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Twilight Requiescence by gracefulsunshine Twilight Requiescence by gracefulsunshine
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theme | gift of hope 
preview | fav.me/d7ba6sl
actual finish date | march 23, 2014
artwork description | "Hope, as intangible and deceptively elusive as it has become in today's society, is still a powerful emotion that evokes the strength and courage to accomplish actions not yet completed. In this sense, sunrises have always been a reminder that each day is a new day and a chance to start anew again, and birds - namely doves, sparrows, and falcons - have represented hope, along with purity, vitality, and freedom."


my submission for Project-Gift nearly one year ago! HELLO OLD ART I HAVEN'T SEEN YOU IN EXACTLY ELEVEN MONTHS there are so many glaring errors that i want to fix now ugh (stares pointedly at james, although i do miss how i painted skies last year sops); the colours look different on here than from the preview because i tweaked the hues a bit after everything was finalized OTL (if you'd like to see the original version, please go to this link!)

again, thank you for letting me participate! this was my first time being in an artbook, and i've grown so much as an artist from working on this composition. 

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THE BOOK
The book itself will have over 72+ pages of fully colored illustrations and an artist index, all relating to the theme of "Gift of..." It will feature the artwork done by amazing artists from around the world who have generously given th
Pre-Orders are now [OPEN]!!!We're all pumped up and ready for ROUND 2 of Project Gift pre-orders!
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Elliot Deveraux / James + Non respexerunt © gracefulsunshine

crossposted on tumblr.
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:iconsakurahonda93:
Twilight Requiescence is an amazing piece of art. The birds shown on the picture seem very realistic and you can almost feel the wind and the heat of the dawning sun gently touching your skin. The projects of the persons presented are also very precisely done, which shows the skills of the author of this art. The colors of the sky, from light pink till dark blue, amplify the effect of making the picture more delicate and reflective. Watching this piece of art you can just stare at it and imagine you are there, watching the twilight with the boys, following the bird's flight. You can also imagine that two other birds will soon break into flight, flap their wings and dissapear with the last rays of sunlight.
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This is a unbelievably beautiful piece! The way everything is drawn and shaded is so atmospheric and I love it! The purple, pink, white and peachy hues in the sky give it such a beautiful and calming feeling along with the bird feathers that are scattered across the bottom of the picture and gradually make their way up the large bird that is flying and soon to vanish into the clouds of the horizon. It also raises a few questions as to why those two boys/men are releasing those birds from the cages and as to who those two men/boys are. Also, the pen that you used on the mountains along with the soft strokes really made you achieve a gentle look on something that's supposed to be so dangerous and jagged.
This is a beautiful piece and there is nothing I would change about it. The proportions are on point, the shading and the vibrant colours that are used are beautiful and the questions that are also given with the picture make me want to dig into it more!
Gorgeous piece, keep up the good work!
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animelover5ful Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
beautiful colors and shadings :) love the light effects :D 
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:icongracefulsunshine:
gracefulsunshine Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2016
thank you kindly! (and thanks for stopping by the stream yesterday c: )
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:iconanimelover5ful:
animelover5ful Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
You're most welcome ( I really loved the stream :aww: )
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Omniseriu Featured By Owner Edited Aug 1, 2015   Digital Artist
This is an amazing piece, my friend! Love the details and the way you painted this! The sky looks awesome, and I especially like the bird flying in front of the sun! ;P
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:icongracefulsunshine:
gracefulsunshine Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2015
thank you so much! www looking back at this piece makes me appreciate some of my past artworks' styles, since i do wish i could paint skies that soft again C:
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Omniseriu Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2015   Digital Artist
Yeah, I get that. Sometimes I pull out some of my old works on my story, and I marvel at how far my styles and concepts have adapted, and then the nostalgia kicks in and I feel like I'm missing something! :cry: Lately though, I've discovered some new ways to combine the best of my original stuff with my new works, and that is working out pretty well for me! :D

Anyways, cheers, my friend, and keep up the great work! ;p
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RougePhotographie Featured By Owner May 2, 2015  Hobbyist Photographer
this is beautiful, your sky is .... WOW !!!!!
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:icongracefulsunshine:
gracefulsunshine Featured By Owner May 3, 2015
thank you! ; u ; i've been trying to recapture that style from a year ago, haha.
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RougePhotographie Featured By Owner May 3, 2015  Hobbyist Photographer
Your welcome :)
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KawaiiWonder Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2015  Hobbyist Filmographer
It's so beautiful!
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:icongracefulsunshine:
gracefulsunshine Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2015
thank you!
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KawaiiWonder Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2015  Hobbyist Filmographer
you're welcome 
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Vulporean Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2015
This is so beautiful! I especially love how the colours in the sky blend together.
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:icongracefulsunshine:
gracefulsunshine Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2015
ahh thank you so much! ; u ; i'm personally a fan of how i used to do skies (last year lmao) so i'm glad you like it!
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youlightthesky Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
The sky and feathers are gorgeous in this piece, you're an amazing artist ^0^
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:icongracefulsunshine:
gracefulsunshine Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2015
alskdjfh thank you! ;; there's still many things with this piece that i could have done better, but i'm glad you like the sky and feathers especially ^ q ^
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NineFireStar Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2015   General Artist
I like this, it is quite tranquil and peaceful. Overall I think you manage to portray more than the night sky and freedom of the birds, you also manage to bring out the element of friendship, in my opinion, not only in the symbology of the free doves (?) but also in the fact that there are free birds still sitting on the boys, not to mention their sharing in that action and belief (and meeting in the middle of the night to do so). If I were to give any constructive criticism it would be to use a little less of the purple, in this context it has a depressing effect, which can also be said about the pale green of the banisters. The clarity of a deep blue night sky could also be heightened in my opinion. Regardless, it's a nice image, well done.

