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Kirby - Yume no Tambarin by ArsonDadko Kirby - Yume no Tambarin by ArsonDadko
Edit: Thanks a lot for all your support, especially mystickirby who suggested the daily deviation! I'm really glad it didn't take as long as the EarthBound poster for it to be recognize ;)

YEEEAAAAH!!!
Another one of my little poster treats for the end of the year. I worked on this one every one hour I was awake this past week, and just finished it. It took me days to figure out the best way to color it: Cell-shading looked way too out of place and digital painting was not an option. I finally opted for a fusion of comic book style coloring and lithography by using some texture I made for a project this last semester. I can safely say that it was a complete success.

Comparable in magnitude to my EarthBound poster, I actually learned a lot from this first attempt at a major print project. For instance, I only sketched the over-all disposition of the characters on paper, so that they could have a better structure. The skecthing, inking, and coloring of the characters were then done directly on Photoshop, a premiere for me.

So yeah, Kirby's one of my favorite series. I decided to include most of the allies, ennemies, and bosses from the first game to the Nintendo 64 title, mainly because those are now considered as classics, but also because Crystal Shards is the last excellent and nostalgic Kirby platformer on a home console. So most of the old characters are in there, except for some that I may have forgotten or don't care about (exception for Mr. Bright and Mr. Shine, Nova, and some more ennemies, which I do like and just didn't know where to place), I may add them in the future, and maybe not. But for now, I'm just too happy of how Nightmare, O2, and Dark Matter's forms turned out. ^^
I also think I nailed what I was going for with the character and color structure of the picture. You see, I believe that Kirby games have some of the most disturbing final boss fights in the history of video games. If you put it in context, a game like Crystal Shards begins with a cute little pink puff ball and a pretty fairy trying to collect pieces of a magic crystal to save her home planet and ends with the duo fighting against a zombie angel with organs for wings and an eye that looks like an horizontal bleeding vagina. The little puff ball also has to cope with the embodiement of every nightmares the world ever had, as well as a giant mechanical comet and a flying demonic circus freak. The contrast between the beginning and ending of a Kirby game is just jawdropping. The only game that use this contrast more efficiently is EarthBound, and that one is just frightening to say the least.
In a sea of stupidly manly game heroes, Kirby and Ness stand out as being freakishly brave without being physical powerhouses...

Anyway, enjoy, and before I forgot...
MERRY CHRISTMAS AND A HAPPY NEW YEAR EVEYRONE!!!


Kirby is (c) Nintendo
Art is (c) me
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Given 2011-02-09
Kirby - Yume no Tambarin by *DarkHarry

