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The Path They Walk is One of War by ChikitaWolf The Path They Walk is One of War by ChikitaWolf
Dmitri [TSFE] (c) ChikitaWolf
Art (c) ChikitaWolf

I managed to finally get to see one of rix9654's's and watching them color and weave details into their artwork was a huge inspiration. I decided that I wanted to try harder on my next colored piece, so naturally the Dmitri lineart ended up being my test subject :'D

This is one of those works where I tried to go all out, experimenting with different layering styles, coloring, textures, and details. It's sort of a conglomeration of cell shading, marker, and a shit ton of highlighting on luminosity xD I'm rather pleased with how it came out, though I know I still have a lot to improve on lmao. Didn't get quite everything I wanted in there, and there are a few mistakes but oh well - I'm too exhausted to attempt anymore with it xD

This is the last artwork I tried going all out on:
And the Cracks Begin to Show by ChikitaWolf

:pointr: Walltext details about the artwork, if you're interested - 

This is, as most of you know, my original character Dmitri. He's my leading protagonist in my original story TSFE. There aren't really black and white heroes or villains in my story, but if I were to coin Dmitri down, he would be more of the "antihero," per se. His actual physical appearance is a large part of the story plotpusher, as it is what most people judge him by and why he's immediately often labeled a villain; so I made sure to pull that in for this artwork (not that that's too hard LOL). Draconics are easily made out to be the "bad guys" due to their ~somewhat~ demonic appearances (half human, believed to be half dragon; though this is debatable and not a common belief in the current setting of the story); plus, these draconics were created only for war, so a lot of their social skills are, uh, lacking, conventionally anyway. The biggest goal in their creation was "intimidation," so naturally they tend to be the "outsiders" of society after the war they were made for ended. But now I'm rambling - back to the artwork xD

The black poles behind Dmitri are actually grave-markers. Back in Dmitri's time and during the war, it was considered bad luck not to give a dead man a grave-marker; the spirit was said to be unappeased and would torment anyone that came by, driving passersby into insanity. While draconics were considered monsters even by their comrades, they were still created off of humans, so they were also given a grave-marker due to this superstition. However, unlike the white grave-markers given to humans, draconics were given black grave-markers to keep them separated even in death from their "fully human" counterparts. The black grave-marker was also symbolic, as the first few generations of draconics in death would pollute the area in which they were buried; the Virus from within their bodies would seep out and corrupt the grave-marker, turning it black. The more of the Virus within the body, the wider the area that was corrupted.

The flames, of course, represent the battles Dmitri's fought. Which is a shit ton. And still adding up //mings. The purple glow is from the energy his Virus causes to build up in his body and which he expels by creating his sword, Conqueror, or blowing shit up. Ironically enough, purple is symbolic of balance, or the little bit of both (involving red, the most violent color, and blue the most calming color).

:star: A special thanks to all of you who joined my's and kept my spirits up while I was pulling my hair out over this artwork, as well as to the Nyandom for their help in deciding which version of this to upload 'v'

She is Our Light by ChikitaWolfTSFE: Welcome to Undercity by ChikitaWolf[TSFE] Ule Reference/Bio by ChikitaWolf
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Koto-wari Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2014
I've had this picture in my inbox for quite a while, and everytime I noticed it, I thought "I need to leave a proper comment sometimes". So, here it is:

I've said it before, but I really like the thought you put into all your characters. And how that thought is reflected in not just their appearance, but the overal setting of the picture as well: colour schemes, background elements, ...

I really like colours you've used in this picture. Although initially one would think the reds, purples and yellows would clash somewhat, they are in perfect harmony, although "harmony" is hardly the right word for a picture that radiates anger and demonic spirit. o_O" So I think you managed to convey the feelnigs described in the artists comments quite well. The double layers here and there just complete it.

I think you should try to make more pictures where you all out, I can see you getting better with giant leaps. ;v;
ChikitaWolf Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
dajlsdfjlaf amg Koto :iconpapmingplz:

Yaaah, I found out pretty fast how hard it was to work with my color choices LMAO. It was quite the challenge :iconmingcryplz:
alksdjafsk I'm happy they look like they worked out tho amg;;;//;v;

Thank you so much for the nice comment, Koto alskdjlfasf made my day //crais happily

I'll definitely try if I can get myself to color again period xD Damn stress has been ruining me color-wise lately lmao /flops
Koto-wari Featured By Owner May 4, 2014
You're very welcome, Chi~ :3

You did well, so keep on going~ : D
shadicnanami Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2014  Student Digital Artist
great drawing and the story 
ChikitaWolf Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you! ;v;
shadicnanami Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2014  Student Digital Artist
you re welcome
B3GIN Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2014  Hobbyist

(Not gonna lie, when I went to your profile and saw this on my screen, I seriously got a chill that ran down my spine)

Dmitri looks terribly intimidating and.... well, war hungry/crazed in this picture; it's scary but so incredibly powerful. Is this during the time that he was still fighting the war or when he started going against the government? Depending on the answer I may sympathize more with him. O.o Or maybe that doesn't matter if this doesn't really represent any one battle, but rather is a representation of the sheer number of them he's fought. In which case I'm still unnerved by his smile. Although I suppose it's to be expected when he was basically designed with war in mind, but still! ;n; I would not want to mess with him. Dmitri babu! ;n; I accept you for who you are, but you frighten me!!!

Ahem. Sorry about that. Moving along~ You chose an excellent pallet for this, and you shaded everything spectacularly. His hair in particular caught my eye, but looking closer at the background and his wing talon thingy (dat detail homg) and the armor (shading + the texture= love).... holy schmoly, Sissy. This is absolutely amazing. The glow from the virus also turned out fantastically on his skin and clothing. I want this mounted on my wall. Dmitri just appears so strong here. ;n; Especially with the graves in the background.... this may or may not have been what you were bringing up, but it made me think that war either destroys the individual or he can battle on and survive (but perhaps at what cost?). 

Lookie thar. I'm waxing poetic. Someone hit meh. 
Random other question: Is he creating Conqueror right now or just getting ready to blow something up? Wow this comment is all over the place. I feel bad for when you answer this. xDDD


I probably sound redundant with my comments on your art by now, but you seriously blow me away every time you post art like this. You keep improving at such incredible speeds--and yet you've already been doing a great job for a while now! Dang. Dem skillz. You go, girl. 

ChikitaWolf Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist

amg chills oh gosh 8'D
It's his scary face /shot
LOL, hmmm, hard to say xD Like, you can never really tell what's going on Dmitri's head since he learned the draconic tactic of "scare the piss out of the enemy" - or in other words, they know how to make faces to scare/intimidate the enemy into screwing up while their clashing swords. Dmitri's got a pretty good scary face xD I wonder what's scarier then - the scary face or not knowing if it's a real crazed one versus a slip you up one?

alksjdfkalsdfj I'm glad people are noticing the detail I put my blood, sweat, and tears into /shot.
Nice catch! Yah, there's a lot of that in the story :'D Though Dmitri ends up losing so much that he doesn't dare dream that he can keep the people he cares about forever. He's pretty much accepted that he's gonna be damned and alone //mings

//wacks with fish /slap'd
GOOD RANDOM QUESTION. I'm in a blow shit up mood, so let's say he's about to blow shit up xD

lakjflskdfjalsdfl thank you so much again amg, B3GINNNN (//v\\) <3 <3 <3
ShadowExiladia Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2014  Student General Artist
This looks really amazing, especially with all the beautiful detail and lighting <33 Super work !
ChikitaWolf Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
alskdjf (//v\\)
Thank you so much, Shads <3 <3
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