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Bronycommander Fanart: Abstraction
Fanart for Bronycommander's fics of the OC of a friend of his; Abstraction.
Sorry it's been so long in the making. Wanted to submit before going abroad.
Thank you for your patience.
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Tomorrow I will be heading abroad to Beijing.
I doubt I'll be able to access Deviantart there and I'm not altogether sure I'd have the opportunity. In any case, I hope you can bear to go without me for three weeks.
I'll be back on the 6th August.
I'll still be working on the next chapters of my fics, no worries.
Take care everybody.
I will learn, first-hand, how well an awkward, first-world millennial copes without free, unlimited internet access for nearly a month.
...
It's gonna' be a long three weeks.
Ah well, the things we do for love.

Zàijiàn everybody!
Five Dragon Generals (Colour)
In colour. Long awaited, my interpretations of the most famous five generals of Shu, more closely following historical events than romantic.

"I didn't get it at first. Guan Yu's best and only skill is taking offence at nothing, Zhao Yun is a glorified errand-boy, Ma Chao's most famous achievement is getting his family killed in a failed rebellion, Zhang Fei...well, he's just scum, and Huang Zhong openly despises Zhuge Liang's crafty ways. Why then is the Sleeping Dragon promoting these men, these slow, slippery and unreliable men, above all others when around him are living legends? And then it occurs to me...Zhuge Liang isn't promoting them because Liu Bei trusts them, for reasons only the heaven must know...Zhuge Liang is sending them away because Liu Bei trusts them. He wants himself and only himself to serve as Liu Bei's eyes and ears on the warfront. Everyone must go for him to have his new lord all to himself." ~ Sima Yi

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Ma Chao- The Lightning Dragon
Ma Chao has been raised in the western lands of Liang where a harsh land breeds a harsh man. Though in truth, the Ma family are not native and his father, Ma Teng, was a simple major in the Han armies before he killed his commanding officers along with the leaders of the rebellion while negotiating, seizing control of the realm and crowning himself King of Liang. When Cao Cao flattens Ma Teng during Emperor Xian's flight from Chang'an, dragging the petty king to the capital in chains, Ma Chao is left is left in his uncle's care. After Chibi, when Cao Cao's power is diminished for all to see, Ma Chao leads a rebellion, killing the men and women Cao Cao appointed to oversee Liang. For his dissent, his father is executed and in the ill-fated rebellion, his brothers and sister are killed, his uncle and generals turn on him and he flees south, hated and cursed by his own people. Serving as a mercenary for some time in Yi, he finds favour with Liu Bei and joins him in his eternal expedition to slay Cao Cao. Feckless, arrogant, without a head for even basic strategy and far too quick to take offence for imagined slights, he is not popular among his fellows yet few can fight with the ferocity of a boy who had his family, people and kingdom snatched from him. Yet there are those who suspect his rebellion was more crafty than first it seemed. Some who believe Ma Chao knew full well what fate would befall his father and siblings, wishing to eliminate his rivals to the throne by whatever means necessary. 'No' says Liu Bei 'No man on this earth could be that unfilial'.

Zhang Fei- The Poison Dragon
Zhang Fei, a skilled and efficient mercenary from parts unknown, believed to have been the disowned scion of a noble household, serves Liu Bei ably. Despite his naivety, Liu Bei knows that his path will not be a clean one. That is why Zhang Fei is kept beside him. The Poison Dragon will do what his lord cannot bring himself to do, the bad things an aspiring hero must do from time to time; espionage, deception, pillage, torture and worse. There beats no human heart in Zhang Fei's chest. Despite his carefree attitude, calm demeanour and fine skills in battle, he is a sociopath who acknowledges no law in this time of chaos and lives by a code of might makes right where the weak are meat for the strong. Many wonder why a man who speaks so often of honour, virtue and benevolence such as Liu Bei can keep such a man alive. But they miss the essential purpose of such a man. It is exactly because he has no conscience that Zhang Fei is allowed to serve Liu Bei. For every action of his, however horrifying, benefits Liu Bei somehow. Zhang Fei always makes sure of that. And so the Poison Dragon thrives. Yet he not unintelligent. Despite his quick and bloody temper and disregard for live, allied or enemy, in terms of low cunning, Zhang Fei is unrivalled.

