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A Boy and his Panda

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This was a commission for a lovely couple, who wanted me to paint their son with his favourite plush panda toy come real, on an adventure. I thought it was a gorgeous idea, and I really enjoyed painting it!

It felt so good to use coloured pencils again too after the string of watercolour paintings I've done lately!

Done with: Watercolours and coloured pencils
Size: A2 59.4cm x 42cm  (16.5inch x 23.4inch)

Panda photo reference: hymnsstock.deviantart.com/art/…
Image size
2970x4300px 3.57 MB
FinePix AV250
Shutter Speed
1/45 second
Focal Length
6 mm
ISO Speed
Date Taken
Sep 12, 2014, 5:21:09 PM
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This is beautiful! Watercolor and colored pencil are such a great combination, To do the detail with the pencils is always so satisfying. 
Your rendering is amazing, as is the atmosphere of the piece. 
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This is one of the cutest pictures I have ever seen! Cuter than pictures of baby animals BY FAR!
In-The-Distance's avatar
Thanks very much!! XD 
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This one is just so adorable :heart:
I truly admire your skills with traditional art! You're just incredible! :love:
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Thanks very much! 
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Oh my word, my almost-two-year-old daughter would LOVE this. That's all I hear out of her, "Panda?...Panda?" She's suddenly become obsessed with them. :XD: Perhaps to her, this is what they look like; glorious and perfect. This is an absolutely breathtaking picture. It's a no wonder it received a DD feature. Wow, congrats to you! :aww: It's always exciting when someone I know gets that coveted feature. It's been far too long since I've rummaged through your art. My daughter Hadahsa has the patent in rummaging through my life right now. :giggle: Busy, busy busy. :faint:
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Aww thanks very much! I'm sure your daughter is making sure you're never bored ;)
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Never bored, always insane. lol :XD:
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Wow you are a genius.. I mean wow! this is beyond my wildest dreams, I'm off to check out the rest of your gallery!
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Hey, congrats on your second DD!! You really deserve it, I just love this painting! :heart:

Heh funny, I was just about to suggest this one as I realized it already got one yesterday xDDD
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Aww thank you!!!  Haha that's funny!  I was really proud of this picture so I'm so happy for the DD!!!
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Great piece of work!!
Thanks for sharing...
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Doctorwholovesthe80s's avatar
Wow, I love this!

Years ago in this one fantasy story I thought of, but might never finish, I had one of the main characters ride a large panda.
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thank you!

When I got the description of the commission, I thought it was a bit "The Golden Compass"-like. I think it's a cool idea to have a giant panda as a mount. Good luck writing your story if you're still doing so! 
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It would rock having a giant panda as a mount, my other main character has a gorilla as his mount.

Thanks, but I have no idea if this story will ever see the light of day. I don't even remember where my notes of it are.=P (Razz) 
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Beautiful, this piece really does give a sense of childhood back!
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Thank you ^^ That's one of the things I love about this piece!
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this is so cute! congrats on the DD...well deserved! :)
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