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Goodbye by Shadowwolf Goodbye by Shadowwolf
I have to go away
I've got no reason to stay here
You said someday you'll change
But even a fool will tell you
Someday never comes

You built your rooms, you built your walls
You kept me outside of it all
I got tired of you
What's a girl to do
Maybe someday if we stay this way
And you see my face in a different place
You'll remember when
You're going to thank me then


Inspired by Brandi Carlile's Someday Never Comes. Leaving somewhere familiar to go somewhere you've never been before, or haven't visited in a very long time, is scary sometimes. But that should never keep you from going.

I've gotten a lot of questions about deer and water lately, and a few people have asked me "how often do deer even swim anyway?" Actually its not unheard of for deer to swim from the mainlands out into seemingly "open water," which to some people may seem bizarre or even idiotic, but deer are a lot wiser than we give them credit for. The blacktails here swim from island to island in the Puget Sound regularly, almost as if commuting, to get to certain browse or to retreat back to a deserted place of rest. Deer have been recorded swimming from Pennsylvania to New Jersey, and back again corresponding with the slightly different hunting seasons. Even pregnant does have been known to swim great distances here in Washington just to reach remote islands where they can safely birth and raise their fawns. Swimming is not an alien concept to deer.

"But how can they swim, with those spindly legs of theirs?" Spindlyness aside, deer are very narrow bodied and they swim in the same manner of a dog or horse, which as you may already be aware are very competent swimmers. Deer have been known to swim at 13 miles an hour, and have been known to traverse over 5 miles of water in a single trip.

P.S I have real trouble with drawing water. It took me forever to turn it from the perfect example of childlike incompetence to something marginally decent. I tried to make this look like an old grainy photograph. Also, those are supposed to be her shoulders, not her rump... The perspective is lost I think... I'm not sure if it's just the water breaking up the outline or I actually fail at drawing.

