowsy isn't as awful as the rest of the world makes her out to be and starts to fall for the Koopa Queen.
Bowsy herself, not use to this much kindness and devotion starts to fall for Rikkimaru as well.
The original mid section of the comic ends with a kiss between the two, but I imagen that sexy times happened, resulting in this picture.
Perhaps a bit mushy yes, but I'm a hopeless romantic, so I can't help myself...
Work on this picture was time consuming and that isn't an understatement.
First I the pose, now I know for a pose like this, maybe a landscape style would of work better yes, however, I was able to fit all of the body parts in this portrait style fairly easy.
I drew out Bowsy first and then placed Rikkimaru on top of her, a little tricky with the lines as some of them intersected with each other, but I think I was able to make things work out for the lining process.
Speaking of that, for once that lines came out just the way I wanted to.
Usually I use a 0.7mm gel pen for my lines, makes them look thick and bold, but thin enough at the same time.
However, gel pens tend to blot and bleed if held in one spot for too long, and smudge if still wet.
This time I decided to use my Sharpie needle nosed pen and man did I have a lot more control with that pen; that helped out alot for Bowsy's curvy body.
The background came after I finished lining Bowsy and Rikkimaru, I did my best to make it look like "Royal Bedroom" with bed curtains and a soft comfy bed; while also keeping the castle wall look in the back.
As for the coloring...
Where the sketch to lining to clean up process for this picture took roughly 2 hours to do, the coloring took roughly 3 day to complete, with 6 hours of pure coloring each day.
Also for the coloring, I took the soft shaded looked with multiple color bends.
I started with the darkest colors for the first coat of color, then progressively when lighter and lighter with a lighter shade of that color each new coat.
Everything color in this picture was done that way.
It was very tiresome to go over, and over, and over again, but you know I'm glad this turned out as well as this did.
Usually if I did something as elaborate like this I'd felt like I wasted my time and get pissed off as I could of been working on something else.
But for this one, I'm quite glad I went out of my way to make this picture to look as nice and detailed as it is, for everything just pops and looks incredible.
Can't remember the last time I had so much pride in one of my pieces before.Rikkimaru's Notes:
Well, I can certainly say that as of recently, my life has had a lot of odd happenings and strange occurrences.
It's not everyday where the Queen of the Koopas decided to raid your village and outnumber your army 10 to 1.
Not to mention take you captive to only use you as leverage for bargaining of my homeland's Super Leaves and other magical plant life powers.
For me I offered myself to Bowsy as her tactician on the condition that she'd let my friend go and leave my village alone.
To my surprise, she agreed.
The other where released and returned home, while the Koopa Troop gathered my belonging to load them onto the Airship.
I wasn't to thrilled about the idea of forced and paid slavery, not to mention Dark Land (Or as most know it as Bowsy's Badlands) is a land shrouded in fire and lava, with Bowsy's Castle at the base of a volcano.
The sheer heat alone would be enough to make anyone faint, but to my surprise and delight, the inner parts of the castle where air conditioned.
Inside the Koopa Empire itself, I was expecting hostility from the other members of the Koopa Troop, however, they greeted me rather warmly; shaking my hand and giving me pats on the back.
As I continued to mingle with the troops I quickly realized that they do not follow Bowsy out of fear, but out of respect.
I was oddly confused for all of the stories I've heard of Bowsy was that the Queen Koopa ruled with an iron fist, crushing all who opposed her.
Maybe my curiosity had peaked and I got too nosy, but I confronted Bowsy about her upbringing.
Unfortunately, the tale I heard was a most sad one indeed it was...
The Koopas have been ostracized from the very beginning being deemed as monsters and being driven from their homeland.
Bowsy's parents led a charge into the Mushroom Kingdom, seeing how a majority of their land is now claimed by the Toadstool family.
Her parents never made it back home as she was trusted upon a throne she wasn't yet fit for.
She started silently sobbing to herself after she finished her tale...
I felt absolutely terrible for making her relive that memory.
I held her hand and I told her that I'd always be there for her if she ever needed me for anything.
