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Bigwig Joins Efrafa by Sirenophilia Bigwig Joins Efrafa by Sirenophilia
Here's my book illustration assignment for Watership Down! I'm relatively pleased with this.. the colors and mood feel the way I wanted them to, and I am really happy to have completed something from one of my favorite books of all time.

This is the scene in the book where Bigwig is joining the fierce warren of Efrafa in order to gain more does for Hazel's warren. To the left is general Woundwort, and to the right is Campion. It's a tense scene, and Bigwig (central), is attempting to appear brave, powerful, and like a good choice for an officer in the warren.
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Given 2011-12-23
Bigwig Joins Efrafa, a beautiful book illustration by ~Sirenophilia. The care that went into the details is evident - the composition and colors are executed extremely well. ( Suggested by Frozen-Empire and Featured by alicexz )
BlueFoxTheCutest Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
Ahhhh BigWig......what an idiot
Clarice Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2018
The contrast of Bigwig standing in light while the Efrara rabbits are all in shadow is very striking.  Beautiful work.
CambrianKaiju Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This is a really great illustration, I'm actually reading Watership Down at the moment; I feel this illustration does this particular scene justice. 
sonicas6558f Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2016  Hobbyist Filmographer
I sometimes laughed when I hear general woundworts voice
ComunicadorDeSuenos Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2015
I can feel the tense...

Definitively, this is my favorite illustration 'bout Bigwig.+fav Heart 
Derroflcopter Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2015
Amazing lighting and detail. The sunlight on Bigwig and the darker Efrafans do well to show the contrast between good and evil in this piece.
Acacia-Rabbit-Desert Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2015
very very good O.O
DetectiveRJ Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
The contrast here looks brilliant, especially on Bigwig, he looks positively angelic as opposed to Woundwort and his officers. lol
ScribblerMather Featured By Owner May 21, 2013
The lighting in this is amazing (and a nice touch to the contrast between Bigwig and the Efrafrans)!
majorxomasher Featured By Owner May 4, 2013
oooh this is lovely! You made bigwig so handsome :) (he's my favorite) and Woundwort looks amazingly scary!
Kazuma27 Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Just listenin' to "Rabbits' Hill pt. 1" by Trick or Treat; awesome music, awesome painting... Perfect!
manofallart Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2012
Lovely picture.
the only thing is That Bigwig looks to small.
He should be the biggest rabbit there apart from General Woundwort.
Gabriel-C Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
That is absolutely gorgeous! I've been looking for a few good Watership Down pictures...finding yours is kind of bittersweet 'cause that'll make all the others look kinda lame...
StarfallenWolf Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Omg! I love Watership Down!! Although it's terrified me, and I can never have rabbits again... rabbits go RAWR!!! :D
Have you seen the movie... it's very graphic, though.

Jayfeather97 Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
awesome pics!!!!!!!!!
Kuru-Souchou Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2012
Oh my this is gordgeous!
MoonShinersDaughter Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2012
I love the mood of this picture. It's a great example of the good vs evil concept =)
DameNosferatu Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2012
Bigwig is best rabbit.
angelmorning1978 Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2012
WOW! THis is so great! I love the claws and the eyes of the Efrafans!
FlippyThebear Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2012
Kelshray Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Oh my God it's the best W.D. art I'd ever seen
ichbastele Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Lovely :)
Dreamer-of-Magic Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2012   General Artist
i just finished Watership Down. :) this is fantastic, and a great representation of this scene. ^^ kudos for the DD
Exillior Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Aww man! This is just perfect! I love how evil and scary the others all look. And I love Bigwig. Both in the book and here. :love:
SilverWoodSketches Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
this picture also reminds me of this book i read called Wolf I think lol, but it's about the animals of the forest and the main characters are a rabbit and wolf who have to work together to survive. random side note. love this!
dinkens Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2012  Student Artist
hey girl was looking for this to add to my faves! ; )
OrcaOwl Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Oh hey! I saw this in the Society of Illustrators, it was by far one of my favorites from this year's winners. Congrats on both that and your DD! This is an absolutely phenomenal piece, I adore the composition, color, and overall feel of this piece. It's really lovely, wonderful work! You're very talented <3 <3 <3
ymartinez Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2012  Professional General Artist
Vampire-Sacrifice Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
BEAUTIFUL piece. It really captures the entire story~
JillHoffman Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Love this story! Bigwig looks very calm and confident here. The lighting is fantastic.
Picklesquidly Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
i can just sense the contrast between darkness and light 80
Octoberlin Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Scary bunnies!! That movie was beautiful, but was like a bunny holocaust.... You did wonderfully with this pic. Great job! :clap: :wow:
aamalthea Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Oh god, I love Watwrship Down. Only watched the movie though. Beautiful piece of art, you really caught that dangerous feeling.
Very-Stormy-Skies Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Oh, wow. That's really good. I love how dark and sinister the Efrafra rabbits look. Bigwig is amazing.
x----eLLiE----x Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
You've done a really good job of making the efrafan rabbits look really sinister! brilliant artwork :clap:
AlissaMT Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2012  Student General Artist
I love it! Watership Down is such a big part of my childhood. I never read the book, but my dad loved Watership Down when he was a kid, and I remember watching the movie every weekend with him when I was little. This is beautiful. =]
raven-black-wolf Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I love watership down, this is really good. The Efrafans look suitably sinister and making 'Bigwig' white enhances the contrast and atmosphere
selkie-fox Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2011
beautiful, the moment is well-captured
Sakiko21 Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
This is just amazing, I...I love it.
Linkette Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2011
This piece is just amazing. The lighting is phenomenal, showing the slanting evening sun rays filtering through the underbrush; it's a great effect! The atmosphere in this picture evokes the feelings I had while reading Watership Down, which is my favorite book ever. :) You couldn't have picked a better subject, and you absolutely did it justice! Congrats on the DD, and thanks for creating a fantastic work of art!
CalSlater Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2011  Professional Filmographer
Caught my eye and I had to comment. Lovely. Very nice color and detail.
WolfySM Featured By Owner Dec 25, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
nice ^^
Nebride7 Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2011
This is fabulous! One of my favorite books too.
Snipetracker Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2011  Professional General Artist
Good choice of material
DancingCorgi Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
This is fantastic! Watership Down is a wonderful book and this art is entirely worthy of it! Great job!!
secretsheik Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2011
HOLY CRAP YES! *faves the shit out of this*
Ninjerina Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2011  Student General Artist
Congrats on the DD! You've made the big-time on here! This is Kelsey btw
bobshmit13 Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2011  Student Writer
Very realistic looking rabbits, and very scary looking Hazzel, I think, looks very scary!
luke-4d Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2011
The hare has a brushed hair? LOLOLOL
jsivart Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2011  Professional General Artist
I loved that book! (Well.. what I read of it, because then I had to return it to my school library, and i don't go to that school anymore... Now I want to finish it!) Very good piece, you captured the characters perfectly.
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