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Happy 15th Birthday, Warriors!!! by Jayie-The-Hufflepuff Happy 15th Birthday, Warriors!!! by Jayie-The-Hufflepuff
It came to my attention earlier today that today, January 21st, is the anniversary of the release of Into the Wild. As that is the first Warriors novel, that makes today the anniversary of the beginning of the entire series, making it Warriors's birthday. But some time later, I discovered that not only was it just any anniversary, but its 15th anniversary. That seemed like a pretty solid, important number of years for this series to still be going, so I felt it warranted celebrating.

So here, we have Firestar, the protagonist of that first novel, and one of the main heroes of the entire series, looking calmly out at something over his shoulder in front of a peaceful leafy background, along with the words congratulating the series on this milestone. :D I decided to show Firestar as an elderly cat here, both because that's about how he would've looked when he died, though maybe not quite this old, but also as a way of showing Firestar as a stand-in for the series as a whole, and how far it's come and how many years it's seen.

I tested some stuff out with trying to show him as more elderly here, with graying around his nose, muzzle, and eyes, and wrinkles around his muzzle and eyes. I'm not totally satisfied with it, but I think it still gets the point across. ^^ I also tried out something new with the eyes, I like how it turned out, I might incorporate it more in the future. ^^

This was mostly just a quick little doodle, but I am still pretty happy with how it turned out. ^^ I was kinda relaxing and nice to just draw Firestar as this elderly tom, taking a moment to relax and rest after serving his Clan for so long.

So yeah, happy birthday Warriors! :D A huge thanks to the Erins, who have worked for so many years to bring this series to us and to continue the stories of the characters that we've grown to love. :D Here's hoping for many more years ahead!
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kariera Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2018  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
So cool! He's such a handsome feline. ( ^_^ : )
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Jayie-The-Hufflepuff Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2018  Hobbyist Writer
Thanks! :D
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Shadowfangirl2-7-5 Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Makes us long time readers feel old, don't it? LOL
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Jayie-The-Hufflepuff Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2018  Hobbyist Writer
Haha, definitely. :P
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missydanced2 Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2018
15 years? Good Lord I feel old. 
I've been reading since the first series was still coming out! 
But what a great series it has been. 
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Jayie-The-Hufflepuff Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2018  Hobbyist Writer
Oh wow, you've been reading even longer than I have! :D I started reading just before Dawn came out. ^^

But yeah, I've had a lot of obsessions and series that I've loved and fandoms that I've been in over the years, some constant, some have come and gone, but none have been with me for so long, or have impacted my life so deeply, as Warriors. :D
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missydanced2 Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2018
Yep lol I'm 22 and still reading this kid series about talking and fighting kitties, but I love it. I reread favorites a lot too. 

I can totally agree with you. Warriors is the series that got me into writing my own stuff for pleasure (stuff I'll never do anything with, but will keep for my own sake) and got me into a lot of new book series that I may not have tried otherwise. 

Erin Hunter (Vicky Holmes) was also the first author I ever got the pleasure to meet. She is so sweet, friendly, and just awesome. I could have listened to her talk for hours. 
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Jayie-The-Hufflepuff Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2018  Hobbyist Writer
Ha, I'm 22 too! ^^ I reread favorites a lot too.

It's definitely part of what got me into writing as well, and it introduced me to so many of my other fandoms, and to some really cool people online. :D

I've never met any of the Erins in person (I hope to fix that one day), but I've gotten to know Kate for the last six years through her blog, and I've spoken to Vicky occasionally on her Facebook. They're such wonderful people, and great inspirations. :D
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