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Please Don't Go by Wildweasel339 Please Don't Go by Wildweasel339
The general's daughter has had a personal bodyguard since the day she was born. "Big Barry" as he is often called, would be considered by most people an odd fellow, being so tall and a bit misshapen. Yet despite his awkward appearance, he is probably the most capable soldier on the palace grounds. Some say he single-handedly fended off dozens of enemy soldiers when the general fell injured in the heat of battle. I suppose that's what it takes to be trusted with the life of the master's only child.

While our general has spent the better part of each year away with the troops, "Big Barry" has spent nearly every hour of every day by the daughter's side. He has become both a close friend and caring father figure. At heart he's a very charming man, who through his joyful humor, shares great wisdom. But for fear of appearance, few have ever discovered his true nature.

Today the captain of the guard was replaced by a most despicable man. He's a short angry fellow, who has not looked kindly upon the large deformed bodyguard. So much was his disgust, that he has just ordered Big Barry to the front lines... a destination from which few soldiers ever return.

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:iconrafi1983:
RAFI1983 Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2014
this is great!!!
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:iconfinndleton:
Finndleton Featured By Owner Edited Oct 19, 2014
The story makes it.
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:iconvalar84:
Valar84 Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2013   Photographer
This one is amazing, it's sad and funny at the same time... very nice style!
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:iconwilliam099:
William099 Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I like the style.
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:iconrelativeequinox:
RelativeEquinox Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Oh, Uriah-esque Gambit :o. Underhanded!
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:iconinjin:
Injin Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
That's such a tragic story. Poor Big Barry, but I must say he seems really confident after all. Lovely painting. :)
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Synaesthetic1 Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2012
May the captain have his genitals minced to ribbons by angry housewives.
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:iconedarneor:
Edarneor Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Goddamit, Barry, don't go!! screw the captain!
yeah, the short angry fellows always do some treachery or other...
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MYHOTDOGISBIGGER Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Big Barry will triumph beyond insurmountable odds, and return as a hero ! Big Barry is the man ! *tear =)
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yellowsmoke321 Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
beautiful brush stroke size
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CLMac Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I cannot even express how much emotion this kindles in me. Every time I come back to look at this, I'm feel it all over again. Gosh please be nice to my feelings and let him come home again!!!
I love that reddish tone specifically on the right side of the composition. It looks believable and yet it gives that mean Captain of the Guard (or at least I am assuming he is by that shadowy scowl) a more impish feel. Geez, so amazing how even rough strokes like these can give the effect of metal. Shows how much an understanding is needed than just refinement, if that makes sense haha

Ooo I just love your style
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:iconwildweasel339:
Wildweasel339 Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks! The rough strokes were a bit of an experiment. :)
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:iconxenelith:
Xenelith Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2012
noo :( this is so sad. you conveyed the emotion of the story wonderfully through the painting.
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:iconbloodmoonequinox:
BloodMoonEquinox Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2012  Student General Artist
Awww! Nooooo, Big Barry must come back! :tears:

Awesome character study, I like the texture of your rough painting style! :)
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:iconkandykush:
kandykush Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I loved both the story and painting; I think you are very talented.
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:iconlord-paladin:
Lord-Paladin Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Love it!
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:iconpeatchoune:
Peatchoune Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
It makes it even more beautiful when there's a story behind the drawing, it makes you imagine everything greatly, i like it !
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:iconrasenth:
rasenth Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2012
Nooo, I hope Barry comes back. ;AAA;
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:iconrobertcopu:
RobertCopu Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2012  Student Digital Artist
Beautiful story, and great concept! The characters really shine through as you've written them out.
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:icongreyareark1:
GreyAreaRK1 Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2012
Wonderful moment. Go Barry!
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:iconzathraya:
zathraya Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2012  Student General Artist
Such a sad story/picture, even if it is a beautiful piece. :(
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:iconeagleacz:
eagleacz Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2012  Student General Artist
This is amazing :). Great work I love the colors and mood established
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:iconcreedmoor:
Creedmoor Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2012  Student General Artist
This piece and the description are very touching and loving. Definitely a favorite!~
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:iconfarooky:
farooky Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
nice work dude
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:iconartezianin:
Artezianin Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2012
wow man it seems rather good)
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:icondexterlexter:
DexterLexter Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
: ( wonderful painting, lovable characters, amazing Lane-style lighting, and a sad absorbing story to go with it.
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:iconwildweasel339:
Wildweasel339 Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
thanks man!
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:iconpoetic-stitches:
Poetic-Stitches Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist

Beautiful art, beautiful story... You conjure and capture emotion so very well ♥
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:iconbruggenbrander:
Bruggenbrander Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2012
it's genius especially the story. I would love to read a full blown story if you ever would write it :)
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:iconlulles:
lulles Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2012
great story to accompany this lovely painting.
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:iconwildweasel339:
Wildweasel339 Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
thank you! :)
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:iconmitia-arcturus:
Mitia-Arcturus Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2012
Wonderful portrait realised with a marvelous graphic liberty...:heart:...!!!
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:iconwildweasel339:
Wildweasel339 Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
"graphic liberty", I like the sound of that! Thank you!
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:iconmitia-arcturus:
Mitia-Arcturus Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2012
Nice work ... very dynamic drawing...:heart:...!!!
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:iconscary-cherry:
scary-cherry Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2012
that's so beautiful and touching
the picture, the story... just WOW
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:iconfuzionfreak:
fuzionfreak Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2012
beautiful
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:iconcrayonmechanic:
CrayonMechanic Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
I love this method! So beautiful!
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alinaelf Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2012
bwaaa ;_; Make the general change this stupid decision.. ;_;
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:icontimbakerfx:
TimBakerFX Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2012  Professional General Artist
Brilliant piece... just love your brush work
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CapitanaRecondita Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2012  Professional
wow, sad. but beautiful scene
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:iconfidori:
Fidori Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2012
Wonderful! Love the background story :)
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:iconkamil-3891:
Kamil-3891 Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2012
great! absolutely great!!!
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:iconznodden:
znodden Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2012  Student Digital Artist
This is so sweet. I love your paitings, feels like there's a story in all of them :)
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:iconclefj:
ClefJ Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Aw touching. D:

I do love stories attached to these images.
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:iconhatimous:
Hatimous Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
WoW... I love it.
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:iconwarmics:
Warmics Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Barry better make it back Wildweasel >:(

jk, awesome work man, really moving!
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:iconwildweasel339:
Wildweasel339 Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
If he does, I'll have to draw the happy reunion.

Thank you :)
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:icondodo-vogel:
Dodo-Vogel Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
Big Barry will make it back! ;A;
Wonderful Picture & Story
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:iconwildweasel339:
Wildweasel339 Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
I hope so, thank you!
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:iconchrista-kinde:
Christa-Kinde Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2012   Writer
This is heartwarming and heart-wrenching all in one go. Wonderful storytelling!
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