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Hyenas are simply awesome. I've just realised how much I love these guys. :dummy:

A classmate, :iconkivagyte: brought up the idea of drawing a hyena warrior for him. His timing was pretty much spot on, as I was thinking about such thing the day before.
My first idea was depicting him as a Zulu warrior, aka Impi. His shield (isihlangu) and spear (assegai) were based on references, the smaller accessories, however, were just made up on the spot.

This is my first picture where I used only the tablet, as needed some practice. The lines are somewhat hairy - well duh - and the shading could be way, way better, but still, I'm impressed how much I enjoyed drawing this character.


Note: The stuff that pop up as the suggestions on the right were just wrong.


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This guy @ to KiVagyTe
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:iconkdnightstar:
KDNightstar Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
I've been flipping through the "antho hyena" category, and keep picking your work for my "favorites" folder.  You really can capture hyenas' attitudes very well!
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Darbaras Featured By Owner May 16, 2015  Student Filmographer
Thank you very much!
Yeah, they are really amazing animals, and have some character to them, albeit this particular piece isn't that great ... ^^ I think I should draw one more again C:
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booglybear Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2014   Traditional Artist
Awesome art!
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OfTheBlessed Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2013
Zulu?
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5tevenM Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2013
Oooh, cool warrior! He doesn't look to friendly though 
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:icondarbaras:
Darbaras Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2013  Student Filmographer
Thanks! :D Then he fits his role of keeping strangers away perfectly. C:
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:icon5tevenm:
5tevenM Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2013
Made for his job ;)
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Yumaboy1814 Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2013
Yes this the way they should be if they were human like warriors as Zulu impies.
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:icondarbaras:
Darbaras Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2013  Student Filmographer
Maybe with more unique features and tribal motives ... He's looking a bit 'subtle' for an African warrior. ^^
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thedarkinker Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Mate love your style, and I see now why you liked my Born to Kill image! Respect!!
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:icondarbaras:
Darbaras Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2013  Student Filmographer
Thank you very much! Though, the shading and line art techniques are more refined now.
Yeah, ever since a friend introduced the spotted hyenas to me, I’ve become quite fond of them. C:
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thedarkinker Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
hyenas are very cool!, well we all get better the more we do, but still love this image!
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Snaphance93 Featured By Owner May 23, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Oh man, I absolutely love his face. You've done a stunning job with this!
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:icondarbaras:
Darbaras Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2013  Student Filmographer
Thanks! He kinda looks like my friend, who I made the picture for, but it was completely unintentional. :D I didn’t have any experience with fur, so it’s a bit messy, but it got better since then.

PS: Sorry for replying this late, but I lost track of my messages after a long, unscheduled break on dA. ^^;
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Snaphance93 Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Haha, it's fascinating how such things happen subconsciously! Yes, I spy some nice improvement in your latest submissions C: I think this rougher style here still has its charm, though!

Don't you worry about it! I just came back from a dA break myself, so your timing is perfect =P
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:icondarbaras:
Darbaras Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2013  Student Filmographer
Yeah, they give the picture a great deal of personal value and uniqueness. :)
Oh, I am glad you noticed it too! Sometimes I wonder if there's any improvement at all, as looking back to my earlier works, I don't see much difference. Charm? I never thought my pictures have any. :O

Welcome back then! C: I hope this break brought you a lot, especially art-wise!
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Snaphance93 Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Definitely!

Yeah, it's always difficult to see your own improvement, since you're so close to your own work all the time. And yes, your pictures have charm C:

Thank you! It did, and I hope your own break brought you lots C:
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RottenNails Featured By Owner May 21, 2013  Student Digital Artist
nice !
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ScathMactire Featured By Owner May 14, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
why do i think of Vaas?
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:icondarbaras:
Darbaras Featured By Owner May 14, 2013  Student Filmographer
Who?
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ScathMactire Featured By Owner May 15, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Vaas from Far cry 3
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Skyward-Dreamer Featured By Owner May 13, 2013
:D Ha ha, I love it! You know ... there might be just one mutation in a single gene and boom - we have bipedal, intelligent hyena cavemen. ;)

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:icondarbaras:
Darbaras Featured By Owner May 14, 2013  Student Filmographer
I'm glad to hear it! Thanks! :)

Now that would be interesting to see. :D Hyenas - especially the spotted hyenas - are way more intelligent than most people would think.
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Carlie-NuclearZombie Featured By Owner May 12, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
this is really cool work, looks amazing
love the idea to ^^
Its alittle different from your usual stuff but I think you did an epic job on this :heart:
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:icondarbaras:
Darbaras Featured By Owner May 14, 2013  Student Filmographer
Thank you very much! :)
Indeed, that's why I like this picture so much, drawing this one was really refreshing after all those repetitive stuff. ^^ To be honest, I got very tried of making only fan art ...

Also, sorry for being late with your trade ^^; ... I'll get to it as soon as we're done with our current project.
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Carlie-NuclearZombie Featured By Owner May 14, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
no worries C:
It looks great, and agreed, Im like that at times to lol, always good to see new stuff though no matter what.

and oki doki thats fine C:
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kashirarosea Featured By Owner May 12, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
Cool! Can I have a bat warrior 4 me?
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Darbaras Featured By Owner May 14, 2013  Student Filmographer
Thanks! ^^

Well, I used to do commissions, but now I'm taking a break to work on my own pieces and practice drawing a bit.
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kashirarosea Featured By Owner May 14, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
Okay.
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Kudonai Featured By Owner May 12, 2013  Hobbyist Filmographer
Yuuup. Hyenas are cool
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Pikuna Featured By Owner May 12, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Okay, at first I didn't realized it was a pic by you xD
it really looks awesome and your work with the tablet is nice. :3
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:icondarbaras:
Darbaras Featured By Owner May 14, 2013  Student Filmographer
Yeah, this is quite different from my previous works, both in style and genre, but that's what makes experimenting interesting :)
Thank you very much! C: Sure, I need to practice a lot to get smoother lines and be more efficient, but this was a huge improvement for me.
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