The end of the Ronin

The end of the Ronin

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The end of the Ronin

Title: The end of the Ronin
Pixel Artist: Adarias  (Level 11 Bonsai :: 35377 points)
Posted: 8/9/2010 14:22
Statistics:  41 comments    146 faves    0 avatars

After a journey of ten thousand days, the last loyal man did come to rest by the long river.  He wore his only garments: those of battle, for every stitch a fellow lost beside him.  So too his master and brother, killed in fires of jealousy.  He stopped his horse along the river.

lanterns without light
     they measure off the hillside
         banners on each back

His enemy grew in number, dozens strong, with spears both high and thick.  The clouds drew close, and from them fell the arrows.  This is his final task.

Shafts of Autumn rain
     he reaches to catch each one
         gifts to bring his lord

He is a ronin (master killed by a jealous rival) but also has a horse, so one palette in the preview, the other here.

Weekly Challenge: Samurai EraWeekly Challenge: Samurai Era
Top Pixel Art - August 2010 (#3)Top Pixel Art - August 2010 (#3)


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PixKing (Level 2 Flatfoot) @ 10/3/2021 01:57

The general died in a hundred battles, and the strong men no longer return.

Drea (Level 7 Teleporter) @ 3/17/2021 14:54

Wow I love this so much 

Mr.Fahrenheit (Level 6 Serial Killer) @ 6/24/2012 14:09

 Probably my favorite peice of art on here. So emotional.

hahnt (Level 2 Quiet One) @ 5/3/2012 16:25

so awesome, wee bit difficult to read, but amazing especially with such a small palette, a well deserved 1st ;)

Romson (Level 8 Cannibal) @ 1/9/2012 07:08

Terrific art.

SwissedToast (Level 1 Rookie) @ 10/27/2011 19:09

 Death in combat is honorable :C

HotDog (Level 2 Flatfoot) @ 7/4/2011 09:30

 instant fave

it's perfect =)

Geoglatico (Level 6 SWAT) @ 4/24/2011 11:16

 I like the colours 

ceddo (Level 7 Ichikyu) @ 10/22/2010 09:53

Beautiful work Adarias. The only small problem I can spot is that it's difficult to read because of the horse, but apart from that it's great.

KrypToniTe (Level 5 Soldier) @ 10/2/2010 07:23

Killer pixel art here, professional job!

Kite (Level 1 Rookie) @ 9/8/2010 17:21


Victor Rojo (Level 10 King Ghidorah) @ 8/24/2010 06:06

Congratulations for the first place! great composition and very evocative, hope to see you in the next challenge XD

bonehead11 (Level 2 Quiet One) @ 8/15/2010 11:11

Total winner. 

Fingerfoods (Level 3 Private Eye) @ 8/13/2010 16:50

 I want to say that it's slightly hard to read, but every detail is so beautiful. I love his posture, the fog, and the fact that you wrote a back story. Complete with haiku! Truly a premium package deal.

Artist (Level 1 Seaman) @ 8/13/2010 09:37


ui_ (Level 4 Deputy) @ 8/13/2010 08:52

 winner! :)

cure (Level 11 Pixellite) @ 8/11/2010 18:21

is that a haibun description?

Slemsvamp (Level 6 Serial Killer) @ 8/10/2010 14:02

I hoped for someone to pull this off! Made my PJ visit!

TheInquisitor (Level 4 Shichikyu) @ 8/10/2010 13:02

Beautiful! I agree with the sentiments that it looks a little unclear on the x1 view, but on x2 you can appreciate it fully.

Jo (Level 9 Nidan) @ 8/10/2010 04:50

Oh, Adarias, I love you so.


Edit: Goddammit you post here so seldomly yet there's no link for other media sweetness. Haven't you got another gallery with your stuff or something? (:

iLKke (Level 9 Nidan) @ 8/10/2010 04:08


Dig the text as well :)

Gecimen (Level 11 Sphinx) @ 8/10/2010 01:53

I think you can edit the piece until the submission time is over.

avo (Level 8 Cannibal) @ 8/9/2010 23:30

looks good! 