Guan Yu- The Blue Dragon
A bounty-hunter and bodyguard to Liu Bei who rises to become his foremost general, Guan Yu is far from useless. His peerlessly-honed glaive is the stuff of legend and he is famed for his long and elegant beard. He has all the unmistakable marks of a warrior which indeed he is. In battle he stands as a giant and against a horde, he bears down like a tidal wave. Yet for all his skill and strength with the blade, he lacks understanding of the finer points of war. As a warrior, one is hard-pressed to find a match, but as a commander and a strategist, he falls tragically flat. Guan Yu is, unfortunately, monumentally arrogant and has no qualms about fighting a fight he cannot win for the sake of a personal slight yet refuses to acknowledge fault in himself and behaves violently caustic towards any who do. Alas, Liu Bei's praise has gone to his head and Zhuge Liang fuels such a fire, placing him higher than any man in Shu and sending him to the most hazardous war-zone where he makes no secret of his open contempt for his allies and subordinates, wishing death upon all those he believes mock him either with their weakness (If they fail in battle) or treachery (If they succeed). It seems that, despite his epithet of 'God of War', he is far more detrimental to his own armies than those of his enemy.

Zhao Yun- The White Dragon
Once a Yellow Turban then an outrider for Gongsun Zan and then finally a scout commander for Liu Bei, Zhao Yun has led a full and complicated life for one so young, yet one without any real achievement. He is, by all other measures, a fine man. Loyal, good-natured, attentive to his duties yet possessed of sufficient insight to know when a cause is worth fighting for, he is something of an everyday-man and stays close to his soldiers, trying to ensure as far as possible that they make it through a battle alive. His reflexes are swift and his resolve is strong and he has many good deeds to his name. But in this time, with men and women proving themselves as legends by the day, Zhao Yun feels overwhelmed and makes it clear that he's not out to get himself a big name and tales to it but simply wishes to make the world a better place. His tolerance is deep and his mind broad and he takes time to see what its like in Wei and Wu at certain points in his life and it is from his mouth that Shu starts to hear the words 'We need to stop fighting'. Unfortunately, this puts him in ill graces with Liu Bei who wishes nothing but death upon Cao Cao and sees the Sun family as increasingly untrustworthy. Zhuge Liang meanwhile has other plans for him. Valuing his skill but wishing to purge him of his inconvenient humours, he has many legends and songs written of his amazing prowess and deeds in battle, few actually true. When Zhao Yun takes offence to robbing those who actually achieved such things of their credit, Zhuge Liang waves it off, subtly giving away his true intentions; keeping Zhao Yun in his debt.

Huang Zhong- The Mountain Dragon
Among the Five Dragon Generals, the oldest stands the strongest, wisest and truest (Though all but the youngest will deny it violently). Huang Zhong started life as a travelling warrior-monk, skilled in all forms of combat and possessed of a deep and profound respect for the ways of both war and peace and the balance of life. No surer shot in China, it was he who fired the arrows that pierced the flesh of the mighty Sun Jian. A general of Lord Liu Biao of Jing, having studied with the man since they were boys, Huang Zhong shows that his fighting may never be behind him. Fighting with both fervour and valour, honouring every friend lost and foe slain after a battle, Huang Zhong fast becomes popular with his fellow man. After Liu Biao's murder, while happy that the people of Jing are content under Cao Cao's rule, he will never forgive him for acquiring Jing through duplicity. A straightforward and honour-bound man, Huang Zhong has little love for the proud and crafty Zhuge Liang and makes no attempt to hide it. It is for this reason that Zhuge Liang promotes him while subtly aiming to discredit him as he comes into conflict with Zhang Fei, Ma Chao and Guan Yu. Yet Huang Zhong proves that he is no traitor and fights to his last breath for Liu Bei as the war grows ever darker.
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Coalition Against Dong Zhuo
As the tyrant Dong Zhuo openly seizes control of the Imperial Court, murdering every one of his equals or superiors and covering himself in indulgence and luxury at the empire's expense, indignation runs rife throughout the land.
The distinguished and popular aristocrat, Yuan Shao, defies Dong Zhuo in full-view of the capital and goes on the run, accompanied by his closest friends, among them the charismatic mastermind, Cao Cao, whose attempt to assassinate Dong Zhuo, while unsuccessful, prove that such a tyrant can be defied if not denied.
Hastily, Dong Zhuo gives away honours and titles to all powerful men in the land, hoping to secure power but this only grants them more reach. At last, in the year 190 AD in the first year of the 'Chuping' era, twelve warlords forge a pact to bring low the monstrous usurper and secure the Imperial throne for Emperor Bian of Han.
For what purpose they fight, what they'll do if and when they succeed or what they'll resort to if they fail is varied and uncertain.
Regardless, bringing a large group of the most powerful men in the empire to fight for one united cause never runs as smoothly as one might assume.

