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Song Of The Trees by The-fox-of-wonders Song Of The Trees by The-fox-of-wonders
The breeze is cool and refreshing, the rays of the sun warming my body. In this forest, the trees are hollow, yet so very full of life. The branches dance around each other, and leave room for energies to settle, and for the wind to enter. I feel at peace here. The way the breeze passes through the arcs and tunnels in the trees creates an airy, ever changing song. The songs of birds and the chimes of small bells tune into the melody of the breeze. Each note is pure, and somehow seems to fit into the whole. The leaves rustle, as do my feathers, moving in the zephyr. I close my eyes and feel and hear all around me. Above all, one strong feeling arises: everything is alive.

One day when I was feeling particularly well I closed my eyes and saw Dyna sitting in soft rays of light in a bright forest, relaxed and enjoying the presence of everything. That's how this drawing came to be. c:
Drawing this was a great experience. 
I also wanted to share 'Riding the Wind' and 'Climbing the Ginso Tree' of Ori and the Blind Forest: www.youtube.com/watch?v=cx06VK… and www.youtube.com/watch?v=9wQ_BQ…
Not the same song I'd imagine hearing in the forest, but I feel they do fit very well. c:

Made with new soft coloured pencils that are great for colouring (not so much for details, but I have other coloured pencils for that).
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:iconthestarlightprincess:
TheStarlightPrincess Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
Just noticed this must be the one where you took your avatar from! That's a sweet snippet and lovely scene in the drawing as well. Somehow that deep blue there just draws my eyes, making me wonder what it is. A portal...? I can almost feel it vibrating. ^^ Everything is truly alive in here, but I'd also like to say: in balance. :) Wonderful job!
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Jack-13 Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2018
Nice wings! Great details in the feathers!
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:iconthe-fox-of-wonders:
The-fox-of-wonders Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
Haha, indeed!
The blue things in the trees are memories, either 'stationary' memories, or moving ones. :)
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queenofeagles Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
The tree has bells? I really love that little detail :D And Dyna's eyes are just perfect. So bright and crisp. And damn, that snippet you wrote is just as brilliant. Really sucks you into that forest and makes you part of it :) 
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The-fox-of-wonders Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
Ahh I'm glad you noticed them! ^^
I love the sound of (some) bells in the wind, they are calming and make me happy at the same time- fantastic combination!
You're making me blush with all these compliments, haha.
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MattBMattB Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
Wow! I love the texture you got with colored pencils. You really, truly succeeded in creating different "feels" across the art. The feathers are different than the fur, which is different from the bark, which is different than the SUNLIGHT. Incredible! I also love the little details that you put in like the ladybug, caterpillar, and bells! Really neat. Finally, the angle and depth of the face! You really know what you're doing! 
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:iconthe-fox-of-wonders:
The-fox-of-wonders Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you so much! :hug:
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Revan005 Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2018
Awesome!:D
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:iconthe-fox-of-wonders:
The-fox-of-wonders Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you! ^^
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Revan005 Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2018
YW and Thanks for llama!:D
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Cambion-Hunter Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2018
This is one of the most beautiful fantastical fox pieces I have ever seen. Great job. Clap Clap Clap 
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:iconthe-fox-of-wonders:
The-fox-of-wonders Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
Ahhh, that's a great honour! :D
Thank you so much!
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Cambion-Hunter Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2018
You are quite welcome, F.O.W. :)
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:iconfail-seeker:
Fail-Seeker Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2018
Heavenly! :clap:
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:iconthe-fox-of-wonders:
The-fox-of-wonders Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
That's a wonderful compliment, thank you! c:
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:iconfail-seeker:
Fail-Seeker Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2018
You are welcome!

Is that a shrine to Inari?
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:iconthe-fox-of-wonders:
The-fox-of-wonders Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
I hadn't thought of that at all to be honest, it was meant to be a spiritual place I felt in tune with, but in retrospect I like the concept. :)
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Fail-Seeker Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2018
You know who/what Inari is, correct? :)
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:iconthe-fox-of-wonders:
The-fox-of-wonders Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
Not in too much detail, but I've read that Inari is the Shinto kami of rice (and some other things), and is sometimes depicted as a fox. I also read their messengers are white foxes with flames above their heads.
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Fail-Seeker Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2018
A winged-fox!

