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The Book of Beasts [Gift] by Vivocateur The Book of Beasts [Gift] by Vivocateur
At long last I have access to a scanner and can post this belated birthday gift for :iconsleyf: featuring three of her characters; behold the majestic adventuring trio (William, Gabriel, and Sandwell) and the Book of Beasts!
Whee this was such fun to work on, and it was awesome to do something with the Sandwell boys again. Sadly the scanner doesn't pick up the sparkly bits...this one definitely looks better in person :'[
I hope you have a fantastic year Sleyf...full of thrilling adventures (...right Gabriel)! 

Used: Watercolours, Mircon pens, Copic markers, fountain pen ink, FineTec metalic paint, Herbin phosphorescent ink
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MrRemoraman Featured By Owner May 8, 2018  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This looks amazing!  Fantastic work!
Vivocateur Featured By Owner May 8, 2018  Student Filmographer
Thanks so much! :D
saylem Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2017  Professional Digital Artist
you know this is beyond amazing, right? I just love to come back and study it to see all this little details you put into this - like the platypus in the jacket with a gentry pipe! So cool! And how you colored this is pure magic to my eyes! BEAUTIFUL and such a wonderful gift!!!  
InkyRose Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This is a simply magnificent present- you have truly outdone yourself madam!
I don't know why but this image reminds me of the painting 'The Lesson':…
I love your use of lighting and an unconventional palette to add to the eerie quality of the piece. The creatures tumbling out of the book are magnificent and remind me of Celtic patterns, intricate without an end or beginning.
(Of course the feminine sprite goes for William- he's a babe-magnet ;) )
I like the way you've contrasted Gabriel's anxious, defensive-yet-curious-fearful expression with Sandwell's wonder.
I think this is your best piece so far, you should be thoroughly proud of yourself *applauds*
akitku Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This is absolutely stunning! I don't even know where to start: the dynamic poses? The magnificent colours and shading? The intricate details of the creatures coming out of the book? It's all marvellous! Honestly, I'm in awe of your skill!
Teslaverian Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This is incredible! Your art lately looks absolutely wonderful... augh the colors are SO great I'm just gonna stare at this for a bit *-*
Sleyf Featured By Owner Edited Oct 4, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This is far too stunning a gift for one person!  The colours are just so ethereal and amazing,  the ghostly blues work so well against the rich purples (and wow, how on earth did you get those stripes on the wallpaper so damned straight with watercolour - or indeed, markers *fat marker blob-tip leaves fat marker blob*) I'm in awed at the fact you even added a painting on the wall in the background, when you could have just painted it purple.  That attention to even the minor details is so admirable (I really don't know how you have that kind of patience and dedication).

Clearly this book was a mistake to leave hidden in an innocent library (not so innocent as it's in Rimbrey and thus in the perfect location to fall into the wrong hands - those hands being those of a Sandwell) - look at the marvellous beasts on offer!  The fanged whale is pure natural elegance, leaping through the swirling waves of mystical imagination - they can house that in the lake (because Sandwell is a poor judge of size estimation or animal care).  The Absinthe fairy has her eye on William *gulp and sweat*, that one should be pretty easy to locate but I doubt that info will be shared with Jonathan - who hasn't noticed the hideous face in distorted and uncomfortable agony amidst the swirls right there...'I hear screams of joy from the fabled Screaming Mimi'.  And look, there flutters a multi-eyes snifflemop - mischievous replacement for faux facial hair and a distant relation to Hasty's coat. It's sort of adorable.  Such wonders within those pages!
I do love the way the plants (and magical wish granting goldfish) are all swirling out of the pages, caught up in the maelstrom of motion. I can see why Sandwell is ecstatic - look at the vast wealth of candidates for the Menagerie!
I also always find your work exciting because there's something to see EVERYWHERE - like the demon head, stabbing Gabriel with its frigid hell-hound tongue - and of course the platypus with its coat and pipe :iconisayplz: it needs to be possessed by a spirit now, in order to bring it to life as Sandwell's mentor (if I ever get 'The devil and the glasshouse' complete, I had plans for a second story concerning Caedryn's mask...which William picked up) But you know - unfulfilled aspirations...

This is truly astounding!  I adore it to bits and hey I may just have a new desktop  picture (I actually still have that original first midnight crow pic as my desktop!)
I'm also extremely honoured to have your art, it's always such a beautiful thing! (and what is this Herbin phosphorescent ink? I must investigate) - what is this magic????

Thank you thank you!
MercenaryBlade Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2017  Hobbyist Writer
Absolutely fantastic! So much detail here, I can tell you put a lot of effort into this.
Vivocateur Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2017  Student Filmographer
Thanks! I was really enjoying playing around with a new medium here! 
HeSerpenty Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
This is freakin gorgeous!
Vivocateur Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2017  Student Filmographer
 Blush Thanks so much! 
charcoalfeather Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
Stunning details here! I love the contrast of green with purple and all the different poses of the characters here. I love the stuff and creatures coming out of the book of beasts. It's absolutely mindblowing! 

The platypus is really adorable!
Vivocateur Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2017  Student Filmographer
Thanks so much! I had loads of fun with this one (trying our this new medium has really helped to get me out of a bit of an art block :D ). Ha ha! I think I got a little carried away with all the beasts and tendrils XD 
Thanks! He was specifically mentioned as a part of Sandwell's inherited taxidermy collection so I just had to include him. 
charcoalfeather Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
It's awesome that you're doing more digital now. I like how your digital and traditional work both has your signature style all over it! 

Of course!
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