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roses and laurel by alidaART roses and laurel by alidaART
Finally got this one onto paper: an artistic representation of one of my favorite books of all time, Diana Wynne Jones' Fire and Hemlock. Amazing book. Best damn Tam Lin retelling there is.

(Left to right: Tom, Polly and Laurel--Tom looks a little funny, but Polly is just as I meant her to be, and Laurel looks pretty damn Evil Fairy-scary, so...yeah.)

I am so incredibly satisfied with this.

Now I just have to finish up finals, and life will be wonderful again. Oh, and I just bought Kelly Link's new short story collection plus Holy Blood, Holy Grail so things are really beginning to look sweeeeet.
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:icondandelionsinlondon:
dandelionsinlondon Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2016
This is absolutely incredible.
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RoseLuna Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
"She had na pu'd a double rose,
A rose but only twa,
Till upon then started young Tam Lin,
Says, Lady, thou's pu nae mae."


(resp.:
She'd not pulled a double rose,
a rose but only two
When up then came young Tam Lin
says: "Lady pull no more")


sort of what I thought when I saw all the roses ;) 

Great picture! Totally love your style!! :)
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AnneCat Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
Oh! This is just right! What a wonderful illustration of the story. Polly looks perrrrfect. I love that she's holding a rose and (what I think is) some of her story writing. I didn't notice Laurel at first, she's so hidden in shadows! Lurking evilly, how appropriate! What do you draw/paint with? It looks great!
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CheshireLies Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2011
Hnnnng there isn't enough Fire and Hemlock fanart on dA and I love what you did here. Laurel >:I

Polly looks awesome, you did a beautiful job with this. <3 F&H is my all time favorite book and you did a great job with the characters.
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Zephyra-of-Breeze Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2011
This is one of my favorite books, and this is such lovely fanart of it! The coloring is so soft, and I really like your style--especially the places where you sort of break up planes like on her socks and the shadows of the vines? It's just really cool! What do you use to color, if you don't mind me asking?
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:iconcaseva:
caseva Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Spot On!
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:iconalidaart:
alidaART Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2010
thank you :)
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:iconteamoth:
teamoth Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2010  Student Traditional Artist
wow.
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:iconalidaart:
alidaART Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2010
:) Thanks.
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:iconnightbow:
Nightbow Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2007  Hobbyist General Artist
another Diana fan who's read the uber confusing books!!
:+fav:
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:iconalidaart:
alidaART Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2007
I know, really :) But they're so goooood.
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Nightbow Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2007  Hobbyist General Artist
well I have to put them on my reading list again, after I've plowed through Year of the griffen and a bunch of Tamora Pierces ^^;;
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alidaART Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2007
Oh man. I need to catch up on my Tamora Pierce...I haven't read any of her stuff since Trickster's Queen.
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Nightbow Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2007  Hobbyist General Artist
*nodnod*
I didn'trealise how many Tortall books she wrote, I recently finished Trickster's choice and now I'm reading the immortals to back up a bit *sigh*
So many books, so little time
*goes backto physics lab*
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:iconalidaart:
alidaART Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2007
Mm, the Immortals ones are so good...Protector of the Small is also awesome.
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chibi-flute Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2007
OHMIGOD POLLY!!!!! ^^ kyahhhhh


i luv tom lynn

that sexy cello player-- **sighs**
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alidaART Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2007
Heheh, thanks :) I love this book so much.
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chibi-flute Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2007
lol me too!

plus, it gives me good quotes like the one in my footer XD
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:iconalidaart:
alidaART Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2007
Haha, yeah. My personal favorite is "Happiness isn't a thing. It's not something you go out and get. It's how you feel about things."

Have you read the rest of Diana Wynne Jones's stuff?
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melodythelittlepony Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2007
Absolutely brilliant! All three characters look as I imagined them. :) I really love the roses too. Your style is so unique! It's fantastic! :D Overall, a great interpretation of a great book. :D
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:iconalidaart:
alidaART Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2007
Wow, I got them right? Thanks so much :)
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:iconmelodythelittlepony:
melodythelittlepony Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2007
I felt as though you captured them perfectly. :D And you're most welcome! :)
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RevisionOfLines Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2006
I saw this in someone else's favorites and had to swing by to see it.

