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Waking Dreams

Waking Dreams

Waking Dreams by AriaGunnir
Waking Dreams by AriaGunnir


I did this over a decade ago, but I couldn't throw it out... I believe I was reading several fantasy novels including the Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis, but also some Forgotten Realms, and possibly some Piers Anthony...  Plus my gramma said that one time when I slept over I was singing and laughing in my sleep.

The expression of this child touched me: she seemed to be showing me an emotion I was familiar with (I drew it from an ad for The Children's Wish Foundation). This picture is a somewhat autobiographical. Some children need their imaginations to save them from the dark, and not necessarily the dark that surrounds them at night.
Anyway, I did have some worn out spots on this old treasure, some still visible, so I sort of fixed up the worst of them on my paint program.  I do apologize about the pillow section as it caused me a bit of grief...  I'm just leaving it, so I don't mess it up worse...

General Info

General Info

Category Fantasy » Misc. Fantasy
Date Submitted
Views 3895
Favorites... 17
Vote Score 5
Comments 43
Media Graphite pencil
Time Taken Can't Remember: a few hours possibly
Reference C.S. Lewis, Forgotten Realms, Piers Anthony


Comments (43)

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silverstream on February 7, 2007, 10:16:44 AM

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silverstreamWoah! The person looks real! Go fantasy creatures!

AriaGunnir on February 7, 2007, 10:58:19 AM

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AriaGunnirHi there!  Thanks so much for the compliment -- nice to have you visit my gallery... 

silverstream on February 7, 2007, 11:00:04 AM

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silverstreamOkies! ^.^

Silvereen on February 4, 2007, 8:11:42 PM

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SilvereenAmazing! I'm like.. totally speechless!!!
The detail on this one is superb, and the child's face looks so beautiful and fragile.. What else can I say?! *FAVS*

AriaGunnir on February 4, 2007, 10:17:42 PM

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AriaGunnirThank you very much for your kind comments and for your visit to my gallery!  I will be visiting yours often and also I hope to see you in the Forums! *waves*

Lennex3 on January 30, 2007, 12:49:22 PM

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Lennex3OMG, u rock at drawing realistic like people, i tried it once... hence why i dont do it...

Lennex3 on January 30, 2007, 12:51:21 PM

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Lennex3im also sensing a little computer manipulation in the background... the effect is neat-o

AriaGunnir on January 30, 2007, 10:05:52 PM

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AriaGunnirYou have done well, young grasshopper...  Yes, I had some nasty bent sections and some scratches because of how old this thing is, so I messed with it a little

RabbiSpitanik on January 30, 2007, 6:25:45 AM

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RabbiSpitanikVery nice. The shading on the hair is amazing, looks like it took forever! I like what you said about children sometimes needing their imagination to distract themselves from the dark. Keep up the good work!

AriaGunnir on January 30, 2007, 11:45:23 AM

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AriaGunnirI can't remember how long it took me, because I think I enjoyed drawing it so much. I used to draw and draw for hours nonstop since I was a child... I've just recently taken it up again more seriously....  I've never completely stopped, just never put aside time specifically until lately, to draw...

TheTangoMaureen on January 20, 2007, 10:40:22 AM

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TheTangoMaureenThat is an amazing piece of art. It's almost a poem too, hte way she looks a little deppressed but her fantasies (almost like she is dreaming?) are what keeps her going. HOW DO YOU DRAW REALISTIC HAIR!?

AriaGunnir on January 28, 2007, 9:54:41 PM

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AriaGunnir on January 20, 2007, 11:57:16 AM

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AriaGunnirThank you very much: actually I got the girl's face from a magazine ad for The Children's Wish Foundation. Realistic hair? Well, it is a bit painstaking sometimes, especially with lighter coloured hair, but there are blocks/areas of light and chunks of really dark. Just around the outside edge of the areas of really dark areas there are fine light lines where some of the hair is still being hit by a light source. At the same time, in areas of really light sections, there are some hairs that are not being hit as directly by the same light source. Here are a few links that may be helpful:

jira on January 28, 2007, 12:30:32 AM

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jiraA wondrous rendition, displaying a fine technique and penciled detail work! I've been gone for a while, but this piece of artwork makes coming back a pleasure... This is going on my favorite list!

AriaGunnir on January 28, 2007, 12:40:50 AM

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AriaGunnir*blushes*  Thank you very much!  I also welcome crtiique on my pictures as long as it details what I can do to make the picture better.  For example, I had a little trouble with CITRUS, and I had a lot of help from several people (you'll see who in the description of that picture).  I don't think I could completely rescue it, but it wasn't bad.  Thanks for visiting my gallery, and I will see you in the Forums!  *waves*  Welcome back!

Emily_the_Strange on January 27, 2007, 10:52:28 AM

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Omg! Gorgeous!! I absolutly love it! ^_^

AriaGunnir on January 27, 2007, 11:23:04 AM

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AriaGunnirThanks much!  That's why I couldn't get rid of it: it's been locked up in my art case for years...  I figured this is a great place to blow off the dust and give it something to do, the poor thing.

Moonlightelf on January 24, 2007, 8:15:46 PM

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MoonlightelfWow... this brings Spiderwick Chronicles in my mind :) very pretty and skillfully done.

AriaGunnir on January 24, 2007, 9:16:25 PM

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AriaGunnirThank you and nice of you to visit me in my gallery!  I will visit yours again soon and see you later in the Forums!  8)

Epiphany347 on January 22, 2007, 2:15:36 AM

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Epiphany347I love it! FIVE STARS!!! FAVES!

AriaGunnir on January 22, 2007, 9:44:51 AM

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AriaGunnirLOL! Ooooh!  Are they gold stars??   Thank you very much!  Please come and visit again soon: my final CITRUS drawing should be up in about 1-2 weeks... I will come and visit your gallery soon again too! See ya in the Forums!

spleetoog on January 12, 2007, 7:09:06 AM

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spleetoogthe idea is great and the way it was workt out(lighteffects and black and white)..i realy like this one.

AriaGunnir on January 12, 2007, 1:11:20 PM

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AriaGunnirGood ol' Spleetog!  Thanks very much... Actually this is much smaller than the original (original was about 3 & 1/2 feet by 2ish) and was in storage for such a long time; I actually did some creative editing on the computer and cut off the edges more because of the wear and tear and bend marks...  It's seen better days and has faded a bit, but thank you very much for your comment!  8)