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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]
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guardian-GARM Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2009
OH EM GEE your stuff is amazing!!!
<3 <3 <3

I absolutely adore the cell shading!
Gigicom Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2008
Poor guy, he looks tired ;)

this work is amazing
character expressions are awsome
and background is magnificent :+fav:
Huriyya666child Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2008   Artist
their expressions are so cute XD!!
MewHoney Featured By Owner May 9, 2007
I remember seeing the sketches for this in the Digital Manga books that uou and Lindsay did. Though I had imagined that the princess was a blonde and the knight had darker colored hair and darker eyes. I love the colouring and detail in this =3
Razmere Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2007
that's way too funny :lmao:
AnneaGoewin Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2007  Hobbyist General Artist
I love it XDDDD
momba-kun Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2007
OMG, I love the color alot...
knotbox Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2007
I really like the moods of these colors. Very nice.
Chaotic-Kyubi Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2007  Student General Artist
Just sweet. XD (Funny as well.) You both did great! <3
kyouzamashi-ryouko Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2007
Beat her, beat her!
MizuJitsubutsu Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2007   Digital Artist
Lovely. x3
nazaka Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2007  Student Filmographer
I adore this pic, I thought it was funny and well done the first time I saw it in the mangaka book. The colors are well done, but my favorite part is the detail in the image. from the dress to the background. Anyhows thats enough of my geekin
bezzalair Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2007
Ooo~! So much drawing details. Like the armor, the dress. I love their facial expressions~! x3 hehe.
I also love how you did the background too!
very nice work!
Danno-kun Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2007  Hobbyist General Artist
I like the facial expression on the steed, and your use of colours and shading are most impressive (as always).
FavoriteofDragons Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2007  Hobbyist Digital Artist
That must've been a nasty surprise...

I recognized this from the Mangaka book.
Stormfalcon Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2007
I like the fact that there's a story behind the illo, and a humorous one at that. :) Well done!
darkwarrior Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2006
Dude, this is funny.
The-Sax Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2006
Heh, funny story ^^ I'd like that kind of twist. Ahh, I could bet the kingdom gave her as a trophy wife after he returns....

Nice work.
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