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The Magic In Us All... by Forty-Fathoms The Magic In Us All... by Forty-Fathoms
"Gone are the warrior knights, the noble dragons and beautiful faeries of old. Mythic heroes and heroines all vanished, crumbled with the dust of ages -- lost in the musts of legend. But that is a lie. They never left. They have lived among us, waiting for the proper time -- for a time in our future when the cycles of power have come full circle -- for a hero to come of age. The magic has returned..." - Soulfire by Michael Turner

Hello again! I felt as if the above quote fit perfectly for this image. If feel as if magic has never left this world. People talk about how little things like magic is gone or never existed. I'm not sure if I agree with that; There's a reason for mythology and a reason for legends: They're always some version of the truth and not everything can be explained. Well, enough philosophy/meta-physics hype. The original lines for this was done by ~Wes-StClaire and I absolutely fell in love with them and was like, 'I have got to color that' and so I've been working on this for about three days any chance I get. I finished it in the wee hours yesterday and decided to post it today when I had more brain function and sleep to write something about, lol. I really hope you guys enjoy this, I worked extremely hard on this. I studied so much, my mind is tired, haha. I did so many new things I've never done before and I really enjoy working with new techniques. Anyways, feedback and comments are always appreciated and would be very appreciated on this piece! :heart:

I dedicate this to my amazing and wonderful friend, Jen. She's a wonderful inspiration and always knows how to give excellent motivation to excel. Thank you dear, you're absolutely wonderful! :heart:

