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Even in Places of Light by balaa Even in Places of Light by balaa
...there is darkness.

'Ascending from the torpid nightmares of long ago, the slings of the past chime to break the serenity of this sacred place. A heavy umbra swings as an undulating pendulum of remnant despair.'

A newish pencil piece done this past month :). I actually had quite the battle with this one. I tend to flip my images once they are scanned, to weed out any asymmetry issues or imbalances in the composition. Well the negative space in this one certainly ate away at me. Ironically, that was how I pictured it in my mind but sometimes ideas fill in blanks as you work on this piece. Well in the end I realized I LIKED it this way. The imbalance of negative space creates a feeling of unease, tension and dissonance..which works well with my original intent for the piece. I want the viewer to feel the warmth of this place but also feel something is off..wrong..that being the weight of memories on the character's shoulders.

Well That's the idea anyway.

Character copyright :iconfaizah:
Size: 11x14
Medium: graphite on smooth vellum
Prints: 8x10 yes, LE large prints may be offered at a later date.
Watermark: sorry guys, tried to make it as unobtrusive as possible.
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:iconkin-maru:
Kin-Maru Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2011
Wow, this is fantastic! When looking at the leopard lady, I can feel her sorrow and her burden. You did a great job with the shading, too. So jealous!
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snowfox41011 Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2011  Student General Artist
the negative space m,akes me think this character is an imposter posing as someone the nthey trun around a stab a knife into you this is awesome...
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:iconohwowimflying:
ohwowimflying Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2010   Photographer
amazing(:
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:iconpixel-spotlight:
Pixel-Spotlight Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2009  Professional Photographer
Fantastic piece!
I've featured it in a special anthro news article here:
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Please take a look at some of the other incredible pieces of art there and :+fav: the article if you enjoy it! :D
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:iconwizard-of-the-arts:
Wizard-of-the-Arts Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2008  Student Traditional Artist
rock on
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:iconalphaphoenix:
Alphaphoenix Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2008
very beautiful and elegant. also detailed(one of the reasons i'm watching you) and well done.
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:iconanmaril:
Anmaril Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2008  Professional Digital Artist
Nice work, I'd like the window ornaments.
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:icondeblavln:
deblaVLN Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2008
¡¡¡¡ wonderful !!!!
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:iconbluecnidaria:
bluecnidaria Featured By Owner May 22, 2008  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
stunning
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:iconw0nderfulmistake:
W0nderfulMistake Featured By Owner May 22, 2008
It's so beautifuuul !
I love it :)
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:iconshadowwolf:
Shadowwolf Featured By Owner May 16, 2008  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Such a beautiful picture, and I've always liked Bagheera's character :3
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:iconsenrade:
Senrade Featured By Owner May 13, 2008
AAAHHH!!! i love your pencil works!! you really should do more, because they are just excellent. I really like the shadingt effects and the architecture done in here, not to mention the detail.
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:iconvox-vita-anima:
vox-vita-anima Featured By Owner May 9, 2008
This is stunning, I love the shading and the setting is just gorgeous! A definite :+fav:
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:iconsandpiper-57:
Sandpiper-57 Featured By Owner May 9, 2008
Just love your beautiful work, it blows me away. I thoroughly enjoyed your entire gallery.
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:iconxrafex:
xRafex Featured By Owner May 7, 2008   Photographer
Always nice to see new pieces from you Balaa <3
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:iconkanutgl:
KanuTGL Featured By Owner May 6, 2008  Student Digital Artist
This is beautiful, I love the details in it - like the books, the leaves on the floor and the folds of the blanket... The character also looks very thoughtful indeed. Really good job on this ^^
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:iconrhaeigan:
rhaeigan Featured By Owner May 5, 2008  Hobbyist Writer
beautiful
this picture seems very thoughtful, and I love the openness of the room
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:iconbiohazard1313:
biohazard1313 Featured By Owner May 5, 2008
I really like this too! Very impressive, keep it up!
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:iconelliannah:
elliannah Featured By Owner May 5, 2008  Hobbyist Photographer
I really like the open space... I think it does just what you want it to do.
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:iconangrenereg:
Angrenereg Featured By Owner May 5, 2008
usually I dont fave arts with people who look like a animal... but this one is so beaityfull that I cant hold myseld...

