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Faery Stories: The Fruit by maina Faery Stories: The Fruit by maina
At the beginning, this wasn't supposed to be part of my fairy book, but after the sketching, I turned out inspired to do a story about this dryad. The sketch wasn't exactly like this either though.

The story is the following:

How do dryads get born? That's what she was wondering, she never met another dryad in her life, but she did see the animals of the forest having small versions of themselves. So she thought: "Maybe, I could have a baby". The next day, an fruit was hanging in one of her branches. "OH OH! My very own baby! It doesn't look quite like me, but I will take care of it with all my heart." She sang it lullabies, told it stories, made sure it had just enough water when it rained and enough sunlight when the sun showed up. But one day, she woke up again, to find the apple rot on the ground. She cried so much. No one could console her. For many days, she didn't want to talk to anyone. But still, after a few weeks of sun and rain... The fruit gave birth to a wonderful baby dryad.


I KNOW! it's cheesy! XD I don't care! The drawing itself didn't scan like the original. Unfortunetly. But I think it still gives a good idea.

Media: 9 X 12 Watercolor, on arches paper. (even the lines are watercolor on this one, no ink! weeeee! took so much time to do! )
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:iconhippyprincess:
hippyPrincess Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
AWWWWWWWWW! its not ch-
ok yes it is but! its super sweet i think its both sad and adorable!
:hug:
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Blackheart17 Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2011  Student General Artist
What a lovely story!
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:iconilfie:
ilfie Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
Awww I think it's sweet!
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:iconmaina:
maina Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2009
Thank you! =)
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angelavengerl Featured By Owner May 14, 2009
A beautiful story about motherhood and a even better piece of art. I like this version and your newer one.
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:iconnoni-bird:
noni-bird Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2009  Hobbyist Writer
This is beautiful. Very creative. I especially adore her hair.
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KungFuKitty90 Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2009
i think i like this one better than your other one...
its prettyful, and i love the faded, ancient looking color scheme and the cute story! :D
fav! <3
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roseredautumn Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2009  Student Traditional Artist
ohhhh I love the story! beautiful.
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hello1315 Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2008
i like the story .. and the paleness of the painting gives it an old story kind of feel... i also love how u made the tree her dress.. its beautiful work
=]
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maina Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2008
Thank you very much! I must say that the paleness is mostly a mistake from my part though. This was my 2nd or 3rd watercolour try and I didn't know how to do the brighter colours back then. I wish I could redo that piece sometimes.
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ChibiSuzan Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2008  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Nice one
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m-a-j-k-a Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2007
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hobbitnumba5 Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2007   Writer
This is so awseome!!!!
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hobbitnumba5 Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2007   Writer
wow, Wow, WOW!!!!!!
I really love the beautiful feeling that this piece gives off!!!! The story is really great too!!
The scanner's mistake gave her a misty almost longing kind of look.
Wonderful work!!
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delfee Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2007
Bon sang ! :omfg:
Que c'est beau...
Je crois que j'ai un coup de foudre pour ton univers maina... c'est tellement doux, tellement poétique !
J'ADOOOORE :D
Encore bravo.
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wyanet Featured By Owner May 19, 2007
wow wow wow.great great great
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:iconwindinmysails:
windinmysails Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2007   Traditional Artist
It's not cheesy at all! It's a lovely story. :heart:
And the painting is absolutely beautiful!!
+fav'!
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Moonstone27 Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2007   General Artist
Another beautiful piece of art:D!
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tailofshadow Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2007
Wow amazing!
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Gerbil-girl Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2006
cheesy? but i really liked it
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Nifrodel Featured By Owner May 2, 2006
I like it very much :aww: :+fav:
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:iconlechuza:
lechuza Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2006
Well. i like the story!
and of course drawing too

