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4 - Arms of an Angel by FaithFirefly 4 - Arms of an Angel by FaithFirefly
100 Theme Challenge #4 - "Always"

Yay for unoriginal titles. :lol:

So this is based off of an RP :iconcryssy-miu: did, I suppose. :D Not very long after Koto is killed and Shifu is brought to the Jade Palace, the cub has a nightmare that replays out the horrible events of his father's murder. Try as he might, he can't protect Koto and drive away the Ju-long assailants and wakes with a start.

After some comforting words from his new caretaker, Eri, Shifu finally gets back to sleep........ Only to be eerily greeted by the same nightmare. This time, however, Shifu's determined not to not let the images in his head ruin him, and faces the towering army before him with boldness beyond his age. Then, once Shifu is once again terribly alone, a certain someone shows up to reassure him he'll never be alone, no matter where life takes him or how old he gets.

Shifu (c) Dreamworks Animation
Koto (c) :icondolphinmoana:
Cloud & foliage brushes (c) :iconredheadstock:
Background photo from this stock image ([link]) by :icontwo-ladies-stocks:
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:iconmisssatsuki:
MissSatsuki Featured By Owner May 17, 2015  Student Traditional Artist
SO CUTE . i too want to show you my maomi .:happybounce: 
I TOO WANT YOU TO SEE IT AND TELL ME IF YOU THINK :D (Big Grin) 

PLEASE PLEASE Hug 
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Firecat15 Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2013
Beautiful but sad song to hear while viewing:www.youtube.com/watch?v=uCYohj…
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:iconlizzytheocelot:
LizzyTheOcelot Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2011  Student General Artist
AWWWW that was sooo cute! Poor little baby Shifu.
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:iconfaithfirefly:
FaithFirefly Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2012  Professional Filmographer
Yeah. :( But he wound up in a good place, we all know Oogway takes good care of him. :aww:
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:iconthunderboltsiren:
thunderboltsiren Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2011
Wait was Koto's ghost really there or was it just a dream?
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:iconfaithfirefly:
FaithFirefly Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2011  Professional Filmographer
Hard to say. Koto was kinda there, he kinda appeared in Shifu's subconscious.
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:iconthunderboltsiren:
thunderboltsiren Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2011
Wow, and did you see my other question i posted lst night on the Koto age art? I also apologize for asking a lot of questions but i just discovered this(your art) not even a week ago so im very new.
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:iconfaithfirefly:
FaithFirefly Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2011  Professional Filmographer
Yeah, and I saw that you've been on here for almost a year. I have to admit I kinda questioned why your only activity has really been to ask me all this stuff. :lol: I love talking about my characters, though.
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:iconthunderboltsiren:
thunderboltsiren Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2011
lol, yeah i created the account so i could write comments and stuff, when i first got here i was looking at pictures of Master Shifu, but never knew someone would make an entire period of time before the movie. When i discovered your art and all about Koto and his family i was amazed.
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:iconfaithfirefly:
FaithFirefly Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2012  Professional Filmographer
Aww, thanks! :)
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:iconjackie-the-wolf:
Jackie-the-wolf Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2009
Thats sad I don't like that song it makes me sad about my dog and cat
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:iconfaithfirefly:
FaithFirefly Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2009  Professional Filmographer
Yeah, I don't like listening to it myself..... ^^; The title just worked. :)
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:iconjackie-the-wolf:
Jackie-the-wolf Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2009
Thats nice and sad I Like it (:
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:iconfaithfirefly:
FaithFirefly Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2009  Professional Filmographer
Thanks. :)
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:iconjackie-the-wolf:
Jackie-the-wolf Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2009
you should come to my chat room and we could Talk about kung fu panda and stuff like that

my chat is furrycityrp
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:iconkaptain-kitty19:
Kaptain-Kitty19 Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2009  Student Filmographer
Oh my goodness graciousness... I am NOT. Going. To. CRY! :cries: WHY???

*Sniff* Okay. I'm good.

Anyway, brilliant job with this. :D The colours are amazing, and the soft texture of the clouds around the border really work in giving a dreamy atmosphere. Koto looks quite good as an angel. :aww: Poor little Shifu having to go through that though... :(
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:iconfaithfirefly:
FaithFirefly Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2009  Professional Filmographer
:lol: :aww: :hug: :pat:

Thanks so much! :love: Honestly, I think the clouds look more like a Treasure planet nebula cloud or something then actual clouds. :shrug: :D Shifu will be okay, he's got Baba lookin' out for him regardless. :aww:
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Kaptain-Kitty19 Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2009  Student Filmographer
You are most welcome! :hug: Hmm... you may be right about that. :confused: The clouds still look amazing, though, so don't you worry about that. :D

It's good to know that the poor little guy will always have his baba. :aww: Heaven is a wonderful place... if you believe there is such a place, of course. :)
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:iconfaithfirefly:
FaithFirefly Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2009  Professional Filmographer
Yay. :D :hug: My goal was some kind of an ethereal look or another.

