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Xenogears - Citan by JakeMurray Xenogears - Citan by JakeMurray
The third in my series of Xenogears paintings features the enigmatic, ever knowledgeable Citan Uzuki in conversation with the progenitor of humanity, Emperor Cain.

20"x30" oil on board

I decided not to include Citan's gear in the image because I just don't think it was that important to his character's story; Gears just seem to be mere tools to him. But it's always during his strange conversations with the Emperor that we'd get quick glimpses into his true character, so I wanted to do my interpretation of those moments. Hope you guys enjoy!

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cGIDEOn Featured By Owner May 19, 2015
And Citan  such an awesome character ( i can't probably explain his character with words, he has such awesome combination of kindhess and dark nature ), i finished Xenogears almost recently. I should've played it a long time ago. It's a true masterpiece. 
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JakeMurray Featured By Owner May 26, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
It really is an excellent game.
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cGIDEOn Featured By Owner Edited Jun 2, 2015
Yeah, such a deep and EMOTIONAL game. A pity i didn't have PlayStation as a child. Playing Xenogears was omega awesome experience. ( and sorry for late replay )
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JakeMurray Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
I replayed it last a couple years ago (well, actually when I was doing these paintings ha). Didn't make it all the way through though. I'm excited for Xenoblade X to come out on the Wii U here in the US, but am wondering if I'll even have the time to enjoy it with it being such a massive open world game. Hoping the story didn't get sacrificed just for the sake of trying to compete with the likes of Skyrim and The Witcher 3.
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cGIDEOn Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2015
Eh, i didn't even played Xenosaga, though i managed to find money for PlayStation 2. But i eventually will do this. Now i know that this series MUST be played. Creators are geniuses. ( yeah, i also think story is one of the strongest points in Xenogears )
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JakeMurray Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
I did play through Xenosaga I & II (and watched through III on Youtube haha). Also amazing games. I watched Xenoblade on Youtube and didn't really get into it as much. It had a lot of interesting ideas, but I think I just prefer more of the sci-fi feel of the others to its more fantasy setting. Just didn't really feel like it fit in stylistically with the others, but that's okay. Can't really expect creators to want to make the same thing over and over and over again can we?
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cGIDEOn Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2015
Sure, one of the said part of absolute masterpieces is that they exist in one and only number. Lol, i thought you played other Xeno games, ( sorry for my guess ). Can i ask a question? What are your other top RPG/ other games? (  i always searching for games with deep meaning and i usually asking about top personal games , that's how i stumble on awesome masterpieces ) 
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JakeMurray Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
Hmmm that's a good question. As far as classic JRPGs go, I'd say Xenogears/Xenosaga, Final Fantasy VII, and IX, and Vagrant Story are my all-time favorites. Other amazing games are Shadow of the Colossus, and more recently The Witcher series of games. I haven't played much that's too far out of the mainstream, so you've probably heard of or played most of those already. But if not, they're well worth a shot.
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cGIDEOn Featured By Owner May 18, 2015
WOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOW!!! it should have much much much more views!!!!!
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JakeMurray Featured By Owner May 18, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you very much :D
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loom107 Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2015
stellar 
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JakeMurray Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you :)
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motorwizard666 Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2014
I absolutely love this. I feel like you've illustrated Citans personality quite well. The air of secrecy, the contemplative gesture, his hand resting on his sword, ever ready to cut down who he must to accomplish his task. He was certainly a well developed character, and this is an amazing portrait of him.
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JakeMurray Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you very much. :) I really thought hard about how best to depict him!
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motorwizard666 Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2014
It is definitely the best one I've seen, and it has been the wallpaper for my phone for a few weeks now. Hope that's ok with you.
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ChickTickTick Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Really Cool!!I wanna say why this pic is added into only 197 favorites!
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JakeMurray Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you! Eh, it's just favorites haha. :)
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Legacyweaver Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2014
OMG I can't believe there are four prints left of Citan (three now because I just got one, SWEET!) I will cherish this forever, I will be buried with my original copy of Xenogears. I know you said NEVER, but I didn't know about the Fei painting! Is there absolutely no way to get my hands on one? I can't wait to frame this...
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JakeMurray Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Yeah unfortunately I just can't do any more Fei or Elly as it would devalue the prints already out there, but thanks so much for purchasing a Citan print! :D
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Legacyweaver Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2014
Just got it today, thanks! Honestly, if I had to choose (instead of getting chosen for me) I'd pick Citan. He may not be the main character, but the most interesting and complex by far. Again, supremely pleased with this, great work!
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JakeMurray Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Glad to hear it made it to you alright! Thanks again for purchasing! :D
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tenko72 Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2013
I like how dramatic this scene looks.
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JakeMurray Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you :)
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kaipur Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2013  Hobbyist Filmographer
You're a very talented artist and I love your work on these Xenogears images
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JakeMurray Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you very much. I'm glad you like them :)
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BlackstarOG Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2013
That's fantastic. And I love the way you slipped your other picture into it as well. Great job!
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JakeMurray Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks you very much! :)
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godzilla-poptart Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2013
I just started this game a few weeks ago, and I've been very confused...But this is sweet. :D
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JakeMurray Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Haha yeah it does that. I'm not even sure I understood it completely on my first playthrough. But thanks commenting!
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godzilla-poptart Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2013
I was lost after just the opening, I thought Chrono Cross was confusing. And its no problem!
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deviantbobb Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2013
still confused? Impressions of the game now that you're (presumably) finished?
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godzilla-poptart Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2013
Yeah, I've finished it now. I'm still kinda confused about some things though.
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reynardfox Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2013
Sweet jeebus I haven't got any words for this. This is gorgeous. It's also kind of creepy in a subtle way (can we say, "glasses flare of doom?"), but it's still gorgeous. Outstanding work, and thank you so much for sharing!
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JakeMurray Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you very much :)
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einhajar Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2012
Hmm...the plot thickens...
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JakeMurray Featured By Owner Dec 25, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
The plot always got a little too thick for me to understand during scenes like these in the game haha. At least the first time I played it. :)
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einhajar Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2012
The same thing for me. The game came out when i was 11 years old, and as a child i couldnt really grasp the story except that the gears were awesome and the characters are so cool especially, Grahf and Id. I would be willing to buy an ID or Grahf print from you. :D
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Kenichi2point0 Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2012
This is just absolute bad-ass! Best rpg imho!
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JakeMurray Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you very much! :)
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kaitoudark1 Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2012  Professional Writer
Awesome Citan, Loving the colors and all the detail.
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JakeMurray Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you very much. :)
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Skodo85 Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Awesome painting, insta-fave :wow:

