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Bookmark: Water by Avanii Bookmark: Water by Avanii
Part one of four bookmarks based off the four elements: Water, Earth, Fire and Air. As you may know I give each of my characters a dominant element, in this case, Benjamin, Lin and Mayra are water types. They are generally calm personalities, but they are not by any means 'shallow'. In the Dutch language there is a saying: "Quiet waters have deep bottoms", which applies to them very well. They are adaptive and will always find a way to get what they need: like water flowing towards the sea. Lin is blind, but adapted very well. Ben is an outcast but has found a way to enjoy himself even more than before. And Mayra has always been a mysterious character, like the smooth surface of a lake at night, lit only by the light of the stars. Beautiful, but potentially dangerous.

After these ramblings some practical info: Drawn on Smooth Bristol paper with China ink, coloured with Copic markers with some details done in Prismacolor pencils. For some reason the scan looks so much harsher and messy than the original, I'm not sure which settings I need to change to get rid of that effect. Sorry for the watermark, but I am very proud of this and don't want it stolen :/ I drew this back in the summer months, but never got around to scanning it. Anyways, enjoy!

Art and charaters are to me, Avanii

Please do not repost or use, thank you!

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:iconanimalartkingdom:
AnimalArtKingdom Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Super gorgeous!
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Avanii Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2012   General Artist
Thanks :D
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UnicornPhantom Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I'm glad you thumbed this one in the other one. It is so pretty, and I really love this one too. :aww:
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Avanii Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2012   General Artist
Thank you :) It seemed like a good idea as they're part of the same series :)
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UnicornPhantom Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Yeah, that does make sense. :XD: I usually do that, myself.
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Han-Wik Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
It's always a major plus to have the contures of the key elements overlapping and meeting other lines in a composition- it will bind it all together as a whole. You have managed to tie Lin's curved body line to the frame- was that intentional? It often happens unintentionally. There are other lines here that helps to create this effect as well. Good job!
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Avanii Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2012   General Artist
Thank you very much! Um, I think composition-wise this one is best, though not all of the lines were that intentional I think. I did want a 'flowing' composition because of the represented element - no straight lines but rounded curves, like flowing water. Lin's line was intentional though :)
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Han-Wik Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
You did succeed at creating a flowing harmony. All the elements including the frame speak as an entirety, thanks to those lines.

Not that it has to be present in every piece, and it can be difficult to pull off. But it looks really good on a bookmark, and this is a fine example.
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Avanii Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2012   General Artist
I am very happy to hear that :D I'll try to keep it in mind, I usually just go ahead and do what feels best, does not always work, haha.
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Han-Wik Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
You are welcome.

I do that most of the time (guided by feeling), and there's nothing wrong with that. But mom keeps noticing composition lines in my pictures, so I thought I'd forward the tip.
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Avanii Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2012   General Artist
Well, thanks for the tip, I'll keep it in mind :)
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IrThumper Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2012   General Artist
We have the same saying in the U.S. :aww: "Still waters run deep" =P I'm an aquarius so would say water is my element too, that and my Native American totem animal is apparently the otter! :D Love this bookmark! :love:
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Avanii Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2012   General Artist
Thank you! :D Yes, that's the one! :nod: Cool, how do you know what your totem is?
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IrThumper Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2012   General Artist
I'm said to have Native American heritage on my mother's side of the family, that and my best friend and I were working on a story that had tribal people in it, so we were doing a lot of research for that. I don't remember exactly which site it was now, there are quite a few different ones as it turned out, but I believe it had a Native American Zodiac, which was interesting (think it might have been this one actually [link]) I really don't follow the zodiac, but the totem it listed for me was pretty much right on =P

"Otters are playful, prophetic animals. Otter people are creative, and logical. They have high ideals and tend to seek more from others than is reasonable. They seek the truth above all else." Another site descibes Otter People as: Playful, friendly, dynamic, joy, helpfulness, and sharing. :D

Other then that I loved playing in the creek as a kid, am attracted to riparian areas, and my favorite thing to eat is usually sea food, so I must be a hybrid between a river otter and a sea otter, lol! I identify most with the river otter though :)

Hmm... maybe someday a river otter commish?? Heh, don't worry, I'm not gonna swamp you with requests-- swamp!! Lol, yup, I'm an otter ;):D
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Avanii Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2012   General Artist
Ah, that's pretty cool. Otters are awesome, nothing less to be expected from a mustelid :D Nice description you got, too! Haha, the zodiac there sounds a lot like the one I get for Taurus (my western sign). Apparently I am an elk/beaver person:

"The elk is a strong, handsome and proud animal who can be aggressive if challenged. The beaver is an industrious builder with unlimited patience. Elk people are very industrious and find security through possession. They are eager to discover and possess something which has lasting value."

Hmm, has some truth to it. Though I am not /that/ possessive, I think? :O
Haha, oh you're welcome to commission me again someday, though it may be best to finish the current one first xD
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IrThumper Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2012   General Artist
In Native American circles Elk people are also known to be very creative, musically tallented/gifted (or have an appreciation thereof) and also be romantics :aww: hehe!

