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For WithBlood, with Love by FamiliarOddlings For WithBlood, with Love by FamiliarOddlings
For =ShePaintsWithBlood because she is awesome! She is so kind, intelligent, and talented it's just darn shocking. This is actually my second attempt at a gift art for her; the first was a months-long digital painting that unfortunately destroyed itself. A moment of silence please, for the lost painting. Thank you. As my journal revealed, I went through a period of misery over this, but I was determined to give =ShePaintsWithBlood a gift. So after wallowing for a while, I started this yesterday. And finished it today! I surprise myself sometimes. I hardly had a plan for this (very rare for me); my only guidance was the feeling of =ShePaintsWithBlood--just anything that reminded me of her.

I hope you like it, :iconshepaintswithblood:! :heart: If you can think of a cool title, please tell it to me! :D

Pencil, 9x12 in.
References: The flower is a pretty good likeness for a dried specimen my brother gave to me recently. It's a very dark purple and its stem is a pale gold, very beautiful. My cat, Tiger, was a reference for the cat but I took a lot of artistic liberties with him. :) I looked at a few clock towers just to get the feel right.

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:iconpuppy-dollsdead:
Puppy-DollsDead Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2010  Student Interface Designer
Amazing ... !!
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spiderling00 Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2009
Gorgeous, I really like that gentle expression on the cat's face.
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:iconfamiliaroddlings:
FamiliarOddlings Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2009  Professional General Artist
Thank you! I'm glad you like the expression! I love that almost sleepy wise look they can sometimes get. :)
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:iconurufu-arashi:
urufu-arashi Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2009
oh wow this is so good...all of that detail...
wow...
how long did this take u?
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:iconfamiliaroddlings:
FamiliarOddlings Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2009  Professional General Artist
Thank you very much! It actually didn't take me that long, surprisingly. I think it was only about two days.
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:iconurufu-arashi:
urufu-arashi Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2009
no problem ^_^
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:iconwynnter89:
wynnter89 Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2009
fantastic ! your very talented !
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:iconfamiliaroddlings:
FamiliarOddlings Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2009  Professional General Artist
Thank you very much! :)
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:iconhappip:
happip Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
aww this is lovely :3
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:iconfamiliaroddlings:
FamiliarOddlings Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2009  Professional General Artist
Thank you very much! :)
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:icontelleroftales:
TellerofTales Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2008  Student Digital Artist
This is amazing. That cat is gorgeous! This should be your next DD. It's just... WOW!
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:iconfamiliaroddlings:
FamiliarOddlings Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2009  Professional General Artist
Heehee, that would be so cool!!! :D Thanks for saying that! :glomp:
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:iconartbybeans:
ArtbyBeans Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2008
i love this, how whimsical! lovely truly lovely.
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:iconfamiliaroddlings:
FamiliarOddlings Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2008  Professional General Artist
Thank you very much! :D
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:iconxcaptain-clownx:
xCaptain-Clownx Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2008
this is very beautiful!
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:iconfamiliaroddlings:
FamiliarOddlings Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2009  Professional General Artist
Thank you very much! :)
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xCaptain-Clownx Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2009
you're very welcome :)
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:iconinbar-chan:
Inbar-Chan Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2008
I'm amazed, really! wow!
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:iconfamiliaroddlings:
FamiliarOddlings Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2009  Professional General Artist
:heart: Thank you! :hug:
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:iconshepaintswithblood:
ShePaintsWithBlood Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2008   Traditional Artist
Holy cows in heaven! This is...oh my gosh...it actually makes me all shivery and almost teary eyed. Oh my gosh...I am not even sure where to start this is just so....incredible. I will start with the whiskers, because they really catch my eye.

