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Colored version (copic markers) of Ciel and Sebastian from Kuroshitsuji (aka Black Butler) in canine form. I am really happy with the results (it's been a while since I submitted something that has turned out of similar quality). I chose the following breeds to represent Sebastian and Ciel:

Ciel: Australian Cattle Dog
I chose the cattle dog because they are small herding breeds with lots of energy and a serious personality (like Ciel). They also come in a blue fur coloring and some have a characteristic mask that covers their face. . . like an eyepatch. I changed the fur coloration to better match Ciel's character although the basic markings are modeled after the cattle dog breed.

Sebastian: Black German Shepherd Dog
I chose the German shepherd dog for both personalty and physical appearance. They are agile strong dogs who are known for their loyalty and willingness to please their masters. The German shepherd is also a versatile breed that can preform any job from guarding to herding livestock to sniffing out narcotics/bombs. They are also intelligent and the black coloration fits Sebastian's character.

Ciel and Sebastian (c) Yana Toboso
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:iconelsarose:
Firstly - just to let you know that I have already seen and admired this piece (as you can see by it already being in my favourites)!!

The things that I like the most:
1) The design, lines and shading of the coat on Sebastian. I love the way the coat tails are positioned and the fabric folds and shading are very skilfully done so that they look realistic and natural. It is not easy to design a coat for a dog!
2) The fur texture/shading. This is excellent on a lot of your pieces and a real strength of yours. Love how the neck fur is different to the main body fur (on Ciel) to show the different lengths and textures.
3) The overall layout/design of the piece. Lovely stylised background with some simple but well-chosen colours. The piece looks very balanced. The fact that the two feathers balance each other out in two corners is a nice touch too.
4) The anatomy. The poses are realistic and not at all awkward/stiff. You have used realistic dog anatomy, which is a often a rare thing on this site xD

To improve (very minor things as really I cannot find much):
1) The chess piece is a little lop-sided and not as smoothly drawn and accurate as the rest of the picture. It should be more symmetrical. This is only noticeable because the rest is so spot-on. It is your fault for drawing the rest so well lol.
2) Little touches in the background. Again - the characters are pretty spotless and the colouring is perfect. If you could match this (extremely) high standard when you colour the background also then the piece would be perfect (such as on the spikes in the circle).

