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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 Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2013
yin-yang style <3
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monochromera Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2012
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~
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Hazelnut-Eyes Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
You are sooooo amazing at painting horses.
I wish I was as good as you :P
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ShePaintsWithBlood Featured By Owner 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:
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Hazelnut-Eyes Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
:D
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
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MoonTernura Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2012  Hobbyist
Wonderful composition!
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ShePaintsWithBlood Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2012   Traditional Artist
Thank you so much!:blackrose:
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MoonTernura Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2012  Hobbyist
Deserve admiration ^^
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EmeraldFaye Featured By Owner 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!
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ShePaintsWithBlood Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2011   Traditional Artist
Aww, thank you so much, dear! It means a lot!:blackrose:
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The-Misfit-Toy Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2011
I love the ghostly kitties by the black horse!
This is just perfect!
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ShePaintsWithBlood Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2011   Traditional Artist
Thank you!! The black creature is actually one of my knotes those he is posed to partially mimic the horse and I definitely have some equine inspiration there <3 :blackrose:
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Inkwerk Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2011
The fog cats are so cute :heart:. But I really like the duality of this piece as well! It's really neat how you were able to mesh together so seamlessly themes of light and darkness, as well as make the piece so fluid that it doesn't have a definite right-side-up. Not to mention there's a lot of really neat looking surreal and organic elements mixed together...well done!
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ShePaintsWithBlood Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2011   Traditional Artist
Thank you very much! I am so happy to think the elements meshed well and that both sides look right. It was a unique challenge that I did not expect.:blackrose:
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Inkwerk Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2011
Sure thing! It is pretty amazing how well it all works together.
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HorseCookies Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This is a beautiful piece! My favorite view is this one, with the Knote rightside up. I love how much thought, time, and details you put into your work! This is so nicely done! :clap:
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ShePaintsWithBlood Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2011   Traditional Artist
Thank you so much!! :blackrose:
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HorseCookies Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
You're welcome m'dear! :hug:
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FlameShuken Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2011  Student Traditional Artist
I really love this one! The checkerboard and the black and white theme are so you. I really like how the background blends the light into the dark where they meet, especially that bit where the checker pattern meets the white. If I had this picture I wouldn't know which way to display it because both are awesome. ^^ I'm really happy to see the fogcats. They're utterly adorable!
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ShePaintsWithBlood Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2011   Traditional Artist
Thank you very much!! I am so glad you like the blending and that it worked out, I was hoping it would. If I were to make another picture like this in the future (and was not so lazy) I think I would display the day side up during the day and then turn it to the night side once it got dark, haha.:blackrose:
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Joiijo Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2011  Student Traditional Artist
This is gorgeous, and balanced so well!!
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ShePaintsWithBlood Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2011   Traditional Artist
Thank you so much! I am glad you think so because the balance was a challenge at first. :blackrose:
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Horsehuggingdragon Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2011
Wow, this is fantastic <3 I love the symbolism, and you put the light and the dark together in one piece really well!
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ShePaintsWithBlood Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2011   Traditional Artist
Thank you so much!!:blackrose:
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Horsehuggingdragon Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2011
you're very welcome!
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ShadiKSilence Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2011
I love the contrast of the two and how you blended them together so nicely. :) I really like looking at the smooth toning and muscles of the white horse. xD
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ShePaintsWithBlood Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2011   Traditional Artist
Thank you very much! I am glad you like the white horse's muscles because I had a lot of trouble with them at first.:blackrose:
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JEAikman Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This is absolutely stunning
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ShePaintsWithBlood Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2011   Traditional Artist
Thank you! :blackrose:
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Glowingskullcap Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2011  Student Digital Artist
This is love, man. I can't even begin to describe to you how much I honestly dig this piece. I love the contrast in each character in themselves as well as in relation to each other. I love the scene they are in, as if in a perpetual whirl of each other. The checkers on the ground and sky are simply lovely <333 Gooodneesss.
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ShePaintsWithBlood Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2011   Traditional Artist
Thank you so much! I am so glad you like it that much. Yay!:blackrose:
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Ravenwolf89 Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
OMG.... I Freaking love this!! -jumps up and down- It's amazing and came out perfect!! :hug: :hug: :hug: THANK YOU!! I love the way you used other colors to shade them and such... so pretty :] I'm gonna note you back about it here in a minute ^^
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ShePaintsWithBlood Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2011   Traditional Artist
Yay!! I am so glad you like how it has turned out!! Thank you!:blackrose:
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Ravenwolf89 Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Welcome :D I just love how both of our ideas came into one with this ^^ I love all the symbolism we put in it too XD
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Little-Hercy Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2011
This is amazing!!
You are really creative. Along with the ying yang, night and day it reminds me of the black and white knights on chess board. I think the checked pattern in the corners helps remind me of that.
The colouring is beautiful!! I like how you have added blue in with the black and whites.
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ShePaintsWithBlood Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2011   Traditional Artist
Thank you so much! I did not think of the chess thing but you are so completely right! I really want a knote and equine chess set now...:blackrose:
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