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Aurora by KatieHofgard Aurora by KatieHofgard
"One look into the sky...
A lifetime of inspiration"


An illustration for foxamoore's song, Aurora! Click below to listen!

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This painting took me an entire week, gave me tons of trouble, but it quite possibly the most satisfying painting I have made to date. All done in photoshop with a Wacom Intuos 3 tablet. Fish species are Ceolocanth, Sturgeon, Polypterus, Dunkleosteus and random teeny fishes (and a snapping turtle). They are not 100% accurate (dunkleosteus is tiny), but this is more of a symbolic painting representing the eternal and ancient power of nature, and how inspiring it is.
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Thuslan Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2015
Great piece of art. I wonder if any other animals get the same sense of awe when looking up at an aurora as people do. I love the perspective, the detail, effects and everything about this.
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TigerKatie13 Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2015
This is awesome and beautiful.You're incredible.
This diserves 10 000 likes 😍
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Shadenblade Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2015
This is absolutely awesome! Great job! I love the glowing effect, It really makes it come alive. ^.^
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OpaqueFerret Featured By Owner May 31, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I love the depth, this is spectacular! :) This inspires me <3
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FierceAustinDeadbolt Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
pretty
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PomDragon Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2014
This is so beautiful.
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EvilScarrlett Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
awesome painting!
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:iconmochacheetah:
MochaCheetah Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2013  Hobbyist
*speechless*
This is...so,ply gorgeous, the natural power and grace is exquisite! 
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PandoraArtists Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist

Beautiful, just beautiful are the only words I can use to describe this. You did a fantastic job!

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:iconwildwithin:
WildWithin Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
So pretty!
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rinredridingwolf Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2013  Student General Artist
I can't even... when I saw this, I literally breathed "wow..." out loud, this piece is just so positively beautiful, amazing, stunning, it's simply breathtaking! I cannot even express it!
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TheLostArtOfListenin Featured By Owner May 14, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Love this
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:iconvivimorena:
vivimorena Featured By Owner May 11, 2013
Inspiring!
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gudruna Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2013
beautiful
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:iconkatiehofgard:
KatieHofgard Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you!
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:icondisplacedsoutherner:
DisplacedSoutherner Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This is astounding. It's so mysterious.
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Citron--Vert Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I feature your wonderful deviation here [link]
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Silver-Zabrak Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I completely echo the last statement!
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Novus-Feldspar Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
This is just breathtaking! :love: The color is gorgeous. Those prehistoric fish are an interesting touch. I really like it. :)
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KatieHofgard Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Aw, why thank you!
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Novus-Feldspar Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
:aww:
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Insnii Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2012  Student Digital Artist
Oh mi gato! The stars and everything in the sky as well as the water! It all just goes together so perfectly!
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Catalina962511 Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2012  Student Artist
Wonderful; Awsome; Great
I don't know what to say to describe this art work! ^_^
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nadiehrotering Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2012
awesome!
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historygirl14 Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
oh my gosh, now i want to go to alaska to see northern lights! :aww:
it's truly inspiring! great job. :D
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AlbinoOtaku Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2012
Aww so pretty!
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James-Dark-Blue-Wolf Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2012
Wow that's very nice
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lalokadeanalu Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2012  Student General Artist
I love it!
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:iconpencilfairy:
PencilFairy Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Beautiful...
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Jupifang Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
oh this is brilliant. Thanks for sharing. It's really inspiring.
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magicloop2009 Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
Woweeeeeeeeey
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Arisah-aris27 Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2011
This'll sound weird ok so bear with the weirdness
I love the way you have use the lines seperating water land and sky to create an imbalance that draws the eye to the aurora as the focus of the work. O.o
Anyhoo I love this picture and the fish at the front is seriously freaky :D
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HibiscoPurpurea Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2011  Student Traditional Artist
I love it! I hope to see it in real life, but the draw with this all details is absolutely awesome
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Rosakaz Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Hmmm... I think all the praise I'd like to give has been said too many times here already. xD
It's a one gorrrgeous work. Your skills are astonishing.
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KatieHofgard Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Why thank you!
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:iconrosakaz:
Rosakaz Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
No problem. :meow:
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KigerwolfRD Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
This is gorgeous... I love the details in the fish and turtle. And the sky looks fantastic... makes me wish I could be under it myself.
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Dani-Claw Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2011  Student Traditional Artist
I absolutely adore this. The composition, colors, and...everything make this all the more real and enchanting. Incredible...INCREDIBLE job! :aww:
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ohnozombies Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2011
well done!
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:iconmintilina:
Mintilina Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2011
Gorgeous. <3.
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misora-hunter Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
That is simple breathtaking.
Not unlike the real Aurora Borealis.
I especially like the attention to detail on the mountain range, very craggy. Nicely done.
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theycallmeBoba Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2011  Student General Artist
Sweet!
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michaelqqq Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2011
Beautiful.
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CyanFox3 Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2011  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
This is just gorgeous! If it was a print i'd buy it in a heartbeat. :heart: :heart:
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Rakuens Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2011  Student General Artist
Awebsome details!!
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FoxAircurrent Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2011
I think I died from the awesomeness...
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bandywolfie Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2011  Student Traditional Artist
this is. . . just plain BEAUTIFUL!!!! the way u colored it! the way u drew it!! its just simply amazing!!! >w< i love it!
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RoyceLy Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
This art is not light because it weights in GOLD!!!
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XoXKiraXoX Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
Amazing <3
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Bluefeatherking Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2011  Student Writer
This is such a great piece of art :D
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