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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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oemmao18 Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Whoa
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bubbamax1990 Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
stunning picture!
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Shockbolt Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks :)
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JSouza88 Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Itīs a good day to die...
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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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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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H-r0ck3r Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2011
Harakiri?
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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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Wiccanvampiress14 Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2008
it's sad but beautiful at the same time, well done!
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