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Things Fall Apart by iKiska Things Fall Apart by iKiska
jesus god, jeremy, katey's uploading an art! :eager:

and sweet lawd do my hands hurt... i've been painting this off and on for like two weeks -- and by "two weeks" i basically mean the first half of the week that started two weeks ago. then i started writing a new story and no painting of any sort got done, and then tonight i finished it C:

i'm actually pretty proud -- i didn't get lazy or go "screw this" once during this process! the feathers are so screwed up though that you might think i did... i started on one side and by the time i got to the other i realized how much i freestyled it :lol: aw well, i like it :aww:

with all due respect, i'd like to request NO critique on this... right now i love it but i'm tired of working on it :lol: i'll probably edit on my own the more i start to hate it, but for now, let me bask in "i like this painting"-ness :la:

while we're here, wish my mommy a happy birthday :eager: and wish me one for next monday... nineteen, damn. i'm so old :ohnoes:

sweet jesus i almost forgot this part :ohnoes: the inspiration/reference for this painting is actually thanks to the SUPER cool photo taken by ~moiaaron, who has also had a birthday recently. so go wish him a happy late birthday, and check out his photo :) --> [link]žion=&q=mr+kuku#/dvl5em

i think that's about it, anyway... time to SLEEP. three am now, and have to be up early tomorrow to go to town for the first time in like two months -- my mom and i are treating ourselves to a day out, since it's our birthdays :la:

PS: called "things fall apart" because when i painted this i thought of the book's main character, okonkwo. i LOVE that book, love it love it, even though the ending's a fucking kill-joy :ohnoes: i highly recommend it though :)

and i seem to have written a long artist's comment, so... put a muthafuckin' STAR in yo' comment if you actually read all this <3
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starlitcarnival Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2016   General Artist
I love the book "Thangs Fall Apart." And the art you drew inspired by it is amazing! 
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iKiska Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2016  Student General Artist
Thanks so much! It was one of my favorites in high school, although the rest of my classmates hated it for some reason! :hug:
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Your Art certainly made me become a Deviant! I hope I enjoy it here. Do pls pls pls permit me to use it on our blog. I will be most excited!
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Dear Ikiska, am stunned at your work. I found this while looking for a perfect picture for Okonkwo in things fall apart. Am almost teary at the emotions it evokes being from that part of Nigeria where things fall apart is set. This is beyond beautiful. I am a columnist for a national newspaper and I have a blog that runs concurrently. It started just 2weeks ago. Its tagged Fiction&Development. You can check it at [link] . This week on the blog, I will be posting on the character of Okonkwo as a model for masculinity. I would be grateful if you can permit me to use this picture with full acknowledgement to you. I would only use if on the blog if you permit.
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iKiska Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2013  Student General Artist
Thanks for such a lovely comment :) Yeah sure, you can feature this in your blog, so long as credit and so on is given. Also, could you send me a link to the blog once you post it? I'd like to see what is written :aww:
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DivineNightShade Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2013
This is a beautiful portrait! I love that book. :)
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JoemanYT Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2012
Okonkwo was seriously overly passionate about yams.
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showdonttell Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2012
I featured this in my blog [link] nice artwork!
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izzyhwing Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
This has been featured here :D
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iKiska Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2012  Student General Artist
Thanks so much! :hug:
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MatveyJeevas Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2011  Student Writer
This is great.....! :iconstarplz:
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mudddkipz Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2011   General Artist
I LOVE the feathers. great expression and yes, things fall apart is a GREAT book.

I don't know how to put a star here so... STAR. yup.
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iKiska Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2011  Student General Artist
Hooray! :dummy: Pahaha usually I begin to dislike my pictures after a few months, but I do really like this one. DEM FEATHERS <3

:hug:
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mudddkipz Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2011   General Artist
Yeah, I know what you mean. I'll draw something and be like "this is the best thing EVER" and then I'll look at it a week or so later and HATRED.
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ArtByCher Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2011   Traditional Artist
Very nice!
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iKiska Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2011  Student General Artist
Thank you :heart:
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somethin-else Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This is fantastic!! I Love the meticulous and life-like detail in the lips and feathers, the hair on his face, and the different shades and tones and shine on his face! it seems so real and it's facinating too. I feel like you could meet this man.
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iKiska Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2011  Student General Artist
You could meet this man! :la: It's based off a photo another person on here took, and I loved it so much I HAD to try and paint it... I still really like how it turned out too (I quickly begin to hate all my paintings, usually, so me still liking this is rare), so I always like hearing that other people enjoy this as well :hug:
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omjeee Featured By Owner May 15, 2011
Okonkwo wins.
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iKiska Featured By Owner May 15, 2011  Student General Artist
:la:
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kingrabbit Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
"i'd like to request NO critique on this" <--- FLAWLESS ;)
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karatechick13 Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
:star: Great painting! I LOVE the headdress thingy! It looks so real!
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iKiska Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2010  Student General Artist
thank you so much! :heart:
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FANTASTICINDUSTRIES Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2010
Brilliant! So vivid! We like very much!!
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iKiska Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2010  Student General Artist
thanks so much! :)
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Fairisthemind Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2010  Student General Artist
I just read the book in my english class. I had never heard it before, but I really enjoyed it. My teacher wanted us to do a study guide and she ruined the ending. I was so mad! Well anyways this is a great potrayal of okonkwo!
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iKiska Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2010  Student General Artist
oh WHAT, they can't ruin the ending :ohnoes: especially an ending like THAT. jeez :XD: i love the book though <3

thanks for the comment! :la:
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Fairisthemind Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2010  Student General Artist
I know! But I didn't allow that to ruin it though.

