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Kings Quest IV - Rosella by RanmaCMH Kings Quest IV - Rosella by RanmaCMH
Okay, I got distracted from my Dragon Age drawings pretty seriously by this piece.  Kings Quest IV was my very first computer game EVER.  It was actually a gift for my dad and I watched him play until I was able to figure out how to work it as well.  We originally played it on his old laptop, but couldn't win the game because we couldn't make it down the path from Lolotte's castle with the arrow keys (you had to double tap to start and stop and it was just too difficult!)  Eventualy we got our first "color" computer and mouse and finally won!

 It formed my hard core adventure game addiction at the tender age of about six or seven, and taught me to save early and save often.  It also taught me how important it is to learn to spell correctly (it's a parser game and every command has to be typed correctly or it won't work).  I spent hours playing this game, being terrified of the scary tree, that big ogre, and that terrifying random troll in the cave.  I love Rosella as an early female protagonist, and I much prefer the IV version to the KQVII version.  

I've been wanting to draw a tribute to her for a long time, but nothing was ever quite good enough.  And then this image suddenly popped into my head and it was all over. The inspiration for the style here is a mix of Alphonse Mucha and Alan Lee.  I'll be honest, I'm pretty happy with it.  

Hope the very tiny Kings Quest fandom enjoys it as much as I do. 

EDIT:  I completely forgot to credit the stock I used for that horse.  This is one of Venomxbaby's beauties.
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Tamarandom Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Kings Quest! Yay! :D
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RanmaCMH Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2015  Professional Traditional Artist
Kings Quest high five!
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Journei Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
How lovely!!! :D
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magikdust Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I always admire the simple use of colours'. :)
My first game was Prince of Persia... never finished as it actually scarred me... those damn chopping things... *shivers.
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RanmaCMH Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
I never had a chance to play Prince of Persia!  There are still a lot of games I need to catch up on.  

It's funny the things that freak us out as kids though, isn't it?  
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magikdust Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
totally. but i blame the fact that we used the internal computer speaker things... made life so much worse.....
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PixelBoo Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2014  Professional
This is stunning. Do you have future plans for this piece like adding full color? Or will you be leaving it in its current glory? Either way this pleases me (even though I know nothing of the subject)
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RanmaCMH Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
You know, this is one where if I had more time I would hook up that tablet and experiment with painting it in.  I really don't have the time now so it's going to stay as is.  If someone else had time mebbe…. I dunno… someone who just graduated er sumthin….
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ChocolateIsForever Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Wow this is really a beautiful artwork!!:wow:
Wonderful composition:heart::heart::heart:
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RanmaCMH Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you!  I'm pretty proud of it!  I think I did symmetry the hard way, but it worked out!
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Aelfrey Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Ahhh... This brings back memories... Thank you for putting out this great piece! ^.^
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RanmaCMH Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you!  It's so fun to share with other fans of the game. :)
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IchibanVictory Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Yes! This was one of my first computer games, too! My favorite part was befriending the unicorn. I was sad that that whole event ends with the unicorn no longer trusting you. :( And seriously, the troll in the cave is the WORST thing ever, followed closely by the ogre. How my sisters and I screamed when either showed up!

Thanks for the trip down memory lane. :D
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RanmaCMH Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
Haha, that's so true.  I remember being bummed as a kid when the unicorn runs away (even though you were saving it).  Apparently using cupids arrow isn't right way to win the unicorns affections in the long run.

That troll in the cave is so bad because it's just a dark shadow in such a TINY little space.  You're hovering over the button you need to scoot if it shows up and you're like… maybe… maybeee….
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IchibanVictory Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
If anything, the unicorn not trusting you after you release it taught me that making wrong choices for the right reason are still wrong, and have lasting impact. Makes one wonder what Lolotte did with the unicorn while it was in captivity...

I think if I ever see red eyes suddenly pop up out of the darkness in real life, I'll go comatose because of that stupid troll!
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RanmaCMH Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
I do remember the real disappointment I felt when the unicorn ran away.  It was never really your friend if you had to use Cupid's bow to charm it.  I feel like Lolotte's henchmen would be enough to traumatize that unicorn. It would be interesting to theorize what she planned to do with the trophies you were bringing her though.  Maybe they were just symbolic, or maybe they were key pieces in a larger plot?  Hmmmm…..
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shyfoxling Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2014
The troll still scares the heck out of me when I play this game. I'm almost 36. O.o
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RanmaCMH Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
RIGHT??  And I'm pretty sure the sound they used for Rosella falling down the chasm in the dark is the loudest noise in the game too.  Makes me jump the first time EVERY time.
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charming-ghostess Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2014
My absolute favorite King's Quest. Love this!
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RanmaCMH Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
Hooray!  We need more Kq4 love!  High five!
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girabbit Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2014
This is just beautiful! Perils of Rosella was also my first ever computer game! This brought back so many memories of hours after hours of trying to beat the game! I had a hard time in the cave (trying to get over the board without dying!) so the detail of the snake and the fruit was really great. The monster trees and Cupid's bow and arrows, too! Just wonderful!
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RanmaCMH Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
That fricking chasm!  Aaah!  That may be the worst part of the game.  But it's more realistic that way I guess, you are kind of blind in the dark.  But between that and the whale tongue there were some pretty difficult game play parts.  