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:icongracefulsunshine:
gracefulsunshine Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2015
ahh thank you so much for the thoughtful critique and your interpretation of the scene! just a side note that the sky is more of a twilight leading to either dusk or dawn, depending on the viewer, and i wanted more of a dreamy/surreal effect, which is why i ended up having those colours as the final hues (it does look depressing in a way although i was trying to convey a calming sense of peace and hope- i'll take note of that).

i also wanted to depict the hope for a long-lasting camaraderie between two people, so i'm glad to see that this was able to be expressed via birds and shared action, but probably should have also adjusted the colours for the stone ledge, as i was trying to get them to have some colour from the background greenery before i adjusted the hues. i'll think about doing my remake of this artwork in a starry night sky, though - thank you again! 
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NineFireStar Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2015   General Artist
No probs. :)

I like that theme. 
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Mintmount Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2015  Hobbyist Photographer
Beautiful picture. The feathers are well done and help to create depth. I also like the color combinations which give the image a dreamy look.
The only thing I would criticize is that the two birds on the top look a bit unnatural(shape and lighting from the top).
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gracefulsunshine Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2015
thank you for the critique! are you referring to the two v shaped birds or the more detailed birds? the more detailed birds could definitely use more colour theory and lighting from the twilight on them. i originally had a more realistic colour scheme, but i ended up changing the hues for a more cohesive look. 

thank you again!
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Mintmount Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2015  Hobbyist Photographer
The hues are awesome. I referred to the v-shaped birds. ;)
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TonyDvec Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2015  Hobbyist Artist
This is an amazing piece of art. I love the sky and the feathers and just the atmosphere of it. :D
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:icongracefulsunshine:
gracefulsunshine Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2015
thank you so much! ; u ; it's been nearly a year since i worked on it, and it's amazing to see people's reactions to it C:
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abbiesoctober Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
this is actually amazing
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:icongracefulsunshine:
gracefulsunshine Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2015
thank you! u w u 
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PtukoXD Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2015
It's amazing! :meow:
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:icongracefulsunshine:
gracefulsunshine Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2015
thank you! ; u ; 
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Adlinsnake7 Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2015
So wonderful! Ily!!
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:icongracefulsunshine:
gracefulsunshine Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2015
thank you C:
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LozzDragon Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2015
LOVE :D:D:D
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:icongracefulsunshine:
gracefulsunshine Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2015
thank you u w u 
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LozzDragon Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2015
sure noz :)
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Beltaneh Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2015
A wonderful illustration for the concept. The light in the sky and the vanishing point give a great impression of immensity
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gracefulsunshine Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2015
ahh gosh thank you so much! hope is an extremely abstract concept, and i wanted to try to make it a sort of "there's so much to overcome but it will happen"; i was slightly worried that my thoughts didn't come through, but i'm honoured to hear your thoughts and all C: thank you again!
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Beltaneh Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2015
Glad you find the comment encouraging :)
And thank you for the badge, it is much appreciated Emoticon: Bow 
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CrazyMai Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2015  Student Writer
Beautiful and so atmospheric ♥ Looking at your drawing make me feel like I'm there. So realistic and detailed :) 
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gracefulsunshine Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2015
alskjdfh thank you! ; u ; it's been nearly a year since i painted this, experimenting with backgrounds and everything and grew as an artist along the way, so i'm honoured that it still manages to evoke feelings like yours :iconheshipthemsohardplz: 
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CrazyMai Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2015  Student Writer
No need to thank me :) You grew as an artist really well and I'm sure you will still improve ♥
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riari-chi Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2015  Hobbyist
this is very beautiful :heart: 
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:icongracefulsunshine:
gracefulsunshine Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2015
ahh gosh thank you so much!
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Drawn-with-Care Featured By Owner Edited Feb 24, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
so beautiful... ;w;
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:icongracefulsunshine:
gracefulsunshine Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2015
thank you! ; u ; 
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Drawn-with-Care Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
you're welcome Meow :3 
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Nami-Hana Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
The sky colors are so beautiful *o*
Incredible piece of work!!!! You're so talented wahhhh
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:icongracefulsunshine:
gracefulsunshine Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2015
ahh gosh thank you so much! ; u ; it used be more of a vibrant colour (Twilight Requiescence - the original version) before i changed it to what it is currently.

talent is merely hours of practice haha 
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Nami-Hana Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
woww well I just love it both ways!!! Love Love 
hahaha too true working hard is the only way to improve~
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LOLZALO Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2015
oOo it's beautiful...
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gracefulsunshine Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2015
thank you! ; u ; 
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LOLZALO Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2015
You're welcome. And I was being 100% honest. ^u^
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