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Better by Rainroad Better by Rainroad
*sigh* scanner in two days.... pen in 3-4...... :pray:

Welp, this is for :iconunrealfox: it's his OC shen mao, the father of tai lung. this is sort of a "what-if" snippet, if shen hadn't left tai lung with shifu. Maybe tai lung would have been a karate prodigy. :)

I changed up my original take on shen's design when I found out that he was tai lungs father. He's still got a smaller build than tai lung when he's middle aged, but looks a little bit less "wu-sister inspired" than the last time I drew him. It really annoys me that I had to splice this, but I did my best with no scanner.

I hope you like it, Unreal fox!

Tai Lung (c) to Dreamworks

NOTICE: when I get my wacom pen, I'm gonna be coloring and line arting these entries like crazy, cuz I feel like you guys got the bad end of these trades and requests. till then! farewell!
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Suzamuri Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2012  Student Digital Artist
oh my gosh AWESOME! <3
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PurpleCraneWarrior Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2012  Student Artist
AWWW OMG. SOO CUTE
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GongjuLeopard Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2011
Awesome job. I love Tai Lung's quirky expression.
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Procar Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2011
NO, the better is Taek-wondo, X3
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Klukej Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2011  Student Writer
OH MY GOD!!!TAI LUNG IS SOOO CUTE!!!XD WHY DO ALWAYS THE CUTE CHARACTERS HAVE TO BE EVIL!?!NOT FAIR!
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Rainroad Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2011
right?! tai lung was definitely the cutest!!! :laughing:
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DolphinMoana Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2010  Student Filmographer
That is bar none the best pic you've done of Tai Lung. :lol: You really have a knack for portraying characters at different ages (and his expression is epic! :XD:).
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:iconrainroad:
Rainroad Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2010
lol thanks! :D he's got such a fun face, with those eyebrows and such. :meow:
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UnrealFox Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2010
Well you pretty much nailed how Shen-Mao thinks about Kung-Fu, and :iconkelev: knew what Shifu's response would be. Tai-Lung would then just watch as Shen-Mao and Shifu began arguing about which style is superior, how and why.

I love this picture haha, Tai-Lung looks amused by my words of wisdom although he also looks a bit disbelieving, as if I say such things to purposefully annoy his uncle Shifu.

To be honest, when I was first thinking up Shen-Mao ( Who was a nameless cat, devoid of any features or general appearance ) I was originally going to make him larger, almost like a double of Tai-Lung. At the same time, I was originally planning to make Shen-Mao, Tai-Lung's infinite brother... Which, I would explain him as an embodiment of all the hate and malice that had swelled up inside the snow leopard after all his years of training and imprisonment. But I tossed all those ideas for others. Similarly, Shen-Mao wasn't originally the cat's name, he was Tai-Shen. Taking his name from his creator although like I said all those ideas got washed away after a while, once the character began to develop at least.

In the end, I settled him on Shen-Mao, a snow leopard who shared an appearance that was more like the Wu Sisters, although during his life, his body structure changed dramatically from being fairly thin, to large as how you depict him here, to back to being thin but toned, due to all the running he had to do to get away from his mate and her angered assassin's.

But why am I babbling, lol it's a great picture and I should be completed with your side of the trade sometime soon. I'm just having problems thinking up a background. Still though, amazing picture, thanks for drawing it for me.
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:iconrainroad:
Rainroad Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2010
lol yay! glad I didn't step too far out of his size range. :D it was fun. when I get my wacom pen, I'll fix it up a bit. :boogie:
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UnrealFox Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2010
Nah, you did fine, Shen doesn't grow too large, and when he did size up that far he didn't stay there for very long anyway X3. You drew him and Tai-Lung great so no worries. Copa and Shen-Mao should be coming soon, I just need to touch up the picture a bit.
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:iconrainroad:
Rainroad Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2010
thanks! and yay! I can't wait to see it! :D
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Kelev Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
And Shifu screams in the backround "What is this blasphemy you speak of, cat?!?"

:XD: Just kidding. This is your very best Tai Lung pic you have done yet, in my opinion! I really like this idea, how old did you make him in this pic?
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:iconrainroad:
Rainroad Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2010
XD yeah, I was thinking of how crazy shifu would be. :lol:

Thanks! ummmmmm.... lets seeeee..... 6-10? I'd put him at 8 years old, actually.
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Skaylez Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I love it! Tai Lung has a great expression.
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:iconrainroad:
Rainroad Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2010
thanks! :D
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Purpleground02 Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Hey.... Shen Mao looked pretty cool for this newer version. Nice work~

Tai Lung looked cute. Very... You're getting better! The curves looked pretty smooth
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GothicStorm666 Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2010
well hello, ur icon sared the shit outta me lol
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:iconpurpleground02:
Purpleground02 Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
:rofl: And your's really kicking :) What's Hades thinking? :lol:
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GothicStorm666 Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2010
ahaha i dunno .... but i do wonder what brand they are lol
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:iconrainroad:
Rainroad Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2010
thanks! great to hear! :D
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Kenichi340 Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2010
Hahah, that's rather heart-warming seeing Tai Lung with his father.

Speaking of which, I really gotta get to work on my half of the trade with ya.
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:iconrainroad:
Rainroad Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2010
true true. :aww:

my pen arrived in houston today! i should get it tomorrow then I can redo alot of these poorly spliced images!

lol it's okay. i've only gotten one back! so you're not behind. :XD:
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Kenichi340 Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2010
Oh cool! Finally, the pen is arriving! :XD:
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