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76 - These Small Hours by FaithFirefly 76 - These Small Hours by FaithFirefly
100 Theme Challenge #76 - "The Little Things"

Let it go...
Let it roll right off your shoulders
Don't you know...
The hardest part is over
Let it in...
Let your clarity define you
In the end...
We will only just remember how it feels

'Cause our lives are made
In these small hours
These little wonders
These twists and turns of fate
Time falls away
But these small hours
These small hours still remain

All of my regret
Will wash away somehow
But I cannot forget
The way I feel right now...

In these small hours...


So right after Koto defies his master to fight Lie Hong (See "Sanguine Sunrise") and it ends in disaster and due to Koto's selfish motives, the heartbroken captain barely survives and returns home to face whatever punishment Master Oogway has in store for him. As he fears, he is banished from the Jade Palace...but not quite the way he had expected. Oogway sums it up for him with these words:

"I want you to take your things and go home, Chen Koto...and in a month, I want you to come back. You owe this to your son, Koto. I don't want to see you anywhere near the training hall until the month is up. You'll make up for what training you missed then."

So, for the following month of June, Oogway bars Koto from any and all training or captaining duties. As always, the old master proves in the right. Koto over-goes a much-needed reawakening of his soul and heart through the month, in which he and Shifu go everywhere and do everything together. The young captain's physical and emotional wounds begin to heal, and his eyes are opened to the fact that - though he lost and failed so many of his men and loved ones - there was still the most precious gift Yin had ever given him, right there in his arms.

OK - this was drawn a couple of sketchbooks ago, so there are MANY things I see that can be improved. :bleh: But there it is, an essential part of Koto & Shifu's story. :aww:

Koto, Yin, Lie Hong (c) :icondolphinmoana:
story & pic (c) :icondolphinmoana:
Shifu & Oogway (c) Dreamworks Animation
Song: "Little Wonders" & lyrics (c) Rob Thomas

Background from this photo ([link]) by :iconregenstock:

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:iconmisssatsuki:
MissSatsuki Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2015  New member Student Traditional Artist
they are too cute 
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5150animator Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
Ohmygod. *dies from the cuteness*
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:iconstainless-wonderland:
stainless-wonderland Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Aaaawww so cute!!!!
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:iconfaithfirefly:
FaithFirefly Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2010  Professional Filmographer
Thank you! :D :)
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:iconstainless-wonderland:
stainless-wonderland Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
No problem!
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Kaptain-Kitty19 Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2010  Student Filmographer
They sure are. :lol: I remember once seeing a picture of someone holding a tiny red panda in just one hand! :love: It was so tiny.

Having Shifu smaller and seemingly more vulnerable as a cub does make sense. :nod: That would explain the 'I'm so tough!' attitide in his later years.

Not a problem. :hug: Your work seems pretty clear to me. :aww:
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FaithFirefly Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2010  Professional Filmographer
I guess you could relate my young Shifu to a chihuahua. :lol: Tiny, but rather feisty and bold to make up for it.
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Kaptain-Kitty19 Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2010  Student Filmographer
True. :D
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Kaptain-Kitty19 Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2009  Student Filmographer
Aw, that is gorgeous! :love: Shifu's such a tiny, little guy! :excited: And I love Koto's happy expression.

That is very well done. :aww: The characters are well presented and (as usual) your colouring astounds me. Seriously! You're computer colouring is amazing! :wow:

Oh, and I love that song. It's one of my absolute favourites by Rob Thomas.
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FaithFirefly Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2010  Professional Filmographer
Shifu would have to be tiny. :love: Red pandas are tiny as it is. Plus, Shifu seems like he would've been the "Runt of the Litter".

Thanks so much! :cuddle: My Photoshopping isn't quite as clear as I'd like, though. ^^;
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louisacar Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2009  Student Digital Artist
I almost cried when I played the song and looked at the picture at the same time...very cute.

