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Lionheart by yantotzkie Lionheart by yantotzkie
20" x 30", oil on canvas.

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I started with the canvas sketch back in the late 2012, soon after I quit my graphic design job to be a full-time painter. I just had the chance to paint it with oils recently, part of it is because I had a couple of projects that I needed to prioritize, and also because I didn't want to sell it yet. :)

I believe that it takes a lot of courage and determination to follow whatever it is that your heart desires, and I have to admit that it's an aspect that I am lacking in my personality. I've always been scared and stupid. And what's worse is, most of the things that I'm scared of are random stuff that weren't really worthy of my fear. Well, I kinda know that already, but instead of moving on, I sometimes end up spending more time thinking about all of my uncertainties. That habit is something that I wanted to get rid of myself, and I thought that if only I can be braver than what I am now, maybe my life will be easier and more opportunities might come to me.

So, I went to google and searched for the phrase "how to be brave." (That's lame, I know. Maybe I should've gone to the land of Oz and ask the wizard to grant me a brave heart, instead.) I don't exactly remember how, but I suddenly stumble upon a Wikipedia article about Richard the Lionheart or Richard I of England (Well, that dude was pretty brave and for such a young age to win a lot of battles, God, I'm jealous!), which also reminded me of this song by Of Monsters And Men, King And Lionheart: [link]

Aaand that's pretty much how I got the inspiration for this piece. I'm sorry for writing a long description, I don't usually do this, but this piece is really special to me. :)
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:iconchaosfive-55:
Chaosfive-55 Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Wonderful!! :aww: I love that song, too!!
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yantotzkie Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2014
Yeah, great song. :)
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Chaosfive-55 Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I have that CD and I love every single song! :aww:
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kukosapwet Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2014  Professional General Artist
greatwork!
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yantotzkie Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2014
Thanks! :)
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Riemea Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
This awesome artwork has been featured here. :heart:
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yantotzkie Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2013
Thank you very much for the feature!!! :)
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:iconriemea:
Riemea Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
You're very welcome! :)
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GregSkrtic Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
judging from your description, I would say that this needs to be your profile image!  Your recent works bring to mind Gustav Klimt--strong female figures, rich decorative backgrounds and an overt eroticism.  Your skill as a painter is apparent--I am happy to have found you on DA and look forward to seeing more of your work in the future!  :)
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yantotzkie Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2013
I apologize for the late reply. Thank you very much for your lovely comment regarding my artwork. I really appreciate it. :)
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tessieart333 Featured By Owner May 3, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
I really love her expression in this piece:-)

_Tessie
<3
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yantotzkie Featured By Owner May 3, 2013
Thank you! :)
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tessieart333 Featured By Owner May 4, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
You're very welcome:-)

_Tessie
<3
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xxaihxx Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2013   Traditional Artist
Your painting is wonderful..the colour and style is eceptional..bravo!
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yantotzkie Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2013
Thank you! I love your works, too! :)
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FurorArt Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2013   Digital Artist
Feature time One-Year-Anniversary
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:iconyantotzkie:
yantotzkie Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2013
Thank you very much! Happy Anniversary! :)
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FurorArt Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2013   Digital Artist
Our pleasure and thanks a lot :heart:
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acIrmo Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Superb. Good job!
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:iconyantotzkie:
yantotzkie Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2013
Thank you!!! :)
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Natalya-NSY Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2013   Traditional Artist
Love your artworks!!! Beautiful!!!!
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yantotzkie Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2013
Hi! Thank you very much! :)
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JK-i-D Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Really cool reminds me a bit of klimt's paintings guess the shapes and warm colours
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yantotzkie Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2013
Thank you! :D
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Mandinga91 Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
amazing!
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yantotzkie Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2013
Thank you! :)
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rkelc Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Beautiful work and great concept!
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yantotzkie Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2013
Thank you very much! :)
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burning-thirteen Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
The pieces with the story behind them are always great, like this one.
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yantotzkie Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2013
Glad you like it, thank you! :)
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:iconmayeaux:
Mayeaux Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Superb!
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yantotzkie Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2013
Thanks!
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Mayeaux Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
You're welcome!
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karineguerra Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2013  Professional General Artist
beautiful! <3
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yantotzkie Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2013
Thank you! :D
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karineguerra Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2013  Professional General Artist
;)
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JesCallie Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2013   Traditional Artist
LOVE THAT SONG!!!
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yantotzkie Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2013
Yes, it's good, right? It's from one of my favorite albums of all times. :)
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JesCallie Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2013   Traditional Artist
the song "Little Talks" is just heartbreakingly amazing.
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SamanthaJordaan Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2013   Traditional Artist
To be brave, that's why i got the internet, you can ask it any thing. Lol. :-) great painting!
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yantotzkie Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2013
Lol right! :D Thank you!! :)
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acIrmo Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Beautiful work!
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yantotzkie Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2013
Thank you! :)
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Runa-Amanda Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2013  Student General Artist
Oh, I use to google things like "how to be brave" too, haha!
I like it when the artist writes personal comments about the piece like that. I can then see very clearly what you mean with this piece, and why it means a lot to you.
I have put it in my encouraging folder on my computer desktop now :)
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yantotzkie Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2013
Haha! Good to know I'm not the only one who does that! :D
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NoraBlansett Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2013  Professional General Artist
Glorious!!!
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yantotzkie Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2013
Thank you!! :)
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