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A GOOD BOOK - Final by keight A GOOD BOOK - Final by keight
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4.5" x 9" Originally done in Technical Pen & Ink with a Letraset border on Illustration Board; the overall size of this piece meant that even a 3x0 tip was too heavy for some of the lines. Enter Photoshop with pen tool and the ability to scan to a resolution of 1200dpi. I have redrawn the line work on both figures, the trident, the book, the scallop shells, the vegetation, and the goldfish.

EDIT 11-26-08: This is the result of the preference question. :D It is a bit of a compromise, thank you Gary, you nailed the problem.

EDIT 12-07-08: This is the final, last, tweak. Honest. I promise. I just had to get rid of the black in the colour version. That and tidy up the border.

EDIT 17 AUG 10: A year and a bit more than a half later, I got inspired, again. :D I'm blaming Coty's enthusiasm.

EDIT 21 MAR 11: A final change. Period.
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:iconaunjuli:
aunjuli Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2011
This is so sleek and lovely! I love the softness of it, and the pattern is great. I really love fantasy, and I appreciate waterworlds and creatures. :huggle:
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:iconkeight:
keight Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2011
Thank you very much. :huggle:
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:iconhorai:
horai Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2011
I love this piece, it's just so damned good.
Apologies for the hit and run visit on your latest work, trying to catch up.
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:iconkeight:
keight Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2011
Thank you so very much, Bernie. No need to apologise my friend, all of those faves are very much appreciated. :hug: This version is the one that I submitted for possible publication in an art book. It didn't make the cut this time.
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:iconthe-mad-pirate:
The-Mad-Pirate Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
I agree with Horai it definite has a Mucha Feeling !!!
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:iconkeight:
keight Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2010
Thank you for those kind words, the fave and the devwatch. They are all very much appreciated.
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:iconthe-mad-pirate:
The-Mad-Pirate Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
you are welcome ! Contanza did a beatiful interview !
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:iconkeight:
keight Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2010
She always does.
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:iconthe-mad-pirate:
The-Mad-Pirate Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
I think she puts a lot of hard work on her blog , and she really get some amazing results out of it !
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:iconwaterpower26:
waterpower26 Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2010
This is nice. I like the detail what did the mermaid's background.
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:iconkeight:
keight Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2010
Thank you, and for the fave, too.
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:iconwaterpower26:
waterpower26 Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2010
you're welcome.
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:iconrita-ria:
Rita-Ria Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
:love:
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:iconkeight:
keight Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2010
Thank you. :hug:
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:iconnyrak:
Nyrak Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
:heart:
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:iconkeight:
keight Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2010
:glomp: Thank you.
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:iconquickreaver:
quickreaver Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2010  Professional General Artist
Gorgeous! That is all... :giggle:
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:iconkeight:
keight Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2010
Thank you, Cris. I'm submitting this one to Exotique 6, and crossing my fingers.
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:iconpearwood:
pearwood Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
:aww:
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:iconkeight:
keight Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2010
Thanks, Steve. I couldn't get the text to work the way I wanted it, so gave up and then copped out on the shadows. Having had more practice with the techniques I'm using on these, I got the text in (a better choice than the last one, I think), and slopped ahead.

The text, set in the Anglo Sax font, reads: Once upon a time, there was a land where folk once wrote, “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all sentient creatures are created equal, that they are endowed
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:iconpearwood:
pearwood Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
Excellent, Lady.
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:icondugbuddy:
dugbuddy Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2010  Professional General Artist
really beautiful and peaceful. you should be proud.
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:iconkeight:
keight Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2010
Thank you very much. For this series, the technique inspiration came from Virgil Finlay's stippling and scratchboard techniques.
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:iconeminei:
Eminei Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2010
I love your mermaid design! :'D You are so talented with your lines; very pristine and elegant. I think the hair is my favorite part. <3
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:iconkeight:
keight Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2010
Thank you. I have finally figured out how to use the pen tool to get those slinky lines, especially in her hair. :D It is so much quicker and tidier than having to use a french curve and a technical pen. :D
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:iconohno-moment:
Ohno-moment Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2009
lol
are you sure it is the last version?

very nice
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:iconkeight:
keight Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2009
:D Well, this is the version I'm using for wall prints, bookmarks, and buttons; so, for now, yes.

Thank you very much.
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:iconohno-moment:
Ohno-moment Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2009
you are welcome
it has been almost a year...isn't it time for another update? ;)
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:iconkeight:
keight Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2009
It is actually time to finish repairing the second piece in that series.......
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:iconohno-moment:
Ohno-moment Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2009
:D
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:iconkeight:
keight Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2010
:D A year and 2/3 later, and it is updated, again.
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:iconohno-moment:
Ohno-moment Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2010
good for another year
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:iconkeight:
keight Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2010
Thanks.
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horai Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2009
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:iconhorai:
horai Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2009
Absolutely beautiful. I know it's a detail but it's such an important one, I love the shading using pointillism I think the term is. Stunning and the whole piece has an echo of Mucha in a fantasy setting. :clap: :)
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:iconkeight:
keight Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2009
Thank you so much. It is good to know that what I was aiming for came across so clearly.

Pointillism or stippling work equally well in this case. :) *curtsey*
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:iconhorai:
horai Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2009
Hang on, I'm a photographer so a little unsure. Stippling I assume is one colour to get the effect of shading and pointillism is similar but to achieve colour and shading. OK, cool stippling and still a bugger to do I would think. :)
It's a gorgeous image. :D
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:iconkeight:
keight Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2009
And you're an excellent photographer! Stippling refers to building an image, or shading it, mostly by the careful use of small dots of ink or paint. Pointillism is usually used to describe the style of a group of impressionist painters who applied their paints mostly as small dots. The painting "Sunday Afternoon on the Island of La Grande Jatte" by Georges Seurat is a classic example of this group.

Yes, it is definitely a total pain in the wrist. Thank you again.
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:iconhorai:
horai Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2009
Awww shucks. :blush: Thank you.

Thanks for that. I did a bit of Googling after your explanantion and now I understand.
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FloralFaerie Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2009
Absolutely marvellous :)
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:iconkeight:
keight Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2009
Thank you very much, and for the fave, as well.
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:iconcentaurfreak:
centaurfreak Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2009
This is absolutely marvelous. Her expression is wonderful, and the little fish watching her is cute.
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:iconkeight:
keight Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2009
Thank you very much for your compliments and the fave.
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:iconcentaurfreak:
centaurfreak Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2009
You're very welcome :)
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:iconknotcarver:
knotcarver Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
She is just to sexy, without being offensive.
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:iconkeight:
keight Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2009
Thank you so much, both for the kind words, and for the fave.
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:iconpearwood:
pearwood Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2009  Hobbyist Photographer
Durn, Katherine, but you make a slinky mermaid.
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:iconkeight:
keight Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2009
Thank you, Steve. I was aiming for that kind of look. Nice to know I hit it. :D
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:iconpearwood:
pearwood Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2009  Hobbyist Photographer
Rather. I almost faved it under the "other" account. :D
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:iconkeight:
keight Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2009
:D I wouldn't mind; but it would have been inconvienient for you.
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