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Konstantin and Fruzhin: Crown of Bulgaria by NikosBoukouvalas Konstantin and Fruzhin: Crown of Bulgaria :iconnikosboukouvalas:NikosBoukouvalas 134 30 Phokas and Stephano (Ink Sketch) by NikosBoukouvalas Phokas and Stephano (Ink Sketch) :iconnikosboukouvalas:NikosBoukouvalas 213 20 Ottoman Janissary (Commission) by NikosBoukouvalas Ottoman Janissary (Commission) :iconnikosboukouvalas:NikosBoukouvalas 102 54 Historical Comic Cover (colored) by NikosBoukouvalas Historical Comic Cover (colored) :iconnikosboukouvalas:NikosBoukouvalas 104 70 Cover WIP by NikosBoukouvalas Cover WIP :iconnikosboukouvalas:NikosBoukouvalas 49 26 Historical Comic Character Sheet by NikosBoukouvalas Historical Comic Character Sheet :iconnikosboukouvalas:NikosBoukouvalas 50 37 Inktober Sketch: Shy by NikosBoukouvalas Inktober Sketch: Shy :iconnikosboukouvalas:NikosBoukouvalas 31 12 Inktober Sketch: Orc by NikosBoukouvalas Inktober Sketch: Orc :iconnikosboukouvalas:NikosBoukouvalas 22 6 Inktober Sketch: Dwarf by NikosBoukouvalas Inktober Sketch: Dwarf :iconnikosboukouvalas:NikosBoukouvalas 24 9 Inktober Sketch: Swift by NikosBoukouvalas Inktober Sketch: Swift :iconnikosboukouvalas:NikosBoukouvalas 18 4 Inktober Sketch: Giant Dad by NikosBoukouvalas Inktober Sketch: Giant Dad :iconnikosboukouvalas:NikosBoukouvalas 21 12 Inktober Sketch: The Witch by NikosBoukouvalas Inktober Sketch: The Witch :iconnikosboukouvalas:NikosBoukouvalas 14 0 Inktober Sketch: Gigantic by NikosBoukouvalas Inktober Sketch: Gigantic :iconnikosboukouvalas:NikosBoukouvalas 24 7 Inktober Sketch: Nikephoros Pastilas by NikosBoukouvalas Inktober Sketch: Nikephoros Pastilas :iconnikosboukouvalas:NikosBoukouvalas 84 23 Inktober Sketch: Princess by NikosBoukouvalas Inktober Sketch: Princess :iconnikosboukouvalas:NikosBoukouvalas 44 8 Varangian Valkyrie (Commission) by NikosBoukouvalas Varangian Valkyrie (Commission) :iconnikosboukouvalas:NikosBoukouvalas 84 20

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Konstantin and Fruzhin: Crown of Bulgaria
A few days back (3rd of March to be precise) the Bulgarians celebrated their Liberation Day. Unfortunately I noticed a bit too late. However I still wanted to draw something Bulgarian related. I was always interested in the medieval history of the Balkans. Plus I owe it to my friends Thinkerman and DragonStrider, who have been watching me and supporting me for some time now! Hopefully they will enjoy this sketch, even if it's digital. ENOUGH ABOUT THAT! TIME FOR YOUR HISTORY LESSON!

The uprising of Konstantin and Fruzhin was perhaps the earliest Bulgarian revolt against the Ottomans and took place in the beginning of the 15th century (Some say 1404, others 1408 A.D.). It was led by two noble cousins, Konstantin Sratsimir and Prince Fruzhin, the son of the deceased Tsar Shishman (Fruzhin bears the Shishman Coat of Arms on his tabard). According to my friend Thinkerman, Fruzhin was 10-15 years old at the time so one would be tempted to say that he was merely a clueless child, used for his name by Konstantin to legitimize the cause of the Uprising. However, a look at his later life seems to dispel such notions: After the uprising was put down, Fruzhin fled to Hungary, from where he would continue to fight for a liberated Bulgaria for the rest of his life, fighting in the Battle of Varna and other wars against the Ottoman invaders. 

NOTES: The Shishman Coat of Arms Lions are bloody hilarious with their silly faces.

Also the Crown is not exactly accurate: Bulgarians and Hungarians would use more "Byzantine Styled" Crowns. However, those lack the symbolic weight that the more European looking crowns bear, so I opted against them. I wanted to portray the burden that Fruzhin would bear, as an heir to a great name and a king without a kingdom. So I beg for your understanding. 
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Phokas and Stephano (Ink Sketch)
Nikephoros Phokas, general and later Emperor of Byzantium, is mostly remembered for his military exploits, which earned him the sobriquet of Pale Death of the Saracens. However, before he gained this grim title, he had fallen in love with a woman, Stephano Maleina. The two of them married and had a son, whom they named Bardas. However, as fate would have it, both Stephano and her child died. Their unfortunate deaths seem to have scarred Nikephoros deeply and he took an oath of chastity, in honor of his wife's memory. 

