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21 - One Last Fight... by FaithFirefly 21 - One Last Fight... by FaithFirefly
100 Theme Challenge #21 - "Falling"

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"SHIFU!!!"

His panda student's heartbreaking cry reverberated down the stone shaft to the old master's ears. Face turned upwards, he could see the light of Tigress's lantern fade away as he was plunged into darkness. The only light left was the fiery red glow beneath him from the flames of the Mongshou's molten rock body, accompanied by its roars and shrieks that rumbled up the rock walls of the shaft as it too careened down into the blackness.

Shifu closed his eyes as soon as the lantern light and the cry of Po's voice faded away. Only time could tell if they were truly ready to go on without him. He hated to let go now, as much as any of them. True, the Five were entirely capable of holding their own and exceeding in battle, and expert enough to be training their own students. But Po...He was still practically a cub. If push came to shove, he was the Dragon Warrior. Surely, he would always pull through, especially with the Five at his side. But at the same time, Shifu knew from experience what it was like to feel so unprepared with such pressure at such a young age, and how horrible it could feel to face it in light of losing someone close...

And Tigress...his own daughter...

His sky-blue eyes opened once more to peer up into the darkness. What was done was done... His students, his children were safe...and he wasn't done yet. He may have been careening down this dismal stone shaft in pursuit of a savage behemoth composed of stone and fire, down towards what very easily may be both of their deaths. But as long as he was here, as long as he had the strength and will and a single breath still in his body, this fight was not over. For him, at a fall of this magnitude, it would take a miracle for him to survive whatever waited for him at the bottom. But as it was formed of solid rock, the Mongshou could just as easily survive and bounce back from this brutal fall and would most likely try to get in the caves again to defend its mountain. Meaning that it wouldn't have any trouble at all in catching up with and killing Po and the Five.

Not even over my dead body, you won't...

Gritting his teeth, the red panda forced himself into a head-first dive down the pit, pinning his arms to his sides so he shot like a stream-lined missile towards his foe.

Squinting and scowling past the sharp blasts of heat pelting against his face, he managed to spot the brief silhouette of Oogway's staff against the Mongshou's flames, somehow withstanding them as it seemed to make its own streamlined dive to lead the Grandmaster. The heat of the monster's flames rippled at Shifu viciously, sullying his snow-white fur with patches of black ash. Yet he kept his eyes set with burning ferocity on his target. His robes rippling in the blasts of hot air, he stretched a scorched arm out for his master's staff - his staff - his sole companion in this, his one last fight...

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OYYY. XD This one took a while. I'm still not sure if I'm comfortable with how it looks... Especially the soot on Shifu's fur. It seemed necessary, but it was hard to make it look right.

So some of you may be confused by the little blurb I wrote with this. Well, in my "Lord of the Scrolls" story, my KFP/Lord of the Rings crossover that you see a poster of on my profile page, I basically have Shifu sharing the roles of both Gandalf and Aragorn. And in my version, the Balrog is named the "Mongshou". I watched the beginning of The Two Towers the other day, and I saw that scene where Gandalf just dives head-first with sword-in-hand to battle the Balrog, even when their falling to their deaths. O_O That's a "battle to the end" attitude if I ever saw one. And for some reason I really wanted to draw Shifu in such an intense pose. Cause, you know, he has the potential to be as epic as Gandalf. XD If only Dreamworks would work with it. So until then, here ya go.

On a side note, I did my share of listening to some real "kick-butt" songs during the making of this. My favorite, though, was this little gem by various artists.

Well, I won't back down
No, I won't back down
You can stand me up at the gates of hell, but I
Won't back down

Gonna stand my ground
Won't be turned around
And I'll keep this world from draggin' me down
Gonna stand my ground
And I won't back down


Yeah. :lol: I listened to that song, repeating those lines in my head while drawing Shifu there.

Background stock found here ([link]) by ~mariastock
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MountainLygon Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
So when he comes back, he'll have ascended to official Oogway status?
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FaithFirefly Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2014  Professional Filmographer
More or less. XD Yes!
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MangaArtfansTwin Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2013
That was a epically written blurb. And the drawing..... :iconrespectplz:
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FaithFirefly Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2014  Professional Filmographer
Thanks! :D It was worth the difficulty.
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MangaArtfansTwin Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2014
He'll yeah it was. :D
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TITANICSGIRL Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Shifu is so awesome in this! The determination planted on his face is flawless. I can totally see him doing this if he had the chance. Especially since he does the craziest things for them. (such as trekking across a country in the middle of a storm to get to his students...)
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FaithFirefly Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2015  Professional Filmographer
I feel terrible that so many great comments have fallen into the abyss. D: I mean I guess it's bound to happen, but I still feel bad. :(

Thanks!! XD And yes, that was my exact thought process. And that would've made an ideal short film! Showing Shifu on his lone journey to help his students, and maybe along the way we find out his backstory. Which I hope they do share with us before the movies end. D:
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TigressMcshane Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2013
~KFP-ShifuFan add me your friend Pleasee!!!!!!
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TigressMcshane Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2013
Guys add me your Friend Please!!!!!!!
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GoodGuyFoxy Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2012
Horray for Johnny Cash song! Awesome picture and story!!
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Monturrock Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2012
Oops forgot to also add a -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------->
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Monturrock Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2012
The picture is powerful and so is your Writing, great detail, worked intutitively with my imagination. I especially felt and saw the part with his cloak the hot blasts as he falls to his death.