They are so very beautiful and thick and realistic. I love how you have done the fur, so wavy and soft and also real looking and then there are those long tendrils coming off that make the creature ever so magical. I love those antlers too. The long eyebrows make the feline look so wise and mysterious and I love the expression it carries as it watches the flower. I am completely in love with the markings on the ears as well. The clock tower is the best and it makes me feel like I am falling through the ground into another world. I love the moon and the amazing patterns on it. The flower is so cool looking, I cannot draw flowers at all so I am highly impressed by yours, and I love its fuzzy stem ^n.n^ The blowing detailed petals are beautiful too.
The gears were the perfect touch, at first glance they almost look as if they are growing too which definitely makes me want to draw gear flowers. I love how you have done the background so surreal. The layout of this is really strange and unique, not something many would think of which is why it is all the more attractive to me. This has to be one of my favourite pieces I have ever seen. I cannot even begin to express how much I love it. Thank you sooooo much, this means so much to me. Gosh. I love it so much I wish I could hang it on my wall and be inspired by it everyday.:blackrose:
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:iconfamiliaroddlings:
FamiliarOddlings Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2008  Professional General Artist
I'm so, so, SO happy you like it! :boogie: This comment is like a huge warm hug! :hug:

The whiskers were especially difficult, trying to keep them the white of the paper. The fur made my eyes hurt, haha, I'm so glad it doesn't just look like a bunch of scribbles, which is what my tired eyes started to see. The antlers and magical tendrils were in homage to your wonderful creatures. :) The markings on the ears came out of nowhere, but I'm glad they decided to appear. It took me a few trials to settle on the clock tower--I didn't know what should go in that space, but I knew it should kind of "fall back" exactly how you describe it doing! The moon is one of the weirdest parts to me, I don't know what to say. I'm glad you like it, I'm not sure myself about it, haha. You can't draw flowers? I didn't know that (and I'm not sure if I believe it). I also like the fuzzy stem. ^__^ I think you should totally draw some gear flowers, that would be awesome! The layout is rather strange, haha! I'm so deliriously happy you like it that much! :D Do you want me to send you the original or set it up as a print and send it to you that way?
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:iconshepaintswithblood:
ShePaintsWithBlood Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2008   Traditional Artist
I bet, whiskers like that are so cool to be but scary to draw so I hardly have (I do not think I ever finished a piece involving whiskers like that +laughs+) Aww, thank you so much. Well I love the moon, I think it is terribly exciting.
Oh yes...I am so weak on flowers...but I shall practice, and maybe make gear flowers too.
I would love either the original or a print, anyway I could have it on my wall. I am definitely willing to buy it from you.:blackrose:
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:iconfamiliaroddlings:
FamiliarOddlings Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2008  Professional General Artist
You would! :D That's wonderful, thank you! :hug: But I think I should send it to you, seeing as how it's a gift. I enabled the print for it here on dA just so I don't have to worry too much about shipping an original haha. Should I email you to ask for a shipping address?
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:iconshepaintswithblood:
ShePaintsWithBlood Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2008   Traditional Artist
Okay, very cool. Thank you. I noted you with my shipping address just now actually ^n.n^ :blackrose:
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bloodrose83 Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2008  Hobbyist Writer
This is stunning and very beautiful; I'm sure :iconshepaintswithblood: will love it. :)
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:iconfamiliaroddlings:
FamiliarOddlings Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2008  Professional General Artist
Thank you! :D You were right! :excited:
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:iconbloodrose83:
bloodrose83 Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2008  Hobbyist Writer
:D I hope you choose to do more traditional art in the future. Did you still need help finding a program for your computer tablet?
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FamiliarOddlings Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2008  Professional General Artist
Um, well, it turns out I wasn't using a current version of Painter so I upgraded. I'm still wary of it, but I'm gonna try it out. And I got a new backup system going, so there shouldn't be any major disasters anymore, no matter how lame Painter is. We'll see. If it starts being stupid again, I'll come crying to you. :D Thanks.
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bloodrose83 Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2008  Hobbyist Writer
Good luck with this version. Let me know how it works out for you. :aww:
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