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Bloodletting (or blood-letting) is the withdrawal of often small quantities of blood from a patient to cure or prevent illness and disease. Bloodletting was based on an ancient system of medicine in which blood and other bodily fluid were regarded as "humors" that had to remain in proper balance to maintain health. It was the most common medical practice performed by physicians from antiquity until the late 19th century, a span of almost 2,000 years. The practice has now been abandoned for all except a few very specific conditions. It is conceivable that historically, in the absence of other treatments for hypertension, bloodletting could sometimes have had a beneficial effect in temporarily reducing blood pressure by reducing blood volume. However, since hypertension is very often asymptomatic and thus undiagnosable without modern methods, this effect was unintentional. In the overwhelming majority of cases, the historical use of bloodletting was harmful to patients.

-Wikipedia

16th century medicine sure was interesting...
Being an albino, a former runt of the litter and blessed with particularly poor immune system, Machete probably had to go though a variety of illnesses during his lifetime. At the point he was a cardinal he'd probably be able to afford a personal doctor who would be in charge of dealing with his changeable health and regular bleeding sessions.

No sir, he's not liking it.

Renaissance clothing and furniture? I don't even know. Usable references were at bay so I just improvised something that might fit the setting.
And the doctor is a Bracco Italiano, never drawn any dogs of that breed before. Rather striking looking canines.

Graphite and Gimp.

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ShigureTheProtector Featured By Owner May 11, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Seeing this image, especially with the blood flowing down his wrist, makes my own wrists feel weird. Kinda like the feeling I sometimes get whenever I see a scene in a film where a character hurts their wrists or something. OmO

But this an awesome picture. I love Machete's expression, as usual. He always has wonderful expressions in your pictures, but in this one he looks like he's probably gonna be sick. XD Poor fellow. Keep up the great work. :)
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Neroxophine Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I read about this! It wa quite and way of curing disease vuv

But it helped us evolve
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WarDrumsOfTime Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2013
I remember learning about this, the church/doctors did such horrible things back then...
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Alphaandabrush Featured By Owner May 13, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Blessed? Or Cursed? Which is it?
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CanisAlbus Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2013  Student General Artist
Blessed. In an ironic way.
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arcadunato Featured By Owner May 9, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
i herd that it was quite common of a practice among kings and who-not.
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CanisAlbus Featured By Owner May 10, 2013  Student General Artist
It was. People believed it could cure anything...
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arcadunato Featured By Owner May 10, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
hey, mind over matter sometimes worked.
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Habotre Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
miksi kaikki tekeleesi ovat niin käsinkosketeltavan makoisia ja hahmosi niin luovan ihania. Olen syvästi rakastunut kaikkeen mitä teet :I. Ihan vaan että tiedät että täälä jossain on pieni abi joka fanityttöilee luomuksiesi perään ihan 6-0.

niitä on kyllä jo muutenkin varmaan aika monta XD!
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LiimLsan Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2013  Student Filmographer
You succeeded with the Bracco the first time around. The composition, color strata, and shapes are just gorgeous.
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CanisAlbus Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2013  Student General Artist
Thanks!
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ShadowTopaz Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I love your style. Interesting artwork, I daresay.

Oh, and another same-age medical practice: Inhaling fresh, live Mosquitoes cured Swamp Malaria.
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WhispersBetteNoir Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2013
That's using your smarticles, isn't it?
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ShadowTopaz Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
:D
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CanisAlbus Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2013  Student General Artist
Why, thank you! Glad to hear you like it~

Ah, really? That's so... delightfully disgusting :'3
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ShadowTopaz Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
:glomp: of course! It's certainly a style I wish I could master! But no, all I can do is realistic-cartoon style... :depressed:

Yeah! Rosemary pumice and sheep's urine removed bunions! xD Disgusting but awesome! Assassin's creed 2/Brotherhood/Revelations has a lot of medical techniques in them, lol.
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DCLeadboot Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
They sure had some weird medicinal practices in those days... :fear:
The fact that I'm trying to have my lunch just now doesn't help either... ^^;
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CanisAlbus Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2013  Student General Artist
Indeed, haha~
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Tysavarin Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2013  Student General Artist
Nice! I like the art style.
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Kateboat Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
For such a sadistic-sounding character as Machete, he sure looks shaken! God what a cutie *v*
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coyotees Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2013
I once saw somewhere that they used leeches for bloodletting too. Yuck, I wouldn't have liked to have been sick during the Renaissance :'D
I love the expression on Machete, you portrayed the whole uneasiness thing very well.
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Kieth-Wolfe Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
remember: if you start feeling better, that means you are dying.
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CanisAlbus Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2013  Student General Artist
How ironic is that :'3
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Kieth-Wolfe Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
yeah. it's how they killed George Washington, the only decent president America had. :/
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ilovesebby7 Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
If i were Machete i would be freaking out, no pain tolerance
cool pic by the way
:3
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Saphiry Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Very stricking! Blood-letting was used to cure almost everything, also by ancient romans. However, I really like it. I'm Italian, but even here there the bracco italiano is not very known, which is a pity, since it's a beautiful dog and great for hunting or just as a pet dog.
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CanisAlbus Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2013  Student General Artist
Yeah, it's a surprisingly old practice.
Aaa what a pity! I think they're wonderful looking dogs and should be more known, outside Italy's borders as well :I
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MochaCheetah Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2013  Hobbyist
I love how you've done Machete's mood; it says. "I despise this, but it must be done." Also, The Bracco Italiano is anice touch- They're a very old breed that most people don;t know about! Awesome!
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Riikin Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Mielenkiintoista.

