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Early Dawn Version 3 by anazei Early Dawn Version 3 by anazei
A man from a family of noble warrior heritage.
His banners bore the crests of his foretold victory.
On his helmet, he wore The Crane.
In his hand, he held The Tessen.
The first hints of dawn rose behind him.
He raised his war fan high above his head for all to see.
The fan that commanded battle and the thousands of loyal warriors before him.
So this is where they would make their stand... then so be it, he thought to himself.
Today, he would take this bloody field from the hands of his foes and carve fear into all those who defied him.
As if throwing it forward, a single swift motion of his arm brought his tessen from the sky pointing towards the already massing forces from across the field.
"SHOURI," His voice echoed only to be drowned out by the same war cries of his men as they began their charge across the field to meet the enemy.
And so it began.
He looked into the sky to see three cranes flying in an almost curved formation forward.
A good sign that fate was on his side to ensure his victory
Then there were two flashes of lightning.
His horse hurled itself into the air suddenly startled.
He wasn’t the first to notice for several of his archers on horseback already had shafts in their notches and the target in their sights. A complete black clad warrior cut his way through the ranks with two blades then sprang up high into the air aided by his war banner towards him. He cursed to himself as he realized that the fool of an enemy he was facing had deployed battlefield ninja to attempt an assassination on him. Brave warriors who volunteered for the task in which no one expected their return from such a futile attempt. At most, it would distract him for only a short time. He frowned upon the fact but thought that it was more to the glory after he was through with this one and had his severed head high on display for the enemy commander to see.

This version took the longest to make because by now, there were so many vectors that it was nearly impossible to keep track of. As you can guess, about 98% of this image is made of vectors with the exception of the clouds, rain and lightning environment.
In fact, even my 512DDR 2Ghz powerhouse could not keep up with the constant rendering of vectors and just moving the damn layers around took like literally five minutes. Everytime, I pasted in like a small stroke to build a character word that you see under my crest, it took about ten seconds to recognize and physically place onto the canvas. The entire image took several days to build due to revisions after revision. Also had to model the new warriors you see in this version. It makes the battle scene look complete now.
This is already sitting on my desktop so I hope you all enjoy this.
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:iconshmuli:
shmuli Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2012
wow
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:iconbrunosmelo:
brunosmelo Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2012
This symbol on the top right, the bird, what does it means?
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:iconanazei:
anazei Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2012  Professional Interface Designer
It's just a crest. Like a logo stamp.
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:icon3m2vinatohr04:
3m2vinatohr04 Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2012
Nice work..

it looks great

do you have a red version of this one?
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:iconanazei:
anazei Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2012  Professional Interface Designer
Thanks.

I don't have a red version of this.

This was something I created almost 10 years ago and I barely ever do graphic design these days.
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Killery96 Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2012  Student General Artist
Ahah! I can't believe I found the artist of this. It's my wallpaper I've had for about a year now and I really like it! Cheers!
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:iconanazei:
anazei Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2012  Professional Interface Designer
Thanks, did you type in Early Dawn in the search box to find me?
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:icontasukisempai:
tasukisempai Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2010
I just wanted to thank you - some time ago I've used your amazing picture as my desktop wallpaper for few years. I've cycled through some other wallpapers and am coming back to Early Dawn now :)

Also, I just spent almost an hour reading your journal. Quite interesting.
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:iconanazei:
anazei Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2010  Professional Interface Designer
Hey, I rarely get a comment back like this so I just wanted to thank you for using my wallpaper and I'm glad you liked it!

My journal is just a way for me to rant my thoughts on daily life, I also use it as a way to see how much I've changed over the years.
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:iconssips720:
ssips720 Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2010
awesome
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:iconlopatamd:
lopatamd Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2009
ahhh, i wish there would be a 1440x900 resolution :(
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:iconanazei:
anazei Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2009  Professional Interface Designer
well, I made this in 2003 ago and the max screen resolution at the time was 1280x1024. I'm running 1920x1600 nowadays but I haven't had much time to go revisit any of my old designs yet.
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allkhanan Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
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search allkhanan
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:iconhyp-3f:
hyp-3f Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2007
really amazing dude
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:iconnigellus:
nigellus Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2007  Student
Reminds me of Okehazama
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:iconhollywoodjesus:
hollywoodjesus Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2007   Photographer
Haha thats so amazing and cool!
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:iconbufonrapero:
bufonrapero Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2007
fantastic!
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:iconlocker137:
locker137 Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2007
Amazing work! the background is great :)
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:icontimacs:
timacs Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2007  Hobbyist Digital Artist
WOWWW very cool!
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:iconnoone09:
noone09 Featured By Owner May 23, 2006
this is so amazing.. very nice image..

i wish i had even just a bit of samurai warrior blood.. :evillaugh:
oh damn.. they're so brave and strong..
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:icondj-zephyr:
DJ-Zephyr Featured By Owner May 14, 2006  Hobbyist General Artist
Weee! I like the dude in mid-air! Good pic!
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:iconkon:
kon Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2006   Interface Designer
just what i was looking for.
thanks for sharing. very nicely done !!

