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To Suns Yet to Rise by balaa To Suns Yet to Rise by balaa
I had the immense honor of being invited to illustrate the conbook cover for Eurofurrence 2018. This image proved to be a deeply personal journey for me and my personal gift to not only EF but to the furry fandom for all the support, encouragement and love you all have given me over the years. The fandom has changed a great deal since I first dipped my feet in in 2005 but one thing, at least for me, has never changed. The furry fandom continues to support and encourage artists in a way few outlets for the creative can or do. I continue to be humbled by the amount of enthusiasm you all share with me whenever I share something I have created from the deepest wells of my heart. It is a precious gift and I strive to not take you all for granted. (Basically my way of saying I won't tolerate people dissing the fandom anymore)

The last year has been one of deep personal growth and exploration; both on an emotional level and as a creative. Eurofurrence gave me free reign over the final illustration, leaving me the chance to explore myself through my art. I am sure all artists eventually face a similar dilemma, in which they feel they have lost touch with the passion of creating. I have faced this over the course of the last decade; trying to juggle adult life and relationships, personal artwork with a professional career. I began to rely on my mechanical skill; muscle memory and technical knowledge and at some point began to lose touch with that ineffable inner voice.

For me the place where I was most free to be and to create was in my childhood. There was no urgency to the next thing; all there was and all that was important was the now. Yesterday was best left to it's own devices and tomorrow was too far away to be bothered about. All there was was the invitation of a blank spread of paper and a tool that would guide my hand towards the call of inward adventure.

In essence, that is what this piece was to me. Featured in the piece are our(My husband Bagheera's and mine) personal oc's Kaylee and Samwise (my take on Samwise Gamgee from Lord of the Rings). I had no expectations for this piece and let it unfold like a personal fairytale. 

Thank you all for continuing to share the journey with me and to be, each, a voice of encouragement that reminds me to dream away from myself.
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Daily Deviation

Given 2018-10-16
kaseylsnow Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2019  Professional Digital Artist
I could've sworn I commented on this, but I guess I didn't. Or maybe it was on tumblr.
Anyway, I seriously love this painting. It's obvious that you poured a lot into it, and it really shows.
The mosaics and textures throughout are super interesting!
Tabery Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2019  Hobbyist General Artist
Wow, this is absolutely stunning. Reading your description almost had me in tears. You and your art are quite beautiful, and I'd say this is my most favourite piece you have ever posted! It feels like an open door which I can look right into your lovely soul. <3
cuddlesaurus21 Featured By Owner Edited Nov 1, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
This is absolutely amazing!! :wow: All the rich colors and details... the scene itself reminds me of a cross between Hobbiton and a Ghibli film, somehow, but there's even so much more to it than that.

I'm especially curious about those diamond shapes in the grass!

Again, truly beautiful work. I can tell you put a ton of heart into it! :heart:
xHelloBeautifulx Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2018
Holy, exquisitely Wondrous! These Ethereal Fur Doggie Kaylee and Samwise Oc's are stunning and This Majestic Valley Scenery looks incredible. The designs, elephant oc, goat oc, other oc's, airplanes, giant birds, wings, flight, house, expressions, poses, eyes, ears, tails, claws, noses, Hobbit-like outfit, dress, picnic, pancakes, jam, bread, fields, interactions, farmhouses, crops, ivy, decor, architecture, laundry, sky, clouds, sunset, reflection, mountains, ledges, cliffs, crevices, flowers, trees, leaves, grass, brush, plant life, smoke, cuteness, movement, flow, effects, perspective, realisticness, atmosphere, hues, textures, concept, composition, uniqueness, style, colors, lighting, and other details are also sensational. Amazingly Beautiful work! :iconfantasticplz:
ff6celes Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
That's very cool and colorful!
Ilovebambi Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2018  Student Digital Artist
So bueatiful
CapscesDigitalInk Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2018  Professional General Artist
Congratulations, absolutely brilliant work!
bradbradshaw Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2018  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This is amazing, lovely colours 😎
Championx91 Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2018
CaseyDecker Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2018  Hobbyist Artist
This picture you've done of such an anthro couple together in a fantastic setting looks quite nice and stylish for sure! :D
ariya-sacca Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2018  Student General Artist
Very colorful!
LindArtz Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Very Nicely Done!
Congratulations on your much deserved DD!  :)
For My Personal Use DO NOT USE!!! by LindArtz
Tinselfire Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2018
Do believe I got a tear in my eye reading the description. Or maybe two. Then maybe three.
SLeopard Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2018
wonderful work :love:
NearlyEverythingFan Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2018
Totally amazing! How long did it take to create this masterpiece?
Wolx2 Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2018
I love the colors! It looks like a dream
JudasCain Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Geez! I absolutely LOVE the explosion of color here...kinda psychedelic, actually! Great stuff.
jaepphoenix Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This is so Beautiful
Czepeku Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2018  Professional Digital Artist
fringeperson Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2018
There is so much detail and so many colours and it's all AMAZING!!!  Every time I look, I see something that I didn't notice the first time!  You are SO amazing.  SO SO SO  AMAZING!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Fail-Seeker Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2018
Fantasytic work! :clap:
GladosIsMaddos Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
cindersandashes Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2018
So whimsical and pleasing to the eye. Love it!
DonSimpson Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2018
This style seems totally unlike anything of yours that I've seen before, but equally delightful and amazing, with appealing characters and a world that looks both homey and comfortably high-tech. Wow.
Etherinea Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
AlfaArtz Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2018  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Furry Art, Furry Art EVERYWHERE
UDtheAesir Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2018  Student General Artist
bonbon3272 Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2018  Professional Digital Artist
wow super pretty!
WinterCritter Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2018
What an incredibly vibrant piece. There is so much to see in all the details and colours.
SterlingKato Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2018
This is quite charming to look at -- the colours are vibrant and lovely :) Wonderful work, as always ^^
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