Se oli ensimmäinen ajatus, mikä tuli tästä mieleeni. Toteutus on ensinnäkin loistava (pidän tyylistäsi), mutta eniten minua viehättää tässä kuvassa, se, että se on niin "aidon" näköinen. Vaatteet, välineet ja itse toiminta. Enpä ole oikeaa toimitusta kyllä nähnyt, mutta voisin kuvitella, että se näyttää juuri tältä. Hahmojen kädet on piirretty kauniisti ja Machete näyttää tosiaan siltä, ettei näytä pitävän hommasta. Pojot myös hyvästä tunteiden esiintuomisesta. :)
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Kaiyaru Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I love the clothes, man, so cool! :D
and Machete's face is awesome as well
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Gabzilah Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I've used to read that if you wanted to heal from brain tumor they had to drill your skull and then operate. Such 'intersting' medicine indeed there was:D
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CanisAlbus Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2013  Student General Artist
Ah yes, trepanning. It's probably older procedure than bloodletting, practiced even in the prehistoric times. I don't think they were aware of such thing as brain tumors, but the purpose of the drilling was to let out "evil spirits" that resided in the head. Interesting medicine nonetheless :'3
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AndreasSchumacher Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I believe it was to alleviate pressure in the skull
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Gabzilah Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
True too:)
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Alphaandabrush Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
He's in pain, his nerves are shaking, he feels EVERYTHING, the anguish in his eyes and the fact he has to hold his mouth close I feel it all, and it's a still image.

Amazing.
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PseudoSinew Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Ren and Stimpy

Mr. horse
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CanisAlbus Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2013  Student General Artist
At least someone noticed the reference!
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NinjaKato Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2013
Well, it's better than leeches lol
Poor guy :giggle: That expression is very well done; the sense of unease and nerve in his eyes is well played :)
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Rilguia Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2013  Student General Artist
Indeed it was (16th century medicine)
O.O great picture! btw the clothing looks
great =D love the pic!!
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Kona-Ann Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
ewwww! it makes me a little squeemish!
but it looks great
i love his expression, very appropriate
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zopdog Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
aww!
poor!
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Gamibrii Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2013
Whoah,this is very interesting,I liked to know about it.
But let me tell ya,when I saw this for the first time (this art)
I thought it was like a parody of someone doing nails. xD
Again,it looks like hurts, but the impression is that his face is as if he were already wont. xP
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Huskypawz Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
awesome job:D I recently learned about bloodletting...yeah not to fun...but anyway, I love this one:heart:
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MacGreen Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2013  Student Filmographer
Hei JES! Halusinkin että laitat tämän deviin että pääsen kommentoimaan siihen!
Jonkin aikaa sitten katsoin mielenkiintoisen dokan yleisen paskaisuuden ja lääketieteen tasosta 1500-luvun Lontoossa.
Siinä oli puhetta myös verenpäästöstä ja siitä miten silmätulehduksia parannettiin puhaltamalla kuivattua ja murskattua koiran jötöksiä silmiin...
harvinaisen kiintoisaa oli kyllä kaikki tuohon aikaan. :'3 Noita verenpäästömaljoja on varmaan monenlaisia, samoin tarkoitukseen olleita veitsiä.
Referenssien etsiminen tiettyihin asioihin voi kyllä olla niin sanotusti tuskaa, varsinkin kun haluaa löytää jotain vanhaa mistä ei välttämättä
löydy dataa. Hyvin olet kuitenkin onnistunut saamaan mööpelit näyttämään tuosta ajasta tulleista. Tykkään paljon noista kaavuista ja siitä miten
Machete voi pahoin lääkärin tehdessä työtään. Taas olet onnistunut koko kuvan kompositiossa niin nätisti ja ilman kuvaa pilaavia liikoja yksityiskohtia.
Haha, tämä on sisältönsä ansiosta kyllä yksi suosikeistani sinulta. : D Ihanaa! <3
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Woodswallow Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
LOVE Machete's expression :D Kind of cute ^^
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CanisAlbus Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2013  Student General Artist
Haha, why is everyone calling him cute? :'D I didn't intend to make him look cute, he's eeeevil.
But thank you anyway, glad you like it!
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Woodswallow Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Hehe, yeah I know he's evil but here he looks kind of...well, human?! ^^ Like he's uncomfortable and shows a bit of a weakness, unusual for this character ;) I think many can relate to his expression ^^
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CanisAlbus Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2013  Student General Artist
Ah, I see :D
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CrashSpyro98 Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I LOVE that dog breed. :'D pretty tough treatment, though.
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Jupecat Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2013
Aah. Bloodletting. Must have been painful as hell.
I am also loving the design of the chairs, random comment but oh my god. <3
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