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H.t.F - Revenge by Zephyri H.t.F - Revenge by Zephyri
Apologies to those of you who've seen this piece before, I was scouring through my older works looking for stuff I wanted rid of, and realised dA had annoyingly sized the original picture down as a preview to the text. So I'm reuploading as a picture, with the text as the description, (hence all the wording below), as I cannot for the life in me figure out how to change category from lit to art.

I love this picture for two reasons, one, it's of my main protagonist from my mammoth novel project, hit.the.floor, Nick, finally exacting revenge on the man who betrayed his father's trust. And two, it was the first ever picture where I made use of the wonderful *jademacalla's stock pictures. Who'd have thought so far down the line it would have led to what I consider a dear friendship and loads more awesome collaborations on both his projects and mine. Here's to even more, Jade, just wanted to say thanks for all your great inspiration over the past couple of years.

Good ol' pencil on paper, a vastly underused medium in my repertoire. Text below is optional, feel free to read and comment if you happen to have the time. One note: the silencer was on the original stock picture, before I preferred being more accurate to the text, so strictly speaking it shouldn't be in the picture, but artistic licence says it looks better than without.

Hit the Floor and characters within are © to me, Sam Hogg. No use or reposting of this image without my permission.



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Karl, who had paused in his violence for a moment, was taking in their exchange with a passing interest and a crooked smile. As Toni's livid eyes settled on him, he was struck by the memory of another female, one he had seen grow through the innocence of youth into an attractive young woman. His attraction had been one of the reasons he had asked to be removed from that assignment, perhaps at least until the young woman's father and brother were dead. Only then could he have returned to comfort her, to finally have her. However, that particular plan had been scuppered by the machinations and sly skills of the man out cold on the floor in front of him. Janet Trestler's brother, Nick. Because of Ryder's idiocy, Janet was dead, and he would never know what it felt like to hold her.

Hard Russian features crinkled into a grimace at that thought, and seriousness took its usual place as he cocked the hammer on the gun.

“I wonder if he knows” Karl paused in a rare spoken thought, driven to bitterness at something he would never have chance to enjoy. He cast a glance askance at his employer ignoring the firey, barbed looks his female captive was giving , “I'd have gladly screwed his sister once he was dead?”

He tensed up for the shot as he turned back, his gaze following the grayed metal of the gun's line of sight.

In those scant couple of seconds before he had chance to pull the trigger, the figure in front of him shifted. He caught the blur of movement, a metallic glint in flesh arcing out from under what he had foolishly presumed to be an unconscious body. The word ‘bastard’ carried to his ears on the snarled breath of his intended mark, a second before the crack of the firing pin in the Sig 226. Karl couldn't take in the air fast enough to gasp as his skull imploded inwards, a gory path carved by the suck of energy the spinning 9mm gold-plated slug left.

Nick watched the Russian's stunned face fall backwards like a cardboard cut out just nudged over, the impact of his bullet the gentle push that sent him down. Half way through the fall, the man's control over his limbs slackened and he buckled into a corpse on the concrete, a bloody streak dribbling from the bone-splintered cavity just off the centre of his nose.

Ignoring the cry of his nerves as his body registered the damage done by the fallen assassin's polished shoe tips, Nick swung his gun once more. Jay's vivid blue eyes, lost in the darkness of the shadows on his face and his thick black lashes came to rest on Nick's own, his body shielded behind Toni’s, his well honed arm outstretched over her shoulder, propping up the gun he held.

Nick drew in a haggard breath, fighting back the screeching pain in his sides, and gingerly rolled onto his back, his right hand finally coming to steady his left on the weapon as he aimed between his legs at Jay's face. For just a moment, nothing but the giant waxy fronds of the nearby palm trees moved in the warm breeze. Even the din of the city seemed to simmer to nothing but a static buzz, as if the gravity of Karl Rollinger's sudden death had just sunk in and a newfound respect was due the younger Trestler lying bloodstained and grimacing on the ground.

The creased grin that formed on Jay’s face broke the reverie.

