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A Lovely Encounter by Blunell A Lovely Encounter by Blunell
Hi guys!
This is my entry for a contest hosted by :iconfoxytales:

Since the theme was "Enchanted Wilderness", I chose to paint some kind of naive, fairytale-like forest. The scene depicts a fox cub being bold enough to explore its surroundings, something that led it to meet its first, yet most unexpected friend... a mouse! :D Since foxes feed on rodents, such a bond would be, of course, very strange and unlikely to happen, but it's a fairytale scene so it's not a big deal :)


About the picture:
Dammit. I just finished it 21 hours before the (already extended) deadline! Exhausted - NaNoEmo Day 28 
Such a delay was not supposed to happen, since I had blocked the shapes and colors very early - as soon as I heard of the contest, on March 23 exactly. But I struggled with the faraway trees at one point, and this deterred me from going on for almost 3 weeks. I eventually picked it again and found a way to do the said trees (now I like this version much better).

I'm quite satisfied of this picture anyway ^^ Apart from the faraway trees, everything flowed very well and it was nice to paint.
The thing I like the most is the river: it was the coolest part to do because I never did such kind of waterscape and, since I couldn't find any good reference of similar-looking rivers and small waterfalls, I had to rely on my imagination only. As a result, the river looks more "magical" than realistic - but it was the effet I was aiming for.
The whole picture actually looks unrealistic (for everything here is very neat and simplified, while a forest should be rough and messy). But, once again, the pic is meant to lean much more towards fantasy and "good old fairytales" than realism. I would actually love to paint some scenes of the same kind to illustrate children books :heart:



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:iconlunariagyo:
LunariaGyo Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Oh my ! it looks really amazing. great work with the water and i love the lighting and colour palette. Your sense for detail is great ! ♥
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:iconblunell:
Blunell Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2018
Thank you very much! :love:
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:iconvibekesviolets:
VibekesViolets Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2018   General Artist
looking at this makes me feel so serene Fox emoji - hearts  
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Blunell Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2018
Thank you! :heart:
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OneWhoDreamz Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2018
Such a beautiful piece. I like how you were able to make the far-away trees (I read that they gave you trouble, but I'm glad you got back to it. It adds so much depth!)

The sunlight and shadows are probably my favorite, though the river/waterfall is fantastic (you even have part of the river behind the fox family..?)

I really like the depth, and the texture of the fur (especially the tail of the closest fox and the tail cheeks of the farther-away foxes) are nice.
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:iconblunell:
Blunell Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2018
Thank you for your thorough feedback, much appreciated! :)
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:icononewhodreamz:
OneWhoDreamz Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2018
....and I just noticed the faces in the trees! Three of them? The one to the left of the far-away foxes root-branch looks almost as if she wants to pet/touch them, and the one closest to the foreground: I can almost see the torso/shoulders....

Now I'm curious to see if there is anything else I missed....

