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Oh camera...oh why do you hate my art so much? (horrible photo)

You know sometimes I start to say so many things and then I realize I never really wanted to open my mouth.

Anatomy is stylized, but critique on lighting is always appreciated.


Time: 10 or so hours
Tools: Messily sketched in pencil on watercolour paper, painted in watercolour with the tiniest bit of gelpen for the whitest highlights.
Reference: Nothing visual.

This drawing is bloodmarked and copyright Aria Keehn 2011 ShePaintsWithBlood (me) Thank you for looking.:blackrose:
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First off I love this critter with melting ribbon tail and legs merging into a tree. Is it some sort of tree spirit because that is what it appears to be. The fur is soo fluffly and your creative anatomy is awesome as usual. Is the light coming from above? Or elsewhere? The way you shaded it leaves me scratching my head as to where its coming from. Or are you trying two light sources? As of right now it looks like there is a light in the top right and another in the top left from the way you shaded the forelimb, tree and face.
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Thothor Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2013
very cool bro good stuff
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ShePaintsWithBlood Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2013   Traditional Artist
Thank you!:blackrose:
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bellls Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Love. Very emotionally!
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ShePaintsWithBlood Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2012   Traditional Artist
Thank you!:blackrose:
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squeekaboo Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2012
It's great to see a painting from you again! I love how she/he turns to wooden vines almost, and the whispy look of this... the texture of the fur on the neck is beautiful as well. Great to see updates from you!
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ShePaintsWithBlood Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2012   Traditional Artist
Thank you!! It is tough not being able to paint much so I always get excited when I have something like this to post as well. I am glad you like it!:blackrose:
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EmeraldFaye Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2012  Professional Artisan Crafter
this is one of the most beautiful things I think I've ever seen. To me its like the moon became a creature to walk on the stars with spindly legs and an ethereal gait. I never know what to say to your artwork because it always leaves me breathless and starving.
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ShePaintsWithBlood Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2012   Traditional Artist
Aww, thank you, doll!! She has really been reminding me of the moon too which I love <3 I love the idea of her walking on the stars too, that would be adorable. Thank you!!:blackrose:
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skittle-san-love Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2012
This is beautiful!!
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ShePaintsWithBlood Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2012   Traditional Artist
Thank you!!:blackrose:
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JEAikman Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Beautiful. Your art is always so lovely :heart:
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ShePaintsWithBlood Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2012   Traditional Artist
Thank you so much!:blackrose:
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Inkwerk Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2011
Aaaaaaaaaaaaaa I just love you plantimals! This beast really reminds me of the long-legged elephants by Dali, but that is a very neat touch that every part of this beast is connected to another part; it kind of reminds me of ideas about eternity, or time circling back into itself...wonderful!
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ShePaintsWithBlood Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2012   Traditional Artist
Thank you!!

Oh yes the long legged-ness. Haha it is amusing because I actually very blatantly got my inspiration with long legs from a creature in the movie "Dark Crystal" When I saw it quite a number of years back. I love how you view my creature's connection as eternity or circling of life because I kind of feel that way too.:blackrose:
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Inkwerk Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2012
But of course :hug:
I've never actually seen "The Dark Crystal"...but long-legged beasties are very fascinating! And I do love these representations of animals that circle back into themselves, although they are somewhat rare in art and literature...more's the shame, I think!
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RoyalRoses Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2011  Hobbyist Artist
These are really outstanding pieces of art.
I've check some of them and they're good. :)
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motherFADER Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2011
cameras are jealous, because they will never capture the wonders of our minds o3o

beautiful creature c: i dig the bit that looks like eyes peering out of the tail <3
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dezimaton Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2011  Hobbyist
I love all the texturing that went into this. The fur around the neck and the wispy locks that flutter all around. Very nice use of watercolor :> <3
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Sierra-Meshugga Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2011
where do you come up with such ideas? Just random or does something inspiere you?
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Azu-Luna Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2011
Ari, have you ever considered making a picture book out of these drawings? Just a thought. I bet people would love to learn about your knotes. Just a thought.

I love the tail, it's so swirly. And it looks like he has a friend living in the hollow there! Nice touch. Is he sad? He looks sad...or maybe just contemplative. I should probably stop saying "he" if it's a girl. Do knotes have genders?
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ShePaintsWithBlood Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2011   Traditional Artist
Thank you so much! I am actually working on three books in a series specifically about knotes! It will probably be awhile before they see the public light but I am working. This guy is actually not a knote but a sort of canine creature. His face definitely feels knote'esque though. Knotes are easy to point out among my creatures by their lack of back legs and lack of external ears.

