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Bull at the Gate by Serphire Bull at the Gate by Serphire

EDIT: This is in no way whatsoever a promotional piece for dog fighting. Being such a big animal lover, especially of dogs, and future veterinary nurse, the issue of dog fighting is very, very unsettling to me. To express my hatred for this so called "sport", which is sad that it's even considered that, I've created a story behind this piece and this character to express the trauma and suffering these poor animals go through just for human entertainment.
Please do not offend too easily to this, I have no intentions of doing so, but please remember this is merely a fictional story and character based on this issue. Stories can be based on anything, the good, and even the bad subjects of life; I chose this subject as an expression of my own thoughts and as an eye opener to viewers on this horrendous issue.

To provide you all with a little back story or explanation of this piece, this particular character was used as a watch dog for an illegal dog fighting facility. He was the only mastiff on site and the largest of all the dogs on site. One of the trainers however had tried to get this boy to fight other dogs and see what he could make of him. This character is in no way naturally aggressive, being the true nature of a mastiff, however the influence of other dogs and the trainers had unfortunately made him more aggressive, he became very nervous and lashed out on even the humans on site. Because of this it was unfortunately decided that he get put down. With the help of yet another sensitive and nervous dog, a friend of his, a pit bull named Cooper, had helped this mastiff escape from being put down and ultamitely helping him on their escape together.
It's a very sad story focused on the horrors these dogs face and the friendship between these two characters, the mastiff and the pit bull. Both absolutely beautiful breeds with an unfortunate bad reputation, especially for the pit bull.

Anyway... Just a story I've come up with :o I thought I'd better explain more about this, this particular piece is a scene of of his escape, hence the broken chain link fence in the front.

I know I still need to reply and comment on thigsss
but I've had this done for a while now and thought I should upload it ;-;
This is a new character which I still need to name;
I was thinking of naming  him Butcher or Walker or something idk
But he's an English mastiff; don't let the ears fool you, his ears were cropped or bitten off, considering it's rare to see English Mastiffs with cropped ears :0 Also his face/muzzle looks a little bull-mastiff-ish, sorry about that ;^;
Mastiffs are actually my favourite breed; I can't wait to get one of these one day!
But this is a little scene from a story I'm creating; I won't spoil anything just yet, I'm still planning things out ;D
BUT I hope you guys enjoy this!

Art/character (c) Serphire 2013/2014. (This was technically finished in 2013, but obv uploaded in 2014 lolol)
Which means this is my first submission for the year!
Happy New Year guys! I hope you all had an amazing new years! I know I can't remember mine too well....very messy night..much alcohol...many regrets

Enjoy guys!

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CheyhaivoAw Featured By Owner 6 days ago  Student Traditional Artist
I love your art, this is wonderful!
CalmCrevasse Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2014  Student Digital Artist
Quick question, what resolution do you work in?
Serphire Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2014  Student Digital Artist
SO sorry for the late reply!
My canvas size for this piece was 2880 x 4680px, and the resolution is usually set to 72 :) I hope that helps!
CapnT-rex Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2014  Student Digital Artist
That canine is adorable. uwu
Serphire Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2014  Student Digital Artist
Silvaines Featured By Owner May 12, 2014
Awesome! O_O Reminds me a bit of Benizakura - but this one has younger and a bit different spirit. ^___^
tigerstar5078 Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2014  Student General Artist
i luv dis!!
Vilzard Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2014  Student Digital Artist
Oh my....
He is amazing!!! 
So beautiful art *^*
Serphire Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2014  Student Digital Artist
Thank you very much!
Favninthedirewolf Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
That is a damn cool picture.  :clap:
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