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After the Battle by Zephyri After the Battle by Zephyri
After the battle, I sit. After the battle, when the coloured standards hold no more promise of victory. Broken and torn, they proclaim nothing more glorious than the bodies of the dead that lay stained with the sepia earth around them. Bodies that were once men and women who followed them nobly to slaughter.

For what is there left, when even the last mournful voices have faded, claimed by the cold embrace of silence? When those I have loved and cared for are gone and my very purpose for being is thwarted by the swords and bloodied cries of men whose lives I have tried to save? What thoughts are to be had when even the healer sits bleeding of a mortal wound, with no hand left to help she who tried so vainly to stand against the onslaught of war?

Yet even after the battle, the clouds strafe away, the blood sinks into the dirt, and life slowly creeps back.

Even after the battle, there is hope.


A commission for one of the most generous people I've ever had the good fortune to come into contact with, this piece was no means easy, and fought me a lot during the first attempt in oils. The only time I've ever admitted defeat with a medium, the coloured pencil version was more successful, and the amount of work gone into this piece reflects the huge amount of respect I have for the commissioner and the amount I really felt for the character. This is Deluna, a healer, left dying on the battle field with none left to help her.

As mentioned, coloured pencil on grey card, done a little bigger than my usual A4 pieces, with a lot of time and love spent on the detailing, so full view is muchly appreciated. My best pencil piece to date, I think. And it couldn't have gone to a more deserving person. Many thanks, Kim, I'm so happy you stumbled across my artwork one day so long ago.

Closeups of the work: [link]

Deluna is a commission and © to Kim Rogers, this image is NOT to be used by anyone else for any other purpose without my permission.
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Svetoslawa Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2018
cranberrycorners Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2017
Very emotional and well done .
Cederien Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2015
As amazing as it's touching. Whatever you invested into it sure paid.
Gilbert-LesMis Featured By Owner May 27, 2015  Hobbyist Artist
(WOW!! I words)
AkariHotaruSendo Featured By Owner May 26, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Beautiful work! Really love this pic!!
lostdog2 Featured By Owner May 2, 2015
beautiful work.  keep doing these.  
DWestmoore Featured By Owner May 2, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Eleynah Featured By Owner May 2, 2015  Student Digital Artist
oh this is so, so stunning! I really have no words for this. I always love these kind of full scenes that are drawn and I admire your colour pencil work on this. Everything fits perfect. I love this. <3 How did you blend the colours so well?

You have touched a warriors heart with this piece.

The caption, the illustration, everything about it is amazing. 

Zenie250 Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2014  Student Artist
DBRv6 Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2014
well done
clemclem95 Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2013
her face is incredibly well done, the sadness can clearly be seen on it. Very nice work !
LilyBayer Featured By Owner May 16, 2013  Professional General Artist
This is one I can't :+fav: without saying anything - I have a lot of respect for you and for the quality of the piece. The level of detail is fantastic and it's one of the few pieces I've ever seen on dA that I'd seriously consider buying. Perhaps once I have the funds and am able to decide on a finish, I'll have to go through with it.

Thank you for putting your time and effort into making such an awesome piece of work! :thumbsup:
Zephyri Featured By Owner May 17, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you for taking the time to leave such a lovely comment. Always hugely appreciated!
LilyBayer Featured By Owner May 17, 2013  Professional General Artist
You're very welcome! :highfive:
Kingofblades2 Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2013
you are good.
SeeKaz Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2013
amazing... like Joan of arc
bzylman Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2013
Can I use this piece as a illustration for a low cost booklet to illustrate the spell "Last Rites" for my book called Ceremonies and Rites, that is in production?
Zephyri Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Hi, many thanks for asking, but as this was a private commissions of someone elses character, I'd ask that you don't use it in your publication. Many thanks, :)
bzylman Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2013
It would be hard to say how many. I am guessing only a couple of dozen would be sold. For sure under 100. But if you don't want me to use it with a copyright notice and a pointer to your deviant art site, I will not. It would possibly be good exposure for you, and my thoughts were that it would be a win/win for all parties. Based upon your response however, I will find another image to use.
thegreatchimp Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Very emotional and thought provoking picture, especially with the foreword.
Grace-in-Leather Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2013
A beautiful picture... it evokes so many emotions, and thoughts about war. The dead soldiers all seem to be resting so peacefully... but you know they each had to die a very violent and bloody death in order to be at peace. What was it all for?
Zephyri Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Very much the kind of emotions I wanted to get across.. and to have a healer, who has to deal with it all in the middle. Thank you for the kind words!
SteamDwarf Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2013
very nice job! love it
Adebel Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2012
Very touching !
enerai Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This is truly amazing :heart:
requiem-at-saturday Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
This is so much brilliant. I dont quite find words.
Random-Nessie Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2012
It's so poignant...Great job!
lucas1h020 Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2012
this reminds me Joanna D'Arc
Velolciraptor Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2012  Student
Impressive! As others have said, beautiful attention to detail. I'd love to hear more about the work process, and what references you used (if any). Parts of their armour look a bit roman to me, but I might be overanalyzing. I'm not really familiar with grey card either. Did you create the smoke in the background by leaving out space or is that coloured as well?

