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Everyday Magic by Harkale-Linai Everyday Magic by Harkale-Linai
"Some people believe magic doesn't exist anymore in this world, but that's probably because they expect it to be grandiose, like in all these legends... Heroes defeating demons, cities sinking to the bottom of the ocean within a night,... Of course, it would be less impressive if the demon was an enraged boar, or if the dikes protecting the city broke after a terrible storm. Or would it? I mean, boars can be quite scary, sometimes, especially at night... and storms too... but I digress.

My point is: magic is almost never obvious, you have to be patient. But if you wait long enough, if you look hard enough, then you will start to notice details you never saw before. You'll hear the soft sound of dust bunnies running on the floor, you'll see the naiads that live within water drops... and, of course, you'll be able to find that left sock which mysteriously disappeared two months ago. It is now the house of a prosperous family of shelf gnomes."

Historian Akaty

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No step-by-step this time, sorry: most of this painting was done on a single layer, and since I had no idea where I was going with it, I didn't save the steps :/

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:iconassink-art:
Assink-art Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2018
First I saw a candle, but then discovered that there was more to it. Lovely surprise!
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:iconharkale-linai:
Harkale-Linai Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2018   Digital Artist
I'm glad you enjoyed it :)
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:iconblondbraid:
Blondbraid Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2018
It's incredibly beautiful in it's simplicity.
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:iconharkale-linai:
Harkale-Linai Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2018   Digital Artist
Thank you very much :)
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:iconlorddonovan:
LordDonovan Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2018  Professional Digital Artist
Don't take this as a knock against this piece, but I'm surprised by how much I like it. It's pretty simple overall, a very direct and centered composition on an ultra-obvious focal point, but it works. Spectacularly. I guess this is another victory for the "less is more" aesthetic.
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Harkale-Linai Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2018   Digital Artist
Don't worry, I took it as a compliment :) I'm not very fond of painting action-packed scenes, with dynamic poses and angles (as in splash art, for instance), even if I enjoy looking at artworks following these rules. In a lot of my illustrations, I work with simple compositions, aiming at making these simple, quiet scenes interesting for the viewer. It's not always successful, but the painting process is very enjoyable!
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RavenHeart1984 Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2018  Professional Traditional Artist
burn baby burn
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:iconharkale-linai:
Harkale-Linai Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2018   Digital Artist
...are you talking to the candle? :D
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Djake Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
Fire dragons are real; I have the photos to prove it!
Beast of Flame by Djake
Also, I agree with your text.  As a good friend of mine once said:  "Just because science can explain something, that doesn't mean it isn't magic."  Magic is alive and well in the world, for those who are willing to open their heart and look.
On a technical note, I love what you did with this piece - especially the realism of the flame and the way you've conveyed the translucence of the wax.  That palpable texture makes for a wonderful contrast to the fanciful mood of the pic.
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Harkale-Linai Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2018   Digital Artist
That one is much bigger than the ones I usually see, congratulations!
I like the way your friend thinks, (s)he reminds me of the witches from Terry Pratchett's Discworld novels :)
After all, whether we believe in magic or not all depends on our definition of "magic"... for me, it would be a synonym of "unexpected beauty", so of course, I encounter it often!
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Djake Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
Yeah, I was quite surprised when I got home and saw the image; it wasn't noticeable on my camera's viewfinder.  

I really need to get around to reading Discworld one of these days.  The library in the rural town where I grew up had a habit of carrying on or two books from a series, so my fantasy reading got nudged to the side in favour of James Fenimore Cooper and Stephen King.  One day, I hope to rectify that.  ^^;

