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I Promised I'd Come Back by KrisCynical I Promised I'd Come Back by KrisCynical
Okay, before I get a deluge of "It didn't happen like that!", let me say up front that this is symbolic, not literal.

Another AFest piece. I absolutely adored Ed and Al's dynamic in Brotherhood. Their bond was unwavering, and everything at the end made me want to cry because I can be a sap sometimes.

Anyway, after first viewing Brotherhood I got this visual in my head of Al's soul being pulled from the armor and it wouldn't stop bothering me until I got it down on paper.

I've also been told multiple times over the last couple years that my work lacks texture, and I wholeheartedly agree with that. I've been working diligently to try and get more texture into my stuff, and I think this piece was a step forward there, particularly on the armor. I still have a ways to go, but progress is always good.

Illustrator CS2, Photoshop CS2.

Fullmetal Alchemist Hiromu Arakawa
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:iconcrescendoflight:
CrescendoFlight Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Oh my gosh this is fantastic! Perfectly illustrates what I was feeling in the scene!! Great job!
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BugzAttack Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
excited  This is so sweet. It totally brings me back to that scene. Siblings and happy reunions are love Frozen - HUG!  :3
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waistcoatpotato Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
So beautiful!
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:iconanaceleste:
AnaCeleste Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2013  Student General Artist
omg so beautiful...this is going to make me cry...o.o ^^
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RowanGingerRaven Featured By Owner May 12, 2013  Professional General Artist
That would have been better! Although May would have been the one next to Al <3's....Very well done.
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spiritImmortalLisa Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2013
great!!
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keykeyx10000 Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
In my opinion, your work does not lack texture. It's beautiful. It's nice to have a vision, even if it doesn't go with the "reality" (of a cartoon story..).
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:iconmy5tic-lali:
My5tic-Lali Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
this looks awesome. I absolutely love the concept and the way you pulled it off.
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:iconwateralchemist121:
wateralchemist121 Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2013
this is so sweet ^^ i love the elric brothers!
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:iconkonfessor2u:
Konfessor2u Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
it's art! you make it what you want! :D It looks great, I like it!
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:iconcandi-rhodes:
Candi-Rhodes Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Omg so epic this is my daily dose of epicosity!!!!!!!
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:iconpol74698:
Pol74698 Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2012
Edward looks so much like Ezio from Assassin's Creed
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KrisCynical Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Never played it, so it's a coincidence. :shrug:
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autigersfan Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
I love this. To me, you captured the whole essence of the show wonderfully. Their bond as brothers is evident throughout the whole show and it's part of what makes it so great to me.
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ArtsyVana Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2012  Student General Artist
Very nice!
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:iconalphonseelricswife:
AlphonseElricsWife Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2012  Student Filmographer
so realistic!
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:iconninjatoastman:
NinjaToastMan Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Epic
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ShadowStar08 Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2012
This was posted on my Birthday. =o
Anyway, you did amazing with this, excellent job on the bruises.
Probably the best part in the whole FMA series.
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DobbyWobbyAznNinja Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
Hey... how did you get Al's body to fade?
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:iconkriscynical:
KrisCynical Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
A large soft edge eraser set on partial opacity.
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:iconlive4him4eva:
live4him4eva Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2012
This is incredible, absolutely incredible.
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:iconsallygreenday:
SallyGreenday Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
i thought it was very good...and creative
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:iconpinkharte:
pinkharte Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2012  Student General Artist
:iconclapplz:
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Warui-Sukoshi-Arisu Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2012
This is absoulutely stunning, great work :3
THANKS FOR THE EYEGASM :la:
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xXmuppetguruXx Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2012
AWWWWHHHH C: i love ittttttt C: C:
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:iconkurotsukikun:
KuroTsukiKun Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
T.T Absolutely wonderful, but so sad!
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beccastareyes Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
That's a lovely picture. I love the symbolic bit of Al being pulled from his armor. The art is also pretty good, though Al has a pretty feminine face here.
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Quailheart Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2012  Student General Artist
I teared up a little bit. c,: Awesome work.
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Esparafuso Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2012
This is absolutely beautiful!
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bezawesome Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
awww ed looks so sweet : DDDD
i love this style
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PoolofFadedMemories Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2011   Writer
:iconiamcryingplz: this is so EMOTIONAL I FREEEAKING LOVE IT!!! :D:D:D
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:iconctrlpink:
CtrlPink Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2011  Student Digital Artist
i love this! absolutely beautiful work. It really captures the mood, aww I could tear up!
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tansyuduri Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2011  Student Writer
I never saw any focus on ed and al's dynamic in brotherhood. I mean they even leave each other at the end.
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:iconjoaocouto:
joaocouto Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
One word: epic!
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ShadoeKat Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
WOW i LOVE it!!!
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KasheekOfSparta Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I absolutley LOVED the ending of FMA Brotherhood. You did an amazing job recreating one of my favourite moments. <3
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Lilandriss Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2011
Beautiful! I got 15 eps left of brotherhood and man oh man! I wish they would do this with a few other Anime.
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AriTheWarrior Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
:wow: .... This is absolutely beautiful... for the symbolism, the detail, the emotion... what a beatiful tribute to the Elric Brothers.
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screwinon Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2011
Wow, that's REALLY good. :omfg: You sir have more talent than a snowman has snowflakes. :aww:

But seriously though, THAT BOY NEEDS A SAMMICH!! He's all flesh and bones, somebody please give Alphonse some calories for crying out loud.
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Gaufrier Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
You've definitely got a lot of texture in this piece! The armor has just the right amount.
Ed looks really good with his texture! You did his bruises and skin perfectly :D
This is such a touching image too.
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ExplosionAlchemist Featured By Owner May 9, 2011
I LOVE this! ITS soooo beautiful!!!!
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MrsBatmanRaver Featured By Owner May 4, 2011
i think ima cry!!!
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JohnnyPenn Featured By Owner May 4, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
I like it. You did a great job and it is Symbolic. :love:
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TheChibiDesu Featured By Owner May 4, 2011  Student Traditional Artist
Okay, I LOVE the way you've played out this scene here. It's just so touching ;u;
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sharyamato Featured By Owner May 4, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Wow! This is a gorgeous piece! I really like the idea of Al being pulled from his armor. It's really fitting. I also <3 your style!
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BradTheBoy Featured By Owner May 4, 2011
you are undescribably good at art. Can u spell "watch" :)
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mushroom-octopus Featured By Owner May 4, 2011
I am in AWE this is just stunning ^^ :)
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:iconkhamomealtea:
KhamomealTea Featured By Owner May 3, 2011  Professional General Artist
I really like the idea of this!!! Great piece! Seein Al being pulled out of the armor just feels right! Total fav!
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sethbramwell Featured By Owner May 3, 2011
I love the image of him breaking out of the armor. =3
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kristensk Featured By Owner May 3, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Absolutely gorgeous. I love the concept, and the brothers look great. (Well, okay, they've both seen better days, obviously, but that's not what I meant.) Ed's face, especially, is just wonderful. And, your texture on the armor really gives it that perfect worn look.
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