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Deep in the Forest by lordzasz Deep in the Forest by lordzasz
"Deep in the forest there lived a skunk named Fluffy. Each morning he looked for a friend, but no one wanted to be friends with a skunk."

It's Fluffy! This is another concept illustration for my story, trying out a more traditional style. ^^

Critiques and comments greatly appreciated! :wave:
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Critique by 123qaz123 Apr 25, 2009, 10:48:41 AM
Ah, this is a very touching pic. That is good. Emotional pics work well on people. And cute, sad animals automatically get our sympathy. Walt Disney said that there must be tear for every laugh. A good story needs some sad moments. Yet this pic is very colorful so it doesn't make anyone feel too sad just a bit. :nod:

Balance is a thing many sad pics need. Sadness without hope isn't good. You have it in this pic.

This character of yours is a well drawn and really soft, fluffy and round one. Watchers feel a need to hug it and make it feel better. That sympathy is good. And that butterfly is a nice symbol of hope.

The background is nice and colorful yet not too complicated. It fills the space and guides the attention to Fluffy. That works.

Stories like this with cute yet lonely animal characters are really common do I even dare to say cliched but this seems to have what it takes to stand out in a group. :)

I wish you good luck with this project of yours. :glomp:
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Sabla64 Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Awwww, poor fluffy. Ill be his friend :3
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Acutie Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Aww, this is so adorable. I would like to see this story when or if it's ready. :3
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jpthz Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2012
I want to be his friend! :aww:
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:iconlordzasz:
lordzasz Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2012  Professional General Artist
Thanks! I'm sure he would be yours too. :)
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:iconjpthz:
jpthz Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2012
YAY! :la: :squee:
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skunkskunky Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2012
*Picks up fluffy and gives them a hug* :hug: Hi there little friend! :heart: You're such a cutie! ^_^
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:iconlordzasz:
lordzasz Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2012  Professional General Artist
<^.^>
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:iconirideon:
iRideOn Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2011  Hobbyist Artist
That's adorable...
I really like the colors. :)
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:iconlordzasz:
lordzasz Featured By Owner May 10, 2011  Professional General Artist
Thanks so much! It was nice to create a color pallet.
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:iconirideon:
iRideOn Featured By Owner May 10, 2011  Hobbyist Artist
You're very welcome. :D
All the colors go together wonderfully. :)
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GreenSkullplz Featured By Owner May 21, 2010
What a sad and Fantastic Picture

I'll be it's friend :)
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:iconlordzasz:
lordzasz Featured By Owner May 25, 2010  Professional General Artist
:hug:
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GreenSkullplz Featured By Owner May 25, 2010
:)
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KaidaTheDragon Featured By Owner May 6, 2009
Aww, poor Fluffy! :hug: My friend Kacey can be your frend, she talks to skunks XD
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:iconlordzasz:
lordzasz Featured By Owner May 15, 2009  Professional General Artist
Yay!
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:iconkatestrife:
katestrife Featured By Owner May 5, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
:iconawwwplz: This is so cute and sad ;v;
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:iconlordzasz:
lordzasz Featured By Owner May 15, 2009  Professional General Artist
I know, but I have to do even better on the next one, mya!
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:iconkatestrife:
katestrife Featured By Owner May 29, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Psshhhhbbblllttttt! Please. You're amazing.
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:iconlordzasz:
lordzasz Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2009  Professional General Artist
Mya. You're too good to me. But seriously... must make the next attempt 5 times better at least.
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:iconkatestrife:
katestrife Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
*glare*
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:iconlordzasz:
lordzasz Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2009  Professional General Artist
I do... my stuff still isn't quite ready. :(

*and pounce!*
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katestrife Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Myaa!
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RabidLeroy Featured By Owner May 4, 2009  Student General Artist
What an adorable illustration for a picture book. Great job done!

