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The Rogue's Shortcut by Skailla The Rogue's Shortcut by Skailla
Hellow again guys! =D How you all doing?
Sooo... Firstly, I'd like to tell you that yes, I'm working hard on OMFA's next page, and It's probably going to be ready on sunday.

But aaaanyways, for those who are wondering, those are Steban (the german shepherd) and Martin (the beagle). for those who didn't see it, here's another pic of Steban: [link]
They were both created last year, with a very different propose than what it turned out to be. But I'll tell you about that later, I'm in a bit of a hurry! :P
So basically, these series are about short adventures of an extremely (and strangely) lucky and over-confident dog, Steban, who ends up becoming a legend of the west for his craziness and inspiring spirit.
In one of his many turbulent adventures, he meets Martin, a very depressive and sometimes even creepy little beagle. He used to be a comedian, but he was thought to be a complete fail (no wonder why) and ended up having to move to the west. Martin is arrogant, and has a terrible complex over his height.
He hates Steban more than anything in his life, but always ends up going into the craziest adventures with him. Steban, on the contrary, thinks of Martin as his best friend, and likes to assume him as his partner, and always calls him with adjectives such as "little" and "short" before his name. which causes Martin to hate him even more
Tho their relationship change a lot with time, this pic is about the very beginning of it :)

Now here's something I'd like to propose!
What could they be saying in this scene?
use your imagination and write a comment if you want to help me! =D
I'll post the best dialogs here :la:

Background and characters are (c) to *Skailla do NOT use without permission.

PS: Some people told me about a resemblance between Steban and Charlie (from all dogs go to heaven) but it's impossible for me to draw a german shepperd without making him look at least a little bit like him, because my style is very similar to Don Bluth's! I've made sure to make every single marking in Steban differently.

Some of the best Dialogs sent:

By ~Warriorcat1994
Steban: Hurry Martin! Fan girls are chasing me again! *smiles*
Martin: Not again! You're going have to run by yourself!
Steban: ... I'll get you some hot dog!
Martin: *runs with Steban*

By *Kumkrum
Steban: "C'mon, let's catch those birds, big one for me, small one for you!"
Martin: "How the heck are we supposed to catch birds from the ground, we'll just fail that. Wait, DON'T YOU DARE TO CALL ME SMALL! Argh, LISTEN TO ME!"

By ~BrowserBG
Steban: "With or without ya. No little beagle is getting in my way."
Martin: "oh no u don't. Don't u dare play the blame game. Im only coming along to save your furry behind."

By ~Broken-Wolf13
Steban- "Ahh, I think the donuts are right over here!"
Martin- "What?! We came all this way just for donuts?!"
Steban- "They have sprinkles!" :iconiloveitplz:
Martin- -_-

By ~9999poppy
M: Where the heck are you going this time?! It's this way!
S: Have you ever been here before?
M: Well, no, but--
S: Then who are you to say it's the correct path? Can it, Shorty, and follow me.

By ~LunacyWereWolf
Martin: Just what are you up to this time!?
Steban: You'll see... This is gonna be a hit!
Martin: Every time you say that it always ends in disaster!
Steban: C'mon! We always make it out better than before!
Martin: Speak for yourself! I'm the ONLY one that pays for it!

By ~Destynee33
Martin: Steban! We're not going that way!
Steban: Who made you leader?

LOL all of them were simply AWESOME! thank you all who participated!!!!:hug: you're so amazing guys!:thanks:
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CanadianBadass99 Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
You should be working for Disney like holy crap your art is AMAZING! I can only dream of having your style and skill, I'm drawing more trying to get better. but I just actually saw your profile here today and I have to say it's gonna be a huge inspiration on me and so many other people. You should be very proud of yourself when I look at this picture and some of the others like this I literally get a happy feeling because your art is so beautiful I look at your art compared to mine and think "woo boy...I got a long ways to go..." But you truly have a gift and I hope you get even better...if that's possible you have already reached level 90000000000 of skill X3 :3
Durjoy80 Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2016  Student Digital Artist
I Like """ Shortcut""""
DataWolf8 Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2015
Hi Skailla! I absolutely LOVE your work. You're style is amazing! I love Steban, he's my favorite character. I'm actually working on a comic of my own. I don't have any pages uploaded yet, but I do have three character sheets up. You have truly been an inspiration to me. Once again, LOVE you're work.
Skailla Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you so much my dear! :thanks:
It means a lot to me to hear that! :heart:
I wish you all the luck with your comic!!!
DataWolf8 Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2015
Thank you so much. I was inspired to create a comic of my own by reading yours. I love OMFA and Up and Ahead. Also, I was just wondering, what is your coloring technique? I saw your video on Youtube but I just couldn't figure it out. Anyways, once again, thank you a lot. I hope to get started with the comic soon. You're a wonderful inspiration!
ZigZack13 Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Steban- My little furiend, this is only the beginning...
Martin- grrrrr (murmurs)-I'm not little! Wait what? The beginning of what?
Cinemutt14 Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2015
I feel like martins last name should b short xD like da actor martin short
SilkenGalaxy Featured By Owner Edited Mar 9, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Looking back at this and imagining this dialogue (well it started with simply the first line and a little bit of the second line, but then I couldn't help myself and improvise and expand it :XD:):

