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Dama McGillavry by arikla Dama McGillavry by arikla
The original song is "Donald McGillavry" and when I first heard it I thought the line was "Come like a White buck, Donald McGillavry". Well, I have since looked the lyrics up and found that is "weighbauk", a set of scales...

But! I was saved! the Fallow Deer is Dama dama.

So, we have Dama McGillavry... the white buck.

the knotwork is in variegated red foil and looks better when not scanned :P

Holy crap! A DD! Thanks!
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Dama McGillavry by *arikla This piece is stunning, I love how the artist has portrayed a pure, clean white fur by shading the shadows with blue. The gentleness in his face is touching and oddly comforting. ( Suggested by Avalik and Featured by Pixel-Spotlight )
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Like the daily deviation notice pointed out, I like the gentleness of this piece. What's especially impressive is the way you've actually made this deer's clothes look as though they are actually fabric.

My only gripe, though, is the placement of the knotwork. While I do feel it's an appropriate artistic flourish, it would have looked better behind the main figure, which, at the moment, looks "boxed-in", therefore, creating a sense of claustrophobia.

Also, another thing to consider is the shape of the deer's head. Some more subtle shading would have helped to emphasize the form of his face.

In spite of all that, this is a wonderfully well-crafted piece.
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RadosBadger Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2011
And back again to your preceding fame! I have seen this picture before, too. :lol: Although Daily Deviated pictures like this are hard to miss, but as far as I am concerned it tells a bit about quality of your works. It´s too bad I can´t mimic or even figure out the textures you are capable of making - Stealing is bad, but in some cases temptation is just too strong. :)
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arikla Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Aw, thanks! Honestly, though, I LOVE how you do your pieces! You achieve a depth and texture all your own with the technique you use, so keep that up!
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MonsterBrand Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2010  Professional Photographer
This piece has been featured here: [link]

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arikla Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank-you :)
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Sonrie-mucho Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2010  Student Traditional Artist
Quite an interesting portrait, and the fabric looks real.

Very well done. Also, the celtic knots used as a frame seem to add a good final touch to the piece.
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arikla Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks!
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wapiti1986 Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2010   Traditional Artist
White deer + Celtic knots = :love:
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arikla Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
*grin* thanks!
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kiboard Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2010  Student Traditional Artist
cool piece! :)
what media did you use? I see some watercolor and pastel?
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arikla Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Watercolor and colored pencil (and gold variegated foil for the knotwork), actually. I have pastels, but i am not very good with them :)
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