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Those Who Lead The Valley by ElsonWong Those Who Lead The Valley by ElsonWong
:star: Those Who Lead The Valley :star:


The Okoblaya, a small and scattered group of anthros who were separated by a dramatic civil war, are the only remaining hope of possibly binding the two great nations together (Wolf and Bear nations) and bring peace once more to 'The Valley'.


The Okoblaya, which means 'peacefully' in Lakota, is lead by an elder named Tunkasila - he is wise and an experienced shaman who have lived long enough to witness war and peace for two generations in 'The Valley' - the size and growth of his curved horns is proof of his ageing wisdom.


Among him are three of his disciples who are believed to hold something special, a key if you will, that will achieve this peace in 'The Valley' that Tunkasila has foreseen in his dreams.


The first two are Mato and Caksi - both strong and charismatic emps (aka men). Mato (from Bear Nation) and Caksi (from Wolf nation) come from a high end family with a military background - their parents and family were either violently killed or brutally punished for opposing the nation's order to fight against the opposing nation after the infamous sabotaged peace treaty event that took place four seasons ago. The two, even though they don't fully trust each other, believe that with the help of Tunkasila, their combined forces, and a solid plan they can reclaim trust and achieve the peace they've longed for for both nations.


The third disciple is Ruby, Ruby 'Locke' Steadfast, who has mysterious healing powers and is the final key to the puzzle. Despite her role being unclear to the Okoblaya, only Tunkasila truly knows what is expected of her and how she will achieve in solving the crisis between the two nations. Because of this the Okoblaya, as well as the two disciples are not fully confident the about shaman's plans that seemed disclosed to the group.


Nevertheless what you see here is a painted picture of the three disciples and their teacher who will help guide them to completing the mission. And this mission, that was originally planned in the beginning (i.e. before the sabotage), once achieved will bring two nations together and restore their trust and friendship for generatons to come. It is foreseen by Tunkasila that if the peace is not attained quickly - chaos and disorder will follow for 'The Valley' and every anthro who live amongst it will die and perish forever.




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Ruby is actually shedding some tears if you look closely. She is upset by all the hate, the fighting and bloodshed that devastation the two nations. I added in the element of rain to emphasis that emotion which also adds a nice touch of atmosphere into the drawing.


The location of where this is drawn is at the peak a gorge that is overlooking 'The Valley' and 'Melissa River' (just a reminder: The name came from the early settlers of 'The Valley' where the river was dedicated to the first lady who devised a unity between the two nations at the heart of the river - where water can be shared by all creatures equally).


Also, I just want to quickly thank everyone who have been giving me a lot of encouragement and positive feedback on the character redesigns and brand new concept that the ASHWORTH series is heading for. More concept art to come in the future! *thumbs up*
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jessyho862010 Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2012  Student Artisan Crafter
Lol
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SoftMonKeychains Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
While I'm not very pleased with Fei's new design, I can't see how Ruby could look any better! I confess she before looked too much a blue thing fanchar. I mean, there wasn't any way to tell otherwise, no matter what.
But hey, this is a nice turn, congrats!

I think you have a more natural thing to draw female characters hum.....
Ah, it's natural! I prefer to draw males :P
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ElsonWong Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Excellent - looks like Ruby's new looks is getting the thumbs up from a lot of people. ^_^
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Ja-The-Shadow-Hunter Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I would suggest adding red colored feathers down her torso, because from here it looks as if only her head is colored red, while rest of her is white.
It gives kind of a... I dunno, bland feeling.
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Trash-meta Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2012  Student Writer
This just keeps me more interested the new story your approaching to your characters.

As far as from I read here and looking at Ruby, it looks like she's quite a someone who doesn't appreciate fighting and especially bloodshed, which is something I didn't see in the Fortune Hunter story. Although I wonder how will she cope with it when she partners with Ashworth.

This is unrelated, but somehow when I listen to the song:
Altaria - Unchain the Rain

I see the music fitting well in the pic, especially in part of the lyrics where it gives me much more emotional effect. When I listen to it and looking at the pic together:

"Drown your sorrow to my endless sea,
together weŽll unchain the rain,
escape the light into my sanctuary,
there in my arms youŽll be free."

