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Surpriiiiise!

New page of Africa, one day in advance! Well, for those who read my latest journal, this shouldn't be much of a surprise at all, but I'm pretty sure many other people weren't aware of it, so, surpriiiiiise :la:

And this page marks the beginning of chapter TWO!

Wohooooo, I'm excited! We're going to see a BUNCH of new characters introduced in this chapter! I hope you like them!

But for now, we find our old friends back, three years after the events of Chapter one. Nadira, the wise, elderly gazelle, has now turned completely blind. Although her hearing is still fine, she cannot abandon the protection of her son, Paa, now a full adult, or of the herd of zebras they have asked for help.

Also, ALL THE ZEBRAS.

YOU HAVE NO IDEA HOW LONG ALL THOSE STRIPES TOOK TO MAKE.

*manly tear*

Anyway, in the wild, gazelles often "team up" with zebras against predators. Zebras have quite poor eyesight but excellent hearing, whereas gazelles have a great sense of smell. Moreover, gazelles feed on the short grass that zebras leave behind after they eat the longer stems. This way, there is a mutual benefit between the two species.

So yep, there you have it! I hope you enjoy this page!

Coloured Pencils on A4 Paper.
Several hours.
Characters and art (c) :iconarven92:

I want to improve, I greatly appreciate feedback and constructive criticism regarding anatomy, page flow and overall composition. Thank you! :)

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And yet another start to a magnificent chapter! The pencil strokes and shadings match nicely with the settings and are closely related to the real Gazelle. The zebras were a nice touch. You added a feeling to it that makes it look like there are more further away! Not everyone knows how to do that (I am only capible of minor art, anyway) Thought this is magnificent, all your watchers are not quite content with just one little page (Impation little people XD) so keep up the good work! :) Well that just about raps up this Critique. Happy drawing :)
-From your friend the Derp Master
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A NEW EXCITING PAGE IN AFRICA!!!
I am surprised and thrilled in a good way by this new one...here I'll explain why:
In the very first frame, which isn't framed at all, but a free white space flooded by wild butterflies, we are dashed with the detail of the wings and the delicate colors of these fluttering beauties...who sweep us three years forward in the story, serving as a very adequate and ellegant foil for the passing of time.
the second frame with a very elderly Nadira's face did both fill my heart with tenderness and twist it at the same time. She is happy and smiles sweetly on her joy of the coming of the wet season...BUT her cheeks are sunken, her pelt has lost it's natural brilliance, and her eyes...those are perhaps the most difficult change to digest, her pupils are empty of life. With years, our wise one has turned completely blind, and stares without seeing at the changes she can feel in the smell of the wind and the feels on her skin and bone...
In the third frame our olf friend rests among a bunch of zebras who are serving her as protection since she's too old to fight-or-run and is blind to unheard or scent covered dangers. She turns in distress at a sound, asking whether it's her son coming to her...
Fourth and last frame, and oh luck, it is Paa!...He has fully grown a huge, ellegant set of horns, and is ready to find himself a mate. he only regrets his mother can't see his beautiful new horns...and we do too. The contrast exposed between elderly Nadira laying down in the grass, on a pose which depicts masterfully her old age, and vibrant, youthful Paa standing nest to har is brilliant. Particularly on Nadira's case, we can almost see her half closed blind eyes blinking in recognition, her head bobbing slightly in difficulty to hold it completely straight and still because of the passing of time...she is one of the most convincingly old animals I've ever seen in a drawing. Congratulations Arven!...
And then there's the zebras. A BUNCH OF ZEBRAS!...Everyone hand drawn and colored, with a unique pattern of stripes like they should have...and a flawless anatomy. There are also other gazelles hidden in the herd, and the light blue skies and dimly lit prairie are beautifully rendered...
I loved this page!!!
Even if our protagonist doesn't show up for now...
All I can do is to cross fingers in the hope she won't eat Nadira now. She is still a leopard, one must never forget that. As loving and good at heart as she might be, a prey is a prey, and a blind prey is twice as easy to catch...even though as a human it makes me sad to think what could happen should these two's worlds collide again...
I fear a bad ending for old Nadira...
Let's wait and see what the next page brings!
Excellent job, and good keep up of a natural story, it is not easy to make something which until now could be a documentary into something anyone would love to read and follow!
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XSamuraiEdgeX Featured By Owner May 19, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
why do they age so quickly? she turned from young to fossil old in a matter of 5 years??
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derpfestor67 Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2018
well she was old already 
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XSamuraiEdgeX Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
she looked young to me :/ plus, pregnancy would be near impossible if she was really old. and you don't get THAT old in a matter of 5 years :shrug:
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Glamrgrl104 Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
Oh my goodness do you have a tutorial on colored pencils. Your art is amazing
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Mewisadorable Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2017  Hobbyist
n o she's blind
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ARVEN92 Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2017  Professional Traditional Artist
D:
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PurplePanda608 Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
Damn.... Dem horns
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BluejaySymphony Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Is that a "Tangled" reference I smell? *sniffs*
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flutter-butter55678 Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
noo she's dying...


