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Sunfall's journey by Alex-Harrier Sunfall's journey by Alex-Harrier
This was a commission for ~ExplodingSnap that is long overdue. I tried to make it extra pretty because of that, but now I'm to the point where I'm just going to keep rendering until the focus is unclear and I think I need to stop. XD

So she originally asked for a picture of Featherwhisker and Sunfall doing something brotherly together, and I thought about it for a long time and even have a couple other unfinished drafts on my hard drive but eventually settled with this one. I always thought the relationship between a leader and their medicine cat would have to be super close, but how much more so would that be if they were brothers? Here they are journeying to the moonstone late in the afternoon after Pinestar announced his departure. I'll just write some narration:

Sunfall and his brother hurried in the face of the setting sun, knowing they had little time to reach the moonstones for his ceremony. "Wait up!" called Featherwhisker from behind. Sunfall paused on a rock on the windclan slope of fourtrees, his brother huffed up the rocks beside him. "You always were faster than me. The stones will still be there if we allow ourselves to breathe, we'll get there in time." he waited until the pain in his chest subsided and then Featherwhisker began to pad onward. this time, he took a couple steps before he realized Sunfall wasn't following. he looked back.

"What if-" Sunfall gasped the words, as if he still hadn't caught his breath, and his eyes filled with a different kind of pain. "What if I'm wrong? What if Pinestar's betrayal causes our ancestors to turn their backs on us? Featherwhisker, we're going to get to highstones and they won't be waiting. What am i going to tell the clan when-"

"Stop it."

Featherwhisker swallowed his own growing fears concerning their ancestors, and used his tail to lift his brothers eyes to his. "You were right this morning, Starclan will not turn us away. You are our leader. You come with Pinestar's blessing, and the hopes of all of thunderclan. have courage, it's what you do best. I believe in you, and they do too."

Sunfall didn't know whether his brother was talking about Thunderclan or Starclan, but somehow with Featherwhisker's words his self doubt subsided. He purred "I'm glad it's you with me and not Goosefeather. I wouldn't have it any other way."
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InlandTaipan Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2015  Hobbyist Artist
Great art! And you can really see the emotion in their faces. -nodnod-
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Jayfeather8 Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2014  Student Artist
Wait, is sunfall and featherwhisker really brothers?
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Ocelotpup7 Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Wow!! Love the way the cats are positioned, makes them look real =)
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BunnyAnnCandy Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2014
I absolutely LOVE this! your background work, the cats- Its pure beauty! :D i wish i could just step into this picture.
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Honeybager93 Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This is amazing! the colors,  the lighting, the background, the firest behing them. And the postures and expressions of Featherwhisker and Sunfall. all of it is just amazing! 
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Toyoue Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Why does everyone think this is Firestar and Sandstorm? Sandstorm isn't white, and Firestar is orange, not yellow.

lol but anyway, I really love this. It's been in my favourites for a while now, but I thought I should finally come comment on it. Your style is absolutely gorgeous.
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tigerette7272 Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2014  Student Artist
I thought it was fire star and sandstorm, sorry, but nice job
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ariel4242 Featured By Owner May 10, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I loved Sunfall :D nice drawing!
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Knox7606 Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2013  Student General Artist
it looks like firestar and sandstorm
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Pinestripe Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This is amazing.
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Firefly1910 Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2013
Wow, this is just beautiful. The lighting and shading are perfect, and I love their poses and expressions. The background is gorgeous too. Great job!
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PercyJackson7 Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2013
Wow it's epic!!
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Bloodwolf-Xx Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Sunfall and Featherwhisker are brothers, I didn't know that. Where does it mention that.?
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Alex-Harrier Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2013  Student General Artist
it's really really briefly mentioned in Blue's prophecy. you can look it up on the warriors wiki as well.
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shadowblackblood Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2012
AMAZING!!! :nuu:
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turnipBerry Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Cool!
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officer495 Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
WOW.... so awesome, thats one best pics i have ever seen on here :3
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Flash-fur Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Left side of my mind: WE NEED A WORD TO DESCRIBE THIS!
Right side: WE DON'T HAVE ANY D8
Left side: THEN MAKE ONE UP!!!!

