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The Partisan of Pine Ridge by KalahariFox The Partisan of Pine Ridge by KalahariFox
A little action scene :) With her brother around, it seemed unlikely to Jodi that she would ever have to worry about taking up arms. As refugees, Levi could provide for the both of them while staying clear of occupying forces, and this was a good enough life for the time being. It was unthinkable that he could be captured and taken to an internment camp, yet Jodi found herself alone, gripped with the guilt that her brother might have sacrificed himself for her sake. Even if it really wasn't her fault, the young vixen made it her ardent mission to see Levi set free. There was no advantage in fighting an infantry droid head-on, so Jodi put all her effort into attacking the weak spots up close, where no one should have been so audacious to strike.

This one took a while... And unfortunately the paper I chose for this work was too lightweight, which translated into difficulties with marker work :P The paper is still mostly flat and not saturated to the point of distortion as was the case with "Solitaire"! I tried a few different coloring techniques here, including (what I hoped would be) more bold secondary lighting, perhaps most noticeably in the electric glow. This is something I hope to learn much more about in future drawings. I also had the opportunity to design some sort of robotic soldier (actually, quite a new experience!) and the camouflage on his Kevlar-covered armor plating.

Pen and colored marker on 11x14" paper.
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Given 2013-04-05
The Partisan of Pine Ridge by ~KalahariFox ( Suggested by Azzedar-san and Featured by KovoWolf )
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wolfblue13 Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2014
a badass girl
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Tdf666 Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2014
This is badass.
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PokeyFluffytail Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2013
Kinda reminds me of Turok 64. c:

Just with robits instead of Dinosaurs. x3
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KalahariFox Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Love that game :D
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PokeyFluffytail Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2013
Me too ^.^
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Wulfspider Featured By Owner May 9, 2013
And that's for all those "aw lookit the cute wittle foxy" comments!
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spsmith22 Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2013
interesting
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Angie-Pictures Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2013
Beautiful work! Congratulations on the DD! :iconflowerheartplz:
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Crisjofreart Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2013  Professional General Artist
Hey congratulations on your DD Kal!!
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:iconjonkin:
JonKin Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Incredible work with emphasis on the action!
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Angelus-tenebris Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2013
pretty cool nice work on the mech[link]
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2bcooper Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
:iconamazingplz:
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Debinoresu Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
It's a lovely picture, but I've never been a big fan of anthro stuff, because the breasts always look off and the only thing I can think of is "that animal isn't supposed to have breasts." I know it's a style-art-type thing or whatever, so I'm not going to judge for it. Coloring is wonderful! Really impressive.
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KalahariFox Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks, I appreciate it! :D
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Agent-Eli Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
This is dynamic. Like the coloring and details
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FireballStardraco Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2013
Beautiful work here, the whole scene is amazing and the story behind this is brilliant, it has caught my interest and I like the sound of it too :).
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KalahariFox Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks, I'm happy for that! :D
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CookieMonsterChan Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2013  Student
Hairy boobs.
I love it.
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oldblueford Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Could easily be a video game.
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:iconkalaharifox:
KalahariFox Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I would LOVE to see it :D
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oldblueford Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Hey, you know Pine Ridge is a real place, right? It's a small town in South Dakota. I looked it up, to see if it was real. It actually looks like it could be a refugee camp.
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oldblueford Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
You and me both :)
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Quikanims Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
This pic looks like pictures I would usually see in a Brer Rabbit storybook. Btw is this water coloring?
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KalahariFox Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This was all done with colored marker and pen (with a little bit of white gel pen for highlights). :)
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BubbleWolf Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2013   General Artist
Congrats on the DD Kalahari! This image deserves it so very much :D!
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KalahariFox Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks BW :) It was a true delight!
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artboy-2 Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Nice and congrats for the DD and I love her body!
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KalahariFox Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks! :D
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artboy-2 Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Sure!
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Schiraki Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Congratulation for the DD! :D
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KalahariFox Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Hey, thanks Schiraki! :)
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ShockWaveX2 Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2013
Congratulations on the daily deviation. :clap:
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KalahariFox Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks! :D
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ShockWaveX2 Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2013
You're very welcome. :)
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kaburninator Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2013
Wowiez!
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s0larclaw812 Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2013
Wow, that's bright! 8D
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TheGalleryOfEve Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Congratulations on your well-deserved DD!!! :iconflyingheartsplz::iconlainloveplz: :iconflyingheartsplz: :clap::clap::clap:
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KalahariFox Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks! :D
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TheGalleryOfEve Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
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atram95 Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
Your draw is Magnificent!! Congratulation I love it!!
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KalahariFox Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks :D
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Grashcoy Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2013
From a certain point of view this realy is a very fascinating picture, I believe I should break into the subject by first making criticism of what it is aesthetically and then to make an observation of what it represents and what can be interpreted from every element on it.

