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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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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. :)
Atarial Featured By Owner May 14, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
thank you! =)
LadySomnambule Featured By Owner May 15, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
You're welcome. :)
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.
Atarial Featured By Owner May 16, 2013  Student Traditional 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
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.
Atarial Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2012  Student Traditional 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 =)
Twitterlu Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2012
Absolutely stunning. :) So much gorgeous detail! Poor Rafiki doesn't get a whole lot of fan art. :(
Atarial Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
thank you very much! and I agree that he should get more fanart, he's pretty awesome =)
VeTeRiLu Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2012
Absolutely fantastic!!
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