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~Every five years, at the time of the first snow storm of the winter, a lone Wolf will travel down from the Restless forests and into the Peaceful meadows. The Wolf wrecks havoc, destroys every nest it finds and slaugthers those animals that haven't found a good enough place to hide, then leaves as suddenly as it came, and won't be seen for the next half of a decade.
And every time the animals of the meadows will choose the bravest warrior to challenge the beast, believeing and hoping that one year the messanger Bullfinch will fly to the Hiding Place bringing word of a great victory. Then the Peaceful meadows would finally truly be peaceful. ~

This one is probably the personal artwork I've spent the most time on in AGES, and my hand doesn't even hurt this time! : D I finally decided to mix around with the sensitivity-settings of my tablet, and behold; not having to constanly press the pen down as if trying to kill it miraculously relives the stress on my wrist. Who would have thought... ^^'

Photoshop CS4 || Wacom intuos3 tablet || 3800x2950 px
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L-L-arts Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
This is simply amazing. The hero looks fearless as he walks towards the incredibly large beast! Very epic detailed piece!
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ItinerantDjuradhan Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This. This is the Masterpiece I saw all those years ago. This is the masterpiece that visually sings my ballad better than I ever could. A timeless ideal, masterfully portrayed. I thank you from the bottom of my heart. Very, very well done!
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pup-fu Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2016  Student Traditional Artist
High quality art :O
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WhIppIng-b0y Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2016  Hobbyist
Words hardly describe what I feel when I see this. I came across this image many years ago, and I luved it ever since. The image of this teeny tiny rabbit hero go on to challenge what appears to be a behemoth of a monster who clearly has many kills under his belt (literally and figuratively) What with those bone and fur motifs of animals much bigger than a rabbit. The way that the wind symbolizes the unsurmountable odds that are pushing against the rabbit fiercely, threatening to blow him away like his feather from his cloak. Yet he is remaining unswayed, standing his ground perfectly as he approaches out of the shelter of the trees; the symbolism is perfected by how his ears are the only part of him that's affected by the wind as he approaches the snowy haze that's symbolic of the hazy loss of death, showing that he very well knows of the odds that are stacking against him more than that the monster's previous challengers, but he's resolute, showing true bravery and heroism. The fact that the rabbit looks so short proportionally and looks round also suggests an almost infantile state compared to his opponent, a youth taking on a veteran.

I can't help but be reminded of David and Goliath, a young boy going to challenge a warlord giant without hesitation. Enthralling. The bird (and presumably companion to the rabbit) also adds to the affect of D&G as it the Israelites stayed behind to watch what would come. The bird also reminds me of a Wiglaf to the rabbits Beowulf, who would stay behind while Beowulf went against unbeatable foes as well (Interestingly enough, the dragon in the epic of Beowulf, the last enemy Beowulf would fight in that epic, would be slain by a mere dagger, similar to the one that the bun is holding. XD) The last comparison I'll draw is probably how this pic also symbolizes your own resolution to take on such a monster of a piece with your own two hands XD (or do you have four, you must! XD) *reads description* Oops, probably should've read that before spewing all the above hooha :D

The more readily evident aspects of this image's glory also shines brightly :D The details are mesmerizing and painful to even think about drawing XD The bunny also is so extremely adorable :love: Especially his round lil fluff butt XD I'd glomp all three of the subjects in an instant, deadly or not :lol: One thing that I think might be something a lil off is the wolf's proportions in his arms: His left one especially looks a lil short. I can't help but feel that this was deliberate however, so maybe I'm just spewing smoke ^^; It's perfect :D The only problem I have is that this was uploaded in 2010, and it has yet to get a DD :jawdrop: And that it's not in my favorites

DETIROVAF!

Okay, one problem fixed, now about that DD >:3
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CaseyDecker Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2016  Hobbyist Artist
This picture you've done looks very nice and interesting. :)
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Silver-Alopex Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
You need to chec this guy, has take property of your work   wolficer.deviantart.com/art/Wo…
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Krysnha Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2015
yes you can achieve a lot like die in a heroic way
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Zenie250 Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2014  Student Artist
The smallest hero can achieve the greatest  things! thats what canto mind when i saw this and read the title. really beautiful art.
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mamawolfmomo Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2014  Professional General Artist
I love this on so many levels and for so many reasons.
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hippyhare Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2014
looks like David and goliath but as a girl
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AngloFalcon Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2014
This picture kind of reminds me of David and Goliath! XD
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lad-zappy Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This is one of my absolute favorites. I've referenced this for years.
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sanchezcampoblanco Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2013   General Artist
Wow! 
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megaZer047 Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2013  Student Digital Artist
this would make a great chapter book.  It has a good story to it.
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Sazazezer Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2013
I found this on a desktop background site a year or two ago. Without any context provided i actually thought it was a Usagi Yojimbo tribute. Fantastic piece and great to finally see your other artwork.
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lassegorm Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
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daristotle Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2013
I had reached my wits end this helped me get back on my feet miracles really do exist just think of all the possibilities
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Kieth-Wolfe Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
a furry David and Goliath? :D
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Sylfil Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2013
Oooo wow, like Dawid and Goliat :D
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LUVUS-7 Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2013
the idea that a giant wolf existed I love... this drawing is really epic and beautiful at the same time
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Reeban Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2012
THAT´S A WOLF!!
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MUTTD0G Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2012  Student
This has daily devation quality, I am surprised it does not have one yet! The amount of detail you have put into this is stunning, someday I hope to be able to draw like you.
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hibrido6 Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2012
this is way too epic my eyes are shining!! and you wrote a background sooo cool!!
perfect design
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Razajin Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2012
Reminds me of Athro Infinity Blade
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MikoPudding Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2012
this is amazing! i love the little description too~
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Jo-Sh3ph3rd Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2012  Student Digital Artist
*^*
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Shaka1991 Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
And you'll see that victory favors the bold! Awesome work!
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Back-Off-I-Bite Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2012  Student General Artist
Too awesome for words.
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Juliano-Pereira Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Nice work!!
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KristopheB96 Featured By Owner May 16, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
You totally got this bunny...
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V-ChristsW3apon Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2012  Student
:3 !!!I JUST WUV DIS!!! :3
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kylecaio Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
EEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEPIC!!
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xXMusic-MuseXx Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Wonderful...!
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Kumotogi Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
this is sooo cool!
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finquilizer Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2012  Student Writer
Nää on ihan käsittämättömän hienoja! Sulla on mieletön taito. Alotin myös lukemaan tuota sun nettisarjista :>
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Your works are incredible! You've got insane skill. I started reading your webcomic, too :>

Cheers!
~finq
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MOMODED Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2012
This is beautiful work, love it all.
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John-Peter Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Wonderful work!
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Deltamike Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Love the concept! Really awesome! Nice work!
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wings--of--hope Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2012   Traditional Artist
Wow...
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BananaChoc Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2012
REally great work to my mind ! Movment is succeed by you :p and it's not an easy thing to do !
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VincentAMV Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2012
Whoa, this is a long time ago, I believe it was first covered in snow and mist. Although I am glad the snow has stayed behind for feel and setting.
A great work nonetheless.
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Sasiadragon Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
It's really magical. The wolf gives me creeps, and our hero looks so brave. It has a great perspective, and I can almost hear the wind howling between the trees. All those fur details and bones and feathers must've taken years, and ti looks awesome. The story it great, too, good job!
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chaosglory626 Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2012
Very "David and Goliath" I like it.
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WolfBytes Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2012
Cool, nice scene and story. Keep it up!
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