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The Giraffe Dreaming by ShatteredSwords The Giraffe Dreaming by ShatteredSwords
Medium: Watercolours and Light Gold Paint on Archival Quality Paper.

This took me quite some time. And it's the first full watercolour that I can honestly say I'm very proud of. I'm always taking shortcuts and using textures and such in my artworks and I'm still likely to do that. But from start to finish this was a completely traditional work and I believe it's one of my best.

So, for your enjoyment, I present, The Giraffe Dreaming. I won't give you a story or an explanation but I hope you will enjoy imagining one for yourselves.

Thank God for images that just pop into your head sometimes. They are in my opinion the most enjoyable things to draw. :heart:

:love:

Work In Progress Shots:



P.S. Apologies for the poor quality photograph, will scan tomorrow hopefully!
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Given 2010-05-13
"The consolation of imaginary things is not imaginary consolation."
-ROGER SCRUTON

The Giraffe Dreaming by =ShatteredSwords. ( Suggested by alexandrasalas and Featured by SRaffa )
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giraffegirl22 Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2012
WOW... i am obsessed with giraffes, r u obsessed with giraffes? because i am obsessed with giraffes did i tell u the story about how much i love giraffes because giraffes are totally AWESOME! did you get that bit about how much i love giraffes! because i do so if you are reading this please note that i love giraffes yay you finally got my point about how much i love giraffes! you know what i am a 80 year old woman and shouldn't be saying this but i llllllooooovvvveeee giraffes! OOPS I'M ON CAPS LOCK~ bye my giraffe fan!
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riicchaan Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
aaacckkfslkdfmksjeiw?!?! LOVE THIIISS! Love the colour, how did you done this? at the background, especially.
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sirjellybeanironpant Featured By Owner May 1, 2012
This is adorable you should be proud of this! I love it thanks for posting such wonderful art :)
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NaoTakashima Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
This is so beautiful...
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DelilahLily Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2011
I completely agree!! And this is beautiful.. and I do have a story that pops into my head as I look at it.
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princessnoir27 Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2011
=]
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ShatteredSwords Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2011  Professional General Artist
:)
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creativsis Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
The story I get from this would be; a Bambi like story/ Lion King story.
The parent giraffe has passed away but her soul still remains with her young one. Caresses the young one in darkness... brings the light and stars to her comfort.

Dunno.
I just know that I simply love it!

Congrats on the DD too. Totally deserved it!
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ShatteredSwords Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2011  Professional General Artist
:)

This is one of my favourite drawings that I have ever personally done. Thank you most kindly :)
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creativsis Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
:love: My genuine pleasure!
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silvervendetta Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2011
красиво и нежно )
спасибо!
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ShatteredSwords Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2011  Professional General Artist
Спасибо!
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Arahiriel Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2011  Professional General Artist
This is so beautiful!
The traditional way of drawing really pays off in this one: It gives the whole theme so much life.
Just awesome!
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ShatteredSwords Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2011  Professional General Artist
There are some things that digital work just doesn't always work with in my opinion :XD: plus I am much more adept with my watercolours than with my laptop touchpad :XD: which is what most of my digital work is attempted with =p Thank you!
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Arahiriel Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2011  Professional General Artist
You are very welcome.

I see what you mean. What is so wonderful about traditional art is the structure of it and that you cannot delete mistakes that easily. It is a very outstanding thing and there are so so many different traditional medias. :)
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DamonVonBohn Featured By Owner May 3, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
Wow, it's so whimsical! lovely colors.
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ShatteredSwords Featured By Owner May 3, 2011  Professional General Artist
Thank you kindly :)
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mj-magic Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
your amazing artwork has been featured! :heart: [link]
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ShatteredSwords Featured By Owner May 3, 2011  Professional General Artist
Thank you!!! :)
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mj-magic Featured By Owner May 3, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
my pleasure! :hug: i love your wonderful work! :heart:
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DrawandDream Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Ohh... This is cool! Good job! I love giraffes. This is really neat! Really inspiring.
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ShatteredSwords Featured By Owner May 1, 2011  Professional General Artist
Thank you :)
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DrawandDream Featured By Owner May 10, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
No worries!
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babushkaapirate Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2011
this is truly beautiful.
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ShatteredSwords Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2011  Professional General Artist
Thank you :)
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Melimaiel Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Your work has been featured here [link] :heart:
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ShatteredSwords Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2011  Professional General Artist
Thank you most kindly!
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uppuN Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Featured: [link] thank you!
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ShatteredSwords Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2011  Professional General Artist
Thank you most kindly! :D
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BeautifulBizarreMag Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2010
:iconaus-art:

You have been featured in The Best of Australian Art in 2010 News Article [link]

Please fav/heart the article :heart:
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ShatteredSwords Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2011  Professional General Artist
Thank you lovely! :D
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Amber-jade16 Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2010  Professional Photographer
I absolutely love this! This would look so beautiful in a white frame in a children's bedroom, waking up to something like this and going to sleep to it as well would only inspire their imaginations!
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ShatteredSwords Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2010  Professional General Artist
Haha, well one day it might be in my room! ;) If I ever get around to selling it! :XD:
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stevenshipman Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2010
Wonderful work! :)
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ShatteredSwords Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2010  Professional General Artist
Thanks! :D
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bellaluna23 Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2010
it looks like a childrens book illustration. gorgeous
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ShatteredSwords Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2010  Professional General Artist
:)
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londonrey Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2010
I very much admire your talent!
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ShatteredSwords Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2010  Professional General Artist
:D :hug:
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CountBubbleRat Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2010
amazing!!!
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ShatteredSwords Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2010  Professional General Artist
Thank you :)
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CyberSyris Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I love all the different textures you put in, and the idea is just altogether sweet child-like awesomeness.
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ShatteredSwords Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2010  Professional General Artist
Thank you kindly :) I've never tried so many textures on one watercolour before so it was very experimental ;)
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CyberSyris Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Experiment gone right!
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TheKiller7 Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2010
Very stylized draw and great painting, is a very nice composition and very impressive. In the beggining I thought that was acrylic I assure you, but now seeing it more calmly...
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ShatteredSwords Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2010  Professional General Artist
I use acrylic on occasion but this is all watercolour excepting the gold paint :D Thank you kindly :)
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TheKiller7 Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2010
:)
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Whimsical-Dreams Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2010   Photographer
Exquisite art work. I love the soft palette of colours. :heart: Congratulations on the DD, well deserved.
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ShatteredSwords Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2010  Professional General Artist
Thank you kindly :)
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drip-drop-plop Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2010
Very nice work <3
So touching :']
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