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Journey of a Young Man by Meibatsu Journey of a Young Man by Meibatsu
July 15, 2012.

Paint Tool SAI, JASC Paint Shop Pro 7.

HALF AN HOUR LATE.. IT'S STILL YOUR BIRTHDAY SOMEWHERE IN THE WORLD, EZRA. O___O
I was working on this for a couple of hours but then had to go to work.. and then I came home to finish it off~! lol I guess I could have finished this faster, but playing with the effects/layer styles took some time.. >__>
I really like the unfinished, gritty look of the entire piece. It kind of gives it a storybook feel~~ xD


Anyway~! Ezra and his mom Alexis (left), and Altaire and his mom Nuraj (right). A kind of growth timeline~! <3

First it's them at 3ish years old. They are other kind of.. snot-nosed kids. Ezra's just a whiny brat, I'm sure. And Altaire's the type that's always wandering away--hence the way Nuraj is pulling him along by the arm.. lol.

Then at 8ish, they both have a lot of home life issues. Ezra's parents split and he feels betrayed. He stops speaking and gets painful vocal cord operations. Ezra starts acting out in school and getting into fights. Altaire's father dies and he has to to start a new life in a new country with his mother. He withdraws from the world and becomes clinically depressed, often harming himself and trying to run away from home.

Then 17 (Ezra) and 15 (Altaire). Still troubled boys, but they meet one another and start hanging around and begin an emotionally tumultuous relationship. They break up a few months after without much closure.

Then 22 (Ezra) and 20 (Altaire). Somewhat more settled with their direction in life (although still directionless if you were to probe deeper). They are trying to establish themselves in the world and have worked out a way to get through the daily drudge of life. Ezra assists Vincent with his goals and takes on jobs for different mob bosses, and Altaire starts making contracts for his services in exchange for sex and money. The two eventually reunite and reignite a passionate relationship that lasts for a year until Altaire leaves again for fear of putting Ezra in danger.

Ezra's about 1.5 years older than Alt.. so they wouldn't necessarily meet as kids since the age difference would be too huge--it's hypothetical! XD
And yeah, they eventually get together yet again five years later at age 28 and 26.


Ezra & Alexis belongs to *MyDearBasil
Altaire & Nuraj belongs to =Meibatsu
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criticU Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2012  Hobbyist
I really like the picture, but if i can add the last kissing part the brown boys face is a little wide where his ear to his eye is.
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Meibatsu Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Is it? xD
Yeah, I guess it is! I didn't align it very well to his jawline. lol
I have to fight the urge to fix it since I am on my laptop! O___O HNNNGHH..

Well, I tried to fix it a bit anyway.. xD Goooo touchpad power!
See if you notice the difference!
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criticU Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2012  Hobbyist
Oh i see.

honestly i don't have the best memory >///< truthfully its a little bit off still but thats in my only point of view. OTL
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Meibatsu Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Oh well! I tried! LOL (It actually does look better to me now, even if it's still slightly off xD)

I will refrain from molesting it any further!
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criticU Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2012  Hobbyist
GO FOR IT XD

btw if you want your art critiqued, go ahead and show me and i'll try my best... (I'm bored)
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Meibatsu Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
If I get you to critique my art, I will be tempted to fix it! It'll probably drive me nuts since I should be drawing new stuff, not fixing up my old stuff. LOL

Go critique all my characters instead! XD
I think I just generally need to know if they are really unlikable or make your eyes roll/melts your brain or something like that (or if you think they're good/funny lol). Sometimes I wonder about that, but I don't get many opinions since there are so many more really "out there" characters that people would rather critique than mine.