Adarias (Level 11 Bonsai) @ 8/9/2010 19:05

I adjusted the preview to make it more clear what the piece was going to be - I hope this is ok by challenge rules?  If not I can revert to original upload.

Adarias (Level 11 Bonsai) @ 8/9/2010 19:01

an agitated/rearing horse didn't fit the square :P

Chibi Robo (Level 5 Detective) @ 8/9/2010 18:58

Love the piece but its kind of difficult to read the piece unless its in 2x. Otherwise it looks great :3

Gecimen (Level 11 Sphinx) @ 8/9/2010 18:38

This is probably an artistic choice but why doesn't the horse give a fuck while his master is dying in an arrow rain? Not to mention he doesn't get a hit.

Btw extremely beautiful use of the crappy palette. This will win if something even more extreme doesn't come up.

Satsume (Level 10 Capo) @ 8/9/2010 17:58

very cool Adarias,you get podium.  

Adarias (Level 11 Bonsai) @ 8/9/2010 17:36

ekobor - I tried to draw a bit on japanese printing techniques, which are highly geared towards would perhaps have been better to do something that didn't go back to figurative work :D

Adarias (Level 11 Bonsai) @ 8/9/2010 17:33

Hrunting - if there's anything here that a person might find to their benefit, I'd hardly wish I'd kept it to myself :P.  I'm not here to win, I'm here because I enjoy art!

Victor Rojo (Level 10 King Ghidorah) @ 8/9/2010 17:24

Hrunting; All members can see the Hall of Fame to might use great techniques, otherwise this great piece of Adarias is really a inspiration.

ekobor (Level 4 Murderer) @ 8/9/2010 17:16

 I hadn't looked at the new contest nor your title yet when I clicked this, so I didn't recognize it immediately. The preview seemed mechanically abstract and the palette seemed pleasant.


I think you did well, looking at the requirements for the contest, but I prefer my original abstract view ^^;;

Victor Rojo (Level 10 King Ghidorah) @ 8/9/2010 17:15

Great Entry, very quick, i love the fog effect, and the historical detail. Also I´m agree with you; the palette is a color restriction, but not a design restriction.

dpixel (Level 9 Vice President) @ 8/9/2010 17:02

Great idea and nicely done.  The use of the other palette in the preview is a nice touch.

Hrunting (Level 2 Flatfoot) @ 8/9/2010 16:34

Wow!  Very quick...And such detail!  This is a very good start.  Strategically, though, it would have been better to keep it secret longer.  Others might use your techniques against you.

Stickman (Level 7 Sheriff) @ 8/9/2010 16:09

You got in early with a great start. Very nicely done.

Adarias (Level 11 Bonsai) @ 8/9/2010 15:47

Oh I think it was clear why the palettes were chosen, and as I've said before "restrictions" is a misnomer because itimplies that people aren't allowed to pixel anything ever unless it conforms to pixeljoint challenge prompts.  The only "true" limitations on pixel samurai are imgination and color gamut!

I'm tempted to try something that still shows those things off, since i do believe them to be the most important part of the Samurai visual identity, but probably not in time for the challenge.  This too should have gotten more attention but I was also working a regular shift around it, and I miss all kinds of challenges because I just don't find the time to finish them - so submitting now saves this from the junk bin!

skamocore (Level 11 Dolphin) @ 8/9/2010 15:40

Lovely design but...the colours seem neglectful of samurai armor, outfit, and pageantry :P

BTW, I do appreciate your challenge critique. I'm not entirely in agreement though, as the palettes were not intended to staunchly emulate reality, instead it was more about interesting and distinct palettes with a good value range. Anyway, like cure said, we'll try and keep your thoughts in mind if/when we run a similar challenge in the future.

jalonso (Level 11 Godfather) @ 8/9/2010 15:23

A wonderful entry. Top notch in every way.

KingOfTheTrolls (Level 9 Boss) @ 8/9/2010 15:03

Very Sneeekay

cure (Level 11 Pixellite) @ 8/9/2010 14:37

well he isn't currently mounted... so i think this loophole has been successfully exploited :P

good work on the armor texture

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