:peace: kon
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:iconsmeagoldfish:
Smeagoldfish Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2005
the action in this is great, looks like something inspired by film or by a game.

somehow, i think if that little crest at the top righthand corner wasn't there, or was black, it would work better. At the moment, it stands out too much and seems to take away from the image. But thats just my opinion. Other than that, i really like this.
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:iconaphanter:
aphanter Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2005
Awesome and nice brief story behind the piece. That definately adds a lot to this.
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:iconcriticalmass24:
criticalmass24 Featured By Owner May 2, 2005
this is still my fav. out of all them.
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:icondlinkwit27:
dlinkwit27 Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2005
very sweet! is there a way we can get a version without the characters on the right?
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:iconanazei:
anazei Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2005  Professional Interface Designer
sure but you'll have to give me a good reason why
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:icondlinkwit27:
dlinkwit27 Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2005
just because I like less clutter :p I made my own non-text version of this one, and I modified another as well, by using different parts from the three since the sky is the same in each (ie, I used the second one to fill in where I erased from this one).

I just thought others would like it too, and since I won't release mine, I just thought you could do it.
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:iconkarkarodon:
karkarodon Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2005
Wow... I absolutely adore this piece. Love the hues, love the action... it's a great piece.
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:iconkingpunk84:
kingpunk84 Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2004
it rocks. enough said ;)
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:iconblank--:
blank-- Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2004
howd you do the lightning?

was it a pic?

looks mad.
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:iconsibersan:
sibersan Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2004
WOW!
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:iconghettofs:
ghettofs Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2004
OH WOW!! THIS RAPES THE CRAP OUTTA MY SHIT!!
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:iconpx-agility:
pX-aGility Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2004
nice work man ^^ :+fav:
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:iconthetrooper:
TheTrooper Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2004  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I most say OMG!!! great pice of work=)
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Exceptio Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2004
f a n t a s t i c
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:iconcriticalmass24:
criticalmass24 Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2004
i love this. :) i have had it as my wallpaper forever.
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WesleyImagin Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2004
sweet nice work with the real clouds and the variety of profile views
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:iconhappyzer0:
happyzer0 Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2004
wow, this is great
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:icondaspope:
daspope Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2003
I like it

krazy like a pinapple
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:iconeunoia:
eunoia Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2003
wow.. amazing amazing work. :nod:
i realize it took you a while to make this. the details are wonderful. this is just surreal.. hmm.. im a bit envious. i have no idea about vector stuff.. :|
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o-portista Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2003
:omfg:
love it. wonderin wen would i see a scene like this in devart (hey i've not been here for too long)
makes me remember of the music "keep hope alive", i think it's from apollo 40
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cheese-cube Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2003
God damn 56k modem, so slow, 5 mins to load this page(*mumble-mumble*). Anyway, this looks bloody awesome. I really like the little story thing, it really adds some depth to the whole thing. From my opinion the ninja looks a bit weird, but who am i to judge. A definite +fav.
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:iconsparky21:
sparky21 Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2003
Nice. Fav
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:icondapejn:
dapejn Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2003
I LOVE it! :+fav:
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:iconphiph:
phiph Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2003
Awesome!
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mikhail-mik Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2003
i like their banner , very 'optimistic' sheng li :)
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:iconpsynapse:
psynapse Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2003
man, this is tite work :D (Big Grin)

detailed silhouette of a battle, stormy sky with hope, and story to set the mood behind the work.
/me likes =) (Smile)
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:iconcatskin:
catskin Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2003
I appreciate the effort and time you took in making this one. It's sitting on my desktop now.

Other points:

Just like someone said, I wish you could have arrows being shot all over the air.

No offense meant, but the Chinese characters (well, for someone who can write in Chinese) look like they were some children's handwriting.

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:iconzirtuan:
ZirTuan Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2003  Hobbyist Photographer
I like the far distant view, and those warriors does look hardcore from their simple outline. The sky is mad with shooting lighings and what not down at the ground. Looks like its going to be a long night.
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