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Royal Den Mother by Wildweasel339 Royal Den Mother by Wildweasel339
Woh! a DD, thanks so much :)

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This was a fun illustration done for HEX trading card game. 

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Daily Deviation

Given 2015-01-30
Royal Den Mother by Wildweasel339 is a heartwarming depiction of friendship done with a unique style of brushstrokes. The manner in which pure joy was captured in this image is commendable. ( Featured by Aeirmid )
mjgomez710 Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2016
enserio, tienes un arte increible, talento desbordante, wow, me haces transportarme a un cuento lleno de magia y fantasia, las expresiones que les consigues poner son asombrosas, enserio, eres increible.
urzapw2000 Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2016
awesome picture!!!
very cute bear!!
Wildweasel339 Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2016  Professional Digital Artist
thanks :)
urzapw2000 Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2016
MercenaryBlade Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2016  Hobbyist Writer
How sweet
saenokda Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2016
I don't usually comment on stuff, but this is such a sweet picture so I just had to ^^
AronaPie Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2016
neat! got any tips for drawing humans? it sounds strange but im terrible at making em :T
Wildweasel339 Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2016  Professional Digital Artist
You need a strong combination of gesture and anatomy.  Gesture conveys the spirit, while anatomy is the structure.  
Really the best way to get good at drawing people is to observe and draw them from life. A lot!  It's fun anyway :)

AronaPie Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2016
okay thanks! 
Roklar Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2016
Your art is so much fucking fun to look at :) I can tell you enjoyed working on her smile. A+ dude.
Fistron Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
Very cool,man.;)
tony-oliveira Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
excelent work!
Angie-Pictures Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2016
Beautiful work! Congratulations on the DD! :iconflowerheartplz:

ToddNTheShiningSword Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I like how this looks both cartoony and realistic
RhysGriffiths Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2015
Fricking incredible my friend :D This definitely has to be my favourite piece of yours ^^
Wildweasel339 Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks Rhys!  This is one card assignment that I actually loved.   The image, practically as it is here, jumped into my head as I was reading the brief.  I wish it was always that way.
RhysGriffiths Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2015
Hehe yeah indeed. You are very good at drawing bears by the way :D 
magdali-na Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
AWESOME work man :)
Liaff Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2015
Amazing piece of art! Clap Very nice brush texture!
FanOfNarnia Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2015
Wow, reminds me of so many different things!
licantaur Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
nice color, and nice bear c: The little mouse is a nice, almost hidden touch too.
Spaceroses Featured By Owner May 11, 2015  Student Traditional Artist
Beautiful work! I love the adoring look that the bear is giving her and the armed mouse on her shoulder! This takes Princesses befriending animals to a whole new level and I love it!
joelduggan Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2015  Professional General Artist
Great narrative / character relationship.

Do you have any advice on how you are able to keep your rendering so loose, but still communicate all the volumes and form? I struggle with being too tight with my work.
Wildweasel339 Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks Joel!

Much of that looseness is just an illusion really.  I spend a lot of time refining my brush strokes in order to achieve that effect.  

I think once you've got a solid drawing in place (which is crucial), you can give it a loose feel by adding variation to the edges. A lot of sharp edges will tend to look tight, so I try to add a nice balance of soft and lost edges.  

I see you do a lot of (really great) line work.  I don't have much experience with that style, but I assume the line art equivalent of soft and lost edges would be broken and vanishing/implied lines. 

For loose painting though, big brush strokes are also important for getting that look.  If you can say with one stroke what you would would with several smaller ones, it will feel more spontaneous and dexterous. This is something I'm still working to improve!
joelduggan Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2015  Professional General Artist
Thanks for the compliment on my line work. I'm always looking to improve, but I'm quite confident in my line work. Much appreciated. As you can imagine, the mental shift from very controlled line work to more painterly work is a big challenge. I can see what you mean about vanishing and broken lines. I'm still struggling with the best technique for edge control in a painting. Hopefully taking some of that thought process with my line work - line weight and broken lines - will help me wrap my brain around a new process while painting.

