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Where the Wild Things Are

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Published: December 21, 2012
© 2012 - 2020 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 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:
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fleebitesProfessional 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 :)
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Wow... This is amazing.
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Love it! <3 love the character to so I am possibly biased.
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NordicLynxHobbyist Traditional Artist
I love that everything is in blue :)
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JoannaBromleyProfessional Traditional Artist
Amazing the composition! :nod: :love:
elKoi's avatar
Gasp! You are so talented oh man D: I adore this art!
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ToxicDelirium's avatar
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.
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ZoshismHobbyist Traditional Artist
The thought process behind this gives so much more to the painting :) beauuuutiful!
villavillekulla's avatar
beautiful. just like your comic. good luck in the big city!
woozalia's avatar
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's avatar
Beautifully done ^_^
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FabriceWHobbyist General Artist
excellent work.
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Enoa79's avatar
Beautiful work. Very well done.
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Grumpy-Old-SnakeStudent General Artist
Used as a wallpaper now. Thank you again. So pretty~ Skittlez stares at me with a slight touch of confusion, though. :XD:
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Andela1998Hobbyist Traditional Artist
beautiful work :heart:
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PoweredByCokeZeroStudent Digital Artist
Oddly enough, I know that feel. Nostalgia is pretty powerful.
And of course, what a gorgeous painting =]
wytherwing's avatar
a very beautiful piece :)
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the-evil-legacyProfessional Digital Artist
beautiful !!! ^^
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chernotravHobbyist Traditional Artist
I'm speechless **
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nati Traditional Artist
Woha, it's simply amazing!
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