Bowsy held me and pushed her lips into my own, things got rather... Heheheh... heated pretty quickly.
After our moment of passion, hopped upon on Bowsy's back and held her close to myself as we just cuddled as the sun was going down.
After spending that night with Bowsy, I realized that she is so much more than the fables and myths about her say.
All I know is that I may miss my home sometimes indeed I do, but Bowsy needs me much more than they do.
I just want my Queen to know that she isn't alone anymore, she has me.Bowsy's Notes:
Who would of thought that in a little hick village that I'd find a sweet, caring, and brilliant tactician.
As my Lakitu scouts were floating about the general area, I was alerted about a small village.
The place was called Leafy Plains located in the Sayonara Kingdom.
It was a rather Japanese focused villages full of fur covered creatures.
I was going to ignore it, seeing how it wasn't part of the Mushroom Kingdom, that is until I did some research.
Sayonara Kingdom is the birthplace of many of the plant based power items we see all over the place, such as the Fire Flower, Ice Flower, Double Cherry, Super Leafs, and many more.
These lovely little treasures would be perfect for my army as I doubt we'd be able to be stopped if we had those in our hands.
Kamek told me that perhaps it'd be a more "wise idea" to befriend the people of the village instead of taking in by force.
Even though Leafy Plains is a small little village, I'd rather not start a war over greed.
So, I sent a messenger to tell the people of Leafy Plains to prepare themselves for the for battle in an abandoned field as to not harm the innocent villagers.
As we got there the little fuzzy samurais and monks were quite impressive to go toe to toe with my more elite troops, ever if we outnumbered them 10 to 1.
On that topic, they where very fast too for some plump and portly follows even Pom Pom had difficulties keeping up with them.
But I quickly found out their strength besides the planty power ups, it was their tactician who was a rather large Tanuki monk standing at 7' feet 5'' inches tall.
As my troopa left enough of an opening in the field, I charged straight at him going for his legs!
He transformed into a statue as I should of predicted and managed to get behind me.
The boy swung his staff at me with all he had in him, I was impressed by his moves as he obviously masters how to use that staff of his.
I ended our fight with some good old fashioned wrestling moves and knock his lights out.
I took the warriors captive in my army, not to use them as soldiers, but to use them as a way of leverage.
Presenting the conked out warriors to the people of the village, I started to bargain with them.
If they gave me the seed of their magical plants and join the Koopa Empire as our allies, I'd let their friends go.
Then the Tanuki tactician name Rikkimaru spoke out against me, offering his services to me as a tactician, so long as I let his friends go and leave his village alone.
I took admiration in Rikkimaru's selflessness and let everyone else go but him, for his was now working for me.
My troopas took all his belonging to my Airship as we took off back home to the Badlands.
For the next few weeks Rikkimaru seemed to fit right in amongst the troopa army, as I'm sure many of them never ever seen a Tanuki up close, yet alone a few feet away from him.
As I got closer to Rikkimaru and got to know him better, I learned the history for Sayonara Kingdom from him personally.
The happy and cheerful kingdom's past was soaked in so much blood as the neighboring provinces fought in many wars against each other.
Eventually all the senseless killing came to an end as the provinces united together to from the Sayonara Kingdom, and have been peaceful with each other for 100 years strong.
Rikkimaru eventually asked me about my history and I told him everything.
It was rather hard being a child Queen, as Kamek and Kammy more or less acted as my new parents after my mom and dad died protecting us.
I felt tears come down my face as I really don't like talking about my early childhood so much, tend to make me upset.
But then suddenly Rikkimaru grabbed my hand and held me, softly saying to me "I'll always be here for you my Queen".
He was so earnest and sincere in the way he said that to me, I knew that Rikkimaru truly meant what he said.
The only thing I remember after that was pressing my lips on to his as we fell on to the bed and made love.
And here I thought only Kamek was capable for showing me such kindness, Rikkimaru is just a sweetheart and real diamond in the rough.
We just stood in bed of the rest of the night as the sunset.
I finally don't feel alone anymore, not that Rikkimaru is by my side.Previous Super Mario AU pictures: