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The Black Swordsman and The White Hawk by Rivan145th The Black Swordsman and The White Hawk by Rivan145th
Guts and Griffith from Berserk :)

Berserk: it’s one of the comic series that I repute perfect: an elaborated and realistic story with charming characters and deep themes.
I love the dirty and quick brush stripe in the dynamics of the fighting scenes, and the meticulousness in the representation of its fantasy/horror medieval locations.
The first part of the story is more or less a biography of Guts, and how he became the Black Swordsman, a long flash back full of action, emotions, brutality, love, sex and fucking cool monsters ù_ù.

I can say that the author, Kentaro Miura, it’s kind ... well... brave? He make a lot of dangerous choices in his story, and the result it’s (obviously in my personal opinion) a master piece of manga.
Here some images (WORRY, there’s a little bit of violence... maybe a little bit too much violence) :

It’s also one of the few tales where I admire the love story, I really care for the destiny of Guts and Caska.
Anyway my favourite character is Griffith (I heard a rumble of “NOOOO” from here in ù_ù), but I also like Farnese, Shilke and Serpico.

At last, I don’t think that the manga got worse with the proceeding of the story, I only think that the author is trying to “dilute” the events (yep, actually that’s not good at all ù_ù) …And in this way he will never finish it :noes: …But who cares!
(Damn, I care!)

I hope that with the release of the movie, Berserk will be rediscovered :)

Movie trailers: [link]
Clips (god, look at that animation! X)): [link]

And well... this :| : [link]

Guts and Griffith (c) Kentaro Miura
Art (c) by me

Soundtrack: [link]
Song with spoiler: [link]
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I should say this; Berserk is my favourite anime/manga, so I have to say, right away, this is a great tribute to the series.
The style is really unique; it seems less a painting and more of a mix of art and physicality. The characters seem to be coming out of the image, which brings even more dark realism, fitting for the Berserk franchise.

The border is incredible. The twisted tree is very reminiscent of the tree beneath which Guts was born, and the use of light within the border is brilliant. The darkness on Guts side and the brightness about Griffith. It is very fitting and in keeping with the characters. As for the Behlit and Brand, well I have to say that your realism and paint blend is chilling. You've captured the fear and horror that they symbolise perfectly. The Behlit's eyes, I find, are the most terrifying. I don't feel comfortable looking at it, that's how good it is!

Now the characters themselves.

Unlike a lot of artists, you're not showing them in battle and for that reason, I must say that you've managed to successfully capture their 'look'. Guts is as ever uncaring but intense. As for Griffith, the less about that look the happier I'll be! Okay, my abject fear of Griffith aside, you have made him...beautiful(?). Their eyes are perfect too. Griffith has his Eyes of the Hawk, and they are chilling, yet they are strangely attractive. He looks like Griffith would in the real world. Scary, creepy, handsome and captivating.
As for Guts, bloodstained, grim of face and that damn pose! His eyes are dark and intimidating and his sword. He is great. Also that gaze. He is Guts through and through. He looks just as he should, having cut his way through the field and coming to the camp. He looks badass and captures his pure willpower. He looks almost as intimidating as in the manga when he's going up against Zodd!

Okay, for the minor points.
The metals are done well, with a convincing reflective sheen. The background is also good. Griffith, the halls of a castle and Guts the outside world. It does refelct the nature of the characters.

Okay, now for the criticisms. None. Just a couple of fanboy ones. Like the fact that it looks like Gut's sword is the Dragonslayer, yet he's part of the Hawk's, by the clasp. Yeah.
In conclusion, it is a great piece of work and I really like Guts. I hope to see more of your work on Berserk, like Casca and the others.

Only, please DON'T DO THE ECLIPSE! With your dark style, you're likely to drive us mad with terror. It would be a beautiful piece, but it'd give us nightmares.

