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The Defender by Shinjuchan The Defender by Shinjuchan
‘The Defender’

O’ Heavenly Prince Michael. Be our defense in battle we pray

(Commission for Specialist John C. Bradey., U.S. Army)

Before I begin on this one, a special prayer of continued protection and strength for Mr. Bradey and his unit, to all of our men and women, as well as allies who continue to strive for peace in the name of freedom and liberty for all. Let's hope you all can get out of Iraq soon and come home safe and sound to your families.+

As soon as my daughter returns our camera I would like to take a photograph of the original of this that is hanging in our living room for the time being. Looks can be deceiving because the original to this is roughly 2 ½-3 ft. high on multimedia Artboard — Something I can well appreciate as the multimedia boards allow me to work with a wide range of instruments and methods without my having to invest in a variety of canvas, etc. This stuff handles it all!

Inspired by a personal experience I’ll leave in his care, John wanted St. Michael the Archangel with some of our men on the front. I began work on this piece in September of ‘07 almost nearing completion around mid-December when I was forced to step away in order to address the serious situations regarding my mother and her passing as most of you are already aware. I didn’t resume again until March 3rd.

Combination pencil, watercolor over charcoals, (gum arabic) followed by a light sponging. The sponging was important as is really helped w/ that ethereal glow I wanted Michael to have in place of the classic wings that just were not going to work with the kind of piece.

EDIT* UPDATE 3/17 Finally got the camera to take a photo of the actual canvas. Check it out here: [link]
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shark235 Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
He looks good.
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SeekHim Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2014  Hobbyist Writer

I’ve always had a fascination with angels, but so many portrayals of them these days leave a lot
to be desired! For instance; a lot of times angels are portrayed as cute little
babies with wings. 
Angels are NOT cute little babies! They are powerful, holy servants
of GOD! And sometimes thay
walk among us without us knowing!

 

GOD bless!

John 3:16

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LoboTaker Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2014
I heard this on religion lesson. That was a beautiful story.
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Leanan87 Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2009
Semper Fi indeed.

(Marines, not army I know, but it seems fitting)
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TsukiRyoko Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2008
The folds of the clothes are very good!
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Shinjuchan Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you very much. I impressed my ownself because generally they always seem to end up incorrect. Ha!, isn't it just likely; you try and it comes out like crap. Slop the paint up there on the wimp however and it's perfect. Go figure? :XD: o0;
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TsukiRyoko Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2008
That happens with me, too. If I have a project due for art class that I'm reallyyyyyyyyy trying to make look good, it turns out like politics- an utter disaster. But, if I'm just bored or want to try out a enw pencil or brush, it turns out like a masterpiece.
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astakaren Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2008  Hobbyist Photographer
'tis very good looking =)

but me no likey the army =S (My birthday is the Icelandic Peace day...where we march the down town against the war :P .. I want them to be able to go home man) :hug:
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Shinjuchan Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
I don't think anyone enjoys war, hon. Or having to be at or in war, but I am proud of our troops and wish them all the best for a safe return.
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beamer Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2008  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
i didn't realize till after i looked at it a little more... he has a lot of hair! he must special ops or something. hmmm.
not like that is something really important to the piece. :D anyways... this is absolutely gorgeous! it makes me happy to see something like this too given how much anti-american/war protestery stuff is around d.a.. this is very nice to see.
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Shinjuchan Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
St. Mike .. yup, that would certainly be some Special ops there. :lmao:

Thanks for your thoughts.
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Loralit Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2008  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I like how you make his outlines glowing. Making him look more one of our guardian for are country :D!
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Shinjuchan Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
I chose to go with the glow because the classic wings approach was not going to work for this style of painting .. or theme for that matter.

Thank you for you thoughts ^^
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Loralit Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2008  Hobbyist Digital Artist
No problem :3!
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Drakken247 Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2008
Beautiful! God Bless Our Troops! :flagus:
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Shinjuchan Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
Amen :salute:
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victortky Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2008
nice colours and posture.
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Shinjuchan Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
Well appreciated thoughts :damphyr:
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victortky Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2008
welcome.
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TeaDarkA Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2008  Professional Filmographer
Im very worried about this war: I dont understand him... :(
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Shinjuchan Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
I doubt anyone understands war .. for real anyways. All we can do is support and pray it'll end soon.
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TeaDarkA Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2008  Professional Filmographer
yes.Well, nice work :D :salute:
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TeaDarkA Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2008  Professional Filmographer
Hun... Well, nice work :D
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AngelWingedKitten Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
It's an amazing piece, you did a spectacular job on it!
I hope that the men and women for both Canadian and US armies come home safe and sound. *nods*
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Shinjuchan Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
Canadian, U.S., the UK .. all soldiers everywhere who fight for peace :salute:
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AngelWingedKitten Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
*salutes*
Agreed! ... though it makes me sad to think of how the soldiers are away from their families.
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Conveyus-Prime Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2008  Hobbyist Writer
Woooooooooow... :wow:

I can't stop staring at this piece, Shinju. It's beautiful. :D
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Shinjuchan Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you very much ^^
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Kieri Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2008
This. Is. Stunning.

At first glance I thought it was of a soldier in the rain, so I'm glad I did a full view. You got the ethereal glow you were working for and you're right, the wings would've cluttered the piece. It's got a water-color/acrylic on canvas look to it and the rougher style fits great with the subject matter.

Spc. Bradley, God bless him and his mates, is fortunate to have such a terrific, inspirational piece.
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Shinjuchan Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
Cluttered is an understatement. I think it also would have damaged the mood as well. I was trying to add elements for in the 'Join the Army' posters that would have been out during WW II. Thanks for your thoughts.
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Northstar1982 Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2008  Hobbyist
God bless our troops and bring them home safe.
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Shinjuchan Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
:salute:
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Northstar1982 Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2008  Hobbyist
It's a beautiful piece. Inspired me to pray for my friends that are in Iraq. one is in the infantry... front lines. The other isn't on the front but he's part of this war nonetheless. I love this work all around.
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GalvatronPrime Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2008
Very nice, darling. I really like the feel of watercolors give to the charcoals. It softens them without taking away from them

so are you ever going to get over to your message board? :P
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Shinjuchan Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank God you can't really tell that I f'ed up his one eye there about 4x's ^^;

And yes I am. Sorry. Been congested w/ back ups on the commissions in lue of December-January.
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