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The Ram

March 21 to April 20

Traditional
Aries Traits

Adventurous and energetic
Pioneering and courageous
Enthusiastic and confident
Dynamic and quick-witted

On the dark side...

Selfish and quick-tempered
Impulsive and impatient
Foolhardy and daredevil


A week and several days without an update is completely unacceptable, I think... right? Well, it certainly is to me, but I've been swamped with work and my computer crashing the past weeks didn't help on that area. Thus, I've had very few 'free spaces' for me to do whatever I please with my markers and my ideas...
However, my good friends ~IADM, ~control01 and ~photus come to my aid every Wednesday and we have some nice art jams that end up in quite experimental subjects and they lend themselves to my experimenting on new things without being afraid of leaving my 'comfort zone'.
This week, we've started portraying our various zodiacal incarnations, in many cultures. So here's Aries, my house. I've always believed in the Zodiac (partly because of my mother believing a lot in it and passing it down to me), though not the daily predictions you read in the newspapers... I believe in the general traits that come associated to a person's birthday and placement in the 'whole'.

Technically, this image allowed me to keep trying my different approaches to faces and the pose of the ram's head isn't my usual as well. The paper this was done in is new to me and I'm still adjusting certain things and bleeds, but the textures that come out of it are incredible if you can handle them...

All in all, a very pleaseant image which I hope sums up The Ram.

Enjoy!

Nic.-

PS.. Go check out my mates's renditions, the first one being here: [link]
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:iconconfederate101:
Confederate101 Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2011
Msg me somtime i might get this as a tatto if your cool with it
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IchigoK1993 Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2010
This is fucking amazing <3 Aries ftw
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wheresmytea Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2009  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I LOVE the angle of her head. Its very forceful, very proud, very stubbourn. Totally Aries. :)

I'm a Ram too, but right on the cusp with Pisces so a bit of a 'watered-down' version. :) I also love the gold tattoo and the icon in the background.
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NicolasRGiacondino Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you, J.L! It's a pleasure to hear there are more rams out there :D... and, of course, that you think this work has so much power, worthy of our fiery sign.

I hope I have time one day to tackle all of the Zodiac....

Nic.-
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Sebbythefreak Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2008  Professional Filmographer
haha, nice. Break them chains!
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NicolasRGiacondino Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
:D And put them around someone's neck, baby!

Nic.-
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Comrade-K-Rad Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2008  Hobbyist Artist
Hey, I'm an Aries.

Another good one! I mean it's great, the colors, pose, everything. Also, it looks quite chaosy.

Would be cool if you did a whole series.
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NicolasRGiacondino Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you very much, K! It's always interesting to get people to realise they share their zodiac house with others. I often find it's something cool to make unknown fellows feel they have something in common (even if they don't believe in it)...

There is a definite Chaos-y flavour here, indeed...

Nic.-
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Comrade-K-Rad Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2008  Hobbyist Artist
Flavor, yes that is a good way to put it.

Flavor-Flavour, same thing.
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SoyUnHamster Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2008
:laughing: Bueno, si es inexcusable no subir algo en una semana, yo estoy en severos aprietos, ya que va como un mes que estoy na'màs ài hacièndome el occiso :blush:

Esta verdaderamente cargada de energìa, y literalmente desatada. Es un espìritu libre que no puede ser detenida ni por barreras fìsicas, ni mentales (ni siquiera por la ropa :omfg:). Sin embargo, esto posiblemente la lleve a rayar en la imprudencia :noes: Si bien, actuar en vez de sòlo pensar puede ser recomendable en ciertas ocasiones, actuar sin pensar puede tener resultados inesperados.

Puedo ver còmo experimentaste un poco con su rostro, si bien ya lo mencionabas, sobretodo con la pose. Pero creo que fue un muy gran acierto de tu parte, pues es en parte lo que le da la mayor fuerza a esta pieza, ami parecer, ya que asì luce màs "salvage" (por asì decirlo), en contraste con que si rostro estubiera bajo (por dar un ejemplo), que podrìa parecer màs "concentrada."

Me gusta mucho la temàtica, no soy particularmente creyente ni incrèdulo de los zoodiacos (màs bien los dejo pasar), pero siempre se me han hecho muy interesantes, sobretodo por que a menudo salen series de imàgenes muy divertidas :w00t: Ojalà tengas tiempo de hacer màs.

