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Praying Mantis NWP by tarkheki Praying Mantis NWP by tarkheki
Commission for client.
Another fun image depicting a not-so-run-of-the-mill animal that makes it all the ore exciting for me to deal with. I have to admit, the challenge and the anticipation to work on designs and creatures rarely depicted, is always alluring.

I knew immediately when approaching this work, I wanted to have it overlaid on a blue-variation of pattern. Much like those National Geographic photos where the insect is in full clarity in the foreground but the background is vague and blurred into nothing more than blobs of colour.

I found that with the latest series of my work, I'm thinking more in the lines of postcard or greeting card style of images. Very stoic, very pose- and really making the animal the main significance of the image, rather then a more abstract one. I'm almost tempted to get a bunch of cards done.
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Eldr-Fire Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
It's cool how you were inspired by nature photography techniques while working in a different medium. Beautiful design. :)
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samueltcopp Featured By Owner May 6, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
Great layout.
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tarkheki Featured By Owner May 8, 2016
Thank you! :heart:
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Foxfeather248 Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2016  Professional Traditional Artist
That is really stunning! I love all the little details that really show how well you know the animal. Awesome!
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tarkheki Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2016
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I try my best is all I can do. ;P
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Aquatj Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2016
I would love to use cards made by you! ^V^

They'd look so amazing :3
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tarkheki Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2016
I will have to keep that in mind. Considering the amount of images I have on my drive, I might as well put them to good use. :)
Thanks for the input!
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Dreamspirit Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2016  Professional General Artist
IIiiiieee! Oh, those overlaying patterns are so wonderful and delicious. I just absolutely adore how you approached the color palette and design. It's so stunning.
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tarkheki Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2016
Thank you! Trying new things is a tone in my life lately. Really want to experiment! It's showing through even in my commission work. :)
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Dreamspirit Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2016  Professional General Artist
I for one am thankful to be able to sit beside you and enjoy the journey. :)
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Nechromicon Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2016  Student Digital Artist
Simple yet elegant, exceptionally cool!
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tarkheki Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2016
Thank you! Simplicity keeps the eye focused on the point, and less frantic to find waldo. ;P
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DoS-Draw Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I want a stamp like this :)
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tarkheki Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2016
That would be one SWEET looking stamp.
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Angga98 Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2016  Hobbyist Filmographer
Wow. This is so great!
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tarkheki Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2016
Thank you! :heart:
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Aidan-Gull Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2016
Really impressive work.  I like how the formlines are even subtly in the background.  From the veins on the leaves to the texturing of the sky/clouds.  It is really interesting in a lot of these recent NWP pics of yours to see how you are sort of pushing to use the style as more or less "fuller" scenes rather than just the character or creature by themselves.  I certainly hope you keep doing more like these.  ^v^
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tarkheki Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2016
I appreciate it!
It really depends on the image- most times, something strikes me subconsciously when I'm thinking of the content, and that image is the one I work with... I guess some contents just demand the context of a BG, others are more about the character. It's fun to do the background elements though. I love doing it!
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Aidan-Gull Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2016
Well I hope we see more of these sorts of backgrounds.  I like how you can almost use formlines not just for parts or segments of objects and plants, but also, it seems, as a texture or effect as well.  Very cool.  ^v^
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tarkheki Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2016
Funny you should say, because I HAVE and there is more coming on the way! I like creating an entire environment and "real world" atmosphere for my art. No animals floating in purgatory! XD
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Fox-The-Wandering Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2016   Digital Artist
That's a good point about National Geographic photos; I feel it makes sense to apply that technique they use to focus on the insect into here. The praying mantis here is certainly eye-catching! They're quite the cool creatures and deserve more focus, and you did a wonderful job doing so here for this particular insect. :) By any chance, is this a female praying mantis? I ask because the circles in its abdomen remind me of eggs. 
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tarkheki Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2016
You are absolutely 100% correct! The second person to figure it out- those ARE eggs, and this IS a female! Good on you! :heart:
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Fox-The-Wandering Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2017   Digital Artist
Whoo-hoo! :D
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