HERO / ALLIANCE CHARACTERS
:bulletgreen: GA001 : Solar Cat => [link] ; Wiki: [link]
:bulletgreen: GA004 : Dysta => [link] ; Wiki: [link]
:bulletgreen: GA005 : Black Seiren => [link] ; Wiki: [link]
:bulletgreen: GA012 : Space Girl => [link] ; Wiki: [link]
:bulletgreen: GA014 : Crow => [link] ; Wiki: [link]
:bulletgreen: GA036 : Zenith => [link] ; Wiki: [link]
:bulletgreen: GA037 : Horizon => [link] ; Wiki: [link]
:bulletgreen: GA223 : Sage => [link] ; Wiki: [link]
:bulletgreen: GA224 : Mint => [link] ; Wiki: [link]

VILLAIN / ROGUE CHARACTERS
:bulletpurple: GR001 : Silver Zodiac => [link] ; Wiki: [link]
:bulletpurple: GR004 : Miss Candy => [link] ; Wiki: [link]
:bulletpurple: GR006 : Miss Kayne => [link] ; Wiki: [link]
:bulletpurple: GR013 : Johnny => [link] ; Wiki: [link]
:bulletpurple: GR063 : Black Coma => [link] ; Wiki: [link]
:bulletpurple: GR064 : Ash Trojan => [link] ; Wiki: [link] (you already asked about him)
:bulletpurple: GR065 : Red Flare => [link] ; Wiki: [link]

NPC / MINOR CHARACTERS
:bulletorange: GN009 : Wil => [link] ; Wiki: [link]
:bulletorange: GN029 : Nuraj => [link] ; Wiki: [link]
:bulletorange: GN030 : Arkos => [link] ; Wiki: [link]

JOKE / TROLL CHARACTERS
:bulletyellow: GX001 : Heimdl => [link] ; Wiki: [link]
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criticU Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2012  Hobbyist
snaps, i did tell you before that most of your characters do make sense.
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Meibatsu Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Well, I assume they make sense (since they make sense to me!) lol
BUT ARE THEY GOOD!? O____O

One person just told me before they most of my characters were poorly developed Mary-Sues, and I wondered if she just didn't know what she was talking about or if a lot of people would agree with her. >_>
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isi-a Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2012
Oh man, this is such a cute idea~! I love how Nuraj looks all proper and elegant like, "don't play with strange little boys!"
And Alexis is like "come on Ezra".

Lol. Me and my weird imagination. xD
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Meibatsu Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Hahaha.. more like "stop wandering off Altaire! And look in the direction you're going!"
Alt was a pretty spacey kid, always distracted by the big world filled with cool bugs!.. xD
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isi-a Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2012
Haha, yeah well that's a pretty good reason to be spacey. Although I wouldn't risk it if my mum was that strict... xD
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Meibatsu Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Even though Alt deep down is stubborn and independent and likes doing everything his own way, so he and his mom never had an easy-going relationship. She tried hard to be strict and raise him to be behave a certain way, but he always wandered on a different path in the end. The kind of kid that needs one of those harnesses or leashes. xD
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isi-a Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2012
LOL yes, Alt needed one of those animal backpack leashes. xD
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renkarts Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I CRIED. I JUST STARTED BAWLING EVERYWHERE.
EVERYTHING IS BEAUTIFUL BUT IT ALL HURTS.
*pssss, I laav the colors by the way ;)*
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Meibatsu Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
AWW DID YOU?! <3 <3 <3
SHEDDING MANLY TEARS FROM THE SHEER RAINBOW BEAUTY?

They are such cute kids. I wanna squish them foreverrr
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renkarts Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
YES. EXACTLY. :') IT IS VERY JUSTIFIABLE.

Little rosy cheeks and red noses. Wubabbababa. -3-
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SAmaryllis Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
THE PROGRESSION OF TWO IDIOTS IN LOVE, GETTING CLOSER AND CLOSER OVER THE YEARS.........!! ;_________;

Ahhhh I love how you drew in their moms when they were tiny toddler children! Gosh just the whole layout of this is so nice.... *__*
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Meibatsu Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
YES~ AT FIRST SO UNSURE, BUT THEN OBSESSION PROGRESSIVELY BUILDS INTO LOVE~

