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Here is my half of a trade with :iconjeaikman:!
This horse with crystal wings is her lovely #Spiralae-Equus Puck.
Puck has beautiful design and drawing those crystalline-like wings was so much fun that I had to add some crystal stones also on the background.

It seems that I have some kind of phase using only limited color palette...
In my original plan there was green valley and grey mountains but once again they ended up being colored with purple.
I think I have hide my purples when starting next picture... ;P
Feedback is welcome! :iconbummiesplz:


:bulletpurple::bulletorange::bulletyellow::bulletorange::bulletpurple: Character © ~JEAikman
:bulletpurple::bulletorange::bulletyellow::bulletorange::bulletpurple: Picture © me




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:iconbluedragon6969:
bluedragon6969 Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2014
Beautiful art,u r a very good artist ! :)
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:iconagaave:
Agaave Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you! :heart:
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:iconwolfberry-j:
Wolfberry-J Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2014
Beautiful use of complementary colors!  Love the stylized, ornate trees.
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:iconagaave:
Agaave Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you very much! :bow:
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Sunrise-LoneWolf Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
I guess I already left feedback on this picture once, but... I can't help taking a look again lol, it's so awesome!! :nuu: :heart:
 The way you shaded the horse and highlighted the mountains is so amazing! :D

Lately I've been (trying to xD) working with watercolors too and so looking a lot of artworks to learn better.
 Think you could give me any advice, please?  Like how you made the yellow part in the sky (it blends so well and looks texturized)? :meow:
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:iconagaave:
Agaave Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I am glad to hear that, thank you very much! :love:

The sky is made with "wet on wet" technique which means that I painted the whole sky with water at first and then added yellow and purple parts. That makes them blend nicely together.
There couple of layers of colors and I let the paint dry before painting another layer. I recall that I also added few drops of salt on purple parts which created more textures.

I have collected my favorite watercolor tutorials here: fav.me/d6thcs7
Take a look, there are lots of wonderful tips!
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:iconsunrise-lonewolf:
Sunrise-LoneWolf Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
You're welcome! :aww:

Hmm I guess I got it. So you used mostly water to it and so it blends better? :)
 Because at truth I did a new experiment (test) with my watercolor pencils. Instead coloring then "painting" on it with water, I colored a sheet apart, then I painted with water over it. So for painting the sky, I used the "colored water" which I just used the same brush to do the watercolor on the another sheet (and so the water and brush got "dirty" with the color I used).

It got very light in the paper, but got a cool soft texture! I liked more than water inking the colored pencil strikes of the watercolor pencils.
 It is more or less what you meant by painting with water? Or that the method I tried could work similar if I add another layer? :D
(PS: I just used one color for the testing, instead two. But I still will try to do blending with two colors)

Cool! I am actually studying these salt techniques too.
 And ohh interesting, I will also take a look on these tutorials. Thanks! :la:
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:iconagaave:
Agaave Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Your test sounds interesting, I think I haven't tried that. I usually use watercolor pans with lots of water, at the moment I have these paints: www.winsornewton.com/na/shop/w…
I use watercolor pencils mostly without water, just for details and shading and pans for painting larger areas.
But it would be nice to try my pencils with water too, when they have that ability it is kinda wasting not to use it. :D

Happy experimenting, that's the best way to find out and learn new techniques! :happybounce:
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:iconkaikaku:
kaikaku Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I wish I had your mixed media & watercolor skills. I love this. The texturing and lines you've used to define the mountains look so cool. And the crystals in this drawing are really neat. Gorgeous work on Puck, as always you are great at equine characters...
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:iconagaave:
Agaave Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Aww, thank you very much! :love:
I just noticed it has been almost a year since I drew this picture and started paying more attention to backgrounds. I am not sure if I have gotten any better with those but at least they are a bit easier now than twelve months ago. :D
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:iconkaikaku:
kaikaku Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I think your backgrounds look great thus far... a lot of the trick is getting the bg not to conflict too much with the characters, while still making the character look like it's actually in the environment, and you seem to do fine at that even as you up the detailing. Keep it up!
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:iconagaave:
Agaave Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you again! :huggle:

The problem with adding too much on the background is - like you pointed out - that the character can get lost there. And I have also difficulties to create feeling of depth instead making everything look like they're close to each other, on a same level. I should remember to make more blurred stuff on the distance and also use colder tones for farther objects... It is easy in theory but more complicated in practice. :XD:
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:iconkaikaku:
kaikaku Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Haha, yeah... it is tricky. I think you actually do quite well considering! This one definitely has some sense of distance. It would probably have a bit more if the cliffs in the foreground were a little less purple than the mountains in the background, maybe a little more... earthy. But I know from experience sometimes when I try that sort of thing, sometimes the picture gets too "busy." How you've got it works, especially because there's still some actual distance from the equine figure. You seem to be able to do really subtle blending even in pencil so I think there's plenty of room for fine-tuning, but still, even as it is I like it!
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:iconagaave:
Agaave Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I am glad to hear that! And next time when doing a picture like that I try to pay even more attention to feeling of distance. Even if it is decent here it can always be better. :D
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:iconkaikaku:
kaikaku Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Haha, yes, you most certainly can, I look forward to seeing how you handle this sort of thing in the future. ^_^
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:iconfenrisxwolf:
FenrisxWolf Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist

