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Hidden Valley by firedaemon Hidden Valley by firedaemon
Yay it's finished.

Well this is a scan and edit of the image from my sister's laptop, so I'm not *entirely* sure that all the colours and levels are ok, but I am happy it is done and I can share it with people.

I will edit it for print soon

So this is the biggest image I've *completed* so far.
The original is just smaller than A1. (That's 10 scans on my A4 scanner before stitching it back together)
It was created with alcohol based markers, watercolour ink, coloured pencil and fineliner pigment ink on Bristol Board.

I also chipped half my nails framing it ^^;

The flowers are - wisteria, hibiscus, chrysanthemums, orchids and peony.
It was themed that all these flowers could be found naturally in one place (if you know what that country is :) )
Although colours may differ from their real life counterparts

I hope people enjoy this piece
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Given 2010-11-01
*AwsumZ says: "If you zoom out you can appreciate it as a whole or you can zoom in and stare at it for ages taking in all those tiny little details and the use of colour and different media, and the many different shades of blues, purples and pinks that make up this amazing piece of artwork. Simply put, it's beautiful." Hidden Valley by *firedaemon Also suggested by *Gwendolyn12 ( Suggested by omgitsacat and Featured by Mollinda )
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Critique by TamaraJadee TamaraJadee/critique/246892967">May 28, 2010, 12:19:10 AM
this is just.. wow. breathtaking, amazing, colourful, happy, gorgeous absolutely gorgeous! the perfect amount of contrast, and distribution of colours! im still in awe.. i spent the last 20 minutes just staring at this picture! it's very feminine, and light and airy, and to me everything seems perfect! not a single mistake! absolutely perfect! i don't know very much about art, but i know something simply amazing when i see it. the colours are blended perfectly, and all round, the image was constructed beautifully, very balanced. i have been watching you for a long time now and your progress never ceases to disappoint, but just when you think that art could never get any more amazing and beautiful, we are hit with a massive, well planned, colourful, beautiful piece of work! i'm sure it was very difficult creating such a large piece, but i still hope that you choose to create more pieces just as big and beautiful as this one! :D
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Critique by NPavusa NPavusa/critique/1139171316">Jan 9, 2015, 5:04:48 PM
From the moment I came to your profile I noticed it was somehow quite different from what I'm usually used to see elsewhere. Every other artist who's profile I have visited so far has used quite measurable amounts of contrast and black colour in their works which then made it look more realistic compared to what it would have looked like if they didn't. But you - you seem to go against that logic, and that is precisely your winning point and your strength.

The unique use of colours and your focus on the overall brightness of the entire drawing make it feel more alive than it would have looked like had you introduced more dark tones to it. It almost feels like there is this entirely new world apart from ours which can be entered and experienced only through this drawing. The drawing itself feels like a portal to it.

One can also immediately come to the conclusion that you have a vast appreciation for the nature and its intricate complexity, which can be witnessed by your desire and efforts to make every single little latice as important as the entire drawing. It can be felt that this is the work which required enormous amounts of patience, dedication, persistance and love to be completed.

