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Tangled shadows - Shadow maze by Namtia Tangled shadows - Shadow maze by Namtia
“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
namtia.tumblr.com/post/1463153…
and on
www.instagram.com/namtia/

Lineart
Light and shadow by Namtia


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:iconimdraproc:
Imdraproc Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2018
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). 
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:iconnamtia:
Namtia Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2019
Thank you :D
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:iconnotbagheera:
notBAGHEERA Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2018
my favorite color, love it
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:iconnamtia:
Namtia Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2018
Thank you :D by the end  I started to like this color too ;)
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notBAGHEERA Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2018
yes, it is a nice color :)
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W-R-I-T-I-N-G-S Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2018  Student Writer
Your style is very unique and powerful. I love your choice of colors and expression of forms and non/semimaterial stuff.
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:iconnamtia:
Namtia Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2018
Thank you very much for you kind words! And sorry for the delay, I wasn't DA much these days
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:iconthemarkzofmax:
TheMarkzOfMax Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2018  Professional Traditional Artist
Amazing.. cant fault it!
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:iconnamtia:
Namtia Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2018
Thank you very much for you kind words! And sorry for the delay, I wasn't DA much these days
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:iconthemarkzofmax:
TheMarkzOfMax Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2018  Professional Traditional Artist
No problem. ;)
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:iconweather-qas:
Weather-Qas Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2017   Digital Artist
Amazing!
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:iconcharlene-art:
Charlene-Art Featured By Owner May 7, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
This is crazy awesome!
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:iconnamtia:
Namtia Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2017
Thank you :D
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:icon43s:
43S Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2016  Student Artist
The detailed ornaments are very elegant. I love the composition and colours. Amazing piece!
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:iconnamtia:
Namtia Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2017
Thank you very much! :D
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:iconkaisakuris:
kaisakuris Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
wow, beautiful colors and I absolutely love the idea! <3
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:iconnamtia:
Namtia Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2017
Thank you, glad that you like it! :D
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:iconkaisakuris:
kaisakuris Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
You are welcome :)
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:iconoffermoord:
offermoord Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2016
Spectacular beauty :clap:
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:iconnamtia:
Namtia Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2016
Thank you :D
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:iconmiddleofadream:
middleofadream Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
So beautifull!! I love the colours! When the Deviation/Art/Upload is Just Right (icon) 
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:iconnamtia:
Namtia Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2016
Thank you :D Glad you like it
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:iconmadober:
Madober Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
cool!
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:iconnamtia:
Namtia Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2016
Thanks :D
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:iconhelera:
Helera Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2016  Professional Traditional Artist
I really like it! It's so beautiful! So intense! Great job!
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:iconnamtia:
Namtia Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2016
Thank you very much :) Glad you like  it
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Art-Ablaze Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Really like the way you interpreted your nightmares. Some say that drawing it out is a form of facing it and helps conquer the nightmare in the end. :)
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:iconnamtia:
Namtia Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2016
Thank you :) Well yeah, drawing my nightmares helps a lot to deal with them. Interesting to see that other find it fascinating. :)
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Art-Ablaze Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
You're very welcome :D It's awesome that drawing is actually acting like a form of therapy in your situation. :D
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:iconloki-rat:
Loki-Rat Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
pretty!!
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:iconnamtia:
Namtia Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2016
Thank you :D
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:iconigneriss:
igneriss Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2016
The details here are AMAZING ; U; great job~
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:iconnamtia:
Namtia Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2016
Awww thank you :D Glad you like it :hug:
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:iconseralune:
seralune Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2016  Professional Artisan Crafter
Csodálatosak ezek a színek! :la:
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:iconnamtia:
Namtia Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2016
Köszönöm szépen :la:
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MudslingerArtist Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2016
superb work! I love the colors and the designs of the swirls alot
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:iconnamtia:
Namtia Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2016
Thank you, glad you like it :D
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:iconbluerain1984:
BlueRain1984 Featured By Owner Edited Jun 25, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This is gorgeous! Beautifully intricate!
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:iconnamtia:
Namtia Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2016
Thank you :D
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:iconbluerain1984:
BlueRain1984 Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
You're welcome!:D (Big Grin) 
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:iconenferphenix:
EnferPhenix Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Beautiful! Lovely colours, well done dear. :)
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:iconnamtia:
Namtia Featured By Owner Edited Jun 27, 2016
Thanks :D I wasn't really sure about the colors  first, but in the end it looks fine I think :D
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:iconenferphenix:
EnferPhenix Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
You're welcome dear. It looks wonderful!
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:iconfeu-en-bleu:
Feu-en-Bleu Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
It's beautiful! It already has such fine shades, I'm amazed that it could've had any more to begin with! The turquoise color worked really well, in my opinion. Tajima so cool 
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:iconnamtia:
Namtia Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2016
Thank you very much for you nice comment :D Indeed there are a bit more swirls and shadows which are not visible as they are really fine details. (Unfortunately my scanner doesn't like to scan nicely blue-green colors, but oh well). I wasn't really sure about the colors  first, but in the end it looks fine I think :D
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Plugin848y Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This turned out brilliantly! Lovely work!
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:iconnamtia:
Namtia Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2016
Aww thanks, you are kind :D
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Plugin848y Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
You're so welcome, I've really enjoyed watching this progress, fab work! :clap:
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Contrared Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2016  Hobbyist Writer
Creative!
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:iconnamtia:
Namtia Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2016
Thanks :D
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