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Still I always look up to the sky by Liennepien Still I always look up to the sky by Liennepien
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EDIT: I changed the file. Added borders in the way I would if I were to hang it on my wall. It was made to be in separate frames or with a passe-partout around them all, so sticking them together didn't work for me. I'm not sure if the grey border works best, if you have another idea please do share it with me!

EDIT 2: Oh. my. goodness. My first DD! I've just gotten back from my two week holiday to find this surprise sitting in my message box! I'm truely honoured! Thanks Anoya and jane-beata for suggesting and featuring! And thanks for all the faves and comments and watches, I'll reply to all comments soon! :heart:

Features (thank you guys, I'm honoured! :love:)

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I proudly present; the drawing that has taken me three years to finish. Woozah! The drawing exists of three A4 papers. I tried merging them in photoshop, and after a couple of hours of battling this came out... Not really happy with it, but I don't think I can make it any better now. I might try again sometime soon, but I kind of want to go to bed now lol. 

I finished the portrait part in the summer of 2011 and had the other parts sketched out. In March I finished the second one, today I finished the last one. I am very happy I can finally remove this from my WIP list, haha! Not sure where the idea started, it's simply been too long since I came up with it. Might have had something to do with the name of the reference photo (thanks!). The title is from the song 'O' by Coldplay. Yes I am a sucker for piano ballads.

I'm not sure what else to write, apart from the fact I hope you'll like her!

Special thanks to pretty-much-insanity Sorry it took so long :P




:bulletblack: Started: Summer of 2011
:bulletwhite: Finished: 24-05-2014
:bulletblack: Total time: Ha ha ha. No clue.
:bulletwhite: Materials: 3x A4 paper, regular wooden pencils (something in the range of 8B-3H), mechanical pencil, erasers, tissues, tortillion, coloured pencils.
:bulletblack: References: Cause I am a free bird by pretty-much-insanityA Safe Landing by thrumyeye Merged with another one of her photo's for the wings, but I can't seem to find it anymore. None of these photo's are stock! For the branches I used a real branche as a reference (can greatly recommend that!).
:bulletwhite: Digital representation: These are scans of the drawings, altered slightly in photoshop to match the origional and to put them together (within the limits of my very limited photoshop knowledge *sigh* ).
:bulletblack: This drawing belongs to Liennepien . Don't use it without my explicit written permission, or I will send a flock of kingfishers to get you.
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Daily Deviation

Given 2014-07-27
Still I always look up to the sky by Liennepien. The suggester says: "I really loved this from the moment I saw it. Drawing as a whole works brilliantly and details are beautiful. There's not a single thing that I don't like about this piece." ( Suggested by Anoya and Featured by jane-beata )
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A-OldBoy Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2017
Mooi drieluik
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Liennepien Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Dankjewel!
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pretty-much-insanity Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2016   Photographer
Ahhh. I sometimes look back at this and think, yes. wonderful Heart 
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Liennepien Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Hey! Haha, well that put a big smile on my face! I'm still so glad that you like it! I'm sorry for the late reply, I'm not very active on here anymore and only log in once in a while. How have you been? :)
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E-Dwayne-Caldwell Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2015   Digital Artist
Very interesting piece.  Despite her lack of color, I found myself drawn to the girl first her expression is so striking.  Normally my eye (as I imagine most eyes do) would focus on the colored component of the composition first.  Though the bird itself is no less visually impacting.  Congratulations on this being a daily deviation!  :D
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Liennepien Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks for the elaborate comment! I like how you described it, because in a first try of the girl I tried colouring her iris and giving her some eyeshadow, but I felt it didn't work, haha. I had troubles blending it nicely with her grey skin. Thanks again! :blush:
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E-Dwayne-Caldwell Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2015   Digital Artist
No problem!  :)
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pesterhugo Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Amazing work. Well done!
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Liennepien Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you! :D
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PaperDreamerArt Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2014   Digital Artist
Awesome and stunning!

