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...Cause this is Africa.

So, where were we.

We left with Abasi talking about a "darn cat". Well, turns out the cat he was talking about was indeed Africa. Looks like she got herself a bad reputation after three years.

She hasn't changed much physically (except for a little detail ;) Let's see if you spot which one!), but she did change psychologically, as you can guess from her grumpy face.

But anyway, about this page.

Sorry if the monkey looks weird. I've never been a fan of monkeys since Planet of the Apes. That movie used to scare the living organic waste out of me as a kid. Now it's one of my favourites, but the costumes still scare me a little :P

Anyway, the monkey starts shouting as soon as she sees Africa, and soon after, all the animals in the trees join in a choir, warning off one another from the threat.
In the wild, leopards rely on stealth to hunt. When they are spotted and kept an eye on, they don't attack. That's why animals who live in colonies, like monkeys, tend to shout and make a lot of noise when they see a leopard. It has a double effect: it warns off the rest of the colony from the threat and it's a way to tell the predator: "We know you're here. Don't even try to attack, because you're going to fail".

Other animals like squirrels and birds take advantage from monkeys' calls and are alert when they hear them shouting.
That's a vervet monkey by the way. The same type of monkey Africa used to hunt as a youngster.

Last panel took ages. Period. I don't think I've ever drawn so many trees together in like forever. D8

Also, as you might have read from the text up there, I'm not exactly sure when next page is coming out. My family and I should be leaving on holiday from September 15th to like October 1st, but nothing is organized yet, I'll let you know when next page will be out though, hopefully soon :)

Anyway, enjoy!

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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Ok, this is my very first critique and I hope I do a good job at this. The very first thing I notice was the background. We can see that the forest, even being the same forest Africa grew up in, is very different. The bright green grass and sun are gone, like as if the forest was changed by Africas' mood. I like the way you coloured the forest in blue, because it makes it look depressing and somber. The second thing that really hit me was Africa herself. Her eyes aren't as green as they used to be, and she grew also in size in my point of view. (Little detail) Also, two little dots appeared on her muzzle. Plus, well... she looks grumpy, as if she grew angry with the world. We can see that Africa is the dominant feline in this forest, because of the comotion the monkey stirs up. Can you see the white and light blue around Africa? And the fact that there are no trees in the sorroundings of Africa? I gives the impression of her being cut out and ghettoised from the world. Also the brambles in front of the page give the forest and Africa a sign of hostility. Honestly, I adore this page! Keep up the good work!!
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Ah, here's another great page into the wqorld of Africa!
After an anxious wait, this new one couldn't have been better according to my expectations!
Let me disect the whole page frame by frame...
Shall we?

To begin, we get the panoramic vision of a mother monkey trundling through the thick branches of the jungle's upper canopy, carrying her small offspring firmly held onto her belly. The work of the cold hues in the color palette here lets us know it's quite late in the day, and besides there's a rainy weather pouring over the jungle denizens. The layers of color also conveys us of different densities and planes.

The second frame lets us get a better look at the monkey and her baby, while she picks some sweet leaves from a tree. As she selects the food she's mostly occupied with her simple task, although there's a slight tension to her limbs, which makes us notice she is also watchful for the surroundings. Here the separation of planes is particularly impressive, with the difference of tone layers (Foreground, green-yellowed hues, background in bluish color and more difusely detailed. KUDOS on the depth of the image here!

Third frame and---what had to happen, happened. The monkey has seen something which unsettles her!
She leans forth abruptly, her hair rises, she's horrified. Her baby thankfully clings to her, we can only se his little foot as he grabs on, though we can see how deeply her mother's fur sinks in under his grasp. Tension and fear are masterfully portrayed here! But what has the monkey seen?

Fourth frame: now the monkey begins to savagely gesture and paw the air in urgent advise to her fellows, as she raises a terrified shriek: LEOPARD!
So, that was it: a predator nearby. The fear in the monkey's eyes, the way in which her jaw almost dislocates in her horror cry, and the way in which her baby clings onto her for his dear life are incredibly well drawn!

Fifth and last frame, and we finally see who was the monkey talking about: None other than our Africa!
Here we get a wider gaze at the landscape, as the leopard passes by, frowning in a hunter's cunning stare, checking for adequate prey or maybe only supervising her territory. The depths of this frame are, again, incredibly rendered!. The thorny bush at Africa's feet could even represent the change in her demeanor, from sweet to a wilder, fiercer character.
As the young trees bend under the fall of the rain and the weight of the bewildered monkeys, who raise thwir warning outcries to the sky...we can't but wonder...how will this drama unfold?

