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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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Artist-Azar Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2014
What a pimp :)!
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Mmkaay Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2013  Student 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   General Artist
Do you use reference for you characters,
or does all that anatomy come out your head?
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:iconwildweasel339:
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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Mitch-el Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2012
You are most welcome for the assistance. The final piece looks lovely! :aww:

-- Mitch
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Wildweasel339 Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
:D
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Frost-Vixen Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2012  Student Digital Artist
This was such a wonderful idea! I absolutely love the traditional storybook with illustration; it brings me back to to fonder time in my life. :D

Not only that, but I loved the little story! The characters seem so fun, and the lecture at the end about magic powers and "losing them" seems to have a sort of parallel meaning (to me) with how people struggle with creating art... or anything involving creativity in general. That probably sounds really cheesy, but oh well. :XD: I just love the reflective experience this whole thing gave me.
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Wildweasel339 Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
That's great to hear, thank you!

I was trying to relate the learning experience to the study of art. It seems that once you've studied the books and learned the rules of painting, you then need to put it aside and let intuition take over. Otherwise, the 'parameters' will restrict your creativity.
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Frost-Vixen Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2012  Student Digital Artist
Anytime! :D

And oh geez, I sometimes go through that same problem... I'll worry too much about getting my anatomy correct (not that I've totally mastered anatomy yet), and the self-consciousness hinders my creativity and stylization. I always have to tell myself that uncertainty--for the way a piece turns out in the end--is a virtue. :XD:
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fayrinn Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
FAVIN with a force 1000 suns!
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AlphaCanvas Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2012   Digital Artist
awesome!
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BloodMoonEquinox Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2012  Student General Artist
Amazing artwork, and the story is quite amusing, too! :D I really loved the part about the sucker. =P Great work! :clap:
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J-Humphries Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
I really love this. I have a few nitpicks though. The woman's hips and legs seem to be oddly arranged/posed. Maybe that's just my imagination. The skin colors are also a bit too monochrome (Dull yellow, that waxy candle color), which is odd for one of your paintings since you typically have lots of color complexity.
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painted-leaf Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2012  Professional
Simply amazing! Great illustration... and it looks... wow :judge:
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DexterLexter Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
splendid! both story and the painting. i like how you often add a funny twist in a painting that looks like was done by an old master. it is sad that i cannot give you better criticism, but it can't be helped. a pebble is not able to judge a mountain.
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Andrei-Sitari Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2012  Student Filmographer
Like I already mentioned , the whole mood of the painting , the painting itself , the writing , are very well done , but the character design is quite bad. They look like a generic woman and old wizard. You need to focus more on the character design and also the drawing , because the wizard's head is small, and the eyes are too close to each other. In rest ,it is very good !
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Andrei-Sitari Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2012  Student Filmographer
your characters are not believable btw !
(the only thing believable about the is the way you painted them , the lightning , the values etc)
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yetinouard Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2013
I disagree: people happen to have weird faces and proportions, especially when surrounded by tons of magic :p
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Manweri Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2012  Student General Artist
A wonderful story with a wonderful illustration - I truly enjoyed reading it. :) You certainly seem to have some solid storytelling skills, and your characters are very much alive. I think the way you designed the page, with the painting blending with the text, looks great, and it also brings the reader closer to the story in a way. I would love to see more like this from you! :)
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AnnaHollinrake Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
I adore the light on the apprentice. The boots and the collar really come out well.
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CapitanaRecondita Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2012  Professional
Really wonderful. I love it. Great, great.
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shults Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2012
I have really enjoyed your little story. :D I thought his lollipop was a genius touch even before I read the story, and the cat's also a favourite.
The painting fits the story (content) great, but I think I'd like to see the story fit the painting as well (visually).. maybe the "T" in the beginning or something else, I'm not sure..
Also, in comparison to the wizard's expression, hers might be too calm. Could have been nice if she had a frustrated, terrified or surprised expression visible:)..
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Wildweasel339 Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Great points, thanks a bunch! :)
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shults Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2012
:)
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TheSatanicNun Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2012
it is just awesome! well done!
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Warmics Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
If this was the prologue to a book, i'd buy it. Wonderful piece!
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IllysianB Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Wonderful layout :) like usual! I like the carry through element that the lightning bolt provides as well it really ties it all together nicely
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Parady Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2012
hihi awesome lollipop :D
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