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One Hot Summer  Night by BubbleDriver One Hot Summer  Night by BubbleDriver
When I was a little tyke and was growing up in my part of Singapore, called Whampoa Drive,it was often frequented by massive night markets called pasar malams which are something like a carnival during the middle of summer.I remember them being huge,noisy affairs,especiallly during the night, when it took on an enchanting view with fairy lights,rainbow coloured and glowing like a cluster of their namesakes swinging gently in a cool breeze, slight relief from the balmy , humid air.The chattering of fammilies as they eyed the wares each shopkeeper had to offer.Children at the time, ALWAYS crowding that one seller who was selling pokemon figurines which, at that time was the height of the craze, jostling each other in their haste to select the ONE that was a 'purebreed'.Anywhere you turned your head, you would find sellers EVERYWHERE.There was one time, the biggest I'd seen , had a bunch of sellers on the bridge of Whampoa itself! At times like this,with the faint music playing from a short distance away, and the shrieks of revelers as they were tossed on the small rocking viking boat, or cheers as they popped a prize from one of the prize booths ,and the occasional shout as fruit vendors who also sold their juice advetised their wares above the din as their battery operated doll that mixed the drinks together made a loud clattering sound and other vendors, the air coated with excitement,wonder and fammilarity.It would be a perfect time to head out for an evening walk with your family,which, at that time, consisted on one child hopping excitedly,one solemn graceful father,one chattering mother who kept a firm grip on said child and a quiet grandmother and sometimes a grandfather on the other side of child who kept a continual battle with mother as she offered to buy the child EVERYTHING while said mother said NO NO NO.I personally remember the wonder, it looked like a fairy market to me, in the blue twilight, the unususal scents and the ethereal quality the place took on in the evening blue,the sounds of catchy tunes played by a loud stereo filling the very air with excitement as I took in unusual sights, a man garbed in religious robes holding a life snake which looked very worried as he advertised a potion against snake bites to an interested crowd,the man who always advertised his huge array of lanterns to parents and their screaming progeny who just had to have THAT lantern for the upcoming lantern festival, another star studded event at that time, old wizened kindly women selling combs made out of horn, hair pieces made of jade, bottles made of precious stones, and bottles of snuff and bracelets of unknown origin which my grandmother always perused,often choosing that one bottle of perfume in the end and unocrked me to smell and inspect the intricate designs on the glass, the scent of flowers which joined the other myriad to smells in the warm air.An icecream in your mouth, music playing in your ears, as you walked across the worn bridge with someone's hand firmly clasping yours, as you took in the sight of the other wonder that was always there, the giant causaurina tree that seemed to reach the moon itself, watching over Whampoa.This was bliss.This is dedicated to my late grandmother who loved night markets and whom I miss more than life itself.
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lauraendy Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2015  Professional Artist
i really love this
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BubbleDriver Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you so much! ^^ I'm very happy you do!
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ODDITYILLUSTRATION Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
I'm going to be a horrible person and not read the description and just straight tell you that this is the realest art ever.  I love it so much, I don't think I've seen an art that I like more on deviantArt.  Here are the reasons why:

First and foremost your style is unique and unorthodox.  It is expressive and the point but maintains a beauty and magical feeling that can't be duplicated.  From the string of colorful lights, to the blowfish lantern, to the moonlit sky, there is not one scenario in this drawing that I can't describe as majestic. Even the weird guy in the front eating something on a stick is majestic. 

Secondly, your use of color is fantastic.  A lot of people stick to a limited pallet, but not you, and you beyond succeed.  The colors are muted when need be and saturated in all of the right spots, and you're not afraid to mix it up.  You can tell that it's nighttime even without seeing the sky or the lights.  

Thirdly, everyone looks like a real person.  A lot of artists seem to lose sight that characters are just like me and you--with personalities and imperfections inside and out.  No one in this drawing is perfect, no one is standing perfectly straight, no one is looking at the audience (except the crazy candy guy), they are just living.  You can look at every single character and imagine who they are, what they are feeling, what they are saying or thinking... 

Sorry for the obnoxious comment, but I am sincere and I hope that you continue with this style and that you don't give in to whatever it is that is common.  Your artwork is absolutely beautiful.  
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BubbleDriver Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
First of all, you are not horrible! It all depends on the individual and oh my goodness, I have met a fellow person who writes long comment too! <3 Sister! :heart:

I'm actually crying a little because I have heard my artwork described like that.Not ever. I'm so happy you picked out all those details and you know what? Thank you. I believe in the giving of each character life.Because at the end of the day, aren't we all characters in a big book of life? XD 

I am sincerely sorry that I took so long to reply! But I hope you can understand , I have been hospitalized and am currently running commissions and finding  job to pay off my bills brought on by an infection brought on by my infected mouth that spread from a decayed tooth which needed surgery as well!
 
I am going through a really rough time right now , so, really it's people like you who make me see that I should continue striving forward no matter how hard the road goes! :) Thank you! Thank you! :heart:
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ODDITYILLUSTRATION Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
You are more than welcome!  And I hope that you are feeling better soon!
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BubbleDriver Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Someday,maybe? I am going for a job interview right now, so wish me luck! ;)
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MintyRevolution Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2014   General Artist
There's so much to look at! I love it! Each person is his or her own character. I'm astounded by their individuality because there's so many of them. The environment their in looks very natural and real, very believable. Great work!
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BubbleDriver Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist

Why,thank you very much for your kind words! Yes! I'm happy you like this piece! I love detailed enviornemnts as I beleive every backdrop has a story of it's own! :)And am very happy it seems I have succeeded in this attempt! It was based off a personal experience as a child visiting fairgrounds! 0v0

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RAMWOC87 Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
You have a really great style!
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BubbleDriver Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you very much for your compliments!
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RAMWOC87 Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
No problemo! ^ ^
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TheJanusProjectFilm Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2014
Awesome style. : ) Lots of great characters in this one.
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BubbleDriver Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist

Thank you very much for your kind words! Well, it is meant to illustarate a craowded carnival scene!

