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The End Or Just The Beginning? by SaffuranLoL The End Or Just The Beginning? by SaffuranLoL
Finally.. after what seems like forever I finally finished my entry to :iconchibi-metal:'s and :iconrina-the-arctic-fox:'s contest. Sorry for the long wait but I was trying to finish everything up with Zai and make the background flow as well as deciding which version of the final piece to forward. The work seems well worth it as I knew that no matter which version was picked by me and the few I asked going forward, it was still going to be my best picture, quality wise, yet.

Instead of choosing the straightforward music approach to the contest, I chose the symbolic option, since I like embracing challenges. The original song of inspiration for this work was The Beginning is the End is the Beginning as pointed out by the name of the deviation. The meaning under this inspiration was the concept that from life comes death and from death brings life, in a cycle. Two polar opposites can in turn be linked through such an occurrence, whether it be directly or indirectly. The background I guess could resemble and symbolize the inner workings of a clock or a time more celestial. The references to "blasts" in the song illuminated by bursts of light in the picture itself. Insuperable in alone and bound together if not by physical means then in ways not seen by the basic eye.

As I worked a secondary song also sort of gained some meaning, at least in Sorrow's behalf by name. Hand of Sorrow ties in loosely with the "End" meaning of the prior song. Ravished and perhaps bound elsewhere by songs end. But again it really only pertains loosely and with Sorrow.

The Beginning is the End is the Beginning (The Smashing Pumpkins) MP3- [link]

Hand of Sorrow (Within Temptation) MP3- [link]

Zai Luxuria the Demon :: :iconrina-the-arctic-fox:

Sorrow the Hedgehog :: :iconchibi-metal:

Art :: :iconallbowdown:


Note: This is the boldened version of this piece, I had a soft version that contended with this to be the main release but it lost. I will upload it to the scrapbook in due time.
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:iconkenshikun121:
KenshiKun121 Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2011  Hobbyist
wow that came out really good nice job on making sonic fan art
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SaffuranLoL Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks. S' a fun hobby so I do my best to make it look good. xD
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KenshiKun121 Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2011  Hobbyist
That's the best part about it
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callmecat127 Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2010
omg nice love it
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skulker87 Featured By Owner May 18, 2009
sounds a lot as AVP2
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SaffuranLoL Featured By Owner May 18, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks, I think. ^^;
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Warzak Featured By Owner May 10, 2009
That's Epic Win there my friend. I love the colour use and how it finally ended. Amazing is not even word enough for what you have accomplished. As I'm always stunned just viewing this marvel epic picture. Love it, and puts it in my fav list. ^^
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Aggressiveth Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2009
I figure it's about time I got off my ass and commented on this, since it is a truly amazing piece of work.

The lighting on this picture simply blew me away when I first saw this. The amount of detail that has gone in to giving a definite light source looks spectacular. The shading is just amazing.

Both characters look great and I'm really liking the idea behind it. What more can I really say about this man? It looks fantastic and I wish you the best of luck in the contest. If this doesn't at least get a place I'd be shocked, because it definitely deserves it.
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SaffuranLoL Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Yeah... ABOUT TIME!!! angry face...

xD

Like I've always said man, the coloring portion of all my work is what I strive to do well. The lining, yeah it has to be good, but when people see pictures they generally decide to like it or not based on the overall shininess. And I think I made a shiny!

Glad you like it and think I deserve somethin for it. We can hope I do well, the couple of weeks delay has given way to a few more strong entries so that luck will definitely be needed just for me to grab any of the top 3 spots. So.. here's to hoping that goes well. ^^
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MariahAcorn Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2009
Great work, I don't know what to say. ovo
I really like your coloring style, it's nice and clean, reminds me a bit of =Chibi-Metal's herself *cough*
Anyway.. I like the whole idea of symbolizing a kind of circle of life with this. And if course it kinda reminds me of a playing card xD *played to much cards with friends today* Yay~ next will be the exclusive =Chibi-Metal and =Rina-the-Arctic-Fox card game~ *bricked*
Okay just ignore me... ovo;
I would've been very interested in what a work leaning onto Hand of Sorrow would've looked like, especially as I really like that song and often thought of Sorrow when listening to it (as Anne and I did so often witht he most different songs containing our characters' names) xD
But this one's great as well. Good luck on the contest. :3
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SaffuranLoL Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Sorry for the long delay on the reply.

It's hard to deny that I have definitely been influenced by Chibi Metal and a few others in my work over the past year, but I still like to add my own creative touches because I need my own elements in my work and I know I'm definitely not at that level of artistry yet (Being as good as Chibi M that is.)

I'm happy you like the concept. When given the motivation, I really don't like to be straightforward with things because simply drawing a picture to a random song or drawing off a stereotypically easy to mirror song isn't my style. Because to me, this contest is about 3/4 art and 1/4 concept.. so if I have no concept I basically get a C no matter how good the actual work is.

It would be interesting to see a card game xD and I can see how this sort of reminds some of that sort of styling. Nah I wont ignore you.

HoS really is a good song and I admit I only tagged it in as a secondary song since I was listening to it a lot as I worked and it seemed to have at least a lukewarm connection to what I was doing. Funny thing too, I guess we all like listening to songs with our characters names in them, at least a bit.

