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Fog of War by Skailla Fog of War by Skailla
Based on this weird but awesome song called "Fog of War" by Young Dreams: [link]

:dummy: YAYYY something different! :la:
(almost died in the process)

Yup, that's Steban! :) OMG why can't I stop drawing him??? it's so addicting! you should totally try it sometime!
lol just kiddin xD
But seriously. I'm addicted to drawing him with headdresses. I love. Headdresses. :stare:

This is a drawing I've been waiting a veeeeery long time to do. I've really been into Up and Ahead lately, like I've never been with any other creation of mine. And it's simply amazing what this story has already brought to me!
Since the first time I presented U&A to you guys, the concept has already changed a million times, naturally, but it had a drastic change during the last couple of months. Funnily enough, it turns out this story won't have anything to do with your classic western. It's quite different and independent, in terms of feeling. I can't explain how, that's why I plan on showing you :la: consider this picture the first example!

I'm not sure whether you guys are into indie music, but the feeling I've been trying to capture comes from those amazing songs. "Lord Huron", probably my current favorite band, has had a major influence on U&A, for example. I have other pictures planned for their songs, but if you want to check out their songs now, please do so, it's absolutely worth it. You'll probably be surprised to hear that I associated it so much with my story, since their songs have much to do with western, but trust me! It's gonna be awesome! :iconexplodelaplz:


I gave all that I had on this, seriously -_- this was the first time in my life I tried this kind of painting technic: no lineart, only the brush running free. And I did this with no tutorials nor references, which killed me even more!

Background was based on William Turner's amazing paintings, specially [link]
And the huge inspiration insight this beautiful picture by =Lhuin gave me [link]
Thank you for every comment and fave!!:hug:
I hope you all have a great end of week!

:iconup-and-ahead: JOOOOOIN FOR MOAR!!!
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patchy-teh-awesome1 Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
this is kinda racist tbh
Skailla Featured By Owner Edited Dec 16, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
o-o how's this racist?
patchy-teh-awesome1 Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
well its appropriating culture and if you arent native you shouldnt be drawing characters with headdresses and even being native its not allowed this is like when white people wear headdresses because they are "pretty" or cool and yes they are but its really disrespectful to my culture for things like this…

just look at this chart and maybe it'll help
Skailla Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Yes, I have already read about this. But I’ve also read a lot of blogs and discussions, and saw many people, even native americans saying that, when done with thought, drawing or wearing a headdress is no disrespect, but instead, this is how I show my admiration for their culture. I don’t mean to take their culture lightly, and I’m sorry if it looked like that. After I read this, for example, I choose this side of the story:
And yes, in the third chapter of the comic, Steban (the character wearing the headdress) does a great deed in battle, when he fights along side the Indians. This is why he earned the headdress (it will be better explained, of course, but I can't tell the details here!).
I really don’t like the idea that touching the subject of native american culture would mean that I disrespect them, on the contrary, I mean to show how much I admire them, their philosophy and beliefs. It would be just sad if my appreciation would be seen as a disrespect.

But thanks anyway! If you truly think that I'm crossing the line, please tell me! I'm not even north american, so yeah, I don't know a thing.
PowerXnetwork Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2014
Steban Looks like he was running away from some thing is he?Five Nights at Freddy's 2 - New Foxy Icon Freddy Fazbear Emote - Five Nights At Freddys Angry Goldie chica OMG Five Nights at Freddy's 2 Faceless Bonnie Icon GIF Sir Budder Stache Bewbis GIF Freddy Fazzbutt Emoticon thing  
wolfmoon111 Featured By Owner May 2, 2014
Ok am i messing something,a comic, book, show, plz tellme?!?!?!
Skailla Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
The comic just came out! =D
If you'd like to read it, here it is!…
Jess-the-rouge Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2014  Student Digital Artist
could you accept a request?
himymfan Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
MADGRAYSILLYWOLF Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2013
he is amazing
moondustfox Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2013  Professional General Artist
Rajah42 Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
i love your style its so amazing!! :D
DawningLuna Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
how do you do that it looks so cool
CappuccinoDai Featured By Owner May 25, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
vicky99vicky Featured By Owner May 5, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This is an awesome art! :D
GilmourApatosaur Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Like the sense of motion in the feathers.:D The background texture is also a nice touch.:thumbsup:
xTrent968 Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
He looks so cool in that head dress
Great pose and colors:D
PickleJelloz Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
8D you captured the song so beautifully! Amazing work!
TeakaGirl45 Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2013
he kinda looks like charlie of all dogs go to heven <3
P1tB0xer Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2013
Continue to the rhythm of the war drums.
RoyyalBetaChild75 Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
;ilove this piece!!! ^_^ its likke my culture, the natives <3 proud to be native !! :D
shipain Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
love the fun cartoon feel of this piece
WhiteEmberShard Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This was submitted on my birthday!m

