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Kuro Albesco-Eqkin entry by WSTopDeck Kuro Albesco-Eqkin entry by WSTopDeck
My entry for :icondroemar:s contest to design an Eqkin. :D I am in :heart: with him! I think I'm finally figuring out how to do hair! :excited: As for his name...it simply means 'Black White' and if you're an anime fan, you might see a connection in his name...:paranoid: Anyway, enjoy the picture, sorry for the uber-watermarks, BUT there has been a rather large bit of theft of late, so...yeah...

Name: Kuro Albesco
Base Color: Black
Markings: RF stocking, Star/stripe/snip off left side of nose
Eye Color: White
Mane/Tail: White striped with black.
Chosen: Evander Miles
Herd: The Fourth Herd of Wood-Arbaa Nemu
Personality: Playful at times, but as a low ranking member of his herd he knows the time and place for such antics, dutiful.

Evander is a poor farmer who happened upon Kuro by chance on his way to a nearby summer festival. Kuro was just a yearling then. Evander had stopped to admire the shining black Eqkin, noting the clear white eyes. As he walked away he had felt a deep loss that he could not explain.

Kuro had been particularly bored that day. As the lowest ranking herd member he knew he couldn’t start anything, he wasn’t strong enough nor did he have the desire to move up the ranks. He had just been contemplating having a roll in the brook when he felt himself being watched. He looked around until his gaze focused on the man standing on the dirt path that ran along the edge of the meadow. Not tall, but well built. He had a worn, friendly face with bright green eyes and a mass of wavy black hair. He had stopped only briefly before continuing on his way, but Kuro could not stop watching him. He was drawn to the man in a way he could not explain. He took a few steps and then stopped.

What am I doing? He thought. Why do I feel the need to follow this man?

His Dam had told him of having a Chosen, though the details concerning how one ‘chose’ their elven counterpart had been rather vague. He decided that this must be what was happening. That man was his Chosen…and he was getting away! Kuro gathered his gangly bulk up and leapt into a gallop. He ran to the path where he dropped down to a ground-covering trot. Damn, that man was fast! Even so, Kuro soon caught a glimpse of him. Within seconds he had caught up to the man who, hearing the hoofbeats behind him, had stopped and turned around.

“Hey there handsome, what brings you here, eh?” He said, not really expecting an answer. His knowledge of Eqkins was limited, though he did know that the Arbaa Nemu herd lived in the sparse forest between his small farm and the neighboring town.

“I come?” replied Kuro, using a voice that had little practice. He looked unblinking at the man.

“With me? Now why would you be doin’ that? I’m naught but a lowly farmer,” Evander said a with a grin.

“Then you are like me. I am lowest in my herd. My name is Kuro Albesco. You will be my Chosen.”

At his words Evander’s emerald eyes widened. An Eqkin was Choosing him? He looked again at the black colt, taking in every inch of him, from his three dark legs to his motley mane and tail and back to those strange white eyes, eyes that at the moment, were staring straight into his. Evander knew there was no helping it, the Eqkin had Chosen him and thus they were bonded. At that he was elated, the loneliness that had overcome him when he had moved on after his first encounter with Kuro was replaced with an overwhelming joy. He tried, somewhat unsuccessfully, to restrain his excitement.

“I’m truly honored Kuro. Never in my wildest dreams would I have thought that I might’ve become a Chosen. The name’s Evander Miles,” he said with a flourishing bow.

“Evander…it is a good name for a good man,” Kuro said, tossing his head.

“Well, I’m glad ya’ think so!” Evander said with a laugh, “Come Kuro, shall we continue on to the fair?” Kuro pranced and agreed.

And so they went. At the fair many people exclaimed over Evander’s new partner, somewhat surprised that he had become a Chosen. Not being able to afford fancy things, Evander purchased a coil of stout rope which he fashioned into an adjustable harness. Kuro wore it proudly. As the years passed, Kuro grew large and strong. He did his work easily together with Evander. Evander and his family considered themselves blessed and his youngest son came to his father one day with a wooden pendant he had carved. He told his father that it was for Kuro. Evander took it carefully from his son’s hands and tied it to Kuro’s harness. It is the only decoration he has, but he is proud of it.

Kuro did his best to keep his Chosen’s family safe. His bravest story was fending off a large canine that he and Evander had happened upon in the woods. But more often than not he just helped with the daily chores. A rather uneventful life, save for the occasional driving away of pests and potentially dangerous creatures.


ART and character (C) ME THANKS!
Eqkin breed (C) *Droemar
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:icon777greywolf:
777Greywolf Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2012  Student General Artist
that coat is beauuutiful it looks so real....wow
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LIGHTSKY1jin Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2012
I just say... "O.O"
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Caboose531 Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2012
SAME WITH NINJA
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7Ninja7Shadow7Wolf Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Lovely.
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GameOfDarkness Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2010
He is....just breathtaking. :D I wish this was a real horse...and was MINE. Haha :)
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taasia Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2010
Gorgeous!
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kennedyblue Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2009  Student Traditional Artist
This has to be one of the most beautiful Horse artwork i have seen on Deviantart, i'm not joking.
You really capure his movement and power and you have the lighting so perfect.
You must be so proud of this peice i know i would be...
Keep up with the good work your a very talented artist.

