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Samson Versus the Lion by gawakita Samson Versus the Lion by gawakita
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One of my all time favorite super powered hero from the Bible - Samson The Nazirite

The prototype of all strong men in Western Literature many superheroes owe their incarnation to this character ^_^

I did this line art last year for a children coloring book back in the Philippines. The poor Lion T_T he will end up dead and nest for a swarm off honey bees.

Although it was done in a hurry, the inking was hasty and the anatomy is laughable- I don't even think what I am doing here , but I had fun doing it and was very excited. Hope to redo it very soon God willing, really.

Be uploading Delilah soon.



Samson's activity takes place during a time when God was punishing the Israelites, by giving them "into the hand of the Philistines." An angel appears to Manoah, an Israelite from the tribe of Dan, in the city of Zorah, and to his wife, who had been unable to conceive. This angel proclaims that the couple will soon have a son who will begin to deliver the Israelites from the Philistines. The wife believed the angel, but her husband wasn't present, at first, and wanted the heavenly messenger to return, asking that he himself could also receive instruction about the child that was going to be born. Requirements were set up by the angel that Manoah's wife (as well as the child himself) is to abstain from all alcoholic beverages, and her promised child is not to shave or cut his hair. He was to be a "Nazirite" from birth. In ancient Israel, those wanting to be especially dedicated to God for awhile could take a nazirite vow, which included things like the aforementioned as well as other stipulations. After the angel returned, Manoah soon prepared a sacrifice, but the Messenger would only allow it to be for God, touching his staff to it, miraculously engulfing it in flames. The angel then ascended to Heaven in the fire. This was such dramatic evidence as to the nature of the messenger, that Manoah feared for his life, as it has been said that no-one can live after seeing God; however, his wife soon convinced him that if God planned to slay them, He would never have revealed such things to them to begin with. In due time the son, Samson, is born; he is reared according to these provisions.

When he becomes a young man, Samson leaves the hills of his people to see the cities of the Philistines. While there, Samson falls in love with a Philistine woman from Timnah that, overcoming the objections of his parents who do not know that "it is of the Lord", he decides to marry her. The intended marriage is actually part of God's plan to strike at the Philistines. On the way to ask for the woman's hand in marriage, Samson is attacked by an Asiatic Lion and simply grabs it and rips it apart, as the Spirit of God moves upon him, divinely empowering him. This so profoundly affects Samson that he just keeps it to himself as a secret.

NOTE:
Anybody who knows a project about Bible Illustrations that needs an artist.... well I am more than willing to do it, just tell me, OKAY RIGHT! God Bless You.
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Lion-O-VS-He-Man Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2015
Cool
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KeIIion Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
wow so fantastic idea , so excellent work ,so fantastic style ,so brilliant fight .

i want to see more kickass pictures with lions, wolves , hyenas , crocs , maybe some werewolves?
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gawakita Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2015  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks a lot.
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BigHossHackworth Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2013
That lions about to go to sleep hah. great job
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gawakita Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
thanks
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FCU777 Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2012  Student Filmographer
Awesome!
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:icongawakita:
gawakita Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
thanks
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FCU777 Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2012  Student Filmographer
You're welcome
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HaakonLie Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Very cool character design of Samson!!
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:icongawakita:
gawakita Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
thanks :-)
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Rowanelle Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
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Heist-pyt Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
Very Nice
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:icongawakita:
gawakita Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks :)
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:iconi-feel-me:
i-feel-me Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2009
does he have dreadlocks?
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:icongawakita:
gawakita Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
he had braids
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outwardlyupward Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2008
awesome picture!

(although, i like to imagine samson as rather small and unassuming; like the last person you would picture as a strong man.)
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gawakita Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
thanks a lot ^_^ i have thought of that as well and might consider a different version of Samson for a manga series
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jboazmajesty Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2008
Love it!
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:icongawakita:
gawakita Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
thank you so much ^_^ i am so glad
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SQuiShyMaBoBz Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2008
what!?! poor lion D:

don't die to honey bees :ohnoes: :crying:

great work ;p love the inking :aww: :nod:
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gawakita Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
yeah one of this lion's got killed by another shepherd boy later on the story .... the boy's name is David ^___^
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XxGRENDELxX Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2008
Excellent inking gawakita! The battle between Samson and the lion is tense.
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gawakita Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
He he he, thanks my good friend but I was not satisfied with this.... it should be more tense ^_^ i guess i should learn more
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Ausagi Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2008
Cool! xD
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gawakita Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
Arigato , Ausagi-san ^_^
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Ausagi Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2008
I remember playing a game in church with this setting... It just triggerd a memory xD

Youre welcome!
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Rebelshade Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2008
This is epic!
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:icongawakita:
gawakita Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
really? thank you so much
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Rebelshade Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2008
Yeah! You're welcome!
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Raven-Silver-Dagger Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2008
you stole my idea! lol Actually this is great, I love the inking here and the angled shot, great pose and expression, you even got his 7 braids correct! :D :w00t: as always!! :D
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gawakita Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
LOL Thank you so much Raven... Actually I am not satisfied with this work coz I did it with very low morale and creativity " during an "artist block" but I have to do it with what ever I got... R & D was very short and I had a hard time squeezing my creative juices, nothing comes out but I still did it for the kids back home. They needed this and if I didn't who has the heart to do something like this?
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Raven-Silver-Dagger Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2008
Well I am working on one dedicated to the book of Judges- first is actually ON samson in his barbaric nature and quoted directly from Judges, send me an email and I will give you more details. I have no pages drawn as of yet, just a concept cover ^.^
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gawakita Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
direct quotes is really the only way to go the thing is I only present the stories in anime style story telling
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DigiBentoBox Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2008   Traditional Artist
Ahh The Philippines!!! :D

Anyways, great picture! Samson is also one of my favorite stories, and my grandpa used to tell me it every night.
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gawakita Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
Yes my friend thank you so much for the time. How I love for more kids to know this story too. You have a great grandpa! More power to you
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DigiBentoBox Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2008   Traditional Artist
:) Good luck with the rest of your work!
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gawakita Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
oh many many thank yous me friend ^_^
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DCLeadboot Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2008  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Awww, that poor lion, indeed... ^^;
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gawakita Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
yeah I feel sorry for him to
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Marikunin Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2008
*wishes she had a coloring book like that*
Samson looks HOT. XD
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gawakita Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
^_^ Arigato, Marikunin-san!
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jayje Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
very nicely done for a rush job. i lik eit. too bad i don't live in the phillipines i'd like to give that to my kids
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viruceae Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
nice hair concept man!!!

*puhjamin....:sing:*
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gawakita Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
i used a lot of brain cells on it T_T thank you so very much my friend
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Chrystus Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2008
Biblical picture:nod: You do coloring books?
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gawakita Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
oh yes my friend ... this line art was taken from one
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Chrystus Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2008
ok=)
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Very nice work, mate.
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gawakita Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you so much I am glad you like my humble work
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