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DazzlingEnd Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
What a fun style! I really live it, every person is so varied and unique - but really stylistically drawn. Plus there's a tonnn going on in this without anything feeling overcrowded. Feels like an actual carnival scene! Nice work :heart:
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BubbleDriver Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist

 Why,thank you very much for your kind words! Yes! I'm happy you like this piece! I love detailed environments as I belive every backdrop has a story of it's own! :)

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ChrisEffect15 Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Wow, this has a style all it's own! I love it, it really looks great. :)
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BubbleDriver Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you so much for the kind words! they mean a lot! I am glad you love it! :)
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EricAMBM Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2013   Writer
This is actually incredible. The dark  blue coloring is fantastic and the characters are great. It is clear a lot of work went into it, and it paid off. Well done.
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BubbleDriver Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Your commentary as always is much appreciated! :D I am very glad you like the details and noticed them! *v*
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PATotkaca Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I just visited Singapore last week! :D It's a beautiful little country. These kinds of situations are similar to those in my country, especially when Eid Al Fitr is around, particularly, the night before. I have to admit that I haven't actually been in one of these kinds of things before, but I've seen it :D Sometimes there are small ferris wheels and those kinds of stuff too.
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isischneider Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2013   Photographer
looks like a great party to me,nice work.
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BubbleDriver Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Your commentary as always is much appreciated! :D I am very glad you like it!
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Scarecrowlover Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
This is a great pieces! I mean like love the busyness, and the style of the figures is very original. You managed to incorporate a lot of color despite it being a nighttime scene. I mean I could stare at this picture forever and still find fun elements to discover. That's what I love about these types of pieces. Thank you for sharing it with us. I understand it means a lot to you.
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BubbleDriver Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Why that's the sweetest thing anyone has ever said about one of my artworks~! :heart: You make me blush UvU  Your commentary is much appreciated! :D I am very glad you like the details and noticed them! *v*It pleases me to no end you like the liveliness in the piece and my colours.Thank you for your understanding and it was an honour. :)
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Scarecrowlover Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Not a problem, it is a lovely piece, fit for an illustrated book.
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BubbleDriver Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Aw, you make me blush! Well, have a nice day! (◕‿◕✿)
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Scarecrowlover Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
You too.
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BubbleDriver Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
(ノ◕ヮ◕)ノ*:・゚✧
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CarlHolden Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2013
This is the sort of thing you see on books oddly enough. There is so much going on that its quite fun to look at and the same goes for a lot of your stuff. Thank you for sharing it.
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BubbleDriver Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Your commentary is much appreciated! :D I am very glad you like the details and noticed them and the layout ! *v* Your most welcome! :D
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bulgariansumo Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2013

There's so much going on in this picture! :lol: Everything just looks so festive! I love all of the details and how each and every person is unique. The lighting looks great; I really like the way it outlines the trees and the clouds in the background.

 

What makes the picture even better is the description behind it! With the way you described it, I felt like I was there! I even felt a sense of nostalgia even though I've never been to one of these markets! :aww:

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BubbleDriver Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I wanted to give people a sense of memory , the sense of community and it pleases me to no end that you can sense it in my work for it means I have succeeded on that front! :D That and my prose has affected you! 0v0 Thank you very much! I'm happy you like the layout and my composition of this piece!
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bulgariansumo Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2013
You're very welcome! :aww:
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zoalin Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2013  Student Writer
i like the idea that there isn't any empty place in the pic, well done
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BubbleDriver Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you very much for your kind words! Yes! I'm happy you like the layout and my composition of this piece!
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zoalin Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2013  Student Writer
welcome
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BubbleDriver Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
(ノ◕ヮ◕)ノ*:・゚
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AndyRockfest Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
really fine work here! love the vibrant feel of pasar malams as well! hail from Malaysia friend!
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BubbleDriver Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Aah! I see! Thank you very much for your kind words! Glad to see a fellow admirer of the pasar malams, friend!
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akramness Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2013  Student Digital Artist
beautiful <3 I enjoyed reading this, made me feel like I was there :)
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BubbleDriver Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Why,thank you very much for your kind words! Yes! I'm happy you like this piece! I love detailed environemnts as I belive every backdrop has a story of it's own! :) I also love writing!I'm very happy you like it so much! 0v0 It means a lot to me that my works have made someone happy!
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Valronic Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Wow. What a complicated image.
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BubbleDriver Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you :)
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pokecat Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Oooh, looks like a fun place to visit in the summer.
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BubbleDriver Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
It was.Sadly,such big night markets are extinct in Singapore now.the times,they are a-changing.U_U
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FurPuff Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Amazing, nice job :)
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BubbleDriver Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you very much for your kind words! I'm happy you like my artwork.UvU
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Takaya-chan Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2013
This is truly beautiful *v*

You make me miss living in Asia ;w; (Yes, I grew up on your side of Pacifiiic QwQ )
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BubbleDriver Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
0v0 I'm very happy you like it so much! 0v0 It means a lot to me that my works have made someone happy! So...Just curious and pardon my ignorance but were you a Singaporean , Malaysian or Indonesian ? :)
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Takaya-chan Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2013
I'm a Japanese...living in America. owo
I used to go to those festival stands and stuff in the evening when I was young.
They don't have such things where I live, so i kinda miss it ;w;
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