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the guardian. by cristina-otero the guardian. by cristina-otero
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Such a funny little fellow, I love hedgehogs!

Taken with Pentax K-5 ♥


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Wow !!! The first thing I can already said, is that this shot is not common at all ! The hedgehog was added after with Photoshop or is it a real photograph ?

Anyway, this has a really strong impact (in all cases for me). The little hedgehog seems to be in danger, and this is emphasized by the fact he's "in ball", and that you made the eyes darker.

The woman obviously seems to protect him (of what danger exactly ? I would love to know what you had in mind when you create this :)).

The model has also a really great expression, this is breathtaking !

Congratulations and keep up that great work ! :clap:
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I'd like to start with the fact that some SERIOUS emotion is portrayed in the picture. Almost a sort of psychotic and defensive expression. That hit me pretty hard, but not too hard because then it would be a different feel. Also the dirty, run-down feel of the picture is very well achieved. I think this picture is very close to perfection. I tried very hard to look for a flaw and be a pessimist but that didn't work because it all seems in order. And I also see you got creative and made the character holding a animal like that. VERY GOOD KEEP IT UP I LOVE IT.
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Thornalas Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2018
thank you for guarding the guardian!
KellySeale Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2015  Hobbyist Writer


I'm the guy that will stop the bullet, I'm the one that will intervene,

Putting you first, protecting your life,

Taking the blow that couldn't be seen.

I'll pick you up, up off the ground,

Dust you off, put my hand in yours,

And you, I'll wrap my arms around.

Erase your tears, with a touch of my lips,

Gently holding your heart,

Within my fingertips.

I'll stand by your side, and fight for what's right,

My body, your shield,

Holding off all evil in sight.

Sticks and stones, words that hurt,

My voice a comfort, my love a relief,

I'll wash your body, of all the day's dirt,

I'll strive to reinforce this belief.

When you're sick, or when you're well,

For better or worse, I'll never leave you,

I'm forever under your spell.

Forever I'll protect you, I'll be your Angel of mercy,

Your Guardian.
Your Best Friend.

My heart's big enough for two,

My love knows no boundaries,

Between us, there's nothing taboo.

I give you my heart, I give you my word,

Forever I promise to-

Love, honor, and protect,



Reybert Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
So cute and really good shot !! Clap Clap 
Even if the poor hedgehog seems to be terrified ... and totally being on the defensive. But with the love f its guardian Heart Heart 
I have also a frighten hedgehog in my Gallery but drew in Pastels... and not "in ball" Wink/Razz Wink/Razz 
BlueDisciple Featured By Owner May 30, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
The hedgehog seems terribly sad, but resigned to his fate. Beautiful work.
Pebbles-the-Penguin Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
My goodness, this is a beautiful shot! <3 
MaddeReadsMinds Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Omg, a hedgehog! I used to have one! :happy:  
Galinas-Claim Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2014
Cute little critter!  Those eyes again!  Gaea, protector of life.
Selune13 Featured By Owner May 28, 2014
Aww. This is beautiful. Like a forest woman taking care of her creatures. :)
hannahelizabethh Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2014  Student General Artist
this is sweet! :)
KarahRobinson-Art Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Where do you find all these animals? LOL 
I love your photos-they are very imaginative and inspirational! 
Keep it up girl-you are awesome! :hug: 
MetalMagpie Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
Fantastic image. I love how your expression reflects the little curled-up hedgehog.
Liafly Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2013  Student Photographer
The expression in this photograph is absolutely stunning. I love it.
Amazing work you have C:
Maggishambe Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
i have a hedgehog!
Disembo Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2013
Even now you still continue to make me smile with the detail and emotion you capture in your workings... like feeling like silk...
PoetryOD Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2013
Hey there, I used this in a feature/art piece here.. I really hope you'll take a moment to give it a look because I am really grateful to you for posting this beautiful artwork to make my project possible :rose: Thank you so much :heart:
Munchkinmay Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2013  Student General Artist
I love this! Super :D
AivarPartel Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2013  Professional Photographer
StrictlyAshleyDee Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
The expression on that hedgehog is precious!
EtherealRose7 Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
I have a hedgehog... and this is wonderful!!! <3
Liefje-Saki Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2013
The expression is too strong for me since she's just holding the hedgehog all lovingly-like lol
Tailnin Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2013
The feeling of protectiveness is amazing. Her eyes and facial expression screams "don't come near" and it reminds me of a mother guarding her child. Just fantastic! ;)
xHeartxOfxIcex Featured By Owner May 1, 2013
Everytime I look at this the eyes remind me of Frodo's in Lord of the Rings
Thornalas Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2013
The hedgehog: Besides the nightingale the animal I most miss here in America, a wonderful picture, an intimate expression of love !!!
Erozja Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2013
Hi! :wave:

Your :iconawesome-plz: work has been FEATURED IN MY JOURNAL here: [link] :iconmyheartplz:

Le-Meridian Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Hello ! Your beautiful work is featured [link] !
leeanna13097 Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
This is beautiful! I love all the muted colors, and then how your eye really sticks out. And I love the expression. Wonderful. (:
jools-cyrus Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2013  Student General Artist
Love how everyone says "oh I love the model" when the model is you!! Haha!! Anyway amazing photo as usual!! Just wondering what's up with the arm, looks crazily blurred and there are weird scribbly lines around the edges of your arm?!
Marloeshi Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2013
D'awhhhhh, so cute!
youarenotalone2 Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2013
Your awesome ID / self-portrait has been featured here [link] :)
ShinyAquaBlueRibbon Featured By Owner Dec 25, 2012  Student General Artist
Awesome series! These are amazing!!
HaraKiri523 Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Hairfish Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2012  Student Digital Artist
OMG so good!
InvaderSasha Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
i luvs it~! :D i love hedgehogs to~ <3
RakuenInAutumn Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
I love how your model has the same facial reaction as hedgehog it ties it all in.
Tooga Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2012  Professional Photographer
featured here : [link] ! :)
samrizzo Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2012
She looks like Steve McCurry's Afghan girl.
alyth3cat Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2012
I love this! I just got my own Hedgie. :)
manzanaperdida Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2012   General Artist
simply beautiful
Bragalia Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
wow..AMAZING..that is the only way I can put it into words..the face reminds me of Frodo..from LOTR
DarkWisp88 Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2012  Student Digital Artist
AWWWW! a hedgehog! i have one too~! SOOO cute and i love the darkness or shadowed feel of this~ just makes it that much more enjoyable and easy to look at~! GOOD JOB!
alena-light Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Beautiful eyes and unexpected idea.
KarianneeKaas Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2012  Student Photographer
Beautiful! I love everything about it!
Redlipstickandpearls Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
The hedgehog is adorable!!
TinasArtwork Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2012   Traditional Artist
:iconnox149::iconnox150::iconnox140: I feature you in my Journal ;) hope you don't mind :dance:
the-camera Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2012
This is beautiful
SoNnIcA13 Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2012
que adorable el erizo!!!! :meow:!!
StoneButterflies Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
I like this. Nice work!
merylittle Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Great!That's your best work!
ZerbaPaint Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2012  Student General Artist
This is amazing. I used to have a pet hedgehog~!
NAHOM1 Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2012  Professional General Artist
Your beautiful work Feature Here [link] :)
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1/1250 second
Focal Length
55 mm
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Date Taken
Oct 13, 2011, 5:04:56 AM
Adobe Photoshop CS3 Windows