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Last summer my family had gone to the Azores for a vacation and, sadly, I had to stay behind to work. One day at the end of June I went to my family home with a friend to pick something up, once we had driven all the way there I realized I had forgotten my key (scatterbrain!), and because my family was at the time on another continent we had to find another way in. It being the house I grew up in (for the most part) that was pretty easy for me, I led my friend out back to the deck where I was hoping the door would be easier to open, and I saw something incredible. The entire deck, door and back wall was covered with huge lime green moths! Having never seen a luna moth before, I was floored. There was never a day I wished I had my camera more.

After the shock of these gorgeous creatures wore off (wore off my friend at least, I was still swooning) we started towards the door, it was still covered in moths, and they weren't really moving, so we picked them off the door one by one and put them somewhere safer than in our work area (we had to wrestle the window open and unlock the door and all that). Holding them was so cool, they weren't moving, I later found out they only really fly at night, I guess they sleep during the day, and they were soft and so incredibly cute. I had completely fallen in love with them.

A while after that day on my deck, I decided to see if maybe they would make good pets, sadly these moths, in their adult state, only live for a week. They don't eat, they just procreate and die. It's sad, they're so beautiful, if I could just have them flying around me all the time I would.

About the piece, I can imagine she's the softest thing you've ever felt, I imagine she's a spirit of some sort, or a moth queen, or whatever you like to make of her. Her name is Luna, and she glows, she glows every night for a week and then she is extinguished.

I think I learned a lot with this one, about backgrounds, and colors. While I notice some anatomical issues, her short legs and elongated neck, etc., I'm leaving them. Some were intentional, some were lucky mistakes, but her subtle disproportion makes her unsettling, and I like that.

Painter X, and Photoshop CS3 were used, mostly the latter. Also my Intuos3.

Check out my blog for detail shots.

This piece is the first of many for my Forest artbook. :)

print available here: [link]
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:iconartwithoutprediction:
ArtWithoutPrediction Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2013  Professional Artist
Okay, you are now my next favorite artist. Grats!!
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:iconclashe:
Clashe Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2013
Ethereal, like a fairy
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:iconellianr:
Ellianr Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2012
Beautiful story and painting.
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:iconartnoobly:
ArtNoobly Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I love Actias luna!
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:iconkairu-2ri:
KAIRU-2RI Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Interesting, reminds me closely of Roshinu from Berserk
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:iconkaynessart:
KaynessArt Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
ooooh that's so lovely!
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LevanaTempest Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2012   Digital Artist
Beautyful work!:heart:

It would be my honor to feature your work in:iconhigh-vision:

Regards,

Claudia
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TheKempness Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
I love how you described them in your story... and how you recreated it into this piece. So gorgeous! I envy your creativity!! :clap: :D
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:iconsilkentracker:
silkentracker Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Leave it all the same. It gives her a gentle, fey look.
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:iconduskdiamond:
DuskDiamond Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2012
She's really lovely. Very pretty but sad, as though she knows her role is a shortlived one. Was this intentional?
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DarkVelvet89 Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2011
Beautiful. I love it when things like that happen to you. I was camping a few years back and when I came back to my tent there were lots of fireflies near it, I wanted to keep them all, I did manage to keep one on a leaf for a little while so I could enjoy the prrtyness... This drawing is tres lovely, and so warming =) beautiful xx
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InTheStarryNightSky Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2011
A beautiful piece. And wow! That must have been awesome to see. Great job.
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:iconirishman91:
irishman91 Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2011
Beautiful, very otherworldly, and mysticy
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:iconbakalobo:
bakalobo Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Stunning. i hadto read your full description too and didn't lose interest once. Pieces with a good story behind them often tend to be better.
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:iconjaxn777:
Jaxn777 Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2011
absolutely captures those beautiful moths you speak of. very soft. otherworldly. love.
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:iconrazor-psg:
RazoR-psg Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2011
You are freaking great! +fav +watch.
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:iconmultisimsim:
Multisimsim Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
I can definetly feel that softnes of the picture.
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:icontheinspectre:
TheInspectre Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2011  Student General Artist
What a lovely story :meow:
I wished you had your camera, too.
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:iconrobjoeball:
robjoeball Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2011
Magical!
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:iconchocolateb:
ChocolateB Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
So nice :)
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:iconthebrokenunknowngirl:
TheBrokenUnknownGirl Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
I love it, the colors are brilliant
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:iconjeweliette:
Jeweliette Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2011
Beautiful! And thank you for telling us the story
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:iconlunarballad:
lunarballad Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2010
Your artist comment is so touching. I know there must be a more eloquent way to express it, but this is really beautiful.
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:iconnova113:
Nova113 Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2010   Traditional Artist
How beautiful. She looks so real yet something out of a fantasy. Wonderful piece.
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:iconever-little-princess:
ever-little-princess Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2010
.she is so beautyful:heart:
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:iconmagnuspym:
MagnusPym Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2010
Nice
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:iconwiciwiciwictor:
wiciwiciwictor Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
To believe that something so beautiful only lasts a week...
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:iconthepozcat2:
thepozcat2 Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Lovely & magical! :heart: :rose:
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LunaTamagaki Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2010  Hobbyist Writer
I love the story behind it =3 amazing! left me breathless
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:iconcandiedjester:
CandiedJester Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2010
Gosh I love this picture. I come back to look at it all the time. ><;;
If I had the money I would buy a print.

