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June 4, 2011
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TheLight andDark of Lullabies by ShePaintsWithBlood TheLight andDark of Lullabies by ShePaintsWithBlood
Commission for ~Ravenwolf89 She wanted a portrait of one of my knotes in the same picture as one of my equines. She sort of wanted a light and dark theme and, in a sense, a gloomy/happy theme. The Knote represents the night side and is supposed to be rather gloomy surrounded by his fog cats while the equine represents the light side and is full of joy.

What I find unique is the fact that the Knote is whole and furry yet sad while the equine is wasting away to bone yet has plants blooming on it and is glad The whole thing falls into a circle because I think these two must exist together. As ~Ravenwolf89's ideas and mine meshed, I think something rather unique and symbolic came out.

I really enjoy rotating this picture. When I want to feel night time I look at it this way and rotate it when I want to feel daylight.

Time: 20 estimated hours from original concept to final.
Tools: 0.5 mm mech pencil, chalk pastel, watercolour pencil
Reference: Various equine photos for anatomy.

This painting is copyright Aria Keehn 2011 ShePaintsWithBlood, (me) Thank you for looking. :blackrose:

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MDS482332 Jul 11, 2013
yin-yang style <3
this is just... so beautiful.... I love the light-dark theme, and the beautiful fantasy creatures :love: they are quite interesting, and their anatomy is so neat! I also love the brilliant choices in color and how you textured the picture to where it appears to have a spiraling flow to it. beautiful shading, beautiful textures, beautiful creatures, beautiful concept, and most of all; beautiful artwork~
Hazelnut-Eyes Mar 4, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
You are sooooo amazing at painting horses.
I wish I was as good as you :P
ShePaintsWithBlood Apr 22, 2012   Traditional Artist
Thank you very much! Sorry for the delayed reply <3
Your work is excellent! One thing that has helped me with equine anatomy recently is a book called The Anatomy of the Horse by George Stubbs. It shows the anatomy of the horse layer by layer.:blackrose:
Hazelnut-Eyes Apr 26, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I have a 3D book that shows the anatomy of a T-Rex layer by layer, but I guess it's not really the same XD
Wonderful composition!
ShePaintsWithBlood Jan 30, 2012   Traditional Artist
Thank you so much!:blackrose:
Deserve admiration ^^
EmeraldFaye Jul 27, 2011  Professional Artisan Crafter
it is so beautiful, almost like a dance. I love it. I love the swirls of aqua color and the checkerboard theme. =) =) I always think your pieces can never get any more beautiful, and then, they do, and I am in awe!
ShePaintsWithBlood Aug 7, 2011   Traditional Artist
Aww, thank you so much, dear! It means a lot!:blackrose:
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