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Rafiki Mourns by Atarial Rafiki Mourns by Atarial
This is something I've been wanting to do for a very long time, as the old version is my most viewed deviation, and I don't like that

So here's a new version =D

The old one also had this along with it, thought I'd keep it =)

His old, old eyes stared at the heavens, as if searching for something lost. He glanced over Pride Rock, the moon and pridelands. He gazed at rock beneath his feet.
Then he started to weep.
He wept for the great king Mohatu, and his lovely Queen.
He wept for Ahadi, strong brave Ahadi, and his Queen Uru.
He wept for Mufasa and young Simba, both lost in the recent tragedy.
And he wept for Taka, who had died a very long time ago and whom he missed terribly.

Old one: [link]
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erarosaimmortal21 Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2015
Poor Rafiki, beautiful drawing!:)
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Atarial Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
thank you! =D
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erarosaimmortal21 Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2015
You're welcome!=D
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LadySomnambule Featured By Owner May 13, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Pretty sad, but very nicely done. You've improved quite a bit since the old one was made. :)
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Atarial Featured By Owner May 14, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
thank you! =)
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LadySomnambule Featured By Owner May 15, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
You're welcome. :)
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sycamoreleaf Featured By Owner May 16, 2013  Student Digital Artist
good god... how do you...

how have I not discovered you before I ask! I knew I saw some of your works before and I am sure I faved a few but I don't think I was ever curious enough to check the rest of your gallery. SHAME. ON. ME.

This is a very strong moment you're showing here. The lights, the angle, the proportions, the colors - BOOM. You got me. You see Rafilki mourning - not just sad, but actually mourning. The body language, for a baboon, works great. And here's that sketchy feel again. Gotta love the sketchy feel.

What I would probably argue in the picture's unfavour is that maybe this was not the right brush to shade with... especially the background. You're well on your way to being a very good artist - you know how to set the mood, you have good sense of proportion, you have good construction, know your deabt but maybe you need to try out a few more tricks. Judging from your style maybe, maybe something like this would work better for your: [link] [link]

Just a suggestion.

Now if you'll excuse me, I need to nurse my feels.
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Atarial Featured By Owner May 16, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
heee thank you so very much for the compliments for this pic!
And thank you for the suggestion about brushes, i might use them, i have downloaded and made some since, I don't think I knew how to do that when i did this xP
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CyberShadow1 Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
You need to work for Disney.

Hell, we both do.

I want to work with you one day. If you ever find yourself in Memphis, Tennessee, USA or Orlando, Florida, USA.... I promise you we will have a meeting of the minds..... I would truly love to meet you.
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Atarial Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
why thank you!
Working with disney would be quite a dream come true for me, don't think it'll happen for a while as I would prefer to work for Weta digital at the moment. maybe one day xP same goes for going to america =)
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Twitterlu Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2012
Absolutely stunning. :) So much gorgeous detail! Poor Rafiki doesn't get a whole lot of fan art. :(
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Atarial Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
thank you very much! and I agree that he should get more fanart, he's pretty awesome =)
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VeTeRiLu Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2012  Hobbyist
Absolutely fantastic!!
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Atarial Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
thank you! =D
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VeTeRiLu Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2012  Hobbyist
^^ Anytime! :D
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SweetVenom94 Featured By Owner May 26, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
luv it !
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Atarial Featured By Owner May 26, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
thanks!
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SweetVenom94 Featured By Owner May 27, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
np ^^
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SnowBumbee Featured By Owner May 25, 2012  Student Digital Artist
Wow ! This is really beautiful ! The atmosphere is amazing ! :clap:
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Atarial Featured By Owner May 25, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
thank you very much! =D
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LkdRSVD Featured By Owner May 24, 2012  Student General Artist
So amazing. I really loved it :star::star::star::star::star:
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Atarial Featured By Owner May 24, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
thank you! =D
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disneyisawesome Featured By Owner May 24, 2012
Beautiful. Very moving
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Atarial Featured By Owner May 24, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
thank you =D
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disneyisawesome Featured By Owner May 27, 2012
you're welcome :D
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Aiyana-Kopa Featured By Owner May 24, 2012  Student Digital Artist
"And he wept for Taka, who had died a very long time ago and whom he missed terribly"

Is that supposed to symbolise something? Cause Taka is Scar, so does it symbolise that Taka is now evil, or something?
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Atarial Featured By Owner May 24, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Yeah, it's supposed to mean that the cub that scar was is long gone =)
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Swatbot26 Featured By Owner May 23, 2012
Beatiful work.Really...Inspiring!
Congrats!
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Atarial Featured By Owner May 23, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
thank you =D
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teamkovu Featured By Owner May 23, 2012
Gorgeous! :icongorgeousplz:
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:iconatarial:
Atarial Featured By Owner May 23, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
thank you! =D
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DuchessAliana Featured By Owner May 22, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Beautiful :tears:
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Atarial Featured By Owner May 22, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
thank you =D
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BirdVision Featured By Owner May 22, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
poor rafiki
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Atarial Featured By Owner May 22, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
mmm =(
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BirdVision Featured By Owner May 23, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
:(
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xx5arahxx Featured By Owner May 22, 2012  Hobbyist
great job!
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Atarial Featured By Owner May 22, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
thanks!
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xx5arahxx Featured By Owner May 23, 2012  Hobbyist
no problem!
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DisneyPsycho Featured By Owner May 22, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Absolutely gorgeous piece! So full of emotion. Great job!
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Atarial Featured By Owner May 22, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
thank you muchly! =D
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DisneySimba0 Featured By Owner May 22, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
I love the lion King and I like how the setting matches the mood. good job :D
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Atarial Featured By Owner May 22, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
thank you very much =D
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DisneySimba0 Featured By Owner May 23, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
Your welcome :D
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Starry-EyedAndStormy Featured By Owner May 22, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
So gorgeous, so emotional.
It's really beautiful.
Wonderful work!
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Atarial Featured By Owner May 22, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
^^ thank you very much!
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Mr-R0bby-R0b Featured By Owner May 22, 2012
I take it Mohatu and Ahadi were kings who came before Mufasa?
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Atarial Featured By Owner May 22, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Mhmm, they're mentioned in comics and books =)
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Mr-R0bby-R0b Featured By Owner May 22, 2012
Oh ok, I first thought they were fan-created OC's.
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Atarial Featured By Owner May 22, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
hehe yeah, i forget a lot of people don't know about them xP
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