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Sister and the Fawn WIP by Zephyri Sister and the Fawn WIP by Zephyri
I like adding sneak peeks to my scraps, makes me feel like I'm giving those who care enough to watch them a glimpse at the exciting things I'm enjoying at the moment!

This piece was inspired by a classic fairy tale (which was either bros Grimm or HC Anderson, i forget), about a brother and sister who run away from their witch step mother, and the brother is turned into a faun when he drinks from one of the bewitched streams. The faun then cannot resist the calls of the king's hunt, despite the lament of his sister not to, lest he get killed. It sparked a strong image in my mind as I was reading, and this is the prgress so far. Really want to try and give it the feel of an old master's painting, sticking to a the kind of palette that guys like Bouguereau would have used.

I've looked up a couple of refs for the material creases, and have a number of refs for the faun, but other than that, this is mostly relying on my (limited!) knowledge of how the masters built up form and used color.

Thus far I'm actually pretty pleased with how it's working, so I had to share! Might even consider submitting this to whatever fantasy/digital book is accepting submissions when it's done. :O
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vampire-angel13 Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2012
It's a Grimm tale
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purplesinger Featured By Owner May 23, 2011
Ooh! It's the Brothers Grimm! I just read that one. :D

Aww, this is almost exactly what I pictured in my head while I was reading, too. Dang, missy, you're good! :heart:
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Anderon Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
This is beautiful! Very striking, you captured the emotion beautifully, m'dear. Though I know the tale, I can't remember who it's from, either, nor the name of it to look it up. Alas... It would seem that I must get my brook clooection from my mom's house :D I do so love the classic fairy tales, myself.
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Zephyri Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
it's quite a lovely fairytale - mine was in a Grimm Bros collection I think. Glad the emotion comes across.
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ChatonRose Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Amazing work! The expressions are nicely done!
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Zephyri Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks!
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FoxDracona Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
So far, so good. I like the style you're using and the image itself. I've never read that particular fairy tale, but you seem to have captured the message well.
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Zephyri Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
I'm happy the message comes across even to those who've not read it. :)
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Katerina423 Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
You should definitely consider submitting it to a fantasy/digital book. This is incredibly well done. You've captured the palette perfectly and i like that i can see the brush strokes as well and your lighting is superb. I think you've paid a great homage to the masters here... what i think is even more important and spectacular is that you've really captured the story.. the boy-faun feeling irresistibly called to the hunt and his sister's sorrow and fear. This is an utterly beautiful painting.
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Zephyri Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks hun! I'm definitely thinking this could be something a little special if I can pull it off right!
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Hettar7 Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2010
You've got a very good image going. I'm sure it will be lovely when it's finished. It does have a classical feel to it, so good job on that. There are several fables with a similar theme to this one. Nice to see one brought to life. I do wish there was some more connection to the outside coming in through the window. A butterfly flying in or a glimpse of the tree outside. It would make her brother/the faun's longing for the outside and the hunt appear stronger. Though it might disrupt the color pattern you're going for. So nice to see something from you. I haven't been on DA in a while.

Hope you are well.
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Zephyri Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks hon! Hope you get to see your notes or your art in box!
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Natsuki-3 Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2010
WOW! This really looks like an old painting! Cool, Zheph! )))
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DaEliminator Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I love it! Beautiful and full of emotion
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jademacalla Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2010
Downright beautiful!
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Vaporage Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Looks great!
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13-15-15-14-10-1 Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I am amazed I LOVE IT~!!!
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Zephyri Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you!
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13-15-15-14-10-1 Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
you are welcome and happy x-mas
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elanorepenn Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
Mmm very Vermeer, really well done :D

I adore the subtle lighting and values in this, it really punches your focus right where it needs to go

I also love the textures on the wall. Very nice, well done <3
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Zephyri Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you! The lighting is probably what I like best abotu it so far... glad to know someone else sees it too!
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bonbon3272 Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
I remember seeing a cartoon based off the tale. This is a really believeable piece. The old masters loved dark backgrounds because it helped shape the mood. I think you're spot on!
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Zephyri Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
yeah.. also mean they could really shape the light to bring focus to where they wanted the viewers eyes to be too... it's defintely a great learning experience trying to replicate what they do with color!
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bonbon3272 Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
I agree.
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keight Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2010
It is looking gorgeous Sam.

It would make an interesting Christmas card..........
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Zephyri Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
Does almost have that kind of traditional greeting card feel to it, now you mention it.
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keight Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2010
And....on that topic, Happy Christmas, to you and yours, Sam.
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Zephyri Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
And to you and your family Kate, and a great new year, should I not catch you before then!
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keight Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2010
A great new year to you in turn!
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SplinteredSaffron Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2010   Traditional Artist
Wow. I love the lighting and the details on the fawn's face. It doesn't look a single bit like it's merged to the wall :D Success
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Zephyri Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
Hurrah! I do look occasionally and wonder if it does look merged, with the colour being similar.. good to know!
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Rikasha Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2010
this is beautiful! My mom used to tell me this story when I was little, and this follows the tone of the scene so well.

I'm looking forward to the finished piece. :)
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Zephyri Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
I still read Grimm and HCA to this day. Something beautifully haunting about the stories they tell.
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M-Everham Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I love the palette and the emotions. You've captured the look of yearning in the fawn's face as well as the sad, desperation in the sister's face extremely well!

Her left arm looks like it has an odd placement (to me, but I understand it's still a WIP). Otherwise, this is already a beautiful painting that tells a tragic (I assume, having not read it) story.
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Zephyri Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
yeah struggling more with the way the folds would crease on the sleeves there, and don't have anything similar to take ref shots with myself. Might have to see if I can coax a stock artist into posing for me!
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PDsTreasure Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
A lot of fairy tales are told by both the Grimms (who covered German fairy tales) and Anderson (who I'm not sure what type he covered) so it could really be either... I've really only read the Grimms extensively and the one you mentioned has a very German feel to it though I can't recall a specific one where the brother was turned into a faun... Ravens and swans are all that are popping into my head, but it's been awhile since I've read the complete works. (And like I said it could be either; there's a lot of overlap between the various people that wrote anthologies of fairy tales... even among cultures)

As for the picture, it's very beautiful! It does seem rather dark, but even still it looks amazing. I'm sure it will be absolutely breathtaking when you're done!
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Zephyri Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
I think Anderson had similar origins for his tales, but maybe from slightly different parts of Europe... not sure. and I should probably upload a slightly lighter version for those whose monitors can't handle the darkness of this!
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dibtio Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2010
This is INCREDIBLE.
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Zephyri Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you!
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Delnum Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Beautiful! Very well done. :love:
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Zephyri Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks!
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Delnum Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
No problem! :)
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graublau Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2010
Veeery pretty :) a little dark on my screen, can't see the details on sisters face very good, but might just be my screen.
I really like it a lot!
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