Posted Jul 28, 2007, 12:43:49 AM

I like to do artwork about love. Mostly it shows up in a cute or silly way and sometimes in the lusty variety (which seems to be really popular...). This time though, I wanted to do the poignant type of love, the type that sort of eats at you until you put it down on paper or pixels.

So much of Naruto is about loss, particularly Naruto himself. Isolated and barely tolerated for most of his life, I liked the idea of him having the tender touch of family if only for a brief moment. So, before he seals Kyuubi inside his son and dies in exchange, Yondaime sings Naruto a quiet lullaby.

While I think Yondaime would have given his life for his village without a second thought, I think he died for love, for the love for his son and the hope that Naruto despite how hard his life will be, will live on.

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  • Oct 13, 2009
    I'm not a Naruto fan, but this is beautiful.
  • Jan 16, 2009
    Wow, that's really beautiful. Sooo sad, too. ):
  • Jul 28, 2008
    nice artwork
  • Apr 16, 2008
    Nicely done and very poignant. Not a fan of Naruto but I like this piece alot.
    • May 6, 2008
      It's very bittersweet and unrelenting when the concept came to mind. I actually dropped what project I was doing to do it.
  • Nov 11, 2007
    nicely done on the candles. not too many people who do fan art put any attention into the background.
    • Nov 18, 2007
      That always surprises me. Backgrounds can really make the picture and when people decide not to include them it makes it look really empty. I don't think they're all that hard, but they can be rather monotonous.
  • Sep 1, 2007
    Very nice coloring Yes I especially like how you did the hair ^_^
    • Sep 2, 2007
      Yeah, it came out pretty well. "Bedhead" hair is always hit and miss and in a picture like this, I'm glad it worked.
  • Aug 4, 2007
    Aw... I see so little art concerning Yondaime and Naruto, and I think this is really excellent. I love how you handled their hair, different but so alike, and really interestingly shaded.
    The candles are great, nice detail having them progressively darker towards the bottom, as the lit wick would make that effect.
    You did well with his torn/bloody clothing as well, and Kyuubi in the background is a good touch.
    All in all, I love this!
    • Aug 5, 2007
      The sort of "bedhead" hair can be a bit awkward to do, so I'm glad it looks good or at the least, interesting.

      This picture is kind of my baby in a lot of ways and definitely my heaviest picture. I drew it for myself and if no one liked it, it didn't really matter. So comments like these are realy nice to receive.

      There are so many emotions that I wanted to convey and I'm glad that they get across so well in this portrayal of a single moment in time.




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