sigh

the circle of life...WHY
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ARVEN92 Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2016  Professional Traditional Artist
;_;
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Jamisjon Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2017
Will Paa ever get a girlfriend/mate?
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babybrass Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2016  Student Digital Artist
"see how strong my horns have grown"
oh paa
Dont you know arven likes to do terrible things to nice young boys like you? just look at kuma.
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ARVEN92 Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2016  Professional Traditional Artist
LOL I'm such a horrible person XD
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Itraka Featured By Owner May 12, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I JUST REALIZED


SEE HOW STRONG MY HORNS HAVE GROWN

OMG FORESHADOWING

ITS LIKE
IMAGINE IF KUMA SAID THAT MORNING
"MAN WOULDNT IT BE CRAZY IF I GOT STABBED BY THE DESTINY SWORD"
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ARVEN92 Featured By Owner May 18, 2016  Professional Traditional Artist
OHOHO TRU

FORESHADOWING EVERYWHERE
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Taitloo-R Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Is she blind?
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ARVEN92 Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2016  Professional Traditional Artist
yes
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Emakura Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
*goes back to this after latest page with the challenge*

OH NO!!!!
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ARVEN92 Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2015  Professional Traditional Artist
D8 PAA RUN
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AngelWolves1 Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Aaahhh, he's so big, now, and those horns are flashy! I'm sure he'll get a mate with those cx Nadira is lovely despite being an old girl c:
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ARVEN92 Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2015  Professional Traditional Artist
Ohoho true that! And Thank you^^
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AngelWolves1 Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
XD Totally! And you're welcome ^_^
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ARVEN92 Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2015  Professional Traditional Artist
:D
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FlyingGekko774 Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
D'aaawww... what a big boy he is!
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ARVEN92 Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2015  Professional Traditional Artist
:D
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Layalu Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
That last phrase Ndira says, the "good things come to those who wait", emediately reminded me of Tinga Tiga Tales X)
Awesome comic, too =) Love the realistic style you use <3
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ARVEN92 Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2015  Professional Traditional Artist
Ohoho cool^^

And thanks a lot!!
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brandi3981 Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
aww :( poor old girl beter stay in the mass of the herd or she'll get picked off by lions or a feisty leopard (cheetahs & other stuff probably won't bother an adult) i'd say if she stays in the middle her biggest danger will be crocs at the water hole...
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ARVEN92 Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
I agree :( But no worries, the herd is there to protect her :)
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AstarGoldenwing Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2014
That's some beautiful butterflys, and the second panel is absolutely magnificent! Clap  I like how you made Nadira's eyes cloudy to reflect her blindness.
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ARVEN92 Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
Aww thank you a lot :D I'm happy you like this :D
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SilkenWinds Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
There's something sad yet beautiful about an old Nadira.  And I love how you did the zebra thing, because it's so true to what animals really do in Africa. :hug:  Always I enjoy your work, that will never change.  You have a reader until the end, even if I fall behind sometimes :XD:
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ARVEN92 Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
Aww thank you a lot! I'm really glad you liked this page!
And you're right, poor old Nadira :(
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aria132456789 Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2014   Digital Artist
Is She Blind?
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ARVEN92 Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
Yes :(
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aria132456789 Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2014   Digital Artist
:(
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Zoba22 Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Heart Heart Heart Heart Heart OMG!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Tres largos años??? Es increíble, no esperaba este brusco cambio en lo absoluto. Sí que me dejaste pasmada, asombrada.Heart Heart Heart Heart 

Bueno, sé que vengo tarde a comentar esta página, pero quería dejarte mi humilde comentario porque de los artistas más reconocidos en DA, eres de las pocas que responde a quienes la siguen!!! Y eso es digno de admirar como artista y como persona.

