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Heroes of Jing
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Published: May 1, 2011
Lu Meng and Cao Ren in my original Dynasty Warriors-inspired costumes. I started a sketch in this vein when Meng's DW7 design came out, but I scrapped it after several frustrated attempts to reproportion Ren's top-heavy, pinheaded DW7 armor to my liking.

I'm happy with the incremental growth in my line art style. More nuance and detail are gradually working their way in. This piece took me about 1 1/2 months of casual free time work, with other projects and video game distraction thrown into the mix, which is far faster than I would have managed 2 years ago.

Digital ink and pencil freehanded on a tablet. May look washed out in Firefox 3 under OS X although I embedded a sRGB profile. Apologies for that.

5/5 edit - Improved design and form of Cao Ren's collar.
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PandoraBox17Hobbyist General Artist
It's so good to see people are loving on Cao Ren and Lu Meng! I personally love these two. Lu Meng is a favorite of mine, actually. I guess that comes in a package with my love for Lu Xun. Lol

Great work. :3
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RydainHobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you! (And thanks for all the other favorites and comments as well!)

Cao Ren and Lu Meng are my top two favorite guys in all regards: in-game, historically, and as subject material for art and writing. I'm glad to hear from other fans of these two. :)
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PandoraBox17Hobbyist General Artist
It's not a problem at all! I personally think these two deserve more credit then they're given. It's sad to think that they're underrated. >;
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chibigingiStudent Traditional Artist
Looks pretty great to me! Love the Lu Meng and Cao Ren love...
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RydainHobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks so much! :D
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Why no Guan Yu?

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Trigon: Did Arella told you what happen to your father?

Raven: She told me enough. She told me you kill him.

Trigon: No, I am your father.

Raven: NO!!!
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RydainHobbyist Digital Artist
Because it's an illustration of my two favorite guys with a biased title. :) The 219 takeover and defense of Jing represents the crowning achievements of Cao Ren and Lu Meng's careers. Hence I can't resist some shameless pimping, especially because Three Kingdoms popular tradition unfairly overlooks those two in general.
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I know that.But Guan Yu die in there is really epic. :)

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Trigon: Did Arella told you what happen to your father?

Raven: She told me enough. She told me you kill him.

Trigon: No, I am your father.

Raven: NO!!!
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chibigingiStudent Traditional Artist
Well, he didn't necessarily WIN that fight... if I recall correctly. Didn't end to well for him.
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He is a hero in Jing and die epic. :giggle:

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Trigon: Did Arella told you what happen to your father?

Raven: She told me enough. She told me you kill him.

Trigon: No, I am your father.

Raven: NO!!!
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chibigingiStudent Traditional Artist
Hm, if death by execution is considered epic, then I suppose you're right.

Regardless, even if he was in this picture, the sheer badassness of these two guys would erase him out of existence in this picture, so...
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Yeah.This why they call Guan Yu as God of War. :nod:

--

Trigon: Did Arella told you what happen to your father?

Raven: She told me enough. She told me you kill him.

Trigon: No, I am your father.

Raven: NO!!!
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chibigingiStudent Traditional Artist
So, he become a God of War on the one major battle he lost?

Huh... oh well, different strokes for different folks, I guess.

Rydain, sorry we're hijacking your art- it really is a nice picture!
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Hahaha. =D

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Trigon: Did Arella told you what happen to your father?

Raven: She told me enough. She told me you kill him.

Trigon: No, I am your father.

Raven: NO!!!
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