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My Hero by Quasimanga My Hero by Quasimanga
“My Hero” was completed in a start and stop fashion over the course of a year. I’m so happy that I can call the picture done.

Here’s my back story to the picture:

A lovely princess is handed over by her father, the king, as a tribute to some nasty beastie. The young would-be hero, an outsider to these parts, knowing little of the princess or her kingdom, finds it strange that no person protests the loss of the relinquished maiden. Of all the kingdom’s strongmen, not one raises arms or bothers to take chase after her abductor.

Determined, the hero mounts his mighty steed and races off into the night to rescue the princess. He tracks the monster back to its lair. Sword in hand, the hero slays the monster and recovers the treasured girl. What he doesn’t know is that while the princess he has saved is beautiful, this girl is no treasure. Rather than smothering him in praise, the shrew-like maiden mocks the hero’s every action. Full of wrath and condescension, she berates, she claws at, and smacks the hero during their trot back to her father’s castle. Now the hero understands why the king and his people were so willing to hand her over to a beast.


Lovely, right? I wish I had drawn a satchel carried on the rump of the horse packed with the disembodied trophy head of the slain creature. Oh well.

I gave the colors one final tweak before posting, making this the definitive version of the “My Hero”.

Portions of this picture appear in two books. A line art version of it is in the art tutorial book Digital Manga Workshop (coauthored with Lindsay Cibos). The color version of this work appears in the artist anthology book, Mangaka America ( [link]).

The sketch version is posted under Lindsay’s DA account.
( [link] ) As is often the case, Lindsay helped me with the design for the characters in this picture. ( [link]) ( [link] )

High-quality Giclee prints are available in both 8.5"x11" ($10 plus $3.50 shipping) and 11"x17" ($20 plus $3.50 shipping) sizes, and I'll be happy to sign it.

To purchase a print:
1) Browse my website gallery: [link]
2) Click on the picture you're interested in
3) In the description under the picture, click on your desired print size option and click "add to cart". That's all, you're ready to order!
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bluephoenix1992 Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2011
he's face expression is priceless :squee:
JGunner Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2010
Funny story, and beautiful picture!
Guitarheroineno1 Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2009
Wow, here it is in in color! I have the sketch in the book you wrote and wow, this is beautiful!

I've always loved the horse's expression in this piece. XD
Quasimanga Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
About the horse's expression:
It's like, "Why do I have to put up with these idiots."
Guitarheroineno1 Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2009
I figured as much. :giggle:
lumary Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
totally cool, i like it!! ^^
OginZ Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2009
"The Taming of the Shrew"? :D
Quasimanga Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
Exactly. Though, he doesn't have a chance. I think she's feral. :)
OginZ Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2009
Poor guy! :giggle:
BlackHeartBeloved Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
Dump her off!!! XD
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