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Portraits of a Cycle by scarlet-dragonchild Portraits of a Cycle by scarlet-dragonchild
GUARDIAN
The guardian has paths of ink across his skin.
-As a way to tell, or to remember, he alone was not quite sure
The telltale mark of a tree upon his skin. His tree, his burden, his life.
And he would say, that it was a choice he made long ago. Their lives upon his back.
But her gaze held as she asks ‘but what of you?’
And even then, the paths of ink would not answer


PRINCE
For as long as he remembered, he was always the one who would be King
And they taught him everything, yet they taught him nothing.
They taught him to put blindfolds on his people, and to walk blindfolded himself
They taught him, and they taught him well.
And the day he became King would be his, and their undoings


PRINCESS
She had never wanted to be a princess
For she remembers the wooden swords and scraped knees of her younger days
And how she climbs and runs through earth and air
Until they took her sword, her earth and air, with pleasant hands and soft chiding smiles
And twirls her around, through strange faces and glittering halls and glass ceilings
Until she forgets what it felt like to hold a sword and to go on leaps and bounds
And one by one they kneel at her feet and took her hand to their lips and whispers delicately
‘My Princess’


KNIGHT
‘Being good hurts’
And that was his first lesson of being a knight
He had nodded, and then over the years fought, bled, and bends
Being good hurts, and that is what he lives by everyday
Sword drawn and head high, shield protecting everyone but himself
He counts the days, and wonders when he will finally break.


MAIDEN
Through the early trials and harshness, she of all people knows that things have their price
And sacrifice was a word dear to her
Later, she fought through their battles and their wars
And there she was everything – mother, disciple, shield and beacon
She was the maiden, and she rallied them on, rallied them all.
Knowing that one day she herself would be a sacrifice


MAGE
He flinches when anyone calls him ‘mage’
For the whispers, the fingers he is certain follows behind his every step
For ones who did not have to don the mantle and the staff, and were spared
And come night he whispers and tosses and turns and scatters pages of runes
This is what he was, what he does, this is what he becomes. Over and over he whispers.
This is what they had made him to be.
He still flinches when anyone calls him ‘mage’
And he thought that no one could blame him for that, if not anything else


MONK
The monk places little faith in destinies, yet he believes in his name
He was not meant to be the one who will fight
He watched as empires rise and fall, comrades fight and bleed and die
And he watched and he cried, and yet still he watches
When all else are doomed to perish, he had said
What have we got to hold on to but our names?


SEER
The Seer burnt down her tower, one bright solstice night
And with the glass tower, the kingdom she was to watch
Pleaded, burned, and perished
Barefoot and smiling, she watches the roar of embers and sparks
And whispers to the air, 'she did this out of love'


Watercolors on A3 paper, textures from #resurgere and *alizarin

The pictures were partly practice in drawing faces in general, as I suck at close-up shots and facial expressions ^^; The long and winding prose above is purely there because I was bedridden and bored for a few days courtesy of the flu, sorry about that ^^;
Comments and suggestions would be very very welcome. Thanks :hug:
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addaline Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2010  Student General Artist
kereennnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnn

AJARIN AKU COLORING MAKE CAT AERRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRR
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InAbsentia Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
I love how each of them has a different tale! Now I want to know the story... and your style of coloring, both rich and slightly muted, has a sort of dreamlike quality that is also somehow focused and intense, like a lucid dream you don't want to wake up from because then the story will go on without you...

Yes, I would love to know the story for this one.
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anaNeamu Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2010  Professional Photographer
featured here [link]
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susieecool Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2010
I actually was drawn first to their faces, and the emotion you captured. It's very beautiful, and a bit stylized in the best way. I also love the way you painted it.
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sarutobi-naomi Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2009  Student
its so beautiful!
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:iconrase4:
rase4 Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2009
teksturnya bagus sekali...
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witnessthepower Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2009
beautifully painted.
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Soul-of-the-Sword Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2009  Hobbyist
Gila! Artist's comment na keren banget~~~!!! :excited:
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undead-faery Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2009
...aren't the descriptions for maiden and mage out of order? I was confused there for a minute ^^;
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cigamerisedi Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2009
This is indeed gorgeous and I really enjoy the prose myself. :)

I just wanted to touch base with you - not sure if my emails or notes in DA may have been getting lost among many and I noticed you mention above that you have been suffering from the flu so I sincerely hope you feel better! But I needed to know if maybe due to your illness or schedule you wouldn't be able to complete the commission we discussed. If so, no problem! But I do need to get started on the invitations either way and just wanted to get an idea.