I think you did a decent job overall with the robot soldier, I believe its colours (the mechanical parts that is) realy contrast well with the environment you placed as background, which was also very nicely done, now the camouflage doesn't seem complete in the sense that I don't believe it hid the soldier very well in the environment, even a novice could have found it, but I believe for what you described these soldiers don't realy need much camouflage if they are that dangerous, so the camouflage wasn't the point of the soldier, but the actual machine, It was designed with fascinating weapon features, and antenae, its face is rather too simplistic, but I guess it needed to be an armored part. Oh and kudos for the text on the robot it seems like a computarized text with burrowed elements from the greek and cyrilic alphabets, realy cool.

Now to the background, I'd be lying to you if I said it had no flaws, but it was very well done, considering the fact that the emphasis here was on the characters, still a very welcome thing is the variety you gave to the background: the design of the trees, the particularity of the flowers, the dragonfly and the time of the day of course. The background accomplished its objective to reflect a natural environment that is essencial to what this picture means.

Regarding the main character of this picture, I must say you did an excellent job at her anatomy and her military gear makes a lot of sense given the situation represented here, that includes the knife, the pants, etc, realy good, also interesting is the two feathers, it gives a native feeling to it particularly native american. This anthro character was very well crafted, it is possible to see the rage on her face everything there was done impressively well, the ears, the eyes, the teeth, the pose, etc, very great expression, the female elements of her design were also aproached very carefully and the six pack was intentional given the conditions of the setting, also it is important to note that the red fox elements were also very well adapted to her design, the tail, the fur which realy looks realistic especially on her belly where her attack pose makes it fold, the only detail I find wasn't that well was her feet, though that is very contingent given the fact it realy doesn't matter wether she should be plantigrade or digitigrade and a similar argument could be made for her hands, I think it isn't realy worth discussing that and it doesn't realy affect the picture. Finaly her hairstyle is realy fascinating it makes you wonder how did she get it.

Now to my opinion on what it represents as whole:

The description story you gave to the character helps in setting the proper mood to approach the picture, since it is a war setting and it is possible to understand the motivations of the character. The robot soldier is an imposing threat and the size difference between ithe characters makes the viewer realize how tough the opponent is and the point of the picture I belive is to represent the battle between the organic and the cybernetic, which can derive into various particular subjects from deforestation to global warming and endangered species with reagards to industrialization and progress in a very subtle and metaphoric manner.

However I believe the picture can also be taken from a realistic and scientific point of view without such colorful metaphors; for instance it isn't a farfetched idea that of robotic soldiers, as a matter a fact these are already being developed by major powers and there are very interesting questions regarding what would it mean to have armies replaced by robots in the sense that war might not be humanized anymore but with the contrast that no more lives may be placed under risk to accomplish military objectives but there's also the fear that errors may appear causing accidents and even into the point of "Would machines take over the world?" which has already been discussed to death, on this picture the robotic precense is displayed as an occupying force and as a consecuence as the opressor, even though I believe machines won't take over, wether I belive it or not is irrelevant and it serves well as a meditation of what may come say 100 years from now.

But of course we also have an interesting guest on this picture, the main character of the picture, the audacity of her character is well represented by making her a vixen and probably she appeared in other pictures as well, but in my opinion the relevant point is the fact that she is an anthropomorphic character, let's set aside, for the momment, your story and let's focus in the possibilities of something that is called parahuman research, medical research has been delving into human/animal chimeras created for the purpose of extracting stem cells for research, it's been done during the last decade as an attractive alternative to human embryo stem cell research in countries where it is ilegal or where it has proven to be easy at genetic engineering to study the nature of DNA and the possibility of creating enhancements for human use say from here to 50 years at least, however there are two factors that have some less than 50% chance of twisting this into another direction, one is the market which it is impossible to predict what would in a 100 years be in demand and the other is medical accidents and research accidents, for instance producing parahumans could reach a point where some might develop a social conscience and this could bring humanity back at the point of discrimination, exploitation and the ethical debate of wether to consider them human beings, many would believe they aren't and that could turn into a fascinating crisis in the next century or so, of course only if it happens without politics already interfeering with the issue, somethign that doesn't seem to bother anyone and has passed inadverted for the last decade with almost nobody noticing it.

