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The mischievous pixie NiaTa knelt beside the forbidden pool; she had abandoned her duty to trick intruders away from the woods, (or, if she was so inclined, to their deaths) and her incorrigible curiosity had led her to the glittering water.
Her wings fluttered with excitement as she reached out to touch her reflection. The other spirits of the woods whispered among themselves at the disturbance.
Ripples formed and NiaTa withdrew her hand, horrified at what she'd done...


I've been creating some characters recently for painting inspiration, and I thought I'd draw this pixie character to use for my new site's banner.
I wanted to achieve a very speedy and painterly effect (which contrary to how it sounds, is pretty tricky and time consuming if you go into all the details) and though some of the trees seem off to me, I'm pretty happy with it.

Next up, more characters and speed paintings! :D

Full view please! Enjoy. :)

Details: [link]
Tools: Photoshop and Wacom
Time Consumed: Lost track. Definitely over ten hours... over about two weeks.
Reference: Gorgeous picture of a transparent butterfly I found on the 'net (for the wings of course): [link]
Art ©AmberDust 2007
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:iconmurdocnisgod666:
MurdocNisGod666 Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2012  Student General Artist
cool!
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:iconamberdust:
AmberDust Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks!
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:iconsuekitten:
suekitten Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This is absoultley beautiful, you must have put a lot of effort,best art I've seen for the day! well done;)
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:iconamberdust:
AmberDust Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you! Yep, a piece like this takes hours to paint, even on the computer! Thanks! :)
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:iconsuekitten:
suekitten Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Your welcome;) and keep up the good work!:)
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:iconrerrede:
RErrede Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
That is a damn good background. Great job :)
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:iconamberdust:
AmberDust Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks! :)
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:iconiluvtabbi:
ILUVTABBI Featured By Owner May 11, 2011
Uwah, the story really makes this for me <3
Beautiful scene :)
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:iconamberdust:
AmberDust Featured By Owner May 15, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you! :3
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:iconelectronicmuffin:
electronicmuffin Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
Oh my I love the lighting of this! It's magnificent! It gives this piece such an eerie/mystical yet beautiful feel. The water is also simply gorgeous. I just love everything about this :love:
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:iconamberdust:
AmberDust Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you very much! I hope to have time to paint more like it soon! :D
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:iconvioletxribbon:
violetXribbon Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2011
i love the trees and the whole atmosphere. and those wings are so beautiful and detailed <3
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:iconamberdust:
AmberDust Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you! :)
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:iconeshilia:
Eshilia Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2010
That's beautiful!
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:iconamberdust:
AmberDust Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks! :)
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:iconlinkxisxhot123:
linkXisXhot123 Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2010  Hobbyist
i would very much like to hear the story behind this, if there is one ;)
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:iconamberdust:
AmberDust Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
The story snippet is included in the description of this painting, it was a long time ago that I wrote it, so I'm not sure if I could give you any further context!
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:iconlinkxisxhot123:
linkXisXhot123 Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2010  Hobbyist
ok then :|
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:iconnatiagreenleaf:
NatiaGreenleaf Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2010
Beautiful piece!!
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:iconamberdust:
AmberDust Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks! :)
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:iconnatiagreenleaf:
NatiaGreenleaf Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2010
You're welcome. :D
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:iconmelancholy-minds:
Melancholy-Minds Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2010
Lovely foreboding atmosphere. Beautiful range in tonality.
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:iconamberdust:
AmberDust Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you! :D
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:iconcataclysm-x:
Cataclysm-X Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
very, very beautfiful and mysterious. Great combo of colours too. Absolutely love it :)
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:iconamberdust:
AmberDust Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks very much! :) I love your work too! :)
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:iconim-an-invader-o-o:
im-an-invader-O-o Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2010
-steals her wings- :o i love the transperency of them, i must have them! ahhahah. *new life mission* lol
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:iconamberdust:
AmberDust Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
Ha ha, thank you! They were based from a real butterfly with transparent wings! :3
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:iconim-an-invader-o-o:
im-an-invader-O-o Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2010
:o woah! i want one as a pet then! :D
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:iconamberdust:
AmberDust Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
Hee hee, they do look very cool! Here's a link to the original images if you'd like a look: [link] They are "Glasswing" Butterflies that can be found in Central America! :D
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:iconim-an-invader-o-o:
im-an-invader-O-o Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2010
OwO they look like dragonflies. XD
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:iconelwiixx:
ElwiiXx Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2008
Also... the writing in author's comments is very good, you should write more! x
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:iconamberdust:
AmberDust Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2008  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks for your comments! I wrote this as a short character scene first before I drew it, it's not a particular strength for me, but I like to do some writing every now and then. :)
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ElwiiXx Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2008
hahaha same... i wouldn't say i was a writer but i do sometimes... for some reason it's the only thing which seems to count as a deviation, everything else is in scraps hahaa x
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:iconelwiixx:
ElwiiXx Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2008
Wow, this is amazing!
This and "melody of life" sre my favourites of yours.
The depth of this is incredible, and i love the light x
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:iconalienlazer:
AlienLazer Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2008
All of your dark work is freaking awesome! :D
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:iconamberdust:
AmberDust Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2008  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks! :)
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:iconsdgraphics:
SDGRAPHICS Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
Interesting wings. I really like the surounding aswell, The secretive, secluded, untouched swamp like forest. Love the atmosphere you gave it.
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:iconamberdust:
AmberDust Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2008  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks! I'm glad you like it! :D
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:iconnubry:
Nubry Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2008
Love the greenish glow comeing through the forest once again well done keep it up
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:iconerikakochanski:
erikakochanski Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2008  Professional Writer
Gorgeous colours/tones and lighting! :clap:
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:icondeep-emerald:
Deep-Emerald Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2008
I really love this piece.... And I thought I'd faved it a while ago... Ah well :+fav:
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:iconamberdust:
AmberDust Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2008  Professional Digital Artist
Wow, so many favs and comments! Thanks so much! :hug:
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:icondeep-emerald:
Deep-Emerald Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2008
:D You're welcome...
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:iconnerahla:
Nerahla Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2008  Hobbyist Digital Artist
What a goregous mood you've captures here - the only critique I would give is to lessen the use of black and use more color theory in the play of light and shadow. But all that comes with time. This is very pretty indeed!
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:iconamberdust:
AmberDust Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2008  Professional Digital Artist
Hey, thanks for the comment! Yeah, I noticed some of my recent paintings were going a little too dark, I've recently done some colour theory in college though, which I'm going to put into practice soon. Looking at this now, I do see there are a lot of blacked out areas, I'll look out for that next time. :)
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WhiteroseRedlips Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2007  Hobbyist Photographer
I am in love with this picture!!!!!!!!
Just so you know.
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:iconkika1983:
kika1983 Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2007  Professional Traditional Artist
awesome lightening of the background!!! cool butterfly wings,but i think the head is big for that body! am i right?
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:iconsilkweed:
Silkweed Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2007
Wow, the concept and lighting are absolutely fabulous. This is really really well done.
And those wings are awesome.
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:iconamberdust:
AmberDust Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2007  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks very much. :)
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:iconminntypig:
MinntyPig Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2007
GOD I LUv THIS
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