This would later cause some political problems when, in order to become Emperor, he had to marry the widow-Empress Theophano. Theophano was less than thrilled: Phokas was by that time an old man and according to most sources rather unattractive. She was further worried that her children, Constantine VIII and Basil II would be displaced by Phokas in order to establish his own dynasty. However Phokas showed little romantic interest in her and made no attempts to sideline or harm her children. He would keep his oath until the end of his life.


A Rather short and hasty ink sketch I came up with. I had little time in my hands, being busy with writing scripts, drawing comic storyboards etc... Hopefully it's not too bad...
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I've been listening to some songs from a well known (one could say historic) Greek composer, Mikis Theodorakis and I was surprised to see one of his most songs*, "There is but one swallow" (I did all I could with translating it) performed in German! Of course I had heard that his songs had been performed in other countries (and therefor languages) but this is the first time I hear it... Perhaps any German speakers watching me will find it enjoyable, or at least interesting.  Unfortunately I could not find it performed in English :(



* Well... when I say his, I mean the composition of the music is his. The lyrics is a poem of the Greek Poet Odysseas Elytis. 
I've been listening to some songs from a well known (one could say historic) Greek composer, Mikis Theodorakis and I was surprised to see one of his most songs*, "There is but one swallow" (I did all I could with translating it) performed in German! Of course I had heard that his songs had been performed in other countries (and therefor languages) but this is the first time I hear it... Perhaps any German speakers watching me will find it enjoyable, or at least interesting.  Unfortunately I could not find it performed in English :(



* Well... when I say his, I mean the composition of the music is his. The lyrics is a poem of the Greek Poet Odysseas Elytis. 

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Theophilia Featured By Owner May 29, 2018  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
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NikosBoukouvalas Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2018
Indeed! :'(

Thanks for remembering. No special sketch from me I'm afraid. I've been extremely busy lately. But HOPEFULLY I will be uploading the story of Kassiani next week.
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Theophilia Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2018  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I almost forgot, but then a teacher-friend (and fellow medieval-enthusiast) reminded me. He had been teaching medieval history to his students this semester and they started the year with Justinian and Theodora and ended with the Fall of Constantinople. He said one of his proudest teaching moments was when his students (at the end of that lecture) said, "So...can we form a crusade and take back Constantinople?" Hahah. Teaching done right. :D

Ooooh! Very excited to see it!
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PerforatorThe Featured By Owner May 28, 2018
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GET ON THE GODDAMNED HORSE ALEXIOS!

I saw this and had to immediately think of you. It's crazy good for a meme lol
I just returned from Greece, but was torn for I really wished to stay. Alas.
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NikosBoukouvalas Featured By Owner May 29, 2018
Haha! Yah I've seen this one :P

I am really happy to hear you've had a good time in Greece! I am always glad when people tell me they plan to spend time in Greece, but I am also a bit worried: my compatriots are rather hot-tempered lately (crisis and all) and they drive like lunatics. So I hope people were helpful and that noone spoiled your good time while you were here.

Which places did you visit?
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PerforatorThe Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2018
Oh nono I didn't notice anything about a crisis or people being polarized, and not even refugees or anything. The locals were all great. Might've had to do with the area I was in. It was a village called Kantia, north-east Peloponnesos. You're right about people driving like lunatics though.:P (Lick) No man, if anything the abundance of tourists bothered me more. I wanted to see Greeks, but I was surrounded by Dutch normies like myself. Visited Nafplio nearby, incredibly scenic, and there was a 14th century Byzantine fortress built on the cliff from the Palaiologan period which I DIDNT GET TO SEE from the inside. Drove me mad.
And Epidaurus, it was on the schedule but due to complications I didn't get to see it either. Despite these setbacks it was still damn amazing. I am honestly jealous that i'm not Greek myself. ...Apart the economic issues and being swamped by stray-cats and dogs.
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4M1R Featured By Owner May 14, 2018  Hobbyist Artist
Thank You for the Llama! :D
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WhiteFawks Featured By Owner May 11, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Πολυ καλη δουλεια φιλε! Καλο και ξεχωριστο art style! Δουλευω κι εγω σε comics και μπορω να πω οτι οι σελιδες σου ειναι πολυ προσεγμενες! Συνεχισε ετσι! <3
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NikosBoukouvalas Featured By Owner May 13, 2018
Να' σαι καλά φίλε! Χαίρομαι που σου άρεσε η δουλειά μου και ευχαριστώ για το watch! 
Έχεις μερικές πολύ ωραίες εικονογραφήσεις manga στην gallery σου! Δουλεύεις σε κάποιο project μήπως;
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WhiteFawks Featured By Owner May 13, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Να σαι καλα φιλε, ναι δουλευω πανω σε ενα προσωπικο project αυτo τον καιρο :D
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