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And finally, the finished product! Russia still playing his balalaika and looking rather sentimental. And really, what is Russia without sunflowers and blood? It had to be done.

Please ignore how fucked up that balalaika is. By the time I really recognized how horribly I drew it (I don't think there's a straight line in it, to be honest), it was about a week too late to fix without having to redo half of the picture. So I changed the design completely and tried to make it look better, and I think I did all right, but don't look at it for too long or you'll notice how cockeyed that thing is. How embarrassing.

I'm still kicking myself for not using better references when I drew the balalaika and Russia's hands, but you're only here to look at Russia, right? Right. And I realize how small the balalaika looks compared to Russia, but some balalaikas are pretty tiny and Russia is a pretty big guy, so take your pick.

By the way, I don't know where the hell this is either. Maybe a shed...where Russia keeps his sunflowers and...his...guns? Man, I have no idea. .___."

Russia © Hidekaz Himaruya
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:iconmasterthunda22:
MasterThunda22 Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Does anyone else notice the blood on the right?!?! 0.o Cause I didn't!!
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kittkattkross Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2013
Lol, this description was just hilarious. "Where Russia keeps his sunflowers and ...his...guns?" Just perfect.
It's a good picture; I didn't even notice the defects with his instrument.
Oh my gosh; I just noticed the blood o.O
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zombieflobby Featured By Owner May 26, 2013  Student General Artist
I like this!
I play this instrument, and I think you drew it quite well!
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FireRosethecat Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
A really impressive piece of work, love the lighting and the contrast of blood and...leaves(?) Really nice expression, its overally really good!
(Acting as though i can give professional praise :P)
NAh, its still a great picture! :D
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Moonshine-sama Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
I love this! I was thinking of a song called Balalaika by Koharu Kusumi and found this!
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Hildetann Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2011  Student Writer
"a shed where he keeps his sunflowers and... his guns."
I am liking this idea. :lol:
(aaahhh I looked at your profile, you haven't been on in a while /sigh)
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birdies-go-boom Featured By Owner May 22, 2010
I was listening to a song on the balalaika when I saw this!
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:iconbirdies-go-boom:
birdies-go-boom Featured By Owner May 22, 2010
I LOVE ITTTTTTTT
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ibitecandy Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2009  Student General Artist
I find that you drew Russia really well.. ^^
He looks so calm...>////<
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smilyimp Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2009
So pretty awwww :heart: I really love this :love:
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Velociraptor-C Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2009
8D Thank you for the fave~ <3
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cartoonchick123 Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2009
hahaha...for a second I thought Russia killed Prussia and that the blood was his and that the sunflower petials were really Prussia's chick's feathers...

Im strange XD
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Velociraptor-C Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2009
...D:

...XD

...I don't know whether to think that's really sad or laugh. *fidget*
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cartoonchick123 Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2009
IM SORRY!! I thought it was sad untill I read ur explination and then I laughed at my emo-ness! ^w^;;
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Velociraptor-C Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2009
LOL. Well, I guess it could be a dark pic if that's what it was supposed to be. And considering that it's Russia, the fact that he looks pretty peaceful right after killing someone wouldn't be odd at all. XD
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cartoonchick123 Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2009
hahahaha! i know! that's why I thought it would work!

but Im not an emo-type of person so ill just pretend I never thought of russia bashing prussia's head in with the Balalaika and then stepping on his birdie with his spiky army boot~!

...

AHHHHHH!!! :iconcryingplz:
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Velociraptor-C Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2009
LMFAO. Don't feel bad - that's something I would think of too. XDDDD (Just not for that particular pic. lol.)
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cartoonchick123 Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2009
hahahahahaha XDD

well, its was a nice pic anyway~! ^w^
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The-coconut-king Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2009
LOL love the blood in the back
this remindes me of my friend not the blood part-though i wouldn't put killing someone past her she nuts- but the russia part.. holoween she's going russia on all of our asses
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Velociraptor-C Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2009
Thanks for the fave~ :D

Haha, I have a friend that's going to be Russia next Halloween too. XD
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:iconthe-coconut-king:
The-coconut-king Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2009
no problemo
ppl who love tend to be crazy i've noticed like Emily (my friend) she's a crazy bitch
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hockeyalchemist Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2009  Hobbyist Writer
eejiot she knows me
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:iconthe-coconut-king:
The-coconut-king Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2009
oh.... opps.... hee hee you're not a bitch .....
RUN AWAY DEATH DOTH APPROCH
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hockeyalchemist Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2009  Hobbyist Writer
RAWWR
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:iconthe-coconut-king:
The-coconut-king Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2009
*hides*
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CupcakeHallucinogen Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2009
:creepyrussiaplz:

You make him so cute.
Vanya FTW.
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:iconvelociraptor-c:
Velociraptor-C Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2009
Thank you~ :D

Ivan IS cute though. In his own ~special way~. XD
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IshiiSachik0 Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2009
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CULTURE!!!!!!!!!

