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Ordinance by LucrataNexarii Ordinance by LucrataNexarii
Thoughts: Here we see Bartholomew Kuma, shichibukai and weapon of the World Government, backed by two Pacifista, poised to attack.

Bartholomew has patiently removed one glove, and stands with his hand raised - perhaps to strike, perhaps in an offer to those before him. He and the Pacifista stand on uneven ground, ruins beneath their feet, hidden by the dust and haze.

Bartholomew is not only a loyal warrior, but has acted as messenger before. What terrible portent and ultimatum has he come to offer?

Details: This sketch originated from a gathering of hasty compositional marks during development of a friend's sketch. Their overlap was interesting enough when seen as a grouped set, and I'd later decided to continue with the image in order to see what aspects of drawing Kuma or the Pacifista would come to light.

Materials: mechanical pencil and sketchpad paper.

Cynicide: Originating from a basic, fast set of loose layouts, their general overlap was the only basis for carrying forward the image. Rendering folds in stiffer cloth or leather-like material, as well as proper gloss of hair and said leather, is an issue. Description of body volumes and foreshortening consistency relative to composition is also an issue.

NOTE: Bartholomew Kuma and the Pacifista originate from the anime/manga material 'One Piece,' and are intellectual property of it's creator, Eiichiro Oda.
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Animebear87 Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2016  Hobbyist Artist
Damn!
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LucrataNexarii Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2016
Older work, but I appreciate the regard.

Any fascinating figure carries with them a gravitating meaning, creativity, and translation. As a humble artist, all I can do is try to refine or  vary my skill so finding answers might be made easier.
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EvilExNumber9 Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Kuma always was one of my favorites. This just makes him even cooler!
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LucrataNexarii Featured By Owner May 15, 2015
Thank you for leaving a comment!

Time for me to dust off my dA space a little...

Though I don't sketch Kuma often, it's become a 'tradition' of mine to sketch him on the last page of any sketchbook I complete. And honestly, it's a joy getting back to him, even if it's just a basic work.

All the best to you! =)
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EvilExNumber9 Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Oh cool! Good luck with your work.
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Mrk8 Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2012
Great job.

Kuma is one of my favourite characters from One Piece.
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Mrk8 Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2012
Fantastic drawings.

Kuma is one of my favourite characters.
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LucrataNexarii Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2012
Thank you, Mrk8.

As you can tell, I also share a liking of Bartholomew. There is potentially a great depth to his character which has yet to be explored. To myself, this only leaves way for many things abstract and insightful, or cunning and obscure.

Each person will find great reflections in what they admire - and so I hope the same is there for you in what you see of him. :nod:

Thank you for your time, Mrk8.
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RedWingsDragon Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2011
One piece the only series to make a guy that looks like a bible sales men scary. Heh Awesome work here
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LucrataNexarii Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2011
You are quite welcome, RedWingsDragon.

I appreciate your time in commenting upon this. For what little it represents, it's spirit in recognizing that inexorable threat of Bartholomew Kuma is one I hope was done well, considering it's humble medium. He, being a relatively subtle character, can be difficult to rightly depict and capture.
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JoyceW-Art Featured By Owner May 13, 2011  Student Digital Artist
:wow: That is just amazing I really love the shading! Love the way you've done the poses too!
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LucrataNexarii Featured By Owner May 15, 2011
Greetings, Hedgehog.

This sketch was originally meant as little more than a grouping of forms or volumes, but I had decided to practice my patience, and such was the result... With temperment and time, I can only hope that it speaks well of my regards, and stands for that aspect of veiled unknowns - be they of intent or history - to be found with Kuma and his Pacifista likenesses.
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JoyceW-Art Featured By Owner May 15, 2011  Student Digital Artist
Indeed, when people start to use patience and time in their art then mostly things will come out better. That is also really noticeable in your art
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LucrataNexarii Featured By Owner May 15, 2011
While patience does not guarantee art from the invested creation, it does allow one to temper both their tolerance for the foundations of their work (which one may view as flawed in some manner) and their application of technique, even if said technique is highly repetitive.

