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Arms for Hire: Contemplation

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Drawn to the song "Melted" by AKMU
Listening to it ahead of time is recommended to get a better feel I suppose, haha. I'm not very good at setting atmospheres on my own y.y Also there is a bit of a trigger warning, so please proceed only if you're willing!

Nick is someone who hates thinking about his past with his every fiber. He grows irascible when doing so as it is one of the very few, if not only, times he displays genuine anger and frustration openly, so he always pushes it as far back into his mind as he can possibly manage. However, sometimes, those memories come back to haunt him. And here, in this comic, is the reason for why he coldly claims no attachment other people. Even if he doesn't and grows attached like is natural to human nature, he would rather die several times (violently at that) than admit it. The man in his memory is named Drew. He was the last person Nick called and considered as someone close. For Nick, Drew had been his last straw before he fell into the cold waters below.

Indeed..."why are they so cold"?

Phew! Got that crappily-written narrative over with OTL There's more to the story, but ah, that'd be spoiling too much u.u Point aside! This is one of the few times I've actually drawn something canon, cries o)-< and my first full comic, so it's got a lot of errors in it. I realized I need to learn to keep consistency with some things and learn how to cellshade better because that style is the death of me I swear. OTL Anyways! My friend had shown me the song on our way back home and because of that, the fact that I got this far was solely due to that song... [Click here] to view the lyrics for it. Definitely check out the video for the song!! It's very powerful, I have to say. Ah, but I also wanted to thank Ningeko16 and blackruuk for sticking around and rooting me on y.y I think I would have given up without 'em. I am a weak mortal, spare me. LOL

Anyways, please enjoy and thank you so much for viewing! It really means a lot q-q

Edit (01-27-16): I revamped Nick's story a lot little, but this still fits the story rather well. Just ignore a good portion of the story description. v.v 

Nick Killian, Drew & Comic/Art © NanoColors
"Melted" & Lyrics © AKMU (Akdong Musician)
REMEMBER KIDS, STEALING IS BAD, SO DON'T DO IT!!! D^:<
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su-po's avatar
OMG THIS HANDS DOWN IS THE BEST THING IVE READ THIS YEAR 
You've captured the atmosphere so beautifully, its painful MAN! MY HEART! HOW COULD YOU DO THIS?!
Its really special that you've thought so much about Nick's past, you've got such a strong connection with your ocs, its amazing!

AND HOLY MOLY MELTED IS MY FAVE SONG BY AKMU!!! The song is so sad, I cried the first time I heard it haha ANd to read a comic influenced by melted is just too much for my emotions //weeps//
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heartswave's avatar
woah that hit me ... hard 
very well drawn and the info was helpful to but the way you drew the story said most of it already and it was GREAT
NanoColors's avatar
Ah man that really means a lot to me man qvq)/ haha at lesat the hard work paid off in the end OTL thanks so much for reading man!!!! 
lumisse's avatar
Um, first of all, WOW. Your skills have really improved lately. The lines (so clean, ahhh), anatomy, and shading (using the right greys/ where to use black/white) are all really superb. I love the way you drew the feet! And what's more- it's all in comic form, which is pretty damn hard to do. It looks like all your practice has been /really/ paying off. I hope to see more comic strips from you one day! XD

Second, it's really nice to know the origin of the earring. For a while, I just knew it was really important, so it's good to know the truth. Hang in there, Nick.

tldr: Great job! 
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Ah man, i'm really glad to hear man qmq)/ it really means a lot to mean haha, DUDE THOUGH THANSK YOU CRIES THOSE FEET WERE HELL ah man i hate drawing toes y.y the comic form was defintiely different from what i usually did so it was a good experience! haha hopefully i'll get inspiration again in teh future OTL man i just fell back into artblock right after y.y hopefully i gan get out of it haha

and yeahhh o)-< man i fingally drew soething canon for once lol OTL haha he's hangin OTL