Glad I could share the nostalgia! :D
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MackBesmirch Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2014  Professional General Artist
LOVE this! Well Done! Love the art nouveau style!  And... we have parallel gaming experiences! KQ4 was also my introduction to PC gaming and I learned a lot of spelling and vocabulary. Like the words "possessions" and "chasm" and "minstrel" ... and also, yes, I loved the female protagonist -- After KQ4, I became a fan of the entire series, and then also the QfG series (as we discussed on your Rusalka piece) and I was always a little disappointed that the GfQ series, which was more RPG vs. KQ's set protagonist narrative, let you choose your specialty but not your sex/gender. I'm so in love with the Dragon Age series because it has the storytelling I loved from these older adventure games, but the technology and scope to include races and genders as selectable player characters, plus decision points that (well, to certain degrees) change the story form playthrough to playthrough. Totally had a Warden named Rosella. Totally had a Rosella Hawke, too. Will have a Rosella Inquisitor. ;)
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RanmaCMH Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
I think because of the time period those qfg games would have been on, like, fifteen floppy disks if they had done a gender choice too. Haha.  It would have been so fun though.  I can imagine someone trying to flirt with the Baronet.  Awkward.

I can't tell you how many times I had to retype "Diamond" (Dimound?  Diamound?  diemund?)  when I was trying to give the jewels to the fisherman.   In Quest for Glory II the word was "Elemental" that I had the most fun learning.  I miss parser games!  Clicking is nice and easy, but the puzzles are just click puzzles and fetch quests.  With parser commands you had to figure out stuff in more interesting ways (like the infamous "Gem in mouth" puzzle in space quest!)
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MackBesmirch Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2014  Professional General Artist
OMG, YES. and I totally forgot about the floppies! Was it KQ6 that was first released on CD? KQ5 retroactively? Both of mine were floppy. I think KQ6 had like 7 disks. I always bought them on release, so I missed the fully-voiced fancy versions that came later.

I liked the parser games, too, but the meta-game for me was always HOW FAST CAN YOU TYPE?! before the versions that would pause the game when you started typing or pressed SPACEBAR. My KQ4 was the earlier one, and I remember having the hardest time stealing the chicken from the Ogre, then typing "open door" in time to escape. I remember having to enlist the aid of my father, who would type, while I directed Rosella to the door, following the pixels on the floor so I'd line up at the right angle to just exit right away. My friend had the updated version with the pause feature; her graphics were also of slightly higher resolution. My Rosella's head looked like an orange with an olive pinned on it; hers looked like a head with eyes.
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RanmaCMH Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
OMG I didn't know there was a version where the spacebar wouldn't pause it??  I would cry!  That was the only thing that saved me from the ogre!!  Was the command bar just always visible?  Or would it pop up and the game would still run?  That's awful!  I didn't know how good I had it! XD
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MackBesmirch Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2014  Professional General Artist
oh, yes, it was 100% live action in the earlier versions. the command line was ever-present at the bottom of the screen. The VGA remake of KQ1 had the spacebar thing, though. But my KQ1-4 originals were all speed typing, no typo forgiveness. LOL
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RanmaCMH Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
But now you are a master of the keyboard right??  That's some early age typing leveling right there.
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Balin84 Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2014
Beautiful! The style you went with really fits the series. Got me thinking of The Princess Bride, it did! I grew up mainly on Space Quest, but King's Quest 5 and 6 were among my first games; it's been ages since I've played any of the old adventure games, but I do love stumbling across tribute art and fellow fans! I also agree with your preference for the older game over KQVII, the Disney-esque styling just wasn't my cup of tea. Any chance we might see similar pieces from you? :)
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RanmaCMH Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
My brother's first quest game was Space Quest 5!  I LOVE that one!  (We still hum that goofy buffing the floor tune at each other some times.)

The Disney style was forgivable, the animation wasn't though.  The painted backgrounds were still gorgeous.  I just didn't like how foofy and helpless Rosella felt after Kq4 and all.  She seemed feminine but tough if Kq4, and in Kq7 she felt overly girly to me?  I suppose I just would have characterized her a little less.. dopey?  Flighty?  Especially during that intro.  

Dangit, now I want to rewrite Kq7.

I don't mind the idea of it, I just don't like the execution. I love them playing on the Hades, Persephone, and Ceres myth though.  I just realized that during my last play through!  
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Balin84 Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2014
Oooh, Space Quest 5 was my first one as well! And the cleaning theme from that scene was so catchy, I did the same thing!

And you're right about KQ7, Rosella really was portrayed in a girly fashion, which really felt odd given the rest of the series. Ah well, I suspect it was to appeal for a younger audience. You're spot on about the artwork though, it was indeed a very pretty game. And I loved all the difference references to mythology that are sprinkled throughout the series. As a kid who grew up on Greek myths, it was great getting to see familiar faces and themes popping up throughout the games!
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ekocentric Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This is stunning! Love it, even though I don't know anything about this hahaha. I specifically love the touch of Alphonse Mucha style ;)
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RanmaCMH Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
It's tough to do a good Mucha tribute because Mucha is such a boss draftsman.  BUT I TRY SO HAAARD
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ekocentric Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
He really is. But you're doing it so well too!
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