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Into the Dark by Inonibird Into the Dark by Inonibird
This. Took. FOREVER.

But I'm done! :w00t: YAAAAY! And I gotta say, I'm surprised it turned out...uh, as well as I THINK it did. Phew. :phew:

All righty. So this is post-death for BOTH The Joy/Boss and The Sorrow, as in, right after Life's End...I didn't really want to draw them ethereal because I felt the whole opacity thing would detract from the image. So shush, I know they're both ghosts, who cares if you can't see through them!? It''s artistic, goldurnit! :shakefist:

I'm quite proud of the fact that I drew absolutely everything you see here, even the background, though I'll admit I had to use a reference for that...I almost spent as much time on the background as the characters. Though the record for most amount of time spent on one specific thing goes to The Joy's damn OUTFIT. GAH, TAKE FOREVER! :crazy:

The lyrics are from "I Will Follow You Into the Dark", a song by Death Cab for Cutie. It's part of my "Joy & Sorrow" mix, hehe. ^^; Anyway, sad in essence, but at the same time QUITE romantic! I after death, right? Heh. So this counts as another one of my Valentine's Day piccies, huzzah! :dance:

Um. That's it. Hope y'all enjoy. I spent waaaay too much time on this. :unimpressed:

The Joy and The Sorrow are (c) Hideo Kojima, from Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater
and lyrics are (c) Death Cab for Cutie
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warconker Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2010
I would fave this twice if I could.
EmbryH Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2008
omg I just almost started crying as soon as I saw this pic because I'm listening to this song right now and I LOVE the story line of that game and and and...

GhostAsylum Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2008  Student Traditional Artist
BreakingGodsHeart Featured By Owner May 25, 2008
This is a really beautiful piece of art. You should be really proud of yourself, you're incredibly talented.
JROTCcadet Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2008
Raverine-1013 Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2007
wow this is beauitful...the colors are wonderful...:love:
novice-city Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2007
xD You'd think Joy would look just a tad happier, seeing as she's just been reunited with her lover and the father of her child... xD
Inonibird Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2007  Professional Digital Artist
Yeah...but there's the whole death thing. That's usually not too fun. XD;;
novice-city Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2007
...Good point. =P But even Sorrow looks happier than Joy there xD ...Then again, he's used to being dead, isn't he =P
Teper Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2006   Photographer
Wow...that's really good 'noni. Very impressive :-)
Kakashisama Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2006
That is so awesome. Joy+Sorrow for the win. :D
PsycopathicHellsing Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2006
Now this is really amazing dear n__n
I love all the detail youve added,and there poses and expressions are awsome `<3
ShadowKusatsu Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2006  Hobbyist Digital Artist
That background is beautiful, it looks so real! Definitely my favourite piece of yours so far. XD
Rodrigokun Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2006
impressive. much expressive and awesome paint and line work.....fav

kisses lady
akira-devilman-fudo Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2006  Hobbyist Digital Artist
the suit of the boss is always hard to draw
dont worry
wawwww....the pic looks quite nice
and you did a awesome background
Thoradnir Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2006
This is so awesome. I really love the way you did this... it's so cool.
artemisio Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2006
buaaah i love this couple so much >w< i couldnt myself not "daaaw" when she said the father was him XDD
so, must fav *-*!
CapricornBlue Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2006  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Wow that REALLY came out good. I love the background and everything.
DrSp00ky Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2006  Hobbyist General Artist
Awesome, as usual. Man, clothes are sometimes the hardest thing to get down, especially complicated ones like Boss's suit. I hate drawing it...but it makes for nice detail.

You got all the details perfect too. Ooh, this pic is great! I love the way the background looks, everything is so perfect! I love The Sorrow's face there.
Gonjo-Hebi Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2006
awsome man!!!
SnipeTheSorrow Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2006  Hobbyist
Thats really beautiful!! :heart:
Outrospective Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2006
UninvitedChaos Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2006  Hobbyist Digital Artist
*faving* omg! This is amazing:D This pic is worth the time;)
RichardAHallett Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2006   General Artist
Wow, cool pic :+fav:
Redracat Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2006
Wonderful detail. :D I like the sunset as well. x)
You don't need transparent effect to make them look ghosty, now do you? Its perfect just the way they are. :clap:
Inonibird Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2006  Professional Digital Artist
RIGHT! Who needs transparency effects even ever at all for ghosty?!, that wasn't a sentence. Sorry, I just got this insane rush from a Diet Pepsi. :psychotic:
Azurra-Flair Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2006
gorgeous i luv it :heart: :D
Sykin Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2006
The detail is incredible; well done. Colors are all correct too. I urge you to make more stuff like this...

...That includes the rest of the Cobra Unit killing Nazi's and stuff :)...
DemonHunterJoan Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2006  Hobbyist
Hmmm.... :XD:
tyderiumDS Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2006   Traditional Artist
it shows how much time you took. it really does look just like them.
nice colors on the bg, by the way.
Inonibird Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2006  Professional Digital Artist
And you know what? I didn't look at any pictures for reference to draw their faces (for The Joy, yes, I did have to check for her outfit). I guess this means those darn faces must be engraved in my brain. :o
tyderiumDS Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2006   Traditional Artist
of course you had to use reference for her outfit. you'd be a circus freak not to have to.
ScatterbrainFox Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2006
wow. Kudos @ her outfit. I once only drew a little sloppy chibi of her and spent half an hour or so on her outfit alone... it's so evilly detailed @_@
I love the background here. At first I thought it was a photo, it looks so real!
Inonibird Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2006  Professional Digital Artist
I spent soooooo much time looking at the photograph of the sunset that I used for reference...I even practiced by drawing on top of it, fiddling with layers and, that was tough. Glad it paid off, though, thanks! =D
konfuse Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2006  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
With the new style?
It is cool :D
who cares if you can look through them or not?
death-guardKL Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2006
That is an amazing job right there. Love the new style a lot too. Good job ^^
aquasnake Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2006
I'm glad you spent so much time on this because it's really well done, the coloring is fantastic especially in the skin and the hair, magnifico!
BunnySmut Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2006
AmbrMerlinus Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2006
It's so odd to see Sorrow smiling. But Joy's outfit really did come out awesome.
TwinSnake Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2006
A Valentines Day piccu? Great job. And I like the new comic style and I`m also lookeing forward to some other pics like this^^
UninvitedChaos Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2006  Hobbyist Digital Artist
:aww: Sad.. so sad..
edskudder Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2006  Professional Filmographer
Best. Song choice. Ever.
But more importantly the drawing kicks butt!! Wonderful job, CC!!! :boogie::#1:
I love the coloring - the lighting gives such a warm comfortable feel to it. And the background is PRIME!!! Killer work on the totally nailed those!
Primus...of timus.
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