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In Homage to Warriors Past by wielderofthewind In Homage to Warriors Past by wielderofthewind
She howls to them so that they know she will not forget. She sounds the call of remorse, honor, and loneliness. She honors them with her gift of a song of tribute and of pain. They run to her on currents of wind and memories that have all but faded into the past. They are from the Revolutionary, Civil, Spanish/American, First World, Second World, Korean, Viet Nam, and Middle Eastern wars. Their coats are almost colorless with the passing of time, but their fangs are well sharpened to perfection...muscles ripple under fur that is decades old...senses are keen, their howls made out of tears and triumph, yet their eyes shine with the same passionate life with which they fought. Death has not stopped them from their duty, for they aid their warrior descendents, their living brothers in arms, with their strength in their times of need on every battlefield. They are the Angels of the Battlefield and live in every heart that remembers them with pride and sound their call in every voice that proclaims "freedom".

Done for all of those of you who serve. Done in the memory of those that have. My voice, my howl, is all that I can offer you in return for a service that never ends. Thank you.

Technical Notes
The red, white, and blue sky was done with watercolors. The ghost wolves were done with prisma color pencils. Wielder, the wolf in the foreground was done with micron pen and prismacolor markers because she is not the focus of the piece. I wanted her to be simple in design compared to the fallen soldiers that are far more detailed.
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Kwonpacalypse Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2007
nice buncha ferocious wolves, love that lol, checkout my work
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WhiteFireFox Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2007
i love it it has alot of hours put into it i know how that is you must have gotten realy frustrated some times.
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WolfwithGlasses Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2007
your artwork is amazing.
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LittleWolfSpirit Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2006
After seeing this, made me think of my friend, I was in tears. Not a bad thing but good. I'll have to commission you sometime to do a militar one of my friend and I together from when we were in ROTC. Very beautiful. An automatic fave.
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wolffire Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2006
D'aww, my brother is in Iraq.. Except.. he isn't dead o-0 Well, he's dying of boredom, from what he says. We just got some computer game from Best Buy we're supposed to ship back out to him. He'd be lost without his laptop :-P
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basakward Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2005  Professional Filmographer
My! What remarkable skill in rendering and design! Your color choices are wonderful as well! Wonderful piece!
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Ayloud Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2004
*ahem* i ment
NIFTY!
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Ambyyr Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2004   Writer
The entire work is beautiful dear. I enjoy the colors and the red wolf in the right corner, I like how you structured her, very creative. Another favorite! Very nice job! *Smiles*
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Ayloud Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2004
Nify!
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PlatinumDragonART Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2004
Good work!
Another favorite to my list!
:+fav:
I am going to watch you now!
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Clipsy1959 Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2004
interesting how i came across this when i did. on my way to Denver yesterday, i saw a funeral call carrying a fallen soldier. at first i didnt think much about it, but as we kept going past and falling behind the car, the impact settled in. it finally hit me that this war is indeed closer than we think. people who once lived within an hour of be have died, and the family that is affected spreads further. it was really hard on me, to see that a friend or a relative could be next. this peice is really lovely. definate fav
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schader666 Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2004
The thought put into this peice is deep, good job.

~
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messyjessie Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2004
Well, not much for words at the moment (its late)

but I love the idea behind this, It's very heart touching. :heart:

I love the detail and the colors, they all blend together very nicely. Its very easy on the eyes. :)
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meljen Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2004  Professional Traditional Artist
Beautiful!!!

I included a link to your gallery and a link to this picture in the 'Work of the Day' section on my front page (for Nov. 4th). I just thought it was so fitting with the election come and gone..and the war...

So...just letting you know...cuz you and your work deserve it!
:winner:
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wielderofthewind Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2004  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you, I really appreciate it. I am so proud that you like my work so much, especially this piece.
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:iconmeljen:
meljen Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2004  Professional Traditional Artist
You are VERY welcome. :D
:hug: <---lotsa love to ya!!
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Tribal-Wolf Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2004   Photographer
ummm...*drops dead* that is beautiful...you are now one of my over all favorite artists
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ItazuraButterfly Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2004
I love this picture SoOoOoOoOo much!! I love wolves to death!!!! Definanty going in my faves!!!!
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pimao Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2004
so awsome :clap: & cute :aww:
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:iconshiraga:
shiraga Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2004   Traditional Artist
I can't say that I like the way that you colored Wielder(?) like that (messes with the unity in my opinion) but it's really a gorgeous picture despite that, just like I said when I saw the sketch.

I love how the ghost wolves merge into the red and blue clouds ^_^
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Khaose81 Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2004
Wow, Im touched. All I can say is, Thankyou.

P.S. definetly a :+fav:
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animedevildog Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2004
DAMN....um.....DAMN....
That's all I can say...
You should offer a print of this, I know I would buy it!
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SilentRavyn Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2004   Traditional Artist
love the expressions. the shading is incredible
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faraphoenix418 Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2004
Faving the completed piece now. Just an awesome work.

~Fara
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CassiCloudkicker Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2004
I can't tell you how breathless I was when I first saw this picture. It made me want to cry. Absolutely beutiful job Miss Shadowraine... Beautiful.
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Black-Jack Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2004
Great work... this has got to be my fave of all your pics.