Overall this piece demonstrates clearly your skill with copics. I really am a fan of this medium and especially when it is used this well. Love the layout, love the anatomy, love the picture :D
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kolbaski Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2013
Awesome! but why Ciel is crying??
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Kaiyaru Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
this is amazing! :clap:
all the detail in this is great! totally love it <3
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awaicu Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you so much! I am glad that you like it c:
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Kaiyaru Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
you're welcome x3
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luvanime2much Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2012
fucking great omg! Making[link] it as my favorites
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awaicu Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you c:
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Gothic-Seaden Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This is awesome! The dogs are very realistic and the coloring is great!
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awaicu Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you! Haha, I never thought that my artwork was very realistic, but I really appreciate you mentioning it! :la:
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Gothic-Seaden Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
You're welcome. :)
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Chenria Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Wow, this looks really great.
I'm not familiar with the characters, so I can't judge that... but the colours and the composition looks amazing :meow:
Great work!
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awaicu Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you o3o
I also really appreciate the comments :hug:
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Chenria Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
:aww: you're most welcome!
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HurnahTheCaveman Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
I like this, it is cool :o
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:iconawaicu:
awaicu Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
o3o Thank you c:
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SkyGlare Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I can't believe you did this I absolutely LOVE Black Butler and I LOVE this picture, very nice job. ^^
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awaicu Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Yay! Another Black Butler fan c:
I love the series too, but I hate drawing people and have an obsession with dogs, so here we go! Thank you though, I am glad you like it :la:
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SkyGlare Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Same here you probably won't see one person drawn by me on my page just canines, maybe felines, and photographs. XD
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Bambiiie Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Amazing, beautiful, gorgeous, lovely, awesome, epic!!!!! :D I'm totally loving this one the colors are amazing! (i love colors XD)
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wishcookie Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
OH MY GODDDD. This just made my day. Both you and Anya have been drawing awesome Kuroshitsuji stuff..Love this!!!
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awaicu Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Aww, thank you ;w;
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monochromera Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2011
you are a really good artist!!! this is something I coudld never in a million years have come up with!! it looks so cool!!!!! I wish I could fav it a few hundred more times T.T
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awaicu Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you :3
I love this series and can't draw humans well, so I had to come up with a new way to appreciate it - this is what ended up coming of it xD
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monochromera Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2011
cool :D
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LadyKaki Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2011
wow that pic is so amazing! I love the colors, and the way you painted it *u*
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awaicu Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you! Haha, love your icon btw :3
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LadyKaki Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2011
no problem ^^
and.. thanks XP
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elsarose Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Love the way you colour and the way you do fur. Gorgeous.
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awaicu Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks! It seems I do fur differently depending on what materials I use though. The copic marker fur is my favorite by far ^^
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Lie-The-Cat Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
*QQQQQQQQQQQQQQQQQ* SEBAST-CHAN AND CIEL-CHAN *W* YAAAAY NICE NO EPIC WORK!!!!! *w*
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awaicu Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks! And thank you for the :+fav: on it as well :meow:
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Lie-The-Cat Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
yw <333
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Kawaiinekoangel1 Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Really awesome, I like this very much!
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awaicu Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you!
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Kawaiinekoangel1 Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
You are welcome! Great artwork!
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FankaNaruto Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2011
:wow: To jest super! :la:
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Ajiku Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2011  Student Traditional Artist
that is sooo awesome and cute ^^
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awaicu Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you :3
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Ajiku Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2011  Student Traditional Artist
ur welcome ^^
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silveretriever206 Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
:jawdrop:
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time-is-toxic Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2011  Student General Artist
OH.MY.GOD.
THIS IS AMAZING <3
I love this picture soooo much <3
Kuroshitsuji is the best anime, manga, and game in the history of anime, manga, and games!! I love how you drew them so well, and how you matched up their personalities and appearances with the breed of dog.
You are amazing.
:worship:
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awaicu Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you very much, I really appreciate the feedback! I am also honored to be able to impress people with my artwork, it really gives me inspiration to continue drawing and improving! I will be making more of these from Kuroshitsuji as well as other anime/manga series like Soul Eater. I love analyzing characters and matching them up with a dog breed, although I think I spend even more time choosing a breed than I do actually drawing!
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time-is-toxic Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2011  Student General Artist
You're welcome, it was no problem writing a comment! I love giving feedback because then I get feedback on my feedback.. xD If that makes sense. Basically I love knowing that I make people happy by reviewing.. xD
Yay! I think you draw very well, and I'm looking forward to seeing more of your work~! In fact, I'm going to go look at more of your artwork right now ^^
Soul Eater is awesome, my friends are obsessed with it~ :) And that sounds fun, matching characters up to a personality of an animal. And that makes sense xD
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awaicu Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks, I will be sure to make more artwork sometime soon then!
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MixedFeline Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
cool **
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awaicu Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks xD
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MixedFeline Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
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Cobalt-Flame Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2011  Student General Artist
This is my new favorite picture XD I love Kuroshitsuji, its one of the best manga series Ive read because the story and the art are both fantastic ^^
I love your art style ^^ Its the way i wish i could draw XD
What type of markers did you use? Because the color really pops, especially on Ciel XD
Would you mind if i did a cat picture, kinda like this? i would mention that this pic inspired it!
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awaicu Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Haha, wow, thank you! I am honored to have my artwork be loved! I used Copic markers, I haven't used them much yet so I am still playing around with all the effects I can get with them, but I love the way they blend, fur is especially fun to draw with them!

I would love to see if you did a cat version of the characters! Cats seem to be much more fitting figuring Sebastian loves them so much. . But I love dogs, so he just has to deal with being a German shepherd for the purposes of this drawing :D
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Cobalt-Flame Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2011  Student General Artist
Your welcome ^^ I want some Copic markers so bad! But my dad told me they cost to much Dx

I just had a vision in my head of Ciel telling Sebastian that he is a dog, and to deal with it XDD I love dogs to ^^ My parents used to breed Jack Russell Terriers. But i love cats too <3 So its decided! I am determined to draw a Kuroshitsuji cat picture! XD
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awaicu Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
They do cost a lot. . And I have found that other markers work well too, I just like the copics because they are re-fillable and the brush tip on the sketch ones is great. But I started with Prismacolor and then upgraded to copic when I felt I was ready.

I can't wait to see your picture! Could you send me a link when you are finished? :3
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