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'Sweet is the curse of hearts entwined but lost, detached but bound
Sad is their fate without relief
Cruel is the curse of love, so luscious yet so dangerous
Sweet curse, our hell...'
~Revamp

'
When we are dancing
I hear worlds, you're still fading
I feel safe, yet unsatisfied
Soaked in trance and disgrace

Take away the pain inflected on me

The hunger you're letting me feed

I bleed my rust on the roses
That once have chained us, me to you
Your dying love is a rose
I will bury somewhere close to you'
~Sonata Arctica


I can't look at this piece anymore.  I originally drew it in 2012 over 5 years ago, and every year since I have been tweaking it and playing with it since because I thought it had potential but I could never quote get it right.  So I think it's time to finally move on and just upload the point it has been completed to now.

This originally started out as an idea about insecurities, and I wanted to display characters that were outwardly tough and confident at their most vulnerable- 'unmasked' if you will.  But it also addresses love and loss, personal conflict, and holding on to pasts and moving forward and letting go.  Just about every person who has seen this already has come up with their own very unique, interesting interpretation of this piece and I thoroughly enjoy that and welcome it.

What does this piece mean to you?  I'd love to hear your thoughts.

Otherwise, ENJOY DANGLE DONGLES.

There, had to get my immature side out.


Characters © Rick Ungar & Tom Tataranowicz
Artwork 
© Kylen Christine Miles
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:iconjanaweijers:
Janaweijers Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Very interesting how you used their nakedness to display their vunerability. Vinnie and Harely look very sweet, especially with him not wearing his mask. Charley looks very supportive of them. 
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ConnorCat Featured By Owner May 8, 2017
Beautifully done!
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:iconjeanette09:
Jeanette09 Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2017  Hobbyist Writer
GORGEOUS, GIRL. DAMN. I'm getting a strong hint of love troubles here. 

.........

..... does this mean more Charlie and Vinnie pics soon? :3 xo
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:iconadonisus:
Adonisus Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2017
Nice work. Also penis. I mean, there's obviously a lot of passion and emotion played out here in the image....but also penis. The colors are fantastic and invoke alot of feelings.

Also, penis.

I heard that you're doing more 'adult' images now.....or, at least, you're now comfortable with doing more nudity. Does that mean we'll see some other franchises being explored?
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Adonisus Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2017
......penis.
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:iconty-chou:
Ty-Chou Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Hey! You finished it! Congrats! I think it turned out quite well. Now you don't have to ever look at it again. LOL
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Artaith-21 Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2017  Professional General Artist
LOL it wasn't so much "I finished it" as it was "I give up on it"  XD ha ha hahah

But yes, I'm glad I can finally move on!  

Thanks so much for the feedback  ( relieved to hear it at least turned out decent! ) and it's so good to hear from you and I hope to see more of you around!
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:iconty-chou:
Ty-Chou Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Nothing wrong with finishing something so you can move on. I really feel there is such a thing with fiddling with a piece of art too much. Eventually you have to call it good and do something else.

And thanks, I hope to be around more, too. Life's been a bit stressful lately, but maybe things will slow down soon and I will be more up to arting.
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Ryivhnn Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2017   Digital Artist
I suppose I could if I really, really tried but I'm otherwise not imaginative enough to be giving interpretations on things.  I do love the decorative bits you've put around them, it just works.  Damn you've been pecking at this piece for a long time, it looks pretty good :)
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alockwood2 Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2017  Hobbyist Writer
It all depends on how you look at it. Vinnie doesn't have his face mask on, and he's with Harley, while Charlie is looking away. Granted, Vinnie was aways hitting on Charlie, but she saw him as a friend, while the mouse always wished to locate Harley.

Makes one wonder though.
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:iconrodrev:
rodrev Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Very much emotions here, both in text and image. I feel sadness, love, a "murring" conflict. The light colours and light background gives it a more happy look, but their expression in their faces makes it more serious looking. Had the background been dark it had been very dramatic.

So that's my thoughts when I saw it. Thanks for sharing this with us.
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LovinSpoonfuls Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Sweetie.. this is GORGEOUS.

I can understand the struggle you had with this piece too. :nod: Regardless, it's most beautiful. Feel proud! :love:
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Artaith-21 Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2017  Professional General Artist
Awwww thank you so much!  You are too kind! ( literally XD ) Taiga and Minori (I miss you hug) [V1] 
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RatchetJak Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
It's hard not to enjoy the Vinnie fanservice as a gay guy but I do LOVE the message behind this piece and it makes me wish they explored more about the characters in the show even though it was mostly supposed to be a comedic action show if that makes sense?
I love this though ,very beautiful :clap:
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:iconms-liz-shadow:
Ms-Liz-Shadow Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2017  Student Photographer
This is really nice. I still love Biker Mice From Mars. :heart:  
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:iconartaith-21:
Artaith-21 Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2017  Professional General Artist
Thank you so much!

I agree...I still love it and I will always love "Biker Mice"!!! Adorable Girl Anime Emoji (Huggy heart) [V6] 
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:iconms-liz-shadow:
Ms-Liz-Shadow Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2017  Student Photographer
Your Welcome! Yay! :lovesquee: XD
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:iconmetalexveemon:
MetalExveemon Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2017
Whoa! 0_0
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:iconartaith-21:
Artaith-21 Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2017  Professional General Artist
I'll assume that's a good "whoa" :happy: 
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:iconmetalexveemon:
MetalExveemon Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2017
Yes. x3 The artwork is magnificent, although the subject matter is a little too adult for me. But that's not the point, is it? ;)
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:iconunclescooter:
UncleScooter Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2017  Professional Digital Artist
"Dangle dongles" :lmao: Seriously, though, it looks great! I also like 'em being naked ;P
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:iconartaith-21:
Artaith-21 Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2017  Professional General Artist
Dangle Dongles on the loose!  