I personally and most certainly do. :) And yes, Koto will always be looking out for him. :love: I kinda think of Koto during that part in the movie when Po and the Five are walking out of the palace and Shifu's left by the pool. :love:
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Kaptain-Kitty19 Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2009  Student Filmographer
Well, you achieved that, hands down. :lol:

I do, too. It relieves the fear of death a little. Just a little. :hmm:

Hmm... that would be the prime moment in the movie for something like that. :D Shifu gazes into the pool, sees his father staring back instead of his reflection and is told "Remember; I'm always watching over you, son.", thus giving him the courage to face Tai Lung. :)
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:iconfaithfirefly:
FaithFirefly Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2009  Professional Filmographer
:hug: It'll be so much more awesome then anything here. :lol:

:love: Yes!!! That, and Shifu remembers 1.) Koto always taught him he can't just ignore and run from his mistakes and 2.) Koto ultimately gave himself up to protect his cub, so Shifu feels that the least he can do is do the same for his students and the townspeople. :love:
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Kaptain-Kitty19 Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2009  Student Filmographer
Mm-hmm. No pain and no wars. Complete bliss. :aww: hug:

Sounds like a grand idea. :love: A moment for Shifu to truly live up to his father's wishes and expectations, all the while protecting the people he cares about. :aww: That, and finally make right a wrong that was his own doing... even if it wasn't intentional. :D
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:iconfaithfirefly:
FaithFirefly Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2010  Professional Filmographer
I must say this has given me an idea for a drabble. :D Perhaps the reason Shifu was well and clean again when Po found him at the end of the movie was because Koto paid his son a visit, just to tend to him and say how proud he is. :love:

Not only that - it's really his test of everything he'd learned from Koto and Oogway. Everyone who ever guided him is gone at that point, and here is the time to show them all that they're honored. :aww:
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:icona113panda:
A113Panda Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2009  Student Traditional Artist
This is very good! The mood is set beautifully, and excellent choice making their clothes mostly white, it really adds to the effect.
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:iconfaithfirefly:
FaithFirefly Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2009  Professional Filmographer
Thanks! :) I wanted visual indication that he's an angel without a halo or wings. :lol:
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:icona113panda:
A113Panda Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2009  Student Traditional Artist
Welcome! Aha, that makes sense. :)
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:iconstevegreen:
Stevegreen Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2009
Aw soo cute, verry well drawn!
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:iconfaithfirefly:
FaithFirefly Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2009  Professional Filmographer
Thanks! :glomp:
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:iconstevegreen:
Stevegreen Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2009
:hug: WELCOME!
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:iconartygal:
Artygal Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Koto DIES? :cries: Nyahhh! How awful :cries: But he's such a cool character of yours! and what happened to Shifus mother? :eager:
Ah well, I guess thats the fun of writing stories..killing off our characters :XD:
This is lovely though and sad at the same time, what I love most about your drawings is the way you express all these emotions in your OCs :aww:
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:iconfaithfirefly:
FaithFirefly Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2009  Professional Filmographer
The first fanfic I wrote with Koto included him getting killed off. ^^; You can find out what happened to Shifu's mom here - [link] - that one takes place when Shifu is 3, "Arms of an Angel" takes place when he's six.
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:iconfaithfirefly:
FaithFirefly Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2009  Professional Filmographer
The first fanfic I wrote with Koto included him getting killed off. ^^; You can find out what happened to Shifu's mom here - [link] - that one takes place when Shifu is 3, "Arms of an Angel" takes place when he's six.
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:icontheinkgirl:
TheInkgirl Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2009
Aw, beautiful job, Faith. I was already teary (Bwahhhh emotionall unstable--lol) so you can guess what this did to me;) Love it! :love:
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:iconfaithfirefly:
FaithFirefly Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2009  Professional Filmographer
^^; Thanks, but I'm sorry if it made you more sad! :(
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:icontheinkgirl:
TheInkgirl Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2009
Nonono! I loved it--I cry over lots of things that I love^^ That's good. It's just cryin over things I hate that isn't...the bomb. Lol, great job!
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:iconfaithfirefly:
FaithFirefly Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2009  Professional Filmographer
OK - making sure. :hug: Thanks!
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alvin938 Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2009
That would be awful, living out the same memory over and over again; especially one such as that. The brain is quite the little terror sometimes :shrug:

I like how you gave Koto a white robe, in China isn't 'white' the funeral color and 'black' is the marriage color? I actually think that's how it is all over Asia? :blink:

I like the layer effect you put over the background, very haunting, but comforting.
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:iconfaithfirefly:
FaithFirefly Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2009  Professional Filmographer
Tell me about it. :o The science of dreams is kinda freaky.

Red is the main marriage color that I've seen - it stands for happiness. :) In funerals, only the closest relatives to the deceased wear black. The guests that aren't in the immediate family wear other colors, and the unrelated guests wear white. :hmm:

Thanks. :D I was going for an ethereal kinda world between heaven and earth thing, since Shifu is still dreaming but it's an actual encounter with his baba's angel. :aww:
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:iconbenjjedi:
BenJJedi Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2009
That is really touching. ^_^
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:iconfaithfirefly:
FaithFirefly Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2009  Professional Filmographer
Thanks! :D I was going for that. :aww:
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abcameronxyz Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2009
WHOA!!! those clouds look so cool. those
colours look so awesome. like fosho. and
Koto is so cool looking as an angel, i can
picture him like in the clouds just watching
over shifu. this is awesome.=]
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:iconfaithfirefly:
FaithFirefly Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2009  Professional Filmographer
Thanks! :D He always did promise he'd always look out for Shifu, and he keeps it. :aww:
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abcameronxyz Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2009
ofcourse he does =]
welcome
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:iconcryssy-miu:
Cryssy-miu Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2009
You should do one with Yin giving him the flower! :love:
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:iconfaithfirefly:
FaithFirefly Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2009  Professional Filmographer
Maaaaaaaaybe. :D
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:iconcryssy-miu:
Cryssy-miu Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2009
:eager:!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! AS much as I still don't like her, that'd be cute.
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:iconfaithfirefly:
FaithFirefly Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2009  Professional Filmographer
I shall MAKE you like her. :D
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:iconcryssy-miu:
Cryssy-miu Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2009
:nana: How?
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:iconfaithfirefly:
FaithFirefly Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2009  Professional Filmographer
Dunno. :D But I WILL.
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:iconcryssy-miu:
Cryssy-miu Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2009
HOW?? :nana:
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