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Celtic Kiss by swandog Celtic Kiss by swandog
Commission for Celtic Man, done as a gift for :iconillahie:, of their two chars (gray wolf and Irish elk) and Duncan, Illahie's pet ferret...I made the knotwork and spirals orange and green to symbolize the colors of the Irish flag (since the location is in Newgrange, Ireland), and the kilt in the colors of Celtic Man's family tartan (or as close as I could approximate it, anyway). The flowers and jewelry are also symbolic of the chars. :) (And since many people have asked, I used only colored pencils--mainly Caran D'Ache--mechanical pencil and drawing pens, and the pic took me about 3 months to finish. You can see the WIP lineart here: [link] )

Edit: I never dreamt I would get a DD on this!! :faint: Thank you so much, `cooley and `savagebinn!!! :heart:
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Given 2008-01-23
Celtic Kiss by *swandog contains a unique interaction between predator and prey. Beautifully rendered and packed with detail, make sure to full-view and take a good, long look at this masterpiece! ( Suggested by savagebinn and Featured by cooley )
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Moon-Crafter Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Amazing and a well deserved DD
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chivalryss Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I think you've created a beautiful piece of art.  I am Irish so I thank you for honoring us.
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DoddleWolf Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2013
beautiful. I love it <3
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Draange Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2013
I really like the use of shading and colors in this. For some reason a pet ferret present in such a serious/romantic scene makes me laugh a bit. It's that piece of left field that makes you think and not leave after a single glance.
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Chiodios Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2013  Student Filmographer
This might be the greatest thing I have ever seen. I am a wolf and my boyfriend is an elk, and I have a pet ferret that looks exactly like that one 
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KitsuneLenali Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2013
Awesome-love it!
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JohnAnna Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2013   General Artist
Beautiful !
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Granny-Witch Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2013
Love this!
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samikriss Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2012  Student General Artist
aww beautiful :meow:
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majspanda Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I really like the flowers in her hair! :)
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JellyfishNoodle Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2012  Professional General Artist
awwww. its so cute
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TheYoungCraftsman Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
love it!
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FastLane128 Featured By Owner May 17, 2012
nice work on the stag & wolf.
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womanwhorunswithwolf Featured By Owner May 8, 2012
absolutely beautiful
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womanwhorunswithwolf Featured By Owner May 8, 2012
wonderful
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Zekkentak Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2012  Student General Artist
That's amazing :omfg:
Especially when I hear that it's made on paper :O_o:
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ThorneArtwork Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2012
Beautiful.
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TiarnanDominusAdonai Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2012  Student General Artist
Bearing in mind that my surname is Connell and our symbol BEING the stag and our name meaning wolf this means a tremendous deal to me. Thanks a million.

- Take care, Beannachd Dia Dhuit
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swandog Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Aww, awesome to hear! :D And you're welcome! :aww: Thanks for commenting! :heart:
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Jagdwolf Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2012
beautiful
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ratinrage Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
great job :clap:
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ealair Featured By Owner May 17, 2011
Beautiful!
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mudfrog4 Featured By Owner May 6, 2011  Student General Artist
awsem dude i mean the detail the settings okay but not my taste no afense
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kspaulding Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2011
love it
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FullyHuman Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
I keep staring, and staring... and I still can't get over your knotwork!
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conanthewolfboy Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2011
I'm just going to be a stupid-ass here and say, I have never seen a celtic elk in all my life! XD
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PuppyAkamaru Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
I like the poses! Very nice attention to detail as well, what with the texture on the antlers
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sombra-khenney Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2011  Student Digital Artist
like W0W I LOVE THE FERRET, hes so nucken cute
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Firewolf1113 Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Waaaaaitwaitwaitwait....Is that a Ferret on a leash? O.O
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swandog Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
Yes, indeed. :)
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Firewolf1113 Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
...I want one! =D
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Zaluke Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2011
Really beautiful.
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ScottGardener Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2011
This is quite beautiful. Both figures have great expression.
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KEArnold Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
Excellent!!!
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pitbullprincess Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2011
its beautiful...
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Rootbeet Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2011
Wow! :O
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surfdancer Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2011
Tis beautiful! And I love the ferret.
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jacky705 Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
OMG so beautiful!
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earthy-rah Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2010   Writer
This is a very, very beautiful piece of work. I adore the expressions on the faces of the wolf and the elk, and the I think the coloring is fantastic. The lady wolf is a pillar of beauty, and sir elk looks very strong.
I also like how it looks as though the two of them are gazing into eachothers eyes.
All in all, this is very well done. Very well done indeed. (:
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swandog Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you kindly! :aww: :heart:
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Defonthana Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2010
wow...i have one question..if i see this right....you don't use linearts? i mean no outlines?
but the biggest question after i saw all these pictures is....what PAPER do youuse? i think it deserves lots of layers or pencils...and not all paper can take it.
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swandog Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
Yes, I use outlines; please see the WIP here: [link] :) For this, I used normal bristol paper, I think (it was rather long ago, so gets hard to remember)...and several layers of colored pencils, using the "burnishing" method. :)
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Defonthana Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2010
hey lots of thanks for the respond!! now i really have to ask (a bit dumb) what burnishing is..>.<
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swandog Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
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(You can find lots more via Google.) :)
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Defonthana Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2010
thats so very nice of you!! thanks^^
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swandog Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
Welcome! :aww:
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cyang908 Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2010  Student Traditional Artist
this is very unique!
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stormblazewolf Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
OMG. That is just amazing. Fantastic work.
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AnthroTsuneon Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2010  Student Writer
onto avalon, where the love shall live beyond death
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TabithaRobin Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2010
I love this picture, it says so much.
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