P.s. Did you win the contest?....
x
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Alpenminuial Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Sorry for my English... I feel a power from this art. Very good light-shadow ^^
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Legaczy5 Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2009
My most favorite.... <3
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Freedom-Falling Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
Ahh, Kuro. Like..kuro neko :3

I'm pretty sure it's not just a Trigun thing haha.

This is beautiful, I love the detail, the heavy feet and feathering, the sinewy muscles. He's poised and beatiful, and the mane and tail are lovely. Great job.
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WSTopDeck Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Lol, actually, no, I never got into Trigun save for an AMV called 'Tainted Donuts' though I'll give you props for the attempt ;) The Kuro part of his name has a connection to the name of the herd he's from, the Arbaa Nemu herd. Let me know if you get it. :)

Thank you very much :D This was one of the first pieces where I started getting a handle on hair ^^ I'm glad you like it :)
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Freedom-Falling Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
Aww darn..well..I dont know. The only other anime/manga I can guess at is [link] SS. But not a lot of people know about that one hah.
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WSTopDeck Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
The funny thing is, it's a very popular series ^^ It's Bleach. There is a character named Kurotsuchi Nemu. ;) I know it's kinda vague though, lol.
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Freedom-Falling Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
haha well of course, but I never got into Bleach O: for shame, I know. But no, that's not too vague at all, I just wasn't utilising the clues all the way.
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LoudSilenc3 Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Damnit !! That is WONDERFUL work !!!
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Equine-luver Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2008
That is soo AMAZING!! =O
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Hilliana80 Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2008
Wow, supergreat pic!! Dont know why i have not faved it before now,shame on me :XD:
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CristaliaART Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
This is really amazing! Love it! ^^
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TubeMouse Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2008  Hobbyist Photographer
Oh, thats fantastic! Really is, beautiful :)

Luv, Tube xx
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:iconkohaku-of-the-horses:
Wow, this is so beautiful! I especially love the shading on his body.
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Siamesesatin Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2008   Photographer
Beautiful! It never ceases to amaze me how people paint with the computer! LOL The details are just amazing!
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chester-rox-1st Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2008
Just fabulous :)
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Michelle56 Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2008  Hobbyist Digital Artist
WOW!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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HYATA Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2008
Striking. I love the lighting && colours. :heart:
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jessnumbuh20 Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2008
Forgive me I went on a fav spree. Your horse paintings are so beautiful and feel so real and I love how you reference real photos! Good for you! It makes your art accurate and feel very right and yet the horses are still artistically expressive and wonderful to look at!
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epidemic--rTb Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2008
damn.....this is amazing. what did you use/how did you color this?
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WSTopDeck Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2008  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you! :D

Hand drawn lines(not visible), scanned, colored with a tablet in PSCS. :)
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AngelFire1 Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2008   Digital Artist
Really pretty!! I was curious as to how you get such a pretty water-like texture in the fur.
Gorgeous once again.

I'd love some tips from you if you'd like to help.

-is in love with pretty dapples-
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ImaArtist Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2008
Merrrf........ :clap: :clap: :+fav:
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WSTopDeck Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2008  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Lol, Thank you! :XD:
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wolfofdesire Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2008  Hobbyist
WOW!!!
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WSTopDeck Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2008  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you :)
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wolfofdesire Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2008  Hobbyist
Beautiful!
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Rivenscryr Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2008  Student Photographer
really beautiful, I like the tale and the manes!
the light effects are also beautiful, the colour is just really amazing ;)
I just love this :D
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WSTopDeck Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2008  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you so much! I'm glad you like him! :D
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Rivenscryr Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2008  Student Photographer
I even added him to my favourites :D
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inoishot Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2008  Student Artisan Crafter
He looks beautiful!...:wow:
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WSTopDeck Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2008  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you! :D
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inoishot Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2008  Student Artisan Crafter
Hes the most beautiful to me out of the ones I've saw...I'm SO drawn to him for some reason...:wow:...:floating:
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WSTopDeck Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2008  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Well, thanks ^^ I dunno, he's just powerful maybe? ^^;
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inoishot Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2008  Student Artisan Crafter
XP
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thunderjam1992 Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2008  Hobbyist Digital Artist
WOW! *pokes* This is BEAUTIFUL! I love the highlights and the details in the coat (especially on his rump XD).
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WSTopDeck Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2008  Hobbyist Digital Artist
^_^ Thank you! I'm very glad you like him! :D
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littlenake Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2008   Photographer
This truly blows my mind. Fantastic.
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WSTopDeck Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2008  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks! I was really happy with how he came out ^^
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Dauntless-Gothika Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2008  Student Digital Artist
This is stunning, the colors, the pose, and the expression is just....amazing :wow:
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WSTopDeck Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2008  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you! I love this guy ^^
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Dauntless-Gothika Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2008  Student Digital Artist
I imagine, he is gorgeous!!!!
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WSTopDeck Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2008  Hobbyist Digital Artist
:D
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spirit-of-the-fire Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2008
wow. I LOOOOOOVE this! Heavy horses are the best. And the hair looks amazing!

Mind if a newbie digital artist requests some pointers? (or perhaps a tutorial? If you have time? Hair is driving me mad... actually, it always has. lol.)
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