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Where the Wild Things Are by blix-it Where the Wild Things Are by blix-it
Daniel Smith Watercolors
Prisma Colored Pencils
Arches 140lb Cold Press Paper

Her name is Skittlez, she's from my webcomic, Toilet Genie.

On tumblr there are:
finished pencil lineart
two different roughs from this image

If you click the download button, this is also a wallpaper! There is a zip pack with three different designs, one of the full image, one of the lineart, and one of the changing ravens. X3

And if you'd like to see a bigger version of this painting, I added that to the download just now. It was such a big painting, filled with detail, it's really shrunk down and sad on deviantart.

Hey Merry Christmas (and assorted other holidays!) Thank you to everyone who has followed my work over the years, be that pony art, pokemon art, or my original characters and comics. Thank you especially to the people who continue to hoard TG pages and read my comic every now and then! I know it doesn't update regularly, but I hope every update is worth waiting for. That is always my endeavor.

The title isn't arbitrary, but obviously this isn't from Maurice Sindak's book, either.

haha, I've really tried to write an author comment about this image, but I might not be capable. I'll try again anyway.

In September, I moved from a painfully rural place to a really dense inner city. I thought a city was what I wanted - and right now it is, I don't regret what I did. :P This concept I'm trying to understand was also in "The Last Unicorn". The unicorn removed herself from the forest, but the forest remained behind her eyes until the event of humanity changed her permanently. She then confronted forgetting everything in exchange for something new, but instead of that, she learned regret. In "Where the Wild Things Are" a child invents a wild land where he can be king and live out all of his questionable childhood fantasies until his fantasy tries to eat him and he runs home to his mum, who fixes him hot soup and doesn't question the change in her child. There's a third story I'm thinking of, too. Eowyn was a pretty great character. The basis of her problem was a life filled with purpose and responsibility, two things that can instill value, but instead acted as a cage. When she left the cage, she did accomplish great things, but those accomplishments permanently changed her in good and bad ways.

For a long time after leaving home, a city sound would spur a rural memory. It was very odd. I was sitting at a desk, working, I was alone and everything was quiet. Outside, there was a noise. The noise was at a perfect pitch. For a moment, I couldn't even register what the noise was, I was mentally not even at my desk. The opening note of the noise was identical to an elk singing and all I could think of was that perfect shade of autumn twilight, bars of red light falling through black pines, sparse golden grass, and dry air heavy with sage and dust.

It was such a perfect and complete memory, it was jarring and even painful to realize the noise was in fact a screeching tire.

I have a permanent home in a place that inspires dreams that can only take me away from this home. My home is a cage that keeps me from meeting anyone or learning foreign things, but when I leave, that home pulls at me like a missing piece. Staying would strangle every dream, but I'm not sure I even *can* leave. Does it count as leaving if a part of me will always live in this place, even when the rest of me lives several thousand miles away?

The Little Mermaid left her beautiful sea to chase her love, even when walking on land felt like walking on upturned knives.

Maybe this is a sensation of division that I wouldn't want anyone else to have to experience, but maybe also, being torn forward is the only way to be alive.
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theGrayStray Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I love this. So much! So many details, yet you managed to keep this lovely misty, sketchy look. It screams "November " to me, somehow :clap:
fleebites Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Hiiii! I saw you at Otakon and we traded prints and I was a blathering idiot and you were so nice to me despite it all, so thank you for that :) I was telling you that I was hoping to see a print of my favourite of your works, but I couldn't remember the name of it.  This was it! I can't remember if I commented on it before, but if I didn't, let me say that I absolutely adore the unity of colour, the use of space and the beautifully balanced dispersion of detail . . . Skittlez is the point of focus, but there is so much more in this piece, so many elements that flow together and leave me wondering where it is all heading. It really is beautiful. 

