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Hiding by LeSoldatMort Hiding by LeSoldatMort
A colored sketch commission for ironcrux (www.furaffinity.net/user/ironc… on FA, who was so amazing to let me do anything with his grey hare character <3

As an artist who is mainly focused on history of Napoleonic wars, I went for Retreat from Moscow. A French hare hiding from Russian cossack bear in an abadoned cottage somewhere in woods. Prepared to defend himself with a dragoon carbine he found on his way.

It was unusual to draw animals instead of humans in such theme but I enjoyed it, since animals are much more easier to draw than humans (at least for me) and bring the picture more contrast from physiognomy to actual symbolistic features.

I hope you understand and this will not drive you away from my art. I thought more of a classic fables from children books than furry when I was drawing this.


(Also damn I want snow!)


Tools:
Open canvas 4, Photoshop CS2, wacom bamboo


Character @ Ironcrux www.furaffinity.net/user/ironc…
Artwork © Rai-che 2010 ~rai1


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LancastrianKnight Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2014  Student Artist
Russian cossacks were just plain brutal when they harrased the retreating army. Since they weren't official or regular army they did whatever they pleased without restraint. They only got advisories and some assistance from them regular Russian army. But I guess the cossack horsemen where pissed with good reason being the French ravaged everything left behind during the end of summer that the russians missed to burn or salvage (part of their scorched earth static)
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Mafia-Queen Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2012  Student Photographer
This is very strange, but in a good way! I love your style and how you portrayed the event using animals :)
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LeSoldatMort Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2012  Student Digital Artist
Yep it was a great opportunity c: Thanks!
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Mafia-Queen Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2012  Student Photographer
You're welcome! :)
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extondude Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2012
lol, the french...
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LeSoldatMort Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2012  Student Digital Artist
I'm not sure how brave you are but I would be scared of such bigass cossack bear also >>;
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extondude Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2012
even if it was a wee little mouse, the hare would still be hiding.
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LeSoldatMort Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2012  Student Digital Artist
Aah I see now, you're talking with stereotypes here :D classy indeed, sir!

I'm not familiar with the personality of the hare character, I was given freedom of creativity, so I went for very possible situation with Napoleon's Grande Armée during retreat from Moscow in 1812, because I find the theme interesting and I portray it very often.
But I'm glad you got the symbolism in this after all. It made the picture easier to understand for all c:
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extondude Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2012
yep, and then us british beat nepoleon and his empire. HUZZAH!
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QueenDeath Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
very beautiful ^^
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LeSoldatMort Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2011  Student Digital Artist
Thanks! c:
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Rayfan Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2011   Writer
It made me think right away of children's books -- I thought perhaps it was an actual illustration for a story like that. It really does look like the English book illustrations I loved as a kid.

I like the contrast of the realistic hare and the almost supernatural bear. Works very well.
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LeSoldatMort Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2011  Student Digital Artist
I'm very glad you think so, thank you a lot! <:
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TheNormish Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2011
It reminds me of a short story I wrote some years ago about a French soldier on the retreat from Moscow who encountered a Russian peasant family.
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LeSoldatMort Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2011  Student Digital Artist
Ooh sounds interesting.
Well it looks that this soldier would be much happier if he encoutered a family than a cossack >>
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Witchii-chan Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Wow I love this! The atmospheric colors and the angle! The lighting looks incredible. It really has the feel of one of those older storybook pictures. I absolutely love it.
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LeSoldatMort Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2011  Student Digital Artist
It has? Mondieu thank you, Witchy ;3;
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Witchii-chan Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
It does indeed!
You're very welcome :)
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DasJabberwock Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2011
Fable > Furry anyday, my friend. :D
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VFreie Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2011
This is beautiful and seriously ominous and... ahhhh suspence! The hare seems like he really isn't going down without a fight - that, or I completely fail at reading animal facial expressions |D
Cossack bear is so creepy I can almost hear the floor creak under his steps and his nose sniff.
Nice, nice work again I say :heart:
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LeSoldatMort Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2011  Student Digital Artist
The expression (if we may call it like that, I just drew a rabbit head lol) came out itself, I think it's the surroundings and pose which helped it a bit more.
Yesss... °0° *sudden need to do soundtrack to this scene*
Merci ~ *bows*
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