My bro :iconcambion-hunter: would know more!
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:iconthe-fox-of-wonders:
The-fox-of-wonders Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
More winged foxes? I'd be interested in seeing them. :)
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LalaNorisu Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2018  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Looks nice
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The-fox-of-wonders Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks c:
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LalaNorisu Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2018  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Ur welcome :D
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noctae-corvus Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
This looks great, I love how the colors go together so well!
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:iconthe-fox-of-wonders:
The-fox-of-wonders Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you! The new pencils really helped, they are great for making gradients, and there are some soft colours in there that would otherwise be hard to make. c:
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noctae-corvus Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
You're welcome c:
Ooh that sounds neat! Out of curiosity, what brand/type of colored pencils do you use?
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The-fox-of-wonders Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
For colouring (and those wonderful gradients), a Derwent box with a fox on it (this one: www.bestcoloredpencils.com/wp-… ), which has mostly earthy colours, but also some soft greens, blues, and yellows that I used for the background here.
For details (and colours not in the other box), I use Faber Castell pencils (24 colours, across the spectrum) and my trusty old mechanical HB pencil.

In case you're interested in my mini-review after only 2 drawings done with them (haha):

As someone who used brandless pencils meant for watercolour most of my life, I think the difference in those and these 'good brands' isn't too big in the colour they actually put on paper (though most are more intense), but they certainly do seem way more sturdy (no broken points yet), and at least all colours are consistent with the colours they claim to be (some from my old box I had to learn by heart were way off- the dark purple in my old brandless box was actually a beautiful bright red, haha). I also heard the colours fade way less quickly when hung on a wall in the sun for years.
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noctae-corvus Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
I see, nice, thanks for the answer! :> I actually hadn't thought about the colors fading more quickly with cheaper colored pencil brands, but that does seem to make sense (though I usually store my art in folders or draw it in sketchbooks and never really hang anything up anymore)

I know the pain about cheaper brands having colors that are way off rip, I have a soft brown colored pencil that is actually a ceramic red.
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FigoFox Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2018
This looks so pretty:D I love the detailed wings^^
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:iconthe-fox-of-wonders:
The-fox-of-wonders Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you! Feathered wings are a joy to draw. ^^
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Drachenseele Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2018  Professional Traditional Artist
Aww I love the wings and the eyes. Really soft drawing. Foxy :heart:
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The-fox-of-wonders Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
Aww, thank you! :heart:
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Wildfire-of-Mars Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2018
Ooh
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:iconthe-fox-of-wonders:
The-fox-of-wonders Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
c:
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Wildfire-of-Mars Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2018
The colours merge spectacularly!

Brilliant work!
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dDarknezZ Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
*-* fox + bird = amazing animal!! :D
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:iconthe-fox-of-wonders:
The-fox-of-wonders Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
Heehee, I wholeheartedly agree ;D
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dDarknezZ Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
:D
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GreybeardCG Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2018  Student General Artist
Die soundtrack van Ori is inderdaad wel fijn rustgevend hihi :) Met een tikje spanning erin uiteraard... Staat ook nog ergens in m'n achterhoofd op een lijstje van liedjes die ik wil leren op de piano :D

Het ziet er zeker heel intrigerend uit met al die takken. Vooral de blaadjes springen erg in het oog :) En het mooie aan de veren is dat ze een beetje wegvallen in het geheel! Als je dan je focus ineens instelt op de veren zelf zie je die nieuwe details enzo. Ook de luchtigheid ervan zit er heel mooi in :) Dat heb je met "ontspannen" werken. Alle is wat losser en wat vrijer.

Maar er hangt ook een zweem overheen die alles wat doffer maakt! Was dit met je scanner of je camera gedaan? (Ik gok de scanner want je filesize is wel echt gigantisch xD 69.8MB)
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The-fox-of-wonders Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
Dankjewel! ^^

De zweem had ik bewust toegevoegd om het lichter te maken, maar ik twijfelde er ook heel erg over. Ik heb hem nu weggehaald. Ik moet nog maar even kijken welke ik zelf uiteindelijk het best vind. :')
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GreybeardCG Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2018  Student General Artist
Ah, nuja ik denk dat een lichte witte / groenwitte waas wel kan helpen, maar dan niet "vlak" over je hele werk :) Dan verlies je namelijk nogal veel contrast en worden bv Dina's ogen doffer. Dat springt er nu wat meer uit!

Had je dat digitaal gedaan? Het helpt dan om soms wat losse stroken te gebruiken terwijl je layer-mode op addition/overlay staat. (Dus gewoon vlakke 100% kleur) Daarna kan je er blur-filters overheen gooien totdat de randen helemaal uitgesmeerd zijn en dan kan je de opacity van de laag zelf wat aanpassen. (Het is mijn 'goedkope' manier om een gloed toe te voegen)
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