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Chase, The Dreamer (Backstory Illustration) by Tvonn9 Chase, The Dreamer (Backstory Illustration) by Tvonn9
I have also been nicknaming this piece "On the Surface".

After many iterations and literally years on the backburner, I finally took the time to finish this Chase's backstory illustration. The response from the first Swordplay illustration with Red really gave me inspiration and motivation to continue working on these. Thank you to everyone for your support and I will hopefully finish another backstory illustration sooner than it took to finish this one!

    Progress Pics: If you wanna see more in progress pics of what I'm working on, I post more frequently on my instagram HERE!

    Available Sketchbooks: If you are interested, I have my first sketchbook full of drawings over 2013 - 2014 now available to purchase on my etsy store HERE!

Chase's Backstory

The Dreamer

Chase grew up in a small village that was surrounded by luscious, fruit bearing foliage and an abundance of Lupa trees, hence the village’s name, Palupa. Even though this village was full of color and equally colorful characters, Chase had a hard time seeing this since he was born visually impaired. And while his mother would never admit it, Chase believed the hardship of raising a child with his situation was too much to handle for his father and was the reason she was raising him alone.

Although his eyesight proved to be limiting, he maintained a positive outlook on life thanks to his loving mother. It was hard to make any friends his age, since he was pretty sheltered and seen as an outsider that didn’t talk much, but he preferred this. He found comfort without the distraction of others and preferred letting his mind wander without interruption.

He could still recognize his surroundings enough to know that Palupa provided a beautiful landscape and Chase had ambitions to see what else was out there while he could still make out general shapes and colors. Places all had a different personality about them and he wanted to meet them all, along with meeting his father in person one day regardless of the outcome. You may not have known it when first meeting Chase but his interests in learning were rich with a quiet enthusiasm. He hoped to pursue his education at a northern academy he heard about in passing.

He grew up quickly, both mentally and physically. This led to an awkwardness in his features that he hadn’t quite grown into yet. Along with his dulling eyesight, he had bushy eyebrows paired with a lanky frame and a head too large for his body. His odd looks matched his isolated personality which made him a target and subject to taunts.

As is normal with kids, Chase was singled out from time to time and given his fair share of being teased but he could generally ignore it. What hit him the hardest were the jokes pinned at his father’s absence or being a burden on his mother. Most of the kids were alright but a few were relentless. Chase felt he had some tough skin for his age, but this was really ripping into his sense of worth.

When he became a bit older, his remaining eyesight worsened. His new priority was to focus on forming new habits of counting steps, learning his surroundings, and remembering as much as he could see while still able. Eventually the other boys caught, and surpassed him physically, yet they didn’t even bother pushing him around anymore because they knew what they could say would hurt much more. As his vision started to become more of a blur, so did his inspirations and desires.

Chase just wanted to be left alone. No one could understand how he felt, and what hurt the most was thinking no one ever would. He no longer aspired to travel and had sunk into a state of uncertainty. Now, at only fifteen, he could be found just outside the village on his pier’s edge gazing blankly into the ponds water below at his own fading reflection.  
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A compelling composition and verdant scenery invites us into the poignant world of Chase, The Dreamer (Backstory Illustration) by Tvonn9  ( Featured by lovelessdevotions )
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Fantelle Featured By Owner May 7, 2017  Student Digital Artist
Still love this. The composition is actually genius.
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WrensHollow Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2017  Professional General Artist
This is *astounding*. Absolutely gorgeous on so many levels
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Fgore Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2016  Professional General Artist
kudos Tvonn9 !
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IgySerious Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2016
This is incredible, i'm seriously out of word. 
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DansArtRealm Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2016  Professional Digital Artist
This is incredible.
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HApPIE-GIRApHIE Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2016
Oh my gawsh I just noticed the fishes! 7 years of staring later! I love it this piece is really detailed and pretty!
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Tvonn9 Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2016  Professional Digital Artist
Haha glad to hear there's something new to see with each viewing =]
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Fgore Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2016  Professional General Artist
amazing piece
kudos
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333DiDi333 Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2016
I like how you can see a person only in the reflection, it gives a dream like feel
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Tvonn9 Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2016  Professional Digital Artist
I wanted the idea to be that we only see what's "on the surface" when we look at someone and we don't get the whole picture =]
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Eonfox Featured By Owner Edited Mar 19, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
I really like this. It feels like things are moving within the scene which is what I tend to be drawn to as both an artist and animator. It inspires me to hope and act upon that hope) to animate a simple scene like this without skirting the quality it possesses.
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Tvonn9 Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2016  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you and I'm sure you can if you keep that in mind while your working!
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DominoComic Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2016  Student General Artist
This picture is just so amazing and beautiful. You are now one of my favorite artists of all time. 
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Tvonn9 Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2016  Professional Digital Artist
Wow, thank you so much!
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sendomaho Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2016
muy bello
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Gaalad Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2016  Student Digital Artist
I love it so much!
It's such amazing! ^^
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LindArtz Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Congratulations on your much deserved DD! :clap:
WinningDD by marphilhearts
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xandraclay Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2016  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Congrats on the DD! I love the vivid colors!
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Dianote Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2016
It's stunning! Congrats on the DD :)
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Saryekad31 Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
beautiful work !!!!!
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YuTheElementalMage Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Simply beautiful :)
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Ururuty Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2016
nice work
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MinxFox Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2016  Student Digital Artist
I want to be his friend.
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PirateLotus-Stock Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2016
Wonderful work! ^.^
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Artchemist13 Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
OMG THIS IS BEAUTIFULE!!!!!
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RockerRainMarie Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2016  Student Traditional Artist
That's really cool and original.
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mea00 Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
Nice work! Congrats on the DD
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LostGryphin Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2016  Hobbyist Photographer
love the perspective
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flamingodancer123 Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2016
This is just so beautiful, you are a master in digital painting. I love the colors, they are so very vibrant. Great work!!!!
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HelenianaRainbow Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2016  Hobbyist
nice
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The-Last-Phantom Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2016  Professional Digital Artist
AWESOME!!!!

