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Reunion at Longzhong by EnzanEXE Reunion at Longzhong by EnzanEXE
"... I've missed you, my lord."

To me, the relationship between Liu Bei and Zhuge Liang is one of the most moving and tragic in Three Kingdoms 2010. Watching Zhuge Liang dedicating his life to fulfilling Liu Bei's last wishes, even as his old comrades died one after another and left him alone to carry on the fight, was heartbreaking; that I already knew he would ultimately fail didn't help either.

As such, this picture and scenario is my way of providing a happier final chapter to their story. Zhuge Liang finally reunites with Liu Bei after his death, at his thatched cottage in Longzhong, which he had sworn to return to upon reuniting China but was never able to in life. (This is essentially the culmination of a long fanfiction I will never actually finish - or start - writing, because I know by now how good I am at finishing fics.)

On the technical side, I also wanted to experiment more with coloring. Thanks mostly to purplekecleon's tutorials on color theory, which showed me how badly I was failing at everything before, this was actually fairly successful. I'm surprised by how well the figures turned out, and even the background isn't bad. Composition and my grasp of anatomy were less successful, but I've basically given up on the former, and I'm working on the latter. In general, despite quite a few flaws, I'm actually proud of this piece.
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Cairu Jul 16, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
zOMg TK is awesome...this is so pretty
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EnzanEXE Jul 16, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you! : o
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jenniferwilson Sep 14, 2012  Student General Artist
It's like super good! If I have the time, can I write the backstory to this? I hope I do it justice!
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EnzanEXE Sep 14, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks! However, the backstory to this picture is something pretty close to my heart; I've done a lot of thinking and world-building on it, and feel like if nothing else, I'd like to be the one to eventually write/draw it.

But that just means I don't want to give out the entire plot/hints/etc. - you should feel free to write your own interpretation of this scene and these characters if you want to!
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This is so pretty I'm crying thank you for making this I love it!
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EnzanEXE Jul 6, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Aww, thanks! I'm glad you enjoy it : o
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Oh dear God. There's a timelessness to the reunion here. I mean -- dear God, I -love -this. So much. Maybe because it really matches the sort of mood I've been in recently, but...dear GOD.

You know, even though I have the two thousand and ten series for San Guo, I really haven't gotten around to watching it. For me, it's always been the one from the nineties that really creates the atmosphere of the Three Kingdoms for me. Ever since I was very young. When I see this piece, I just think -- it was such a God-damned long war, so long, with some many people coming and passing, and Liu Bei dying, and Zhuge Liang overworking himself and leaving so much behind, and dying, and so many others, and...

Just to think, there could be a moment peaceful as this. In death. And this piece plays out in my head as some dramatic work in the style of the acting in the nineties show. The embracing. The tears. The end.

Excuse me for a moment, I find this piece so moving....
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EnzanEXE Apr 13, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Aww, no excuses needed! I'm very happy that my TK art could be so moving and evocative to people - it means I'm doing something right : o

I used to watch the old series religiously when I was a child, so I definitely understand what you mean - I'll probably always associate it, and its opening in particular, with a sense of lost grandeur and immense tragedy. 滚滚长江东逝水, 浪花淘尽英雄 is too appropriate. But I would also say that Three Kingdoms 2010, while not intended to be as grand or evocative, has its own strengths; its characterization is top-notch, its plot tends to be far more clear, and it does a wonderful job of zeroing in on the mental, emotional, and moral conflicts of its main characters. Basically, as a TK fan, '94 RoTK gave me the necessary emotional background, and TK2010 helped me understand and sympathize more fully with each kingdom's struggles.

... okay, that was a really long paragraph just to say I really like drawing completely emotional pictures of TK2010 characters, and perhaps providing the endings I wish they had been able to achieve. I tend to ramble.
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That's too bad, because epic stories? They're seriously cool. But I get where you're coming from. Still, you could try just explaining the backstory without putting it into form, and see if someone is interested in writing it for you. And if nobody is, we'll still know what the story is.

I've found a few, ahem, rivers for the series. I won't begin watching it right now, because if I did I probably wouldn't have a life for some time, but you really make me look forward to it. And I'll have to read it at some point. I don't know Chinese, so I've got the choice between the English and the French translation. No idea what the best is.

Oh, speaking about fanfic, do you know of any good stories about TK? I searched, but it's abit hard. Ok, very. I love long stories, and the best I could find was rather short...
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EnzanEXE Apr 13, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
That would normally be a good idea. However, the worldbuilding I started doing as a bare minimum for figuring out how headcanon would work - that took five pages without even including character development and plotting. I can't in good faith subject anyone else to that >_>

If you're interested in reading the series, I'd recommend the Moss Roberts translation (English). Roberts' is prose-oriented and fairly understandable, which is a bonus when a lot of names look similar in Pinyin. But in a pinch, you can go for the online Brewitt-Taylor translation, which is a bit more archaic and has more unedited mistakes. I have no idea how the French translation compares, though, sorry.

As for fanfic - most of the TK2010 ones I've been reading are, unfortunately, in Chinese. I haven't actually gone searching for English ones since many are Dynasty Warriors-related, and the characterizations in DW aren't really to my liking. One of my friends mentioned finding a few Red Cliffs fics, though; I'll ask her later if she still has links?
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