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Anyone, but ANYONE who does not fullview this … or at least check out the details here so help me, will feel the wrath and indignation of a thousand cracked tablet pens (unfortunately, yes, I did) and the howling fury of the Demon of Unseen Deer

I did add a deer, incidentally. And spent awhile getting it right, even down unto the highlight of the eye, zoomed out a bit and realised … well. If you can even spot it, you’ll understand :XD:

Also, a hedgehog, by request >.>

Revolves around the white flower at the heart of the forest…
Time Fourteen hours… over four days. I think the last picture I spent this long on was Waterborn_ checks Oh, no that was ‘only’ ten hours. Hey, new record :D
Tools Artrage 2.5 and a tablet. I hold the pen too hard.. it’s breaking up (which is also why my traditional pencilwork usually … dies).
Hmm… I have a :zombie: pen. Does that make any future art necromantic?

Earlier version/woodland bookmark thing
Even earlier WIP

Before anyone comments on my photoshop techniques, please check the rant/warning under this deviation and also, go HAVE A LOOK AT ARTRAGE

(Critique on anything else is very welcome!)
This is NOT Photoshop, I have to paint everything in there (except for the glitter tools, which is basically… glitter or paint spatters, but I still have to do something more with them). When I want to change the lighting I add a very thin paint wash over the relevant areas and blend/erase lightly until the shadows match.
This is … a mixture of things. Wanting to paint a woodland scene, recent compliments on my animals and realism(ish) eshkenazi’s “A Star for a Heart’ contest which has been floating around in my head for awhile, saimain’s Forsaken which I keep wanting to paint something ‘like’ whenever I see it… the green forest nymph being in the Fantasia 2000’s Firebird (as seen set to remarkably well suited music here where I first saw it)
Also karringray’s entry for my Flight contest (”Finding Her Wings": ) (Something about the pose, the level of detail, and the fairly monochrome colouring…) which is convenient as – or possibly because – this is her prize for getting second place.

I got to experiment with moss and lighting and water and animals and colour and blending and whimsy.
The white flower/star/heart was vaguely modeled after the eidelweiss flower (means ‘alpine star’)
Forest guardian spirit. Old and wise and ever new, part of the forest and no, there is no gender or sex, it just didn’t fit – they embody all and neither.
I used no references (except for memory) and thus I discovered that I can’t paint little passerines and so forth – I wanted a wren, but :shrug:. But it had become a point of pride, so I left them out :D
I could have added more animals, but I wanted to maintain a certain level of realistically expectable visible species.

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  • allisefountain
    allisefountainover 5 years ago

    Gorgeous work! Keep it up! :) so magical

  • Thank you! I really like this one

    – Flynnthecat

  • Syd Baker
    Syd Bakerover 5 years ago

    Ohh, I do so love hidden treasures in art, the little forest friends , but in particular the features of the green authority figure, love the squigley ears too!

  • Zombie Rust
    Zombie Rustover 4 years ago

    Awesome, great done!

  • Heather Rinehart
    Heather Rinehartover 4 years ago


  • caradione
    caradioneover 4 years ago

    this is an amazing piece of work.. found it in a challenge… cant wait to view the rest of your gallery now…the link to larger view was great… very lovely indeed

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