I don't know why I'm about to cry, but I think it's got something to do with the fact that poor Shifu doesn't know that Koto would die soon, and they're having a good time...
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FaithFirefly Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2009  Professional Filmographer
I guess it's the whole embodiment of the song. :love: Moments like the one shown here will be what Shifu remembers and treasures the most far into old age.
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louisacar Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2009  Student Digital Artist
Too true.
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:iconwoflie:
woflie Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2009
awww that's so cute I love kung fu panda and koto
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:iconfaithfirefly:
FaithFirefly Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2009  Professional Filmographer
Thanks! :) :hug:
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Larkspur-KiwiPickle Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
Do you know what kind of animal they are? I never could find out.
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:iconfaithfirefly:
FaithFirefly Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2009  Professional Filmographer
They're very stylized red pandas. :lol: A red panda is a small mammal about the size of a cat and looks more like a raccoon.
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Larkspur-KiwiPickle Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you! I've been wondering since I first saw Kung Fu Panda, and now you've helped me clear up everything.
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FaithFirefly Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2009  Professional Filmographer
No prob. :)
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:icontheinkgirl:
TheInkgirl Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2009
Amazing job! You always get these perfect^_^ Lovely! And I love the looks on their faces (awwww)
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:iconfaithfirefly:
FaithFirefly Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2009  Professional Filmographer
Thanks! :D :hug:
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:icontheinkgirl:
TheInkgirl Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2009
NP^_^
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:iconcryssy-miu:
Cryssy-miu Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2009
I don't see a thing that needs to be improve. :aww:
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:iconfaithfirefly:
FaithFirefly Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2009  Professional Filmographer
I do. ^^; But I won't point them out. :lol:
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:iconcryssy-miu:
Cryssy-miu Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2009
Oh, point 'em. :lol:
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:iconfaithfirefly:
FaithFirefly Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2009  Professional Filmographer
Don't wanna! =p
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:iconcryssy-miu:
Cryssy-miu Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2009
Oh, come on! :laughing:
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:iconfaithfirefly:
FaithFirefly Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2009  Professional Filmographer
........Koto's tail's positioned weird and is too big. ^^;
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:iconcryssy-miu:
Cryssy-miu Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2009
Oh, that wasn't what I was looking at. :lol:
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:iconfaithfirefly:
FaithFirefly Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2009  Professional Filmographer
And proportions are whacked. :lol:
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Vampirelupin10 Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2009
Another Father - son moment:)
As always, impressive work DolphinMoana.
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:iconfaithfirefly:
FaithFirefly Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2009  Professional Filmographer
:giggle: As always, thank you! :hug:
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Vampirelupin10 Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2009
You're welcome:D
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A113Panda Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2009  Student Traditional Artist
D'awww… the little guy is so adorable! :aww:
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:iconfaithfirefly:
FaithFirefly Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2009  Professional Filmographer
Thanks! :love:
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A113Panda Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2009  Student Traditional Artist
Welcome. ^_^
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MNS-Prime-21 Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
:iconmonkeyloveplz:
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:iconfaithfirefly:
FaithFirefly Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2009  Professional Filmographer
:D :love:
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:iconartygal:
Artygal Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
What an adorable piece! so warm and fuzzy :aww: I love, love, love parental bonding! lovely song too, I've never heard of it, I'll have to look it up.
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:iconfaithfirefly:
FaithFirefly Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2009  Professional Filmographer
Thanks! :hug: The song was in "Meet the Robinsons" if you've ever seen that. :)
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:iconartygal:
Artygal Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
No I haven't! :O Another new Disney movie I must watch along with "Bolt" :)
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:iconfaithfirefly:
FaithFirefly Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2009  Professional Filmographer
Bolt was reasonably good. :)
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:iconartygal:
Artygal Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Bolt seems pretty popular around here :) I've seen lotsa people draw him
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NorwegianWolf Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2009
Aww! I LOVE LOVE LOVE that song! :heart:

Great picture! It's so cute! <33
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:iconfaithfirefly:
FaithFirefly Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2009  Professional Filmographer
LOL, I knew you would, with all your MTR stuff. :giggle:
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NorwegianWolf Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2009
Hahaha! ^^
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:iconwolfjedisamuel:
wolfjedisamuel Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2009  Student Digital Artist
Awsome, just pure Awsome.
By the way, Nice Avarter, love it! :D
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:iconfaithfirefly:
FaithFirefly Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2009  Professional Filmographer
Thanks! :giggle:

It's a Photoshopped pic of Shifu to look like Koto. :D
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:iconwolfjedisamuel:
wolfjedisamuel Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2009  Student Digital Artist
...AWSOME :D
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deamoness333 Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2009
Aw its just too cute!
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