(Left to Right)
(Front Row)
Yuan Yi- Lord of Shanyang

Zhang Yang- Marshall of Shangdang

Wang Kuang- Overlord of Henei

Yuan Shao- Lord of Bohai

Yuan Shu- Lord of Nanyang

Kong Zhou- Protector of Yu Province

Han Fu- High Lord of Ji Province

(Back Row)
Liu Dai- Protector of Yan Province

Zhang Chao- Lord of Guangling

Zhang Miao- Grand Duke of Chenliu

Cao Cao- Bearer of the Imperial Banner

Sun Jian- Grand Commander of the Infantry

Qiao Mao- Archduke of Dongjun

Bao Xin- Chancellor of Jibei

Yufuluo- Warchief of the Southern Xiongnu
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So, I've been hearing about a father who wanted a Spider-Man on his son's grave but Disney couldn't give him permission.
While, of course, I'm disappointed in their decision and my sympathies are with the father and family at this time of grief...well...
This is difficult for me to say but I don't think putting Spider-Man on a child's grave would be a good idea in the first place.
I don't think Disney are being malignant here. Insensitive, perhaps, but the more I think about it, the more problems could emerge if they allowed it.

Two key reasons.

1. Consider for a moment how many people are going to treat a gravestone with spider-man's likeness as a gimmick. Do you think the father will appreciate that? Seeing everybody taking selfies of it? Having it treated like a tourist attraction?
You think I'm exaggerating but this kind of thing is an unfortunate possibility. Drawing attention to a resting spot in such a way is not going to end well.
Consider, for a grisly moment, the possibility of trolls.

2. As much as I and many others wish it were the opposite, creative likenesses and copyright is not a simple matter. Yes, we see it everywhere nowadays but it's licensed at every turn.
There is a difference between a man in a spider-man outfit for a kid's birthday and a picture of spider-man of a gravestone.
If people would be allowed to put likenesses on their graves, where would it end? Would we have Frollo on them or Hades? Would we have Darth Maul? Because considering the...well...character of those characters, that could be taken rather badly.
That's not even getting into the possible accusations of sacrilegious iconography (Yes, that sounds like a stretch but graves? In a graveyard? We get enough problems as it is and Disney isn't one for rattling cages of that kind)

At the end of the day, I can see no good reason how putting a Spider-Man on a child's grave would be a good idea. I understand that it was a sweet gesture with the best of intentions and from a difficult place but I just don't think the reasoning was sound.
I'm sorry if that makes me sound unsympathetic. I assure you, I feel deeply sorry for the man and I hope he gets the support he needs at this time but a system where people could put stuff like that on their graves? It just wouldn't work. There are many other opportunities to remember the departed's interests and past-times.

I actually speak from memory. I have an instance in my past which I still regret to this day.
When I was still at school, the little sister of my brother's friend died of cancer and everybody at school held a remembrance ceremony and passed on condolences to the girl's family.
The thing is, while my brother had met her personally, I knew her on World of Warcraft which I played at the time. But that was all I knew her about. And at the time, I couldn't really think.
So I drew pictures and wrote poems based on World of Warcraft. I meant it sympathetically but I was a young, ignorant child who had no idea what kind of thing these parents were feeling.
My brother found out and took the pictures and poems away before the family could see them. At least I hope he did. I didn't understand then but I do now and I'm still haunted by it. I only hope I didn't hurt anyone's feelings. I've never been brave enough to ask.
Because I don't think it's right remembering a departed through someone else's icon, whether it's Disney or Marvel or Blizzard or Hasbro. It's people like us who complain about flagrant advertising at it is. If the departed made it themselves (Say Spider-Man on Stan Lee's grave, Mickey Mouse on Walt Disney's, etr.) that's fair, remembering the work and the artist. I'm all for that.
But this?
Do you know what it could lead to? Companies being able to advertise their products on people's graves?! Who wants to live like that?! Who wants to die like that?!

