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The Wizard's Apprentice by Wildweasel339 The Wizard's Apprentice by Wildweasel339
It's a joy to finally present this story and illustration which has been occupying my 'easel' for a few months now. Although I typically like to complete an image quickly, sometimes it's beneficial to just let things sit for a while and stare back at me.

This is also somewhat of an experiment, to see how it would work to combine so much text and imagery on a single page and have it viewed from the web. The wide format is certainly unconventional, but I feel it was the best solution for this particular image. It is my intention for viewers to zoom in, and to use the scroll bar to navigate the image. If that is too clumsy, you may want to download the image.

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I owe a great deal of credit to my friend :iconromb-art: for creative advice and constant critique which helped me take this illustration much further than I would have accomplished alone.

Additionally I would like to thank :iconmitch-el: who reviewed my writing, helped me to take my story to the next level, and taught me a great deal in the process. Make sure to visit her gallery!
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Mmkaay Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Now THAT is a way to get people to read something
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Schutes Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2013
I really liked this short story, and seeing the picture before reading helped paint the image in my mind before finally going back to it to see the closing sentence. Thank you.
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SkootcherLass Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2013  Student General Artist
Not only did I like the story, but the art was paired in such a seamless, wonderful way. It was completely engaging and kept me wanting more :)Great job
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DymondStarr Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Do you use reference for you characters,
or does all that anatomy come out your head?
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Wildweasel339 Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Sometimes I do, but not on this one. I try to do a lot of anatomy studies and life drawing on the side, which makes it much easier to work from imagination later.
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Kuaya Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I loved it...Amazing job! Not only the illustration that captures the personality of each character and the cuspid moment but the story as well. I love the old Wizard that doesn't waste his time in a "problem" that only exists in the apprentice's mind but can understand and look through revealing the greatest power within...Just trust yourself and let go...
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Edarneor Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Woohoo! Here and now I finally found an artist, whose style I totally want to paint like...
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Wildweasel339 Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Then you might also like John Singer Sargent [link] and J.C. Leyendecker [link] . I was studying their work will painting this.
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Edarneor Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Oh, he's a contemporary, J.C. Leyendecker... lol, and here I am, speaking of predecessors XD
nevertheless, an awesome artist! thanks for the link ;)
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Edarneor Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
You're right! I happen to love Sargent! ;)
Never heard of Leyendecker though, gonna look him up :) An artist must know his predecessors as they say..
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