Sè que es difìcil, pero no le dudes tanto en subir tus imàgenes ;) (por que si lo haces, tus fans armaremos una turba iracunda y hebria para invadir tu casa).
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NicolasRGiacondino Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
Siempre es un placer leer tus comentarios, Daniel y perdona de antemano si me pongo breve en mis respuestas, pero a veces no tengo más que decirte que un gran ¡GRACIAS! :)

Me gusta que hayas notado la experimentación en la cara y ciertamente concuerdo contigo en que es el elemento que más fuerza le da al 'todo'. Otra pose no hubise funcionado, como señalas, y otra forma más 'suavizada' de rasgos tampoco, creo...

El Zodíaco es una de esas cosas que, aunque no creamos en él, vienen incorporadas al inconsciente colectivo y, al ser imágenes tan arquetí;picas, podemos siempre encontrarnos reflexionando sobre ellas.

Por último, te agradezco el voto de confianza, como siempre, pero ya sabes como es esto: subir al escenario repetidas veces nunca quita ese poquito de ';pánico escénico' que a uno le agarra antes de clickear el boton de 'Upload Deviation' :D...

Nico.-
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SoyUnHamster Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2008
:blush: jejeje, sip, creo que entiendo a què te refieres con esa submit-deveation-a-phobia.
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MaKo85 Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
Heh, my grandfather was an Aries, Grandma is Cancer, Mom is Virgo, Dads a Taurus and I'm a Capricorn as you know :3
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NicolasRGiacondino Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
Capricorn, mhmm... a rather energetic house, indeed! :D I dated a girl onec who was a Capricorn and they tend to be very shy people until you get to them the right way... then, the fire is ON! :strip:

... and, of course, your Grandpa must've ruled! :D...

:smooch:

Nic.-
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MaKo85 Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
Indeed, we like to keep our emotional cloaks wrapped tightly around us, however we can get complety crazy about you if you manage to say the right words :D

Ah grandpa, standup comedian, he passed away last year, I'm glad I got to say goodbye to him, it happened quite fast. But it's funny, I'm not sad about it, I don't feel like he's really 'gone', you know?
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NicolasRGiacondino Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
Pft! Emotional cloaks... what be that? Let others fear our wrath! (that's very Aries right there, you see?). I wonder what words make you tick, mhmmm...

And your Grandfather was a stand-up comedian? Wow! That's a very cool thing indeed. It's great to be able to make people laugh and it's usually peple like him that we remember fondly and not with sadness; because they would've wanted us to laugh and celebrate their life rather than morun endlessly over their loss ( I bet he would've made a joke about his funeral too, had God allowed him! ;))

Nic.-
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MaKo85 Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
Indeed, spoken like a true Aries, with your flamboyant temper worthy of Mars. X3
Me? I can be gloomy and secretive with my emotions like Saturn commands, however my shell is not that difficult to crack.
Ah, I always loved eloquency and creativity, my favorite writer is Shakespeare so that sums it up. A man that show me passion, intelect and creativity will win my heart over quite fast.
...it's difficult finding someone like that here in Arizona, most of the young men my age are not exactly what one would call....'cultured' ^^;
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NicolasRGiacondino Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
Heh, heh... too bad I'm so far away; passion, intelect, creativity... I checked all the boxes! :D And don't worry about Arizona lacking gentlemen, I think it's a worldwide situation, honestly.

And we Aries can be secretive and gloomy and (most of all!) complicated if you can't get around our way of thinking; but once you've earnt out trust, then we're like puppies.

Nic.-
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MaKo85 Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
He he :giggle: I know :3
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ManoAlada Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2008  Professional Digital Artist
my house as well; tuve la misma idea hace tiempo pero la abandone por falta de interes XD.
a ver que salen de los demas , ya estoy impaciente.
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NicolasRGiacondino Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
Uf, no creo que llegue a más, jajaja... pero la idea siempre está y después de haber recibido tanto elogio, por ahi me tire a algunas casas más.

¡Un brindis por los Arianos!

Nico.-
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Gonfrask Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2008
Se ve un trabajo sencillo pero muy bueno, la verdad es que me gusta mucho.

A ver cuando sacas a Tauro XD
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NicolasRGiacondino Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
Gracia,s mi buen amigo. Es siempre un placer saber que se anda por ahi cual Batman en las sombras mirando mis imágenes y gustando de ellas...

Un abrazo.

Nico.-

PD.. Me han pedido a Géminis y a Tauro, ahora, asi que más vale que termine algunas cosas y empiece a sacar signos, que si no... :D
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damonx99 Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2008  Hobbyist Writer
I feel like waging war.

lol.


Very nice peice man. It def has your style to it and then some. I esp like the way you did the skine tones. Very nice for the image.
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NicolasRGiacondino Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
I'm glad you approve, as usual, my good friend! It's great that so many people got such a gut reaction from this image, because I hadn't planned that, though I certainly wanted to convey a sense of strength to it...