It's awesome *w*
burtonfan422 Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2012
Way Cool
AngelWolves1 Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I LOVE INDIANS!!! Steban with a headdress!! SO priceless! Really cool drawing, though! LOVE the feel of it!
ZoeTaylorArts Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
I like the lineless look! You did really good with this!
leeismyking3 Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
very nice bravo :clap:
NataliKla Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This is very nic!!! xD :love:
kwinzilla Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2012  Student Digital Artist
very dynamic :)
SwanLullaby Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Great job!
Sharlia Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I love this to pieces!!! :iconsqueeeeplz: I LOVE IT, well done once again, inspirationl!! ;) x
Chunkymonkey94 Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Wow this looks too good!!
Keep up the awesome art! (=
SILVERW01F Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2012
Wow, that's extraordinary! :>

I love the Native American twist and the new spin on the art style, this piece is so beautiful and mysterious X_X I'm finding it hard to look away! ha! :3

It's like he's lost in his feelings of what he's fighing for :) that was weirdly detailed for myself ._. lol
Nonthyl Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
very cool :D
Kodaic Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2012  Student General Artist
Love the red!
Roxalew Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
bvhdbvhjdf GAAAAASP that background is just AMAZING :iconiwantitplz:
StarSinger678 Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2012
I love the little hat it is wearing
Kryat Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2012  Student Digital Artist
WOW! and I mean... WOW!! O_O By far the most impressive drawing you have in your entire gallery! The only reason why you are not getting more faves on this is the same reason why you should also be expecting less faves that usual on your next pieces: You just killed about half your fanbase with this image. Cause of death? Awesome overdose!

You gotta be more careful with what you paint! Not everyone can take so much awesome in one picture! Poor things probably collapsed before they even had the chance to click on the fave button, let alone post a comment! I was part of the lucky bunch who only got knocked out for a few hours (while we had the most awesome dreams with Steban in that hairdress!).

My advice for the future: Screw the weak. Keep hitting us with all you've got! I need to see more of your awesomeness, I am addicted to the stuff!!!! RAWR!
iced-ninja Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
there is a documentary called the Fog of War.
Natural-NW Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
That looks so cool. I love the background and I listen to the music. It's pretty good :D
Nadasi Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2012  Student Interface Designer
I'm glad you decided to use that kind of drawing, it looks really fine! :) (Much better than my shot... [link])
But I think the forelegs of Steban are a bit too thin, make him more muscular! :D
TheBattyCrow Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I try to use no lineart when I draw as well, give's the characters more of a 3D look. This is amazing, btw, I love the shading, and the expression on worry, really looks like he's either in trouble or he's going to be^^
ad the bg is reminiscient of freestyle Native American art, I feel. Very bright, contrasting colors :)
Sorry if I sounds snobbish, I like using big words^^
Moongaze14 Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2012
It seems like Steban is having a wild escapade. I wondered what happened to make him run like that. Nice Job.
vuk-91 Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Steban is even more awesome with his new Native American stuff. :D Native Americans rule.
And you should have a temple built by them :D the temple of Rachel Ravene. :3

Good job as always my friend :hug:
shadowpuphunter Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2012  Student General Artist
"off the beaten track is where I am." It goes well with this amazing drawing.
YosemiteDen Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
awoooooooowowowowowowo! Indian dog! heck ya! XD
fredgotshot Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2012
Can't wait for it and nice job with the headress.
HylianSword Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2012  Student General Artist
YES another Lord Huron fan :la:
looking forward to what's new in U&A :D
Skizaero Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2012  Student Digital Artist
Whoa.. O.O This piece is absolutely amazing!! I love the colors, and the painted effect gives it such a great touch!! I love Steban's pose and expression, and the headdress is freaking ADORABLE!!! :heart:
Mytokyokitty Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Wow, that's awesome! Steban's expression is great too :)

Steban: And then they made me their chief.
Martin: Yeah right.
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