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Stout Hearts and Bravery (Freedom) by Ziggyfin Stout Hearts and Bravery (Freedom) by Ziggyfin
The first version of my Mercian Freedom Fighters picture for :icondarkspeeds:'s Sonic Art Collection Book.

All art by me
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EricTheWhitelion Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2014
nice
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Sonic-fan17 Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
Awesome!
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Secret-Keeper00001 Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2013
"A hey nonny nonny!" Great drawing of the Mercian/Krazy Kritter Freedom Fighters, like the windy, blue sky background! Hope we see more of King Rob O' Hedge, Queen Mari-an, their son "Little" Jon, Friar Buck, Bow Sparrow, Thorn the Lop, Alan Quail and Munch soon and hopefully, their bring Lord Hood down for good when they do!
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AbyssOfHope Featured By Owner May 24, 2014
Unfortunately, because of the Penders, Archie, and Sega issue going on, legal rights got Rob'O'Hedge and Mari-an removed, along with other lovable characters such as Julie-Su and Saffron. If you don't believe me, think about the new archer with the same accent as Rob's and the new bunny female that's a part of the group. They are the replacements of Rob'O'Hedge and Mari-An. Another incident is with the Echidnas including Julie-Su, and Saffron. Remember "Endangered Species"? Well, since Thrash threw them out the Warp Ring, they won't be coming back at all... It kinda hurts me to say it and I feel like giving up right now, but yeah... sometimes, you gotta face the truth ._. 
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ShannonAllAround Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2013
I love these guys! :D
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SondowverDarKRose Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
and a hey nonny nonny!
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AnimeHD1080p Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Very Cool :iconderpyclapplz:
(no one talks about these guys what a shame)
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Ziggyfin Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Thanks!  Yeah, I love this guys so much.  Hope they come back!
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Cinna-Bunnie Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2013
I'm not sure, but I think Ken Penders has something to do with their disappearance.
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greeniebobeeniekid Featured By Owner May 20, 2013  Student General Artist
This is Amazing! :D
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SonicRanger-1 Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
ROB-O!! :la: I love you, man! :squee:
Loving this picture! Love how his wife looks over there especially. Sadly, I can't remember her name. It was something starting with an M, but my memory sucks. XD
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Ziggyfin Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Mari-An. Thanks!
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Pur-Rulz Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2013
Mari-An, a parody of Maid Marian (aka Robin Hood's love interest).
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SonicRanger-1 Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Oh! Cool, thanks! =)
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Lewanut Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2013
This looks like it could work as an official comic cover, if not for the whole joojoofloop situation with Pender's copyright recolors. I'm not sure really how to peg the coloring style, it's not strictly cell shading but not strictly soft either... what it is is gorgeous. Herms better step up his game, 'cause you could be gunning for his job. The wind effect is also really nice; how did you do that?
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Ziggyfin Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Thanks! Yeah, the joojoofloop bugs me a lot, but we can't really do anything aboot that. Oh well. :(
I don't really want to take anyone's job, but working on the book at least a few times would be a childhood dream come true.

