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The Beast Of The Rock by Ekkoberry The Beast Of The Rock by Ekkoberry
Revisiting something very old and dear to me after...7 years? Thereabouts. Back in my first year of high school I illustrated for a friend's book, and after re-finding it (as well as being in the fantasy mood after binging on skyrim for the past few weeks) decided to redraw the main character of that book.

Turns out it was the author's birthday today! We haven't talked in years but I guess this is as good a chance to talk again as any.

Photo of the original art included in the twitter ver for comparison: twitter.com/Ekkoberry/status/9…


(Also, having a bit of trouble uploading this one? no notifications on it so (trying to resubmit now))
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:iconevalone-littlefly:
Evalone-Littlefly Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2017
It's great **
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:iconekkoberry:
Ekkoberry Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2017  Student Digital Artist
Thank you!
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:iconevalone-littlefly:
Evalone-Littlefly Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2017
You're welcome :)
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vonVile Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
Nice pic. The only minor flaw is the left foot placement. Its twisting way too far looking as if he has a broken ankle. At that angle the foot would point almost straight up.
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Storytraveller345 Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2017
Sounds like a good book! :D
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:iconfireshika:
FireShika Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2017  Student General Artist
THESE COLORS
im in love aaaah
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:iconekkoberry:
Ekkoberry Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2017  Student Digital Artist
Thank you!
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:iconjadekingfisher:
JadeKingfisher Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2017  Student Digital Artist
ahh awesome dear! love the calm setting and the boys face and expression!
well done dear, a huge improvement from your art all those years ago! ;u;
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:iconekkoberry:
Ekkoberry Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2017  Student Digital Artist
Thank you! <33
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:iconfenori:
Fenori Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
wwoa this looks so gorgeous!!! the pose and anatomy look really on point and the colors and lighting is so soothing to look at ;7; amazing-
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:iconekkoberry:
Ekkoberry Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2017  Student Digital Artist
Thank you! <3
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:iconfairy-slayer:
Fairy-Slayer Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2017

That's quite a big difference, though the original is still really darned good. Your personal style was already taking hold then, and your sense of composition was coming along nicely too. Oh, and halftones. :)

The new version definitely shows fantastic improvement over the years, with a lot more detail, cleaner forms, effects, depth, etc. Your mix of shading and halftones adds manga charm while still being a bit more real. This fellow looks nicely involved with his reading about The Beast which works well with that slightly uncomfortable slouch against the tree. At least his pack makes a nice elbow rest. It makes his concentration stand out even more. Beautiful work on the scenery too, especially with it being easy to feel exactly what the weather is that day. Thanks for sharing, both this and a view into your early career.
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:iconekkoberry:
Ekkoberry Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2017  Student Digital Artist
Thank you very much!! :heart:
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:iconccrusherp:
CCrusherP Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2017  Professional Artist
can i use this for my RP characters appearance? :3 XD
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:iconekkoberry:
Ekkoberry Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2017  Student Digital Artist
o.o anything for miss cient X3
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ShadingChaos Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2017
That´s nice, he just sits there leaning
on a tree and reading books within a forest^^ 
The Background is just as pretty as the whole thing^^
I would do almost the same, but I would rather listen
to music and sleep XD

well done^^ 
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:iconekkoberry:
Ekkoberry Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2017  Student Digital Artist
Thank you very much!
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:iconshadingchaos:
ShadingChaos Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2017
Yo´re welcome^^
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:iconlewieba:
LeWieba Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2017
So beautiful and such detail in the background I love it! 

Might I ask what the book was?
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:iconekkoberry:
Ekkoberry Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2017  Student Digital Artist
Thank you!

It was a short novel called also called "The Beast Of The Rock"! (same as the image title)
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:iconlewieba:
LeWieba Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2017
Has the story been posted anywhere online?
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:iconekkoberry:
Ekkoberry Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2017  Student Digital Artist
Nah, it was just published locally and then distributed to a few libraries in New Zealand from what I understand ;0;
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:iconlewieba:
LeWieba Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2017
Ow wow that still pretty impressive :o
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:iconxxpandayukixx:
XxPandayukixX Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2017
beautiful OwO
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:iconekkoberry:
Ekkoberry Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2017  Student Digital Artist
Thank you!
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Crazysimsgirl4 Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2017
This is an amazing scene! You've put so much effort into this! Neko Emoji-28 (Yay sho happy) [V2] 
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:iconekkoberry:
Ekkoberry Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2017  Student Digital Artist
Thank you very much!
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:iconmikeymonkey1989:
Mikeymonkey1989 Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2017  Hobbyist Writer
Wow, gorgeous work on this scene! Very peaceful and serene. :) :heart:
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:iconekkoberry:
Ekkoberry Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2017  Student Digital Artist
Thank you very much!
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:iconpeachpot:
PeachPot Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2017
Beautiful piece! Heart 
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:iconekkoberry:
Ekkoberry Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2017  Student Digital Artist
Thanks!
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:iconanavertis:
Anavertis Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Nice work ;D Interesting style with that dots
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:iconekkoberry:
Ekkoberry Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2017  Student Digital Artist
Thank you!
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:iconelennarome:
ElenNarome Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
That an idyllic scene. This is a really beautiful work Yato Smiling Icon 
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:iconekkoberry:
Ekkoberry Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2017  Student Digital Artist
Thank you! <3
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:iconlordanshin:
LordAnshin Featured By Owner Edited Aug 22, 2017
Very somber, I like it. Creates a nice readin' mood. The attention to detail as well, hats off to you sir.
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:iconekkoberry:
Ekkoberry Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2017  Student Digital Artist
Thank you! <3
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:iconlordanshin:
LordAnshin Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2017
no prob
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:iconsnowdog-zic:
Snowdog-zic Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2017
Nice work.
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:iconekkoberry:
Ekkoberry Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2017  Student Digital Artist
Thanks!
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HinataOC Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2017
LOVE this! I mean, I always adore you work, but this piece is just so serene and you can tell just by looking at it that it means a lot to you. 
The colors you used and the details in the books just stand out to me so much! Great job Ekko!
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:iconekkoberry:
Ekkoberry Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2017  Student Digital Artist
Ahh thank you very much!! :heart::heart::heart:
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:icongymnosophist:
gymnosophist Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2017  Professional Writer
:D :heart:  Nice!
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:iconekkoberry:
Ekkoberry Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2017  Student Digital Artist
Thanks!
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:icongymnosophist:
gymnosophist Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2017  Professional Writer
:D :hug: :heart:  You’re dearly welcome…
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:iconnorski:
Norski Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Nice work.
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:iconekkoberry:
Ekkoberry Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2017  Student Digital Artist
Thanks!
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:iconfoxnerdriator:
foxnerdriator Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2017  Student General Artist
Looks great! :O
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:iconekkoberry:
Ekkoberry Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2017  Student Digital Artist
Thank you!
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:icongraymeows:
GrayMeows Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
YAY Ekko's artwork! I really love this!
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