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Commission #6: Grove of Secrets by Dreamkeepers Commission #6: Grove of Secrets by Dreamkeepers
This illustration is for Dune of his character, Ghost. His dreamkeeper’s power is the ability to animate dolls and inanimate objects with life- And in this circumstance, it provides the perfect means to keep his newfound companion Wisp in good company.

I’m fairly pleased with how this illustration came out, mainly because it was at a high risk of plunging into one of my weaknesses as an artist. I love detailed backdrops, but this one was eating the viewer’s eye, and destroying the composition. All the busy shadows and objects and curliques will clutter up the value contrast to the degree that there’s no overall focus. In ‘Where’s Waldo’ type works that may be the goal, but not in this one.

I fixed the problem by going hell-for-leather on the atmospheric perspective. More mist from the waterfalls, and a nuclear-apocalypse evidently happening on the day-moon, throwing huge curtains of light behind the main characters to help bring out their silhouettes more.

That’s generally my artistic fix whenever I’m in trouble on something, nuclear apocalypse.
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LavaBatA1 Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2017
Fascinating characters! I hope there is a happy ending for Wisp. She comes across more as exploited rather than truly evil in my opinion. And she is just so interesting to see in the comic!
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ilvbrownies Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2017
I think this is very nice, and perhaps seeing a side of Whisp's personality that has yet to be explored. I don't think Whisp is evil at least not like Tinsel or Void or the guy who killed Paige. I think apart from her truly split-personality thing her core character is someone who's just trying to find a place for herself in a crazy world and was probably quite young when first recruited by the dark-dreamkeepers and that is why she is loyal to them. 
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HaxEX2 Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2016  Student Traditional Artist
Ooh, nice backround. The Characters are really interesting too.

By the way, I've been poking around your other pieces...Artimist - Blush / Embarrassed / Shy / Stuttering ...and I must say, I really like the way you style those  characters, so thin and sleek. I think I might watch you.
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Dreamkeepers Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2016
THanks!
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HaxEX2 Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2016  Student Traditional Artist
Yeh welkom.
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mikeyomega Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2015
wish ghost was canon, he would of made a great morality pet for wisp
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Dreamkeepers Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2016
I like Ghost quite a lot, this story would probably take place after the series ends, or before Wisp meets Tinsel.  We have a few more Wisp and Ghost artwork pieces to post, I think, it might take a while to find.
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xir1111011 Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2015  Hobbyist Artist
This is wonderful, truly!

...although your comment about the nuclear apocalypse happening in the background throwing all that light through the trees makes it hard to consider that light coming from anywhere else. When I look at this now, I awe with delight for how fantastic it looks, then shortly after start giggling.
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CalicoYorki Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2014
Out of the many, many commissions I've seen you do, this ranks highly on my list of favorites, Dave. What you described as means of bringing out the subjects really does work...Even if I'm a little out of my league, what with extrapolations of diurnally lunar nuclear apocalypses. *shrug* What I -can- say is that Wisp is one of my favorite characters in DreamKeepers, I realize now, because everything about her openly expressions emotion. Not just her facial expressions, but also the colors of her eyes and her long, ropy limbs. She kind of brings a smile to my face with her antics, and it makes me so sad to see how often she is the Dreamworld's cosmic chew toy. Whatever fate awaits her in future volumes, be it brave ascents, happy accidents, or massacre by Nightmares sent, it gives me consolation to know that it was not in vain; insomuch as she was well-written, and brought a very different character than expected to DreamKeepers.
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raynorthedarkfurry Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
Awwwww how cute.
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A-hardie Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2014
And just like that Wisp becomes adrable. Really, if not for the influence of the Nightmares, she could be a friendly individual.
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Neko-Art Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
Great work, I really like it ^_^
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esmashwey Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2013
cool
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DEMarq Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2013
This is quite lovely indeed...I hope as soon as my new job kicks in that maybe I could commission an Dreamkeeper art also, or when the artist has an another opening in the future...Thumbs up!
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ShadowLegionnaire Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2013  Student Writer
Strange, I thought I faved this long ago ^^;
Hey Dave, it's Paul. I got the volume 3 just yesterday and the Wisp doodle is magnificent :)
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Dreamkeepers Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2013
Excellent, I'm glad it arrived safely- thank you for picking up a copy. :dance:
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ShadowLegionnaire Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2013  Student Writer
YW ^^
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tonystardreamer Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
This has got to be one of my favorites of yours.
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Akoora Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
When you do commissions do you use tablet or paper to scanner becasue I can obviously see stray lines
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Anashi-kari Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2012  Professional Interface Designer
I can never get used to your talent! It's so amazing! I have never seen any drawings like yours. Whenever you post more drawings i am so happy because you have more art!
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FeretStudios Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
My eyes are never accustomed to how awesome your art is. Every time, my jaw drops. ^^
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Lawyergoblin Featured By Owner May 27, 2012
Aha! So this is were Wisp has been for ever since she ran off at the end of Volume 2!
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TheArtisticPony Featured By Owner May 20, 2012  Hobbyist
This is beautiful. I absolutely love the background. Amazing job. :)
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onebehindthemonitor Featured By Owner May 11, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
i love it! especially the nuclear apocalyptic super bright background. it adds so much detail, and yet accomplishes keeping the chars in focus so nicely.
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x45boy Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
Ok, who is that guy, and awesome artwork.


