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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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Laitma Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2013  Student General Artist
Hahahahah, that's my favorite feeling ever, I'm such a terrible person~ xD
But ahhhhhhhh thank you so much for loving Cras so much, I'm so honored~ ;-;
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Yutaki Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Mine too xD
No problem, honestly I have to thank you for showing me such interesting stories QwQ
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Laitma Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2013  Student General Artist
;-; ;-; ;-;

Thank YOU for loving them, that's always been my life's goal, if even just a handful of people enjoy or love my stories, then I'm good, that's all I could ever want~ ;-; :heart:
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Yutaki Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Awww QwQ
:tighthug:
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thecapturedspy Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Holy crap, wow *_* Tobias' hair, omggggg and the lighting on his face (and the angle of his face!), just, ahhh this whole scene is so intense and beautifully done!!!
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Laitma Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2012  Student General Artist
Ahhhhhhhhhhhhhh, thank you, thank you!!! ;A; I'm so happy to hear that you liked this, I'm glad my hard work paid off~ ;-; Yeah, I really love the way Tobias came out, heheheheh, his hair in particular, and his face too~ so thank youuuuuuuuuuuuu~!!! :heart:
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CerberusLives Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Wow Lai, stunning use of shadow and perspective here! Brilliant sense of 'tangibility' here too, if that's the right word =P I can feel how tightly he's gripping the gun and the other dude's arm. Great stuff!
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Laitma Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2012  Student General Artist
Awwwwwwwwww, thank you so much for all your comments dude, you're the best! ;-; :heart:
I do have to admit, I'm pretty proud of how those hands came out~ :D
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Aeovis Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
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Laitma Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2012  Student General Artist
ASDGFLHJDFKLHKL??? ;-;
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Aeovis Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
NO, THE GOOD KIND.
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Laitma Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2012  Student General Artist
GOOD KEYBOARD SMASHES, OK

But yes thank you ;-;
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Aeovis Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
OH MY GODD THAT ICON
And you're welcome ; w ;
I will give a better comment when I'm not DYING like I have been the past week and a million
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Laitma Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2012  Student General Artist
Gyahahahahah, ohman it's fine, I know the feeling, so don't worry and just focus on your work!!
I'm really glad you dropped by and commented though; I missed hearing from you and seeing your work! <:')
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Aeovis Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I THINK. I'm gonna try to use DA more again. My friends are going to make fun of me, but oh well. I'8
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Laitma Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2012  Student General Artist
Pffffffft, wh-why would they make fun of you??? xD
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MelodicMadness Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Oh wow, This is just... wow!! The emotions, perspective, the coloring, and the scene are just stunning. You've improved so much since I started watching you. I love seeing what new things you can do ;w;
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Laitma Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2012  Student General Artist
asfgjklhjk /blubbers incoherently
Awwwwwwwwwwwwwwww ohmygosh seriously thank you so much for the comment, you've no idea what that means to me. ;-; I'm trying my hardest to improve and change and get better a-and I'm just so grateful that it shows, a-a-and just, gosh, thank you so much for being with me all these years, thank youuuuu~!! ;-; :heart:
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MelodicMadness Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
You're welcome <3 I'm glad it means a lot :) I can't wait to see what else you do!
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calmnivore Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2012  Student Digital Artist
aaaaa SCREAMS THE RENDERING ON THE SHIRTS AND THE LIGHTING FFFFF GORGEOUSSSS
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Laitma Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2012  Student General Artist
AAAAAAAHHHHHHHHHHHHHH
CALM THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR YOUR COMMENT WEH I WAS TOTALLY WINGING THE CLOTHES I'M GLAD IT LOOKS GOOD??? ;A;
/screams with
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disrhythmic Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2012
Holy crap this is gorgeous. :love:
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Laitma Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2012  Student General Artist
Thankee!! :heart::heart:
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disrhythmic Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2012
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The-G Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2012
The perspective on this is amazing. Errr-mazing. :faint: The colours are as genius as usual, regardless of what you might think. :| But the perspective really stands out. Adds so much depth to the picture. It's like you're standing in the room watching this happen and then wanting to run away because someone has pulled out a gun. :clap:
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Laitma Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2012  Student General Artist
Ahhhhhhhhhhhhh th-th-thank you, G! ;-;
It's alright though, there won't be any casualties, only suicides here. xD
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Devonition Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2012
I've already seen the two from the preliminary stages. The thing that catches my eye this time is the ground! omg you make wonderful textures, AND YOU DO IT WITH A PENCIL TOOL WERKGMMMMMMMMMMRGGGGGGHHHHARGHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH /shot
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Laitma Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2012  Student General Artist
NOOOOOOOOO no I only STARTED with the pencil tool in this one, to lay down my basic values and colors. I went over it all with a finer brush xD