Knotes actually are a sort of hermaphrodite. They are all both male and female often in equal measures but I have a habit of referring to some as "he"s and others as "she"s Thank you so much!!! :blackrose:
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EXSHINKA Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2011
cool
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ShePaintsWithBlood Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2011   Traditional Artist
Thank you!:blackrose:
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LuxDani Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Mm god you are such an inspiration for me <3
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ShePaintsWithBlood Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2011   Traditional Artist
Aww <3 Likewise!:blackrose:
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cayora Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2011  Professional Artisan Crafter
I love how dreamlike this is! I continue to be incredibly impressed with your work!
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ShePaintsWithBlood Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2011   Traditional Artist
Thank you so much, dear!:blackrose:
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Igriel Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Lovely work :) I like pose and small mushrooms ... actually I like everything ^^
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ShePaintsWithBlood Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2011   Traditional Artist
Thank you so much! Haha I am glad you noticed the mushrooms since they are so tiny.:blackrose:
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JWiesner Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2011
Oh I'm not good at lighting critique, haha. For me it looks like the light comes from behind the character, I mean from the top right of the drawing. Then maybe you should think of it on the tail because for me it looks like the shading changed the side there? But maybe the fur is just dark and this isn't shading, I don't know.

But I still like this drawing very much! :)
It's awfully dreamy and beautiful and a little sad too (in a positive way). I can imagine this is a creature of the night because it reminds me of the night sky. And its silence for some reason too.

I like how it has fur parts at one point, but mystical material on the tail that I don't know how it feels. It could be fluffy but it also be something you can't really touch like clouds. And I like how it's connected to the legs, and ear. It is a very mysterious creature indeed.

The head looks very nice for me too, it's as smooth as a fox but you added more style to it that it doesn't only look canine but something else too.
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ShePaintsWithBlood Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2011   Traditional Artist
You are pretty close to where I sort of meant it. The lighting kind of was supposed to be coming from inside the frame of "branches" that surround him. Kind of as if it emanated from the little moon on his back but I really just messed it up I can see more clearly now. Unfortunately the shadows look really saturated in this picture but they are definitely off in real life as well.

The tail and such is kind of like some kind of tree branches, but they reminded me if clouds too ^n.n^ I am really glad you like the head. I am not that good at canines so I just sort of let myself draw my own version of one for this piece.:blackrose:
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Sylvia45 Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Very nice, I like it ^^ ~ (^^' sorry, though, I am not good with judging lighting, so I won't critique on it)
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ShePaintsWithBlood Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2011   Traditional Artist
Thank you!!

Haha I understand, I am not that good with it either yet.:blackrose:
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One-Million-Regrets Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2011
Oh wow this is incredible. I love how it flows so smoothly and the simple colors are awesome.
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ShePaintsWithBlood Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2011   Traditional Artist
Thank you!:blackrose:
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HorseCookies Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
So beautiful! I really love how everything flows all together. The colors blend together so smoothly, and I adore those glorious slim, long legs. The fur detail is so life-like! :D

Aww, you sound sad, what's wrong? Having troubles art-wise? Or just life in general?
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ShePaintsWithBlood Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2011   Traditional Artist
Thank you so much!! I am so glad you like the fur, I can never make my fur very realistic so I am encouraged to hear it may be getting better.

Aww thank you for the concern so much. I guess I am a little frustrated life-wise but I think my point here was that sometimes I just want to speak so much but I cannot find the words for it, so I would rather stay silent.:blackrose:
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HorseCookies Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
You're welcome! :hug:

Aww, well don't be too discouraged. Everyone goes through valleys in their lives, and please don't be afraid to speak up and speak your mind. :nod: I'll be praying for you!
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ShePaintsWithBlood Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2011   Traditional Artist
I agree <3 I guess I have sort of lost a little bit of willingness to speak up in recent times...I do not know what happened, haha. Thank you so much, some prayers would actually mean a lot right now <3 <3 <3 :blackrose:
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HorseCookies Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I'll keep ya in my prayers! :hug:
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Ravenwolf89 Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
OMG! I love it! SO PRETTY! Btw... it's my birthday today XD And I havent talked to you in ages. How have you been?
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ShePaintsWithBlood Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2011   Traditional Artist
I just saw that! Oh my gosh I forgot your birthday was coming up I am so sorry, my head is in the clouds! Happy birthday! I will send you a note real quick.:blackrose:
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Ravenwolf89 Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
lol It's okay :] and okies ^^ lol.
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