My word this is beautiful!! :love: Your talent is amazing ^^ I love how you colour, it's so smooth and rich :nuu:

Stunning piece ^^

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:iconagaave:
Agaave Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks a lot! :blowkiss:
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:iconjacij:
jacij Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2013   General Artist
Such a beautiful picture
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:iconagaave:
Agaave Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you very much, I am happy that you like! :heart:
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:iconwindspirit-aquaeris:
Windspirit-Aquaeris Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Finally i can leave a comment her on this stunning piece *_*
And it's again a picture with less lines, right? ;)
Really good job especially on the character. I like thes pose and the softness of the coloration.
Also the details of the crystals and the mane are amazing. I love the color combination, too!
Purple and yellow work so well together :3
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:iconagaave:
Agaave Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Yay, thanks a lot! :boogie:

Yup, I used grey marker for lining instead of black; it gives a bit more unobtrusive effect.
I love the look without (or less) lines but I am not still ready to totally abandon my black finiliners. ;P
So I will be varying between different styles.

I am glad to hear that you like my color choices!
I was actually surprised how well these colors worked together but it seems that purple goes with anything. :dance:
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:iconwindspirit-aquaeris:
Windspirit-Aquaeris Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
But thats already a big step forward :3
And it looks great.
And its always good to varying between different styles.
Your learn more by doing this. :)
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:iconagaave:
Agaave Featured By Owner May 1, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Yep, varying is both fun and improving. :D
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:iconelfalaura:
ElfaLaura Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2013
wow this horse is amazing!!!
and the color purple on it is really beautiful
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:iconagaave:
Agaave Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you very much! :happybounce:
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:iconelfalaura:
ElfaLaura Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2013
you're welcome :iconflyingheartsplz:
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:iconadreos:
Adreos Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Now THAT is different.

I like.
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:iconagaave:
Agaave Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks a lot! :floating:

I tried to make a whole scene for a change and not just a character with textured background. ^^
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:iconastralseed:
Astralseed Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2013  Professional General Artist
This piece has been featured here [link] :aww:
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:iconagaave:
Agaave Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks a lot! :squee:
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:iconastralseed:
Astralseed Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2013  Professional General Artist
No problem :)
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:iconlavincelara:
LavinceLara Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2013
Oih wow...niin yksityiskohtasta ja värikästä :heart: Kaikin puolin upea työ!
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:iconagaave:
Agaave Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Kiitos paljon! :glomp:
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:iconlavincelara:
LavinceLara Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2013
Oles hyvä :hug:

Tekee niin mieli taas joskus
tehä kunnon trade siun kanssa ^^
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:iconagaave:
Agaave Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Täytyy ottaa uusintakierros tässä keväämmällä. :D
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:iconlavincelara:
LavinceLara Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2013
=D Eikä mitään kiirettä
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:iconsethrity:
Sethrity Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2013
Very pretty ! I love the crystal wings and the purple hued bg
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:iconagaave:
Agaave Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you! :heart:
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:iconsethrity:
Sethrity Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2013
your welcome ^^
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Ember-Eyes Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Oooh, so much to take in! I love it. The horse is loverly, and the environment, too...I love those mountains and that valley. And the textures in the sky are so nice!! Lovely colors, too. I love all those little crystal things. I like how you did them. They look magical somehow! :XD:
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:iconagaave:
Agaave Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks a lot! :happybounce:
And hooray for magical crystal thingies! :w00t:
I remember drawing diamonds as a kid but my skills of drawing them was a bit rusty...
But such fascinating things to draw; must study how to make them look more real. ^^
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:iconcalie-coco:
calie-coco Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Wooo, this is magic, wonderful, great peace !!!!
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:iconagaave:
Agaave Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you very much! :floating:
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AngelicDragonPuppy Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Love how well all the colors fit together! <3
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:iconagaave:
Agaave Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you! :love:
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almaticani Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
You know for a majorly purple landscape
you did a wonderful job on keeping every shape separate and recognizable.
The pony is exquisite, its gorgeous how you managed to
keep his purple spots shine as well as its ocher ones.
I just love it!:love: It would be awesome to have something like
this on the wall as a poster.:giggle:
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:iconagaave:
Agaave Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you very much sweetie! :tighthug:

It is interesting that you pointed out keeping the shapes separate:
Because I didn't use black, inked outlines this time it was more work that usual to make edges look nice.
So it is nice to hear that effort paid off!
But I have to tell that I missed those flaws hiding thick lines few times... ^^;
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:iconalmaticani:
almaticani Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Most welcome.:love:

But the effort payed off, now you know
you don't always have to relay on those
black lines to hide things. :D
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:iconagaave:
Agaave Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Yeah, another trick for my mental art tool box. ;P
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:iconrequay:
ReQuay Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2013
Your traditional skills just blow me away. The limited color palette works for you girl... I don't think you should even consider hiding your purples next time. I love how you master them. The mountains, cliffs and skies and so amazing.
And dat tail... :faint: I love how you draw your horses.
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