Such as here, the paper contains a relatively high grain. Although that factor can add some appreciable visual qualities, it also removes the medium's capability of holding higher details. Other minutae such as the use of mechanical pencil, further alter this. It is a basic work, and so during it's development one can come into better contact with the flexibility of it's combinations.

At most, I will humbly say that I do what I can - and in sharing it here, my thought and regard of it can develop in tandem with that of others. :bow:
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JoyceW-Art Featured By Owner May 15, 2011  Student Digital Artist
Art indeed isn't only patience, that is true. But it plays a big role in the final piece. Off course knowledge, materials en practices have a great influence too.

Artist indeed can learn a lot from each other and I am always happy to hear stuff from other that can improve my art :D
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LucrataNexarii Featured By Owner May 16, 2011
I can only agree, Hedgehog.

Thank you for offering your thoughts. =) If there is any way I can be of service or opinion in the future, don't hesitate to ask... Merely know that my time tends to be short, and I cannot say what obligations may demand. :shrug: Aye, but the goodwill is there, and your time is appreciated. :nod:
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JoyceW-Art Featured By Owner May 16, 2011  Student Digital Artist
Thank you, I really appreciate that. One of the thing I find interesting in art is how you'll be able to improve and when you look at your older drawing that you indeed can notice that you've gotten better :)
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LucrataNexarii Featured By Owner May 18, 2011
True indeed. One's works serve as a form of chronicle, one which speaks with a certain language inviting many forms of interpretation. What I value most is not one's skill, but one's comprehension - the richness in the mind which moves with detail and consideration. It becomes closer to not just to one's ideals, but to one's spirit in their work. :nod:
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DrJackal38 Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2010
hey,

Hmm it's always difficult to deal with fans, for my current project they want all the game immediatly, of course it's impossible lol, it means lot of work for our team. I spoke with my programmers today, we will definitely do a one piece project.

I need to improve my style, different problems to put shadow in the right place. Will you be happy to see a Kuma mooving on your pc ? :) Actually to do a perfect prototype I need Kuma in different positions in order to have all the kuma's view. Really difficult for me, your drawing are really helpfull for that. Thanks again, I admire your work ...

Only for you a preview, if you have some advices for the shadow, please don't hesitate. I don't have this eyes for the moment.
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Good to hear from you, LucrataNexarii
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LucrataNexarii Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2010
Greetings once more, Dr.Jackal.

I agree in that fans can both offer a degree of support, but also demand. As with any effort, time and luck are just as vital as skill/technique and comprehensiveness. It is good to hear, though, that yourself and your team are so coordinated, and that your test works are coming along well. Often technical glitches or incapacities often bar the way for many efforts, and cause work to have to take another route, or be reformulated. There have been many points of frustration to your work process, I am sure.

As for your showing me that work of Kuma, I thank you very much for choosing to show that here. I will Note you as to the details which I see as could be improved (after all, it is your development and effort, I would sooner not smudge the details about publically; I respect your privacy in it's development).

Thanks again, Dr. Jackal, both for telling me of your efforts, and also for your gracious respect. =)
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DrJackal38 Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2010
Just awesome !
Thank you for your message I am in good shape ;)
I realised Kuma based on urs but I need to finalise my colorization ! I was on another project that's why I did not finish it. But it will be finished soon !

Thank you for the news, and as always, your work is awesome. Our best shichibukai is well represented with your creations ;)

Cheers

Dr Jackal
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LucrataNexarii Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2010
Heh, well then, I am glad to hear that your project is moving at an acceptable pace for you, Dr. Jackal. I'd hope that your response from your followers (and fans?)has been most supportive of your hard work and effort. :nod: I look forward to what results you may have yet to release.