“Smooth, Trestler, very smooth. You’re the first to get Karl off balance. The only man to kill him. Congratulations.”
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:iconhandgunhero123:
handgunhero123 Featured By Owner May 18, 2009
The pose is brilliant, the emotion, the angle, the perspective and the pistol. You should become a professional artist, if you aren't already one.
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:iconzephyri:
Zephyri Featured By Owner May 31, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
Ehehe thanks.. and turned pro about a year ago!
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:iconhandgunhero123:
handgunhero123 Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2009
You should sell your next works lol, you might meet your fortune.
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PxRxSxRx Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2009   Photographer
So this novel... is it complete? Can I acquire it somewhere or somehow? Great picture by the way.
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SusurrousSonata Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2008
That looks wonderous.
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:iconzephyri:
Zephyri Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2008  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks!
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wackycracka Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2008
really great job...especially on the arms/hands,
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:iconzephyri:
Zephyri Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2008  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you!
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Kazuki88 Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2007
AWesome pic! The foreshortening looks amazing! :D
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:iconzephyri:
Zephyri Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2007  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you, credit for that goes to the awesome original pose from jade!
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:iconkazuki88:
Kazuki88 Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2007
YOur welcome! :D
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:iconninver:
Ninver Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2007   Writer
The look in the character's eyes is really expressive.
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:iconzephyri:
Zephyri Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2007  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks would have to go to the awesome *jademacalla for his expressive stock that this picture was worked from.
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redchinese Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2007  Student General Artist
beautiful shading ad detail in the expresions and muscles in his arm :)
had fun drawing the gun?
i know i wouldn't :D
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:iconzephyri:
Zephyri Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2007  Professional Digital Artist
Eheheh I think the pants wore me down more than the gun, since I hate doing dark patches in pencil... so messy!
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:iconredchinese:
redchinese Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2007  Student General Artist
agreed :nod:
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ReeannaSephiroth Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2007
He looks similar to Murdoc from that series called MacGyver ~nods~
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:iconzephyri:
Zephyri Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2007  Professional Digital Artist
I've never seen it, but I shall certainly tell Jade that next time I speak to him, it'd probably tickle him.
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StephanieReeves Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2007  Professional General Artist
Oh Jade and his many uses as a man-prop! Not to mention your lovely penciling and writing my dear. :hug:
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:iconzephyri:
Zephyri Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2007  Professional Digital Artist
Man prop.. *snort* mind, he deserves that for the shot of my butt he got in that latest DC vid.
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StephanieReeves Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2007  Professional General Artist
Hehehehe, well there may be many more yet to come in the 3 installment. We could make a video just of your bum! Mwahahaha! Who knows! :XD: I still die laughing where you describe your character and compare it to me (then in the background I go "What?"). :giggle: I'll have to get you back for that :P
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JunkbyJen Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2007
:wave: This wonderful image has been featured in my =It's Raining Men= news article [link] :D
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:iconzephyri:
Zephyri Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2007  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks very much, I'm honoured to be in such beautiful company, great job on digging some of those gems out!
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JunkbyJen Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2007
Thank you!! And it was my pleasure!
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:iconzarinebashire:
ZarineBashire Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2007  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
neat
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:iconzephyri:
Zephyri Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2007  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks!
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RoverSonjasonn Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2007
Neat, I like it. It's very well drawn, but you know about that better than I do.

I like the particular way in which he makes the gun look soft and nice in comparison. Wearing a slug for decoration? Hell, Nick himself looks like a bullet about to be fired. He does seem properly annoyed, just as he should in order to add a hole onto someone's face and still remain a cool guy.

The drawing illustrates and identifies with the character better than your excerpt, which confuses me with many names of people I don't know anything about and displays overmuch your fondness of guns and hair, it's vivid imagery and quite fluent narration notwithstanding.
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Zephyri Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2007  Professional Digital Artist
Eheheh you have me down to a tee there.. vivid imagery, hair and guns! I do admit to a love of all those things, but its nice to be made aware of it so i can keep tabs on how often I use them! The excerpt is more to help the viewer understand exactly who the character is, as a prop to it, if you will, rather than being on an equal footing, especially as this is a full length novel, and the excerpt is taken from somewhere near the end. So it would be understandable that many of the characters would mean nothing to you! There is a piece elsewhere in my gallery that gives an overview of each of the main players, which I should really link to in the description.
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RoverSonjasonn Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2007
In that case, it does not do the novel justice, should it be one's first encounter with it. Links really would be a help to anyone interested.

And do I love being right. :D
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neonekogirl Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2007
That is such. an incredible. piece.
I am in awe.
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:iconzephyri:
Zephyri Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2007  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you very much
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Vladimir89 Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2007
:clap:
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:iconzephyri:
Zephyri Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2007  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you!
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:iconterminalcondition:
terminalcondition Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2007
Great pencil work - subtle and effective. I really enjoy your writing, such a strong prose and descriptive elements.
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Zephyri Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2007  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks Rich, it's always great to get feedback from fellow writers on my own. I've kept this pretty close to my chest so far, so any comments are much appreciated.
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:iconterminalcondition:
terminalcondition Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2007
You've really opened the floodgates now.
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:iconrita-ria:
Rita-Ria Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2007  Professional Traditional Artist
:clap:
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:iconzephyri:
Zephyri Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2007  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks!
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:iconrita-ria:
Rita-Ria Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2007  Professional Traditional Artist
Welcome, Sam
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MissPsychoBunny Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2007
Two words.... Holy, Shizat.... *faints*
My envy for your talent has just gone through the roof... lol
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:iconzephyri:
Zephyri Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2007  Professional Digital Artist
Tssch... howso? This is an older piece, and pencil used to be my speciality.. one I need to dabble in more.
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:iconmisspsychobunny:
MissPsychoBunny Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2007
My pencil work is my speciality still now, and still I can't draw like that... lol
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:iconkeight:
keight Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2007
Very, very nice.
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:iconzephyri:
Zephyri Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2007  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks Kate!
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dawnnamira Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2007
The picture and the story are both amazing. :D I love the little details in the picture.
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:iconzephyri:
Zephyri Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2007  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks!
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Terrizae Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2007  Professional General Artist
Awesome pic, as always, and great writing too! I like it when you post little bits of your story with your pictures, they're so engaging. You're a great writer, I'd love to read more of this someday :nod:
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Zephyri Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2007  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you very much! With any luck I'll have it published one day, and I've been putting stuff together for a website, bit by bit, so hopefully it won't be too far in the distant future!
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Quinchilla Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2007   Digital Artist
the angle/perspective is incredible!
love the details soo much :heart:
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:iconzephyri:
Zephyri Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2007  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks m'dear... praise for the pose has to go to *jademacalla though!
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