Ya aclarado mi punto de vista en cuanto al por qué me gusta comentar tus páginas, debo decir que Paa no podía verse más hermoso!!! Aunque casi me largo a llorar a ver a nuestra sabia Nadira, tan llena de sabiduría y experiencia como siempre, acostada en los pastizales, ciega, no hay nada peor!!! PEGASTE FUERTE EN MI CORAZON!!!! Y lo peor, es que así estará muy indefensa!!! Sé que las cebras los protegen y tiene a Paa pero aún así.

Me gustó mucho el desarrollo de la primera viñeta, sale de lo común, es como que cambiaste parte del formato para dar inicio al nuevo capítulo. Por cierto ¿lleva título?

Y Arven, seguí adelante, sos (eres) una artista que me inspira mucho CURSE YOU!  y me gusta aprender junto a ti y tus personajes. Adoro este comic. Te felicito por tu buen arte, por esa fuerza de voluntad de ponerle a cada página todo tu corazón. Sin duda alguna, hacer esas cebras, como ya mencionaste, habrá sido una de las cosas más complicadas, al igual que los pastizales!!! x-x Muy detallado todo. Lleno de magia y sentimientos encontrados.

Sin más que decir... ADELANTE!!!! Me queda una página para comentar pero esperaré que esté en español XD. Un abrazo!!!!Hug 
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ARVEN92 Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
Jaja muchìsimas gracias por este gran comentario :D

Estoy muy contenta que esta pàgina tan te gustò! Tienes razòn, es muy triste ver a Nadira asì cuando todo el mundo la acuerda por su sabidurìa y su energia :( Por desgracia, ella envejecì pesadamente :(
Jaja gracias otra vez! Los capìtulos no llevan titulo de verdad, pero creo que haré cuberturas para ellas :D
Y tienes razòn, les cebras me tomaron mucho tiempo con esas rayas XD
Verdaderamente gracias por tus palabras, no sabes lo que significa para mì! <3 Siempre me alegra recibir tus comentarios!
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Zoba22 Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Si, asi es, pero pensaba que la cobertura (supongo que quisiste decir portada XD) es esa en la que ambos leopardos se miran fijamente y con profundo odio. O eso me pareció al inicio. Que era era la portada del segundo capítulo ^^.

Y fue un placer como siempre Arven!!!!!La la la la La la la la La la la la La la la la 
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ARVEN92 Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
Ah si, la portada XDD Ya veo! Esa era una portada, pero solo era "teaser" (no oficial) :D

Jaja muchas gracias^^
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Zoba22 Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
De anda Arven, siempre un placer ^^
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ARVEN92 Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
:D
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Cloudwilk Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2014  Professional Filmographer
Once again, I've liked the next read-through of yours.

I've seen that CHAKRA was your first (or at least, first popular?) graphic novel, and I was wondering a few things. Well, let me begin. I've been working on a graphic novel of my own for a few years now and ... well... I was just wondering how you got to the point your at? Maybe you have a Q & A about this.. people tend to get questions like this a lot but.. how did you start off?
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ARVEN92 Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
Well, I started Chakra back in 2008, so it took me roughly six years to get where I am right now :) It wasn't immediate and it wasn't easy, but it definitely isn't impossible :D
I honestly don't know what it was that triggered the "popularity" I received XD I think it was the constant, regular uploading. If you have a comic, it's vital to keep your readers' attention awake. You should refrain from posting, say, one page per month. Readers tend to forget about what happened in the previous page, and will gradually lose interest in the story if they see the updates are sporadic or very spaced :) Keep it constant, give yourself a timetable :D
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Cloudwilk Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2014  Professional Filmographer
Thanks so much! It's admirable the point you've gotten to and how you've got there. Persistency is key.  X3
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ARVEN92 Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
Hoho not a problem :D And truly thanks a bunch <3
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TimeTravlingTrilobte Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2014
Ah I just want to see a big page of butterflies drawn by you!!! they look spectacular!! first thing I noticed on the page:D


and so many stripes!!! good work!!
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ARVEN92 Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
Hoho thank you so much XD
I'm glad you like my butterflies :D

Hoho thanks again^^
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TimeTravlingTrilobte Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2014
^^ no worries!!
your butterflies are just so ...dkjrbfisc!! !!
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ARVEN92 Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
FFF awww <3
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