+dev
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:iconilincamilosan:
IlincaMilosan Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2006  Hobbyist Digital Artist
It's very pretty :heart: I really like the colors and the concept :aww:
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precious-nuiscance Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2006  Student
that is gorgeous... a great idea...
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sicken Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2005
i find the story really nice...
and i reallllly like the drawing....i like it that you put so much detail in each of your drawings.
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zzzsleepieezzz Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2005  Hobbyist General Artist
Sweet story.. :)
Not cheesy.. I like it :D
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sdrmutant Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2005   Filmographer
SO COOL!!!!
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anarene Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2005
it's not cheesy. o_o i found it brilliant.
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woefulinfinity Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2005
Wah! Cheesy is good! <3 <3 <3 I love the little story. X3 Awww... Awww... *squees* <3 <3 I love the painting, too. Her pose is really gentle, and the way you incorporate the three in is very pretty. Love the blended colors, too. It's like another myth. X3
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sanguigna Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2005
I LOVE all your fanatsic and delicate art!! This piece is one of my favourites....what a great world around you!! :star:
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mizutamari Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2005  Student Filmographer
I'm just going to echo everyone else- this is GORGEOUS!
I love the soft colors and happy emotion it relays.
Your tree/dryad is stunning! I'm gunna have to fav this!
It actually reminds me a little of Sleeping Beauty. They made this special on how the backgrounds were done. Anyway- to cut the story short, your little plants in the background and surrounding her remind me of those.
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Saiyumia3 Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2005
It's beautiful! You should make a picture of the Dyrad with it's baby Dyrad!
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ailil Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2005  Hobbyist General Artist
OMG! This is so beautiful! :o
Wonderful job with the poses, colors, everything! O_o
It's so magic!, I feel that it has becoming alive O_O :clap:
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songspinner Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2005
I love the subdued colours of this... lovely choice of pallette.
Also, the tree has great character (driad-type girly aside).

Lovely work :)
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:iconmaina:
maina Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2005
Thank you very much!
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braindeading Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2005
O______O even the lines are watercolor??????? *implodes* Wowsers. @_@ it's just too lovely.
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maina Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2005
Yar, even the lines =___= God, I wanted to kill myself at one time. Inking would have made it so much easier. LOL

Thank you darling!
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call-me-Hk Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2005  Professional Digital Artist
L-o-v-e-l-y
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yinyang Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2005  Student Filmographer
that story is so sweet, I love the color palet you used. Is that watercolor?
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:iconmaina:
maina Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2005
Thank you very much!

And yes, it was all done with watercolor. =)
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boum Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2005  Professional Filmographer
Je trippe sur l'ombre de l'arbre à terre. Je sais pas pourquoi j'accroche sur ÇA... en tout cas, c'est vraiment très beau. Waou.
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maina Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2005
Merci bien! =)

ahahaah des fois on accroches sur des choses bizarres, mais je vais t'avouer que je suis quand meme contente du résultat des ombres, parce que la derniere fois que j'avais fait de l'aquarelle pour une illustration (la fée avec la flute) c'était pas aussi bien contraster et la je pense que j'ai trouver un trucs pour un arriver.
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kheleksul Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2005
I love the delicate shading, as well as the concept; this is just amazing, Maina! :D
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:iconmaina:
maina Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2005
Thank you so much! =)
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:iconkomala:
komala Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2005
Ahh, incredible as always! The shading is just so delicate. ;o;
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:iconmaina:
maina Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2005
Thank you Komala! ToT
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magpie-poet Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2005
i like the swirly composition and the way you have a greek classical style 'dress'

and the story is good, you should flesh it out and turn it into a short story :)
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maina Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2005
Thank you very much!

I definitly want to flesh it a out a big, since it's for a book project. Thing is I don't usually write much, so it might take me more time to finish it all. But it's a personnal project, so I can take my time. =)

Thanks again!
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magpie-poet Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2005
really? are you trying to write and illustrate a book?
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:iconmaina:
maina Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2005
Yes, It's actually always been a dream for to be able to illustrate and write a book. A fairytale book to be more precise. I would also love to do a children's book (well...... both are almost the same when you think about it )

So I started this personnal project for fun. I don't know if I will ever be able to print it in book format, but it's still fun to do. =)
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