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Perspicuity by gracefulsunshine Perspicuity by gracefulsunshine
EDIT | OCTOBER 17, 2014 | Tweaked a couple areas of the piece. Special thanks to Socha-Nyx and everyone who left critiques! I hope this is more aesthetically pleasing to the eye C:

per·spi·cu·i·ty | Clearness or lucidity, as of a statement. Perspicuity refers to something that can be seen through, i.e., to lucidity, clearness of style or exposition, freedom from obscurity.

"He silently tells himself that he’ll be the next knight commander - that he will one day wear the silver embroidered cloak of the knight order and be able to meet this dragon of the legends and protect the kingdom. It’s a hard task: that, he knows, but not all dreams forged in childhood wither away.

Or so he hopes."


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theme | dream of clarity
[ Dream in Colour Artbook Contest Honourable Mention ]

i've always dreamed of knowing what i want to do with my life and career; it's something that i've always envied other people who have a clear set path in their minds for. there's the often-quoted saying to "follow your dreams", but what dreams do you actually have if you don't know what exactly you want to do? for now, i'm just blindly stumbling around, hoping that one day, everything will dawn on me (pun intended) and that i will be able to look back and wonder why i had so much trouble finding what i want to do with my life before. 


for DreamInColorArtbook's contest! THIS TOOK TOO LONG /FLIPS TABLE

AKA STARTING COLLEGE IN A FEW WEEKS AND I'M NOT READY; ALSO NOT EXACTLY SURE HOW TO CMYK CORRECTLY BECAUSE I TRIED WITH AN ONLINE CONVERTER AND IT REALLY SCREWED UP ALL MY COLOUR VALUES SOBS CMYK FILE IS HERE - PLEASE TELL ME IF I DID THIS INCORRECTLY. ; A ;


time | at least 36 hours of pain and agony

crossposted on tumblr.

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The colors go well with the picture and the message it says on it.
The use of dark and light colors blend in nicely. I really love how you made all of the limbs and such proportional. The theme is not as clear as i'd like it to be but it still sends a message. I think that this is a unique way to create art and I really, honestly, can't say i've seen anything like this before. You seem to know what you are doing and you seem very experienced in fading in the colors and adding some life into the art piece. This piece only makes me feel two emotions and that is sadness and makes me feel peaceful. The colors and the softness of everything makes it peaceful to me and the boy reaching out towards what I believe is himself grown up or his dad gives me the sense of longing with the way he stretches out his hand. All in all, I believe this is a very well done piece and i'd like to see more from you soon! ~ <3
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I love the way that the knight is surrounded by a bright light. It makes the surrounding area turn lighter, which shows strong contrast to the darkness near the boy. By having this aspect of the piece, I think of new hope and ideas in the future. The movement towards this dream is shown with the boy who is almost running forwards. When he reaches out his arm, it shows how eager and sincere he is to his dream. The piece has a wonderful feeling and idea to it, and it makes me think of all of the dreams that I had when I was younger. Beautiful piece and a wonder to look at.
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aouk Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2016
wonderful

great work
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gracefulsunshine Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2016
thank you!
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DiamonEyes Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2016
Words cannot describe the beauty in this piece. I'm practically speechless! :iconjawdrop::wow::faint::ambulance::tombstone:
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gracefulsunshine Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2016
pls don't die on me my art isn't worth dying for ---- :iconsweatsnervously2plz:

but ahh thank you! it's been over a year since i drew this piece and it brings back lovely memories c:
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DiamonEyes Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2016
:iconboooplz::iconsaysplz:I'm back!!! In a new form!
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LadyShallandra Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Its so COLORFUL! :3
pinks and purples and blues and oranges wow
so much:)
the one guy is standing on an overlooking ledge like a hero protagonist star person, surrounded by light and color and mysticalness (not a real word? It is now, because I said it!) and the boy with the dog on his arm is running up to him like he's trying to catch up, or call him back, or get his attention, something like that
its all bright and very colorful on the one side where the guy on the ledge is, but it's mostly blue and stars and darker where the boy is, so contrast.
and there are all those little pale spirit critters around him... I'm not quite sure if they're deer or dogs or something else, but it's an interesting addition.
then there's the bird landing on the ledge guy's shoulder... I'm not sure what that's about, but also an interesting thing.
the ledge guy looks like he's glowing or something :3
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gracefulsunshine Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2015
ahhh thank you so much for the lovely comment and your thoughts what i'm trying to depict!

both the young boy running amongst the deer (they're deer aha - for innocence and life) and the young knight with the ethereal horse and raven (for wisdom, darker knowledge that corrupts a person) are the same person. also cue some horrid pun about knowledge and wisdom dawning on someone, which is why the colours go from a typical night sky to pink hues :") it's also about how one doesn't know how their future will be like, which is why the boy has a blindfold on, but one can only hope that it'll go to a point where one doesn't have to look back and regret their choices. i drew this while being afraid of starting my undergraduate years, since i was starting my freshman year in a few weeks during that time, but i'm coming to terms with the fact that i might not have something i want to do in the future currently but i can still roll with it.

tbh, the deer were probably my favourite part of the piece - wispy animals created from the clouds just have a nice feel to them for me lOL /rambles

thank you for commenting!
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Kwanilla Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
your art is sooo goood!!! i would give you a critique if you ever need one!
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gracefulsunshine Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2015
ahh - thank you so much! my art is always open for critiques, so feel free to critique any of my art as you please C:
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Kwanilla Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
totally!!!:happybounce: 
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Kwanilla Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
(yet u already have 2)
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gracefulsunshine Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2015
whoops, didn't see this until now - i always love reading critiques from different people, so please don't let that stop you from giving an honest opinion about my artwork!
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Kwanilla Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
lol!!!!Inspiration :Big eyes: 
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Xanntera Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2015  Professional Traditional Artist
Such a beautiful dreamy piece!
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gracefulsunshine Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2015
thank you so much! --- i can't believe it's almost nearly a year since i drew this , , ,, /sweats
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Xanntera Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2015  Professional Traditional Artist
Hehe yeah time does fly huh ;-)
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Sanaco Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
What a nice colors!!
And it's curious, when seeing that little boy running with his dog in that kind of scenery, it brings me back to mind the "The dog of Flanders"... maybe it's also because the feeling that this artwork transmits are pretty near to those of that story.

