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David Kawena - Fables De La Fontaine 05 by davidkawena David Kawena - Fables De La Fontaine 05 by davidkawena
Another illustration for the "Fables De La Fontaine" book I was working on during the passed few months.

This is probably my favourite piece from the book (along with… ). The combination of winter and a vast forest with tall trees was so inspiring to me, as these are 2 of the things that makes me feel most alive... It was a real pleasure to draw this piece, so much so, that I actually felt a bit sad when I finished it, as the rest of the book didn't call for these kind of views and atmosphere.

This drawing also holds a special place in my heart.

The "Fables De La Fontaine" book has been released in France last month, and is available in 2 versions: a big book+CD, and as a CD, with the stories in the CD booklet.

It is also available on

Have a Great Week Everyone :hug:

David Kawena 2010
"Chantons Les Fables De La Fontaine - Avec Chantal Goya Et Roger Houzel" © SONY MUSIC
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Critique by ElRinaZuza Feb 5, 2012, 7:20:47 AM
In first place I need to say a few words about the imagination and creativity of the artist. This is a very interesting, amusing and attractive painting! All we know that ants and the anthill by itself have their own but really eventful life and usage of this theme as a main base made a superb combination with the artist skills! And I want to pay attantion no the abundance of details and their high quality. Very painstaking and merited artwork!

Most of all I want to note and say a few words about the main personages: tree house and two female ants. Both they are so worked out! This is a very breathtaking to scrutinize all those small tableware in the tree and the ants clothings!

Also the face expression of ant is outstanding. Artist just made the insect to be more like human with this movement. Spectacular idea!

Every single peace of this drawing makes the main idea of the author to be the most unique creation I have ever seen before. Not the ants theme but making a whole story of it, that's what amaze the most. Thank you for the artist who think up this artwork and made it to be real! All my respect to you!
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Stephanie-Pessoa Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Gryffgirl Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2012
Gorgeous fantasy scene! I am in awe! :wow:
ForestDwellerHouses Featured By Owner May 9, 2012  Professional Artisan Crafter
This is a great looking piece of artwork, beautiful job all around!
FlorenceT Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2012
automnal-glimpse Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Oooh I've got the book and the CD ! The songs and your paintings were so beautiful <3
Sar94 Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2012
Superbes couleurs, j'adore l'expression de la fourmi ^^
SeniorT Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2012
You have Incredible talent...Excellent work
BlackRoseFaith Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2012
wonderful *o*
Calerie Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2012  Student
This is just beautiful :love: I love the contrast between the cold and warm colours, great!
Rokutenshi131 Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Ottyr Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
The cold quiet of falling snow is warmed by the glow of light from the home in the nearby tree.
Ruzeniel-Sandrey Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2011  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Awesome Pic
Fishpack Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2011
You're an amazing artist.
thevanillatwilight Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2011
This is so gorgeous.
jimoy Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
Hope there would be a movie for this. Its very interesting.
Christa-Kinde Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2011   Writer
An enchanting scene. I think my favorite part may be the 'spiral staircase' made from mushrooms.
vinceparis Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2011  Hobbyist Filmographer
un grand respect c'est très représentatif ^^
yo-CLU Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2011
SuneidesisLive Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2011
I love the retro, decades-gone-by style you've used here. It makes me feel warm and fuzzy - like picking up a book from my childhood might. I can see this hanging in a library over a quiet reading nook - you could dream an entire story around it in your head. Great work!
donhkzjeronk Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Redfauxofenigmas Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Wow. AH_freaking_mazing.

Excellent detail, color, and creativity.
rorosuri Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2011
this is beautifull i know i say it a lot but it really iss
AndytheLemon Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2011
This is so so beautiful, the colours and everything. I'm always so surprised at the stunning amount of detail you put into things!
DarkInuFan Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Ah! It's 'The Ant and the Grasshopper'!
Persephone1980 Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2011
How lovely!! I want to live in that tree, it looks so homey!
buddhabear Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
oh this is wonderful :D
GoldenQueen Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2011  Hobbyist Artist
Wow... I like the contrast between the warm colors from inside of the tree-house and the cold colors outside in the snow-stormy.. well, to be honest, I just love the whole picture. So amazing. It gives me a warm feeling inside ::heart::
Strawberry-Chain Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2011
Beautiful. :)
Tree-Vixen Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2011
Your talent just simply amazes me, David. You are an amazing artist!!
ScarletCharm Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Simply breathtaking. I was SOOO very tempted to write out a novel length critique but i dont think my words would be anything you havent heard before, and it would be all praises, every stroke in this piece was meant to be, i see no flaws. I very much enjoy the simple pond on the right, very small but it adds so much. The tilted tree in the background definatly caught my attention. Its very lovely to see trees that arent perfect and only go up and down. Growing up in forest areas, trees are one of my peeves when people do them.
You are absolutly amazing David Kawena, and a superb inspiration.
Miouwwww Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Very inspiring!
computer-faerie Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2011  Professional General Artist
Ohhh ~<3

It's so beautiful, I love winter scenes with a warm, cozy feel to them. The little bugs and their tree house is simply magical, protected from the wrath of winter. I like the flow and the subtle colors of the storm in contrast to the warm stand-out ones in the house. :)
AlexandraBye Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2011  Student Traditional Artist
wow, i love the feeling of this. this is the way it snows where i live. wonderful work!!!
earth-angel13 Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This is just BEAUTIFUL
gnemesis Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2011
So wonderful!! Is there an English version coming out? :)
KatelinMR Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
*fans you* These are amazing! I'm so baffled I can't even try and give you a coherent comment because I know I would fail! It looks so cold and peaceful, makes me want to draw fairies all around the tree!!! xD

exocolumn Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2011
great work!
Lennylein Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
i really like this. its like a winter-dream :D
moreover those people look a little bit like irkens ;)
Philluppus Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2011   General Artist
i dunno any constructive comment then only words of admiration !!!

Lendsei Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2011   Digital Artist
i liked it very much the hole illustration, but... what surprised me the most is the snow!
Kara-Kiwi Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Everything you do is simply amazing^^
zhorla Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2011
I love the warm look of they're house.
Danny-phantom-fan-1 Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This is amazing work :D
Love it :3
lysha712 Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2011
This is absolutely beautiful, David! I love all of the details you put into the homes in the trees. The mushroom steps are great!
Inuyatta Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2011
I know you wanted critique, but I honestly can't find anything wrong with this. It's so beautiful, and the contrast of cold winter and warm lighting from the trees is simply stunning. I guess if I were pressed to find something, it'd be the upturned leaf on the water--perhaps it could use a little deeper shading on the inside of the leaf's curve?

Gah. I'd love this as a poster.
Sweety39 Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2011
Eunice5 Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Wow! :la::la::la:
Impressive :clap::clap:
HolyMoon Featured By Owner May 1, 2011  Student Filmographer
this is my fav too :D excellent job!
dash-of-mystery Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2011   General Artist
I think this is my favorite of the Fables drawings too. I just love it to pieces. :)
isadive Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2011
U'r a genious!!
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