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An Old Veteran by tarkheki An Old Veteran by tarkheki
Made for this years Canadian Veteran's Day; Nov 11, 20016.

Looking at the colourations of a Wolverine's breast, one in particular inspired this design. 
I wanted a solemn, wise and lived face, as opposed to the traditional teeth bared, as best to relate the faces seen on so many of our Veterans.

Acrylic on Watercolour paper.
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mmasterpawnsal Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2017  Student General Artist
The colored blocking is superb!!!!!!:iconinloveplz: And the boldness and epicness is beyond incredible!!!:iconshining-eyesplz:  
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TemurjinKhan Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2017
Respect.
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Spicy-Demon Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I've been getting into allot of this type of art lately. What are your resources for American North West tribal art?
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tarkheki Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2016
I worked in the community and on Reserve for 13 years. They taught me personally, and currently I have an Endorser. :)
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Spicy-Demon Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
That's so awesome! I've been wanting to give tribal art a try. Not just this kind, but different types.
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Ravenari Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2016  Professional Traditional Artist
Oh my goodness, this is breathtaking and so, so powerful. I love the face, it expresses that 'experience lived and wisdom gained' so much, and while that fresh ferocity is banked, you get the sense that this Wolverine makes some incredibly important decisions, and knows which battles to fight and when to choose peace. Incredible. I love the red muzzle/nose too - I don't know the symbolism you intended, but I imagine a creature / energy that has had its muzzle in the rich blood of war, yet still knows enough to sit back with wisdom too.
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tarkheki Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2016
Red lips and teeth is a common motif in NWP, as it helps to illustrate the red lips usually imposed on the figures in it's symbolic conversion (anthropomorphism). it also helps a visual design concept that allows the audience to identify the dominant facial expression on the dominant figures, while secondary usual are given black or no lips.
That being said, you bring up a valid point; the motif can be utilized to project a lot of different meanings, or even used as a design mechanism to adjust the facial expression, while staying true to the limited forms. 
I'm glad there are many POVs of the image, and they all lend to the main concept. :love:
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Ravenari Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2016  Professional Traditional Artist
Oh thank you so much for clarifying, your explanation makes so much sense, and it'll be something I'll look for in the future as well I think, knowing now that it's a distinct motif! That's awesome.
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Ether101 Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2016
Really quite beautiful.
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jet3270 Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
Aww yes, more of your skilled hands and accurate painting! He is very solemn and for me, quite sorrowful. Do the hands (I'm presuming they're hands) have any meaning here?
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tarkheki Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2016
Yes actually- hands are a symbol or creation, but also in this context- he hands that take. As the insides are red, there does allude to taking-life (blood on hands). Great eye!
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Naeomi Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2016
Striking and fits a veteran. :nod:
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tarkheki Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2016
Thank you! I wanted to captivate the feeling, and glad I did! :heart:
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Kumayasha Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2016
In Canada it's called Rememberance day not Veteran's day
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tarkheki Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2016
Thank you, however I am from Canada, and here in Vancouver, we often refer to it as "Veteran's Day" as well.
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Kumayasha Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2016
slow reply i know been busy. Vancover can't help it you guys have been Americanized. Canada will be lucky if it keeps moksgm'ol. Did you know the spirit bear is as rare as the panda but unlike the panda is less protected.
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Aidan-Gull Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2016
Very impressive.  Solemn yet with hidden fierceness.  Simply amazing work.  ^v^
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tarkheki Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2016
Thank you! Your comments are always so gracious. :heart:
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Fox-The-Wandering Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2016  Professional Digital Artist
The timeworn face shows itself well for all to see. This turned out beautifully with the colors and design. I feel this is a very awesome way to honor veterans. Nice job. :)
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tarkheki Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2016
Thank you so much. It's a bare fraction of a minimum for their unparalleled service to us. :heart: 
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Fox-The-Wandering Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2016  Professional Digital Artist
Aw, you're very welcome. :)
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Dreamspirit Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2016  Professional General Artist
It's truly stunning and so wonderfully layered.
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tarkheki Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2016
Thankies! :heart:
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