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Forest Elf by pepperw Forest Elf by pepperw
A forest elf.

I've worked on this piece in bits and pieces for a few weeks, never getting much time at any one time to work on it, so I have no idea how long it took in actual hours.
Reference for the elf is from the attractive *kedralynn-stock .
No reference for anything else. I did look at some sort of embroideried rose design to get a feel for how the dragons on the cloth should look and tried to do them in sort of an old medieval style.
The background was fun. It may not show up, but there's a couple of faeries and a goblin in those woods.
This isn't a heavy or deeply meaningful piece, but it was fun to do and at least I completed something.

As usual, comments and critique are much appreciated.

Edit: I forgot to say that this looks much better in full view. (The goblin and faeries don't show up either way, or at least are really hard to see. Sorry about that.)
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Blue-moon-skydiver75 Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2013
Awwww! She's lovely! Adorable, sweet and very pretty, fantastic work! It's such wonderful detail I'm almost fooled into thinking it's a altered photo or cosplay!
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MorgaineKildare Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2012
I think this is one of the most awesome pieces of Elf art ever!
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:iconesevans:
Esevans Featured By Owner May 18, 2012   General Artist
Love the detail and the whole work. Nicely done. :D
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GreyCorbie Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2011   Traditional Artist
I love how you did this! Her eyes look fantastic to me. Really real.
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AryaChild17 Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
This is powerful. It may not have a meaning, but it's still perfect.
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Soueki Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
This is so real looking!!
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:iconbakkeneko:
bakkeneko Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2011
It looks really great! :)
She reminds me of Keelie Heartwood from a book.. ^^
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Roguewolf14 Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
I must admit, your artwork is terrific! So much detail and life in it that it is breath taking. My only critique is that the nose appears to be a bit flat. However, the eyes take the focus off the nose quite well.
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kyzane Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2010
What program(s) did you use to make this awesome work of art?
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:iconmakoooo:
Makoooo Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2010
I'm in love with this awesome work! :heart:
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xxSherylinexx Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2010
Beautiful !
By the way .. She looks like Toruviel from "The Witcher" .
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EonOrteaShadowmaster Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2010  Student Writer
This lady, and the piece of art in the whole, are absolutely amazing!
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pepperw Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2010
Wow! Thanks for such a positive comment. I appreciate it and the fave.
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waughtercolors Featured By Owner May 21, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
I love the look on her face. You have made her more human than alot of the elves I have seen on deviant. I think that it makes her seem more real. She has a very interesting expression. I also like the detailing on her clothing. I can see the faeries and goblins in the background, I think that is a very clever touch.
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pepperw Featured By Owner May 21, 2010
Thank you so much for such an in-depth comment. I really appreciate it.
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thatdrummersnuts Featured By Owner May 6, 2010
This is amazing work. I absolutely love it.

"The secret we should never let the gamemasters know is that they don't need any rules."
— Gary Gygax
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pepperw Featured By Owner May 7, 2010
Thanks.
I like your quote by the way.
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thatdrummersnuts Featured By Owner May 8, 2010
Your Welcome mate.

Ya gotta love Gygax.

I started playing D&D back in around 1980/81 it seems like yesterday.

Still a great game though.

Look forward to seeing more of your great work.

Nigel
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pepperw Featured By Owner May 11, 2010
1980 was about the time I started playing as well. And now I still enjoy it whenever I get a chance to play, though that's not too often.

Thanks again for the comments. I appreciate it.
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half-orc-77 Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Good detail in this one. Nice work.
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:iconpepperw:
pepperw Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2010
Thanks.
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:iconeden-paradox:
eden-paradox Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2010  Student Traditional Artist
Hello, :D, I've featured you're awesome work in my journal, I hope you don't mind :hug:
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:iconpepperw:
pepperw Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2010
Don't mind at all. Thank you.
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eden-paradox Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2010  Student Traditional Artist
:hug:
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DanMattia Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2010  Professional Writer
Wow, this almost looks like a photograph. Absolutely stunning.
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:iconpepperw:
pepperw Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2010
Thank you very much. And thanks as well for the watch. Much appreciated.
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Marcusrafaelft Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2010  Student General Artist
Very great work! :D
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pepperw Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2010
Thanks.
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Luk999 Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2010
Beautiful work. I like her costume!
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:iconpepperw:
pepperw Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2010
Thanks. I appreciate it. Doing the costume was fun.
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Luk999 Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2010
You´re welcome!
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Crevette23 Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
really pretty ^^
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pepperw Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2010
Thanks!
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:iconxerces:
Xerces Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2010  Professional Artisan Crafter
How sweet and so wonderfully painted! Lovely level of detail and such good tonal and textural work :)
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pepperw Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2010
Thank you for your detailed comment.
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Xerces Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2010  Professional Artisan Crafter
No problem at all :)
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DuncanLong Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2010
This is beautifully done, and the muted colors seem especially appropriate for a creature of the forest.
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pepperw Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2010
Thank you.
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AlexandrescuPaul Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
that's so nice:D
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pepperw Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2010
Thanks.
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Gandalf-the-Mahogany Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2009   Writer
I can see the fairies and goblin!!! wooo lol x i love this....the She-elf's expression is cautious and wary, just like i imagined a forest elf would look like xx WELL DONE!!!
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WargusEstor Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Hello this image has been featured here: [link]

Have a nice day
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MissStark Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Beautiful! I love all the rich details and earthy colours. I like the little goblins hidden in the trees!
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AVA4Zinkovsky Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2009
Interesting work.
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Vincent7995 Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2009
Her eyes steal all my attention. Great drama is in them.
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AliaAnor Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2009
So Gourgeous!!!
:love:
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cuteclydesdale123 Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2009   Photographer
I mean shown.xD
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cuteclydesdale123 Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2009   Photographer
Wonderfully Pictured.
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shadowleoparddreams Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2008
She is so beautiful. I love all your little details, the dragons, and her braids. The background is wonderful too, I love how soft it is. :)
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pepperw Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2008
Thank you! She's by far my most popular work.
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