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Fox den by spocha Fox den by spocha
I painted this the week before my art exhibition last year, in which description I had promised there would be gryphons, among other fantastic beasts. Thanks to this piece, there was one gryphon at the show. Can you spot it?

Painted December 2016. Watercolors on cotton paper.
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JAlphadog1 Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2018  Professional Traditional Artist
I SOOO love your colors!! So soft and warm and comfey. : )) 
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JAlphadog1 Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2018  Professional Traditional Artist
It and other of your pieces reminds me of the 1970's. I love the art then, especially the early 1970's, so natural, environmental, and pretty.
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nekophoenix Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2017  Professional General Artist
Oh wow <3 I absolutely love slice-of-life pieces, and magical slice of life is all the better! I want to visit this place and enjoy the comfortable silence punctuated with mice scuttling and birdsong!


Thank you for making a game out of it too because I got to take in even more details whilst looking for that little gryphon <3
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barananduen Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2017   General Artist
Such a lovely scene with beautiful colors and interesting details! I love the hanging plants and lamps, and the tiny things like the embroidery, the mouse with the umbrella (what's it doing with an umbrella? haha) and the other one with a house with many rooms and windows, and the gryphon baby (it's in the nest in the tree!). Very nice composition with the spirals, and the veins in the wood look really cool.
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rodrev Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2017  Hobbyist Artist
Ever since I saw Chip and Dale rescue rangers I have wanted to live in a tree house :D 

Very nice illustration, it's almost alive with all it's waves. 
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spocha Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2017  Professional Traditional Artist
Aww, yes, me too!
Thank you! Interesting notion of the wavyness. I tend to avoid straight lines in my illustrations unless absolutely necessary.
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rodrev Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2017  Hobbyist Artist
No problem :) I believe you get more life in the drawing the more freedraw the lines. Torbjørn Egner(Writer and illustrator of Kardemomme by and Hakkebakkeskogen) did not belive in a ruler, and he was criticized for it in his time. But his drawings and stories are beloved even by new generations even to this day
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isletree Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2017  Professional Artist
Wonderful illustration!
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spocha Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2017  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you! :)
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WickusE Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Woow, so beautiful! The pattern of the wood floor is done perfectly, and I like how the one fox is embroiding The Great Wave of Kanagawa.
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spocha Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2017  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you WickusE! I had a lot of fun with all the patterns and details here. Happy someone noticed the embroidery!
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onkelscrut Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2017
Ooooh. What a pleasant place. I like illustration for children's books for many reasons and I can see many of them here. It's not only your drawing style and cosy colors, or all the details, but also because of the atmosphere and all those little creatures who obviously find their shelter at the foxes' den. And not every house can boast a little gryphon's nest, that's for sure!
By the way I really like that spot of gems over the windows. Are those pieces just attached or pass through the wall like a stained-glass and catch the sunlight?
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spocha Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2017  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you so much for this nice comment! It's meant to be glass pieces, set in the roof to bring in a bit of multicolored sunlight. I have been intrigued by "earth ship" homes, which pretty much inspired this. Sometimes you just want to draw something mellow and cozy.
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DarkstripeShadowpaw Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2017
Do cross foxes do cross-stitch?
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spocha Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2017  Professional Traditional Artist
How did I not think about that?!! 
They're natural talents, of course! :D
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boychik Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2017  Hobbyist
Congrats on the front page, this is really charming and I love the way you paint simple patterns and forms. Do you use masking fluid to get the white outlines? It looks really neat.
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spocha Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2017  Professional Traditional Artist
Omg, it made it to the front page?? :tardgrinn: 
I didn't use any masking fluid here. As with pretty much all my paintings I did a monochrome underpainting first, to set the values, then painted color on top and just painted around the white areas. Thank you for your comment!
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mirroreyes1 Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
What a fun scene with so many details!  I guess the gryphon's on the shelf?  Griffly 
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spocha Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2017  Professional Traditional Artist
No, but it's close by! :)
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Stamps Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2017
I don't think that's the gryphon on the shelf. Look harder...or rather look higher.
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mirroreyes1 Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
My first guess was what also COULD be a nest snuggled into the crook of the branch, above the shelf...  But I couldn't zoom in close enough for a better look...  :wink kiss: 
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spocha Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2017  Professional Traditional Artist
It's a tiny gryphon for sure!
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spocha Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2017  Professional Traditional Artist
Star! 
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