Finally the meditation ends with the possibility of both scenarios happening and turning this scene into something real in 200 or 300 years from now OR the scenario where we decided it was wrong to try these and nothing happens, as always mathematically it doesn't make much sense trying to predict the future from here to more than 20 years because of ucnertainty.

A very interesting picture, it realy made my brain work again, it would't impress me if you up with something simmilar or even better in the near future, you have talent for this and it has both great aesthetic appeal as intelectual appeal, nicely done!
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KalahariFox Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Hey, thanks a ton for the critique, Grashcoy! This kind of insight and attention to detail is rare, wonderful, and I'm grateful for it :D While I'm not much of an author, I like to draw scenes with stories behind them, and it's awesome so much of the story came through to you in this one. The tension between the industrial and natural worlds (which is full on conflict here) was an important theme to me, and I wanted to make it something a viewer could relate to without it being too stereotypical.

I'm happy even some of the small elements of this drawing caught your eye--right down to the dragonfly :) The critiques you made were all fair, and I think if I had that kind of input more often my skills as an artist would improve dramatically. I'm happy this picture caught your eye!
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Grashcoy Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2013
You're totally welcome, man! And realy if you want critique on anything in particular, then by all means, I like to discuss with the artists the implications and opinions on the subjects that fuel their work as well as the details that make them happen, I consider that to be enlightening and, quite frankly, beneficial at least to me :D

No story or context given to a picture can escape my eye, since every picture that is considered to be good generaly has some sort of story or context to it, very few pictures manage to avoid that and get away being fueled on pure emotion. In this case it could be argued that there is a subtle political message, which is in every picture of this level and nobody can escape that, the environmental message here is all too clear by the very notion of it.

I can't realy say my critique was complete, I ACTUALY forgot the subject of family which also played a role in the motivations of the character that were made clear by the facial expressions, I guess I talked about philosofical and scientific implications of the picture a little bit too much thus forgeting this point. However it all comes down to the opressor which is the machine (the industrial world) and that I did talk about XD

I would also like to make an observation: by whatching your gallery I noticed a pattern that led me to conclude that almost everything you did before this picture led up to it, the nature backgrounds, your style growth, your tools, the weapons and military themes, the female bodies, the foxes, even the evolution of the hairstyles from wigs to a naturaly realistic hairstyle (which is a given to this particular vixen character), added with the revolutionary aspect of the robotic precense that came to disrupt all the concepts and ideas you placed before and reached the conclusion of this picture, this picture transformed all the wonderful concepts and ideas into concrete substance and that is a step forward.

I have to say you should keep building the concepts into substances of this nature more often and challenge yourself with new elements with which you can relate your anthro characters, the machine was a kick, you got your industrial opressor, you have the stage, the characters, the subject and the "villain", you can still build more and not necessarily related to this picture, that would be limiting yourself, take the risks, 'cause in this case it paid off both from the perspective of the natural backgrounds and from the robotic soldier, it breathes life to your characters to make them face especific situations, and you don't need always a new sort of character like the machine here to make the conflict, sometimes the characters alone can be conflicted with background notions.

And well if you have something else in mind and it blows my expectations away, much better, I love it when I'm wrong, with this picture you demonstrated that you certainly can :)

btw, the dragonfly was good, it is much more subtle than a butterfly, which would have ruined this picture like I've seen them ruin many more from other artists, that was realy good, and I see you did one before, that was part of why this works.

And hey, I'm glad my input was of use to you, I'm always happy to help, since I'm a guy who can't draw a thing I might as well put my brain and senses to work, if anything it makes me feel useful here on DA where it is all about art, now guilty pleasures like anthro shouldn't be the 90% focus for me but well each one of us has to get better over time XD at least I'm defocusing on birds and centering on other anthro pics which have realy interesting concepts behind, your robot soldier for instance is part of the transicion to me, by criticizing more different stuff, it helps me, so thank you for that.

PS: sorry for saying so much, I can't help it I almost always do.
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henganskater Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2013  Student Digital Artist
oh, i faved this photo months before the DD. It was a surprise :P
I faved it again xD. Amazing worlk
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KalahariFox Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Faved it again?! Double thanks! :D
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elecxra Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Congratulations of the Daily Deviation! ♥
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KalahariFox Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks! :D
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happyplacestage Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
it rocks, bro!
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RobmanCartoons Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2013  Student General Artist
awesome:D
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