I love that window... and details are gregorius!
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:iconbalaa:
balaa Featured By Owner May 5, 2008  Professional General Artist
why thank you! There are a lot of wonderful anthropomorphic artists out there, too bad there are so many stereotypes associated with the genre :). Glad you could see beyond that enough to give my work a fair chance!
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:iconangrenereg:
Angrenereg Featured By Owner May 5, 2008
You know - I also don't like stereotypes :)
Ussually I just dont... hmmm I dont love arts on that kind...
for me animl is animal :)

But I'm not blind also :) I can see good works and I fave those when they are good...
I love artist who give they heart to the arts :)
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:iconquick-step:
Quick-Step Featured By Owner May 4, 2008  Hobbyist
very nice
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:iconkatarthis:
katarthis Featured By Owner May 3, 2008  Hobbyist Writer
I've missed you.

As for this and the unbalanced thing, life isn't always balanced. Once again you nailed a scene perfectly. And while we've had this discussion before, I just thought I'd remind you that we crave your anthros because you give them life that is dignified, and sensuality above sexuality. Your creations would be a thrilling place to step into.

k
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:iconbalaa:
balaa Featured By Owner May 5, 2008  Professional General Artist
Now I remember why I missed this place ;)! Thank you for reminding me...and thank you..as ever..for your words of encouragement!
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:iconprettyclouds:
Prettyclouds Featured By Owner May 1, 2008  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Wow this is so nice, collect <3
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:iconjoanniegoulet:
joanniegoulet Featured By Owner May 1, 2008  Professional Digital Artist
Amazing pencil work! The whole ambiance remind me (in a good way!) of the opening animation of the Enchanted movie. Beautiful piece, for both the technical and emotional aspect.
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:iconsilentlily:
silentlily Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2008
excellent pencil work and use of light and shadow =D.
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:iconfoldo:
Foldo Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
Very beautiful !:D
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:iconrsmronda:
RSMRonda Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2008  Professional General Artist
Such gorgeous pencil work.
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:icondinosapien:
dinosapien Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2008
Wow :D

I haven't seen you update in quite a while. Nice pic... she looks beautiful ^^
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:iconmanjaro-wolf:
Manjaro-Wolf Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2008  Student General Artist
very beautiful love the design:D
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:iconkt-theleprachaun:
kt-theleprachaun Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2008  Student Traditional Artist
wow! how long did this take you? i like how the 08 looks part of the piece!
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:iconcersiana:
Cersiana Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2008
Wow the detail and shading in this is great.
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:iconwhodovoodoo:
Whodovoodoo Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2008   General Artist
The composition and detail is amazing, I could stare at this for hours! =D
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:iconwhodovoodoo:
Whodovoodoo Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2008   General Artist
The composition and detail is amazing, I could stare at this for hours! =D
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:icongubby:
Gubby Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2008   Writer
pretty amazing.
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:iconedoraxx:
Edoraxx Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2008
Bellissimo e ricco di dettagli :heart:
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:iconsh4dow-t1ger:
Sh4dow-t1ger Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2008
dude! you are amazing! you really are^^
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:iconysandra:
Ysandra Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2008
Awsome !!!!!!!! great idea with animal-people !!! :D
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:iconsnapwolf:
SnapWolf Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2008  Hobbyist Photographer
wow that is awesome!
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:iconmroczni3d:
mroczni3d Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2008
so Awsome !!! Good idea !! :D :wow:
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:icongrinddown:
grinddown Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2008
Beautifully done.
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:iconnelsynoo:
Nelsynoo Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2008  Hobbyist
wow this is amazing... very atmospheric.
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:iconxxsilentwishxx:
xXSilentWishXx Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2008
I want to comment, but find myself without words. So beautiful!
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:icontimephilosopher:
TimePhilosopher Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2008
This piece is so beautiful. You have a delicate hand, a touch for detail, and (clearly) an amazing amount of patience.
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:iconvirgo-001:
Virgo-001 Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2008  Hobbyist Digital Artist
O.O WOW!! Simply magnificent!
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:iconflowerose:
FloweRose Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2008  Student Traditional Artist
OMG, OMG... its beaty... *______________*
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:iconheaven-area:
Heaven-Area Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2008
Oh my, i MUST +fav this one.
I didn't now that pencil could give such a result... You're really talented...
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:iconfkdesign:
fkdesign Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2008
is excellent... would love to do it in 3D for a poser scenery... maybe someday if you graciously accepts... anyway, I could stay forever in a place like that... outstanding!
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