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Into The Light by tkpants Into The Light by tkpants
There, finally! For ~kalamu!

Man, this was a good learning experience for me -- I used a bunch of different media, it was really fun.
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:icony-frost:
Y-Frost Featured By Owner May 26, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Detailed & realistic for a fantasy! :)
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lil-reborn-pixyhed Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2011
F-ing wow!
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:iconthinkingoutrageously:
ThinkingOutrageously Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2011
Marvellous. I love the texture.
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:iconcloverfish:
Cloverfish Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2010
Love the dappled lighting.
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:iconpuppeteer-for-kings:
puppeteer-for-kings Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2010  Student Traditional Artist
Thisis wonderful, I especially love the lighting and the mysterious mood that it casts on this piece :D
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:iconlionsong:
Lionsong Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
:heart: Your gorgeous art has been featured! [link]
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:icontkpants:
tkpants Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2010  Professional Filmographer
Gosh, thanks!
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:iconlauradollie:
LauraDollie Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2009  Professional General Artist
Your line quality in this one reminds me of Arthur Rackham's work. Good job!
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:iconnightscales:
Nightscales Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
Beautiful work, loving the composition, the character design and the roots :3
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Thechemist57 Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This is gorgeous! I love the implied movement of her pose- it's as though I can see her edging down the cliff even though it's only a snapshot. Also lovely shading and background! The intertwined roots are a nice touch :)
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donnaquinn Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2009  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I had no idea you could iron Canson Mi-Teintes flat! What an interesting tidbit for future reference. I wouldn't have been game enough to try, but now I may give it a go.
As for the artwork, it's gorgeous even as a thubmnail. The full-view is beautiful and well worth a fav, no doubt. Love love love the dappled light by the way.
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greenfroggies Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2009   General Artist
This is a really effective style - could I ask what media you did use then (if it's not too many to remember!) and also what paper this is?
Cheers!
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tkpants Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2009  Professional Filmographer
The paper was Canson Mi-Teintes, or however you spell it, and I'm pretty sure it was just ink (Pentel Pocket Brush pen, my favourite), gouache, and coloured pencils.
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Cacodaemonia Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
Moonlight, I'm guessing? Man, this is just insanely beautiful. I feel like I can hear the night-time sounds of the forest and smell the dew. :)
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sanduuur Featured By Owner May 31, 2009
cool, what media did u use?
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:icontkpants:
tkpants Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2009  Professional Filmographer
Copy/pasting from the above comment :D :

The paper was Canson Mi-Teintes, or however you spell it, and I'm pretty sure it was just ink (Pentel Pocket Brush pen, my favourite), gouache, and coloured pencils.
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JoshuaINK Featured By Owner May 30, 2009
Reminds me a bit of, Charles Vess. Nicely done ;)
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:iconsocksfox:
SocksFox Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2009  Hobbyist
Absolutely fantastic!
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:icongavade:
GAVade Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2009   Digital Artist
Gorgeous technique and execution, love it....
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:iconelvire:
Elvire Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2009
Wonderfull use of the mixed media !!
Woh, I really really love your colors !

Did you work on colored paper ?
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:iconpenguin-91210:
Penguin-91210 Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2008
I just love the luminence of it all. The light through the filtering trees is so convincing.
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:icontkpants:
tkpants Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2008  Professional Filmographer
Thanks so much, you guys.