Like you I too found that part about Gandalf's finishing fight, totally EEEEEPPPIIIICCC! :icondragoninsane:

LOL I had my mouth open in a gaping grin the whole time that scene was playing and it is without a doubt my favorite part of the entire series as of this posting (3 movies of Hobbit? (knowing luffle "hmm-hmm-hmm-hmm" hoping they'll best that scene yet. ;)

All in all great job, you really saw the Flame of Arnor (light) on this piece, and captured it perfectly too! :D
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FaithFirefly Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2015  Professional Filmographer
I feel terrible that so many great comments have fallen into the abyss of my inbox. D: I mean I guess it's bound to happen, but I still feel bad. :(

But thank you!! XD And yes, I know what you mean. Watching the original Lord of the Rings trilogy in theaters is something that I just know we're going to remember fondly when we're 80. :lol: And this scene was an epic way to bring in Two Towers and pin you to the seats pretty quickly! XD
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Rainroad Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2012
I like the composition! Shifu's expression is pretty awesome too. :D
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EscarlataFox Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Superb! Absolutely loved the blurb you wrote, too :aww:
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FaithFirefly Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2015  Professional Filmographer
Thanks! :D
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BlueAutumnMist Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
A cross-over of my two favorite movies, how awesome is that? :D This is a great scene from The Two Towers, and it works amazingly well with Shifu! I love how intense you made it look and the details are very nicely done! I really like your style of work, especially with KFP characters. Great job! :clap:
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FaithFirefly Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2015  Professional Filmographer
I feel terrible that so many great comments have fallen into the abyss. D: I mean I guess it's bound to happen, but I still feel bad. :(

But thank you so much!! :D
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BlueAutumnMist Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
No worries.  Life happens to us all. :)
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FyreDragon5 Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Genious cross-over! And yes, Shifu is hard core in this pic! I love the lighting in this, you've managed to make it look like there really is a glowing fire monster falling beneath him! I remember that scene from The Two Towers, and yes, I loved it that even when he knew he was going down, Gandalf decided to take the beast with him! I could easily see Shifu doing this if such an event were to arise. Great job as usual!
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FaithFirefly Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2012  Professional Filmographer
He totally would! Dreamworks just hasn't put him in that position yet. :hmm: They MUST before the movies end.

Thanks for the feedback! :D :hug:
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FyreDragon5 Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Your welcome!
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alvin938 Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2012
Oh! Lord of the Rings? I had no idea, I haven't seen those movies in quite a while so I was thinking, "did she just make this all up on the spot?" :lol: I do know the scene you're talking about though...I think. Is it when he tells the huge fire monster he can't pass and then falls?

Very nice amount of detail put into this, I think the soot looks fine to me. Shifu's position and expression really drives that whole, "i'm gonna die trying" thing home/ The only thing that threw me off was how Oogway's staff isn't blurring at the beginning where Shifu is reaching out for it. I know you made clear he could just make out the staff's sillhouette through the smog, but I guess I thought it could be a bit murkier.
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FaithFirefly Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2014  Professional Filmographer
Epic-late reply forthcoming. XD Yes, in the first Lord of the Rings, we see Gandalf fall and then follow the rest of the group out. But it's not until the opening of the second movie that we see what happened to him when he fell.

:hmm: Well, I intended the bottom of the staff to be the blurry end, as to imply that the heat waves off the Mongshou made it that way. I probably also added a Despeckle filter that blurred it a bit.
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Mitch-el Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2012
Very nice pose and lighting scheme. You're improving! :nod:

-- Mitch
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FaithFirefly Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2014  Professional Filmographer
Thanks a bunch! :D Epic-late reply, but all the same.
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Mitch-el Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2014
You're welcome, and no problem at all! :aww:
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vampirewitchwoman Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2012
This is so awesom!!!!!
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FaithFirefly Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2014  Professional Filmographer
Thanks! :)
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vampirewitchwoman Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2014
Your welcome! :)
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Petalthorn Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
o.o Amazing...this is just amazing. I've never watched The Lord of the Rings, and out of the entire storyline, I've only seen The Hobbit so luckily I know who Gandalf is. ^^;

:wow:

Picture...is amazing.

The story, crossed between those two...is amazing...

:O_o:

:shakefist: I need your art talent!!!!
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FaithFirefly Featured By Owner May 20, 2013  Professional Filmographer
Well, I haven't seen The Hobbit yet. O_O But according to a lot of people the original trilogy is way better. XD

Thanks! :) And about the talent, just never stop drawing. XD I'm still not where I want to be yet, though I doubt I'll ever be.
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Petalthorn Featured By Owner May 20, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
I'm not sure of the order or anything. >w<; We've only had the Hobbit, so... ^^; But it has good songs and music~

You'll get there, your art is just so amazing~!

Speaking of which, are you still doing those sketch requests from last year? I know you did a few. o.o Because I got my ten story requests done. *Not rushing you or anything*

The good news is that I finally decided on what I wanted for it. :XD: *Slowpoke*
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FaithFirefly Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2013  Professional Filmographer
I should probably get back on those. ^^; This summer is pretty packed since I have to work more on my Senior Film and all, but shoot me your request. XD
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Petalthorn Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
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^^; In our roleplay, we have a scene where the green simian on the top row, is holding the newborn gray simian diagonally below him, and she's gumming his finger. >w<; Technically there are other simians standing around, but I don't want to over-request, even for sketches. ^^;

If this is all right. o.o
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Stellaskia Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
This is so EPIC! But I see Shifu most as Gandalf than Aragorn.
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FaithFirefly Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2013  Professional Filmographer
True, but I had a hard time finding another character for Aragorn. :hmm: Plus, Shifu is a very rare species, so I kinda liked playing off of the concept that he was the lost, distant heir to the throne. :D

Thanks!
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