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Underworld Overworld by blix-it Underworld Overworld by blix-it
This painting is from spread 96/97 of TG.

They sort of embody what the Underworld and the Overworld are.

Overworld: a beautiful, shiny, graceful bird.
Underworld: a black hairy tooth monster.

Part of the reason I extended this chapter to be so HUGE was that Vidu and Sedna needed time to become close. They were kind of friends at first sight, friends forever. Nothing could break that bond. (Until something does, but that something is far away in another plot.)

This painting was accomplished first with watercolor, which didn't look right. 8( Then I began editing with pastel and colored pencil until finally it was ok. Then scan and photoshop for extra shiny effects. :B

12 x 30 inches on Arches 140lb Cold Press
Daniel Smith watercolors
Sennelier Pastels
Prisma Colored Pencils
and some good old fashioned Photoshop.
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ObscureLucidity Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2013
Just as I mentioned in Pasco, it would make a very lovely addition on my wall at home in Sweden, and so it really really does! Many are the friends that have drooled over it, so I now found myself forced to go get an electric fence so all that (apparently highly conductive) drool will teach them a pretty good lesson :)

Take care! 
Best regards from the bickering (and least said weird) Swede.. (Nope, not a vegetable)
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DraJien Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Bought at A-Kon and framed today. Looks amazing on my wall with the shiny gold foil!It's soooo pretty! My favorite purchase all weekend. :D Thank you for the amazing opportunity. The story is amazing and I can't wait to keep following.
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Mazdi Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2013  Professional Interface Designer
I bought this print from you today at the Expo. EPIC, and I am a now a new fan of your art. <3
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Aitwo Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2013
One of the most beautiful scenes in the comic ever - completely epic!
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BobsledBarnacle Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2013
I got a print of this at Ohayocon, its absolutely gorgeous. Hopefully I'll see you at more cons in the future. I'd love to be able to pick up more of your artwork.
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RainFyre Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2011
SEX.


Which isd another way of saying this is friggen amazing.justy when i thought you couldnt get any better...
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Sharsarannon Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2011  Professional General Artist
One of your very best works.
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Regoleta Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2011  Student General Artist
This is great!!
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jadesfires Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2011   Writer
I really like the comparison of the underworld and overworld, the dark and the light. I also really like the style of the creatures. It seems really smooth and streamlined, maybe graceful is a good word. Very nice.
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NordicLynx Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Cool, very epic :)
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mercnash Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2011  Student Digital Artist
Some inspiring use of colour here to create mood. The creature designs are gorgeous, but I have to say what I love most is the way you've detailed and coloured the rocks. Lovely work!
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fleebites Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
The blend of sweeping action and quiet backdrop is so beautifully balanced . . . The softly blended watercolours in the back are gorgeous and the forefront of the scene has so much movement to it. It's simply fantastic ^_^
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ErinForever Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2011  Student General Artist
I like the colors! :iconicameplz:
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UnknownTico Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2011   Digital Artist
WOW...
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Silnaur Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
:wow: I want to leave an intelligent comment but asdsafafdsf the composition, colours, lighting and their poses and everything is so amazing... *_*
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YaninSalas Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2011  Student General Artist
Wow!!!! interesting!!! :iconiloveitmoreplz:
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Song95 Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
beautiful **
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AntoanArcana Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2011
You were right. The smaller version in the comic doesn't do it justice.
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lordportico Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2011
Wonderful use of watercolors.
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SteamboatTugging Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2011
Amazing!
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Mint-Milkshake Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2011
Beautiful art, like always. great job.
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CanadianEggroll Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Ah, this is such a beautiful spread! I just love the lighting and juxtaposition of light and dark!!

And I went ahead and read the latest pages. That last panel was hilarious~
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EtLuxFuit Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I want this in print form. Asap. :D
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blix-it Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2011
aw, it will be ages until TG 3 is done and printed. x___x *sob*
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cesura Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
Your paintings just blow me away. I mean, you show me what's capable with watercolors, and it's more than I ever thought. This is just absolutely stunning, as are all your watercolors.
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AlexFactory Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2011  Professional
Nice technique, Your getting good at this. :)
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iMandarr Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Wow! <3 This is beautiful.

