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There Was Nothing to Steal by Jayie-The-Hufflepuff There Was Nothing to Steal by Jayie-The-Hufflepuff
“I’m going to make you pay for every blessing StarClan gave you!” Mapleshade growled in Sandstorm’s ear. “And every blessing they stole from me!”

Dovewing raced to help but claws pinned her tail. She turned and swiped at the black tom who’d grabbed her. Her paw missed and the tom hit back, slicing Dovewing’s cheek. Through searing pain, she heard Mapleshade’s yowl.

“You have everything I wanted, Sandstorm! A mate that loved me, kits that I could watch grow up and have kits of their own, the respect of my Clanmates! I should have had all that!” Mapleshade’s eyes shone with fury as she grasped Sandstorm’s throat in her jaws.

“Let her go!” A star-flecked tortoiseshell cat darted from the ferns and ripped Mapleshade away from Sandstorm. As Sandstorm crouched, coughing, the tortoiseshell flung Mapleshade to the ground.

Mapleshade scrambled up and turned on the StarClan cat. “Spottedleaf!” she hissed. “Why didn’t you let me kill her? She stole Firestar’s love from you.”

The hair rose on Spottedleaf’s spine. “There was nothing to steal. Sandstorm made him happy!”

Okay so this may or may not have been an excuse to try out StarClan and Dark Forest designs, but this is a scene I've meant to draw for a while anyway. ^^ I considered drawing either the bit where Mapleshade deals the fatal blow, or Spottedleaf saying her goodbyes to Firestar, but after reading Spottedleaf's Heart, this felt like a good moment to highlight, Spottedleaf showing her warrior side, a desire to defend others with tooth and claw, standing up to the danger even though she knows she can't match Mapleshade's strength, because it's the right thing to do.

That was something I really appreciated about SH, that we got to see a stronger side of Spottedleaf, not just through her desire to be a warrior, but through her strength to turn away from a bad relationship and to follow her heart and become a medicine cat even if others wanted to pressure her otherwise. I just felt it showed a strength to her character that we had never seen before.

Anyway, for that reason, I decided to draw the moment that Spottedleaf stands between Sandstorm and Mapleshade, ready to go down fighting and sacrifice her life to save her Clanmate, niece, and rival for Firestar's love. Like I said, I decided to draw it now because I wanted to experiment with how I wanted my StarClan and Dark Forest designs to look. I'm really happy with the end result. :D

I wanted the Dark Forest cats to look like living shadows, still light enough to be seen, but a spirit that seems to emulate darkness rather than light. I used a layer with the mode multiply, and a layer with red lighting, to give the whole pelt a sickly, reddish complexion. They also get a red light emulating from the eyes, and a red glow around her pelt, but it's really hard to see since it's kinda faint. Mapleshade here is particularly see-through because it's said multiple times in the book that she's particularly faded compared to other DF spirits because of her age. I'm really happy with how the DF design looks on her, and with how she turned out in general. I lightened her stripes since they were looking a touch too dark, and I totally forgot to add any of her or Sandstorm's scars, but oh well, I still think she looks good here. :D

For the StarClan spirits, I wanted them to look like they were emulating light. The first layer is uses the screen mode, then a normal layer, then a layer with blue lighting, since I always associated blues and whites with a spirity sort of look. StarClan spirit with this new design also get a glow from their eyes that is the color of their eyes (so amber-eyed cats get an amber glow, green-eyed cats a green glow, etc. as opposed to DF cats getting a red glow whatever their eye color), and a blue glow around the pelt.