You've won me over entirely.
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mommydragon769504 Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2017
So pretty!
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:icontheuglycrow:
theuglycrow Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2017
Pink Heart Icon 
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:icondianalynnb:
dianalynnb Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Wow!!!!!
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:iconrinjiku:
RinJiku Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2016
So many flowers, so many natural objects. Wonderful!
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:iconblackhyacinth1708:
blackhyacinth1708 Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2016
wow, im really lost in here OvO it feels like the whole paradise is right in front of you Meow :3  
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:iconverso-18:
VERSO-18 Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2016  Student Digital Artist
Im curious about what method you use, beautiful work ! +fav 
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:iconnakroshivaiscoming:
Nakroshivaiscoming Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2016
Beautiful work!
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:icontheartforest:
TheArtForest Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Soo beautiful!! <3
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:iconkaleighdoscope:
Kaleighdoscope Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This is beautiful!
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:iconjjzapp:
jjzapp Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Amazing!!!
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:iconledarkness1:
LeDarkness1 Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2015
Wow!!!
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:icontezeze:
Tezeze Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Very beautiful and calming! :) I really like all those colors! :D 
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:iconchill4sec:
Chill4Sec Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2015
You emote very well through your use of color, forming a relatable expression through the love you put in to the conceptual location.
I'd love to live in one of your illustrations.
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:iconvolker03:
volker03 Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
So great and so wonderful. Your work is really great!
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Lormet-Images Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2015  Professional Interface Designer
Gorgeous work! :)
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:iconamedvleec:
AmeDvleec Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
OMG! That's perfect!!
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:iconrainbowfay:
RainbowFay Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I love how you use the colors. Your picture is outstandingly beautiful.:D
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:iconpurrpleuniverse:
Which country can you find all the flowers? Hawaii? Is this a real place
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:iconnightelight:
NighteLight Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2015  Student Traditional Artist
So much color!!  I love it!!  I love how you stay away from black and grays with the shadowing, it just adds to the uniqueness. Meow :3  Watercolor, inks, and markers have become my two main mediums.  They're so fun to work with!  It's especially fun learning how to do new unique textures.  How long did it take to work on?
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AutumnCzun Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
This looks pretty awesome and I totally agree with AwsumZ.
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:icongiovanni-palma:
Giovanni-Palma Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2015  Professional Traditional Artist
Excellent!! Great work :) 
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:iconimportautumn:
ImportAutumn Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2015  Hobbyist Artist
Amazing art Daemon :)
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Diamonds-Dont-Shine Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2015  Hobbyist Writer
This... is just stunning. No wonder this piece became a DD
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:iconstrawberry--swing:
Strawberry--Swing Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Beautiful! All those details :clap:
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:iconfoxtone:
FoxTone Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2015  Student Digital Artist
I really like how the background is only done in markers, like it gives the feeling that the waterfalls are far away and faint.
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Slave2Karma Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2015
So pretty! :heart:
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:iconsofia-the-dreamer:
Sofia-the-Dreamer Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2015  Student General Artist
This is so gorgeous! Like a little piece of paradise. The colors are so vivid and your waterfalls are great :) And those bee-eaters! I love bee-eaters :D Are they European Bee-Eaters?
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PurrpleUniverse Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2015
It's like looking into a dream!
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:iconbillynikoll:
BillyNikoll Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Very Well Done!
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:icondear-dead-delilah:
dear-dead-delilah Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2015  Student Traditional Artist
This is seriously so gorgeous. The use of colours and details are really lovely; a fantastic piece for sure.
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:iconfiredaemon:
firedaemon Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2015  Professional Filmographer
Thank you very much :) I'm glad that you like it
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:iconaceofkeys72:
AceOfKeys72 Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I always love pieces where flowers are the focus and this piece does i justice. Hibiscus are definitely one of my absolute favorite flowers to draw ;)
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:iconfiredaemon:
firedaemon Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2015  Professional Filmographer
I'm glad you like it. I love flowers, they have so much variation, and of course lots of lovely colours
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:iconaceofkeys72:
AceOfKeys72 Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
very true. also there is something about flowers that just tug at you
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o-Oxalis-o Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2015  Hobbyist
So refreshing!
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W0LFP0ISON Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Agreed XD
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DestatiDreamXIII Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
This is stunning!! O_O The detail, the gorgeous color, the beautiful composition and peaceful atmosphere...it's all fantastic!!!
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:iconfiredaemon:
firedaemon Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2015  Professional Filmographer
Thank you very much :) I'm very happy that you think so.
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:iconvalward:
Valward Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Your pictures of nature and animals are the ones I adore the most^^ The faces you draw are a bit flat, but the animals and flowers are just perfect!Love 
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:iconfiredaemon:
firedaemon Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2015  Professional Filmographer
Thanks. Yeah I need to work a bit more on tone and translating that onto human faces.
I'm glad you like my nature work. It's a recurring theme for me, so I'll be posting more, hopefully soon. I hope you enjoy them too
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TheStrategos Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2015
You have an awesome gallery :D !
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:iconfiredaemon:
firedaemon Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2015  Professional Filmographer
Thank you very much. I'm glad you enjoyed it
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:iconthestrategos:
TheStrategos Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2015
I did indeed :D !
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:iconahnung:
Ahnung Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2015  Student Traditional Artist
omg...amazing *o*
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:iconfiredaemon:
firedaemon Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2015  Professional Filmographer
I'm glad that you think so :)
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UsagiYogurt Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2015  Professional General Artist
Wow! the detail on the flowers is amazing.
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AnanyaArts Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
i love love love the colors!
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:iconfiredaemon:
firedaemon Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2015  Professional Filmographer
Thank you :) I'm glad you like it
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lotjenya1 Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This is so beautiful! I use markers too, but my colors just won't pop out like yours... Do you have any tips? 
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:iconfiredaemon:
firedaemon Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2015  Professional Filmographer
Try to have strong contrasts, so strong shadows as well as highlights. If you look at your Sakura picture it's a little washed out, which looks in part be due to it being scanned (I have to fiddle a bit with the levels after I scan my work to try and get the colours back to how they look on paper), but also the colours don't go very dark. Sometimes I have to go over the lines after I've coloured it if I want the lineart to be properly black. Also areas such as the dark green of the background could be a bit darker so that the leaves stand out on top and make the brighter elements in the foreground really pop
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