Really happy you like it and thanks for the luck, I'm gonna need it. ^^
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MariahAcorn Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2009
I fully understand what you mean. Drawing a random picture of characters singing or drawing something that's very obvious in the theme of a song is something everyone could do and it might get a bit... well.. boring.
Anyway, you're welcome :3
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Sgirl999 Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2009
Really good job on this! :D i don't know how im going to top that -.-
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SaffuranLoL Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks, happy ya like it. ^^

And whatever ya do, that April 1st deadline is closing fast.
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Sgirl999 Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2009
Ur welcome! i hope u get a place in the contest. I just need to finish mine on photoshop -.- I would at least like third place but i don't think that will happen ^^;
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xWraithx Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2009
Wow. This is epically remarkable work and you have obviously put in a lot of work and such.

The aura, atmosphere ad symolism really is amazing. The shading, neat lines and placing of auras has obviously been done with such care and the poses coming out of one another really is a touch of originality.

I like the contrasting colours- namely calmer blue surrounding Sorrow and the red around Zai. Ties with their converse expressions as well. The intricate details on the characters are also highly noteworthy.

All in all, excellent composition and reflective of the title.
Nice one mate! :+fav:
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SaffuranLoL Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
My hands hurt a bit when I was done. ^^;

Really happy you like it. I wanted to try a ton of new things in the same pic and this was the end result. I found the contest to be a real motivator for me to jump a few detail rungs and really go in trying to be as precise as possible at the time. I wanted it to be the best I could possibly muster because the plan.. whether or not I win, was to do something special for me and a couple friends, so I was making something not only for me but them as well.

I'm happy that the concept worked out well for you and everyone else who has expressed optimism about this work, and win or not, all of the support for it really means a lot to me. I can only hope that the complexity, ideas, and execution are enough to carry this into a top 3 spot.

Thanks very much for the compliments, and I will definitely be trying to top and match it in the future. =3
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ZekukN Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
awesome job
i can tell that you put a lot of work into this piece
luv the creativity
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SaffuranLoL Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you and yeah I had to put a lot of creativity in to even have a shot at winning. Though I'm still waiting for the April 1st deadline I'm just hoping I do well with this pic. ^^

And since I didn't quite time it or write up a rough.. I'd say this one was at least.. 30-40 hours of work, only because it spanned so many days. ^^;
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PanicTopaz Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2009
:wow: this is amazing :D nicely done indeed
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SaffuranLoL Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks. xD
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Sakaki-Hatake Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2009
This ones a winner!
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SaffuranLoL Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I hope so. XD


Thanks.
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Sakaki-Hatake Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2009
Yup! Good luck!
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Darklinksminion Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2009
whoa thats really good O_O
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SaffuranLoL Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks. ^^
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DeathR34PER Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2009
Wow, this is really outstanding work there! It's very awesome that too, I like it!
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SaffuranLoL Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks, really happy ya like it. x3
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DeathR34PER Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2009
You're welcome. ^^
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Terror-the-Hedgehog Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2009
Said it before and ill say it again:

EPICLY AWESOME! Great work Bowie-Sir!
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SaffuranLoL Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
xD Thanks Norm. ^^
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P0pp3tM4st3r Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2009   Photographer
Awesome job :D
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SaffuranLoL Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks. ^^
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Blade487Shad Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2009
This is incredible! =^.^=
im sure you'll win! :3
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SaffuranLoL Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I can only hope, everyone entering wants to win and until decisions are made in April we all have an equal shot. And beyond what is already there I can only expect other competitive entries to come along.

I hope I win, but there's never any guarantees until it is all over. ^^
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Blade487Shad Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2009
What I think matters is the effort you put into it, which is incredbly cool! *crosses fingers hoping you win* ^^
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SaffuranLoL Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
^^ Thank you.
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Zombaholic Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2009   Digital Artist
They should go through the portal one at a time. It makes it easier
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SaffuranLoL Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
It would!
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Dykrentsu Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2009
woah, this is some loverly work.
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SaffuranLoL Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Happy ya like it. ^^
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ShadowRyghas Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
It's great and the details are so flawless. Aye, I wish I could do something like this, but I can't, especially at this point in my life. It's one of your best pieces if not your best and I hope you keep this up.
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SaffuranLoL Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Happy ya like it, and keeping it up is definitely somethin I'll be trying to do.
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ShadowRyghas Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Well you better keep it up or I'm gonna have to give you shitloads of pepsi to keep ya goin, dude, cuz stopping is NOT an option >.>
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Untamed-Wolf Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2009   Traditional Artist
This is one of the best pieces of art I've ever seen in my time on dA, honestly. The line-art is so tightly detailed, the colouring and lighting excellent, and there's even a meaning of sorts behind it. I can't think of anything more you need haha =D It's really the neatness that impresses me most. I'm a sucker for that. Especially since I'm a messy artist at best. From the effort you've put in, I'd say you have a good chance of winning. :)
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SaffuranLoL Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
You need not look far to see better but I'm happy that all the time and effort I've thrown into this has been recognized. I thank you and everyone else touting it for making me feel like it was time well spent. ^^

I can only hope I win, but I know that it wont be easy. Especially as the due date draws closer.
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Untamed-Wolf Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2009   Traditional Artist
Just don't enter Terror's competition, hahaha xD
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SaffuranLoL Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
The agreement between me and him is that if I don't enter that I help him judge, I think that I'll listen to you and opt to help him judge. x3
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Untamed-Wolf Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2009   Traditional Artist
I've done judging, now I'm supposed to enter D;
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BrainiacTheHedgehog Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2009
Just GREAT! The picture has nice composition and symmetry I like that most and your character are awesome sorry I didn't read the whole comment, just in a lil hurry but seriously its great :iconthumbsupplz:
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