Art and axis deer character (c) *Shadowwolf.
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First off, this is absolutely gorgeous. I'm nuts for this piece and so I had to critique this, I hope you find it fair.
You have done a beautiful job with the water. The ripples, consistency of color, and reflecting is perfect, I don't think I could ever have done better. It makes me want to see more of your work, which is my next stop right after I finish this. ;) 5 for technique.
From a distance this looks like a perfectly-timed photograph with really compelling context, again I absolutely love that about this piece. It holds a great amount of mystery and sends chills down my spine. I have never see a piece quite like this one, and so 5 for originality, 5 for impact.
This is honestly my only suggestion- there is a black outline on the deer, which from a distance is barely noticeable, but was the factor that while works for illustration styles, does not exactly fit with the softness of the rest of the piece. However this is my own opinion, If you feel the need to play around with it by all means why not :) My last comment is about the coloring of the deer's fur. The same two colors are used on the whole of the body, where from my experience some variation may add to it being realistic :) (However I love how it doesn't look photo-realistic, and very nicely done so.)
I also need to point out the sensitivity of the mist and trees- there is nothing you need to do here because it is simply magnificent and to not point it out would be a crime.
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pip-pip-rah Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
i. really love this. a lot.
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Shadowwolf Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Hey thanks :)
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Red-WereZ Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
This is so beautiful and elegant. It has a good meaning behind it as well, really emotional for me :heart: Wonderful piece, well done :heart:
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Shadowwolf Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you :)
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v242 Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2014
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Erkrieal Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
It looks really nice and very good job on the water too :-)
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Lupus-Daemon Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
 This is my favorite one out of all your gallery so far and I cant wait to see what other stuff you are gonna come up with. I love the way you have the trees in the fog, and the way you did the deer in the water. it just looks like a early morning in Washington state and Oregon. major, major beauty.
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Neverward Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2013  Student
Absolutely breathtaking, a truly inspiring piece that makes me want to write :) the water has such excellent texture and movement I really can't say I see a thing wrong with it. The fur on the deer really looks like it's wet, I will tell you when I first saw this piece I was convinced it was photoshopped pics, then I looked closer and I lost my mind. Keep up the fantastic work, and thank you for such a beautiful piece <3
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Shadowwolf Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you so much, I appreciate the time you took to not only look at this piece ut also leave such a nice comment :)
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Neverward Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2013  Student
Of course <3
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RazeDoberman Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2013
I can't believe this! You're skill knows no bounds!
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cinnamon-sheep Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2013  Student Digital Artist
This is truly captivating :heart:
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AlieMey Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2013
Featured here: [link] :D
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Shadowwolf Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Why thank you ^^
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69javman Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2012
The composition reminds me a lot of Alex Colville, but your style is all your own. Beautiful work. I could easily see this in a gallery.
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xDjurax Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
O,o This is beautiful :love:
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Xiki Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2012
I've hoarded this in my messages for almost a month now because I keep staring at it and wanting to leave a comment but every time I am just at loss for words
this is gorgeous.
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Shadowwolf Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you so much :) I'm glad you like this as much as you do! It means a lot to me.
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KreepingSpawn Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Lovely atmospherics. Unusual perspective skillfully rendered. Bravo!
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kantuck-nadie Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2012
That is a lovely picture! Thank you :)
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Blockbeap Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I love the perspective. This is so unique. I love the ripples. :3 I want to be there now.
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donkeylongears Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2012
Beautiful!
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meow-woof Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
You don't fail at drawing! <3 ^_^
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Remmiee Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This is a beaut ((: Nice work !
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Meleni Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2012
Holy shit shaddie I thought this was a photo from the thumbnail D8 Amazeringgg!! <3
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Shadowwolf Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Heeee :heart:
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stoiske Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2012  Professional General Artist
Powerful image. The big wave of water is the keeper in this one; we can all relate to that ripple walking into a lake.
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IckyDog Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I think this is quite beautiful and your water is spot on. I see what you say about it looking like her rump - and I agree - but I don't think that's a bad thing. It looks like the correct perspective - wouldn't have known otherwise had you not mentioned it. We are, however, our own worst critics :) I love the overall feel and the details like her breath just being visible. :la: :la:
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Kiaci Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
This is seriously gorgeous, Shaddie, I love it. In regards to perspective, I definitely thought that was rump. I think it's a combination of the shape (very rounded) and the way it dips into the water between neck and shoulder. It leaves me with the impression of her front feet being lower than her back (shallows sloping into deep).
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Shadowwolf Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Yeah, the round shape is definitely butt-like, haha. Maybe I'll perfect anatomy one day...
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Kiaci Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
If it helps...it would make a beautiful butt if it were a butt.
Also, you have plenty of time to perfect anatomy!
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FablePaint Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2012  Professional Filmographer
This...needs...a DD.
Like...wow dude. WOW. Can you sell that? I want that on my wall. Like really.
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Shadowwolf Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
ERIN! Omg I can't believe you like this, it really brightens my day to hear that. I was/am still not really happy with it, but if you like it that much then maybe I should :) Thanks!
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Miouwwww Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
An amazing piece! When saw it I thought; "Oh my god, so cute!" and afterwards; "wow! so many thoughts comes to my mind". It's so chamring and has so much depth.
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Shadowwolf Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you for taking a look :) I appreciate the comments.
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akakkak Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2012
This is stunning, you did an amazing job on the water. There's a real sense of movement! If I were to critique one thing it would be what you've mentioned about the perspective being a little lost. I got the impression that the deer is already swimming in deep water from the ripples, therefore the shoulders wouldn't be that visible, if at all. However, it does look like its rump! It actually looks more like the deer is walking into deeper water from the shallows (: So I think it does work very well, even if it wasn't what you intended (and personally, gives a more "embarking on a journey" feeling)!
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Shadowwolf Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Well I was referencing images like [link] and [link] for this, so the shoulders CAN be visible, but I'm not sure why this came out so wonky when I tried it. It seems like such a simple thing to do, just add the shoulders/upper back in... Maybe it's the pattern of the markings, it distracts from the shading? I don't know! Argggg :crazy: Thanks from the critique and the nice comments :)
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julysky Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This is absolutely amazing. It has a photoesque quality about it. Everything is so well drawn and metaphorically deep. Shadz, I miss you so much. You can come talk to me if you ever feel the need to.
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Shadowwolf Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
You can talk to me too! ;-; I feel like I am always online...
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Stitchy-Face Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2012  Professional General Artist
This is absolutely stunning, the fur detail makes the deer look so realistic and the solitude of it all really does give that feeling of a somber goodbye. Amazing job. <3
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Shadowwolf Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you :)
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DerWildtoter Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2012
this needs to be a DD
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