I'll have to stop myself before this turns into a rant, but one final thing... I'm kind of bummed that you didn't show Deluna's hands in the closeup, because they are really well done. Definitely my favorite part of the picture, and the bright red strip of cloth she's holding makes them feel very central. Caught my eye right away.

Anyway, your dedication really shows. I'll be watching you.
Zephyri Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you for such an in depth comment! There were a bunch of references used for this, mostly stock images from dA, as it's such a great resource! Certainly the main three figures were referenced, though none of them were wearing armor - most of that is half imagined half-referenced, in so much as I probably looked as a bunch of armor and then went about creating my own versions - hence the reason there's a little roman-esque skirting among the mostly full plate and chain mail. I suspect I came at it more from a fantastical than historical point of view, so forgive me for any major historical blunders with the armor! And glad you like the hands, surprised I didn't include them in the closeups too... maybe they caused me enough trouble that I didn't include them as punishment :) Really appreciate the time you took to comment, thank you!
ShaneMurray Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2012
Great piece. I love it when the art tells a story well. [link]
dashinvaine Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2012
I took the liberty of including this in a joural feature here... [link]
MndaScott Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2012  Student General Artist
You're attention to detail is awe-inspiring- an absolute masterpiece.
Eollica Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2012
Would you let me use this image as a header for my forum?
I will give the rightful credit to it, if you let me, ofc.
Zephyri Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Hey there! unfortunately this is one of the few images in my gallery I don't allow people to repurpose, even without changing, as it was a private commission of someone's character, and as such I'm not comfortable with others using it. I really do appreciate you asking though. If there are any other images you'd like to use in my gallery, please note me :)
Eollica Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2012
Ok :'/ dang. I sort of imagined i couldnt, but reeeally love that image, its awesome! congratz about it :) and I'll look up, if i do I shall let you know :) Thanks for the attention!
badlilmunkee Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Your talent with the use colored pencils is absolutely amazing.

Such gorgeous detailing.

I am truly blown away with what you are able to do with colored pencils.
Zephyri Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you very much :)
Patriartis Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Every now and then you stumble onto a piece of art which reminds you that digital doesn't necessarily have to be better. I'm sure you could produce an impressive version on photoshop as well, but I doubt it would speak to me like this one does. I hate to repeat what others have said, but this is hands down one of the most impressive works of art I've seen =)
Zephyri Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you very much! I've seen digital pieces that elicit the same kind of response, but there is definitely something about traditional that feels more visceral somehow, not sure why. Either way, I'm glad you like the piece.
Flaggle Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2012
C-c-colored pencil??? This... is colored pencil!? :O You are amazing, you get a favorite, a llama, and a watch!
Listens2Tunes Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
this is one the best pieces of art i've ever seen. in the history of forever
Zephyri Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Aw, thank you!
Listens2Tunes Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
its an amazing work of art.
Peanut111 Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2012
I don't know what I love more, the drawing or the writing. I'm an artist/writer myself, but you're better than me at both.
LadyElka Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2011   Traditional Artist
This is absolutely amazing, especially for colored pencil work. It's just so profoundly sad... there's just such a sense of loss and tragedy to this picture. I know it's old, but still, it's impressive.
CyberYoshi Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2011
This is possibly the best traditional art picture I have ever seen! This is so magnificent!!!!
MaevesChild Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
This is beautiful. I love the detail. How large a piece is this?
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