No problem. I like giving specifics because I like how it feels to receive specifics.
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:iconblunell:
Blunell Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2018
Nope, I think you spotted everything :) The three faces in the trees and the fishes in the pond are the only things that require a little observation.
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Tears-of-Xion Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2018
Aw, how cute! The little fox family is adorable, and the little mousey on the lilly-pad is also adorable! Tho, I have to wonder how the mouse got to the lilly-pad in the first place. xD
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:iconblunell:
Blunell Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2018
Haha, thanks a lot for your nice comment!
(About the mouse-on-lily-pad thing, I don't even know myself. It's an enchanted forest, so I guess it's some kind of magic :lol:)
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Tears-of-Xion Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2018
Welcome! :3
Lol. xD
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DigitalRipple Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2018  Professional General Artist
I can actually imagine this a part of a larger collection for children's books. It's got a style that is bold and colourful which I feel children can view and really get to enjoy. :D
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Blunell Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2018
Wow, thank you very much for your feedback! :D The children's books feel was something I was aiming for when painting this, so that's cool!
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TheLastVirtuaroid Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2017
Amazing artwork Blunell! So many foxes is never too much. Wonder what the fox said to the mouse.
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:iconkihoskh714:
KihOskh714 Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This is absolutely gorgeous!! 
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:iconblunell:
Blunell Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2017
Thank you! :heart:
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:iconnicolasdominique:
NicolasDominique Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2017  Professional Artist
Really lovely :D
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:iconblunell:
Blunell Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2017
Thank you! :)
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:iconphoenixcalifornia:
PhoenixCalifornia Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2017  Hobbyist Artist
This is so beautiful!
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:iconblunell:
Blunell Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2017
Thank you! :)
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:iconphoenixcalifornia:
PhoenixCalifornia Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2017  Hobbyist Artist
Of course!
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AlchemyFox Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This is amazing!! I LOVE all the detail and nature beauty put into this~ The tree's faces, sunlight bursting through the trees, a waterfall going into a lily pad pond with little creatures and the gorgeous foxes! 
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:iconblunell:
Blunell Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2017
Thank you for your nice feedback! :heart:
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:iconalchemyfox:
AlchemyFox Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
You're welcome!
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spazzikat Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
I just adore the atmosphere of this! Everything feels so whimsical and light ^_^
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:iconblunell:
Blunell Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2017
Thank you so much! :love:
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Atlantis0815 Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2017
Such a beautiful picture as a fairytale world. Such beautiful light effects. I like the picture very much. Heart 
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:iconblunell:
Blunell Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2017
Thank you very much for your kind words about this picture, I'm glad you like it! :love:
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Atlantis0815 Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2017
Nothing to thank, it was a pleasure for me. Heart Hug  
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Fail-Seeker Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2017
Majestic work! :clap:
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:iconblunell:
Blunell Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2017
Thank you! :heart:
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:iconfail-seeker:
Fail-Seeker Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2017
You are welcome! I love lovely sights like this: www.youtube.com/watch?v=7ERtIz…
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:iconjinggo78:
Jinggo78 Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2017
Oh cool I just noticed the trees have faces. That's neat!
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:iconblunell:
Blunell Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2017
wink grin 
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:iconjinggo78:
Jinggo78 Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2017
Fox: Hi! What's your name?
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:iconblunell:
Blunell Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2017
Exactly what I had in mind :)
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MagicalFlowerBomb Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2017  Professional Digital Artist
Congratulations on being one of the legends in the group world--of--art.deviantart.com/ .
Your art will be displayed for all month of June for all to seeHeart 
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:iconblunell:
Blunell Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2017
Thank you so much! :happybounce: It means a lot to me! :heart:
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TBRae Featured By Owner May 29, 2017  Professional Digital Artist
darling~! :3
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:iconblunell:
Blunell Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2017
:huggle:
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TBRae Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2017  Professional Digital Artist
:glomp:
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RitellianCaptain Featured By Owner May 28, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
This is so gorgeous and perfect!!  You've certainly captured a pretty forest scene well!  I can almost smell the forest and feel a cool breeze by looking at this!  
  The detail is incredible, and the foxes are too cute!! :heart:
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:iconblunell:
Blunell Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2017
Aaah I'm so delighted when people can almost feel something (breeze, sun warmth, hear sounds etc) when looking at my pics :love: Thank you~! :huggle:
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RitellianCaptain Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
I bet!!  You are most welcome!! :hug:
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ClockworkMultiverse Featured By Owner May 24, 2017  Hobbyist Writer
That fox in the foreground is thinking "Yummy!".
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:iconblunell:
Blunell Featured By Owner May 25, 2017
Nope.
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:iconthewolfcreek:
thewolfcreek Featured By Owner May 21, 2017  Hobbyist Photographer
Lovely work...
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:iconblunell:
Blunell Featured By Owner May 23, 2017
Thank you! :)
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:iconthewolfcreek:
thewolfcreek Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2017  Hobbyist Photographer
Very welcome my friend...
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UnicornLover2500 Featured By Owner May 18, 2017
beautiful. The scene is gorgeus. 
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