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Once again, I see a forest.. but this time it's a dark and spooky forest. And then there's a little red fox, alert to the world around ...

Looking into a cool, serene forest - and suddenly there's a bright, alert fox. What's he doing? Where's he going? I want to know! The f...

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Water Splash Effect SET 2 PNG by FrostBo Water Splash Effect SET 2 PNG :iconfrostbo:FrostBo 1,088 442 Water Splash Effect SET 1 PNG by FrostBo Water Splash Effect SET 1 PNG :iconfrostbo:FrostBo 655 354 A Space 03 STOCK by AStoKo A Space 03 STOCK :iconastoko:AStoKo 207 0 Patagonian Landscape 07 by fuguestock Patagonian Landscape 07 :iconfuguestock:fuguestock 689 99 Patagonian Landscape 01 by fuguestock Patagonian Landscape 01 :iconfuguestock:fuguestock 274 45 Snake Pack 2 by Lill-stock Snake Pack 2 :iconlill-stock:Lill-stock 124 38 Snake Pack 1 by Lill-stock Snake Pack 1 :iconlill-stock:Lill-stock 421 229 Moss and Vines Pack by Lill-stock Moss and Vines Pack :iconlill-stock:Lill-stock 488 299



Mer-stique for MerMay
*This is fan art, only a tribute to the awesome Marvel-owned character.  I own nothing and make no money from this; I make this solely for the sake of art.*

Mystique would make a cool mermaid, though I don't know how far her physiology can change to be a "real" one.

Just a small addition to the awesome "Mer-May" challenge.  Wish I could have done the whole thing, but packing takes precedence.

The background with rock is artreferencesource.deviantart.… from :iconartreferencesource:

The water splashes anchoring the rock are… from :iconfrostbo:

Her face & torso is adapted from… from :iconstock4profs:

Her gorgeous tail is… from :iconvitoonhowrse:

Her hair "extensions" are from :iconcindysart-stock: but I cannot find the exact link.

Her seastar hair decoration is… from :iconS0n0ra:

Made with Gimp.
A Mother's Love
Dedicated to those of us who no longer have mothers with us in this world, a reminder that their love never goes extinct.  Mothers' Day can be bittersweet, but remember the good times.

The space background… is from :iconastoko:

The T-Rex Mum & Baby… is from :iconkarissa-salton: 's wonderful collection of posed dinos.

Ground is from… by :icongislaadt:

Added & enhanced stars with… from :iconfrostbo:

Also from :iconfrostbo: is… which I used to add mist layers.

All foreground plants come from… by :iconfreyasmith: - the "standard" ferns are hers as well, but come from a different package, which I cannot recall.

The "background" forest is free-stock-by-wayne.deviantart… from :iconfree-stock-by-wayne:

Made with Gimp.
I was taught to choose my finished art materials for the long-haul - lightfast pencils and a surface that will last decades, if not longer.

Finding acid-free, lightfast, durable paper & board is getting easier.  I use Crescent or Strathmore Illustration Boards and Strathmore or Mi-Teints Paper (though lightfastness is an issue with certain dark Mi-Teints colours).

The pencil brands I choose are various, and all dependent upon lightfastness.  I have Prismacolor, Derwent regular and Colorsoft, Lyra, Faber-Castell, and Caran d'Ache.  I have some Rembrandt as a gift from a friend, which I use sparingly. 

To pick the most lightfast colours, CPSA (Colored Pencil Society of America) has published a lightfastness workbook.  CPSA has tested each professional-grade coloured pencil under rigorous scientific conditions in order to assure artwork that will last.  This is an enormously helpful resource.

I've found that I can mix and match brands and types of coloured pencil in finished art without issue, albeit with practice.  There's no real need to have a full set of any one brand if you can't afford one - just buy what you need when you can.

Hope this helped!



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