I've done some xeno fan arts too but are not good as yours... :D

I'm waiting for your paintings of Maria, Hammer and the thames captain hehehe :D
Keep it up bro, and congratulations again :) :ahoy:
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JakeMurray Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks a lot! Can't guarantee I'll ever actually get to those characters, but who knows! :D
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Rayless-Night Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2012
That's really impressive. I like all the intense colors and shadows with Emperor Cain's face rising in the back.
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JakeMurray Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks! :)
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RandverSerence Featured By Owner May 8, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
He is definitely one of my favourite characters in that game =) fav game of all time, I play to actually do a remake of it sometime just for fun.
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JakeMurray Featured By Owner May 8, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
That sounds cool. I'd definitely play a remake if there was one. Though I don't think the people at Square-Enix quite have what it takes to do justice to it anymore. Especially since they're so busy making sequels to games that shouldn't have sequels. :P
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strikes-twice Featured By Owner May 22, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
I agree with you here. I think if they did remake Xenogears now it wouldn't have nearly the same feeling as the original. The characters would all probably look like generic airbrushed models.
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JakeMurray Featured By Owner May 22, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Even if they did manage to keep the visual feel of it intact (which is unlikely), there's no way they wouldn't destroy it with voice acting. Not that all voice acted games are bad. But I do miss the good ol' days of text boxes with character portraits. :P
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strikes-twice Featured By Owner May 22, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
I think that videogame voice acting has come a long way, but Xenogears has some pretty heavy dialogue and the slightest campiness in the vocals would ruin the delivery.

I miss the days of text-only games too, though replaying my old PSX games on a modern sized TV is seriously painful on the eyes for more than a few hours :(
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