Nic.-
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damonx99 Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2008  Hobbyist Writer
Consider it done.

More to mind in this peice is passion. A strength all its own.
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Marduk01 Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2008
Okay I have to learn how you do the glowing tattoo design on this image, it looks so real.
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NicolasRGiacondino Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
It isn't actually that hard, mate; if you look closely, you'll see that it's just two lines, one yellow and one orange around the shape, whilst leaving the black page under it makes the whole appear as if glowing.

Nic.-
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Marduk01 Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2008
But did you do any Photoshop to make it more crisp looking? Or is this a pure scan of the original work?
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NicolasRGiacondino Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
Well, all I do with Photoshop is touch up the contrast a bit, because the images always tend to scan lighter than the original, but that's about it. There's no more tampering than trying to get it as close as possible to the real thing.

Nic.-
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Marduk01 Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2008
Okay I'll experiment with with this then on my own work and thanks for the pointer.
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Cybertiger-formhell Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2008
cool pice would you leat me get this as a tat?
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NicolasRGiacondino Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
Sure, Todd! It's always an honour to have people getting my art on their skin! The only thing I'd ask in return is that you get me a pic of it if you get it done ;)... I like to keep track of those things in my portfolio.

Nic.-
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Cybertiger-formhell Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2008
I'll try and thxm.
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SpectorKnight Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2008
Wow. Very......chaotic. And rather unsettling. The naked abandon, (if you'll forgive a pun) of this image is striking and unnerving.

Also, I looked it up and I'm an Aries. :fear: :p
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NicolasRGiacondino Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
We are Legion, mwahaha... :evillaugh:

I'm glad that this image got a certain frightful or chaotic reaction out of you, Joseph; it's certainly what art is all about: emotions conveyed.

Thank you again!

Nic.-
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vanchet Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2008  Hobbyist Photographer
Awesome pic :D....I wonder what Scorpio is ^^
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NicolasRGiacondino Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
Mmmm, good question, mate! I hope I have time one day to get to work them all out...

Thanks for the compliments!

Nic.-
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vanchet Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2008  Hobbyist Photographer
Sure ^^ and knowing my luck I'l never find it ^^;
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Clayman8 Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2008
You doing the whole series?
i'd love to see gemini,lots of interesting compositions you can do
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NicolasRGiacondino Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
I don't think I'll have the time to do the whole series, but you're the second person to propose Geminis to me, so I'm considering it, heh, heh...
I already have a design, so it would be a matter of dusting it off a little.

Nico.-
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Clayman8 Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2008
noice noice...
looking forward to it then,i wonder what you'll pull out.
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SteveRiker Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2008
Simply wonderful! The colors and her expression are excellent =D
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NicolasRGiacondino Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you very much, as usual, mate! It's always good to know you approve!

Nic.-
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igorvet Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2008
Very sexy rammy :)
Love the magic symbols on her hand, great coloring!
Why you've used the chain? It's some feature of ram's nature?
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NicolasRGiacondino Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you, Irop! I'm glad you liked this one as well as my other images and the reason behind the chains is that it is a symbol of 'breaking free' or strength, which are two of Aries's more recognisable traits.

Nic.-
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igorvet Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2008
"breaking free" - I know what you mean my friend, I've had a girlfriend Aries, she's a fire :)
I've read somewhere, that if you don't have your own big dream, Aries will give you many of them :)
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ruth2m Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2008
oooh q guapa la pose y la fuerza que tiene, eres aries? :P que guapo...me ha gustado mucho, como siempre sorprendiendome un monton con tus ilustraciones

sigue asi
un saludicoo
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NicolasRGiacondino Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
¡Ruthy! En verdad ha pasáo mucho tiempo desde que nos hemos visto por aquí y espero estés muy bien y trabajando mucho.
Si, soy Aries, jejeje... lo cual puede ser muy bueno a veces, o muy malo. Depende del dia, supongo :D

¡Gracias por estar siempre mirando mis dibujos y espero nos podamos 'ver' más seguido, Damita.

Un beso.

Nico.-
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ruth2m Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2008
oooh pues si si nos veremos, ahora me paso mas por aqui por el deviant....hasta he colgado un par de dibujitos que he estado haciendo (a ver si cuelgo alguno mas que tengo por aqui, lo puse en mi blog pero por aqui no todos) que me he vuelto a animar a dibujar con unos concursitos que estan haciendo

jajajaja no tiene q ser malo ser aries hombre ;)
pues a ver si vemos mas....este me ha encantado si señor

un abrazo guapeton
hasta pronto ;)
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