NAKED IS BOOTY-FUL.

Errrr...beautiful.

LOL there will be more fan arts/fan service pretty pretty nuuuuuuudles in the future!
:cookietease: 
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:iconunclescooter:
UncleScooter Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2017  Professional Digital Artist
Ooh, yes, ma'am! Can't wait - oh, and if you like sexy art, you should check out my anthro pinup lady, Lucy Lupa ;) - unclescooter.deviantart.com/ar…
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KyleReyonld280 Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2017
Beautiful piece! Love all the time and effort that when into it. Also the design and colors are superb!:D
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:iconartaith-21:
Artaith-21 Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2017  Professional General Artist
Thank you so much for the feedback!  I really appreciate it and I'm extremely grateful that viewers like yourself see some good qualities in this piece!

Thanks again!  It's highly appreciated!
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KyleReyonld280 Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2017
Likewise and anytime. 8-)
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:iconzielzorix:
ZielZorix Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2017
Why do I hear "The Haunting (Somewhere in Time)" by Kamelot when I look at this picture?
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:iconartaith-21:
Artaith-21 Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2017  Professional General Artist
Oooooohhh... you're right!  I totally didn't think about that ( probably because I made a music video over 10 years ago for "Inu Yasha" based on that song, so I always relate that song to Inu ).

"Black Halo" is still such an amazing album.  I miss Khan and writing skills sooooooooooooo much.  And of course, his amazing vocals....
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ZielZorix Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2017
Yeah.  Kamelot just hasn't been the same since he left.
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:iconwrightmother:
wrightmother Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Wow! Very nice!
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:iconartaith-21:
Artaith-21 Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2017  Professional General Artist
Thank you so very much!!!!  I appreciate your taking the time to comment! Bunny Emoji-87 (Thanks) [V5] 
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mcaputo123187 Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2017   General Artist
THEIR NAKKEEEEEEEED!!!!!!! XD

Now that, that's out of the way I'm glad you were finale able to finish this piece (I know you were struggling with this and I know what that is like -_-). It came out great (everyone looks so venerable). So now that you finished this...

ANOTHER!! *smashes cup* XD
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:iconartaith-21:
Artaith-21 Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2017  Professional General Artist
DEY ARE SOOOOOOOOOO NEKKID!!!!!!

Oh yeah, it was definitely a struggle for a long time.  A lot of it because it was an older pic and every time I worked on it so more, I had advanced or otherwise my style or approach and had changed so it was kind of hard to compromise with what already was done with that I thought should be updated.  Another artist friend gave me good advice- start a picture, get it done quickly, otherwise you'll keep coming back to it and dragging it out forever.  Makes sense.

LOL I love the Thor reference, btw.
Thor: Another! 
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:iconmcaputo123187:
mcaputo123187 Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2017   General Artist
Yeah that's good advice.

Thank you ^^* I'm glad you found it amusing.
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FlyingRam Featured By Owner Edited Apr 5, 2017  Professional Digital Artist
DANGLE DONGLES!? ARE THOSE EVEN LEGAL!?
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:iconneasfilarion:
neasfilarion Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2017
This is wonderful! Thanks for loading it up. Yes, I can totally imagine this on a t-shirt... ;)
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:iconax25:
Ax25 Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
It's as beautiful as it is sad. I can almost feel the sadness and despair oozing from this piece. Just look at poor Vinnie.. you can clearly see he is suffering. :(
You did such a great job here, conveying all these emotions. Brilliant!
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shamoncornell Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2017  Hobbyist
*SNERK* "Dangle-dongles"

Honestly, it's a lovely piece, and the years or work/love/screaming that went into it shows.

And really, I feel it captures this particular, messed-up love triengle pretty well.  Does make you wonder...if Harley got over the whole "world-ending stockholm PTSD" thing...where these three would go forward.
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Artaith-21 Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2017  Professional General Artist
LOL.  This piece was definitely a reminder of how difficult it is to be moved back in with the folks....trying to work on it around Mom n' Dad.  It took a lot of sly toggling between screens and zooming really far in or zooming really far out Star vs. the Forces of Evil - Star Butterfly 


I reaaaaaaaalllllllyyyyyy appreciate your feedback though because I went through so many phases of hating this thing.  At least I know where my strengths lie and where my weaknesses lie ( color theory and setting up environments ).  If  it weren't for their naked butts this would actually probably be a cool t-shirt design.

Yeah, I had always hoped that if the series came back, they would moreso address the love-triangle thing ( altho have to admit, after getting totally invested in a lot of modern cartoon series, the love triangle thing can be soooooooooooo exhausting ) or at least address how much the two may have changed thanks to fate and Mace, but we allllllll know what we ended up with.  I dunno, at the end of the stinker, we see Harley's mask left behind so we can assume that maybe she didn't die, but escaped and is kinda of in a self-imposed exile as she knows things can never be the way they were.  Who knows, maybe the writers were hoping for the chance to pick up her story again in the future.
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