*dies happy*

ahaha, sorry, I'm a sucker for culture of other nations (especially Russian and Japanese). this is officially one of my favorite pictures of Ru-tan EVAR.
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Velociraptor-C Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2009
8D Thank youu~ (and for the fave too)

Haha, I love other cultures too. That's the second best thing about Hetalia, because it makes it even more interesting. ("International relations" beast that, though. *fufufufu*)
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IshiiSachik0 Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2009
Yeah international relations in Hetalia make the world all the funnier...
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eternalsaturn Featured By Owner May 24, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I think it's already been commented on, but I love how the lighting goes from warm to cool as it goes from the flower part to the bloody part. :D

This is lovely~ his expression is so sweet.
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Velociraptor-C Featured By Owner May 24, 2009
Lol, that's okay, I still like hearing that people like it. And thanks for the fave too~ :D
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Toshiyuu Featured By Owner May 20, 2009   General Artist
I really love his face that expression it's just too melancholic, almost I'm feeling sorry for him (XD)
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Velociraptor-C Featured By Owner May 21, 2009
Thanks~

Haha, me too. The poor guy just wants to chill with his balalaika, but everybody keeps on giving him crap. :<
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jinzilla Featured By Owner May 16, 2009  Student
love the colors and his expression XD russia with something other than his waterpipe in his hand makes me giggle. you did a great job :heart:
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Velociraptor-C Featured By Owner May 16, 2009
Thanks for the compliments, and also for the fave and watch~ :D

Haha, yeah, I bet his pipe is just off-screen, crying because it feels lonely and unloved. XD
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NymAulth Featured By Owner May 12, 2009
Very lovely! I admire the way you colored this, the lighting gives the piece a wonderful mood. And Russia being traditional and musical is win! :heart:
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Velociraptor-C Featured By Owner May 13, 2009
Thank you~ :D Traditional culture + Hetalia characters = eternal win, in my opinion. :3
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Memis-Nyu Featured By Owner May 11, 2009  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Oh my... IVAN!!! 8D

He looks so damn gorgeous here! I really like the contrasting lighting and setting; you did justice to his bipolar personality! The reference to sunflower petals and blood made me squee~!

But the one thing that I love most about your piece is the serenity in his eyes. I just wanna hug the guy even if he does send me to the kolholz later...

Excellent job!

By the way, your new signature is pure win! XD Gilbo would be so proud.
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Velociraptor-C Featured By Owner May 11, 2009
Thanks~ <3

I'm so glad his expression and the sunflower/blood contrast is going over so well. :D And yeah, I wanna give him a hug too. Poor guy gets so much crap and all he wants to do is chill with his balalaika. :<

XD Thanks. THAT comic will be done eventually, I assure you. But first there's a Russia/America piece that is absolutely EATING ME ALIVE with it's epicness, and I don't have time to start it yet. *shakes fist at life* But I NEED to do that one while I'm in the right mindset or it will suck pretty bad, and it will EASILY top the moodiness/"OMGGGGGG MUST GIVE HUGS *SOBSOB*" of this pic. *bounces up and down in excitement*
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Memis-Nyu Featured By Owner May 13, 2009  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
You're welcome, it's an awesome piece. :)

Haha well it works wonderfully! Lol, we should hug him and send him vodka. (and probably Poland... it should make him happy)

XD haha it's ok! i hope things ease up for you soon, and take it easy on the exams. summer's almost here! YESSSS!!! 8D!!!
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Velociraptor-C Featured By Owner May 13, 2009
LOL POLAND. XD

Ugh, man you have NO idea how glad I am to be (almost) done with high school. ;____; I don't hate my school, I'm just sick of the way classes are structured and required (means I'm forced to take bullshit classes I'll never need - like health, what a joke) and I've had it up to here with the people I go to school with. I'll stop there on THAT subject or I'll end up with a freaking essay about it. *fumes*
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Memis-Nyu Featured By Owner May 15, 2009  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Like, totally! :iconimhappyplz:

Lol, don't worry! I know what you mean :( it gets a little better in college, but you still need to take GED courses, hurgh.
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Velociraptor-C Featured By Owner May 16, 2009
At least the GED courses don't eat your entire schedule. Like I'm dreading the math requirements I'll have to take (*sucks super bad at math and will never ever need it in real life*), but I don't have to take math every year like in high school, so I'm not as upset over it. (With that said, I'm hoping there's an "Italian Math" class or something because I am completely useless when it comes to understanding math. D: )

And I'll be in the Honors college so for the GED courses I have to take BUT that I actually enjoy (like English and obviously history), I can take more interesting (and smaller) classes so it won't bother me that they have little relation to my major. :3 (Which is Illustration, by the way.)
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Memis-Nyu Featured By Owner May 18, 2009  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
haha true, but the instructors still give quite the workload. AGH, >8( I HATE MATH TOO!!! I can't even do operations in my head, only if I write the numbers down I'll get it. LOL hetare math 101!!!

aaaw, you're so lucky! at least you'll have an enjoyable experience :). Illustrator? Sweet major! (lol, i'm also thinking something along illustration, graphic design or animation)
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Velociraptor-C Featured By Owner May 21, 2009
Lol, me too. I can't divide. I just can't. I need a calculator.

Yeah, I'm excited about it~ I'm not really looking forward to the first few art classes because I KNOW they'll be like Drawing 101 and shit that I don't need to take... but at least it's art and not something I don't enjoy, so I'm trying to be positive about it. XD
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hockeyalchemist Featured By Owner May 11, 2009  Hobbyist Writer
YAYAYAYAYAYAYAYAYAYAYYAY
THE NEW ONE
*flail*
me like
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Velociraptor-C Featured By Owner May 11, 2009
Thankies~
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hockeyalchemist Featured By Owner May 11, 2009  Hobbyist Writer
YOU IS WELCOME
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tao-fetish Featured By Owner May 10, 2009
Bah, sorry I didn't leave a comment to begin with when I favorited. x__x I've been jumping back and forth between Hetalia and a very annoying service learning project. But I wanted to write a few thoughts on this piece...:heart:

I really love the atmosphere of this picture: even though it's Russia, and there's a mysterious bloodstain on the wall behind him (and god knows there's an interesting story behind how it got there) the expression on his face is so incredibly calming. He looks like he's at peace (for once) playing his little instrument. I like to think that he tries to escape every once in a while from the chaos of his life and play some music. This is a thought that makes me want to write fanfiction about just that (specifically for this piece even if you wouldn't mind), but goddamn it, this project is due tomorrow. Maybe another day...^^;
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