Not sure if the band's music is to your liking, but I felt it was good for me to express on what I have experienced.
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CoralCalypso Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2012
This is really lovely ! I love all the dark colors you used to make it somber and the inclusion of subtle rain, but at the same time there's light shining the way in the distance. Just gives you goosebumps. xD I don't know much about your characters before their redisgns but they do look like they're evolving very gracefully ! Love Ruby's new emphasis toward cardinals (very cute birds but like blue jays, I wouldn't get on their bad side xD ). To give her more variety of emotion, I'd probably emphasize her cheek feathers more with a jagged, feathery line running down along the side of her beak. You can do a lot with cheeks and cheek bones in terms of facial expression, especially with cartoon characters, so I see lots of variety and fun in her drawn future. :D

Dunno if you mind critique, but her left hand looks a little off. Even though her hand is facing toward the viewer, I'd probably place a little bit more of the palm toward the bottom of the fingers and then connect to the arm from there. Others have wondered about her arms having feathers, and it does look like she's wearing sleeves due to her smooth arms, so I would say maybe add more tufts around the elbow and shoulder in future drawings but it seems like you already commented about that. xD Hehe. I love all the details you put into the elder. He is just a fantastic character, and I do like sheepy ram creatures. x}
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ElsonWong Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
It's feedback like this that makes it all worthwhile. ;)

Yes! I actually am disappointed about that little bit of detail that I had forgotten to add in - and now I will remember since you guys have mentioned about it - Ruby's arm looks too clean shaven and unnatural.

I didn't add in the small thufts of feather like in it was featured on the original design. [link] So yup that is defintely my fault. :D

As for the left hand - yeah it was easy to draw that but I did what I could and was pretty pleased with the result actually! Thanks for letting me know what you think though - if it could be fixed I guess I'll have to try harder next time! :) Do take notice that I'm going four fingered now for all of the characters in CURSED WOMBAT. ;)
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Emily-Young Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2012  Hobbyist Filmographer
Cool! Now it's colored! Great job.
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Banter-O-Rilley Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2012
"...But it's still not enough: to live side by side does not mean forgetting we are all Different..."

I'm instantly drawn by Ruby's presence in the center by the bright red in her head.
I really think you did a good job in giving her the outfit she's wearing: makes for a light and easy-to-move in feeling, as well as an appropriate Adventure-Type get-up.

The cloaks' color scheme on Mato and Tunkasila go well with the Gloomy atmosphere; the rain's effect is light, but it heightens the overall mood--very nice!!

The actual state of Conflict looks to be consice, but the underlying causes of the War would need to be explored further...anyway, it's looking good!
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Fly-Sky-High Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Awesome! :D It really sets the emotion you were going for. I can't wait to see more of these guys as well as the story. :)
I can see it's raining and that it's cloudy on the left side of the pic but when you look at Ruby the lighting doesn't seem quite right, maybe it's a bit darker on the left side of the pic a bit more. o3o I'm not a pro at this so I might be over-exaggerating, it just seems a bit brighter to me then it should be (maybe because of Ruby's bright red color. It does pop out to main focus though. :3

Something I would like to share because it's interesting is this tumblr page here: [link] though it mainly focuses on setting in animation works the advices there can be very useful for still drawing or comics too. :) You can also find some interesting concept art from different types of animation too, those are always fun to look at, even more fun if it's of your favorite show/film. ^^
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ElsonWong Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks Sky! Your feedback is very much a welcome for me. :D

Yes that's true! Ruby's RED is popping out quite a lot but I decided to keep it that way for artistic choice. I could have added some blue hues to balance it out but it didn't really appeal to me when I tried it! X_X; I just imagined that she was faced where the the more brighter light was shining against her - not sunlight but daylight - as they move close to a dusk setting.

At least the blue hues were present with the RAM and BEAR characters. :giggle:

And wow, another awesome referencing material/resource link! Thanks for that, I'm going to take some time to check that one out - ooo! Darkwing Duck character model sheet! EEeeeee! XX3

Thanks again Sky for the feedback. :hug:
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missyuna Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I just gotta love the descriptions you give for each of them- like I said earlier, it helps many of us to follow the story and get to know the characters. I envy how you can make up these fan characters, I really wish I had the same ability to do the same, but I guess I'm just not up to it, and just sticking with the characters I know :giggle:

Even tough its small, I think the background is very beautiful,-basic, yet colorful from dark blue to dark purple. And I noticed you used some type of fuzzy-like brush(u used photoshop for that I guess, and whats the name of it :)?)
And by the look of the characters in the bacground, its easy to reconize them as tribe people, and I also noticed(and also from the sketch) that you gave Ruby a scarf,-you really like scarfs huh :giggle:?
And great job on the shading here too, as you always do from the rest of your works :)
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ElsonWong Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
You'll be able to come up with some of your own original characters one day. = ) It depends on what the artist wants to show at the end of the day and if they're up for the challenge then you'll know that they're ready for it. *thumbs up*