Perhaps you had this as a print and in my half-fried state I did not notice, but if you didn't then, I hope you'll make at least one for Baltimore Comic Con so that I can be first in line to buy it from you :) In the mean time, I hope you're recovering nicely from Otakon and looking back on it fondly :)
Adri-Sol Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2013
Wow... This is amazing.
battledolly Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2013
Love it! <3 love the character to so I am possibly biased.
NordicLynx Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I love that everything is in blue :)
JoannaBromley Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Amazing the composition! :nod: :love:
elKoi Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2013
Gasp! You are so talented oh man D: I adore this art!
Leeny-Lav Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
ToxicDelirium Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2012
Very well written! I think you have a knack for the artist comment as well as the art itself.
Love the comic, too. Read through it in one sitting, two days ago.
Thank you for what you are doing.
Zoshism Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
The thought process behind this gives so much more to the painting :) beauuuutiful!
villavillekulla Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2012
beautiful. just like your comic. good luck in the big city!
woozalia Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2012
This is Just Gorgeous! I love watercolors and you've really struck me right to my heart with this one! :heart:

Harena of ~woozalia
Kaiserholt Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2012
Beautifully done ^_^
FabriceW Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
excellent work.
Hazardousthing Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2012  Student Digital Artist
Enoa79 Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2012
Beautiful work. Very well done.
Grumpy-Old-Snake Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2012  Student General Artist
Used as a wallpaper now. Thank you again. So pretty~ Skittlez stares at me with a slight touch of confusion, though. :XD:
Andela1998 Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
beautiful work :heart:
PoweredByCokeZero Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2012  Student Digital Artist
Oddly enough, I know that feel. Nostalgia is pretty powerful.
And of course, what a gorgeous painting =]
wytherwing Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2012
a very beautiful piece :)
the-evil-legacy Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
beautiful !!! ^^
chernotrav Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I'm speechless **
Lightness-Ghost Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2012  Hobbyist
Great job
nati Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2012   Traditional Artist
Woha, it's simply amazing!
Eyestark Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2012
Your art continues to be unparalleled. Amazing work!
xHelloBeautifulx Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2012
Holy incredible! All of the details and Skittlez look lovely together. The colors are also beautiful, and the birds and other details are gorgeous. Wonderful work! :iconfantasticplz:
Evilmoohissbaa Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
I love this painting, and I really love your comment. I think you captured your feelings very well in both. The description of your reaction to a car tire was... poignant, I guess the word is? Thanks very much for sharing.
blix-it Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2012
Hey thanks for responding to my author comment, I guess. ^^; I know, it isn't the sort of comment that is easily replied to. But thank you.
Grumpy-Old-Snake Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2012  Student General Artist
Oh but that is gorgeous~ :la: Amazing detail.
dancingheron Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
It's okay, its actually smells for me what trigger rural memories. The smell of woodsmoke, hot pine sap, automotive grease and anything that sounds like shotgun fire. ;)

I think we can live in many places and never truly leave them. They have become the place from which I pull my inspiration and where I retreat when I feel hurt. Just as long as we don't become trapped, it is the only place I know I don't have to leave behind and freely leave at will.
forgotten-light Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
:love: where can I even begin with how much I love this painting and this concept? The color scheme is to DIE FOR!!! :heart:

I don't think words can properly say how much I am in love with this image, the cozy home mixed with the harsh lines of a city, but there is also the wild way of the trees. Lines.... color... birds.... blue... wild.....LOVE!!! Skittelz pose is perfect, I love the way you do creases, the overall balance of the image so no one side feels too heavy, but yet doesn't feel forced into balance..... This fills me both with a sense of nostalgia and a desire to seek out the future.

There is literally nothing in this image I do not love. That spoon? Love. That lamp? Love. Snacking while reading? Love. TEAPOT?? LOVE!!!! CAN NOT CONTAIN MYSELF!!!

So yeah I really like this :3
blix-it Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2012
Found your favorite thing. :P SPOON. haha.

I drew her surrounded by stuff from my Baltimore apartment. Dirty dishes and teapots and books.
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