Mettaton Being Beautiful
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brennennn Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2016
You've created such a serene environment and your attention to detail has certainly paid off.  Fantastic piece, well done!  :heart:
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Melonbread3 Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2016  Hobbyist Writer
what a nice drawing, i thought first - but then I read the backstory. it's awesome, realistic and it makes me want to hug the poor boy! He deserves a happy end, even if he's almost blind. 
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Tvonn9 Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2016  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you lots, and I'm glad you read the backstory! 
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Forestina-Fotos Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
I love the rich colours! :)
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Lintu47 Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2016  Hobbyist Photographer
Congrats on the DD! :DALove: by Ikue
Have a nice day! :love: by CookiemagiK
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Drakan21 Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This is absolutely, simply, gorgeous. The shift from purple to green into the yellow/red is just inspirational. The way you approached the water and the reflection is fantastic.
Looking forward to seeing your other character pieces :D 
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Tvonn9 Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2016  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you very much and I look forward to sharing the newer ones soon!
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Tijleke Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2016  Professional Digital Artist
First of all, I love the piece. Great usage of color, light, composition, etc. Really a stunning piece. Its obvious you have put allot of time, afford, and mainly soul into this.
That was kinda my initial reaction, before i read the back-story. After reading it i got a whole new appreciation for the piece. The story really connected with me, because I feel very relate-able to his feelings and what he has bin through. It brought up allot of emotions, and feelings from my own past, and pieces who can do that are the real art in this world. I'm not just saying that to brown-nose, I really feel that way. So once you read the story, and then look at the image again, you find a whole lot of new details and hidden meanings. I love how the look on his face, or the reflection of his face shows the emotions behind him so perfectly. And I love the details so much in this. For some reason I feel like the rope/necklace he's holding has a special role to play in the story that we don't know yet. I hope you had allot of fun creating this, because it is allot of fun watching it. Great job! ;) 
(ps) Let us know when/if this ever becomes a print, because I would love that on my wall :D
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Tvonn9 Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2016  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks Tijl, I'm glad the backstory was relatable and struck a chord! And trust me, when I finally make prints of this, you'll be the first to receive one free of charge =]
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EclecticManta Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2016  Student Digital Artist
This is by far my fave piece of yours! I watched as you worked on it on the livestream and it's just stunning! Lovely colors and the subtle reflection and fish are a great touch. Also love the backstory :)
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Tvonn9 Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2016  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you and I'm glad you noticed the lil swimmers and read the backstory =D
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EclecticManta Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2016  Student Digital Artist
You're very welcome! :D Love your work!
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FurkanHolmes Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2016  Hobbyist Artist
the reflection on the water .. :wow:
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Jellygay Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
your art is beautiful and stunning
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StreetKombatfighter Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2016  Hobbyist Artist
incredible work :)
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Mr-Ripley Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2016  Professional Digital Artist
Interesting work =D
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ubiquitousking Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
The backstory is great, it captures the emotion you can see in the reflection. 
As for the image itself, it's fantastic. The reflections and, better still, the colours :D awesome stuff.
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Tvonn9 Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2016  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks for reading the backstory and seeing the relation between the writing and the piece =]
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Shendin Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
AHH SO SAD! I hope Chase's story turns out alright for him!
Is Swordplay your own original story? If so, that's awesome! You're basically living my aspirations here. I hope to someday be able to draw my own characters out with such skill. :D
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