They also get stars in and around their fur, using the overlay mode so the stars appear to brighten the fur color underneath it. I'm really happy with how the StarClan design looks here, and I'm really happy with how Spottedleaf's design looks too. :D It looks so pretty now that the anatomy is improved, and you can really see the distinct spots in her pattern that she was named after. ^^ I really enjoyed getting the chance to try out my new Spottedleaf design with a dynamic pose and a chance to correct the anatomy a bit. ^^

Sandstorm is in there as well, of course. I didn't darken Spottedleaf or Mapleshade's color to reflect the darker night lighting, since they're dead spirits and light doesn't affect them quite the same way, but since she's a living cat, Sandstorm has been shaded and darkened accordingly. She's crouching and coughing from having the pressure of Mapleshade's jaws off of her throat and trying to get air back into her lungs. I put some cuts and scrapes on her pelt from the battle (though like I said, I forgot her scars), and some blood dripping from her neck from Mapleshade biting her there.

It's not my most effort-y background, but I'm still fairly happy with how it turned out. ^^ And the lighting and coloring of the whole thing in general. I tried putting a texture over the image, which I haven't done before, but I'm pretty happy with how it looks. ^^

Overall, I'm really happy with this. :D I was too lazy to make it lineless and really go all-out with the shading, but maybe one day.
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:iconaskwarri0rs:
AskWarri0rs Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2018
Epic!!
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Jayie-The-Hufflepuff Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2018  Hobbyist Writer
Thanks! :D
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:iconaskwarri0rs:
AskWarri0rs Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2018
Welcome! :D
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gabbycat17 Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
I love this scene being drawn! Nice work! :D
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Jayie-The-Hufflepuff Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2018  Hobbyist Writer
Thanks! :D I thought it would be a nice moment to draw, Spottedleaf showing her strength and courage in protecting Sandstorm from Mapleshade even though she knows she can't beat her.
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gabbycat17 Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
You're welcome~
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KekoaSakaraMoonArts Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2018
MAPLESHADE MY CHIL
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Jayie-The-Hufflepuff Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2018  Hobbyist Writer
^^
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SpiritFoxAnimates2 Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
wow thats pawseom!
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Jayie-The-Hufflepuff Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2018  Hobbyist Writer
Thank you! :D
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SpiritFoxAnimates2 Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
np XD
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Spottedfeather22 Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2018  Professional Artisan Crafter
So cool! Can I do fan art?
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:iconjayie-the-hufflepuff:
Jayie-The-Hufflepuff Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2018  Hobbyist Writer
Thanks! :D And fanart of what?
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Spottedfeather22 Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2018  Professional Artisan Crafter
Of the pic if you don’t mind.
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Jayie-The-Hufflepuff Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2018  Hobbyist Writer
Uh, sure, if you like. It’s really just my take on the scene from the books, so I’m not sure how you’d make fan art of that, rather than just making your own fan art of that scene from the book.
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Spottedfeather22 Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2018  Professional Artisan Crafter
True....
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soarjadethehedgehog Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2018  Student Digital Artist
Woooo, it looks awesome, Jayie! (Hi, it's Emberdawn Hi )
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:iconjayie-the-hufflepuff:
Jayie-The-Hufflepuff Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2018  Hobbyist Writer
Thanks! :D And hi Ember. ^^
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Frostedlleaf Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
Whoa, this is so cool! I really like how you drew Spotted and Maple's fur. The StarClan glow is so pretty :D (Big Grin) 
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Jayie-The-Hufflepuff Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2018  Hobbyist Writer
Aw, thank you! :D
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Frostedlleaf Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
No problem!:)
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Devinital Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Oh very nice, very nice indeed.
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:iconjayie-the-hufflepuff:
Jayie-The-Hufflepuff Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2018  Hobbyist Writer
Aw, thank you! :D I'm pretty happy with how this one turned out. ^^
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Devinital Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
You should be. I really like the title.
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:iconjayie-the-hufflepuff:
Jayie-The-Hufflepuff Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2018  Hobbyist Writer
Thanks. ^^ Seemed like a fitting quote to name the piece after.
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Crimzon48gz Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2018  Student Digital Artist
It was sad when spottedleaf died (again)
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:iconjayie-the-hufflepuff:
Jayie-The-Hufflepuff Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2018  Hobbyist Writer
Definitely. Poor Spottedleaf. :(
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