So I'm sorry. I'm sorry to sound mean.
But I think Disney made the right decision.
If you disagree, that's fine.
I'm sure there are other things they could have said and done and I hope they consider it later on under better circumstances.
But I just don't think this would have worked.
I hope my words haven't drastically changed your opinion about me. I just wanted to talk about this from my side of understanding and approach it from a sensible stand-point.
Because I feel that's really the only stand-point you can take for something this difficult.
Once again, I'm sorry for their loss.

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Tomorrow I will be heading abroad to Beijing.
I doubt I'll be able to access Deviantart there and I'm not altogether sure I'd have the opportunity. In any case, I hope you can bear to go without me for three weeks.
I'll be back on the 6th August.
I'll still be working on the next chapters of my fics, no worries.
Take care everybody.
I will learn, first-hand, how well an awkward, first-world millennial copes without free, unlimited internet access for nearly a month.
...
It's gonna' be a long three weeks.
Ah well, the things we do for love.

Zàijiàn everybody!

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You're a soldier alone on the battlefield. You look around and you hear slow, heavy footsteps, the hiss of a blade being drawn, a low growl and you see Shamoke striding towards you. What do you do? 

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LC-TV Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2019  Professional General Artist
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Send This To All Your Friends, And Me If I Am 1.
If You Get 7 Back You Are Loved!
1-3 you're bad friend
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**even if you don't get 10 returned, know you are not only a good friend, but a grade A human being who is too good for this world :pray:
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Curry5Damacy Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2019  Student General Artist
YOU HAVE BEEN HUGGED (again) >:3c
Spread the DA love around! (you can copy and paste this message on their userpage!)
RULES:
1- You can hug the person who hugged you!
2- You -MUST- hug 10 other people, at least!
3- You should hug them in public! Paste it on their page!
4- Random hugs are perfectly okay! (and sweet)
5- You should most definitely get started hugging right away!
Send This To All Your Friends, And Me If I Am 1.
If You Get 7 Back You Are Loved!
1-3 you're bad friend
4-6 you're an ok friend
7-9 you're a good friend
10-& Up you're loved
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Emperor-CatVI Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2019  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Hello again hispurpleness!

Thank you for the watch, again. 
I am glad to see you support my art 
That's why I have one more favour to ask of you, my friend.
 
If it is not much trouble, can you take some time to subscribe to my youtube channel? 
I want to make it as a freelance artist and I think youtube is the way to go.
That's why if you do subscribe to my channel, don't forget to click the notification icon to get notified whenever I post an art tutorial

I make tutorials because I want to repay your kindness for supporting me :D 
I want to give back to you, and our community

Here is the link : www.youtube.com/channel/UCNlFa… :happybounce:

If you are unsure, I understand. 
I may sometimes sound too straighforward and I apologize if this comment inconveniences you. 
If you just want a sample of what Kind of tutorials I make, here (profile tutorial, step by step) : youtu.be/VeRz3srZ6rk
Thank you again, I really do mean it. And would love to have you join my youtube family, hispurpleness!
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Anubisisbunagirl Featured By Owner May 28, 2019  Student Digital Artist
Hello, I really appreciate the points! That was really kind of you! <3
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HisPurpleness Featured By Owner May 28, 2019
You're very welcome. :D
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NovaMorphex Featured By Owner May 27, 2019
Thank you so much for the points! I really appreciate it!
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HisPurpleness Featured By Owner May 28, 2019
You're welcome. :D
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extrin6 Featured By Owner May 5, 2019
Hey, thanks for the watch

I also have a giveaway event if you want to join



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Cobrawolf86 Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2019  Hobbyist Digital Artist
You excited about Total War: Three Kingdoms?
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HisPurpleness Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2019
Quite a bit. Admittedly, there are some things I think they should do differently but they’re definitely pulling out all the stops and I love the attention to detail. I hope it works out well.
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