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Faeren by GreenSprite Faeren by GreenSprite
Ok, this one was drawn for `Saimain's contest. That's her character, Faeren.

Explanation? At first sight, it may look like he is blissfully watching as crows eat him alive. But in fact, the idea was to show a connection between him and the Forest of Illusions where he lives (and he's becoming a part of it too, more or less literally). So I wanted to draw these birds sort of forming out of him and flying away. You see, it all makes sense now.
...what.

Anyway it was a very nice piece to paint. I'm sorry that the paper went wavy in the sky area, and for the awkward anatomy... otherwise, I'm quite happy with it. I'm not usually a contest person, but the theme gave me ideas.

watercolor+pen
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RainyDayFun Featured By Owner Feb 29, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I love the way you portrayed his connection to the forest by using an illusion. Wonderful.
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katcrunch Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
It looks very storybook :aww: I love how you did the whole thing very simple, and also added those little mushrooms :lol:
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GreenSprite Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2010
The simple style is inspired by Ivan Bilibin, my favourite painter. And I have a friend who's very obsessed with mushrooms so I draw them as often as I can cause I know she'll like'em :D

Thanks!
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katcrunch Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Oh, him! I know his works. I searched for Russia-related pictures and paintings a couple of weeks ago and found heaps of his works. I love them :aww: Awww, that's cute XD

welcome!
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DianaCretu Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2009  Hobbyist Photographer
Imi place combinatia de culori. Stilul imi aminteste de ilustratiile din unele carti din copilaria mea.
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GreenSprite Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2009
Probabil "Pana lui Finist Soimanul". E ilustrata de Ivan Bilibin, unul dintre pictorii mei preferati, i-am imitat stilul aici. See [link]

:heart: Povesti rusesti cu ilustratii extraordinare. Copiii din ziua de azi nu stiu ce pierd cu toate chestiile pufoase si roz. I grew up with skulls on a stick!
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DianaCretu Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2009  Hobbyist Photographer
Baaaaaai efectiv mi-a stat inima in loc cand am vazut ca ai scris "Pana lui Finist Soimanul". Doamne ce mult mi-a placut cartea aia si cat a putut sa ma impresioneze.

Doamne, cred ca diseara o iau la recitit. :faint:



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joolita Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2007
the colours are fantastic (especially the brown ink - it gives the whole piece a nice atmosphere), and i love the idea!
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GreenSprite Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2007
Thank you :) I love that brown pen too... I so need to use it more.
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joolita Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2007
definately :)
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h1kk1 Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2007
great work!and the mushrooms! :aww:
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GreenSprite Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2007
Everybody loves mushrooms :)
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h1kk1 Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2007
...and that´s a fact.some people like them so much that they can´t even eat them.
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GreenSprite Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2007
haha :D
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Lumysaara Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2007
let's see :hmm:
when i set out to make a comment about this painting of yours about a month ago stiu ca mi s-a parut rather childish in comparatie cu your previous works.intre timp am vazut the works of Ivan Bilibin and i got to the conclusion that perhaps i was wrong to judge your work like that.it was all bloody dumb,ceva de genu' daca this style of painting a fost acreditat de skillful painters in the past then this painting is not bad at all.that made me feel like a bloody conformist and i felt so bad about it i had to run away in the wilderness and hide there to wash away the shame ^^;
the hunger drove me back eventually ;P

