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If I Loved You Less by xcgirl08 If I Loved You Less by xcgirl08
"If I loved you less, I might be able to talk about it a bit more."
- Emma, by Jane Austen


....You know, I was pretty happy with what we were given in terms of this pair.

Any actual 'canonization' of the pairing (oh, come on, we know they love each other) would have seemed....overstated, somehow; these two function almost solely in subtle gestures, underlying devotion, meaningful glances and the like, and just knowing that they're still together is more than enough.

So, I tried for something SOMEWHAT subtle here. No full-frontal snogs, at least, but enough to get the point across. As usual, any comments/suggestions/ideas/critiques are more than welcome.

Roy Mustang and Riza Hawkeye belong to Ms. Arakawa.

(Riza's new haircut is hard to draw.)
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rainhowlspl Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2012
This is lovely. I think Royai is one of the best pairings ever created mostly because of how subtle and strong their love is at the same time.
Gamergal218 Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2012
Totally agree with you here. What they were given and what we got to see as far as their development together was perfect for them. LOVE this piece! :D
Kelenloth Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2012
I really really love this. It's so subtle, and in character, yet so, SO gentle, and so intimate and lovely. I like the way you draw them both as well, as not everyone transitions between the manga art and more realistic human art well. I also love that it's raining. That just says so much about these two. It's raining. And Roy is still smiling. And they're simply.. together. And that's all they need. You're right, I've seen way too many people draw these two snogging or becoming even more physical, and I don't think that's really... it's not really what they're about. I like this better. They don't need all that to be awesome. They just need to be around each other. Thank you for drawing this, it was fantastically done! I love the real glow that the soft light and the rain give. I adore their facial expressions too.
fazzygrl Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Perfect quote for them. Such a subtle relationship indeed. :aww:
Eve-Francesca Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
I agree with ~Jeminia. This drawing is lovely. It definitely captures the subtleties and complexities in Roy and Riza's relationship. This piece is also very tender and sweet and I love that you've drawn them in a realistic style. That's a refreshing, nice change and they look fantastic in said style. ;) =D :love:
nerdfighter13812 Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2010
This is really good. I'm just glad you didn't give roy his anime mustache. That would have been painful. T.T
Jeminia Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2010
Um... this is freaking adorable and I think it perfectly captures the subtlety and complexity of their relationship.
saraistarr Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2010
So I finally read the last chapters... and I have to say, as much as I wanted a big climactic kiss or some other squee-able moment, I know inside that you're completely right. They're beautiful with their subtleness... :aww: <333 Just like this pic~
swan-swan Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2010
Overstated or not, I'm starting to agree with rawles on the lack of mwahmwahmwah with these two...XD

Couples in the rain are always gorgeous; though the fact that he's quite clearly powerless right now is something that I'm going to have to ponder the meaning of. He's all wet.
Nikolicious Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
:heart: Thanks so much for drawing this, it made me inmensily happy ;u; You have no idea how much i loved the expressions and the serious tone of the pic.

And the comment made it even better <33

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