:skull: <3
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:iconlsclayene:
lsclayene Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2008
That's nice. Is it normal I see the the influence of William Stout there? Finally it's a good thing, the quality is similar, which means very good.
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:icontkpants:
tkpants Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2008  Professional Filmographer
Gosh, that's flattering...I'm crazy about William Stout, especially his dinosaurs. Thanks!
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:iconsighthoundlady:
sighthoundlady Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2008  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This is fantastic! I love the gnarled tree branches and the lighting.
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moonfireadara Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2008
This reminds me of the Lightfoot the Deer books that came out in the early 1900s that I read as a child...beautiful and classic. That's an interesting looking gryphon critter there.
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Nambroth Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2008  Professional General Artist
WOW! This is spectacular. Amazing work!
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:iconnibblekat:
NibbleKat Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2008  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
There are parts of this that look genuinely photorealistic. Feathers, for example. The light and shadow contrasts are really, really well done. It's just beautiful, the whole thing. I like how the trees in the background get a bit simpler the farther away they are, with all the detaily bits being up front. WOW.
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ghost-eye Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2008
Lovely picture overall, great work on the dappled sunlight
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:iconwarly:
Warly Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2008
cool!
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granlundaren Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2008
Oh, and those roots have to be made of win! ^^
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granlundaren Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2008
OMGZZ, I love the light! 8D
And Kalamu is a fucking rad character. ^^
Well done! :thumbsup:
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Philiemeister Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2008
Do you use cross hatching to create the texture?
it's so skillful!
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explosive-toaster Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2008  Student
The lighting in this is just fabulous! And the anatomy of the.... gryphon? The beastie, is just fantastic. It looks like it could hop off the page.
Also, oooh, big swooshy trees. The long, clean lines of the curved ones to the left are so nice to look at!
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G-Spot1 Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2008
this is sooo freakin' fantastic that my hate for your talent grows more with each piece! :explosion:
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:icontkpants:
tkpants Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2008  Professional Filmographer
D'aww, shucks. :aww:
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:icondoven:
doven Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2008  Professional General Artist
I looove love love the nighttime lighting on this.
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:icontkpants:
tkpants Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2008  Professional Filmographer
Whew, I'm glad. While it was in progress it just looked like I'd dumped snow on everything, haha. Thanks!
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KaoriBow Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2008  Student General Artist
that's so amazing! the scenery and the lightining, just WOW. beautiful
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:icontkpants:
tkpants Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2008  Professional Filmographer
Thanks! :skull:
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NebulosaMentalis Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2008
wow, this is such a beautiful work!
Love the scenary, the shading is amazing, love those colors
anyways, my favorites parts are the lines and the tree's roots :D
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:icontkpants:
tkpants Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2008  Professional Filmographer
Hee hee, yeah, I love drawing trees. They're the best. Thanks!
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kalamu Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2008
This is beautiful beyond words. I doubt my vocabulary holds the words to express how I feel about this piece. I can say that this is truly one of the best pictures anyone has done involving Kalamu as of date. It’s more than anything I ever dreamt of, even though it’s exactly what I asked for –and that after being pretty vague too- and yet it’s… it’s fucking perfect, that’s what it is. Just, perfect.

The composition is strikingly well done. Simple, but very effective. A feast for the eyes, etcetera, etcetera. I love how the lines flow into each other to form this breathtaking scene with Kalamu on top of it, stalking under the trees, at the very tip of where her claws still can grasp at the ground beneath her. I adore the balance of light and dark here and how the gryphon is forming a “middleground” if I can call it that, joining the two so to speak. I don’t know if I’m making sense here. But it’s all so well balanced, nothing’s in the wrong spot. I don’t know if you plan these things very carefully or if they just come naturally, but it looks awesome none the less

Kalamu came out great as well. You did her exactly as sleek and predatory as I’ve always imagined, like she’s some feathered creature from the past. Something somewhere between reptile and bird. I love how sinewy you drew her legs, but still managed to convey this raw strength. Like the skinny legs and muscled thighs of an ostrich or a kangaroo. I also like how you managed to make the purple/pink parts look natural and un-girly. I don’t know, purple isn’t a girly colour in itself, but somehow I’ve come to associate it with that, and Kal is not a very girly characters so, yeah

I also have to compliment your background drawing abilities. I just realised that the whole scene and the style it’s drawn in brings me right back to when I was a little child and enjoyed all those a-bit-too-violent fairytales with their wonderful and creepy ink illustrations. The way the roots come together and curl around each other, the texture of the rock, the shading. Everything about it reminds me of Asbjørnsen and Moe folk tales

Beatiful colouring, beautiful composition, beautiful capture of atmosphere and character. There truly isn’t anything I can put my finger on in this. It’s absolutely perfect. Thank you so so much, you have no idea how you made my day

:heart:
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tkpants Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2008  Professional Filmographer
Aw, gosh! My faaace, haha. Thanks so much for this comment, really. This picture was good fun to create, and I think it's one of the best things I've done. Thanks for the opportunity to draw your gal.
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damnskippy Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2008  Professional Artist
Freaking amazing! What medias did you use?
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:icontkpants:
tkpants Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2008  Professional Filmographer
Gah, thank you!

There's coloured pencil in there, watercolour and gouache (and ink, of course). Lots of layering... and mistakes, and swearing, and then accidentally ending up with what I set out to do anyway, haha.
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bleuphoria Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2008  Student General Artist
This is amazing! I love the techniques you have used here. The textures look really, really nice and the colours are so lovely too. Awesome!
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:icontkpants:
tkpants Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2008  Professional Filmographer
Thanks kindly! I love that paper – Canson Mi-Teintes – it buckles a little under paint, but the texture is nice and you can iron it back into shape at the end.
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AngelicAdonis Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2008  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Beautiful work!
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:icontkpants:
tkpants Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2008  Professional Filmographer
Thanks! :skull:
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