Moms are important parts of their lives <3 And I suppose their mothers did metaphorically pull them away in different directions, and it was really only after they were no long under their mothers' direct influence could they get together. >_>
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SAmaryllis Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Oh you mean like when Ezra's mom DIIIIEES? OwO
.....
OTL
*crawls into a corner to cry*
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Meibatsu Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
THAT'S RIGHT. SHE WAS IN THE WAY. LOLOLOL
Never repeat that to Ezra. xD
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SAmaryllis Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
.......... OwO *runs off to find Ezra* EZRA EZRA YOU'LL NEVER BELIEVE WHAT I JUST HEARD--
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Meibatsu Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
NOOOOOOOOOOO HE WILL HATE ME FOREVER!!!! XD --Now I must.. make sure you never make it to him.. = = *gets knife*
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SAmaryllis Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
BUT.....IT WAS BASIL'S DECISION TO KILL OFF HIS MOM, RIGHT? SO YOU HAVE NOTHING TO LOSE!! XDD
*cowers behind a garbage can lid shield anyway*
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Meibatsu Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Hmm. You're right.. it HER fault. xD
I am blameless in all this!
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anatawa-kuroneko-des Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2012
soooo cute o0~
loved!!!
the colors are amazing!
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Meibatsu Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Yay, thank you~~!
Yeah, I love how the colours of the background look. The ring of gritty green turquoise is my favourite. xD
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Vibiana Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
R.I.P. Vibiana - Died of cute overload.

It's just so freaking beautiful! *cries*
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Meibatsu Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
1994-2012
"So many tropes yet left to fill."

It's the colour explosion! It's just to deliciously gritty and rainbow~~! *___*
Oh, and I guess there are some kids there too. XD
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Vibiana Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
It's okay, there are TONS of afterlife tropes! *shot*

There's also kissing and young pretty women! XD
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MyDearBasil Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
UGHUHUHUGUHUHUGUHUGGUGUUUUUU! ;______; /sobs and rolls around in bed from cuteness!!!!
aurhrhhhh..! It was like staring into a blinding light of cuteness and all I could do was succumb and react for a few minutteess~~! eeee! xD
JHDGKSGD... BAHA! THEY'RE ALL JUST SO CUTEEE! /ROLLS/ EVEN ALEXIS LOOKS SO YOUNG AND CAREFREE AND CUTE WEEHH!
MUNCHKIN CHILDREN!!! MY FEELS! THE BABIESS.. ~___~

PHEW... and yeah! It's still his birthday in.. the rest of the americas. XD THAT WORKS!!
b'aww they'd be so adorable as children together.
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Meibatsu Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
YES ROLL! ROLL INTO INFINITY! XD
I liek hwo it looks like they are going into a timeloop afterlife.. Hahaha~! NOT THAT THEY WILL DIE EVER.. O___O NEVER..

Maybe this is how their soul-binding rush is like metaphorically~! xD Kind of a glimpse into each other's emotional past. ~~~
Drawing them as kids was the best part.. Q___Q I love babiesssss.. They woudl be so adorable if they could hang together.. it would be all squeaky "Hey, Ezra~! Look at this~! *bugs* Cool huh? o_o"
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MyDearBasil Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
ROLLING ROLLING ROLLINGGGG! It's funny because I was also working on a birthday piece for a certain someone today! XD
Ezra: Says one of the ones that always threatens it. :T
OR THAT THEY'RE TIME TRAVELLING. OR THAT THE VIEWER IS TIME TRAVELLING AND GOING TO CRASH INTO THEIR KISSY-NESS!

Ooohhhh~! Okay! XD Like a high speed ride through the past!
lololfsaf! If Alt actually made that face too.. XD But then Ezra would be trying to play the cynical part of the older kid and just go "No. :l"
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Meibatsu Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
OOH MORE BIRTHDAY GIFTS! WHO FOR. O___O
It's always threatened, but never gets followed through! It is his way! xD
AND THEN IT WILL BECOME A THREESOME? LOLOLOL
Hei: Sounds like it's my job to be this time traveller! v__v *determined!*

