Horizon - Apex Legends

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“Haud onto your knickers darlins!” - Horizon, Apex Legends

Hello Strangers! As I mentioned in my previous post, I was super excited to come across the drawing contest by HiveGamingCommunity the other day. What a great opportunity to be creative and such a great topic as well! I knew right away which character I wanted to draw - Horizon from Apex Legends.

I have been getting back into gaming lately after taking a long break. Years to be exact. I pretty much stopped gaming when I started university and no longer had time for it. Fast forward a decade and you end up with a potato machine that is only capable of reading and writing text files xD


Well, not anymore! It is great to be able to game again, to plunge into different worlds and stories, especially now that our physical world is such a mess. Some of the games I have been enjoying are CS:GO, Borderlands, PUBG, Among Us, Age of Empires II, Rocket League, Cyberpunk 2077, and my latest obsession, Apex Legends.

Oh, they got me good, those clever bastards! Why else would I keep playing a game that I am absolute rubbish at? Sometimes you land and you are ded in a matter of seconds and spend more time in the lobby twirling your fingers, biting your nails, and pulling your hair out of frustration while matchmaking, but you still want to go back in for more.

For those of you who have lived under a rock for the past decade, same as me, Apex Legends is a multiplayer, FPS battle royale game where you can choose to play as a bunch of different legends with various abilities that come in handy as you are dropped from the ship and fight everyone until the last person standing (or die quickly, because you suck).

Horizon is one of those legends and of course, she is my favorite! Why might you ask? First of all, she is a badass across the board. Genius scientist, the astrophysicist who kicks everyone’s butt with her gravitational manipulations such as being able to create a small black hole or a gravitational beam that lifts you up in the sky or your team, or even enemies. At the same time, she will crack you up with some of the funniest, witty, and a bit nerdy talking lines, but there is more than meets the eye. Sometimes Horizon trails off to quite mysterious ponderings that seem a bit random at first and sad at the same time. It has to do with her backstory and no one can tell it better than Horizon herself - Promise. It made me love her even more.

I think Horizon fits my playing style the most as I can dodge some sticky situations by launching off in the sky or to high ground, or unleash a black hole on someone as a distraction while I find my way to safety.

Drawing/inking/painting process of Horizon - Singularity skin

In the game, there are many items, skins you can purchase or earn for your character to make it look more customized and cool. This brings it to my drawing. I decided to make my custom skin for Horizon and I call it Singularity. Ha! You know, because she is the master of black holes. So her hair flows like in zero gravity all the time and all that good stuff. Wouldn’t it be great if such skin existed? Dreams.

First I started by studying some of the features of Horizon from a ton of renderings of the original character, such as her expressive, almost almond-shaped eyes, pronounced cheekbones, and even freckles. Some of the images that helped me with this drawing are here - I, II, III.

I chose ink as my medium and damn, it was a struggle to open the jet black one as it seemed to be glued shut. I had not touched inks since last Inktober, but, luckily, Horizon went "Science time! Ooh, yaldi!" and I applied hot water to the cap and I got it open easily after that.

I thought it would look interesting if the whole piece was a monochrome comic style look with only a single detail in a different color and of course I had to use my purple ink for her goggles! That was fun! I love how it turned out and how much they pop! And then of course I had to add in stars in her hair and in my mind, the round neck part of her suit looks like a black hole too.

What do you think? Some more details below. Thank you to HiveGamingCommunity for hosting such a cool activity! I would love to do something like this again in the future! ^^

Song of the day: SAMURAI, Refused - Never Fade Away

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That is awesome yo and the purple glasses make it so cool.

Thank you Straw! Means a lot coming from you! I am so happy I got this purple ink, it is such a cool tone and it looks so much better than I could have ever imagined. First time using it, was so fun to work on this one.

The purple is a nice touch!
!ENGAGE 10

Thank you! I feel like it almost made the piece come to life. It was my first time using the purple ink, it looks so cool and I would love to experiment with different color in inks in future. They seem so rich and vibrant, the patterns they make with a touch of water.

the purple is definitely a nice touch, its what caught my eye while scrolling :)

It worked out even better than I imagined it. I love purple color so much, it is definitely my first go to color in my past works, I sometimes have to restrain myself from making everything purple and to reach for other colors too.

Btw, I love, love the bright color combinations in your works too! They look just bloody brilliant! :)

thank you! :) I love rainbows if you can't tell! haha

Purple is my go to color too! It just works so well with all the colors.

That turned out really cool. Great job

Aww, thank you so much! I had a blast creating it and so happy I stumbled upon the contest which gave me this opportunity. It is great to switch it up with different mediums as well. I missed working with materials that I can hold and get my hands dirty. Inks are so messy, got to be super careful I love it.

Omg so cute M31! It's full of magic, love the textures and the monochrome.

Thank you @equipodelta! :) Oh I love, love playing with textures! That is one of the reasons why I love inks and watercolors so much in my works. Just a drop of water on ink or watercolor, creates so much wonder and magic, I am always in awe of the beautiful, and random outcome. It is truly unique, because no matter how hard you try, you can never replicate the magic of pigment and water being mixed together in that particular way it did.

It was a joy to work on this one :)

Song of the Grey:

- "Aces High" - Iron Maiden

Songs of the grey should be made official treasures of Hive! They are amazing, ever single one of them, I don't know how you do it Gandalf! You have an amazing taste in music :)

Purple touch is very catchy 💜

Happens to be my favorite color too! I love, love all shades of purple and so you can imagine my excitement when I found the purple ink at the art supply shop, I had to get it for me! It is so bright and vibrant, makes me so happy just to look at it! :)

Oh my..! What a great work you've done there! I love it!

Thank you so much! I took my time with it and generally I like to be slow with creating stuff. I think I sketched a bunch for one whole day, and the next day I drew the underlying drawing and lined it and inked the majority of it and then third day I did the background which is kind of backwards of how many others do. Technically the correct way would be starting with background, but I remember even at art school where they taught me right I still always did it this way xD

I am so happy you enjoy it! ^^ Yay!

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Hello kitty! Did you just land on all your fours? That is pretty impressive, I think Horizon would approve of your incredible skills, hehe

There has already been too much ENGAGE today.

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