Steban: I know! It's this way! The bandit's hideout is this way! Oh boy, are we gonna get 'im!

Martin: Wait, what? We're going after bandits? You didn't tell me that! You told me that we were going to find inspiration for my newest novel!

Steban: We are! These upcoming events will be your inspiration, Shorty! {makes a devious smile}

Martin: Urrrgggh, first of all, DON'T CALL ME SHORTY! Second of all, you just love to trick me into going on your silly stupid adventures!

Steban: {Just simply continues onward with Martin reluctantly following}
AuroraTheWolf456 Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2015
Do You take requests
StarClanMoonLight Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2015
this pic reminds me of all dogs go to hevan charlie barken and ichy ichaford.
OkamiMeansWolf Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Serious Martin can never stop adventurous Steban!
FluffyButt5150 Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
for some reason this makes me think of Hank the Cowdog cx i used to read that series in like 5th grade :P love  ur art <3
AstaWolf Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2013
I love your drawings so awesome !!!!
Otulissa3 Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2013   Writer
Steban: Step lightly, lil M destination is right over the horizon"
Martin: "That's what you said, five horizons ago! I'm tired it's hot and I've got dust in places I didn't know I had"
IdyllicEuphoria Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
oh my gosh, Skailla, you are my inspiration. I just love your drawings. But I was wondering if you could give a tutorial on backgrounds. They just so amazing, i wanna know more about how you draw them!
Sally-Ce Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I can imagine them saying something like:

Martin::iconsaysplz: Hey! Where are you going?
Steban::iconsaysplz: This way! ;D
Martin::iconsaysplz: But we've never been there. We may get lost, we may end up--
Martin::iconsaysplz: Exactly! :D You never know! Come on, let's explore! :D

...or something like that. ;D Great work anyways Skailla. ^^ I like the soft sunset-light and the blurryness. c: Fits very well. :)
Ember-Flame007 Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
or he actually likes steban
Ember-Flame007 Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
i think that somewhere inside martin he wants to be friends with steban
LostGryphin Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Awesome - love the lighting - reminds me of All Dogs Go To Heaven
shadowpuphunter Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2012  Student General Artist
steban:c'mon lets go
martin:the map said to go this way!
steban:pfft, maps what are they good for?!
martin: oh yeah its not like anyone has found anything using a map!
steban: this is why you were such a bad comedian, lets go shorty!
steban: fine just hurry up little guy!
martin: stupid steban...
AbigailMunoz Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
I like the way you used light and shadow in this illustration. :)
AREtiMes Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
I got one X3
Martin: Ah-da, HEY! Where do you think your going?! The path is this way!
Steban: Short cut.
Martin: Oh really? And how do you know?
Steban: Rouge intuition.
Martin: *stares after Steban, a dumbfounded look on his face* Rouge in-two-WHAT?
thesealpup Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2012   Digital Artist
Steban: Come on Martin! Let's go find some trouble!
Martin: Always danger with this guy -.-
IndigoWolf101 Featured By Owner May 13, 2012
Steban: Dis wai mai fwend!
Martin: -.- It better be worth all the bloody walking ...
Steban: Eet iz!!!!
Martin: ...
Steban: C'mon! Wait, wear this *takes out white baby bonnet*
Martin: ?
Steban: Den we can get even MORE cake frum your small cuteness!!
crystalheart12 Featured By Owner May 5, 2012  Student Filmographer
very cute :3 and VERY good!! but just to ask but is this a movie? or some thing like that??? :L
SpyroTheReturn2 Featured By Owner May 2, 2012  Student General Artist
Martin: Isnt it safer to go this way?
Steban: Real dogs go this way, shorty.
Martin: *growls* DONT CALL ME SHORTY! besides, real dog means dead dog!
shadamy20 Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2012
splotchimo Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2012  Student
When I first saw this, I got super excited, and ran to go show my friends this picture. It's amazing art, but when I first saw it, I thought it was Fan art of my favorite books as a little kid; Hank the Cowdog.
Of course, not the real Hank, because he's not a german shepard, but that's what I almost always imagined him as.
Anyway, all that aside, it's really verry excellent. <3

