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Chin Up, Soldier by oomizuao Chin Up, Soldier by oomizuao
a sketch I did this week, one night when I just felt inspired to draw. This drawing was actually inspired by the song "Zombie" by The Pretty Reckless, a song that my little sister showed me. :)


The whole "chin up, soldier," is something Spike gets told in my story at some point. It means that things can't stay bad forever, because every cloud has its silver lining, you know? And the addition of the word 'soldier' is just to emphasize that Spike is a strong person who's been fighting this battle for so long..
I dunno just how to explain it, that little sentence, and I'm not sure it needs much explanation either..?
I dunno :B


So, myeah.. I'm sorry about the grainy-ness in this.. I used my cellphone as a scanner since I didn't bring one with me this week... :P
But I think it sort of adds to the whole rough feel I wanted in this... c:


art and character (C) Elise M. Syvertsen / oomizuao 2012
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SpongyBoy17 Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2013  Student General Artist
when ever i read "chin up soldier" on the picture i think the one who said it to him was that horse character you planned to include in the story, i hope you didn't scrapped him from the story and you give him a recurring character role or at least minor role, anyways keep up the great work!
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Sabi-Arts Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
woaw it's really cool listening to the song and looking at the pic :D <3
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Sabi-Arts Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I love it! your drawings is fantastic :)
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Smarted Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2012  Student Digital Artist
Waaaaait
The grainyness is bad scanning? I actually thought it was intentional because the lightest part is where the words are. :'D It seems like a "memory filter" if that makes sense.
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FaithStarLight Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I love the grainyness! That's the first thing I noticed :aww: Sweet words too. I like that Spike is upset but also listening to the words and taking them in :) Lovely drawing :aww:
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Huskypawz Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
a sketch can be just as meaningful as a full pic:D very emotional but its very good:D
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WolfSaint Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2012
Im loving the message behind work of yours like this. Makes life seem less sh*tty. Thanks for posting this stuff, it helps some of us :D
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LiberumEqua Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2012
It may be a sketch, but it holds so much meaning. Spike really is a soldier. :heart:
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13th-ZodiaK Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2012  Student General Artist
I love it, it's a fantastic drawing :smooch:
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KittySib Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Awww! I wanna hug them!:D
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BaltinaBlackS Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2012
Your anatomy and expressions are just awesome!
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Sophisticus Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This is really cool. It's funny...this is the exact kind of thing that someone told me just the other day, because this past week and a half has been the roughest time in my life I can remember. It's not that one huge thing happened, it's that several medium-size things happened, all accumulating in one huge pile of "suck". Looking at this...I already feel a tiny bit better. Thank you.
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Flamy-Star Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2012
Lovely sketch <3 Indeed the fact that it isn't scanned but photographed adds something to the feel here :3 Nice~
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TheGuyFromHolland Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2012
That one picture, can contain such expression, is just amazing. Im speechless...
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StormCoyote Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Awwwwhhh Oomi! This is so cute! I love it!
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sombra-khenney Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2012  Student Digital Artist
i almost cried when i saw this (its also that time of the month)
this describes Spike in every way. the grainy look gives the picture character too
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Tonythunder Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2012
The grainy-ness gives the pic a powerful,emotional feeling,I like it! =D
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ClusterFack Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Reminds me of Till I collapse by Eminem. I like to listen to his more petic songs when looking at pictures you've done related to the SPIKE universe :3
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o0oZippizinnio0o Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This made my day, and gave me hope that the pain will be over soon.
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RichTheWolf257 Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
^^
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cdrake66 Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2012  Student Digital Artist
i LOVE THIS DRAWING! I wish I could get this as a poster. This speakes to me in SO many ways. And i think the graineyness just adds to it :D
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cheesysheep Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I don't know why, perhaps it's because I'm used to anthros being well built, but I REALLY like how skinny/scrawny you made him. I think it adds a lot of personality. Great job :)
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LoneSamuraiFox Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Well, I'd expect Spike to be that tough, because no one could just behave in other way, if all the youth raped by evil uncle...
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thespartanpenguin Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2012
Apart from mushroom cloudd, they have a green outline XD
Also this pic just makes you wnat to hug him...Even if you'd die soon after
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35circles Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2012  Student General Artist
love it
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amziss Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2012  Student Digital Artist
Ah I love Spike so much.
And indeed, he is really really strong.
I like his expression about too cry, but still trying to hold it up.
very touching ^^
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NecroSquelch Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2012  Student Digital Artist
I think the grain adds some effect to the overall mood, personally.
I really like that phrase and drawing! Keep it up! :D
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XxBattleLionessxX Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2012
awww :( just wanna give him a hug!!
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Skorpychan Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2012
TBH, it looked like a photoshop filter to me in the thumbnail. Seems that's how they create them.
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BlueLightningStrike Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2012
Ah, very nice.
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starmic Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2012
Amazing like always...
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Fawkes-Winchester Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
This picture, I love it :iconwthplz:
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Sasukewerewolf Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
its very nice work
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Braeus Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2012
I love the emotion in his face. He's crying, yet still remaining defiant.
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DexterTheFox Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Not bad at all. I'm kinda moved. Hehe.
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