Me: Wonderfultasticalisticificationalism...?
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MoonlightWite Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2012  Student General Artist
This is magnificent! I love the subtle expression of sadness in Sunfall's eyes and Featherwhisker's reassuring gaze.
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lunastar117 Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2012
i wub it
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Sky-Lily Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
The background and shading is so lovely, and I adore your style of cats 8D
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Vitani8 Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2012  Student General Artist
Awesome! I love the background :heart:
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clancat1124 Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
sunfall looks a little sad though
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clancat1124 Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
who ur awsome u should join my group
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SkipShadowfang Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
The atmosphere in this picture is wonderful! The expression and posing is well done, and the background is particularly lovely.
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Finchwing Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2012
This is absolutely beautiful!! I love how much detail you put into this! The expressions, the trees, the clouds... It's all so beautiful!! I also love how you made the background fade out into the distance. Stunning!
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ZiggiEvaTroop Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Oh wow! I had to step back a few I was mind blown! o3o Your really talented! What paint system do you use? =3
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ExplodingSnap Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2012
From my PM:

It's gorgeous! Seriously, I am blown away by the attention to detail and the depth of the perspective. Wonderful use of softened focus to show increasing distance. Fantastic clouds. Needless to say, wonderful cats, from anatomy to expressions, and the scenario you devised is also quite appropriate. (I was thinking of something much more mundane, such as Featherwhisker tending to a minor injury on Sunfall and teasing him about it.) In short, this is a masterpiece and deserves as wide an audience as you can find for it. I hope you've submitted it to all the various Warriors groups!
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Alex-Harrier Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2012  Student General Artist
XD Again, thank you for your kind words! It makes me so Glad inside that you like it! :D

I'm sure the warriors groups will ask for it in due time. XD
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Winggal Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2012  Student Filmographer
This is really well done!
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Alex-Harrier Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2012  Student General Artist
Thanks! :D
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lightwoodswhip Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Wow, this is beautiful. I absolutely love the background and the colors you used, plus the anatomy of the cats is realistic and well done. c:
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Alex-Harrier Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2012  Student General Artist
Thanks! I do my best~
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WaterlightFading Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Wow, this is amazing, Alex! It's incredible how much you've improved! You went from very talented to extremely talented! :D
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Alex-Harrier Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2012  Student General Artist
You are too nice. XD Thank you! :hug:
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WaterlightFading Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
~o3o~
You're welcome!
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MoonTheGreat Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
holy shizzle mc fondue...

that is freakin AWESOME.

and no. i have no clue what I said in that first line.

shizzle mc fondue...thats catchy. I think im going to use that now
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Alex-Harrier Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2012  Student General Artist
XD Thanks!
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DemonFireKirara Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I know the focus is on the cats (which are great!), but tat background is AWESOME too!
The lights and the clouds and the rocks! They're really well done. Backgrounds are underestimated :heart:
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Alex-Harrier Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2012  Student General Artist
Aww, Thank you! I kinda killed myself with it, so I hope it looks nice. XD
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PuppetAngel Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2012
This is awesome!
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Alex-Harrier Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2012  Student General Artist
Thanks!
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PuppetAngel Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2012
No problem!
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RiverBelle Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2012  Student Filmographer
This is beautiful! :la:
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Alex-Harrier Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2012  Student General Artist
:la: Thanks!
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RiverBelle Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2012  Student Filmographer
No Problem! :D
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KremeSoda Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Wow, this is so amazing c: You are so good at cats :heart: and backgrounds
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Alex-Harrier Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2012  Student General Artist
XD thanks!
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MagaSushi Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2012  Student General Artist
This is absolutely beautiful!!
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Alex-Harrier Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2012  Student General Artist
Thank you!
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