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The Steam in the Willows
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Published: October 13, 2010
Hi there,

This is another concept for my book project The Crows´ Parliament. As you can see is an homage to Kenneth Grahame's The Wind in the Willows and the wonderful art of Arthur Rackham. In my book some of the characters of Graham's book (and from other victorian child book classics) appear in a very different and pop-surrealistic way. I hope you like it.

Done in Photoshop CS3 with a Wacom Cintiq 12WX.I'll post the process and some details in my blog: [link]
Comments and critics are most welcome, thanks ;)
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SeaoftheForgotten's avatar
SeaoftheForgotten|Hobbyist Digital Artist
TOADally digging that car! ... oh wait I think thats a elderly salamander, sorry.
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aujourdhuidemain|Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Love it ! 
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ASKA-Artwork| Traditional Artist
truly amazing !
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Wow, that's extremely nice! Would you mind if I used your picture? We are setting up a reading event in Milan, next November 19th, and I'm looking for some fine art inspired by a certain type of British literature, and this would fit perfectly. Of course you would be fully credited and all the terms in your license will be respected.
I'd love to receive your approval.
Warm regards,

C.R. Shelidon
www.bolgeri.it
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Pa-Bu|Student Digital Artist
Marvellous!!
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EdaHerz| Digital Artist
Cuántos detalles!!! Fantástico!!!
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Felideus|Professional General Artist
Muchas gracias :)
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EdaHerz| Digital Artist
De nada!!! :)
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hummbuzz's avatar
I have featured this image. [link] :sun:
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Felideus|Professional General Artist
Thanks! :)
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Felideus|Professional General Artist
Thank you :)
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xia0ting's avatar
gorgeous detail :heart:
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Felideus|Professional General Artist
Thank you :)
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Spekthra's avatar
Lovely
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Felideus|Professional General Artist
Thanks! :)
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LillaNeve|Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I am at loss for words. Awesome.
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Felideus|Professional General Artist
Thank you! :)
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thespiderking|Hobbyist Traditional Artist
i . love. this.
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Felideus|Professional General Artist
Thanks! :)
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cloudofwords's avatar
Agreed. The pleasant balance you have here between really minute detail, and yet a cohesive composition is really well done. The color scheme is very Rackham, and yet the characters are clearly your own. What kind of tool are working with in PS for the lineart? Looks like a lot of pencil work for the detail- it's very specific and deliniated, but the opacity is low. It's not overbearing.

The atmospheric perspective is nice too. The dark/heavy tree is the foreground and the troll (?) far away give the scene a nice push and pull.

It's a very nice composition all in all. I wish I'd drawn it!
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Felideus|Professional General Artist
Thank you very much, and answering your question, I used a regular soft brush for the lineart of this one ;)
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Deborah-Valentine|Professional Traditional Artist
:faint: you blow me away
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