Everything is on me... X-Boy, and i do it so you don't bloody have to... at all!!!
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M4CH1N3PUNK Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2012
Simply breathtaking.
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Scurron Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2012  Student General Artist
The background... I love it? I can't find any words for it right now...
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Wulfspider Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2012
Some would think this power useless, but they haven't seen Toy Story.
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Scurron Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2012  Student General Artist
He could always animate a freaking rock golem...
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Wulfspider Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2012
Well, his power is specified as "animating dolls", so a golem might not count...
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Scurron Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2012  Student General Artist
yeak, mybe, but a golem is an unanimated object too... my point is, he could be dangerous if his power reaches its limits XD
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godofcheese9000 Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2012
i really like how you drew this pic its verry well done ^^
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HazzardousEco Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2012
Really love the atmosphere on this pic; I can't help but see faces in the trees in the background here =)

Another well delievered commission Dave and Liz, now you can add one more notch into the wall =P
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anzul Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2012
nuclear apocalipse... :iconmegustaplz:
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BanditRingtail3 Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2012
Wisp is still one of my favorite characters, even if she's evil and crazy. Sometimes, I can't help but feel sorry for her. She seems to have fallen into a crowd of back-stabbing villains who see no problem with lethal infighting.

Kinda like the Sith. Unfortunately, there's way more than two Dark Dreamkeepers, and a bucket-load of Nightmares to back 'em up!
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Wulfspider Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2012
Wisp isn't really evil, she's just really insane and appears to have a really really bad case of low self-esteem.
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BanditRingtail3 Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2012
Yeah. I empathize with her a little, even if that makes me crazy. All of us just want to belong. Some go to greater lengths than others.
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Wulfspider Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2012
Yeah, and with her personality traits, and the crazy, I think she's probly spent the longest amount of time serving Nabonidus. She might have even been stolen and raised specifically by him to be a Dark Dreamkeeper with utter loyalty.
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BanditRingtail3 Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2012
I'm not sure. She strikes me more as an orphan who suffered some sort of trauma. She wants to be loved, to belong. Almost obsessed with it. More so than most people, I'd say.

Something happened in her past, and time will tell if Dave will reveal it to us.
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Avolendi Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Like how there are nonetheless still a lot of details snuck in like with the spider ^^

Also, great description. In case of doubt, nuclear apocalypse!
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RealSegaman Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
best pic ever
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RealSegaman Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
прелесть <3
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DrFumblez Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2012
Once again I'm floored by your work, its fantastic!
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ZDForrest Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
*Puts on spectacles* oh, my! This is simply breathtaking!
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Suraru Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2012  Hobbyist Interface Designer
Did I say really great? I meant freakin awesome!

(I say "it looks great" a little to often when I don't mean it)
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Suraru Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2012  Hobbyist Interface Designer
This one is really great!

I love the characters, Ghost looks cool, and of course Wisp is always awesome.

One thing I did notice is the Wisp doll has red eyes, and a smile. Kind of an interesting detail, sort of explaining how Ghost saw Wisp.
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weskergonzalez Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2012
OH SHIZ i did not notice the wisp doll
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michaelmas Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Wow :O This came out stunnnigly :P
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henrythefox Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2012
I already have received one of my commissions, and yet... This is my favorite piece. Wisp is my favorite character!
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Watch-it1337 Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2012
I think you did a good job of fixing the problem, the back ground doesn't clutter at all :D
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