That fuzzy brush is actually not something that I can emulate on Adobe Photoshop - so far all of my drawings have been sketched, inked and coloured via PAINT TOOL SAI! I'm surprised you didn't know this since you were one of the first people to inspire me to use SAI! = )

You can change the BRUSH settings that is just under DENSITY bar. Choose from a range of brushes and experiment which one will give you that unique texture that you're looking for. ;)

Oh and yes, scarves rock. Love scarves. :giggle: 8-)
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missyuna Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
aha I see, I totally forgot that XDD, I think I'm used to your mentioning about photoshop from the past, but now SAI is the big deal,and I'm still flattered to hear from you that I'm one of the people who got you into that <: )
Well the reason why I mentioned that about that brush is because I have downloaded brushes and textures for SAI and there's this brush I have called "fuzzytastic" XDD, that has the exact same brushstyle you did there below the mountains and the dark sky behind Ruby,- can't remember what site I got them from X,D..

yes, scarves are nice looking(thanks for correcting that for me :giggle:)
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Bio-Mortis Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2012
I'm trying to figure out... Does Ruby only have feathers on her head and tail? Or is she wearing a bodysuit?
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ElsonWong Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
To answer that question quickly: Her head, body, arms and legs are covered in feathers. Some parts red and mostly white - so that is a mixture.

And because you pointed this out I totally forgotten to add in a few feather tufts on her arm to make it look more 'feathered'. You can check out what I mean here: [link]
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Bio-Mortis Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2012
Ah, thanks. Her design makes so much more sense now. XD
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ElsonWong Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Glad to have the info clarified buddy. *thumbs up*
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christyice Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2012
This is surely a masterpiece ^^
If this is part of the main story of "ashworth" I'm really looking forward to get that book :D
Great job~ :hug:
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ElsonWong Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Oh why thank you! If only I could get my special clients a signed copy of the book. :D Thanks for the encouragement. :hug:
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christyice Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2012
no problem :D good luck ^^
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Tonythunder Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2012
amazing job on the coloring! =D
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CIC-Studios Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2012  Student Digital Artist
Wow,this is really amazing! I love this new style of yours it fits very well!^w^ Ruby is looking especially awesome like always!<333 But what i really like is the way you colored this!0w0 It's so wonderful! Awesome job as always Elson!!~:heart:
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ElsonWong Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Why thank you Crystal! :) I'm really enjoying this new colouring style, I'm probably going to apply it to the comic as well - originally I had another colouring style but we'll see how it goes. ^_^
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CIC-Studios Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2012  Student Digital Artist
You're very welcome!<3 Oh! You remember my name!:D~:heart:
I can see why you enjoy it, it looks really well!^w^ I hope to find a good coloring style to work with!<333
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ElsonWong Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Wee! :D

I'm sure you'll be able to find that sweet-spot! With enough practice and application you'll achieve your goal no doubt! ;)
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CIC-Studios Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2012  Student Digital Artist
:glomp:~:heart:

Im sure too! I've been getting better and trying different techniques!x3333~:heart:
Though, seeing your new coloring style makes me want to try it myself!^^
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EUAN-THE-ECHIDHOG Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Hi there

Ooooh! Looks great now its all coloured ^^ Great job bud!

Euan
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Ja-The-Shadow-Hunter Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Nice! =) So this is basically the whole main story of ASHWORTH?

I am wondering tho, will we see the main villian of the series any time soon, and will he be one of the former TGHs, or someone completely new?
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ElsonWong Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
For the first book yes, and probably I'll end it there for simplicity's sake. I want to achieve a real goal of making a book with a story that has a start and real finish.

If it leads to a sequel - bonus.
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Ja-The-Shadow-Hunter Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I see. Are you planning to have a weekly update comic like you did for the past 2 series?

On the unrelated side, are you planning to go to UK's SoS this summer? If so, will you be planning to release lil' preview about the series if you hadn't released anything on DA by that time?

P.S.: I have a lil fanart between your series and mine going on and if lucky I'll have it posted by tomorrow. =)
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ElsonWong Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
No plans made yet!
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Doomdragon Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
*salutes* Permission to finally start dancing around in joy sir?
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ElsonWong Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Absolutely. Do it. ;)
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Doomdragon Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Sir yes sir, [link] OORAH!
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minimandy12 Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2012   Artisan Crafter
cool
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dadu79 Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2012
Somehow someway the green flashing reminds me of the green lantern corps xD
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