u r welcome!
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daisiesandbows Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2010
That's. So. Amazing. I barely even have words. I'd KILL for the patience to do something like that.
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iKiska Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2010  Student General Artist
thanks so much!! patience takes awhile to build up, but you just have to keep remembering how the end product will look! :la:
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daisiesandbows Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2010
You're welcome. :) And thanks for the tip, I'll have to test it out soon.
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Flandres-Agent Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2010
Wow! This looks so realistic! :la:

I think you have a lot of potential in you!

Only if I was skilled enough. :iconorzplz:
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iKiska Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2010  Student General Artist
thanks so much :) it only takes practice! :la:
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Flandres-Agent Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2010
A lot of practise.
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XocolatlDiscoRoses47 Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Whoa, it looks great D: The detailing looks amazing and I love the feathers on his hat piece :aww:
The faces look really realistic, you've been improving a lot :) I think the eyes and nose were the best part. Amazing job~
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iKiska Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2010  Student General Artist
thanks so much! :heart: i'm glad you like the nose and eyes -- those were a bitch :XD: kept resizing and repainting and fwaaaah! glad it turned out well though :la: thanks dear!! :heart:
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XocolatlDiscoRoses47 Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
No problem :la: Wahh, the resizing sounds no fun but turned out well worth the effort :la: :heart:
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Jezzy-Fezzy Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2010   General Artist
Holy fucking smokes! This is a MAJOR improvement indeed. Especially when I click on the the download to see the full version. I am just amazed by the details you put to this piece. :heart: I'm definitely in awe indeed. :)


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iKiska Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2010  Student General Artist
LOL thanks so much! :heart: i'm actually pretty proud of myself... i planned on doing a few paintings after i had finished with this, but now i dunno -- i may have to do another african tribal-style painting, after having found some GORGEOUS headdresses on the internet. oh lawd <3

thanks so much! :heart:
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Jezzy-Fezzy Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2010   General Artist
No worries. :meow:
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nuvalo Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Wow, grat job. What did you used to paint and colour it? I thought it was a photo at first, you did a damm good work on colours and the eyes looks pretty real.

PD: Sorry, didn't read the entire comment, but happy birthday to your mom :)
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iKiska Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2010  Student General Artist
SAI :) i always use SAI. great program -- not everything that photoshop is, but it'll always be my program of choice <3 thanks much!
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VannaSig Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2010
It's fabulous! Don't change it. Ever. He's caught in a moment. We don't know what he's seen or why he has that expression. Your painting is a warrior frozen in a moment in time. Going to collect him. :)
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iKiska Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2010  Student General Artist
BAH i love your comment :heart: in moiaaron's original photo i think he was just posing... but it sure looks like he's just seen something terrible -- maybe something about to end his life forever :ohnoes: i love looking at this painting... reminds me of what i can do when i don't say "fuck it" and submit stuff half-finished :)

thanks so much! :heart:
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VannaSig Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2010
I know how you feel. I tend to hover over the delete button. I have been told to just take a break, eat lots of chocolate and the destructive moment will pass. It doesn't always but still, don't change this fab picture. I love it. I'd like to think he has seen one of his ancestors as this is so important to African warriors.:)
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iKiska Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2010  Student General Artist
oh GOD, i love my mother SO much, but i can't handle it when she suggests i just take a break for awhile :lol: i need to finish my portfolio for uni, damn it! i need to turn out AMAZING stuff! STRESS STRESS STRESS.

oh lawd, i'm excited for the next painting i have planned... was going to start it tonight, except we've been on the road ALL DAY to wales and back (and i threw up in the wilderness, putting us behind by twenty minutes!), and to top it off, last night i did not sleep a WINK. so so tired... why am i online? :lol:

next painting, though, starting tomorrow, is going to be another african-tribal-style painting :) this time of two sisters, a little girl and an older teenager, dressed in tribal attire. browns, dark reds, oranges/golds, and light blues all the way! :la:
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VannaSig Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2010
Okay as I am what is known as an old fart I will stand by your mother and hope you don't overheat in your artistic frenzies. I used to overheat in mine but somehow things calm down as the years go by. I am still volcanic but compared to a while ago I only explode on special occasions. My uni portfolio was of nudes and various organic and man made objects and had to be in pencil and there was no digital, so when it's traditional it's very scary and you can't push the back button.

I wish you the very best. And good luck too with the new tribal painting. As I live in Africa I am keen to see it. Hey, I'll put you on watch so I can't miss it. :D
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iKiska Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2010  Student General Artist
ffff, haven't painted at all today :ohnoes: had a birthday today, VERY stressful and unhappy. jeez. hopefully will paint tomorrow -- i'm excited to start my next painting :)

whereabouts in africa? i'd love to visit that continent someday <3
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VannaSig Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2010
Happy Birthday :cake: and I'm in South Africa :sun:.
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iKiska Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2010  Student General Artist
my mom has some friends who live in south africa... i'd like to visit there sometime :) and thanks much! :heart:
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