A really good job!! Clap 
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gracefulsunshine Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2015
thank you so much! ;; 

the dog actually has no significance to this piece even though there are some other other symbols i put in perspicuity LOL - i was frustrated at the composition in general during part of the process and told a friend that i'd draw a doge with the boy because why not, and it somehow happened. :")

i ended up googling to see what you meant by dog of flanders, and what a sad ending ; u ; in the boy's case in persipicuity, he does achieve his dreams, but he starts to question if it was worth all the pain and betrayal that came with double crossing his friends during the selection process. :iconjunesplz:

thanks again!
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Sanaco Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
In the end, a really deep feeling of friendship... so nice! And a really beautiful artwork as result hehe :wink: rvmp 
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FridgePoetProject Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2015  Hobbyist Writer
The magic in this is palpable to the point of being hypnotic.  Gorgeous work!!  :highfive:
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gracefulsunshine Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2015
thank you for the lovely compliment! ////V/// reading this made my day, so i'm glad that you enjoyed viewing my artwork as much as i enjoyed reading your comment!
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FridgePoetProject Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2015  Hobbyist Writer
I'm truly glad to hear it.  :hug:
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IceCrystalV Featured By Owner May 24, 2015  Hobbyist Artist
Nice colors
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gracefulsunshine Featured By Owner May 24, 2015
thank you.
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danny-mechanist Featured By Owner Edited May 6, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
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aeries31 Featured By Owner May 3, 2015  Hobbyist
it's so wonderful! really amazing colors that go well together and the blending itself. Awesome! :D
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gracefulsunshine Featured By Owner May 3, 2015
ahh thank you so much! i'm glad you like it <3 
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agentrsdg Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2015  Professional General Artist
its beautiful!! just like a dream!!
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gracefulsunshine Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2015
thank you! i drew this for a contest whose theme was about dreams.
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DistinctPerception Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2015  Professional Photographer
Such a beautiful image.
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gracefulsunshine Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2015
thank you! ; u ; 
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Remlaplace Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
So pretty!
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gracefulsunshine Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2015
ahh thank you! 
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PhilipBrocklehurst Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2015  Professional Writer
That is absolutely beautiful, a truly vibrant work of immense captivating and immense breathtaking true art, a true masterpiece of absolute enchanting magnificence and absolute divine perfection to define all art in the history of artistic creation :)
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gracefulsunshine Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2015
ahh- thank you for the lovely words! ; u ; i'm truly flattered to have such compliments bestowed on my work - i'll do my best to continue creating more thought provoking and captivating art! 
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PhilipBrocklehurst Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2015  Professional Writer
You're welcome, I look forward to seeing more of your amazing work. The best is all we can do, which is what makes it the best :)
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youlightthesky Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I love the way the colours blend together where the boy is reaching out to the person leaving, it makes for some liminal but goregous space
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gracefulsunshine Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2015
thank you! he's essentially trying to reach to his older self, except he can't see the future (his future self's blindfolded him, in a sense) but even with that being said, he still grasps onto a hope that he will be able to achieve his dream in the end. C: 
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SilverGiraffe140 Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2015
COOL, AWESOME, AMAZING!!!!
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gracefulsunshine Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2015
thank you!
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SilverGiraffe140 Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2015
no problem! your art really is nice!!! ^-^
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The-Artist-Incognito Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Lovely!
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gracefulsunshine Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2015
thank you!
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The-Artist-Incognito Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Welcome!
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gracefulsunshine Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2015
oh gosh thank you for sharing your reactions/thoughts to my artwork with me! i'm glad there's more people who experience similar emotions to me in regards to the future and the such ; u ; 

it's the thing with any skill, or any long term goal - there's so many things to accomplish, so many obstacles to overcome, that if/when it does happen, it doesn't actually hit until a while later. there's only so much we can absorb in one life time since we only have so much time devoted to certain topics. good luck with your obtaining your dreams though - a dose of luck wouldn't hurt, and i'm sure you'll be able to achieve it sooner or later C: 

(on a side note, one of my major (work in progress) works' title translates to "do not look back"; it's a theme that we have to keep going and accept the mistakes we've made instead of doubting that certain characters in the work have to realize - and it does apply to the boy and knight here in perspicuity since the boy ends up doing quite a few regrettable actions while trying to achieve his dream. just thought you might get a kick out of that haha don't mind me)
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Sussch Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2015
Very cool, thank you for sharing :)
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NataliaLfl Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2015
Wonderful!
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gracefulsunshine Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2015
thank you! u w u 
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corrupted-candyland Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2015  Student
WOW!!! Salama Sparkleeye Icon that is marvelous!! Erika Sparkleeye Icon and the colors are flowing so that it looks like it is done in watercolors!!! Neko Emoji-37 (Yay) [V2]  fantastic skill you have there!! Hamtaro Mouse Emoji-02 (Kawaii) [V1] 
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