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Life In Every Breath by wielderofthewind Life In Every Breath by wielderofthewind
"There is Life in every breath...That is, Bushido."
-Katsumoto from THE LAST SAMURAI

"Samurai." The voice was water pouring over steel. The young black wolf turned around to face the source of the spoken word. He smiled when he saw her blue and white face smiling back at him, her hair untied and dancing in the wind, not pulled back and tamed like the lockes of other women.

"So you have come to see a Samurai off to war," Ragnarok said, a smile across his fangs. "Very odd gesture for Shinobi."

Okari smiled and closed her eyes. "What is a Samurai without his Master? What is Shinobi without his honor? I see little difference other than oath and coins." Her golden eyes flashed open to meet his, one green, the other blue. "Besides, I like to think of my past as that of a Ronin...not Shinobi."

Ragnarok smiled at that. There was still much strength in her frame though she no longer struggled to play the part of a woman. He longed to tarry with her there in the garden but knew in his heart that it would only hurt more if he did. Stepping closer, he asked of her the answer that hung in the air, "What brings you here to say goodbye?"

Okari laughed and reached both hands out, making a gentle bowl with her hands. Puzzled, he watched her eyes as they drifted into the cherry tree branches above their heads. A Nightingale flew into the white palms and started to sing its strange little song. "I come to remind you that death is the price of Bushido, but life is the reward. Seasons come and go, things die, other things are born, but some things always remain the same."

He reached out his hands to tentatively touch hers, amazed that the wild bird did not fly off at the sight of his larger, calloused paws. "I have lived a lifetime in my journeys, young Samurai. Many of those days were spent caring more about death than life, so much so that the song of the Nightingale was not heard by my ears." Regret shined in her eyes. "Remember always its song. The song of life and rebirth...of promise not fear."


A mixed media commission for :iconskyler-ragnarok: of his black wolf character, Ragnarok, with my akita/wolf hybrid, Okari. This has truly been a labor of love, and I really think it's my best piece yet.

Background is done in watercolor and india ink with a few gel pen highlights. Characters are done with prismacolor pencil and gel pen.
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FurryMess Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2012
Used your picture in my video and linked your gallery! Here's the video: [link] :)
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Uteidon Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2011
Wonderful!
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Charming-Manatee Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2011  Student
Really beautiful, the details look lovely :heart:
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EvyWolf133 Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Awe!! I love this! x3
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Cameron333 Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2010
very loving :3
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mudflap Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2010  Student General Artist
You surprised me! I wasn't sure what kind of art to expect when clicking your icon, and these beautiful works really surprised me :heart:
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JiLinn Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
LOVE
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PrinceOfRedDeath Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2010
I absolutely love it girl!! I love what you've done with
the kimonos. ^^

-.~ Shika
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keefengrind Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2010
Wonderfully saturated colors and I love the combination of the strong lines with watercolor texture in between them. :clap:
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chefhalfnote Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2010  Student General Artist
How long did it take you to draw this?
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Cameron-Jung Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
looks great!
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Nobodyendless Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2010  Student General Artist
wooooow

amazing
I adore, so I wish to have a kimono.
Very beautiful your picture the colors are very good as background with sakura trees
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Slipstreme Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2010
That is incrediblybeautiful! Love this.
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Slipstreme Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2010
Sorry about the typo fail.
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REALLESSdavampiregir Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2010
Awesome amazing. It's like nothing out of the ordinary Like this is almost every day life.
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JadeThePredator Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This is stunningly gorgeous. I love all the details and colors. The outfits are wonderfully done, especially her kimono. Omg, I LOVE her kimono... Great shading and highlights, too! I agree, this is one of your best. :)
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AMTRAK Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2010
Beautiful and well done with the dialogue.
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Natural--20 Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2010  Student Writer
It's lovely
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obviously-badfaith Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2010  Student Digital Artist
I love the devoted expression passing in between these two, it stands out even more than the detail you put into it.
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Blue-Avenger Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
Wow, just beautiful. The detail is amazing and the expressions are very well done.
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Wintie Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2010
the detail on the kimono is amazing the whole image is amazing, you have a wonderful style.
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Temrin Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2010  Professional General Artist
This is so amazing! curious, how much did this cost for a commission?
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LadySai65-Rojas Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2010
Thumbs way up!!!
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Moorcat Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2010
very lovely. when are you gonna show in a con art show?
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A-lie134 Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2010
oh my gosh the kimonos are terrific, well the all picture is gorgeous; great work!!
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Skyler-Ragnarok Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2010
I will always love and treasures this one. Thank you so much for your hard work.
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princess-rebii Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
it's amazing, awesome, gorgeous *don't know english word to describe it*
i just LOVE it! the little details are great! above all the bird <3

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sorry i'm from austria so my english is very bad ;)
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saucy-mo Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
soo beautiful!!! i love how this piece came out <3 the characters looks so lovely and ive always loved your shading and highlight style <3 cant wait to see more pieces from you
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Greykitty Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2010  Professional General Artist
Looks marvelous! I really admire all the detail and the colors are so nice. Great work!
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Stargazer103 Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2010
Just fucking awesome!!!!!
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biocoal Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2010
Beautiful picture. Good job.
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