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CSS--The Lovely Lockett by swandog CSS--The Lovely Lockett by swandog
Yay! :boing: It's after midnight here, so it's now officially Dec 10th, which means I can finally upload my CSS entry! :D (CSS = "Cervine Secret Santa", the holiday drawing exchange for the :iconthedivinecervine: group.) Those of us participating in this year's round all submitted our names, and were each paired up with another person at random. The char chosen for me to draw was Luckie's lovely doe, "Lockett", which has vines around her neck, a feathered tail, wrappings on her forelegs, and stripes on her back: [link]

I was originally just going to do a sketch, but as usual, I got a bit carried away, so I inked it, and then added a bit of muted color with these stock textures set to 50% opacity: [link] [link] [link] [link] [link] [link] and [link] Her head was referenced from here: [link] and her body from several photos of sleeping does. I also stylized her leg wrappings to fit in more with the overall design. Hope she likes it! :) And Happy Holidays, everyone! :D My own Christmas card will be posted soon...still working on it. XD
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:iconerkrieal:
Erkrieal Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Beautiful :-)
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dyb Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Oi, så bra! likte måte du tegnet pelsen på. Og båndet rundt føttene var interessant.
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ZadaCreations Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2012  Professional General Artist
Beautiful!
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:iconeternityspool:
Eternityspool Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2012  Student Digital Artist
This is absolutely beautiful ^^ I love the detail in the fur, and the deer has an overall grace and fluidity about her <3 AMAZING JOB.
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Becso-dimension Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
oh, it's so lovely. I love deers, specially your deer. :)
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:iconraptorflame:
Raptorflame Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2012
Wow, just simply beautiful. I love how you combined the realistic doe with the stylized vines and wrappings. :)
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:iconjackofalltrades0097:
jackofalltrades0097 Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Simply STUNNING! you did a magnificent job!!!!
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:iconkreepingspawn:
KreepingSpawn Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
:wow: She's gorgeous! I love the way you draw hooves. :nod:
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:icontillathehun:
TillaTheHun Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
lovely!
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:iconswandog:
swandog Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks! <3
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:iconoribuu:
Oribuu Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2011  Student Digital Artist
This is lovely! The detail is quite stunning!
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:iconswandog:
swandog Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks so much!! <3
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:iconhuacaya:
Huacaya Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2011
She is gorgeous! I love the texture of the fur!
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:iconswandog:
swandog Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you! <3
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ChuckRondeau Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2011
This is absolutely beautiful. Stunning detail. And a wonderful composition. I'm glad my photograph was some help to you in creating it. Looking forward to seeing more of your work! :)
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swandog Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you so much!! I absolutely LOVE your photo, and it was just perfect for this, with her sweet, contented, and slightly coy expression. <3<3<3
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ChuckRondeau Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2011
You're welcome. You did an awesome job.
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:iconvalkyriestears:
Valkyriestears Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This is absolutely beautiful, love the intricate vinework :)
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:iconswandog:
swandog Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you! :aww: <3
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:icontarkheki:
tarkheki Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2011
Your fur tones. How I love them. You have a way of drawing then that they LOOK as if they are like the skin: Covering the muscles and rolling over them.
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:iconswandog:
swandog Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
Awww!! :aww: I'm soooo glad you thought that, because I tried really hard for that effect! I want to draw fur in a way that looks not just realistic, but "pet-able"--like you want to reach out and touch it--and to show how it lays flat and sleek in some spots, short and velvety in places, and soft and fluffed out in others, according to the types of fur and the flesh/bone underneath. I still have a long way to go, but I think I'm finally getting there, at least! :D
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Lior-Art Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Masterful :trophy:
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:iconswandog:
swandog Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you!! :D
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Fairy-Slayer Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2011
She's so beautiful, such a contented and happy creature. The fur looks fantastic, as does the detail on the muzzle (especially the whiskers). The feathers/wing for a tail is intriguing, definitely, but otherwise she looks perfect and happy. The vines make a great decoration, with her name being subtle but noticeable, and the ribbon makes for a lovely illustration style. (I'm trying to imagine her running with them streaming behind her, but that would probably be a problem if she tried. :))
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swandog Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you sooo much for your kind comment!! (Deer have REALLY long, adorable whiskers, but they often don't get drawn, so I HAD to do them!) I thought that feathered tail was such a cute touch; she was a fun char to draw! :) I don't suppose she could run well with those wraps, but maybe only wears them on special occasions. XD
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springheel Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2011
Awwww, my dear Swannie, it's really precious! Sorry having been so silent but this year my work was really stressful and have been very ill these past days... to boot, my scanner is officially defunct.
That, not to mention I am such a lousy penpal... *HUGHUGHUGHUG and... HUG* I have you always in my heart, my dear Swannie.
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swandog Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you, sweety! <3 And no worries; I've been very quiet myself, but I've gotten your notes and emails, and I always appreciate you sending them and keeping me in your thoughts. <3<3<3 *snuggles*
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springheel Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2011
*Superhug* At last... vacations!! An entrance to Loonyland in this city, in anticipation fro Christmas, Carnival and (in this moment) the final of the Soccer tournament... which the ocal team, Junior, won 1 hour ago. ^^
A warm, huge wish for a Merry Christmas and a Happy New year from me to my most dear friend ever!
You are really, really special for me, my dear. Now and always.
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1Luckiesta Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Oh my word. I'm speechless.
:wow:
Thank you so much for this gorgeous work! I am unworthy! The composition works so well with the vines, the pose, and the wrappings. When I noticed her name in the vines I got so excited.
This is definitely one of my favorite works out of everything I've seen on dA, don't know how I got as lucky as I did to have you as my CSS!
Thanks again, I hope you have a fantastic holiday!
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:iconswandog:
swandog Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
Yay!! Soooo happy you like it, hon!! :D I had so much fun drawing her!! I can send you the hi-res of the black & white version, if you'd like, but I only have the colored version in the resolution you see above. Hope you have a wonderful Christmas! <3<3<3
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1Luckiesta Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
That would be fantastic! =D
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:iconraua:
Raua Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2011  Student General Artist
:boing:
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:iconswandog:
swandog Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
:D
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:iconsovaeart:
SovaeArt Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2011   Traditional Artist
Very pretty :)
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:iconswandog:
swandog Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
+k XD
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:iconswandog:
swandog Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
Than you!! :aww:
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Kashouni Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2011
Gorgeous, the fur looks absolutely amazing:heart:
This is really a wonderful gift:aww:
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:iconswandog:
swandog Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you so much!! <3<3<3
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:iconjo-san:
Jo-san Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Gosh, that is gorgeous!
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:iconswandog:
swandog Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
Aww, thanks!! :aww:
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:iconjonbuck:
JonBuck Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
Feathertail?
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:iconswandog:
swandog Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
Yep: [link] :)
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:iconkata:
Kata Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Great detail :D I love the ribbon :)
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:iconswandog:
swandog Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you! <3 I love her char design! :D
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remowylliams Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
so very pretty. Very nice work
I love the textures and the expression, the softness of the ribbon. The vine work is exquisite as well.

Bravo

Remo
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:iconswandog:
swandog Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you so much! :aww:
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:iconalikra:
Alikra Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
stunning!
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:iconswandog:
swandog Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks! :aww:
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Marlimoo Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2011  Student General Artist
this looks absolutely fabulous. :) I love your art so much! this person was very lucky to get you as a secret santa! :)
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:iconswandog:
swandog Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
Aww, you're so sweet! I adore your art too; thank you for the kindness! <3 :hug:
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