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Christmas Truce of 1914 by Pyrosity Christmas Truce of 1914 by Pyrosity
A sequential piece created as the final assignment for Directed Themes at RMCAD. Theme was "A great feast" with historical figures. Topic chosen was the Christmas truce in wwi.

Notes from class's critique:
Transition from the first 1/3rd to the 2nd is abrupt, consider reworking first panel of 2nd third
Last panel is weakest, consider revising
Sequence works well overall.
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goeliath Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
One of my favorite war stories is the CHristmas truce.
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Kiborg-Graph Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
It is one of my own favourite war stories, too. And, what makes it phenomenal, is that there was a small Christmas truce during WW2 as well. And the story is also made into a movie (in fact, several of them) :3
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goeliath Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Yeah I heard that there was a very small little truce in wwII. I've seen many of the wwI movies. Joyuex Noel is my favorite
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Kiborg-Graph Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
The one about the WW2 truce is called "Silent Night" (2002) - it is a full-length movie, yet a bit inaccurate to the original historical facts (but is still very heart-warming). If historical accuracy is what you fancy more, then here: www.youtube.com/watch?v=6nYN49… (it is told from the point of view of Fritz Vincken (who was just 12 at the time) himself. Nevertheless, both films are extremely touching, and both are available on YouTube (for the time being).
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goeliath Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I've seen the documentary version and silent night both. both were pretty good, but the historical documentary version is a lot better
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Kiborg-Graph Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I wholeheartedly agree. And, what's more, this event serves me as a great source of inspiration for my own stories. :3
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goeliath Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Yeah stories like that are always really nice
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Amberedge57 Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2015  Hobbyist Artist
Hi! I have a webcomic about the christmas truce (christmastrucecomic.com), do mind if I link thins on the extras page?
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Pyrosity Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
Sure, I don't mind
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raptorcfaulkner Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
This is a touching panel. I once made a ww1 letter.
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AmaraNth7ne Featured By Owner Feb 29, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
well as everyone said; the last panel is indeed the weakest; especially when the other panels are so well done :) like how the theme was executed. Great work.
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Pyrosity Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you!
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MFitzH2O Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
1st panel, 3rd, 4th, 5th and 6th are all stunning.
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Pyrosity Featured By Owner Dec 25, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you :)
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DarkCloak Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2011
Nice piece of work here! I agree with last panel needing a revision, but only because it doesn't look like the story ends there. I picture the last panel being a return to the first panel, where they're back in their trenches after the Christmas festivities had passed.
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Pyrosity Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Yeah, it'd be interesting to draw this out a bit longer. I kept it deliberately short and to the point in light of time constraints for the project, and so had to cut out some content. Hadn't really thought of doing anything after the last panel though, could be fun to try :)

Thanks!
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Fringecrow Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2011
Very nice work :)

I think I saw this treated in comic form as well in a french "comic book", "Paroles de Poilus". It basically is a collection of true "letter from the front" written by french soldiers back in WW1, which present-day comic book artists have thus made comic book short stories adaptations of, always based on the very text of the original letter. (For the information, "Poilus" was the nickname given to french WW1 veterans. It basically means "Hairy", in refference to the mustache adorned by many of them)

For more "infos": [link] [link] the text is sadly in french,but there is a good picture of the book's cover and some excerpt pages.
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Pyrosity Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Oooh, I'd like to see if there's an english version. If not, I may get it anyway... maybe it'll get me to learn French finally like I've been meaning to xD
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Fringecrow Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2011
Heheheh. French is an "interesting language". Otoh, the history of french and english kind of amuse me considering one is a latin language that was heavily influenced by a germanic language because of being invaded by a germanic people called the "franks", and the other is a germanic language heavily influenced by latin language because of the catholic church and an invasion by a latin people called the "normans".

Sadly I do not know of any english version :(
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CabooseRIF Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2011
This is awesome, the expressions are great, especially the "oh fuck" in the 2nd to last panel. I like all the hand gestures too, they're very genuine.
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Pyrosity Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks! It helped a lot to have reference for them. Reference always makes everything 10x faster, easier, and more genuine. Often it's easy to get too; I just put on my coat, set up a quick shot of myself at the dinner table, and took a bunch of photos.
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Desperado-M Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
even if the references was an army of tom clones making funny faces.
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Pyrosity Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Exactly!
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CorporalDogmeat Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
WHATS THIS? HUMANS? GROSS

I really like the clarity and the facial expressions. Well done.
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Pyrosity Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
FOUL SMELLING APES

Thanks :B
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CorporalDogmeat Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
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Desperado-M Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
if I hadn't watched you paint this in PS I would have thought it was traditional media :3 way to go tom
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Pyrosity Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Hehe :3
Thanks!
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KodyYoung Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Great job here Tom. The war that still respected holidays.
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Pyrosity Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you :)
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SteinWill Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
hoooly crap this just looks gorgious! I absolutly love the smooth watercolouring'ish colours :o
yea I've seen some documentaries about this christmas truce during ww1 it's quite a touching story and you've defently done a great job converying that story only through pictures :thumbsup:
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Pyrosity Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you :) It's one of my favorite historic moments.

I also like how it has that watercolor look, I think that worked out very well.
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