I hope you have some TG prints at Jet City, cause I really want some. :)
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Kirk0625 Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2011  Student Digital Artist
So beautiful. I love how Vidu's light brings out the detail in Sedna's fur.
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Melhyria Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2011
I so love this story !
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PiqueDame87 Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2011  Student Traditional Artist
so beautiful! love the contrast of the colors :heart:
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sapphire-shadows Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2011
Oh my god :heart:
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AbominableSnowdude Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2011
Underworld, overworld wombling free...
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...Or is that just me? Moving swiftly onwards, this is damn epic, btw.
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Charanty Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2011
This is so beautiful.
Blix, why are you so good with watercolour?! Why????
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blix-it Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2011
Because of years of miserable practice and failure. :B I have boxes of ruined paintings to prove it.
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Charanty Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2011
Keeping proof is good)
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plaidedbra Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
I swear, all the extra work and details you put into one mere frame of one page of your comic really really makes this whole story all the more magical. The swirls and layers of watercolors are a beautiful medium for your story. However, it's the range and pairings of tones and color bleeds that help the viewer/reader really be drawn into the background myth of the tale.

If this is the product of long periods of time between updates of your comic, this is proof that you should take all the time you feel you need. The poetry of your descriptions and dialogues are fantastic, but just a panel like this takes my breath away. It's an understatement to say I'm so happy I found your work!
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blix-it Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2011
oh, did you just recently come across TG? ^^

heh, currently forcing myself to the once a week update (when nothing gets in the way) is the only way I've been able to beat my rampant perfectionism.

The watercolor has really been working out for these legend scenes. I'm really glad, even if it's time consuming. It is something unique, and distractingly pretty while the plot still works at coming together.
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plaidedbra Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
I started reading a month or two ago, consuming most of the story in one or two sittings. The title caught my interest, but the story and artwork got me hooked.

I usually don't comment on the web comics I read, whether on dA or elsewhere, but I will if something compels me enough to speak up. I don't want to be like some web comic fans who'll complain about a lack of updates. I would only jokingly complain, noting my addiction to the story, the need to know what happens next!

I'm quite curious as to how wide this story will expand. You've already noted TG is just one part of the "Door" story. We've already seen that just the genie has an incredibly past. And then our newly dog-to-human heroine has to gain her footing or return to the genie. Plus all the things with the latest arc... Oh so many questions! I'm quite delighted in all the possibilities, and I look forward to what you have up your sleeve.
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chutkat Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2011  Professional Artist
;__; colours
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blix-it Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2011
you and colors. :hug: Did you ever try out any of that paint?
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chutkat Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2011  Professional Artist
I need the moneyz to buy first :B
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Caraphae Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
And it's underworld I wanna snuggle. Puppyyyy!X)
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blix-it Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2011
He may bite you with his little teef. <3 Big lion sized puppy.
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Caraphae Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
That just makes me want to give him pettins even mooore! Whosa primal force of chaos! Who? Is it youuu? Augh, my soulflesh!
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Majnouna Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2011  Professional General Artist
Just gorgeous :omg:
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blix-it Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2011
<3 ~ thank you. :love:
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inkscribble Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2011
MAN, I adore how you paint light! Absolutely gorgeous, man! Can't WAIT to get my hands on this chapter!
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blix-it Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2011
I can't wait to have this chapter printed, either, but the thing is gonna be about 100 pages long or more, and won't be done until 2013. :| ............ a;lsdjf;lakjdflkadslfkads.
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EternaLegend Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2011
This piece is incredible! You really know how to express watercolours to their glory! :+fav:
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blix-it Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2011
Thank you so much! Watercolor is one of the most naturally beautiful sorts of paint there is ~ it just does stuff...

Every time you leave a comment, I end up going to your gallery and faving more stuff. :B
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