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Mthunzi Tshomela ka Matsho by Matakoura Mthunzi Tshomela ka Matsho by Matakoura
Mthunzi is an Impundulu, an African 'lightning bird.' Xhosa mythology says the Impundulu can take two shapes - a human-sized bird that can summon thunder and lightning with its wings and taIons, or a beautiful young man. Every Impundulu is the familiar of a witch, handed down from mother to daughter, and is said to have an insatiable appetite for blood.

Honestly, the only thing Mthunzi has an insatiable appetite for is computer games and chocolate.

His mother, Nomakhwezi, was a thakathi witch who fell in love with her ancient Impundulu familiar, Mthunzi's father: Lifa. After Lifa was killed by vampire hunters, Nomakhwezi took their two baby sons and fled, ending up in one of the tourist villages. It was here Mthunzi nicked a laptop and discovered the online world.

However, Nomakhwezi's sister found them - and while Mthunzi's brother managed to escape, she killed Nomakhwezi and claimed Mthunzi as her familiar, binding him to do her will. 
Forced into the role of enforcer for a sadistic and ambitious witch, Mthunzi's only escape is online, especially through a game he plays with a Scottish girl called Grizel and a Finnish boy called Aleksanteri.

As he is forced to confront his bloody legacy, will his friends be enough to prevent him becoming the monster he so fears?

View the comic in process here:
fairytalecomic.weebly.com/

This is for a comic I am working on. You can view Grizel here:
matakoura.deviantart.com/art/G…

Done in gouache watercolour. :D
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TheHiddenArk Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
Wow!!
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Matakoura Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2016
Thanks!
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UltraEs-Pii Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2016
What medium is that? Is it watercolor?
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Matakoura Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2016
Gouache :D
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Wolfberry-J Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2016
A gorgeous and sensitively-painted portrait. Thanks for sharing this interesting mythology about the lightning bird.
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:iconmatakoura:
Matakoura Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2016
Thank you very much for looking and commenting! It means a lot. :D
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GiddyGoth Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
He looks beautiful! :wow: And his story sounds really cool! :XD:
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Matakoura Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2016
Thank you :D
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Enoa79 Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2016
Beautiful work.
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:iconmatakoura:
Matakoura Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2016
Thank you!
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Enoa79 Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2016
You're welcome.
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sococo Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2016
What a cool sounding story. I'm already hooked and haven't even read it yet lol. I love the overall tone and mood in this. It is so gorgeous and so is he <3 <3 <3

Great textures, and lighting. He's so pretty eek! hahaha
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Matakoura Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2016
Oh wow, thank you so much!!! That really means a lot to me. Yeah, I had a lot of fun painting him. ;D 

I just did another painting of another character if you'd care to take a look? I'd really appreciate your feedback.

Cheers! Thank you :D
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Djele Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2016
I like it. 
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Matakoura Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2016
Thank you! :D
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:iconthegreymoon:
thegreymoon Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2016
He's gorgeous! <3

Also, I'm so jealous of your colouring skills! XD
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Matakoura Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2016
Thank you so much! :D
Haha thank you :D
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NerdInDisguise96 Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
This is a beautiful rendering, I love your color choice! :D
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Matakoura Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2016
Thank you so much!
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little-brujah Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2016
Great work
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:iconmatakoura:
Matakoura Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2016
Thank you! :D
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Megalemon Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
You've got some serious skill with water colors.
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Matakoura Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2016
Thank you very much :D
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TokyoMoonlight Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2016   Traditional Artist
Wow, the texture of the hair and the skin....aw-e-some Usagi La Emoticon 
And the brick's color in the background looks like "mother of pearls".
Then the light, shadow coloring.  Simply great!!! :hoLA: 
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Matakoura Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2016
Thank you so much! You are so kind :D
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flamingodancer123 Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2016
Very well done, I love the shading on the face and your many details. Great job! Thanks for submitting to the group, :iconsharpenededge: much appreciated.
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Matakoura Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2016
Thank you very much :D
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flamingodancer123 Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2016
You are very welcome.
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FreyrStrongart Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2016  Hobbyist
beautiful image. The way you captured the skintones...
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Matakoura Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2016
Wow, thank you very much :D
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Darthpepo1 Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2016  Student General Artist
cool drawing :D
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Matakoura Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2016
Thank you :D
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SoulfulWingedOne Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2016  Student Traditional Artist
Woah! Beautiful work!!
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Matakoura Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2016
Thank you so much! :D
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SoulfulWingedOne Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2016  Student Traditional Artist
You're welcome!
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vexov Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2016
Oohh gosh he's gorgeous *_*
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Matakoura Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2016
Thanks! I'll tell him :D
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WhIppIng-b0y Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2016  Hobbyist
Oh mai, why must their liefs suck?! :noes: his own aunt :cries:
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Matakoura Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2016
Thank you :D I know, right? If they ever found out I was the one putting them through this they'd probably all gang up one me....XD
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WhIppIng-b0y Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2016  Hobbyist
Wuh oh :o that wouldn't be too good. If anyone has done something to piss of the undead then they'd better be ready to book XD
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Matakoura Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2016
Haha I know, right? XD
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CapscesDigitalInk Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2016  Professional General Artist
Excellent work!
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Matakoura Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2016
Thank you! :D
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Owl-On-Tree Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2016   Traditional Artist
Nice :D! His skin tone shimmers beautifully in the crepuscular lightNem Rocking 
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Matakoura Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2016
Haha thank you so much! :D
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MagusFerox Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
He's so beautiful! <3
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:iconmatakoura:
Matakoura Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2016
Thank you! :D
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MagusFerox Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
You're welcome! :D
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sleepycerva Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2016   Digital Artist
wow he looks so cool!! i love his eyes especially
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Matakoura Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2016
Thank you so much! :D
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