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The best fighter is never angry (by Alector) by Stripetail

The best fighter is never angry (by Alector)


18 October 2014 at 10:11:21 MDT

alector ‘s speedpaint commission in glorious black and white.
stripetail is running with scissors.

Title is a quote by Laozi. I asked alectorfencer to do a manga/noir B&W piece of Yuxing bisecting a thing; I received a B&W piece of Yuxing bisecting a thing ^__^. Syng making an appearance with his reclining moon blade, 偃月刀. Conquering your inner demons or literal demons? I don't actually have a back story for this at the moment as it was fairly spontaneous. I might write something up eventually as I have another battle image in the works.

“It is better to conquer yourself than to win a thousand battles. Then the victory is yours. It cannot be taken from you—not by angels nor by demons, heaven nor hell. “ Gautama Buddha, founder of Buddhism.

“To know others is intelligence; to know oneself is true wisdom. To master others is strength; to master oneself is true power.” Laozi 老子, (604-531BC), founder of Taoism, accredited for Daodejing

“We all have inner demons to fight. We call these demons ‘fear’, and ‘hatred’, and ‘anger’. If you don’t conquer them, then a life of a hundred years is a tragedy. If you do, a life of a single day can be a triumph.” Yip Kai Man 葉繼問 (1893–1972), martial artist, founder of the Ving Tsun (Wing Chun) Athletic Association