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One Hot Summer Night
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Published: July 13, 2013
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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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visu68's avatar
visu68|Professional General Artist
A nice work!!
Favourite!! +fav 
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lauraendy|Professional Artist
i really love this
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BubbleDriver|Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you so much! ^^ I'm very happy you do!
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ODDITYILLUSTRATION|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|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|Student Traditional Artist
You are more than welcome!  And I hope that you are feeling better soon!
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BubbleDriver|Hobbyist Digital Artist
Someday,maybe? I am going for a job interview right now, so wish me luck! ;)
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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|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|Hobbyist Digital Artist
You have a really great style!
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BubbleDriver|Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you very much for your compliments!
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RAMWOC87|Hobbyist Digital Artist
No problemo! ^ ^
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Awesome style. : ) Lots of great characters in this one.
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BubbleDriver|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|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|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|Hobbyist Digital Artist
Wow, this has a style all it's own! I love it, it really looks great. :)
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BubbleDriver|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's avatar
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|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|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's avatar
looks like a great party to me,nice work.
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BubbleDriver|Hobbyist Digital Artist
Your commentary as always is much appreciated! :D I am very glad you like it!
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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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