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. we raced the wind and won . by xdragonflyx . we raced the wind and won . by xdragonflyx
Prints available upon request. Please note me if interested.

This piece belongs to the body of work for my B.F.A. Senior Exhibit. It features an original childrens' story of mine about a girl's little plush toy who finds adventure when accidentally left in the woods. ^^

This is another double-page spread for the story.

I love birch trees so much.

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Artist/Show Statement:

Lost.

The dreaded moment when a child realizes that her beloved plush toy is missing. But he’s more than just a toy to her. He has a name. He has a personality. He has fears, dreams, and emotions. And now he’s slipped away from her protective embrace, left alone to face such a big and unfamiliar world. Who will tuck him in at night? Who will share their cookies with him? And more importantly, who is going to hug him when he’s afraid?

A lost plush toy can be very traumatic for a child. The world is still new and oftentimes challenging, and it’s easy for such displacement to be projected from toy to child when that toy is an extension of the child. Children need to be comforted and reassured, and in turn they feel the need to comfort and reassure their stuffed friends. When a faux fur friend becomes lost, the child becomes distressed because a part of her is facing the world alone.

But should she be distressed? What if the world isn’t such a scary place, after all? What if he isn’t alone and neglected, but surrounded by a new set of friends? An unfortunate event could easily be an opportunity of a lifetime. Sooner or later, those who are lost are going to be…

...Found.
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Timcreo Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2017  Professional Digital Artist
Very pretty!
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Inficia Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2012
I have a question about your use of references (or non use of them). Do you look at photos? Or do you draw the animal until you feel confident in your ability to illustrate it? I am just curious looking at some of your more eccentric animals like sugar babies.
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xdragonflyx Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
I use references as often as I can. I'll look at photos, studies found in animal anatomy books, and sometimes other artworks to see how other artists have approached a specific animal. Sometimes it involves sketching an animal repeatedly until I get it right, and it almost always involves sketching and refining the final drawing until I'm satisfied with it.
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the-carolyn-michelle Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
I love this.
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VeronicaRosejones Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2012  Student General Artist
WOW Theses are soo beautiful!!!!!!!!
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SeaSpryte Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
Another lovely piece!
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odwild Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2011
Featured in the news article Children illustration - digital art feature
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SaskiaDeKorte Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2011  Professional General Artist
gorgeous work :O the birches are very lovely.
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chibiakemi Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2011  Student
I saw this at GVSU~ Looks much better in person. :)
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Shizuku-Uzu Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2011
this is so cute! very nice!
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NikTiberius Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2010
I can't stop looking at this. What a beautiful piece!
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xdragonflyx Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
Why thank you! ^^
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Katany Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2010
Oh! so many detals! wow... awsome
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xdragonflyx Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you! I absolutely love details. ^^
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Megeso Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2010
This is absolutely beautiful! I love the colors and the texture!
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xdragonflyx Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you!
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wilted-desert-rose Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2010   Traditional Artist
I'm definitely not trying to nitpick, because this is a beautiful piece...but the stream seems to stop at the deer and doesn't continue on back towards the horizon. Was that intentional?
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xdragonflyx Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
That's the one thing I've been critiqued on that bothers people... It wasn't intentional, and my thinking was that it curved around with the slight incline of that hill. I think I'm going to fix it, though, since it does look awkward.

Thanks for your critique! ^^
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KreepingSpawn Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
perfeclty gorgeous. you have a playful warm style accessable to children that still carries a dignified elegance which appeals to adults. well balanced. ;)
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xdragonflyx Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you so much! I think it's just as important to appeal to the adults, especially as they're usually the ones who are caught reading the book over and over, so it thrills me that you think my work is balanced in that aspect. ^^
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KreepingSpawn Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
absolutely. has this gone to print yet? i might snatch up a copy! ;)
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xdragonflyx Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
Not yet, but I'm hoping it will in the near future!
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KreepingSpawn Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
me too!! :D
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drop-asd Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2009
I simply adore your style. I could stare all day at the textures you use. The lines appear so simple at a first look but when I examine them I cannot help but admire the way they capture the forms in a perfect way with as great detail as stylization allows. :clap:
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xdragonflyx Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you so much for such lovely words!
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Jezhawk Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2009  Professional General Artist
I just love what you did with the stream. I can almost hear it trickling and gurgling!
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xdragonflyx Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks! I love illustrating water. ^^
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pallanoph Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
:faint: Seriously!!!! I love the graceful flow the piece follows, from creature to creature. The shifts in color and tone and texture...

AND THE TREES. I share your love of birch trees, and yet, have scarcely drawn any. :XD:

:clap: What a beautiful series this is!
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xdragonflyx Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
You must draw trees, woman! A whole forest of birch trees! And then your birch trees can meet my birch trees and everyone will be happy with a surplus of birch trees.

And thank you, as always!
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pallanoph Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
YES. It shall be done!

And it will be a joyous occasion for all! MOAR. MOAR TREES. :lol:

You're quite welcome! :dance:
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Nivalis70 Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2009   General Artist
I love your style :heart:
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xdragonflyx Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you!
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Alicemonstrinho Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
Your art is magnific! your art style and the way the lines go, it's just amazing!
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xdragonflyx Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you!
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Gaabs Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2009  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I LOVE YOUR ILLUSTRATIONS SO MUCCHCHHHH!! :heart:!
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xdragonflyx Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
Haha, thank you!!
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Merides Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
I'm going to second everything said... and ask you to publish this as a book. It would sell, just by artwork alone.
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xdragonflyx Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
heheh, thanks! As of now there aren't enough pages for a complete book, but I'm going to see if maybe I can write the story and get a publisher interested.

If not, there's always self-publishing!
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Merides Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
Keep us posted on that... ;)
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xdragonflyx Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
Will do!
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HeatherHitchman Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2009  Professional General Artist
o love this piece! the frame is filled perfectly and the line of motion created by the animals is beautiful :-)
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xdragonflyx Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks heather!
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CindarellaPop Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2009  Student Traditional Artist
You could publish this, seriously.
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xdragonflyx Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
I hope so! Definitely going to try and get it picked up, but I think they'll want a written story to go with it.
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CindarellaPop Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2009  Student Traditional Artist
Best of luck. :)
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puppeteer-for-kings Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2009  Student Traditional Artist
Beautiful, as always!
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xdragonflyx Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you!
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Trivia-Master Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2009
Magical! The detail on the trees (and everything else)is incredible!
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xdragonflyx Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you!
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Witbik Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2009  Professional General Artist
This is astoundingly exquisite ^^
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