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Illustration Friday - Camping by curiousdoodler Illustration Friday - Camping by curiousdoodler

I discovered a website that does a weekly illustration challenge. It sounded like fun, so I decided to give it a try. This weeks prompt is Camping. 

The illustration was fun to work on. As a child, my family drove from Texas to Colorado for a camping trip. On the way, I discovered animal carvings called 'fetishes' that are a common art for local native american tribes in the area. I loved the tiny sculptures and spent all my vacation money on them. The shape of the frame for this illustration is inspired by a very common fetish, a bear. 

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The bear symbolizes a lot of things. Different carvings evoke different meanings, but over all it means things like guardian, strength, and power, which felt like the perfect sort of creature to watch over the little scene I illustrated.

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anniecoleptic Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2018  Professional Digital Artist
aww this is very cute!
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curiousdoodler Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks :aww:
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AlicornAngel-34 Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2018  Student General Artist
Your drawings are beautifully well-done:heart: rvmp la in love la in love LazyIcon I wanna use - 11 heart In Love Love Tards Love Tards 
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curiousdoodler Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks!
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Wonder199 Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2018  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Is that bear outline the Ursa Major? It looks awesome!
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curiousdoodler Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
It's actually based on a common bear figure in Zuni fetish art (en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Zuni_fet…). As a kid we went camping in Colorado, and to get there we had to drive through New Mexico, where the Zuni people are from. Their art is very popular in the area and you can buy the tiny sculptures at every place you stop going through New Mexico and into Colorado. A bear is one of the most common figures. I have a strong association in my mind with the Zuni art and camping :D
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Wonder199 Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2018  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Ooooo that’s cool!
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Lilmizflashythang Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2018  Professional Traditional Artist
Good job. But it's Wednesday. :D
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curiousdoodler Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Haha, the prompt is posted on Friday, the illustrations roll in throughout the week :D
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Lilmizflashythang Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2018  Professional Traditional Artist
Oh. Okay.
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