A new great addition into the world of Africa!
I will be, once more, waiting in anxiety for the next one!
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XSamuraiEdgeX Featured By Owner May 19, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
lol a cereal (get it? Ceral Icon ) killer is on the loose
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:iconarven92:
ARVEN92 Featured By Owner May 21, 2018  Professional Traditional Artist
ROFL
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Jackfrost-300-truefr Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
was that a duck X3
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Truth-lover3712 Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
LOL, she's like: "Can't you sorry excuses for ***** knock it off already?"

Perfect expressions bro! Amazing details and realism! :D
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ARVEN92 Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2016  Professional Traditional Artist
Ahahah, forest animals do tend to be loud XD

Thank you :D
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Truth-lover3712 Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
yw! ;)
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ARVEN92 Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2016  Professional Traditional Artist
^^
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Harlequinade805 Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2015
Omg I didn't even notice the baby wrapped around the belly XD
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ARVEN92 Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2015  Professional Traditional Artist
Aww it's ok XD
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cokaserbia Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2015  Student Traditional Artist
I like your choice of colors. Well done! :)
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ARVEN92 Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2015  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you! ^^
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TheWildSide504 Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2015
:'( from an adorable cub to a feared beast. I hate those type of changes DX
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:iconarven92:
ARVEN92 Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2015  Professional Traditional Artist
:p
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Adoptablesfaire Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Quack.
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:iconarven92:
ARVEN92 Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2015  Professional Traditional Artist
Honk
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Adoptablesfaire Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Scree
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shena12345 Featured By Owner May 28, 2015  Student Artist
Hoot
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shena12345 Featured By Owner May 28, 2015  Student Artist
Hoot
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Adoptablesfaire Featured By Owner May 29, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Moot
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:iconarven92:
ARVEN92 Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2015  Professional Traditional Artist
XD
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Adoptablesfaire Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
:D
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Zalay02 Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2015  Student Traditional Artist
Dang, leapord... King of the jungle!! 
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ARVEN92 Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2015  Professional Traditional Artist
:D
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pklcha Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2015  Student General Artist
franchement, je t'applaudis parce que les détails de cette forêt sont juste absolument magnifique. 
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ARVEN92 Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2015  Professional Traditional Artist
Awww mais merci, vraiment!! <3
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pklcha Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2015  Student General Artist
bha de rien ^^
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ARVEN92 Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2015  Professional Traditional Artist
:D
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brandi3981 Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
that monkey is an asshole :giggle:
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Flora-Tea Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2017  Student Digital Artist
How is the mother monkey a jerk for warning others of a dangerous predator that could kill them? :?
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ARVEN92 Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
LOL
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Cloudwilk Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2014  Professional Filmographer
Well, the last panel's background looks nice ^^ I like the way the trees collapse. *cries on the inside, I've been watercoloring more trees than I want to know T.T*
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ARVEN92 Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
Aww thank you a lot ^^
Yeah, I know your pain!
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XxGhostRavenxX Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2014
AFRICA WHY CHU GO GRUMPY?! XD
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ARVEN92 Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
XDDD
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XxGhostRavenxX Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2014
X3
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Hiddenfaithy Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Oh poor baby looks so mad!
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ARVEN92 Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
Yeah :C
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randomite93 Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2014
"...Cause this is Africa."  - www.youtube.com/watch?v=pRpeEd… Someone's been listening to Shakira ;D 

" Let's see if you spot which one!" - She's become more of a haggardly grump Her jawline's looking a bit pointier! 8o Kinda reminds me of the way Giza walks!

But holy crap, the change from a happy and caring leopard to a bitter grump. I know I've said this so many times before, but your expression is amazing, more specifically, this bitter one c:

Also, the coloring: the way you managed to do the lighting in the jungle is really cool as well. I love the blue effect :D I don't have anything negative to comment on this time, so I'll leave it at that. Good job 8D 
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ARVEN92 Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
LOL YUS!

Hoho close! ;) but the detail is her nose, it darkened with age :D

Ohoho I'm seriously happy you liked this page so much my friend, I really loved drawing it! GO AFRICA :la:
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my-lullaby123 Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2014  Student Artist
It took me forever to realize the monkey had a baby on it.
So adorable....
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ARVEN92 Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
Aww thank you^^
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o0Artist230o Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Her jawlines are.. "Bonier"? Also I think her nose changed color. ^^ Amazing Art, By the way! :D  I rarely color my drawings, I'll never understand how you do that! :O
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ARVEN92 Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
Aww thank you^^
And you got that right! Her nose became darker with age :)
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alsume146 Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2014  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
is it coming out tommorow :D
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ARVEN92 Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
Yes :)
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Copanel-CP Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Oh, poor Africa, how much she changed... She was somehow like a human, I mean that she loved her mother a lot. And she made some unusual friends for her species: two Thompson antelopes.

She looks angry in this picture, but I love how did you color it.
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ARVEN92 Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
I agree, she was very unique, but she was forced to change in order for her to follow the canons of her species, that always stay the same :(

Hoho thank you^^
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Copanel-CP Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
You are very welcome!
Oh, poor Africa... :(
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