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Tangled shadows - Shadow maze
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By Namtia   |   Watch
Published: June 23, 2016
“The eye is always caught by light, but shadows have more to say.”― Gregory Maguire


Inspiration
When I was young I was really afraid of the darkness and plants especially in the darkness. I saw them as tangled shadows. Still time to time I dream of swirls and tangles of shadows in different shades (especially when I am ill or have high fever) and that is what I wanted to capture. Originally I wanted to make more elaborate and add more and/or different details, but I think this swirly design of shadow fits the theme better and I think I have over designed it already...   :dummy:

Personal note
As you may have noticed the lines are a bit more wider and shakier then normal. It is because I still haven't given up to learn how draw with dip pen properly.  Inking took ages as I have not really used to this kind of pen, but I kind of like it how the lines look, I just need to practice more with them.
Regarding coloring I wasn't really sure about this turquoise-petrol blue color at first, but  had the gut feeling it would work (I usually don't like to work with green and turquoise as I can't handle these colors well...I guess...).

I tried to combine color pencil, ink and markers. More or less achieved the look I wanted, but there is still a lot to learn. Unfortunately in the process many of my markers died on me so I will have to put off some of my drawing until I can  afford to buy new markers. Unfortunately the scanner "ate" my finer shades, tried to get it back with editing, but horribly failed. Well at least it was a lot of fun to draw and  I am happy how the original looks :la:

Media:  
brause dip pen  with nib 511, 66, 65 and talens indian ink, promarker, copic, homemade alcohol ink, various color pencils and loooveee

Pose inspired by
Bells Falls18 by faestock

Photos of the actual picture
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Lineart
Light and shadow by Namtia


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Comments81
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Imdraproc's avatar
Beautiful colour choice and breathtaking in the feel of flow and dimension to it. It feels otherworldly, yet also an organic (like plants) or elemental feel (like flowing water). 
notBAGHEERA's avatar
my favorite color, love it
Namtia's avatar
Thank you :D by the end  I started to like this color too ;)
notBAGHEERA's avatar
yes, it is a nice color :)
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W-R-I-T-I-N-G-SStudent Writer
Your style is very unique and powerful. I love your choice of colors and expression of forms and non/semimaterial stuff.
Namtia's avatar
Thank you very much for you kind words! And sorry for the delay, I wasn't DA much these days
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TheMarkzOfMaxProfessional Traditional Artist
Amazing.. cant fault it!
Namtia's avatar
Thank you very much for you kind words! And sorry for the delay, I wasn't DA much these days
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TheMarkzOfMaxProfessional Traditional Artist
No problem. ;)
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Weather-Qas Digital Artist
Amazing!
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Charlene-ArtHobbyist General Artist
This is crazy awesome!
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43SStudent Interface Designer
The detailed ornaments are very elegant. I love the composition and colours. Amazing piece!
Namtia's avatar
Thank you very much! :D
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kaisakurisHobbyist Traditional Artist
wow, beautiful colors and I absolutely love the idea! <3
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Thank you, glad that you like it! :D
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kaisakurisHobbyist Traditional Artist
You are welcome :)
offermoord's avatar
Spectacular beauty :clap:
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middleofadreamHobbyist Traditional Artist
So beautifull!! I love the colours! When the Deviation/Art/Upload is Just Right (icon) 
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Thank you :D Glad you like it
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MadoberHobbyist General Artist
cool!
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