It's very pretty. The coloring is just breath taking.

I haven't read anything be Diana Wynne Jones, but I've noticed that I've liked several pieces of fanart for her stuff that I've randomly come across on DA.
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alidaART Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2006
She's brilliant. Do read her stuff. But most of all read Fire and Hemlock, because it really is her best book and one of my favorites of all time, period.
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Feantauriel Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2006   Traditional Artist
oo this is nice! Fire and Hemlock is a great book, I agree :)

Have you read "An Earthly Knight" by Janet McNaughton? Wonderful, wonderful retelling of Tam Lin..
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alidaART Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2006
Mm, I've read An Earthly Knight. I liked it, just because it's Tam Lin and it's fairly well written, but Fire and Hemlock is still my favorite retelling, with Pamela Dean's Tam Lin a very close second (fabulous book, well written and entertaining if not a bit slow).
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fongmingyun Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2006
Ooh, Nice. i like the composition with the vines, too. Great colors as usual. But really, awesome composition. You make me want to read that book. :O
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alidaART Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2006
Oh, you must. It's practically a modern classic.
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Bakasiney Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2006
awesomeee. I dig the roses. the red really brings out all the other colors.
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alidaART Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2006
Cool, thanks :) Did you ever read the book? It's by the same author as Howl's Moving Castle, but darker in tone and about three times as complicated. But really good. One of my favorite books ever.
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Bakasiney Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2006
I havent. I'll definately check it out. I've been meaning to get around to reading more of her books.
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alidaART Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2006
Yeah, they're all great, but her heavier stuff is definitely the best of the lot.
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Spoonful0fcats Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2006
ahh! That is amazing!
I'm absolutely in love with the coloring <3
and to remember it forever-:+fav:
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alidaART Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2006
Heheh, thank you :)
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InnanatenchiAlien Featured By Owner May 31, 2006
Its wicked awesome, Alida! You're style always amazes me! @_@ ((Don't I like...say that everytime? XD)) Nce coloring and shading and roses! :)
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alidaART Featured By Owner May 31, 2006
As always n00blet, many thanks :)
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Nah-chan Featured By Owner May 31, 2006   Writer
It's so beutiful! lovely job!
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:iconalidaart:
alidaART Featured By Owner May 31, 2006
Much thanks!
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Nah-chan Featured By Owner May 31, 2006   Writer
ur quite welcome^^
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l-aurens Featured By Owner May 31, 2006   Photographer
Over from livejournal. Beautiful.
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alidaART Featured By Owner May 31, 2006
Well, hullo there :) And thank you.
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joshcmartin Featured By Owner May 31, 2006  Hobbyist Digital Artist
its like a series of unfortunate events (your style that is) but like, more!
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:iconalidaart:
alidaART Featured By Owner May 31, 2006
Hm. Hadn't thought of that. Thanks :)
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Asatira Featured By Owner May 30, 2006  Hobbyist General Artist
As always, very impressed with the richness of the colors. Like the shading, and the mix in the skirt.
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alidaART Featured By Owner May 30, 2006
Thanks much :)
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LunaMiel Featured By Owner May 30, 2006  Student Filmographer
This is really great woman, It's like one of my favourite pieces from your gallery, you have such great control over the mediums that you work with. I especially like the way you made the reds stand out.

How long does it take you to do something like this? Its great~ :heart:
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alidaART Featured By Owner May 30, 2006
So many thanks, m'dear :) And the control...just a lot of practice. A lot of heinous failures too XD.

This took...gah, days, between studying for finals and being up at two in the morning eating frozen grape juice (o_O).
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grimkim Featured By Owner May 30, 2006
lovely piece! i love the coloring style. and interesting composition
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aNUnonimos Featured By Owner May 30, 2006
Cute
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alidaART Featured By Owner May 30, 2006
Uh...thanks :)
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