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Xibalba by CanisAlbus Xibalba by CanisAlbus
Muertos, my Mesoamerican canine character and a high priest of an ancient death cult.
He has some kind of unusual pigment disorder related to melanism. Even though most of the members of his breed/clan/pack are fairly light or tan colored, he was born with pitch black fur and very dark skin, paw pads and mouth. But unlike to melanism, his irises are very light grey, almost white. This kind of genetic mishap has been circling within the community for centuries, and every time a dark pup is born, they're taken away from their parents, isolated in the temple and trained for executing sacred rituals. A stylized canine skeleton is tattooed to the black one's skin for distinguishing them from the commoners, and they're referred as the adjutant of the death, a half-divine being with the task to deal with the religious sacrifices and to operate as a link to the hereafter.

Muertos is not a new character, really. I think he was created in the same years as Masque and Radon, 2009. He's never been among the most active characters of mine, even though I'm quite fond of his design and concept. Muertos was inspired by Mexican holiday Día de Muertos and several Pre-Columbian civilizations, such as Aztecs, Incas and Mayas and their mythologies.
When I first created him, it didn't really cross my mind that the word muertos ('dead' in Spanish) was a piece of a language that certainly was not known in Central America, at least in this character's time period. That's why I've been thinking of renaming him to Xibalba ("place of fear" in maya mythology, sort of an underword) which would be a bit more suitable. Nothing quite bugs me like this kind of little inaccuracies. On the other hand I'm against changing my character's names, so I haven't really decided yet. Xibalba. Muertos.

Another piece from 2012. Staedtler pigment liner and Gimp.

Character, artwork ©GhoulShoe
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:iconcrimson-wolf2323:
Crimson-Wolf2323 Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Love this one the most........beautiful!
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:iconlovedsparrowsoul:
LovedSparrowSoul Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Beautiful character!!! :3
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Melanyyblaky Featured By Owner May 30, 2013
este todo hermoso *w* admiro tu trabajo <3
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:iconhorrificsensation:
HorrificSensation Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2013
wicked awesome :3
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Emmanuel-Hdez Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2013
Good!
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:iconterwyn:
Terwyn Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
New drawing of Muertos! :woohoo:
He`s such an amazing character, I can`t wait to see more artwork with him.
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Woodswallow Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Oh, he looks fabulous here, I really love this character :heart: Fantastic work!
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:iconcanisalbus:
CanisAlbus Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2013  Student General Artist
I'm glad you like him ^^
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Scottwolf97 Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2013
Very unique, as usual. I love how it's clear that the markings are obviously defined as markings, and not a a kind of transarent skin/ X-Ray look. Awesome!
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:iconcanisalbus:
CanisAlbus Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2013  Student General Artist
Thank you c:
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:iconsiochanna:
Siochanna Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2013   Photographer
Very awesome. I also like the name Xibalba. But that's just me.
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:icongabzilah:
Gabzilah Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2013
Maybe one name could be an actual name and the other a surname?:)
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:iconcanisalbus:
CanisAlbus Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2013  Student General Artist
Hmm... that's a good idea, but none of my other characters have surnames... it would stand out too much.
I think I'll call him Xibalba c:
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Gabzilah Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2013
Still the idea was atleast interesting:D
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DEMON-FOX-96 Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2013   Traditional Artist
Really awesome work.
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:iconcanisalbus:
CanisAlbus Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2013  Student General Artist
Thanks!
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DEMON-FOX-96 Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2013   Traditional Artist
You're welcome ^w^
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:iconlilicorn:
lilicorn Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Beautiful.
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:iconbeebee561:
BeeBee561 Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
i love the pattern! this entire picture looks great!
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:iconcanisalbus:
CanisAlbus Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2013  Student General Artist
I'm glad you like it! c:
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:iconawkwaard:
awkwaard Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I love the pose and composition and just everything in this, wow.

Especially the character. ; n ;
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:iconcanisalbus:
CanisAlbus Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2013  Student General Artist
Aaa thank you! I'm flattered :3
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:icononerealityover:
OneRealityOver Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Eldorado: "To Xibalba!!"
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:iconcanine-rein:
canine-rein Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2013  Student Digital Artist
That's what I thought of, too! haha c:
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:icondevinital:
Devinital Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
This is a very interesting piece.
The use of yellow hinted with smallest amounts of yellow really draws your eye.
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:iconcanisalbus:
CanisAlbus Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2013  Student General Artist
Well thank you!
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:icondevinital:
Devinital Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
Welcome!
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Faolan98 Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2013  Student General Artist
Go Muertos! Thats an awesome name :la: And this is just amaziling!! I love the colours and the flower and everything fits together so well!
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Kateboat Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Fascinating character. ^^
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:iconcanisalbus:
CanisAlbus Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2013  Student General Artist
Why, thank you c:
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:iconkateboat:
Kateboat Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
You're very welcome!
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Gamibrii Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2013
When I saw at the first time,I realized: "the area over his bones is transparent,and there's!" xD
btw great artwork and beautiful flower.
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:iconcanisalbus:
CanisAlbus Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2013  Student General Artist
Thank you c:
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:icongamibrii:
Gamibrii Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2013
No problem!
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IzaPug Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2013  Professional General Artist
dude
that's my fav of your draws!
amezing ,333
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:iconcanisalbus:
CanisAlbus Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2013  Student General Artist
Really? Haha, thanks! X3
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:iconizapug:
IzaPug Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2013  Professional General Artist
yup!
bone dog, just awesome!
^__~
np sweetie <3
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:iconsilvolf:
Silvolf Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
He's cool. I like his backstory.
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:iconcanisalbus:
CanisAlbus Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2013  Student General Artist
Thanks a bunch~
Haha yeah, I have dozens of character backstories that have never been written anywhere *sigh* This is just one revealed.
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ammyfan13 Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Really interesting character, the tattoo structure is really cool. :)
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:iconcanisalbus:
CanisAlbus Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2013  Student General Artist
Thanks! C:
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:iconammyfan13:
ammyfan13 Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Your welcome :)
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XxDr-Chainsaw Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2013
this reminds me somewhat of kurloz makara
but the name
asdfjkl; the name is amazing <3
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:iconbelgianterv:
BelgianTerv Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
i thought of kurloz right away too. o.o
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:iconmydearrose:
mydearrose Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2013  Student General Artist
I love This one soo much its soo beautiful :typerhappy:
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:iconsidonie:
Sidonie Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
I really lot this character! And although it is tough to rename a character, I really like Xibalba!!
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:iconcanisalbus:
CanisAlbus Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2013  Student General Artist
You do? Glad to hear that! c:
I think he's going to be called Xibalba from now on~
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:iconsidonie:
Sidonie Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
:D yay! I love it!
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:iconwooflesart:
WooflesArt Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
No matter the name, this is way awesome! I love the stylized skeleton design on him and the story to go along with it.
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TheCreepyCanine Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Ever since I came across your art work I've loved this character (along with Terracotta and Leviathan) and I personally think the name Muertos suits him rather well.

I love the purple in this picture, and the expression; he looks so content :3 This picture is eye candy to me :D
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