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Winner Take All by corrvo Winner Take All by corrvo
The dark early morning had yet to be warmed by the sun lingering far off beyond the horizon. Clear and cold, the receding blackness was only now yielding slowly to the silky hues of impending dawn.

Kalahasi’s skyline was still cloaked in its nightly neon glow, but the mists of an early summer morning were creeping in, hazing the pristine view from the heights of the Priory’s rooftop gardens, blending earth and sky into one sweeping blur of light and shape.

High above the city, the Artimea’s sacred training ring was bathed in its own indigo luminance, lit up for two purposeful birds, clad in tradition and discipline. The stunning vista from the top of the Artimea’s ancient sanctuary held none of their attention. There was little time left before the day began in full and they would have other duties to attend to, but until the sun peaked over the distant mountains to the east, the day was theirs.

The two birds carefully took their paces towards the onyx ringed edge, years of study and practice imbuing their every move. Rikaio and Lark were ready for one last bout. She had grown taller and lither than him, but he was unfazed. Exacting and precise, he readied himself.

Lark glanced back at her sparring partner as she always did. She never took her eyes off Rikaio in the ring - Lark had learned the hard way that one morning years ago when Toláse had dragged them all from their lofts. Rikaio and Lark both bore the now subdued marks from that encounter - their own odd badges of honor and camaraderie and, in the ring, experience. Every morning it came down to their last match.

Lark broke the tense rushing silence of the Priory's gardens. "Winner takes it all..."

Rikaio took his favorite stance. "You're on!"
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ineedtoask84 Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2013
wow, they've grown a lot, i never imagines them this tall :-D
Mordecy Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2013  Student Photographer
Definitely one of my most favorites. The storyline is amazing too.
corrvo Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks very much!
HYPPthe Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2013
Nice! I've always enjoyed watching birdies beating the crap out of other birdies out my window and on Nat Geo Wild.
Brokenwingsoflight Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
The details in this is just amazing. The lighting and te contrast of colors is eyecatching~<3
sorrowwing Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
I can't help but think of the ABBA song when I hear that. [link]

Something tells me that ran through your mind too, heh.
Grashcoy Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2012
It is interesting to see the interaction of these characters within the composition, you are becoming better at that indeed, I can believe what is going on in there related to the text you placed, so that's a very good thing about this pic.

Now talking about Rikaio, I like the expression here, because it tells us a lot about the character's personality, whenever you draw Riko you always get the right facial expresion, indeed there are some expresions in other male characters you got right, like Corvio and that pic of Josh's character as is the old one of Skalfen and a few other old ones, where the expresions are revealing of the characters, this is something you have to keep in mind always, cause in contrast we have the big smiles that most probably are totaly out of character that pop up in some pics, I would expect to see big smiles in child characters but not in adult characters, so keep a good look at that, especially if you are going to draw them again in the future, something I would realy like to see, because even though various pictures have good expressions it always seems to be the same one (or variations of it), there's the need to increase the library of expresion there.

Those battle outfits are interesting, the claws in Lark are interesting, and I remember them from the story, so nice touch there, it's always difficult to figure out what would birds wear in general and when one has battle in mind it is extremely difficult to picture birds wearing battle armors and that kind of stuff, it is always good to see how these experiments play out.

Now the background, the symmetry of the buildings in contrast to one another, the large zigurat and the mountains at the bottom, are a beautiful composition, with the light, water reflections and everyhting, I know this is what took you the most time haha, the twilight is impresive as always the shadows and light effects are awesome but I still think the characters have a little too much light surrounding them, a little bit less would have been perfect, cause they feel like they are jesus christ with all that shining light around them, but in the end the biggest leap forward felt in here is definitely the vegetation, man you are finally nailing it, I liked more the one in the right though the one in the left could become its own style if touched a little bit more.

Now about Kalahasi, this is the view I wanted for so long of the city, a view towards one set of mountains instead of the frontal view of the city with both sets of mountains surrounding, this looks much better for characters to be in, that was awesome.

Certainly an interesting picture, even though I've seen it evolve, nothing outweighs the final result, well done, bro ^v^
Aidan-Gull Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2012
Awesome job, bro.

Who says the Artimea is dull? ^v^
Great to see another scene from the story, and Lark is looking great. The armor is a really creative design, too.

So who's the money on for this match? ~v^
SammfeatBlueheart Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
are you(they)hehe, having a duel?
corrvo Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Me? ^v^ no...but Rikaio is squaring off against his sparring partner, Lark =3
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