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The secret Entrance by MinnaSundberg The secret Entrance by MinnaSundberg
~ ...is not so secret anymore. But the question remains; what is actually going on behyind that door. Will the nosy, spying critters of the woods finally find out the ancient secrets of the scheming squirrels? ~

Clearly, I'm in my most productive state whenever I'm being isolated from modern society and the consuming addictiveness of the internet. Drawn last weekend while I was at our "summer"-place (it's definitely not summer anymore, temperature's dropping below freezing during night already, brrr! x_x) ,and having no electricity is a real blessing some times.

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Watercolors and black ink on 50x30cm watercolor paper.
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FaroSamor Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2017  Hobbyist
Beautiful!
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Hot68White Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2017
Bendy Icon 3 (F2U!) Pixel Icon: Red-Heart (F2U) 
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dragon4352 Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
stake out
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KlarkKentThe3rd Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2016
Let me guess... nib again?
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TheFurryCosplayer Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2015
Amazing piece of work here :-)
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SwirledThoughts Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Looking at this makes me realize how big we are, because of how giant the fox seems.
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Hanna-Pirita Featured By Owner May 16, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Tätä kuvaa kattoessa mä vaan ajattelin "Jumalauta tolleenki voi tussata kun tekee vesiväreil juttuja." Mä yritän ite aina tussata sellasia juttuja että väritän sitte kaikki tummatki kohdat vesiväreil, mutta nyt ihan inspiroiduin tästä että voin käyttää enemmän mustaa tussia kun tussailen. Kiitoksia tästä taiteesta josta sain inspiraatiota!
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xXAnaCaroXx Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Do you first paint all with the watercolors and them, when it drys, you use the ink?
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vasodelirium Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2012
hi!your work is featured in my journal,hope you don't mind:)
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vasodelirium Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2012
hi!your work is featured in my journal,hope you don't mind:)
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Hana-Liatris Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Your art is so beautiful!:heart:
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phantomgraphic Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Sooooo good!
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Siercelight Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
I really really really LOVE this! I hope I can make the cover of my stories to be as good as this
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ladycarol Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2012
unbelievable colours.
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ZephyrJ Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2012  Student General Artist
This reminds me of the Redwall series, if they had illustrations you should definitely be the one to do it. Your pictures have such a good sense of storytelling, they could only enhance the story being told.
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PuddlesOfCuddles Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2012  Professional Filmographer
Loving this so much!

The use of characters and bushes/nature foliage as a framing element works wonders for your composition! You have a pathway leading to your character, guiding our eye. And what's better? You have many many side characters looking at the focal point! A sure win to guide your audience! Bravo sir!

The rendering of the characters are very soft - adorable to say the least, with a very clear silhouette. Very readable, very well done - some of the textures look like a huge pain!

My one only complaint for this piece would be your value placement. I'd say over all, this image is looking about 1/2 light, and 1/2 dark. Try to stick with the 3rds rule - this will give our eye a dominant focus. I'd suggest bringing the values of the side characters in the foreground and background much darker. Particularly like the rat on the far right. This will make the side characters not as distracting, and even further enhance the images composition.

Lovely image over all <3!
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MinnaSundberg Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2012  Student Digital Artist
You're very much right there, the coloring of the image ended up being far more monotone than what I was initially aiming for. I have a silly fear of accidentally going too dark when doing traditional art, so I tend to chicken out and just leave things hanging in limbo. But I shall become braver! I shan't fear the darkness any longer! *raises sword*

And thank you for your very constructive comment. :3
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PuddlesOfCuddles Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2012  Professional Filmographer
I usually tend to start with the darkest darks. But I do more acrylics/graphite/charcoal. I UNDERSTAND HOW THAT'S THE WORST IDEA FOR WATERCOLOR/MARKER lol!

Don't forget technology too - nothing a little bit of Photoshop level-editing can't spicin' up.

No problem - I'll be around ;b
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brina-bunny Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
oh my word...you are phenomenal. i love your mix of watercolors & ink technique. so great.
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Grayphus Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2011
HAHA! Privacy has not been any more! Lovely work!!
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perplexingPariah Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
"Were you followed?"
"Of course not."

IRONY!
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JustBark Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2011
Bravo. The theme of work set leaves little to criticise so bravo again and well done.
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FadwaAngela Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
:iconhedujay: Your beautiful art of this week has been feature in my journal ... here >>> [link] Or [link] :iconhedujay:
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inuzaka Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Wonderful stuff. Definitely DD material
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nonsensology Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2011   Traditional Artist
the linework is simply extravagant!! And the colors are so nice and soft.
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DIGITALaura Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2011
So cute! nice job on this one :) and lol at the little bunny with the camera.
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MissMackenzi Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
It reminds me a little of Squirrel Nutkin :P

Very cute little scene, I love how the squirrel doesn't seem to mind all the spies, looks pretty confident they won't learn anything.
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viridarium-x Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Absolutely fantastic! :heart:
You should illustrate children's books with this style. :)
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ClaraBacou Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2011  Student Traditional Artist
Awesome.
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Spearminty Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2011  Student General Artist
Really amazing traditional work!
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ApocalypticAya Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2011  Student Digital Artist
Really, really pretty ^^. I love the colors :3
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COOL-GUY-DEVIANT Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2011  Hobbyist
This is incredible!! I like how you kept everything very natural -- all except those binoculars. They drew my attention as the only modern thing in it. I love the owl with the quill and parchment!! :clap:
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JokeVeritasLove Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Very classical! Love it! Seems like it would be in some kind of children book =D
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IreneZanon Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Stunning. Traditional art rocks!
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Uruczek Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2011
omg! amazing, so many details, you have awesome style :D
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ArchiSimon Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2011  Student Interface Designer
nice
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DeevElliott Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2011
This is such a nice piece. Funny and the animals are all drawn really well. Love it.
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Netris10 Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
wow pretty !
18 animals? xd
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wdking702 Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This is truly fantastic! GJ!!!
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Penguin-Factory Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2011
Love the colours and inking on this one. It sort of looks like if Bill Watterson did fantasy art with a cleaner style.
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Melevy Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2011  Student Digital Artist
beautiful!!!!
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fayrinn Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Beautiful illustration!
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JiyuKodai Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
I like the little mouse with a camera. XD
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InkTiger Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Oh this is genious. Nice!:D
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Koi-Lantern Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2011  Student General Artist
do you ink it first, then watercolor, or the other way around?
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MinnaSundberg Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2011  Student Digital Artist
Yup, I always start with the lineart. The few times I've tried it the other way around, I've ended up with a pile of "blurgh!" and "I can't draw, boohoo!".
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MadArlequim Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2011  Student Traditional Artist
Amazing!
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DrMeloche Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2011  Student Filmographer
I die from joy every time I see your work in this style. It's so textural and illustrative in a way that is reminiscent of folklore and fairytales without being old hat
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Readasaur Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2011
I vote they're building a giant mecha.
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pickledshoe Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2011  Student General Artist
its were they get their special nuts
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