thanks man qvq)/
lumisse's avatar
You're welcome! Keep up the hard work. ^^
gatooroo's avatar
OOOOOO
OOOOOO MY GOD RIP MY HEART LOOK AT THIS I LOVE HOW YOU DREW THEIR EMOTIONS
ITS RLY NEAT I LOVE IT... SO MUCH.... 
NanoColors's avatar
cries thanks for reading man qvq)/ im glad i was able to get their atmosphere and emotions though OTL ahaahaha was worth it in the end y.y
kaijaku's avatar
WHAT
WHAT THE FUCK IS THIS OH MY GOD
MY HEART
NanoColors's avatar
I'M SORRY MAN, I CAN'T PAY FOR A HEART TRANSPLANT
cries i'm glad i managed to get the atmosphere down y.y thanks for reading man! qvq)/
Willow-Fuyu's avatar
woah!! this is really neat *^* and I love the style you used!!!
I'd love to see more of this!!! *^* Great work Haruhi Suzumiya Emote - Thumbs Up 
NanoColors's avatar
ah man thanks so much man!!! qAq)/ i'll do my best OTL
Willow-Fuyu's avatar
x3 you're welcome! I'm looking forwards to your future work!
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...... how, how could you... oh it hurts, seriously i have such a tight feeling in my chest right now. I didnt listen to the song until after and I was already upset and it just... so much worse. The set up is so good and even though I dont have context it still hurts, i shudder to think of what it would be like for those who are in the know. The last panel adn the one where nick clenches his fist around the earring, oh man, all the feels. And yet he still cares, because he still wears it everyday. aaaaaaah you mess with my feelings somethin fierce ya know...
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Ah man, I'm really glad I managed to get the atmosphere down then q-q there was a lot of debate on what i would have done, and not gonna lie, the police panel to the letter panel was a last minute add in u.u and oh man, i've been in that position once, it was terrfying to say the least, but i was lucky in that i still have that person here today y.y but anyways, yeahhh thanks so much for reading man q-q)/ it really means a lot and haha it was all worth it in the end y.y
iridescentMonarch's avatar
senpai pls
i teared up ok this is perfect
NanoColors's avatar
perfect =v= )~ jkjk ah man thank you so much man qvq)/ i'm glad you find it as so y.y then it was all worth it in the end qvq)/
iridescentMonarch's avatar
Those tattoos have to be a pain to draw tho god bless u
I got an OC who I still need to make a ref for but I've been procrastinating bc he's got a string of tribal tats on half his body aahhh...
I wish I had your patience ; 7 ;
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LOL actually though... pfft man tats are a real pain in the ass your right y.y i actually didn't catch a few panels where i'd forgotten nick's tat's! luckily my friend did, or else i feel like this all would have been a little more confusing just because nick looks a bit like lance in this one what with his fur hoood jacket y.y

pain-in-the-ass-tattoo buddies for the win T 7T)/ dude i feel you for the longest time, i couldn't even descide on nick's FRONT tats, and i haven't even decided hsi back side OTL i'm going to cry man
iridescentMonarch's avatar
I've been putting off drawing Myun's reference for like... over a year tbh bc it's like I have so many others to draw I've just decided to do them first
and then I've contemplated removing the tats but then it's like
!!!!
That's not my baby!!!
but like
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THATS THE TATTOO IVE BEEN PROCRASTINATING ON DRAWING SO CAN YOU BLAME ME LMAO

But omg nick's design is precious he's a total cutie ; v ;

When I saw it drawn to melted I legit screamed bc that song gets me in my feels
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oh man yeah, actually though i'd been changing Nick's tattoos so much over the years, you don't even know, people were pissed and like "MAKE UP YOUR FUCKING MIND MAN" and i just be "but, but I can't qAq" pfft xD

And oh man i get what you man y.y one of my designs for nick's tats started out liek that (just a lot shittier cries) and man i couldn't redo it much y.y one of my friends who drew nick in his tats kept braggin about how easy it was and i was like "bitch pls :^)" cries i dunno, i was bitter about it, but that's another sotry pfft

ahhh nuuhh qAq iz not man y.y but thank you for thinking so though! qvq)/ it really means a lot haha

oh man that song just murdered my SOUL, when i found an detailed explanation of the music video, i just died further man y.y 
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