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The Leopard Sun - Ocean Dreams by balaa The Leopard Sun - Ocean Dreams by balaa
Hello everyone! :iconfaizah: and I are proud to present you with yet another artwork for our upcoming novel, The Leopard Sun!

This piece..I feel is one of the ones I am most connected with emotionally. There are pieces you struggle to visualize, to coax into reality, and there are those that present themselves as if they were already finished and you need only put your hand to paper, so to speak. This is one of the latter and what a cathartic experience it was to paint it. Thank you Ruya <:.


The painting we are sharing with you today is titled Ocean Dreams. Ruya, the one depicted in this painting, sits upon the shore and watches the Moon rises above the horizon. The loss of her daughter, Tahaya, had shattered her family - but what pained her more than that was witnessing what Hawa had become. Jowana, Ruya's first-born daughter, vehemently rejected Nyota, her adopted son. Amidst the chaos at home and in her heart, Ruya needed to find an anchor, and above all, hope...

The ocean is one of the thematic elements in The Leopard Sun; it is where several of the characters go to seek solace after an emotional trauma, and although its near-mystical quality is never explained, it probably doesn't have to be. Perhaps on some level, as we gaze upon the foamy waves and listen to their gentle lull, we all remember it as the place whence we came.

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Artwork by  Balaa
The Leopard Sun is © :iconbalaa: :iconfaizah:
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ClaytoneCarpe Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2018  Professional Writer
Très réussi ! ^^
isthetic Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
i have some bella sara cards with art made by you on them? why haven't you posted any of your bella sara work? their really gorgeous !!
InkFey Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2017  Student Digital Artist
If I buy the Moon tier on patreon, is this image included in the package and is it high resolution enough to use as a background? 
CaroxKook Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
Wow the water look beautiful
BrandyWoods Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2017  Professional General Artist
Love it! So very peaceful
KovoWolf Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2017  Professional General Artist
Awesome! :D
Derbella Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
squanpie Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This is so lovely and calming. It would make a beautiful print.
bluebirdt12 Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2017
EPIC Label  It is really epic, heavily compressed in strength.EPIC Label 
URBANHOOD Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2017
Those waves man <3 , good water paintings always get me . 
deeed Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2017
Wow, this is beautiful. The way you've painted the waves is incredible!
Eriarte Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Beautiful work. I can't stop to look at it. Clap 
CapscesDigitalInk Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2017  Professional General Artist
Very nice work!
Alexandoria Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2017  Student General Artist
I swear to god, I love your work so much.
UDtheAesir Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2017  Student General Artist
RavenHeart1984 Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2017  Professional Traditional Artist
Dacha-thwei Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
It's so beautiful! :clap: may I download it to my desktop? :please:
icefirewolfie Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This looks so beautiful, I'm honestly at a loss for words!!
Everything about this looks amazing!
The waters looks super realistic and the mood of the drawing really comes through! :heart:
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