truth is it is an interesting painting si imi place felul in care fiecare element e colorat individual,with almost no highlights and shadows.and the brown ink is a great choice :nod: da,Faeren e cam disproportionat but i'm getting used with that being one of your traits.
:thumbsup:
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GreenSprite Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2007
hm...deci pana la urma ce parere ai despre stil? Nu mi-a iesit perfect, nu trebuia sa se scurga culoarea liniilor asa si... faptul ca fac personajele disproportionate nu-i o chestie de "stil", pur si simplu nu stiu altfel :P Ar ajuta sa spui si ce anume la el e disproportionat.
O sa vezi mia multe asa, maybe it'll work out in the end :P
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Lumysaara Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2007
the style is awesome,desi i'm kinda ashamed to admit ca i had to see someone else use it first to consider it this way.la inceput mi s-a parut cam naiv tocmai pentru ca lipseau all those shadings and stuff and i was just more used with those.
as for ce e disproportionat,well... mana dreapta pare cam amorfa si atarna intr-un fel nenatural,de parca ar fi rupta.and his legs mi se par cam subtiri :hmm: after all,Faeren was some sort of wizard and i guess he also had a sword and since he did all that wandering from one place to another trebuie sa fi avut a bit more flesh on those bones :giggle:
parerea mea :shrug:
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GreenSprite Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2007
Da totusi ii elf :D Asa ca isi permite sa fie numai piele si os. Ai dreptate cu pozitia mainii. Ah well.
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folkiefaerie Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2007
Awesome!
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GreenSprite Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2007
:D Glad you think so!
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folkiefaerie Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2007
lol, I love the brown outlines. Ill definately have to go a long way before becoming as good as you at watercolour!
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GreenSprite Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2007
Well, I've learned my most important watercolor tips from here: [link] Other than that, it's just observing other artists' works and having fun ^_^ Watercolors are an adorable medium and I'll be damned if I know why so many people are scared of them.
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Shihuo Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2007
tu dessine vraiment tres bien !encore bravo !!!
Et continue !
:)
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GreenSprite Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2007
Merci beaucoup! ^_^ :hug:
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Dyun Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2007  Professional Digital Artist
This is a really nice illustration. I like it a lot! I also like the concept behind the story. The watercolors and the way you outlined everything is very fitting. The fact that you made the outlines with a brownish color is such a great idea! There's something different about it, and I don't think black would have had the same, pleasant effect. Great job Casandra. :thumbsup: :nod:
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GreenSprite Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2007
Thank you very much. Honestly, I like it a lot too, and I'm a bit disappointed I got more critique than praise for it :) I'm very happy I got almost the atmosphere I wanted. Looks like thinking out some details before starting (such as the brown outline) pays off. Now, I need to improve my anatomy big time... *sigh* But thank you so much! Your comments and favs really made my day :hug:
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Dyun Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2007  Professional Digital Artist
Awww geez. Leave it to some people to pick things apart. Honestly I love the way it turned out and didn't even notice anything wrong with the piece anatomically. It's a great illustration! People need to calm down, look at the piece as a whole, evaluate if it sends the correct message and creates the right atmosphere... and.... praise it. :D
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GreenSprite Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2007
I love your approach on comments! :D I sound like a filthy person who fishes for compliments but...but...ok, maybe sometimes I do. But only for the pieces I really like :D
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Dyun Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2007  Professional Digital Artist
:D THank you. :D You're not a filthy person, I completely understand. If you're filthy, then I must be filthy too. :D And if we're both filthy..... we certainly don't care. Hehehe
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paradanmellow Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2007  Professional General Artist
hmmm.. :clap: cromatic arata destul de legat si imi place si conturul cald in contrast cu verdele; si felul cum se desprind paserile alea i f fain; per ansamblu f reusit, mai putin anatomia ;p
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GreenSprite Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2007
Well...stii ca eu si anatomia nu ne prea intelegem. Si nu am niciodata timp sa lucrez la asta. Na.. ah well. bine ca iti place totusi ceva :D
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lenoki Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2007
LOVE it... reminds me of old faerietale illustrations :heart:
best of luck C:
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GreenSprite Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2007
Thanks! :D
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Shiryou-san Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2007
Nice idea 'n well-done. And big :clap:s for using paint;p
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GreenSprite Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2007
Just doing my job!:lol:
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3D-Fantasy-Art Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2007
Amazing work - a great theme and wonderfully rendered. I admire anyone who can use real paint!
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GreenSprite Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2007
Actually after a lot of trial of both media, I find traditional painting easier than digital. And it looks so much more...personal, even though you don't have much control over mistakes (with watercolor at least).
Thanks you! :)
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Aeonna Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2007  Professional Interface Designer
Beautiful! I like your use of line silhouettes areound the trees and grass. It looks great! Have you ever seen of any of Ivan Bilibin's work?
Good luck in the contest!
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GreenSprite Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2007
Yes!! :love: In fact, the style of this is inspired by his illustrations for Russian fairytales. It was one of my favourite books as a kid.:heart: I'm so glad someone noticed! I'm surprised at how fresh his style remains even though the paintings are almost 100 years old.
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Aeonna Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2007  Professional Interface Designer
Yeah ^^ I love his illustrations. He renders nature with such care. Of course he has a high level of detail thoughout, and without falling into the trap of cluttering.
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GreenSprite Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2007
Yeah... I keep studying his illustrations and I hope some taste will rub off me too :) I love the colors he uses too, not one is out of place, and the paintings as a whole are always well balanced.
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Chukkz Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2007  Student Digital Artist
Very pretty, I like the crows and the trees...

Never got good with watercolors for myself.
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GreenSprite Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2007
I don't know why watercolors scare so many people. They're incredibly rewarding to work with. You should try, really :) It's relaxing.
Thanks very much!
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Chukkz Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2007  Student Digital Artist
I did, I just never got friendly with it. The paper crumbles, and if one color is out then you almost never got the right tone by mixing some more. >.<

No problem. :)
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Larissa-Rasputin Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2007
Beautiful work and concept. Good luck on the contest! :clap:
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GreenSprite Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2007
Thank you!
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Saimain Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2007  Professional General Artist
Wow, this is lovely! The muted colors reflect the lonely mood perfectly. Great use of watercolor; that's a hard medium to master. ^__^ All the little details in the forest floor (the mushrooms are so cute!) is what captivated me most, along with the idea that he is becoming the birds and attaining some sort of freedom through them. Very wistful and well done. Thank you so much for participating in the contest! I wish you the very best of luck! :)
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GreenSprite Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2007
Thank you very much for seeing through the many watercolor mishaps. I'm so glad you like it -it's your character after all :)
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MannServante Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2007
thats perdy, nice birds, the one on his arm looks cool
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GreenSprite Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2007
o_O Don't they ALL look cool?
haha, kidding.
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