Regarding your definition:  I'm inclined to agree!  Magic can be found in mathematical designs, wild mushrooms or a good piece of prose.  We just need to be open to looking.  :)
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FJavier1 Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2018  Professional Traditional Artist
Cool!
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:iconharkale-linai:
Harkale-Linai Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2018   Digital Artist
thanks!
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:iconaka-san:
Aka-san Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
Wow such a nice work on light! This candle looks so real! *_* Even with the dragon! x) And I love the text. I completely agree with it. :)
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:iconharkale-linai:
Harkale-Linai Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2018   Digital Artist
Thank you very much ^^
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:iconaka-san:
Aka-san Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
^^
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:iconeyejail:
EyeJail Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2018  New Deviant Professional Photographer
Well done, and the text is a so fine choice with your magical picture. Love that a lot.
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:iconharkale-linai:
Harkale-Linai Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2018   Digital Artist
Thank you, I'm glad you enjoy the text as well!
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:iconeyejail:
EyeJail Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2018  New Deviant Professional Photographer
:)
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:iconcarinakramerartist:
CarinaKramerArtist Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2018  New Deviant Professional Traditional Artist
Lovely painting! 
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:iconharkale-linai:
Harkale-Linai Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2018   Digital Artist
Thank you!
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:iconvolinfer:
Volinfer Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
That’s HOT
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:iconharkale-linai:
Harkale-Linai Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2018   Digital Artist
Indeed :D
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:iconspotetal:
SpotEtal Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2018  Professional Artist
very nice and a cute little dragon
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:iconharkale-linai:
Harkale-Linai Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2018   Digital Artist
Thank you :)
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:iconkavafin:
kavafin Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2018  Student General Artist
This is just fantastic. It has nothing too much and nothing too little. Love the contrast between lights and shadows!
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:iconharkale-linai:
Harkale-Linai Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2018   Digital Artist
Thank you very much for your kind words!
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Nexumorphic Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2018
The texturing is phenomenal.
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:iconharkale-linai:
Harkale-Linai Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2018   Digital Artist
I'm glad you enjoy it :)
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:iconastoko:
AStoKo Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
Super nice  -F2U- Purple Squishy Heart by RariJacks  
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:iconharkale-linai:
Harkale-Linai Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2018   Digital Artist
Thanks!
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:iconcatherra:
Catherra Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2018  Student Digital Artist
So good!! The blue really pops out <3
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:iconharkale-linai:
Harkale-Linai Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2018   Digital Artist
Thank you! Yes, without it, the painting would have felt too dull :)
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:iconaylissan:
Aylissan Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2018
In a word... magical! Heart +fav 
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:iconharkale-linai:
Harkale-Linai Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2018   Digital Artist
Thank you ^^
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:iconren-ail:
Ren-ail Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Perfect!
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:iconharkale-linai:
Harkale-Linai Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2018   Digital Artist
thank you!
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:iconnetheris-queen:
Netheris-Queen Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2018  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
RYUU GA WAGA TEKI WO KURAU!
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:iconharkale-linai:
Harkale-Linai Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2018   Digital Artist
Now that you mention it... :D
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:iconnetheris-queen:
Netheris-Queen Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2018  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
XD
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MummyLucario Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2018  New Deviant Hobbyist Digital Artist
I spent an afternoon once simply staring into the flame of a candle. I can resonate with this piece, thanks for posting. 
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Harkale-Linai Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2018   Digital Artist
Candle flames are so simple and beautiful... Thank you for your nice comment!
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Guilty-10-Games Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2018
Niiiiiiice!!!
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:iconharkale-linai:
Harkale-Linai Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2018   Digital Artist
thanks!
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DollieCHarper Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2018  New Deviant
Are these inspired by Hylotl from Starbound or something? Seeing as they are fish people and I think that is Asian architecture in the background..............inkprofit.com

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:iconharkale-linai:
Harkale-Linai Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2018   Digital Artist
...what? It seems you wanted to post this comment somewhere else ^^
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:iconfractured100:
fractured100 Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
Beautiful work!
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:iconharkale-linai:
Harkale-Linai Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2018   Digital Artist
Thank you!
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:iconahowdraws:
AHowDraws Featured By Owner Edited Sep 13, 2018  New Deviant Hobbyist Digital Artist
ooh so pretty!

(and then i noticed the dragon~)
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Harkale-Linai Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2018   Digital Artist
I'm glad you like it :)
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