You are so amazing.

<3
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Mimilino Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2010  Student Traditional Artist
i really enjoy your arts and your gallery (:
your using of colours is quite soft and also your characters seem so real and close to me :3

you're so amazing! (:
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:iconb-lea:
b-lea Featured By Owner May 9, 2010
So beautiful!!
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YoshiHikikomori Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2010
It looks really cool, and beautiful :heart:
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RosaW Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2010
This painting just exudes elegance! The delicate strokes of the hair, or the wonderful positioning of the feet, it all makes me want to stare at it for hours... You should be extremely proud of yourself. As I have been a fan of old fairytales for quite a while, this painting makes me feel like I'm in one. Thank you for sharing this with the rest of us. :heart:
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hairplay Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2010
wow this background is so gorgeous
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LunaMeadowhill Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2010
Perfect! She's just perfect.
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DarkerEve Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2010
So amazing work, the details in the background are fantastic, the character looks so beautiful, and the hair, wow, no word left :worship:
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shoppergurl Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2009  Professional Photographer
She's beautiful, and I also loved your story. Especially where ever you described the moths pretty lime ghreen color. :heart:
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:icontytaniafairy:
tytaniafairy Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
OMG , this is brilliant !
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:icongoldilocks92:
Goldilocks92 Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2009  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
you have a lot of heart...i like that I'll be looking at all your work! It makes me sad and way over emotional lol =)
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kohaku-dono Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2009
This is absolutely unbelievable!
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:iconblindvoyeur:
blindvoyeur Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2009
I like the mist and the ethereal flavor.
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Coyote-Grey Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2009
Beautiful work.
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irinama Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2009  Professional
Featured here:[link]
:love::hug::aww::clap::heart::wave:
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:iconjumei:
Jumei Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
This is so nice! I don't mind the anatomy, she looks like something un-human anyway :) Makes it a bit fantasy-esque.

The thing which does bother me a bit is her right leg (left to us)

It looks like it disappears very far away in the distance. It looks like the feet is not standing on the ground there, somehow... However, it could be me too X)~

For the rest, lovely! Her small boobies look so cute :)
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SilverSoulmate Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2009
Very beautiful!
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artwoman3571 Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2009
Very Beautiful . And Luna moths are quite beautiful. My friend found on dead in her yard and gave it to me , I framed it . To beautiful to be thrown away.Your art is so awesomely beautiful.
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GreenHairedMuppett Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2009
this drawings so enchanting and beautiful in so many ways... it makes the world seem eerily quiet as if they're the only things around... <3 amazing :)
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blacksprinklerose Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2009
aweswome story and pic i whish i was there it sounds so cool:O
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AkitoIsMe Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2009
I know how you feel, the Luna moth is so breath-taking :)
I love this one, mostly for the hair ^_^
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