Thank you also for the compliment, though I can only respond meekly with a shy 'okay...' :thanks: There is always a breadth of improvement to be seen with the advent of any work and it's resulting ideas. Anything created with meaning must also be done with an equal proportion of respect.

Many thanks, and goodwill to you, Dr. Jackal. :tea:
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jazievampire Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2010
Nice sketches!
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LucrataNexarii Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2010
Thank you, Jazievampire.

Whether technically sketch, or sketches due to how the image was started, both are an amusing look at how drawings and intent can take on a surprising life and expression/completion of it's own. =)

Take care, and thank you for the comment.
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Saylom1234 Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Hey little avatar, i wont forget to add a comment.

I took the time to read your ever so detailed description. By viewing your Kuma Ordinance piece and reading, I have come to appreciate your occupation as an artist and as an intellectual human being who can describe his piece using very fine diction.

I also appreciate the fact that you included the real Kuma (who used his hands to save the Strawhats. Loyalty can go both ways, right?) surrounded by the Pacifista Beam type.
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LucrataNexarii Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2010
Greetings, Saylom1234. I do not believe that I have encountered you here before... Though pardon me if I am mistaken. =) It is always good to see word of other's ideas, views, or opinions, and the chance to share is always welcome.

It interests me that you'd mention Kuma as present among the Pacifista, as opposed to the Pacifista simply accompanying the embodied force which is now Kuma. You appear to categorize them differently than most, which is interesting. Did you wish to explain further? I would be glad to hear your reasoning, if so, Saylom.

Perhaps it is clear that Kuma is one whom I respect for multiple reasons. A great component of that is his potential both in his unaddressed history, but also in his representation - each which I view as outwardly simplistic, but very meaningful in subtlety (both in abstract and concept-related concern).

I should also thank you for your compliment. I don't hold myself as an intellectual nor a truly creative individual, but when it comes to the singular points which others' offer, then those alone hold the potential for enjoyable discussion. I cannot claim to be able to speak for my works with any veneration or strong purpose, but what I value most is that substance of creativity and new respect and ideas over the characters or material at hand.

Thanks again, Saylom. I appreciate the time. =) (Ah, and before I forget, I do have a scant few other works relating to Kuma, but like much of my work, they are regulated to the Scrap section.)
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Saylom1234 Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Salutations, LucrataNexarii. No, we have never exchanged words on deviant art. I am quite sure of it. But it is my pleasure to encounter you and share ideas.

Let me first inform you that I watch only the One Piece anime. I do not read the manga. So any further insight related to Kuma that is revealed in the manga is insight to the character I do not possess (although I am quite sure that the anime follows the manga).

After viewing the events that occurred at Sabaody Archipelago, Kuma's rescuing the Strawhats, acting in opposite accordance with Marine HQ's intent on his own accord (also defying orders at Thriller Bark after seeing Zoro's last stand), I cannot bring myself to categorize Kuma with the other Pacifista. Therefore, I do not view your illustration as the Pacifista accompanying Kuma, but rather, Kuma being present among them and serving as a contrast. Those who possess free will and those tho do not. When Kuma takes of his glove, he has more purpose than the others. This is my reasoning. However, my comment was left without this thought in mind, I simply typed the description that came to mind.

Your respect for Kuma seems well founded. And the best way to receive a comment is with humility.

Yes, I viewed your other works. I will add that your scrapbook sketches are quite impressive.
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LucrataNexarii Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2010
Greetings once more, Saylom. Thank you in kind for the regard; all I have to offer in return for the respect is that I am honored.

Thank you for informing me that you only watch the anime; although the lines of what information has been addressed by the anime in contrast to the manga are unclear to me, I will attempt to remain aware of those limits.