I should really just practice on some of my existing line art. I've been watching some Knockwurst videos on YouTube and trying to pick up a few tips to incorporate into my work.
KNKL Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2015
yeeeuh! Thanks for the mention Joel! Your color choices are amazing!
joelduggan Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2015  Professional General Artist
No problem KnockwurstÂ. Well deserved. Watching the Diablo III KNKL YouTube series right now.

Speaking of, had a podcast related question to ask you. Best contact? DeviantART? Facebook mail? Or drop me an email here:
sleeperg Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2015  Hobbyist Filmographer
i can't wait til i get this good.
sydsense Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2015  Student Traditional Artist
beautiful brush strokes
Noxmoony Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2015  Student Filmographer
Oh man this is one of my favourites from you and CONGRATULATIONS ON THE DD :D So glad this got one ^u^
little-owlette Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
This is such a beautiful painting, it really caught my eye!  

My favorite thing about this piece is how bright and cheery everything is!  The colors are warm and inviting, but not overwhelming.  There's a nice balance of warm and cool lighting -- just the right amount of cool tones to suggest that it's an outdoor scene, without diminishing the shine of the warmer tones.

I do feel that the level of detail is a little uneven.  There are some really tiny, crisp details on the little mouse, but the bear's face is quite vague with much wider brush strokes.  A few well-placed details could really bring balance to the painting without sacrificing that amazing texture and painted look.  Just a bit of small brushwork around the bear's eyes and lips, and the girl's as well, would bring their expressions more into focus.

I feel that the cropping of the painting could have been done a little differently.  When I have the top half of the image filling my screen, it looks totally complete.  Then I scroll down, and find that there's an equal amount of canvas left, but with very little subject matter occupying the space.  I think it would have looked just as nice, or nicer, as a landscape-oriented painting, consisting solely of what is currently the top half.  (:

I do love the way the bear's cheek squishes against her arm.  It has weight and shape to it that looks touchable!  Those floppy lips are curled into a perfect expression of dopey adoration, with just the slightest hint of teeth showing through.  The girl's expression is equally perfect, with graceful downcast eyes and a big warm smile.  Drawing a grin like that isn't easy, it's a fine line between realistic and uncanny valley... but honestly, you've captured her face perfectly.  

Also, this is going to sound really weird, but from an artistic point of view, I love the way you painted her nose! :giggle:  The warm tones underneath, the flat bridge and little button curves.. it's perfect!

Anyway, congratulations on the Daily Deviation!  I'm glad to have found this gorgeous painting!  :aww:
Valrunie Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2015  Student General Artist
awww :meow: :heart:
Sombraluz-Images Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2015  Professional General Artist
NitelyHallow Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Hell yeah, about time you got one. :)!
Casimilin Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2015
Aw, I love every single piece of this. All three are so adorable (and at the same time their clothing is kinda badass) and so well made, it really makes me wonder what's their story.
HandsomeKingRyan Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2015  Student Digital Artist
Very beautiful lighting! :)
IndigoSummerr Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2015
Congratulations on the DD :clap:
Have a nice day! :swoon: by PunkyB
OgygiaaigygO Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Amazing!! Very well done! ^^
sidetrack1 Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2015
Nice painting and nice selection of subjects to use the style with
itachixsakura7777 Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2015
Manaspoon Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Omigosh! I love her hair.
cmethink Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
LuzzlyDemigod Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2015  Hobbyist Artist
this is pretty, inspires me to do more books
bloedzuigerbloed Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2015  Student General Artist
Cuddly bear! :la:
Doctorwholovesthe80s Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2015  Hobbyist Writer
I'm jealous of her!
ArtofJefferyHebert Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
Wonderfully done! You've got yourself a new follower!
mea00 Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Well done! Congrats on the DD
TehAngelsCry Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2015  Professional Interface Designer
Stunning! The pet bear looks so adorable~! 
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