Thanks so much!
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Bearbreaktheart Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2009
wah aku kmaren dimaki-maki asdosku gra2 ga bisa pke cat air....ajarin dong kakak hehehehe

Like your style sist!!!!
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scarlet-dragonchild Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2009
Wah, gigit aja asdosnya XD *disambit asdos*
Biasanya masalahnya di sebelah mananya kalo ngecat air? Hmm, yang jelas yang umum kalo make cat air itu sebaiknya kuasnya selalu basah (jangan sampe waktu nguas trus udah kering masih diseret2 aja di kertas, biasanya sapuannya jadi keliatan kurang mengena), kalo lagi rajin bikin layernya lumayan banyak (dan masing-masing layer encer, jadi pas udah tumpuk2 ntar kesannya nggak berat atau kotor) dimulai dari warna dasar/ambiance, warna si barangnya dimulai dari yang muda, trus shading, dan terakhir shadow yang paling gelap dan dah kecil2. Jangan lupa sedia tisu disebelah, kalo ada warna yang salah atau ketebelan bisa langsung 'diangkat' make tisunya :) Happy drawing! ^^
Makasih dah mampir ya :)
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Bearbreaktheart Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2009
thx for the advice sist
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ertehbasi Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
awesome... :love:
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ndrawalker Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2009
wadooh paintingnya pake apaan niih bagus bangeeddd
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Sir-Pumpkinhead Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
Really beautiful portraits, Alia :nod: You captured the expressions quite well, the colors and the descriptions help us quite well to imagine their personalities :)
I don't have anything else to say except that it is a job marvelously done ^_^ Your images are always full of flare, no matter if they're digital or traditional.
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azyuratrix Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
ag sedih~
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scarlet-dragonchild Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2009
hooo...dongeng itu memang kalo diliat pas gede jadi sediiih banget :(
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:iconazyuratrix:
azyuratrix Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
stuju teh~hhe
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ericbdg Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
Kayaknya asik juga kalau teks penjelasan karakter dipakai u workshop, biar liat interpretasi visual dari masing2 tentang karakter tersebut tuh jadinya kayak gimana.
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aiyeahhs Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2009   Digital Artist
Ahh bagus zisa...
karena zisa adalah zisa... That makes your art strong! ^^
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ujul Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2009
seperti biasa.... selalu keren
sip... sip... :)
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LeiiLucene Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2009
wow. masing2 karakter ada begronnya. nice!
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Arcalian Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2009
One of your best. The Mage (with whom I strongly identify) and the Monk (who speaks of things lost) both speak volumes to me.
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A711owner Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2009
I like your drawings but what i really love are your writing you put with them. They are beautiful to read and give a more realism to the names rather than how people would normally imagine them. (hope that makes sense cause i am really tired right now :P)
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Nanjung110 Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2009
ini buat konsep komik selanjutnya kah? :la:

<<< dari hari pertama teteh nge tag note ke saya via fb, saya masih berusaha memahami...

OTL
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LAS-T Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2009
mate, seriously inthralling :clap: well done :D
I love the little memo for each of the characters, it was beautiful :)
i really do hope you do more of your artworks ^_^
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Kotori-hime Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2009
The descriptions that go with each one are really good. I love your art: it´s inspiring. Some of my tales and histories are based on images; yours inspire me of special form. Even I have win a contest of literature thanks to the inspiration that you me meet on the descriptions and the drawings!

Sorry for my really bad english :(
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sawamura-sama Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2009
I like the prince poem part :3
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starsonly Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2009
When i look at this i feel like each and every portrait has its own emotion but is linked to each other by some means. AWESOME WORK :iconiloveitmoreplz: looking forward to more of my fav artist's works ;D
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ATh-Armherst Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2009  Student Traditional Artist
it's awesome!! very nice
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:iconsugarcoatedlollipops:
Awesome! Looks great!! :D
I like your descriptions of the Knight and Guardian :)
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sinlaire Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
k'aziza......buatlah tutorial....

keren lho, walaupun mirip2 tapi warna2nya mencerminkan suasana n ekspresi mereka banget

(btw tau g ini siapa??)
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LHuRi Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2009
My good God...This is awesome!
Love it :love:
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PlainPaper Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2009
watercolornya dewa ih *sujud m(_ _)m *
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sopkambingususbabat Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2009
keren banget sis=D

saya baru beli komiknya loh yang ngabuburit itu..^^
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sopkambingususbabat Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2009
keren banget sis=D

saya baru beli komiknya loh yang ngabuburit itu..^^
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TheFunnyBunny Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2009
Beautiful as always... As for suggestions, I think I like the knight and the seer the most, mainly because their hands are visible. Hands can really add to an expression (and they are a part of body language) Not saying you should force them in, but I think they add a nice touch to any portrait, as they can express so much so simply. Really lovely none the less, and I enjoyed reading the poems, so pretty and melancholic they capture what they are all about wonderfully!
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JohnPatience Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2009
Lovely work.
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lawofmatthew Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2009
Wow, i love it!
Keren!=D
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Putsuri Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2009
Wow.... keren2!!!!

Knightnya ganteng... hihihi
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scarlet-dragonchild Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2009
Hihihihi, tengkyu.
Nanti saya bilangin ke modelnya si knightnya :D
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Putsuri Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2009
hihihihi... abis cakep2 sih ^ ^
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El-Bronco Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Bagus banget. Terasa sekali kesan middle earthnya.
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yakkingyetis Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2009
bravo :clap:
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fioweenel Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2009
the colors are fabulous! beautiful! XD
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RocCenere Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
They look very beautiful.
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scarlet-dragonchild Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2009
Thank you :)
(I love your signature btw XD)
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RocCenere Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
You're welcome
(thanks ;P)
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prbardin Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
Bagus, sa. Seperti biasa, enak diliat dan deskripsinya enak dibaca, padahal lagi flu ya, katanya. Otak saya mah suka ikut mampet kalo lagi flu :D.

Ayo terusin latihan bikin muka lagi :thumbsup:. Saya dukung dari jauh :)
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