I am certain that many hold similar views of Kuma. I am not sure how diverse the subtleties might be, but I can only hope that in the relatively small scope of what we do know, there is great potential for meaningful and interesting circumstance, both on Kuma's behalf or that of associated others. It is clear that he has already made some actions which one would think to be out of his jurisdiction with consideration to him remaining a Schichibukai, yet alone operating with the relative independence which he does while constrained within the ranks of the Pacifista Program. Standing at the cusp of being under World Government command, and yet also possessing a strength and collective presence (in tandem with the Pacifista themselves) in cooperation with the Marine forces, it seems that there is a wide breadth of possible conflict and unknown information there which is yet to be addressed.

Of course, there are many more issues at hand by which one could look at Kuma and his associations... But I suppose it's clear enough that I attempt to take as diverse a view of his possibilities as I can. Where there is fascination, there is insight. I can only hope that whatever is revealed of him in time surpasses my thoughts as to the nature of the situation as a whole. :nod:

Thank you for the time, Saylom; and in addition also for your patience in viewing my Scrapbook. The material therein tends along only two categories; perhaps I could say that in general, they are the contrast of science and religion, or oppression and liberation - or, that is what I tend to see, at times.

I wish you luck and good health, Saylom. =) Take care.
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CraftC Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2010
You art is very nice, and it must have more favourites. ;) But think the deviantaions that have a lot of favourites are not always the best. ;) (I'm sorry for my english, i wish you understood my comment)
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LucrataNexarii Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2010
It is quite fine, CraftC. I believe that I understand your sentiment well enough. =) I am glad for it. I still believe that how many people view and appreciate a work is simply a matter of luck; what one enjoys, others may not hold the same views. For what might seem mundane, others may see great inspiration in it.

Thanks again, CraftC. =) The time and thought is always welcome.
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CraftC Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2010
Only 13 favourites? o.O
I can't belive it D:
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LucrataNexarii Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2010
Greetings, CraftC.

I would think that the number of Favorites is solely luck. Not everyone will come looking for a thing, nor enjoy what they find. I do not know whether my works are unique or interesting within their respective associations or not - so, any and all respect which is given is always appreciated. =) What views or likings others share of Bartholomew is only my guess - but if there are those who respect him, hopefully what images I create will appeal to that same spirit.

So, that said, you've my thanks, CraftC. Good luck to you. :nod:
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little-biarce Featured By Owner May 1, 2010
And again, an awesome masterpiece from you.
I really love to stare hours at your work, LucrataNexarii.
I like your style of shading, its almost realistic :O
Hmhm!
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LucrataNexarii Featured By Owner May 1, 2010
Greetings, Little-biarce. It is good to hear word from you again. =)

I am glad that you appreciate the drawing. I admit that there is possibly more that I could have done, but as it is, the sketchbook paper has quite a high grain, removing the ability to give anything a smooth shade. Moreover, those Pacifista-jackets are something I prefer to not quite interact with light quite like leather or textiles would (not that my skills allow such to be shown in the image, even past stylization and circumstance.) I prefer to think that they are made of some form of protective, armor-grade substance - the Pacifista are war constructs, after all. Even if they are made with great defenses, I hardly believe that they would be left with typical leather jackets.... But then, that is just my thought. Time may tell. (Aye, we all know how Oda never fails to surprise. =p)

Still, I believe I have much work to be done with respect to depicting Kuma. There is something of that essence of power and latent threat which does not seem to be present in the details and volume of my work; the sense of detachment and judgement, yes, but it doesn't seem complete... I can only continue trying as I am able.

Thanks again, Little-biarce. It's good that you appreciate the drawing - I'm glad for your thoughts. Kuma is an interesting inspiration, and that alone is enough for me. The result of that will hopefully become artwork to be shown to others in the future.

Take care. :nod:
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chOcOlOve27 Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2010  Student General Artist
whoaa this is sick
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LucrataNexarii Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2010
... I will have to take that as a compliment, Chocolove. =)Many thanks for that. It appears that you enjoy it.