Colors and painting by me: =Forty-Fathoms
Sketch by ~Wes-StClaire

Utensil(s) Used: Wacom Bamboo tablet and Gimp.
Time:
Hmm. A good 12+ hours.
Listening To:
"Lighthouse" - Patrick Watson
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:iconsegura2112:
segura2112 Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2014  Student Digital Artist
lovely, and I agree with the quote whole heartedly. Thank You
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:iconforty-fathoms:
Forty-Fathoms Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2014  Professional General Artist
Thank you I thought that the quote worked very well with the image. :)
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:icontheartisticbookworm:
TheArtisticBookworm Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Nice work! :) 
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:iconforty-fathoms:
Forty-Fathoms Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2014  Professional General Artist
Thank you! :)
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:iconlex-loopy:
Lex-Loopy Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2013  Hobbyist
So beautiful. I love the colors in the forest and the water. Her wings look like they are radiating magic. It's mesmerizing.
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:iconforty-fathoms:
Forty-Fathoms Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2013  Professional General Artist
Thank you ever so much! I really wanted to make sure that whoever viewed the image would get a sense of magic. I'm glad that my effort came through. :)
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:iconilarizz:
ilarizz Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I really like this pic, in particulare the background :)
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:iconforty-fathoms:
Forty-Fathoms Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2013  Professional General Artist
Thank you so much! :thanks:
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:iconilarizz:
ilarizz Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
you're welcome fortyfathoms :)
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:iconlion-o-vs-he-man:
Lion-O-VS-He-Man Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2013
Very beautiful 
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:iconforty-fathoms:
Forty-Fathoms Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2013  Professional General Artist
Thank you very much! :)
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DolphinSilverwolf Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2013
And how many of us who think we're human...aren't?
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:iconelfvenartist:
Elfvenartist Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Pretty
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:iconforty-fathoms:
Forty-Fathoms Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2013  Professional General Artist
Thank you! :)
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:iconelfvenartist:
Elfvenartist Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Your welcome
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johnjonnyjonathan Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2013
so colorful .. Love 
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:iconforty-fathoms:
Forty-Fathoms Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2013  Professional General Artist
 Thank you, John! :)
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johnjonnyjonathan Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2013
no problem
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:iconlordhadrian:
lordhadrian Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2013
Gorgeous :)
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:iconforty-fathoms:
Forty-Fathoms Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2013  Professional General Artist
Thank you very much! :thanks:
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:iconlordhadrian:
lordhadrian Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2013
You're welcome :)
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herofan135 Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Just wow girl! My jaw just slammed into the floor, lol. :wow:
Epic work on the water and grass here, such a lovely style, it looks very real! The leaves on the trees look amazing aswell, they remind me about pointillism, really cool!
You really managed to give this entire sketch an enchanted feeling, so your quote fits perfectly! :heart:
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Forty-Fathoms Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2013  Professional General Artist
Thank you ever so much, Matte! :heart: I worked my butt off this one; I really think it's my best piece yet to date and I was really trying to achieve that magical essence to it. I'm so glad that it came through! :phew:
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VictorRojas95 Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Really Amazing! ^.^
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:iconforty-fathoms:
Forty-Fathoms Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2013  Professional General Artist
Thank you very much! :hug:
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VictorRojas95 Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
^.^
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:iconulltraz:
ulltraz Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
beautiful piece!!!Love 
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:iconforty-fathoms:
Forty-Fathoms Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2013  Professional General Artist
Thank you! :D
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:iconulltraz:
ulltraz Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
you are welcome!!Love 
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Galvanaut Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This is super amazing! There's indeed magic resonating from this piece. I love the fairy lady of course, and the environment just adds to it! Good stuff.
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Forty-Fathoms Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2013  Professional General Artist
What a lovely comment, thank you so much! I was hoping that the idea of magic and it's (still) existence, would be noticed and picked up on by viewers. :)
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ArtisticAdventures Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2013  Professional General Artist
OMG Sarah, this is so stunningly beautiful! Words could not possibly describe the loveliness of this painting...you made the colors look so luminous, vibrant, rich and alive with magic. With every painting you do, your natural talent comes out more and more and shines so brilliantly!!!! This is drop dead gorgeous, hunny. Great work!!!!!
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Forty-Fathoms Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2013  Professional General Artist
Awh, thank you so so so much Jen. I thought of you (I don't know if you noticed the dedication in the description), and how much you your words of encouragement and wisdom really teach more than I realized. You bring such magic and life to your artwork, I wanted to show that I want to do that too and I am so happy I accomplished that. Thank you again so much, dear! :heart:
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ArtisticAdventures Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2013  Professional General Artist
Thank you for the dedication and very kind words...I am always here for you! :D
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Jacob-Cross Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2013
Nice UuU
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:iconforty-fathoms:
Forty-Fathoms Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2013  Professional General Artist
Thanks! :D
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Jacob-Cross Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2013
Your very welcome
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:iconanne-summer:
anne-summer Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Awesome!
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:iconforty-fathoms:
Forty-Fathoms Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2013  Professional General Artist
Thank you! :)
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Irishhips Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2013  Hobbyist Filmographer
Wow..very beautiful
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:iconforty-fathoms:
Forty-Fathoms Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2013  Professional General Artist
Thank you! :)
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:iconomou-ai:
Omou-ai Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2013  Student Digital Artist
I admire how you made her body! 
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:iconforty-fathoms:
Forty-Fathoms Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2013  Professional General Artist
Thank you ever so much! :thanks:
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Thegoddamnjeffman Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2013
Yes, your colors are always excellent, but you really outdid yourself with this one! Absolutely beautiful work! The wings are especially good.
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:iconforty-fathoms:
Forty-Fathoms Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2013  Professional General Artist
Thank you so much! I worked extremely hard on it. :phew:
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paws4thot Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2013
Well, obvious stuff is that you've caught mid-day Summer sun filtering through the tree canopy, and the gold lame and glitter effects on the model's body and wings.

Less obvious is that you've really caught the feeling that the magic has never gone away from, or has returned to, that place.

I'm slightly less convinced by yur water in this case though.
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Forty-Fathoms Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2013  Professional General Artist
Thank you very much. I like the believe there's some magic still left in this world, and it's inside each and every one of us. :wizard:
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SupermanOfToday Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Those wing and that background are freaking awesome! Your best coloring yet IMO!
Awesome job sweetheart! <3
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:iconforty-fathoms:
Forty-Fathoms Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2013  Professional General Artist
Thank you so much, sweetheart. I couldn't of done this without your encouragement! Emote Cuddle Love
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Princess-CoCo-154 Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
wow, this looks really amazing, i love it, i specially love the background here, it's really lovely and amazing specially with these lights, also i love how you did the wings, they are perfect, i love it, well done!:love:
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