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Home for the Holidays
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This picture managed to break my art block, so salute it! This originally started out as a character outfit redesign but then - gasp! - the "background bug" bit me and it became more of a full piece than a clothes design. I really enjoyed doing the hills and trees and sky through thr train window; backgrounds can be fun (when you know what you're doing!). The map above the windows is a made up train map.

This character is Jessamine, and she's on the train going home to spend the winter holidays with her family in the countryside! For those of you who don't know Jessy, she's Jonathan's sister and a fashion design student. She's generally a happy person, who starts a lot of projects she never finishes, and needs a fair dose of attention to feel happy. She and Jonathan bicker quite a bit, mostly about trivial things, but they know they love each other so little arguments are okay. Oh, and I really ought to introduce Jessamine's boyfriend on DA soon, as I know more about him than I did a little while ago. She met him on a train, actually - which is why I fancied drawing her on a train in the first place.

I'm quite pleased with this overall, though I had hell with the colour scheme. I so wanted to give Jessy a wacky colourful outfit, but I was worried it would conflict with the background so I swallowed that desire, which was probably a good thing.

Done in markers, reference used.
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MysticalMysticism's avatar
MysticalMysticism|Professional Traditional Artist
Very cute! nice character design also!
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xGrimFirex|Hobbyist Artist
Jazz [Jasmine] looks almost life like. I mean "ZAWESOME!".

What a unique style you have for your charecters! :meow:
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Larissa-Bright|Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you - and thank you for all the comments and faves on my pics. I appreciate it. :heart:
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DarienDoodles|Student Digital Artist
Wow , I like you used the markers,amazing XD!.
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Larissa-Bright|Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks very much! I'm no marker expert, but I try my best.
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vilhelmina|Student Digital Artist
This is such a delicious style! I like her clothing as well, somewhere in there you can still tell there was an outfit design part involved. (:
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Larissa-Bright|Hobbyist General Artist
Ohh yes, I adore fashion design. :D I'm usually not content to leave the clothes looking normal and every day on my pictures - far too much fun designing something else (though actually this is one of my more normal designs! :giggle:).
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joliealicia|Professional Digital Artist
A lot of interesting things going on in this drawing. The colors, the clothing choices and the scenery passing by in the background.

Reminds me of my own trips on the train, good job!
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Larissa-Bright|Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks very much - I'm slightly in love with trains, so I guess this was the result!
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CassidyPeterson's avatar
The kitty hat is so cute and I like her jacket! The pattern on the seats is a nice touch.
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Larissa-Bright|Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks - the London underground trains I remember going on when I was little had seat patterns similar to this, so I guess that's where I got the idea of the pattern from!
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TouchedVenus|Hobbyist Digital Artist
She's adorable. You did a really nice job on the coloring. Looks like a scene from a story book. Keep up the good work. :)
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Larissa-Bright|Hobbyist General Artist
I love your description of the picture as being like a story book scene - thank you.
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TouchedVenus|Hobbyist Digital Artist
You're welcome :)
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tinkerbelcky|Professional General Artist
I love the story that's being told here. Her clothes and posing give me an idea of her quirky, attention-grabbing personality, and the tartan on the seats and the snow outside the windows make the image feel so cozy. It's really cute!
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Larissa-Bright|Hobbyist General Artist
Great - I'm really happy you like this! The tartan on the seats is a pattern I remember being on train seats in my childhood - you don't see them anymore, though. Thank you for the :+fav:!
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drazzi|Hobbyist Digital Artist
I really really looove this piece. It reminds me of my trips back to Liverpool for Christmas when I lived away from hom.

The background on this piece is wonderful. It's got a great range of colours and details and yet is so simple it doesn't distract from the girl.

I looove the girl. Her outfit, her hat (which I want), the way her hair is, her happy expression... it all comes together so well and it just works. It conveys everything this picture should.

I also love your colouring effect with the white lines.
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Larissa-Bright|Hobbyist General Artist
Yeah, that's exactly right - trips home for Christmas and other holidays when you live away from home. I also want her hat - got inspired by hats I saw at an anime convention. Thank you very much for the :+fav: on this.
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drazzi|Hobbyist Digital Artist
I have similar hats to that I got from AnimeHot on ebay (Ya know. To try and be helpful >_> )
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Larissa-Bright|Hobbyist General Artist
They're sweet. Thanks for the link!
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oesalces's avatar
I like how this came out. very nice pose and colors
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Larissa-Bright|Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you! I usually use every colour of the rainbow on pictures, because I love colours, but I restrained myself here!
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Doksuri's avatar
Beautiful colouring :) She has such a sweet expression :heart: Great job on the background as well! :heart:
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Larissa-Bright|Hobbyist General Artist
Ahh, thank you! I actually really enjoyed doing the background on this picture, and most of the time backgrouns daunt me. :XD:
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