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Cras - Show me how this story ends by Laitma Cras - Show me how this story ends by Laitma


...And I'm standing here with a gun pointed at your forehead and your hands on my hands and my finger on the trigger and--
You're smiling.
Because this is it.
This is the end.

["C'mon, Raph... show me how this story ends."]


-Cras, the Storyteller and the Suicide.

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I'm a little exhausted right now because I just painted this whole picture, start to finish (26 hours or so) in three days, and just in time to slide it under the contest deadline, so, uh. If I'm incoherent I'm sorry.

Anyway.
Wow.
I kind of still can't believe this is done. I've been meaning to draw this picture for years and years--it was one of my life's goals, actually, to one day be good enough to do this scene justice. And now, well. It's no sign that I'm at the top, clearly; I had to pose 3D models to figure out the proportions in a challenging perspective shot like this, and to build the composition I had in mind, but. I'm pretty proud of this (particularly Tobias, and his blond hair) and I just, I hope the emotion comes across, if even the slightest bit. ♥

For those who've watched me grow through all the years or only now stopped to watch, thanks for letting me spin my stories. Words really can't describe how grateful I am to everyone who's supported me.

And of course, thanks indefinitely to ~progo and ~Devonition for dealing with me as I stressed and whined and painted this up. You guys are amazing.

Raphael (left) and Tobias (right) are from my story, Cras.

Photoshop CS5 and a touch of PaintTool SAI.
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DaGrblz Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2013  Student General Artist
You
you are amazing
Now I feel guilty for being absent from dA for so long XD I've missed so much greatness from you! (I am definitely lacking some vocabulary here)
Swoooon~~~
And well now I know I'm not the only one who would use 3D models to ref off of! (Though I kinda just started so I'm just on heads for now)
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Laitma Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2013  Student General Artist
Well, I always have trouble connecting the head to the damn shoulders, so... xD But mmmn, that's cool to know, I feel like I saw some of that in your comic! C:

and psssssssshhhh thank you so much for commenting on my stuff, waaah you're so sweeettt~ ;A; ;A; ;A;
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DaGrblz Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2013  Student General Artist
Ohh you are right~~~~ Only for Xavier though, I'm lazy and haven't gotten to modeling anyone else XD
Ahh why wouldn't someone comment on your stuff though ;e;
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Laitma Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2013  Student General Artist
A-A-Aaaaaaaaaah, i-it's just, just, I feel bad if people are stuck with like, a backlog of my updates or whatever and need to feel inclined to go through them, there's really no need! ;0;
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PagodaComics Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2013  Student General Artist
Wow, it's really a good job on the pose, the angle and the perspective - it all makes it really effective!
I'm glad you pushed yourself to do this!!!
Tobias's defeated, broken pose shows clearly and I can sense the tension from rapahel, how he doesn't want to do this yet it's clear from the image that there is no other way (appereantly, but somehow my mind refuses to accept this - not until I see it, I will keep hoping for sth else to happen. I'm terrible I know XD)
You did well on this image! Ihope to see more!
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Laitma Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2013  Student General Artist
Hahahahah, I'm sorry I'm such a heart-breaker!! You can hope though, we'll still see, who knows how Raphael will really choose to end this~ ;D

Thank you so much for the super-kind comment, I really did work hard on this so I'm really glad that it paid off~ :heart:
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PagodaComics Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2013  Student General Artist
Yes, yes, maybe he can fix it somehow! :icondragonnodplz:
XD;

You are welcome, it shows! :3
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Yutaki Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
OH MY GOD!
THIS is SO INTENSE!
It has a great feeling to it I actually get goosebumps looking at it! QAQ
I love Tobias' hair and his expression ashjsdjfg!!
I also really love the hands and the general shading of the skin!
Wow, I think this really is one of my favorite illustrations by you!
Especially considering the excerpt of Cras again, as I already said once I love your illustrations to your own stories! >w<
And in another note: WOW 26 hours straight drawing this! I'm so impressed! But watch your health okay?^^
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Laitma Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2012  Student General Artist
AAAAAHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH~ :heart: Ohmygosh darling thank you soooooo much for this comment, you really have no idea what this means to me~ ;-; You've been watching over Cras and my work for so long, so to hear that this is one of your fav illustrations from me, gosh, that just, that means the world to me, THANK YOU so much dear~ ;-; ;-; ;-; :heart:
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Yutaki Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
AWWWWW QWQ
Absolutely no problem at all! ^0^
I'm just speaking my mind here! x3
Cras really is my favorite story by you and I always LOVE seeing illustrations to it QwQ They make me happy sad xD You know the feeling when something is beautiful and it makes you happy but sad because the meaning of it is just heart-breaking? Yeah that feeling QwQ
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