Steban: Come on, martin. That little girl has her lemonaide stand out again. If we dress you up like a pup, we can get free biscuts.
Martin: -his expression in the picture-
kyannakitty Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Steban: this way to adventure~
Martin: adventure?! *scoffs* you're walking blinldy into the desert you idjit! the only thing your heading towards is a slow death! *mutters* if i could be so fortunate...
Steban: come on little buddy! you're seein' the glass half empty! it's time to turn the pint and see more than a sandune.
Martin: *rolls eyes and responds sarcasticly* ah yes, i'm sure you'll find a bandits profit in magicly right where you look in some mound of sand.
Steban: *grins* now that's the spirit.
Snowear123 Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2012  Student Artist
I love it! :iconiloveitplz:
AngelWolves1 Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
(Oh yes, I put those this like "runnin'" and "jus'" to add a Western accent to Steban. I think it went perfect with his looks! Oh, yes, and I'm not sure if wat Martin said matched his expression. :\ so, srry if it doesn't.)
AngelWolves1 Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Steban: Hey, Martin! Did I ever tell you one of my adventures??
Martin: O', great. Here we go again! -_-
Steban: It awwl started at th' bar. I waz jus' hangin' out, havin' fun, az alwayz. And then --
Martin: And then you cracked a walnut on ur head. *rolls eyes, along with head*.
Steban: How did u know?! *smiles*.
Martin: UGH!! *turns head away*.
Steban: Then awwl th' ladies came runnink, fightin', an' yankin' hair, jus' to get a lil piece o' dat walnut.
Martin: . . . . What the hell is wrong with you??

(Not sure if it was good, but, I hope it is! =D )
TheLupinearRider Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
XD shortcuts can NEVR be good XD

excellent job ^^
So awesome! I love Stebans design and your art is amazing as always and I'm so into your OMFA comic :D x
crystal-howl Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
awsome!!! :squee:
TwistOkishy Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Ok I know how to put the watermark in but How do I edit it? You kow to make ot off in the corner like yours and not flat out in the middle of my drawing. Plz helps
WickedSpecter Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Steban: "Hurry up short legs, the females be wait'n!"
Martin: "But I thought you were fixed!?"
CassiRowl Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2012  Student Filmographer
S: Which way do you reckon?
M: I'd say right.
S: *turns left* Thanks!
M: Hey, what are you-! *grumbles* Stop asking for my advice if you're just going to do the opposite!
Yomahimore Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Whoaa! Awesome *3*
Ignisis Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
hairyskeleton Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Martin: "Hey, what's with the red bandana, anyway? You some sorta canine redneck?" *Raises hackles*
Steban: "Look who's least the artist didn't draw a pretty curtain around 'my' neck." *Trots off*
chi110 Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2012
crisisastar15 Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist are the best canine artist ever!
dinowolf0049056 Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
S:come on martin!!!!
M:argg!!! WHERE R U GOING NOW!!!!!!?
S:awww... dont be such a coward my short little buddy!
M:don't u DARE CALL ME SHORT AGAIN!!!!!!! m just comin to save ur BIG FERRY BEHGIND!!!
S: now thats wat i like to hear lets go!
SHOWYOURFANGS Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2012
thats cute but sounds a lot like the others
dinowolf0049056 Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
yeah now that ive looked at the others i guss ur rite.:D
SHOWYOURFANGS Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2012
its cute tho
dinowolf0049056 Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
thanx u XD
Truewolfwarriors Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I couldn't really comment on this ealier because I was sneaking on the computer, and didn't get a good look at it. But now that I'm am, I say its a great piece of work! The way the dust is picking up, and the sunset in the background is amazing!!

Steban: Come on now short stuff! Its time to ride off for some fun!
Martin: What fun?! And I'm not short!
Steban: Oh come on now bud, don't be a sourpuss!
Martin: Why do I always follow you?
Steban: Because you know I'm your friend even if you don't say it!
Martin:.......How did I get myself into this again?
TimidFawn Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Steban: Well, let's get going Little Martin.
Martin: -.-" My name is Martin! And i am not short!
Steban: Keep thinking that if it gets you anywhere in life.
Martin: ?
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