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68. Hero by Nollaig 68. Hero by Nollaig
Another piece for my 100 Themes Challenge! At long last. This randomly came to me the other day when I was thinking about the end of the TLK movie. You never see Nala reunited with her mom - which, in the context of the movie is fine, because for all we know the jungle is like less than 24 hours run from the Pridelands and she was only gone for a day. But adopting the attitude of 'Shadowland', the song from the musical - Nala didn't know if she'd ever be coming back. While Simba came home and saved everyone from Scar, Nala is just as much a hero in that she risked her life to find help in the first place. So, I decided to draw a picture of Sarafina welcoming her daughter home under the title 'hero'.

Nala is quite blatently referenced, and I'm kind of disappointed now that I decided to use that expression because it's so obvious, but I suck at drawing heads that are hanging down. I also now realise their eyes are too close to their muzzles and Nala's chin looks a little disfigured haha. Whoops! Anyway, I love how Sarafina turned out, I love their colours together, and I like the new comic-book style I tried with the sharp shadows. I may do more like this.
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aliciamartin851 Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2015
I love these two great job:hug:
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SirJames314 Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2014
Most lovely.  :love:
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Nollaig Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Cheers!
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coolman196 Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2014  Student Filmographer
Nice mother and daughter love.
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MissUnashamed Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This is nothing short of touching! Fantastic work :) (if you ever get the urge to do an anatomy tutorial, go right ahead and act on it. Us watchers won't mind Wink/Razz )
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Nollaig Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you very much! I dont really know anything about anatomy, I've just studied stills from the film enough to have a feel for how they're meant to look in different poses - but still half the time my stuff is anatomically wrong!
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MissUnashamed Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Not from what I can tell, all your submissions look crazy accurate! Keep up the great work :)
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Nollaig Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Anything that looks accurate is probably just referenced from something - also, in my experience (and this may or may not help you in terms of drawing anatomy) - there is often quite a difference between what is anatomically accurate, and what our minds percieve as accurate. I've often seen in TLK drawings a whole composition of a lion that looks perfect, but if I study the details it's anatomy is actually a bit off in order to create something more aesthethically pleasing to the eye. A very good test of this I find is mirroring your image - you may draw Simba's face, and it may look perfect - if it's anatomically correct you will be able to mirror the drawing and have it still look perfect, but MOST of the time, it will look distorted and inaccurate. So, one of many ways to improve anatomy is to 'look at it from another angle', by mirroring a sketch, fixing inconsistencies, mirror it back, fix any new ones that have arisen, etc. This should ultimately help you create something more accurate - I know it has helped me!

Sorry for the long reply, hopefully you'll find something useful in it XD
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MissUnashamed Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Wow, thats a fantastic explanation! I'll have to give it a try, it sounds promising. Thanks a ton :)
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Nollaig Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
No worries! :D
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cartoonxcatxlover Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2014
very lovely ^^
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Nollaig Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks!
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cartoonxcatxlover Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2014
no prob bro :D
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ZiraFan-13 Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2013  Student
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SuperSayian5Naruto Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Love it! :)
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AngelWolves1 Featured By Owner May 23, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
OMG, I KNEW there was more to Nala than Simba's lover, put I could never quite put my paw on it, but THIS shows me what it is!1!!!!!! :la: :la: :la: This is soooo beautiful, I love Sarafina and Nala, they're features are so flawless and pretty :love: BTW, this does NOT need any work AT ALL, it's AMAZING like this!!! :love: :love: :love: :love:
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Nollaig Featured By Owner May 24, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you! I still wish I hadn't referenced Nala from such an obvious pose, it draws me out of this picture and back into the original scene with that pose.
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erarosaimmortal21 Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2012
Stunning!:)
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Nala-Nay Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2012
WONDERFUL!!!
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Maximunex Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I see no flaw ... is perfect
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AkelahNaih Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
I adore your style, it's so close to the actual characters yet somthing a little more :)
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Nollaig Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you so much! And thanks for the watch! I'm glad you like the style :D
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AkelahNaih Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
You're welcome!
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DBguardian Featured By Owner May 31, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
you really nailed down their style. awesome work!
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Nollaig Featured By Owner May 31, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Cheers!
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lionkingneo30 Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2012
I love them, I wish I was with them.
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Smathoo Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2012  Student General Artist
Wow their both so beautiful :). What sort of brush do you use?
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Nollaig Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
For what? I vector the lineart and shading, and just colour with any old brush. :)
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Smathoo Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2012  Student General Artist
For the lineart. ^^ Is there any specific brush?
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Nollaig Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
It's not done with a brush, it's done with vectors. Vectors are a point and click thing, no brushes, if you youtube or google it you can see it, and it'd be better than I can explain in words :)
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Solkatt Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Oh my, you note so many "misstakes" and here I was all "so fantastically well you know these characters and their looks!"
I think it's beautiful!
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Nollaig Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Haha thank you! :D
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Impano Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2011  Hobbyist Filmographer
I love it. So beautiful!
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Flameshadow117 Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
and where the jouuuurney may lead you... let this praaayer be your guide... the winds may taake you so faraway, always remember your pride!! :saddummy:
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Nollaig Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I love that song. I feel like there isn't enough fanart for that song.
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microcactus Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I really love this work ! :love:
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Nollaig Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks! :dummy:
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microcactus Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
You're welcome ! ;)
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inkweaverzyx77 Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2011
How very cute!!
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Nollaig Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks! :D
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alvringer Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Beautiful, great idea!
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:iconnollaig:
Nollaig Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks!
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alvringer Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Your welcome! :D
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Snivelly1997 Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Awesome! I couldn't really tell the difference between Nala and Sarafina until you actually drew them as adults side-by-side, before they just looked like clones to me.
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Nollaig Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks! I could always see the differences, but it does help to see them together :)
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saffyminty Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Naww :aww: They both look really good. These two are like the prettiest lions ever!!! ;P
You've used great colours, and their expressions are very nice. I don not think you suck at drawing heads that are hanging down. I think you've drawn Nala's pose pretty much perfectly.
Really good job!!!
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Nollaig Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you! I agree they're the two prettiest lions :D
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saffyminty Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
:nod: You're Welcome!!! ;P
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BamaBelle2012 Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2011  Professional Photographer
I love this!
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Nollaig Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks!
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