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Seasons: Requiem -Full- by nicholaskole Seasons: Requiem -Full- by nicholaskole
Yeah...about that "wait"...

I got itchy and decided I'd upload the whole comic :D

This was done over a year ago for a yet-unpublished Anthology called Seasons (to be published sometime soon by Sofawolf press...updates will follow!)

This was done at around the same time as Piper's Pet, and it was a source of some frustration to me at the time that Piper is a better comic, even though it was comparatively less work. This was done first, so at least I'm learning!

All I can see now are the flaws, and I do realize that it is narratively broken beyond all sense. I ambitiously wanted to do this silently, but see if you can guess what's going on!
I'm considering adding text, but I'm afraid it would be too much an afterthought.
Still, I'm glad I did it. It was a good learning experience. I hope you guys enjoy it in it's fullness!

More chatter and individual pages up on my blog: [link]

UPDATE:
I'm pretty amazed by how well this was received by everyone! Thanks SO much for your comments, I'll try to take some time to get back to y'all. It motivated me to take some of the feedback I've received and make some small but much needed adjustments. Just some touching up of contrast and color.
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Daily Deviation

Given 2010-10-03
The suggester says, "Not a single word was written but the emotion of the scene made the story meaningful. It's just simply brilliant."
Seasons: Requiem -Full- by ~homarusrex
Also suggested by =Thunderskull ~trantel, ~Stultuscaudex and =Pretty-Angel ( Suggested by Atramina and Featured by kangel )
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kwesuart Featured By Owner Edited Mar 11, 2015
this is cool ... I need some pointers on colouring ink ... or share your process.

Awesome work
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AkuDemyfan Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2014
This.... I got no words for this. It's amazing and works well without words. Just..... Awesome. Congrats on the DD! :aww:

Faving!
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great work! :) I loved it.
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lulinha1000 Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2014  Professional General Artist
Very nice!
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carolnuts Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
is...is the kid dead?


Really Sad 
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nicholaskole Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
...

yes 

:(
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carolnuts Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Frozen - Elsa Crying Icon 
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RoguishBard Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
Not dead, methinks, just asleep. I think he was about to kill the boy, but couldn't bring himself to it. So he abandoned his horde and brought the child to someone else.
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SunstarPhoenix Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2013
*takes a big breathe and lets it out* Beautiful, just...beautiful.

-Kai
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nicholaskole Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
:) thanks Kai!
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coolbyproxy Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2013  Professional Artisan Crafter
I love this! It feels very Redwallish to me- I actually think I like it without text, very nicely done!
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nicholaskole Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
haha- that is probably because I was thinking of redwall the whole time! :D Love that book series!
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RocCenere Featured By Owner May 22, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I still read look at this now and then, and it still brings a tear to my eye.
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nicholaskole Featured By Owner May 24, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
I'm glad you come back to it- that's great to hear.
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eizsofi Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2012
I just can't describe how amazed I am!!! Every time I see your comics (and games of course) is like I'm transfered to an amazing world of dreams and colours... and I don't want to come back. Thank you!
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nicholaskole Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
:) thanks! I'm glad to have had such an effect! Stay tuned...might be more comics coming up!
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TJverhagen Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2012
This is awesome. You really know how to tell a story, and I just love your style.
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nicholaskole Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
:) thanks! Stories are my fave
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Embyrwane Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2012  Student General Artist
Sir, I'm new here and I just want to say that you work and stories cannot possibly be fully complimented by mere words. Thank you for your inspiring images and the stirring ideas you've conjured into being for the rest of us to see. Oh, to be out of college and working on THIS kind of material!!! You're fantastic - last thing I'm gonna say.
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nicholaskole Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
^_^ aw, shucks- thanks!
This was actually a piece I did while I was IN college- I took it on as a commission and worked on it as an independent study with one of my professors. So don't wait! start making the work you want to make now! :D
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Nectarino Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
It would be interesting to see this animated. Sorta reminds me of Redwall.
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Allanpike Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
I have no idea bout any of the backstory, but its awesome!
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ForestChips Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2012
Besides the outstanding illustrative execution, your capability to tell an emotional story without any words is truly astonishing.
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kingnoir Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2012
I know that you've probably been told this before, but you should really consider making this into a greater endeavour, maybe even an ongoing work, as there is definitely enough for that, and I know for one i would be really interested in seeing further work
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larva25 Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2012
amazing
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MadMonty13 Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
Absolutely beautiful.
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GrainyFly Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
This was truly wonderful. It had such an incredible meaning behind it, well done...that wheat cleaver scars me...
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MirkAssassin Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2012
You're an awesome visual story teller :)
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nicholaskole Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks :) It's something I care a lot about!
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MirkAssassin Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2012
Keep it up sir. :) Hope to get there one day as well.
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Monkeymind8 Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2012
I think no text is needed here.
It would be very difficult to find any words to accompany or to underline the sadness and the strength you managed to show in one story.
After all, this is about kindness and mercy, making mistakes and finding freedom - that doesnīt need explanation.
It isnīt broken - I mean narratively - it leaves enough room for the own fantasy. Which I find very important.
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nicholaskole Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks for saying so :)
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EduHerrera Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
awesome dude! i love the ligthness!
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Optorylpulpus Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Fantastic!!!
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bobwashereagain Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2012
somewhere in my soul, something moved because of this pic...
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TonyDennison Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2012
Great sequence! The colour is so evocative and pleasing to the eye. I feel like a little kid getting drawn into a fantasy world when I look at this...
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Lite-up Featured By Owner May 26, 2012
Just a quick question, but did he kill the child? :(
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nicholaskole Featured By Owner May 27, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
yup :(
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paigeity Featured By Owner May 10, 2012
one of the most beautiful comics I have seen on here. Redemption and love in one :)
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nicholaskole Featured By Owner May 10, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
thanks muchly!
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Raoon Featured By Owner May 10, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I totally love this! Ill be watching you now!
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HarryLeeMoon Featured By Owner May 10, 2012  Student Digital Artist
Awesome! Thank you for that story.
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LadyNd Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2012
A beautiful little story with gorgeous art to match! :)
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raels Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2012
This is incredibly beautiful!! wonderfully drawn and very touching
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GurRaeye Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I honestly can't find any words to describe how wonderful your comic is. I really amazing! Though I do have one question about the story in it. Did the little child die? You don't have to tell me, but I would like to know.
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februarymoon Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2012
I might have commented on this before, but... This is very likely the most breathtaking piece of artwork I have ever encountered on Deviant Art. I don't have words to describe how it makes me feel (and being a non-native English speaker doesn't help).

The silence, it's marvellous and powerful. I'm certain words would have taken away from the impact and magic. (Even though I didn't get it at first, I have to admit... For me, though, the emotional impact/the attractant force of a created reality generally outweighs the importance of plot times a hundred.)

Thank you for this amazing work. :thanks:
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angelwingkitty Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
I absolutely love your method of storytelling, as an artist getting into the comic industry, it's so refreshing and inspiring to see such wonderful work :)
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SoReyPet Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2011  Hobbyist
AWESOME ;)
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rklover13 Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I'm confused, but I like it
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Time-Raining Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2011
This is so confusing but its perfect the way it is :D
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