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[AvA - ROUND 1] D u s k . by Lunar-Wind [AvA - ROUND 1] D u s k . by Lunar-Wind

[ WATCH ON YOUTUBE ]


you should also +watch me if you like this because I'll be making more art like this :eyes:

for #Elementiiae's artist vs artist competition!

everything took about 20 hours in total to make (including the writing, the drawing/painting, and the video) but it was worth it - I'm really proud of this! <3
I tried one-layer painting (it used to really intimidate me so I never really did it) and it's actually really fun (although it made my hand hurt)!

my theme was dusk, I'm kind of worried this doesn't fit the theme very well because I went off on a bit of a tangent haha;; but I really enjoy competitions because they make me push myself to improve (and I did improve over the course of this drawing!)

:iconelementiiae:



Featuring (in order of appearance)...



Celeste


Paich['s paws/hourglass/tail]


Ava


Horatio


Seafoam




be sure to give my opponent for this round, ~RiverStarOfSkyclan, some love too! <3





Plaintext version of the writing (should I post it in a deviation?), for those of you who might want to read it or anything:



Dusk.

Dusk is one of my favorite times of the day - the darkest moment of twilight,
during which the last of the sun drains away like the grains of sand in an hourglass spilling

down,


down,



down,

the amount of sand yet to fall gradually dwindling like the water in an overturned canteen

SPLASHing out until there's all but a drop left.

Drip!

Those precious seconds have passed, just like that.

An hourglass, unlike a canteen which must be refilled, can be inverted once the day has been spent and those same grains of sand will fall again,
but never in the exact same way they did before.

It's almost as if time has a life of its own.
A personality.
A soul.

If one inversion of an hourglass represented the day and the other the night,

then the dusk would represent those very moments when that hourglass is turned over,

transitioning from the day to the night.

It's that change that's

so beautiful,
so precious,
so unique.

No two moments are alike.

And while it's quite impossible to capture the very essence of time, anyone can witness it in its purest form -

- just step outside and take a look around.
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xCurlygoRawwrz Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Amggg love it<3 So cute c:
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Lunar-Wind Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2013
thank you! <3
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tamingofthesandshrew Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
oh goodness, thats beautiful~ very very nice, the drawings and the poem <3
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Lunar-Wind Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2013
thank you! <3
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Bezlai Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2013
oh and did you write that yourself?? cause i think it sounds pretty good :D
and wow this really inspires me to improve even more ;v;
i hope to draw something as amazing as this some day~
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Lunar-Wind Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2013
yep, everything here is out of my own head (other than the music in the youtube version, which is from pmd2; I'm not that good of a composer haha) c: thank you!!

aah I'm glad I could inspire you! your art is already really good ;v; I know you can get as amazing at art as you want to be as long as you keep at it! <3
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Bezlai Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2013
omg that's so amazing ;v;

and thank you >//v//<
i still gots lots to practice~
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Lunar-Wind Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2013
thank you!!

no problem! so do i haha
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Bezlai Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2013
wow this looks so amazing ;o;

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Lunar-Wind Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2013
thank you!! ;v;
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Bezlai Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2013
your welcome <3
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wolfnco Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2013  Student Digital Artist

Omg beautiful, just wow! Great job ^-^

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Lunar-Wind Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2013
ah gosh thank you!! ;v; <3
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TheRealRiiver Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
And I can tell by all the comments on this that lots of other people want you to win. I got two. Two. With one being you.

My god my digital art sucks.
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Sept-creature Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Hey! Cheer up! I got one comment and that was from my rival :) and my rival had 3 pages of comments xD.
At least you tried your best right?
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TheRealRiiver Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Aha I know that feel x'D Yeah, I guess I did.
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Sept-creature Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
xD Good, at least you aren't beating yourself now
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TheRealRiiver Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
*headdesk* Look, I was really emotional during that time, so I got pissed at myself for not doing so great.