BUT SERIOUSLY DEVO thanks so much for putting up with my OCD need to check like my every brushstroke and canvas crop while I was working on this lmao;;;
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Devonition Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2012
ohhh. oh gotcha XD

and ANYTIME~ C:
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JaguarGal Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2012  Student General Artist
I don't have the time to read your story right now (since I'm supposed to be putting together my portfolio for a review tomorrow), but this picture definitely makes me want to.

This piece is SO striking. There is an intense amount of emotion that emanates from the work, and I can certainly tell that there was a lot of thought and patience behind it. All of the details in it...the expressions, the way each character's body is positioned and held...build up these immense feeling, of tension, of pain, of sadness.

I am truly staggered by your work here. I have tears in my eyes.

Congratulations on accomplishing a goal you so long awaited. :heart:
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Laitma Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2012  Student General Artist
Oh gosh, thank you so much for this ridiculously kind comment, ahh! You said everything I hoped to hear--there is a TON of emotion behind this piece, in the story I wanted to tell with it and with how long that story's sat with me, and I'm really, absolutely, INSANELY happy that someone else can also feel that emotion. Thank you so very very much for this comment! :heart:

(Also, best of luck to your portfolio review!!! I know the feeling, I've been doing the same thing myself lately~ xD)
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JaguarGal Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2012  Student General Artist
You're very welcome, and I'm glad that I could make you happy by sharing my thoughts. :)
Your hard work and the time you put into both pieces (written and illustrated) really shows!

Thanks for the luck wishes! It went alright ^^;
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Laitma Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2012  Student General Artist
Gosh this is such a belated reply--but thank you so very very much, that means so much to me, I really do spend all my free time working on my stories, so-!! :heart:
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tintoraneko Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2012  Professional General Artist
I second the photo comment. I thought it was a photo too by thumbnail.
Good luck! If anyone could benefit from this contest it's you!
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Laitma Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2012  Student General Artist
Awwwwwwwwww, hahahahah, thank you so much dear!!
And hahahaahh, yeah, classes are just perfect for me, eh?? I just figured, hahah, why not submit?!? So many prizes!! *o*
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balnibarbi Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Lai I

I'm

I thought this was a photo at first but I

I just

You have made me speechless. I don't know what to say.

Bravo.
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Laitma Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2012  Student General Artist
Awwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwww B-B-Balniii~~~ I, I just, all of my feelings, Balni. ;-;
AND MAN I THOUGHT OF YOU A LOT WHILE I WAS WORKING ON THIS, HAHAHAH. ALL "I wish I knew how to express emotions like Balni! I hope she likes this, since she knows the story behind it too", a-and, ahhhh seriously, thank you thank you for always being so nice to me. ;-; :heart:
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balnibarbi Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
;;; ________ ;;; <3 I'm not being nice yo i'm just calling it how i see it. Both personally and professionally I am impressed.
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Laitma Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2012  Student General Artist
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Shnanakin Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
.............................ahmygurd .________________.

you just keep getting better and better and better!!!!!!!!!!!!!

;-;
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