Take a trip to Dreamland and meet the whole gang! ( Suggested by Koyukuk and Featured by TommyGK )
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AppleSara Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2015  New member
Best fan art of Kirby ever. Good job !
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:iconarsondadko:
ArsonDadko Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you so much! :)
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:iconapplesara:
AppleSara Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2015  New member
You're welcome :)
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:iconkirbyfan1234:
Kirbyfan1234 Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2014   Traditional Artist
All i can say is.. WOW!!!!!!!!!!! :iconepicclapplz:
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:iconarsondadko:
ArsonDadko Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you :)
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:iconkirbyfan1234:
Kirbyfan1234 Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2014   Traditional Artist
You're very welcome! :huggle:
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:iconkitty101ck:
Kitty101ck Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
One word. Awesome.
Lovely Shoujo Emoji (Senpai notice me) [V3] 
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:iconarsondadko:
ArsonDadko Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you ;)
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:iconkitty101ck:
Kitty101ck Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
:D
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LoneSpriter Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
YAY! JAPANESE LYRICS! (Translation: Kirby: The tambourine of dreams! ((Lyrics here!: www.youtube.com/watch?v=uum2d_… ))
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KingOfGames5678 Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2013
This. Is. Awesome. THIS! IS! DREAMLAND! (No, I'm not going to say that one civilization that you all want me to name.)
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:iconarsondadko:
ArsonDadko Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
;)
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steelthescyther4 Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2013
nightmare stole squirtle's glasses XDD
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supercutekirby67958 Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2012  Student Digital Artist
Awsome drawing!
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:iconarsondadko:
ArsonDadko Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks!
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EB-the-GAMER Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
One of the best fan pieces I've seen, if not THE best
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Spirit-Enterprises6 Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2012  Hobbyist
I agree.I also love how unchanged miracle matter looks compared to the other characters.(don't get me wrong,I LOVE how everything looks!)
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EB-the-GAMER Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I just realized that! XD
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:iconarsondadko:
ArsonDadko Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you so much ;)
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:icondionisiszogaris:
DionisisZogaris Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2012
make more!
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:iconarsondadko:
ArsonDadko Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
I'm trying!
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:icondionisiszogaris:
DionisisZogaris Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2014
ok :3
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:iconpooferx9:
pooferx9 Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2012
Oh My God, You actually remember Keeby! So little people know about him!
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:iconarsondadko:
ArsonDadko Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Gotta give the lesser known characters some love too ^^
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:iconkaabichu2000:
KaabiChu2000 Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2012
Awesome, The Look On The Face Of The Pissed Scarfy Is Hilarious
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:iconarsondadko:
ArsonDadko Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks a bunch ;)
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:iconmewtasuko44:
mewtasuko44 Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
:la: why r u SOOOO good?!
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:iconarsondadko:
ArsonDadko Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
I don't know, why r u SOOOOO sweet?!
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:iconmewtasuko44:
mewtasuko44 Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
Thank u! I dunno!
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MrFH Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2012
KIRBY WOOHOO!!!! <(-^.^-)> (>-^.^-)> <(-^.^-<)
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:iconsapphirefoxette:
Sapphirefoxette Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
Very well done! This is epic!
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:iconarsondadko:
ArsonDadko Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks a bunch!
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DieHardMusicMan9125 Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2012
so awsome great Job keep it up
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:iconarsondadko:
ArsonDadko Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks!
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DieHardMusicMan9125 Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2012
you are very welcome
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Toukatsu Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2012
Hot damn this is incredible. :o
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:iconarsondadko:
ArsonDadko Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks a bunch!
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Lilac-DownDeep Featured By Owner May 19, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I'm really amazed at this work. I mean not because it's incredibly drawn, but how you placed everything. You really shown how contrasted the Kirby Series really is with it's final bosses and underlying tones.

I agree with you. Kirby is a real hero.
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:iconarsondadko:
ArsonDadko Featured By Owner May 19, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you so much ;)
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:iconlilac-downdeep:
Lilac-DownDeep Featured By Owner May 19, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
No problem. <3
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:iconhumorguy13:
humorguy13 Featured By Owner May 18, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
...one word. epic.
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:icondawn-starrie:
Dawn-Starrie Featured By Owner May 6, 2012  Student General Artist
OH MY GOD THIS IS AWESOME!!!!!!!!!!!! I especially love how you made 02 look as if she/he/it is going to kill you.... great work!!!!!!!!!!!!! :clap:
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:iconarsondadko:
ArsonDadko Featured By Owner May 6, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks a bunch ;)
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:icondawn-starrie:
Dawn-Starrie Featured By Owner May 6, 2012  Student General Artist
No prob!!!!!!!!! :)
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Jusbene Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2012  Student Interface Designer
Greatest Kirby fanart I've ever seen in my life!!!!!! Definitely deserved DD!!! :la: :+favlove:
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:iconarsondadko:
ArsonDadko Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks a bunch!
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countevil123 Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2012   Digital Artist
I can't describe this picture without swearing admiringly at it
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die412 Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2012
i never like zero
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Liquidreaper666 Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
So awesome
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spyroG3 Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2012
Épico!
The Dark Matter Trilogy and Kirby's Adventure characters
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