The paragraph in your description suits it well!
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:iconlordzasz:
lordzasz Featured By Owner May 4, 2009  Professional General Artist
Well, I'm still not satisfied with the style yet... needs to be perfect, cause I want my story published, but I still like it. Thanks!
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RabidLeroy Featured By Owner May 5, 2009  Student General Artist
No problems. Keep trying!
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Ribbedebie Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
Yay it's Fluffy!

Y'know, he is really too adorable. Sad, too. But adorable. If ya ever get his story published, I'd most definitely get it as I love skunks!

I wanna Fluffy plushie. Because he seems like the perfect critter to turn into a plushie.

Good luck on your story!
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:iconlordzasz:
lordzasz Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2009  Professional General Artist
Aww, thank you! I definitley want to get it published, it's one of my best.

And yeah, he would make a great plushy! Maybe they'll make them. :D
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Tomecko Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
Sad... :( Poor Fluffy.

Now, because I'm obsessed with BGs lately... I like the variegation in browns on the hollow log, but the trees in the back could use a little work... maybe just more layers of them, darkening into the distance? I do like the change in outline color though, helps set the focus on your character. Painterly backgrounds can be a hassle, but a well-done one really sets the scene.
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lordzasz Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2009  Professional General Artist
Indeed, indeed. I need to work on my backgrounds a lot more... I want to use the whole picture to convey emotion, not just the expression on the character's face. My teacher is suggesting I use actual paint for these.
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Tomecko Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
It's a good idea... It gives the color more variety and texture, which is better than just a field of, say, flat green for grass.
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rainELL Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2009  Hobbyist Filmographer
its very cute:)

i like the cuteness in all your drawings. i think that it would help to experiment a little with light and shadow (then again, i'm not the one to talk :XD:)
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:iconlordzasz:
lordzasz Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2009  Professional General Artist
Absolutely! I want to do more of an atmosphere with dark and light for my next version of this piece. :nod:
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rainELL Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2009  Hobbyist Filmographer
cool, i look forward to seeing it:)
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Aron-361 Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2009  Hobbyist Filmographer
:noes: poor fluffy! All he wants is a friend :( I like skunks even if they're smelly! ^^

love seeing concept art for your children's book :)
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lordzasz Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2009  Professional General Artist
Thanks very much! The style's not there yet, but I learned and improved a lot making this picture. :)

(And I know! Who wouldn't give him a hug???)
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Idlevalley Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2009
Aww! That's so cute! and sad. Random fact: I wrote and illustrated a story about a skunk finding a friend in the fourth grade. He wound up friends with a trash can.

Note: It is very visually appealing. I like the water color on the background and totally dig the awesome job you did texturing the log!
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:iconlordzasz:
lordzasz Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2009  Professional General Artist
Actually, it's all prisma color markers and colored pencils. ^^
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Idlevalley Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2009
Wow! :wow:
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Muuknuskun Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2009
awww i love skunks x333 and i really like the colors ^^

(sorry, i cannot write critiques xD")
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:iconlordzasz:
lordzasz Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2009  Professional General Artist
It's okay, thanks for the comment.
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Stitchfan Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2009  Student Filmographer
Aww. Poor Fluffy. :(
Very nicely done.
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:iconlordzasz:
lordzasz Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2009  Professional General Artist
Why thank you!
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theziminvader Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2009  Student Digital Artist
Aw, how cute!
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:iconlordzasz:
lordzasz Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2009  Professional General Artist
Thanks!
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theziminvader Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2009  Student Digital Artist
No problem. :iconx3v2plz:
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pichu90 Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
I'd hug that skunk, Fluffy looks so fluffy! :D
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:iconlordzasz:
lordzasz Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2009  Professional General Artist
Haha, thank you and Fluffy thanks you, too!
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dark-stitch Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2009  Hobbyist Artist
This looks amazing! Poor Fluffy :(
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:iconlordzasz:
lordzasz Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2009  Professional General Artist
Thanks! Don't worry, things will work out for him in the end. ;3
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Nookslider Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2009  Hobbyist Photographer
Poor little guy,I'll be his friend even though meerkats live in the desert.
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