I'm looking forward to seeing more.
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Bien... veo que es una tipica imagen de un hombre malo, un demonio se podria decir. y un angel por asi decirlo es muy bueno en mi opinion, no estoy diciendo que mi arte sea perfecto soy una principiante y aun tengo mucho que aprender, y me gustaria aprender de este maravilloso artista que refleja sus sentimientos en cada una de sus obras, porque cuando vemos este hermoso trabajo podemos sentir lo que sintio este artista al hacerlo.Y eso dice mucho del artista, que en mi opinion se esforso mucho solo para que nosotro vieramos lo hermosa que puede llegar a ser la pasion por el arte.
Saludos y mi mas sincera admiracion.:clap:
Well ... I see that is a typical image of a bad man, a demon could say. and a angel by so to speak is very good in my opinion, not i saying that my art be perfect am a beginner and even I have much to learn, and I would like learn from this wonderful artist who reflects their feelings in each of their works, because when we see this beautiful work we can feel what felt this artist. And that says a lot of artist, that in my opinion is strove much only for that us we could see the beautiful she can become the pasion for art.
Greetings and my sincere admiration.:clap:
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newboldworld Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2014
Magnificent!  :-)
Katana991 Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2014
Here's something I've been thinking about for a while now; compared to the Golden Age arc, do you think that the Black Swordsman arc felt more like a prologue for the entire series?
Rivan145th Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2014  Student Digital Artist
I don’t know how to feel about the Black Swordsman, because the most of my friends who started berserk, find that arc boring and some of them stopped reading the manga right there. I personally like that arc, but I also think that it’s one of the weakest.
I think it fits the atmosphere of Berserk perfectly, only you have to had the patient to come to the end and take a look at what Guts really is. It’s a bit confusing: a lot of details that are really relevant later on are throw to the reader, who have no idea of how to feel about it or what the hell they mean.

I would have not started Berserk with a flash forward, but knowing what Miura wanted to do at the beginning (the eclipse was originally planned for Berserk n 4 and the flash back with the Hawks was meant to be kind two issues… and that’s crazy, ‘cause the golden age turned out being the best story arc ever written in a manga in my opinion), I understand why he has done that.

I think that the choice of the movie of cut it of, it’s well though; but I also hope that they could somehow mix Black Swordsman, Lost Children, and the part of Farnese’s mission together in the next movie arc.

Eh eh, didn’t think of writing that much and I’m not even sure that I’ve answer your question correctly XD

O wait, yes it is, it's kind of a prologue to me! ;P
Katana991 Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2014
Well, I thought the Black Swordsman arc felt like a prologue because of the way it was presented. In the arc, e are introduced to the main character, Guts, as well as behelits, the God Hand, Griffith/Femto, and so on. I assume that when Miura presented these things to his readers, they were thinking "who or what are these things and/or people?"

Because of the fact that we learn more about who Guts is and his history with Griffith, the Black Swordsman arc felt like an introduction to the entire series so that readers are familiar with some of the elements.
MurakixTsuzuki Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2013

Splendido. Amo "Berserk" e questa è una delle migliori fanart che abbia mai visto sulla serie. Hai reso davvero giustizia ai personaggi, soprattutto con Griffith (che adoro, per cui sono lieta che tu l'abbia modellato tanto bene ^^)

Per curiosità, che soundtrack avevi usato per questo pezzo?

Rivan145th Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Grazie davvero, purtroppo per la soundtrack non ricordo ^^' ...Mi dispiace sempre un sacco quando cancellano le canzoni che avevo scelto :\
Comunque probabilmente era Forces o un'altra musica dell'anime :)
MurakixTsuzuki Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2013

Grazie per la risposta! :) Comunque, volevo solo aggiungere che adoro tutta la tua galleria. ^^ È inebriante vedere tanto talento! (e conosci LittleKuriboh, that's Super Special Awesome! :D

Hai mai pensato di fare delle "strips" su Berserk come stai facendo con The Circus of Namtas?

Rivan145th Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Eh, mi piacerebbe (e c'ho anche provato), ma mi occuperebbe troppo tempo ^^
MurakixTsuzuki Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2013
Ah, capisco! Peccato ... Beh, allora ti auguro buon lavoro per i tuoi progetti futuri :)
xXWhite-KaiserXx Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
guts sort of looks like Ben Afflack here XD! I like it though! good work!
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