I will someday, but I'm not going to be a piggy :D I am very grateful and filled with glee to be getting such a special CM from you already! :dance: I did go ahead and sketch up an otter guy for meself tho, heh [link] You're right, mustelids are great fun ;):D
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Avanii Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2012   General Artist
Ah, that's sweet :) Though I have no idea if I'm a romantic type, haha, for now, I have zero interest in such affairs xD

Haha no of course not, just saying that I won't decline it should you ever want to commission me again. :D He's cute, especially the face :)
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IrThumper Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2012   General Artist
Thanks! :hug: I like him... think his head's a bit small and his tail a bit big though, lol =P
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SparkelDragon Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
awsome, water is my element too
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:iconavanii:
Avanii Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2012   General Artist
Cool, mine is earth :)
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SparkelDragon Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
cool
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DCLeadboot Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Cute critters there! :aww:
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Avanii Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2012   General Artist
Thanks :D
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sbmccoy13 Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2012
this is amazing! =D the cat is sooo gorgeous and the ferret loooove it and even though im not a fan of rats this one is so well drawn! (im sorry i dont know they're names im unfamiliar with your work but i love what i see so i plan to change that ;] )
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Avanii Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2012   General Artist
Thank you :) That's okay, their names are Mayra (the cat), Lin (ferret) and Benjamin (rat) :)
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sbmccoy13 Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2012
thank youuu! =D
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Moon-Crafter Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
WATER IS MY ELEMENT AND MY GIRLS LOVE TO MESS WITH IT AS WELL
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Avanii Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2012   General Artist
Nice, Earth is my element. What girls though :O?
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Moon-Crafter Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
MY GIRLS ARE SELKIE AND GOBLIN MY FERRETTS YOU CAN SEE THEM IN MY GALERY
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WyndTalker Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Simply gorgeous :)
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Avanii Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2012   General Artist
Thank you :)
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Duzloo Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2012  Professional Interface Designer
This is just lovely! I really adore it :clap:
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Avanii Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2012   General Artist
Thank you very much :D
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Duzloo Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2012  Professional Interface Designer
My pleasure! :heart:
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mcarter3 Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2012
As I have cats, ferrets, and rats in my home, I dare say that I love this bookmark! Beautiful!
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Avanii Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2012   General Artist
Thank you! Ah man, I wish I had even one of them, but for now they'll have to be in my imagination, haha. :) Doesn't having both rats and ferrets in the same house give any problems? Just curious :)
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mcarter3 Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2012
I used to have a rat and ferret who were buddies. They chased each other around the house, even cuddled together (I got pics!). There was the day I came into the room to find blood everywhere. Rat had bitten ferret, but ferret was OK. They both crossed the Rainbow Bridge since then. My current ferrets are too aggressive with my current rats, so I keep them separated. The cats are scared of them all. :-)
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Avanii Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2012   General Artist
Ah I see, I guess it depends on the individual animal's personality most. May I see one of the cuddling photos? I love both creatures a lot but seeing them together on a photograph is rare :) Haha, I hear that more often, of cats being scared of other pets xD One wouldn't expect it with rats or mice but I hear the stories.
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mcarter3 Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2012
Let me figure out how to upload such a photo to DA. Might be a day or two, but I won't forget.
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Sasiadragon Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I can't stop repeating how much I just love your characters and all the things you can tell about them <3 And artistical, I am in love with the fur effect you've added and the way you shade, the expressions and the poses. Maybe you should've added a bit more yellow to it to make Mayra's eyes and Lin's fur fit better in, but except for that I also love the colour theme.
I also have two questions; do you use a white pencil for whiskers? And how the heck do you avoid your bookmarks to be all curled and stuff when you use them? I wouldn't dare to use art I've spend time on as boomarks ...
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Avanii Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2012   General Artist
Haha, well it makes me very happy to hear that, they are very dear to me :) I agree with the yellow, it is a very hard colour to use with Copics, especially in such light tones. I was afraid of creating green so I kept it from most of the painting, but on a second thought, it would probably have been better to incorporate the colour a bit more...
I did, yes! Sometimes I use white gelpen instead, but the pencil gives a nicer look, softer. Haha, oh yeah, I understand that question. This paper (smooth bristol) is very thick and sturdy, not even the edges curl easily. But one still has to be very careful when using them, so when I travel around with my books, I make sure the bookmark is between the pages in its entirety, so no sticking out parts can be harmed. These elemental bookmarks are a little too tall for that unfortunately, so unless I'm reading a big, hardcover book I can't travel with them. For that I use the "storyteller" bookmark of Millie and Ben, which fits between the pages of a pocket :) For some reason I absolutely love making bookmarks, maybe because the unusual size requires a specific composition, and because I love art that has a function. I would prefer to have them laminated to protect them from harm like you mentioned, but I have no such machine and I do not know anyone who does... So until then, I will use thick and strong paper :)
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Sasiadragon Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Hm ... Well, then it was probably better to keep it away, green would have been very strange.
Thanks, I've always had problems with how to make whiskers. And art that has a function is wonderful ^^ But the few bookmarks I made ended up curled. I'll try to make them fit the book and use some stronger paper, thank you for the tips ^^
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Avanii Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2012   General Artist
You're welcome! :)
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