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Arata Namikaze by RadiusZero Arata Namikaze by RadiusZero
I'm still alive. :omg: The art block was real though. :P It took me awhile to get into the groove of things. I managed to break away from my art block by watching anime and being inspired by it. Among them was Naruto. Bucktooth 

I used to be a major fan of it when it first shipped to the States in the Shonen Jump. But I took a break from the series around the time I hit college. I only got caught up on the entire Naruto series (Shippuden and films) not long ago and ended up falling in love with Minato Namikaze (Naruto's dad). He's now among my 'must fantard over this guy' list. Minato is such a lovable smexy dork. :flirty: However, because there is no information regarding his family or history, I took it upon myself to create one. Psychotic This art piece is the product of that.

In a nutshell, this is my original character, Arata Namikaze. Feel free to skip the following paragraphs if you want to. I only include it to explain who he is (and why he has antlers. :P ). This took a whole month to complete. Still, it was worth it. It was a good excuse to work on atmosphere and feature a hot guy. OMG! I can't contain my excitement! I'd just completed a new Sephiroth pin-up piece (which I'll post later) and wanted to try my hand at something a bit more complex and fun.

ARATA'S BACKGROUND:
During Kaguya's tyrannical reign, Arata tried to rescue his twin brother after their village chose and sacrificed him to the God Tree. Arata fails to save him but discovers a seed that recently sprouted from that God tree. He takes it, perceiving it as a parting memento gift from his late brother. Arata is soon confronted by Kaguya though. Sensing great power from it, she demands he hand over the seed and pursues him. Out of vengeance for his deceased twin brother, Arata ingested the seed and took his own life at a river, preventing Kaguya from taking it.

The past events of Naruto happen, one where Kaguya engages in battle with her son, Hagoromo. It's during this time that Arata's lifeless body is revitalized by the God Seed he'd ingested. His jet-black hair turns platinum blond; his eyes turn to the color of water and he radiates with an earthly light. Now bestowed with visions of the past, present, and future, Arata discovers his body will inevitably transform into a God Tree. It will even sprout its own 'chakra fruit'. Already, thick antler-like branches form on his head.

Like the God Tree, Arata has the ability to absorb other's chakras. This ability grants him unlimited power and eternal youth. He's practically a living vampire. Oh Noes! Because his body is destined to be Transformed, Arata comes up with a plan to save himself based on his future visions. Among these visions is the idea of using a new vessel to transfer his soul to. This will allow him to leave his old body behind, enabling it to change and sprout the promised chakra fruit. Arata takes it upon himself to create the perfect vessel. He forms the Namikaze Clan, a powerful underground clan with ruthless, indifferent practices - all designed to create the perfect vessel for its Lord. Among the promising candidates are two twin youths: Isamu Namikaze... and Minato Namikaze. OMG 

I'll spare you guys more details of this story or how Minato ended up in Konoha Village (I intend on writing a fanfic on it). But I really wanted to cover the main points. :)
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hrfarrington Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2016   General Artist
Really fantastic work, his legs and feet look so realistic! And superb job with all the background detail :wow:
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darth-morty Featured By Owner Edited Aug 13, 2016
Gorgeously done!  Love the attention to background, as always.  And the pose is unusual.  As is the garb.

Are you coming to Otakon this year?  I'm looking forward to buying more prints!
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darth-morty Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2016
Gorgeously done!
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AyameLibertine Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
good to see you stile live! Beautiful art as always <3
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Ebiru-Zeru Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2016
I am mesmerized by this background.

also I really miss you D;
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SwirlyEyesHypnotize Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
Gorgeous! :heart:
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RadiusZero Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2016
It's a bit past midnight and here I am staring endlessly at your avatar... O_O Must. Look. Away...

@_O

That aside, thanks so much for the lovely words on Arata! :glomp:
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Sandramalie Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2016  Professional Digital Artist
Wow, this is so beautiful! All the details are amazing, it looks like so much work :love:
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RadiusZero Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2016
Thank you so much for the wonderful words! And wow, what a breathtaking gallery you have! Definitely faving that Lyanna Stark one. :meow:
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Sandramalie Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2016  Professional Digital Artist
Aww, thank you too! :hug: :love:
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nekoni Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2016  Professional Digital Artist
Absolutely beautiful! I love the progression of the colors and the amount of detail you've put into it <3!
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RadiusZero Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2016
:eager: It's always nice seeing you here in my neck of the woods! A very big honor! And again, I can't get enough of your wonderful Minato avatar. I can look at him all day long. :meow:
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nekoni Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2016  Professional Digital Artist
:blush: Woah, ah, okay! I found you and thought you're awesome so I'm watching you now ^^; You'll see little Minato around!
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Inkiersho Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
Ahhhh this is so gorgeous! Looking forward to that fanfiction. 
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RadiusZero Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2016
Thank you so much for taking the time to check out my work and leave a comment on it. :hug: Definitely, after I'm done with my convention I'd like to get in a few chapters. I got so many ideas for it. :D Thank you for tolerating my nerdage ways, lol.
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FurryGirlSylvy45 Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2016  Professional Writer
Arata, you are one hot guy!  Heart 4 
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FurryGirlSylvy45 Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2016  Professional Writer
OMG! He just looks so gorgeous, especially with your artistic skills! ;3   For real though, he is so kawaii (awesome) and cute! I can't even! X3
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RadiusZero Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2016
Thank you so much! I really appreciate you taking the time to check it out and leave a comment on Arata. :) It definitely was a nice excuse to draw a bishie. :drool: I'd like to tackle Itachi some time in the near future. But it depends on how fast to get the next art pieces done before my upcoming convention. Anyway, thanks again!
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FurryGirlSylvy45 Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2016  Professional Writer
Lol! I forgot to favourite too! Don't want that to happen! X3
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FurryGirlSylvy45 Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2016  Professional Writer
You're welcome! :3
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deliriumgrey Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2016
I know how you feel about Minato.. He's too adorkable
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RadiusZero Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2016
Heh, I love that word! *Adorkable*! He damn well is! He's such a beautiful dork, coming up with these silly jutsu names. :XD: As frustrating as it is seeing nothing but fillers for Naruto Shippuden, I actually hope we'll see a back-story of kid-Minato before the anime officially ends.
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deliriumgrey Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2016
Me too. I seriously have stopped watching Shippuden because of all the fillers 
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Erika-M-R Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
Beautiful work as always and I like his back story as well~!
Amazing job missy :heart:
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RadiusZero Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2016
Erika! Hey girl! :boogie: Long time no see! Hope everything is going great with you. So happy to see you at my neck of the woods. Heh, I've been nerding over anime lately during my art blocks. :P I got hooked on 'Knights of Sidonia' and 'Parasyte' shortly after my Naruto binging streak. Gah, I'm terrible!

Anyway, thanks for the lovely comment, girl. And so happy you liked his back story. I swear, I'm such a nerd sometimes. ;-;
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Erika-M-R Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
Definitely been way to long since we last chatted. Everything is good on my end and I hope it's the same for you :D I've started nerding over anime again, especially since one of my friends gave me an epic list to go through XD

And there is nothing wrong with being a nerd! Nerds are awesome :love:
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