God so many comments trying to get me to buck up.
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Lunar-Wind Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2013
everything ~ChasingDoves and ~NinjaEspy have said is true, and they've both known me ever since I used to draw like this, so they know firsthand how hard I worked to get to where I'm at now. I highly recommend listening to them, because I wish I knew that advice when I was just beginning my journey as an artist. you seem a bit upset right now and I know when I'm upset I don't listen very well (I don't know how you feel, only myself, so please correct me if I'm wrong) so if you need to cheer yourself up a bit to be able to take that all in a bit more just step back for a while and come back to it later. save the links to the comments or something. anything that might help remind you. look back on it. I don't know if you believe us, but if you can, take that advice to heart and try to absorb its very essence and incorporate it into your life because it's good and honest. and now that I think I've stressed the importance of that enough-

to be honest, one of the main reasons I wanted to work so hard on this was because I saw how hard YOU worked on YOUR entry! probably the single most inspiring thing to me is the efforts of other artists - I really can tell when someone's poured their heart and soul into a piece or really enjoyed making it, and without even looking at the description of your art I was able to see that in it. that's why I faved/commented!
I love competitions not because of the chance I might win, but because of the opportunity it gives me to push myself to improve and share my art with the viewers and other participants! I don't know about you, but being in an environment with so many talented and hard-working people all striving to do their best (as was the case with #PMD-Explorers when I participated in it, a well-run group with an amazing community that I would definitely recommend to others!) ignites a sort of fire within me. it makes me want to do my best, too!
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ChasingDoves Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2013  Student Digital Artist

there's no point in being mad at yourself about it, or insulting yourself about it - this contest is really down to luck. you could get put with someone on the same skill level as you, or someone on a different skill level as you. also, in the contest journal it says -


"The member who wins a round based on creativity, effort, and how well it fits the Theme."


it says nothing about how good your art is! you tried your best, and it shows in your entry. you shouldn't be so hard on yourself about it. also, if you don't win, it's not the end of the world. there's a ton of other contests you can join around deviantART, and there's other ways to get points, too.


also another good thing the contest journal points out - 


"Please sign up even if you don’t you won’t win the grand prize, participation is a great way to be more active in the group and make new friends."


again, it doesn't matter if you don't win! you might meet new people through this contest (or you might have already done so). even if you win or don't win, you can learn a lot from participating in this contest. so you shouldn't be so harsh on yourself!

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TheRealRiiver Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I know what the Journal says. I can read. And I only met one new person out of this. One. Uno. And to me, winning DOES matter. I'm an extremely competitive person. To not even make it through ONE round really sucks for me.

But I did certainly learn something- way too many people at Elementiiae are at a higher skill level than me.

And I'm harsh on myself because I want to be. What I should and shouldn't do doesn't really matter to me in these cases. If I'm mad at myself, I am. And no on can get me out of it unless I really personally know them.

I know you were trying to make me feel better, but it just...... isn't working. I'm too emotional right now for anything to really help.
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NinjaEspy Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2013
I don't understand why you're going around saying you've lost when there have been no results yet. taking a glance at someone and immediately saying "I lost" isn't healthy at all, and if you have that mindset, then yes, you have failed. but I don't mean you've failed the contest. no, you've failed yourself. do you know why? because if you go around having that mindset, how are you going to be motivated to get better? to have the drive to improve? if you refuse to look at the positive, then you're getting nowhere. having a pessimistic outlook on things isn't good, and you have to think of the positive.

before this was uploaded, I recall looking at your piece and seeing you be proud of yourself. you said put in a lot of effort. you pointed out all the things that you liked about it. so what's stopping you from thinking that way now? just because you believe it's not as good as Rae's piece doesn't mean it's not good. before I even knew you were her competitor, I remember looking at it and enjoying the expressions you had on the pets, and the lighting you had. just because people haven't commented doesn't mean that people don't appreciate or enjoy what you created. and instead of thinking so negatively about what you made, try to think of what you learned from that piece. what you've improved on. how can you get better? how can you grow from it? figure that out and practice, practice, practice.

and do you know how improvement works? it's not an overnight process. it's hard work. it's time. it's effort. you can't expect to suddenly get where you want to be with one single piece of art. no, you have to keep practicing, learning, and studying. if you ask an amazing artist how they got to where they are now, do you know how they're going to respond? "years of practice." I used to ask artists that all the time, and their answer was literally worded exactly like that or extremely similar. so what if people are at a "higher skill level" than you? strive to be better than them. don't strive to be at their level, say to yourself: "I want to be better than them." and if you do that and practice, then yes, you're going to get where you want to be!

being harsh on yourself isn't a good idea. there's a difference between knowing your mistakes and completely losing hope in your art. something that's important to learn is how to find your mistakes, and then figuring out a way to build on them. mistakes aren't a bad thing. in fact, mistakes are wonderful! make lots of mistakes. because if we didn't make mistakes, how would we know which direction to go? how would we get better? how would we grow? don't get upset at your mistakes - first, be glad that you have to eye to find those mistakes. then try to figure out a way to learn from them! it'll get you one step closer to becoming a better artist.

