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Incandescence by JohnSu Incandescence by JohnSu
Candelian Yan and Lampwick Steiner take a stroll through the bokeh, arguing about why some materials look darker when wet.

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Yan is a Candle Woman. Technically, she is 100% body fat, being composed entirely of lipids and fats. She becomes rigid and uncooperative at low temperatures, and lethargic at high temperatures (often just lying in a puddle of her own hair). The flame atop her head is an outlet for the energy she burns at the cost of her body mass. To this end, she requires a greasy diet in order to maintain her existence. It doesn't mean she eats rich foods necessarily (she cannot process carbs and proteins), but she does eat tallow like bread and drink oil like water.

Steiner is a Lamp Man. He was created by dressing up a lamp post in a suit, and then given lectures on How To Be a Gentleman by a professor of Gentlemanology. And now he is the very model of chivalry. Ironically, though he emits light from his head for all to see, he is blind. Apparently that is how lamps normally are. Nobody knew this about lamps until they noticed he didn't seem to know what people were talking about and kept politely declining all invitations to move in any direction.


Well, this was a fun picture to work on! In particular I enjoyed coloring and lighting this piece (which I guess is pretty much everything you see in it...?). I suppose more specifically, I enjoyed trying to make stronger shadows than I normally would. I think that will be something I'd like to work on more in the future: playing with the hue and saturation of shadows, and experimenting with the balance of it in the composition.

I think I would also like to go to sleep

Made in Flash

EDIT: I was made aware afterwards that Steiner cannot contribute very well to an argument about what things look like. He can, however, speculate why!
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:icongurdim:
Gurdim Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2018
beautiful technique and catchy imaginative design together :)
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:icondoomwiggle:
doomwiggle Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2018  Hobbyist Photographer
What a terrific couple. I can really feel their personalities.
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Adam-P-D Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This is a really creative personification. Both of them look really cool! (And also, not only is that outstanding for Flash, but I also like how the name Flash keeps up with the light theme)
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breezydreamer01 Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2018  Hobbyist
"mAde In FLaSh" IM SHOOK!!! THIS IS AMAZING
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:iconinksebo:
InkSebo Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
"Made in flash" I have not seen something so amazing done in flash. Love the character design and the overall composition!
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:icon5amsoul:
5amSoul Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2018  Student Interface Designer

I love this duo !!! nice draw !
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:iconinsomniatiq:
Insomniatiq Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
:o
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:iconitsjustema:
ItsJustEma Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2018
I LOVE IT!!
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:iconfreddyno:
FreddyNO Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2018  Professional Digital Artist
Lovely design, good job on this!
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:iconlivi-livered:
Livi-Livered Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
This is extremely creative. I love the designs and art. 
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:iconloulouvz:
LoulouVZ Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2018  Professional Digital Artist
I love them!
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:iconinfinitediversity:
InfiniteDiversity Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
This is great work. The depth of imagination on display here is admirable, as is the degree of professionalism. Well done.
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:iconzuha13:
ZUHA13 Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2018  Student Artist
wow ! this looks amazing and it's really creative
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:iconinnatemagic:
InNateMagic Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2018  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This is so cool! Very nicely done!
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:iconpenciltipworkshop:
PenciltipWorkshop Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
I see a bright future for these two.
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:iconthewarofthering:
TheWarOfTheRing Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2017  Student Writer
Takes off hat politely
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:icontheluckoftheclaws:
TheLuckOfTheClaws Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
"Politely declining invitations to move in any direction" oml that hilarious
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:iconotacongamer777:
"If only I could be so grossly... incandescent."
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:iconasylum77:
asylum77 Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2017
That is so cool!
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:iconmattshuuya:
mattshuuya Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
amazing!!!!
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:iconsnell35damzel:
Snell35Damzel Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2017
Lady Wax Worth and date Sir Orval Lantern both stunning as usual in late night setting
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:iconlackaholo:
lackaholo Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2017  Student General Artist
I loved this as soon as I saw it, and then your description of the characters added a lot of magic. This is really inspiring <3
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:iconsoulcaster10:
SoulCaster10 Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
"A match made in heaven" is an understatement for these two.
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TornadoTheWindfox Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2017  Student Photographer
Litwick and Chandelure.
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:iconanayo-s:
Anayo-s Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2017
What a surreal and attention-grabbing concept.
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:icondrawsumi:
DrawSumi Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Hey the candle girl looks like my character! OwO
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:iconmomentumcrisis:
MomentumCrisis Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2017
That must be the most dope character description i've ever read, liked Yan's but Steiner's takes the cake, hands down.
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ProfessorDetective Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2017
These two seem like something you'd get out of a French indie film or one of Ghibli's more fantastical works. 
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:icondweebicusmaximus:
DweebicusMaximus Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2017  Hobbyist Artist
Steiner is a handsome man and also this is wonderful???!!!
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:iconacaciathorn:
Acaciathorn Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Wow, this is so creative!
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:icontoon-duelist101:
Toon-Duelist101 Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2017  Student General Artist
This is rather unique. It kinda looks like something that would be in "Howls Moving Castle" or "Spirited Away"
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:iconrandomstorytale:
RandomStorytale Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
This is very unique and cute <3
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:iconamberdam187:
AMBERDAM187 Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
WOW, HOW UNIQUE!
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:iconorioleink:
OrioleInk Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2017
I really love this piece it's so creative and unique and the characters you built for them make it even more interesting
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:iconuniverse-cat:
universe-cat Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
<3 <3 <3
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:iconandellaheartz:
AndellaHeartz Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2017  Student Artist
this is....beautiful..
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:iconxxredamayanxx:
xXredamayanXx Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2017   General Artist
I love this so much
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:iconthedevilreborn:
TheDevilReborn Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2017
A creative piece. 
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badsmans Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2017
:)
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:iconrileyandfriends:
RileyAndFriends Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2017
This is just simply beautiful.
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:icontitanium-metal-alloy:
Titanium-Metal-Alloy Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2017  Student Digital Artist
Very abstract, yet very formal and fitting; nicely well done.
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:iconv8oxity:
V8OXiTy Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
This is gorgeous...
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:iconwillifink:
WILLIFINK Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
So good concept love the head of the man
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:iconkalishter:
kalishter Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2017  Hobbyist Artist
SPECTACULAR !
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:iconden2992:
Den2992 Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Wow... Just wow...
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:iconraian-kun:
Raian-Kun Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2017  Professional Digital Artist
what an art! this is a masterpiece! awesome! :squee: 
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:iconazkrax:
Azkrax Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2017
They look so beautiful and bright.
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CampingGroundsStudio Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2017  Professional Artist
lol
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:iconmrs13kitty13doodle:
Mrs13Kitty13Doodle Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2017
Very lovely. Yan makes me feel like she is a mother telling her son about the good old days. or a older sister worring over her younger brother or maybe a young couple on a midnight walk.
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AzabacheSilver Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
Yan's strange diet and temperature moodiness must make her a difficult friend, but I think she's found a codependent one in Steiner.
I can hear their conversation in their mind.
Yan: It's that they glisten when wet is all.

Steiner: And what is glistening?
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