Well deserved DD!
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Liennepien Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you very much! :D
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PaperDreamerArt Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2014   Digital Artist
You are welcome!
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keight Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2014
This works beautifully. Well done.
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Liennepien Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you! :D
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LaPetiteBohemienne Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2014  Professional General Artist
Beautiful, detailed and also slightly disconcerting in a way I can't really explain. ;) (Wink) 

There's one thing that doesn't seem right to me - the kingfisher's wings, or more precisely the outer feathers. They seem too short.

All in all, great job. Thumbs Up 

~ D. ~
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Liennepien Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks a lot! I see what you mean with the wings, especially the one in front. In the picture I used the wings seemed to have short tips like this, but it might very well be too short since this kingfisher was 'comprised' of two different images (one for the body, one for the wings). Maybe there were some perspective tricks at play, haha! Thanks for the feedback!
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ElmLady Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2014
beautiful beautiful beautiful. I think the borders work as is -- they draw attention to the drawing itself, as a whole. I'm in awe of your mastery of your materials and the theme of the drawing itself.
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Liennepien Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks a lot! I'm starting to like the borders more as well. I don't usually have darker borders around my drawings, I guess I had to get used to it, lol. Thanks for the feedback!
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wvjohn Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2014
very nice!
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:iconliennepien:
Liennepien Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you very much!
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AndyVRenditions Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
damn. beyond original Nod 
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Liennepien Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Haha, thanks! :aww:
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sebaselciclon Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
A great work.

As you said I am uncertain if simple grey borders help. It would be best if you try to add volume to the borders to make it feel like if this was trully hanged on a wall, that would add a very intersting feeling of depth to the border, which is always very appealing to the eye.
Just add some degrade from light grey to dark grey, and it should do the trick.
Benyond that little detail, an awesome work, well deserved DD.
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Liennepien Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks a lot! I might try that, it does sound interesting. I don't know if I can still update the image though without the DD thing going away? I'll need to find that out first, haha! 
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sebaselciclon Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I dont know if you could or you would loose the DD status... You got me on that. Go and ask the help-desk. You can ask anything you want there.
If you dont know about the help-desk and need a hand, just tell me.

Anyway, again, awesome work and a totally deserved DD.
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Liennepien Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I will ask them, thanks for the offer!
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sebaselciclon Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
You are wellcome!.
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Delia-is-the-BOMB Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
Wow, this us amazing! :)
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Liennepien Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you very much! :aww:
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Liennepien Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks! 
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Liennepien Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks!
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Quanyails Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2014   Digital Artist
This deviation reminds me of The Transformation Challenge; the drawing has that triptych layout and is similar to a transformation, not to mention how gorgeous it is standalone.
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Liennepien Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Oh, I've seen that! There were some awesome entries in there. While I didn't intend it to be like that, I can see similarities! Thanks a lot!
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varletlegion Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2014  Student General Artist
Love the usage of rule of thirds here. It's really quite beautiful :D
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Liennepien Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks a lot! :D
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varletlegion Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2014  Student General Artist
You're welcome! Keep up the good work!
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SophiaTheRose Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2014  Student General Artist
This is awesome! Wow, 3 years. Thats just simply amazing. Your dedication to finish this piece is well seen. I really do love the bird! <3 I love all the colors and how you can see every strand of hair and strand on the feathers. I can tell you did your very best with this. I also love the idea, its very original and something you dont see every day. Wonderful work and congrats on the well deserved DD!
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Liennepien Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you very much! I'm still so stunned by this all, so many awesome comments, haha! Thanks again!
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SophiaTheRose Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2014  Student General Artist
Not a problem! Keep up the amazing work! <3
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life-scape Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2014  Student General Artist
lovely shading, coloring, and details!!! :heart:
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Liennepien Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you! :blush:
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BirmaLuna Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2014
Very beautiful!
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Liennepien Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you! :blush:
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touchofthesoul Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
beautiful!
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Liennepien Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks a lot! :D
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126ArtSoul Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2014   Digital Artist
I like how you made the tree branches work together to make it appear like a singular image. The shading is also well done.
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Liennepien Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks a lot! I did try to make it look so that the first and last images could have been separate drawings, although it'd still be a whole with the middle in it. Glad you noticed it! :)
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