Noo.. Ezra.. ~ You bad older kid! XD That'll just discourage him! Or.. make him pick a stupid kid fight. LOL
"*squeaks* Yah it is! *pouts and goes play alone*" Noo.. Alt.. come back. let me love youuuu~~
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MyDearBasil Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
I DUNNO SOMEONE'S WHO BIRTHDAY IS IN 13 DAYS MAYBE.... I don't know why I started so early actually. xD
Ezra: .. Well as long as nothing else happens.. :T
LOOOLL YESS!
Ezra: That's not time travelling. You'd have to travel through a higher dimension. >_>

BAAWWWWWWWW! SQUEAAAKYY CHILDREEENN! LET ME PICK YOU UP AND KIDNAP YOUUUU!
Ezra: *no remorse, goes to find mom for juice* >_>
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Meibatsu Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
THAT IS WHY I WAS CONFUSED! XDDDD
That is pretty early miss non procrastination! HAHHA~ OOOHHH.. I wonder what it can beee~~! <3 <3 <3 ~~~~~
Hei: I can do both! *grabs onto Ezra and smooches his face* Bam! *runs over to Alt*
Alt: .-. Huh? *gets tackled over* UGHFF!! >_< Why didn't I just get a sloppy kiss too?
Hei: Fine, you will be! *tries to kiss him, getting pushed back by Alt's hand*
Alt: Not anymore, I'm not. >_< Go back to your space-time! *covers Hei's mouth*
Hei: Mmmdsnpph.. >_>


STRANGER DANGER! STRANGER DANGER! XD
Ezra, you're such a bratty sticky little kid. LOL
Alt: ._. *play with the bugs, trying to make them become friends* .. D: *freaked out when one of them eats the other one and just runs away back to mom without saying anything*
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MyDearBasil Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Better to do something while I'm sure I have time! xD And gives me opportunity to look over things~~ Hehehehe..
Ezra: *wipes face from saliva*.. >__> Yeah, you'll cause the universe to collapse or something.

NOOO~! I'M A FRIEND, TRUST MEEE!! *____*
pfftbttas Alt you are so silly and cutee!!!
Alexis: *sitting on bench, typing on laptop* ...UGH! DAMN THIS GLARE! *shuts the top violently, earning stares from other mothers*
Ezra: *runs up to her* Mom, can I have some juice?
Alexis: = = Sure, here, I'm going to move to a bench with shade. *reaches into purse* What do we say, Ezra?
Ezra: Please?
Alexis: *hands him juice*
Alexis: Thank you.
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Meibatsu Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
You are the sweetest and bestest~~ xD
Hei: <_< Njdsjbmmph..
Alt: >_> ? *lifts hand, gets kissed* --Mmpgh! >_< *coughs and pushes Hei away*
Hei: Uff~! xD Well, whatever. I'd survive it.
Alt: You're in an uncharacteristically good mood today.. *wipes mouth*
Hei: Ff.. I can be in good moods.


A strangers just a friends you haven't met~~! XD
He's a real skuub as a kid too~ Reminds me of my own random childhood~
Nur: ? Altaire, what's wrong?
Alt: *doesn't answer, looks around like he's lost lol*
Nur: .. *comes to him and looks at his hands* You're filthy. *gets out wipes to clean him up*
Alt: :/ *squirms and tries to run off, gets distracted seeing rocks and walks towards them*
Nur: Altaire! .. *sighs follows him*
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LilWicky Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
DERP. IT'S... SO... BEAUTIFUL. :iconwhywouldyoudothatplz:
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Meibatsu Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
YES BEHOLD THE COLOURS OF THE RAINBOW!!!
Take a journey into the psyche of troubled boys in love! XD
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LilWicky Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
THAT CAN BE A CRUEL MOVIE! XD
Enter the world of everlasting piece... and rot. XD
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Meibatsu Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
That's right~!
Like Requiem of a Dream, except less drugs and more killing. XD
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LilWicky Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
LOL. yes. I got it from here: [link] skip to 1:13
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Meibatsu Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Suda51 games are such a mess. XD
I played the first No More Heroes and it was pretty nuts too. Hahah
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LilWicky Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
No more heroes u say?
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Meibatsu Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Yeah. His way of storytelling and characters are all nuts. XD

[link]
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