don't be down on yourself! taking a look at your gallery, your art is really pretty. especially your contest entry, and your style is really nice to look at! you're already a good artist, but you also have the potential to get better - you just have to believe than you can. I know this comment was a lot of rambling, and maybe you didn't read all of it, or maybe it's worthless to you. but I hope that you find this a bit of a learning experience. we all go through bouts like this, but there's always light at the end of the tunnel, whether or not you want to believe it. I hope you grow as an artist, and don't let this contest bring you down.
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TheRealRiiver Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Whatever you say.
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NinjaEspy Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2013
now I'm curious - did you read all of that?
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:icontherealriiver:
TheRealRiiver Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Yes. I did, don't worry. All of the 5 paragraphs in their entirety.
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NinjaEspy Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2013
all right. it's up to you if you take the advice or not, but even if you don't, I wish you luck in your art!
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ChasingDoves Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2013  Student Digital Artist

one person is still a person, isn't it? and wow, I didn't expect you to know how to read what a surprise

if you think they're at a higher skill level then work harder to be there with them. I know exactly how you feel (since rae is my friend and seeing her art makes me cry all over my laptop and make it break on a daily basis) but honestly, I'm trying my best to get to where I want to be with my art. if you're going to just look at people's art and be upset that you're not as good (which I did quite recently but realized that I shouldn't) then nothing good is going to happen. 

I know this probably isn't going to help you, but I figured I would ramble a bunch anyway haha

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TheRealRiiver Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Whatever you say.
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TheRealRiiver Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
You win. I can tell you, I have no chance.

(And I'm really serious his time. I'm pretty pissed at myself.)
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Lunar-Wind Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2013
ah thank you, the results haven't been announced yet though;; and don't be mad at yourself!! you worked hard, enjoyed drawing, and were proud of your art, didn't you? try to remember that feeling, because that's all that truly matters in the end. don't put yourself down by comparing yourself to me or anyone else!
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TheRealRiiver Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
*sigh* I know I shouldn't be so harsh on myself, but I'm just so competitive I can't really help it.
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Lunar-Wind Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2013
it's okay to be competitive (good, actually, if you use it as motivation!) and a bit hard on yourself (as long as you use that positively, to point out your own flaws and improve upon them), but if you find that it depresses you in any way you should try toning it down :c
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TheRealRiiver Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Yeah, I sometimes think I go a little to far... but I got really emotional at the same time so it was kinda hard. Most of the time I can keep it at a more normal level.
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Lunar-Wind Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2013
ah, I see *nods*
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TheRealRiiver Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Yeah.
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cythrakeus Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2013
SCREAMING INTENSIFIES YOU USED PAICH
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Lunar-Wind Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2013
yeAH SORRY YOU CAN'T SEE MUCH OF HER BUT!! SHE IS IMPORTANT TO THE PIECE NONETHELESS
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cythrakeus Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2013
UNCONTROLLABLE SCREAMING
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bubbIies Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
OH
MY
GOODNESS

THIS IS THE MOST AMAZING THING EVER AHHHHH OMYWORD WOWWWW<333
gah just wow this is way to amazing ;;;ooo;;;;;
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Lunar-Wind Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2013
aah tHANK YOU!! <333
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bubbIies Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
welcomeeeee <333
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doughnaut Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
whoAAAA this is amazing!!!! im not even kidding i  just
the analogy???? and the way the whole picture doesn't eVEN SToP?????? HOW DO U
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Lunar-Wind Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2013
aAHH tHANK U!!! i dunno i just
wrote words to describe the feelings in my head and drew them to capture the imagery in my head??
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doughnaut Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
no rpoblem!! omfg
???? thats really cool
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Lunar-Wind Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2013
omg it's just how ive always wrote and stuff
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doughnaut Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
?? do you have a supermind or
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Lunar-Wind Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2013
if i had some sort of supermind i think i would have been used as a test subject by now
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doughnaut Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
dunno how to reply to this so ill just ( ͡° ͜ʖ ͡°)
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Lunar-Wind Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2013
im laughing bc the font glitched the face
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ChinZaPep Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2013  Student Digital Artist
!! This is like the most gorgeous thing I think I've eeeevvverrr seen!!! 8'DDD It must have taken you foreeevverrr to do this and I can see how hard you worked to make it awesome!!!! <333333333333333
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