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Death of a Ninja by Shockbolt Death of a Ninja by Shockbolt
This is an illustration done for this weeks friendly art challenge over at [link] , topic being "ending it all"
The story behind it is as follows:

A highly skilled ninja is demanded by his master to assassinate the child of a rivalling lord.

The ninja, old and weary, cannot make himself to do this. And he does not want to go against his Master. He has sent countless souls to their awaiting judgment in the afterlife, but an innocent child...

So he climbs the highest mountain, to get as close to his Gods as he can, before uttering his silent prayers. Hoping he was heard, the ninja drives his sword into his body and silently slips into the afterlife.

I wanted to portray this but still maintaining a peaceful, tranquil feeling over it, even though it shows a suicide.

Painted in several layers, no reference used, spent an evening on this one. Photoshop and a wacom intuos 3 tablet used.

As for using this image, refer to my rules in my journal here: [link]
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:iconoemmao18:
oemmao18 Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Whoa
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:iconbubbamax1990:
bubbamax1990 Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
stunning picture!
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:iconshockbolt:
Shockbolt Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks :)
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:iconjsouza88:
JSouza88 Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Itīs a good day to die...
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:iconnaomi-sama4242564:
Naomi-sama4242564 Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2011
Hell! You're good and you're fast!!! Absolutely amazing!
You have awesome drawing skills; how I wish I were able to do the same...
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:iconshockbolt:
Shockbolt Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Practice, practice and more practice :D
Thank you for the nice comment, and sorry for the late reply :)
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:iconh-r0ck3r:
H-r0ck3r Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2011
Harakiri?
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:iconshockbolt:
Shockbolt Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
yes.
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davonne Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2010  Hobbyist
R.I.P. my fellow shadow
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:iconwiccanvampiress14:
Wiccanvampiress14 Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2008
it's sad but beautiful at the same time, well done!
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:iconshockbolt:
Shockbolt Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
Thank You :-)
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Lil-Miss-Ada Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2008
I love the birds. And I also love how you can make a tragic scene one of peace and beauty as well. Its like he's coming from a dark place into one of light. It's beautiful.
And so is the storyline, as always!
Ada
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:iconshockbolt:
Shockbolt Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2008  Professional Digital Artist
Thank You for the nice comment!
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:iconlil-miss-ada:
Lil-Miss-Ada Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2008
Welcome :)
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:iconwamic:
Wamic Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2008  Student Artist
Vakkert, fabelaktig! Minner meg om the last samurai. Liker hvordan du har greid å få det så fredfullt. stjerne i taket [:
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:iconshockbolt:
Shockbolt Featured By Owner May 1, 2008  Professional Digital Artist
Takker og bukker :-)
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:iconpesire:
pesire Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2008
the collors are amazing, i simply love this pic!
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:iconshockbolt:
Shockbolt Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2008  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks for the nice comment :-)
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:iconpesire:
pesire Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2008
no problem!
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:iconangelssoul:
AngelsSoul Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
wow this is amazing :amazing: I love the color use and concept ^^
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:iconshockbolt:
Shockbolt Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2008  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks AngelsSoul :-)
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AngelsSoul Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
your very welcome ^^
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:iconfredrik-ja:
Fredrik-JA Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2008
Serriøst, dette verket her var fantastisk! Man ser på hele fyren at han har en historie ol. FANTASTISK arbeid!
Ble helt slått ut! hehe :)
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:iconshockbolt:
Shockbolt Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2008  Professional Digital Artist
Takker for feedbacken :-)
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:iconsuperdemon-inuyasha:
Superdemon-Inuyasha Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2007  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
great job!! ^o^
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Carolusclen Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2007
It shows a cense of calm in the air...like it was natural...i love this...i really do. well done
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:iconshockbolt:
Shockbolt Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2007  Professional Digital Artist
Thank You!
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Equinox77 Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2007   Digital Artist
nice work man, i like the colours, peaceful, nice work on the texture of the roks aswell, and the flowers n birds give that finishin touch,
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:iconshockbolt:
Shockbolt Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2007  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks!
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:icontedil:
tedil Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2007  Hobbyist Digital Artist
you didn't use [blending effects]/[layer style] for the rocks, did you?
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:iconshockbolt:
Shockbolt Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2007  Professional Digital Artist
It'll show in the step-by-step guide how it's done. But shortly, it was painted in two layers, the second layer was a blending layer set with bevel and emboss: chisel soft, then black was painted into it using the airbrushtool set to Overlay. After that I used smudge to create the desired texture of the rocks.
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Flocculus Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2007
Yay for suicide!
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:iconshockbolt:
Shockbolt Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2007  Professional Digital Artist
:katana:
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:iconerkil:
Erkil Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2007
I have but one objection. He should have put hes wakisashi in hes belly instead of in hes chest.This way to commit suicide seems a bit difficult. But a nice pic anyway.
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:iconshockbolt:
Shockbolt Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2007  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks for the comment! :-)
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:iconthe-wandering-ranger:
The-Wandering-Ranger Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2007  Hobbyist
beautiful story and completely brilliant artwork
faved! and I dont do so lightly.
well done :)
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:iconshockbolt:
Shockbolt Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2007  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks! Too bad it didn't get too much votes in the contest :-)
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teh-bloodhawk Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2007
Oh, that's painfully beautiful - you did a fantastic job with it. I love the colours especially, and the birds are a nice touch.

Congrats on such a lovely piece! :D :+fav:
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:iconshockbolt:
Shockbolt Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2007  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks! :-)
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:iconkalliahverkauf:
KalliahVerkauf Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2007  Hobbyist General Artist
Awesome detail :33
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:iconareishia:
Areishia Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2007
It looks really cool!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!(faints because she can't belive how beautiful the picture is)
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:iconshockbolt:
Shockbolt Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2007  Professional Digital Artist
*smiles*
Thank You for the nice comment!
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:iconareishia:
Areishia Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2007
Nothing to thank for.
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dapuretdiva Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2007  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
What a depressing picture, litteraly. But nice pic!
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:iconshockbolt:
Shockbolt Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2007  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks for the comment!
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:iconkarumis:
Karumis Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2007
you did it well. You really captured the mood. Beautiful... :clap:
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:iconshockbolt:
Shockbolt Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2007  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks Karumis!
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Aeronne Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2007
That sword looks like the one a samurai uses. Or maybe not :ohnoes:
I never was good at differentiating ninjas from samurais :no: *sigh*
This is pretty cool, though. :+favlove:
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alanlathwell Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2007  Professional
great job! love the colours and texture in the rock, and the symbolism of the birds is a nice touch!
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Shockbolt Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2007  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks and sorry for the slow reply! I guess I should go through my comments list more often :-)
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