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And so it begins!

And what a better way to begin a comic than with a double splash page? 8D
I've always told you that the first page of Africa was coming, but I bet you didn't expect it to be a double page :D

If Saturday is the day for Chakra, then let Wednesday be the day for Africa!

So, where to begin. Gluing two pieces of paper together symmetrically proved harder than I thought. Scanning them separately and putting them back together on Photoshop was even worse. But all in all, drawing this page was great fun!

This you see is Ngorongoro Crater, a natural reserve in Tanzania. I've made a lot of research about it, to make the story as realistic as possible.
Even the butterflies you see flying in this page are actual butterflies commonly found in the Crater.

The black and blue butterfly is called Papilio desmondi [link]
The black one with red and white spots is Papilio rex [link]
The sand-and-brown one is Papilio nobilis [link]

Speaking of the butterflies, watch out for them! Butterflies play an important role in this comic, let's see if you can guess which one :)

So, as the narrator introduces us, we are in the dry season.
You: "But Arven, WHERE ARE THE LEOPARDS????"
Me: "Just wait and see." :)

There you go! I really hope you enjoy these first two pages!
As for the next one, since I've actually already started working on it, I might be able to post it next Wednesday, we'll see.
However, sooner or later, Africa will start updating TWICE A MONTH instead of once a week. Only, not just yet :)

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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Arven I just love the way you make this place seem abandonned but if you look a little closer down in the forest ZOOOM goes the leopard/cheetah thingy!I loe the way you did the butterflies and the spots.Your talent is ust absouloutly amazing.I wish I could draw like you ;v; unfourtionatly I cant (I may have slight spelling errors) :silentitty: I'm jealous :stinkeye: Y U NU TEACH ME TO DRAW? Anyway... Yes I gave all 5 stars because, I really love Chakra and Africa comic.It has wondeful Impact and technique. Well that's pretty much all I have to say BYE! ~Bearthepuppy Have a nice day~
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Wonderful splash page! The attention to detail is awesome and refreshing.

I love the shading - especially the dark, wispy shadows of the clouds on the ground. They bring a sense of scale, and make the atmosphere that much more realistic. And that ray of light in the last panel! You seem to be investing more attention into the little details and it's really paying off.

I took away half a star for technique - I'm not sure if it would have been possible to not tape this together, but those little rectangles are the only thing I find detracting. Awesome work!
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mmitchellhouston Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2018  Professional Digital Artist
This is a nice start to the story. I appreciate the size of the lettering, and how much room you've given it. It doesn't feel cramped up against the caption edges, which is a problem I see with lots of comic lettering. Colors are nice, and you really framed the material well on the split pages. This has a grandeur to it that really sets the tone for the story to come (I've seen some of the later pages, which is why I'm anxious to start at the beginning). 
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AzureTheCat808 Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2017  Student General Artist
It's amazing that you hand drew all of this! 
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:iconarven92:
ARVEN92 Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks so much :)
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Mindrodi190 Featured By Owner Edited Jul 19, 2017  Student Filmographer
toke a while to find this  and it is wonderful
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:iconarven92:
ARVEN92 Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Ahhh thanks so much :)
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itsallogarnow Featured By Owner May 7, 2017
The name of your comic reminds me of a song called 'Africa' No.. really. Look it up. Here, I will send you the link

Link: www.youtube.com/watch?v=FTQbiN…
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chipmunkwithwings Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2016
awesome first page. we are drawn in so nicely to the scene (pun intended ;) )
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ARVEN92 Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Hahah Thank you! :)
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Immakitten Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Hi, Arven! What font do you use in Photoshop?
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:iconarven92:
ARVEN92 Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Hi! For this comic, I use Komika Text, a free downloadable font :)
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:iconimmakitten:
Immakitten Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Ok! I am making my comic too and i use paint to add the text.
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pup-fu Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2016  Student Traditional Artist
Geez, incredible :stinkeye:
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:iconarven92:
ARVEN92 Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
<3
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Ninxeas Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Is Africa's mom melanistic?
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:iconarven92:
ARVEN92 Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Correct :)
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RebeccaTripp Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2015  Professional Traditional Artist
This is splendid!  That butterfly panel on the lower right looks especially beautiful.  :)
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:iconarven92:
ARVEN92 Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you! <3
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:iconodrimar:
odrimar Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2015  Student Digital Artist
no estara en español
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ARVEN92 Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
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:iconodrimar:
odrimar Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2015  Student Digital Artist
gracias  
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:iconarven92:
ARVEN92 Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
De nada :)
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:iconodrimar:
odrimar Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2015  Student Digital Artist
y para cuando sale la pajina 69  
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:iconarven92:
ARVEN92 Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
9 de diciembre :)
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AndrewShilohJeffery Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2015  Student Filmographer
I hope you send this off to a publisher because I wou totally buy this if you did!!
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:iconarven92:
ARVEN92 Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
that's really kind of you, thanks a lot! I'm actually planning on getting this published :D
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Moonlight-Night1290 Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
What materials do you use? 
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ARVEN92 Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Coloured pencils on A4 paper :)
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:iconmoonlight-night1290:
Moonlight-Night1290 Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Cool! :)
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ARVEN92 Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
:)
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ZoraTheTwilightDrake Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2015  Hobbyist Artist
You know when you click on the drawing and it becomes bigger?
Well, how come this one of yours gets a lot bigger than my Danish version does?:hmm:
Is it some kind of speciality of deviantART or what? Just curious^^
...REALLY curious:P
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ARVEN92 Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Oh I see! You can change that by clicking  Edit, and selecting a different size (it should be default at 900 pixels wide, i set mine to 2400) :)
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ZoraTheTwilightDrake Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2015  Hobbyist Artist
Ohhhhh, I didn't know you could do that!:omfg:
I GOTTA check that out right away!!
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ARVEN92 Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Hoho sweet^^
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XxLest5000xX Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2014   Photographer
i loove the comic :D
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ARVEN92 Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks! <3
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XxLest5000xX Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2014   Photographer
i finished all the pages i cant wait until the new page :) and your welcome :)
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ARVEN92 Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks again! i hope you enjoy the upcoming ones^^
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XxLest5000xX Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2014   Photographer
i hope i will :) and your very welcome :)
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ARVEN92 Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
:D
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XxLest5000xX Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2014   Photographer
:)
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IamStanfan Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I start reading this comic too!Its amazing"!
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ARVEN92 Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you!
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IamStanfan Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
np!Its interesting!
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:iconarven92:
ARVEN92 Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks!
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IamStanfan Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
np!
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ARVEN92 Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
^^
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Africa-Swedish Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Is it okay if I have a different font? I can't find this one ;;
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ARVEN92 Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Hoho, of course it is :D You can use any font you like :)
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Casey-The-Fruit-Cake Featured By Owner Edited Aug 6, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Wow, nearly a year looking at the date! And it's only grown in popularity since ;P 
Also a comment on your work - it's amazing! I have actually tried to draw with pencils like you, but I'm more of a line art person ^^; 
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ARVEN92 Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
You're right! "Africa" is close to its first birthday :D

And my, thank you so much! I'm happy you like my work!
And that's brilliant too! I love lineart works :) Lineart can be just as expressive and detailed as a full colour picture :D
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