I hope that I have captured that intimidating presence of the Pacifista well enough for you - and others. :thanks:
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chOcOlOve27 Featured By Owner May 1, 2010  Student General Artist
dude this is fantastic :D
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ZephyrTheKid Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2010
Ah! So now I finally know who that dude was in your avatar :)

But you did a great job, as usual. Again, I'm just happy to see stuff from you!
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LucrataNexarii Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2010
Many thanks, Zephyr.

Although it is a fair work, it was unplanned in the end, and merely a spontaneous idea I decided to follow through on. I'd consider it somewhat gruelling, jokingly, as there is much in the image with which I am not at peace.

Still, Bartholomew Kuma and the Pacifista war-cyborgs remain a point of curiosity and interest, and that alone was enough for me to hold to my efforts at see this sketch to completion. The trouble is more that it was an offshoot idea, and not directly the sketch I had in mind, and thus consumes time otherwise invested. Ah, well, hopefully that will be next. Time is finite, after all, and this sketch series for my friend has become rather protracted...

So, thanks again for the word, Zephyr. I do appreciate it. =)
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artlessjunk Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2010
its awesome, id love if i could draw like you.
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LucrataNexarii Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2010
Greetings, ArtlessJunk.

Heh... Foremost, I love your username. It reminds me of my own messy sketches here. =p But again, most artists hold that perspective of themselves, myself included.

Thank you for your thoughts here. I am glad you enjoy the sketch... Actually, it had taken a lot of endurance to see to the sketch - not because it was entirely difficult, but because the layout and general essence of it was something I was not pleased with. This entire sketch was more of an exercise in endurance than an exercise of technique. There were plenty of times I might have abandoned the sketch, but I decided to move through it for the sake of completion and depiction of Kuma and the Pacifista.

Thanks again, ArtlessJunk. Good luck here. =)
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artlessjunk Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2010
La patience est amere, mais son fruit est doux - Patience is bitter, but its fruit is sweet. =) Looking forward for more of your stuff.
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LucrataNexarii Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2010
Many thanks to you, ArtlessJunk. Hopefully I will have some matter of interest to show, in time. The passing days will tell that story. :nod: I only wish I had more time - but that is the wish of many.
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MobianMonster Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Like I said over MSN,I think this is your best yet.This is good enough to be a Daily Feature on the front page!
You've seemed to master his bulky frame but also season it with your own style which seems to give it a more rich visual flavor.I love the little details you do with this.The patterns and words on the bible,the hanging gloves pinched back under his finger.
In a way it feels like these three represent something..

Retribution
Judgment
Contemplation

Yes I think that'd do nicely :p
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LucrataNexarii Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2010
Greetings, Genocyber.

Thank you for the thoughts. I admit that dealing with Kuma's massive porportions, yet also his heavy degree of stylization, is not an easy thing to adapt to. Because of his simplistic design, most of the matter of substance and expression fall to the subtleties of or around him: the fall of light, the folds of cloth, the presence of shadows, and the angle of perspective. However, capturing their massive size, power, and presence is not an easy task.

I do enjoy your suggestion of representation amid the three; I had not viewed it that way, though I did feel in creating the image that each one embodied a different sense of their purpose and presence in the work and what all of them are facing.

Thank you, Genocyber. It's always good to hear your thoughts.
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pulcino Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2010
very well done!!it's perfect!:D
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LucrataNexarii Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2010
Greetings, Pulcino.

Thank you for that comment. =) I would not say that it's perfect... Far from it. Instead, I only hold that the work was the product of effort and an inclination towards my respect of them. Any results thereof are simply luck, or what degree of skill I possess. However, the end result is something everyone here will hopefully enjoy.

Thanks again, Pulcino. Take care here. :nod:
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pulcino Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2010
don't worry!It was a pleasure!!!
I say only what I think, and in my opinion this is a very great piece of art!and what's more I LOVE ONE PIECE!:heart: keep up with good work!^^ :D
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LucrataNexarii Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2010
Heh, indeed. Oda is revered for a reason; most creative and admirable. :salute:
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pulcino Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2010
you're so right girl!:iconyeahplz:
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