I absolutely love how patriotic it makes me feel :D I wish I could do more for our troops and vets, but donating is all I can think of.

I feel like a lot of dedication and love went into this, I hope i'm right :D

Not too smart so don't exactly know what else to say, just that it is extrodinary.
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:iconkata:
Kata Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2004  Professional Digital Artist
Beautiful job :D it looks great! I love the colors and just the whole mood and concept :D
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NightTracker Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2004  Professional Traditional Artist
the only word I can find remotely what i wanna say to this is.. beautiful.. simply, magnificant.
Lovely, Shadowraine, lovely.
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silver-sky Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2004   Traditional Artist
This turned out nicely.
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annubissl Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2004  Hobbyist
i know this may sound odd but i think the dog tags are the best thing about the picture. really helps drive home the point.
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kalicothekat Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2004  Professional Digital Artist
O_O Wow. This is truly inspiring and beautiful. :+fav:
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wolfenashes Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2004
Robin, this is absoloutly breathtaking :jawdrop: you have indeed made your point clear hear, even without a description, it makes such an impact. Thank you for honoring them with this increadible gift from your heart and soul :hug:
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akakkak Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2004
Stunning.
:salute:
:+fav:
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Natsume-san Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2004
Type II - Class S Shadowraine:

A very memorial piece. Living in the US is something taken for granted a lot, and it's forgotten of the sacrifices and mistakes made in order to get to where we are. Very superb idea.

However, as disappointed as I am, I guess I shouldn't be suprised.

Trivia time: Throughtout the history of the US, there have been only 5 wars that the US has officially participated (i.e. Congress declared) in - the Revolutionary, World Wars I and II, the Spanish-American War, and.....the War of 1812. Not too surprised this wasn't included, as practically no one remembers this war.

- Natsume
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wielderofthewind Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2004  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Hehehe, thanks for the trivia. The thing about wars is the people that declare wars aren't the ones that participate in them. The War of 1812 was something that I just considered to be in that period of purgatory between the Civil and Revolutionary wars...too many battles during that era. Native american battles, civil battles...the young years of our country were wars in themselves. Thank you for bringing it to my attention though...I love history!
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banga-rang Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2004  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Wielder looks amazing though. I love the position of the head, everything looks right about it.I like the big greyish wolf in front. His face looks determined. Emtional is how I likes it.
+fav
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DBZchick Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2004  Hobbyist General Artist
Gorgeous and very well thought of. I'm sure all soldiers, past, present and even future appreciate it. ^_^
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JENGALORE Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2004
gasp and drops jaw :dropjaw: ... i recently became strangely attracted to war movies after i watch pearl harbor and embun ... this piece is so so ... beautiful :heart: and haunting and has an inner meaning to me :). I was waiting for the final piece of your sketch to pounce on it and to give it a big slobber ... * CHARRRGGEEEE.... !!!! * :hug: *slobbers* :heart:
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SpiritWolfen Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2004  Hobbyist Photographer
THis is gergous.. the colors you used! Wow.. a very moving piece :nod:
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tygris Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2004   Artisan Crafter
Wow Robin. I actually wasn't expecting this to be as colorful as it is but it looks so fantastic. An instant fav and a very sweet gesture on your part.
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Sablelieger Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2004
I am :omfg:; it is beyond description; the arts is powerfult, but the prose is even more. It is a beautiful tribute to us and to those before us that cannot.. no, must not be forgotten. Stand up and salute the colors, for they are proudly displayed in this humble homage to our fallen warriors.

:salute: THIS WE'LL DEFEND :salute:
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wielderofthewind Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2004  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you very very much. I am glad that you servicemen types like it. I would have failed horribly if you didn't...hehehe. *bows before the colors as she has no right to salute them*

Thank you for your service...I can never say that enough
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Samuel-Wolfe Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2004
I'm practicaly in tears. I can't tell you how touching this piece is for me. I would very much be interested in buying a print of this... it's something I'd love to have hanging on my wall (whenever it is that I have one to hang it on).
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wielderofthewind Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2004  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Awww, I am glad you found my piece to be so moving. It lets me know that I have done a decent job. As for the print, I'll see if I can find a print shop today and I'll give you the price they would charge. You flatter me too much!

Thanks for fighting for us, Samuel. I only wish I could do more for you guys.
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Samuel-Wolfe Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2004
your encouragement and support do more than you know... I don't know about other soldiers (and marines and airmen) but what I need more than anything is moral support. I've got food and a safe (relitively safe) place to sleep. What I lack most is moral support. Its hard being so far from home, and having people who care enought to say a kind word do more than you'd think.
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AnimeFreak40K Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2004  Hobbyist General Artist
your ability to add symbolisim, your outstandinga bility to draw (and color) and patriotisim never ceases to amaze me. this is a great piece of work, and i really apprecaite all that it stands for and means. thanks a million and keep up the outstanding work
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wielderofthewind Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2004  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Hehehe, well I appreciate all that you guys fight for. *snuggles her servicemen friends* Thank you so much for your comment and all that you do!
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AnimeFreak40K Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2004  Hobbyist General Artist
no problem....and i do try...sometimes its easier than others, but i do appreciate the support
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jutone Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2004
So beautiful and well pictured that I'm going to fave this
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jutone Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2004
So beautiful and well pictured that I'm going to fave this
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