The wind effect was just a bunch of white strokes of various sizes then blurred.
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Lewanut Featured By Owner May 1, 2013
It amuses me how you like to type "aboot" instead of "about." Canadian humor, eh?
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Ziggyfin Featured By Owner May 14, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Haha, yep!
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LucasThomArt Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2013  Student General Artist
both are pretty good though I prefer the flames one over this. much more dramatic! :D
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Ziggyfin Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Thanks! Yeah, I definitely prefer the flames one too.
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SaveFearow Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
There's terrific. Although Bow and Thorn won me over with their humorous portrayal it's good to see Rob and Mari-An return to fanart. I'm glad there are more heroic bird characters in the ArchieVerse. With the return of Harvey Who, Alan Quail (hey nonny nonny) and Bow it provides a nice contrast to Bean, the Babylon Rogues, and the Battlebird Armada. It used to bug me when entire species were portrayed as evil (the dingoes only had Harry as a secret echidna sympathizer and he was also lazy and somewhat cowardly with a tendency to downplay his role. Flynn at least gave Von Stryker some depth and a moment of compassion and loss regarding his son.)
As for the art, your colors stand out as being very impressive, as usual. The composition is great and everyone is still in perspective which can be tricky in a lineup like that, so props to you. I like that you captured the personalities easily in the expressions. Rob is slightly wary but determined, Mari-An is ready to defend herself and the group, Munch has his blade out and a wry smile, Alan's singing of course, and Buck looks contemplative. Very nice.
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Ziggyfin Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Thank you very much for the comment! Yeah, it's great to see these awesome avians take the spotlight a little more these days (Now we need Cyril back), so you should be happy when you see version 2 of this picture.
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mickey16 Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2013
Speaking of which, did you notice in the second issue that one of the prisoner's in the dungeon looked like Yakko Warner?
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Ziggyfin Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Yeah, that was cool! I love it when the artists put in little cameos in the background.
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Guardian-of-Legends Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2013  Student Digital Artist
...
...That's it. We're getting you into Archie no matter how long it takes. :clap:
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FierceWendigo Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
SWEET!!
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darkspeeds Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
What more can I say Reggie? This is simply made of epic win. :+fav:
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KillScreen94 Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2013
Very nice work! :D
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Ruby-the-skunk Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
This is an amazing work! The perspective is great and the effects are well made. This is full of life! :la: This would fit to Sonic universe's cover very well. :)
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1-UPMatt Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Now this is just awesome! I loved the Mercian Freedom Fighters in the Chaotix Arc in Sonic Universe. Such a colorful and cheerful bunch. :D
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Blackwind06 Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
sweet pic
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Epicninja117 Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2013  Student Digital Artist
wow that looks awesome! very well done!! ^^
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jam1220 Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2013  Professional General Artist
Never forget *sob*
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Quity190 Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
1st fanart ive seen on these guys...*hugs for eternity*
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Beau-Skunk Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2013
Now this is pretty cool. :D It's always nice to see lesser-known Sonic characters get some love.
Really cool effects, and coloring/shading on this piece.
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Tonythunder Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2013
This looks so really friggin' amazing Zig! Love the colors,the expressions and the perspective on the poses too! Good luck Zig! =D
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SakuraDreamerz2 Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2013
That's really cool!!!
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FritzyBeat Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
Splendid work Ziggy!
As always your colouring is awesome, but the lineart is what really stands out to me in this pic even more so then your usual standard of amazing colouring.
Your drawing style has really evolved and grown in these past months, and its getting better and better with every pic! It sorta reminds me of a cross between Matt Herms' cartoony style, and James Fry's edgy lineart, but all together it just looks wonderfully unique!!! (which is something you don't see much anymore in current sonic artists, and something I really like a lot)

Only now am I beginning to see that not only should you be a full time colourist for the comics, but perhaps a penciller on occasion as well ;)
Keep up the great work Ziggyfin! I look forward to seeing more! :la:
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Ziggyfin Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Thank you very much! I should really start posting more pics of various styles. The one style that I doodle the most (but don't really post) is like this: [link] (Can't wait to color it)
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FritzyBeat Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
And that is definitely a really cool and unique style!
I haven't seen sonic's spines looking like that since the days of Ron Lim and Patrick Spaz's Anime style =P
You should post more pictures like that :la:
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Ziggyfin Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Oh man, Spaz's anime style was seriously the best. The SA2 comic was the best.
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FritzyBeat Featured By Owner May 2, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
I KNOW!!! :la:
That was the only style alteration of his that could even come close to the awesomeness of his classic style he used to do in the old days.
I miss both those styles.
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SupaSilver Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Wow!! :wow: I love your coloring!! :love::love::love: This is so awesome!! Great job!!
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Ziggyfin Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Thanks! :D
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SupaSilver Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Your Supa welcome!! :dummy:
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Koka-da-Kola Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2013
WOOOOOAAAAAAHHHH You are like the BEST SONIC ARTIST EVER :eager: IT LOOKS JUST LIKE THE COMIC PROBABLY Even BETTERRRR
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Ziggyfin Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Haha, thanks so much!
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Koka-da-Kola Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2013
Your welcome! Art this good deserves an award! Except... I cant give you one. :shrug:
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