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For a contest called "A Day at the Races" put on by the ever inspiring inspyretash stock [link]

This piece is done all in ink and markers.
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:iconjanita2:
janita2 Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2010
wonderful
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EMasqueradeGallery Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2008
I love the art-nouveau (sp?) style you've used here, and whether you intended it or not, the under-water, almost mermaid-feel it has, due to all of the blue.

I also, adore the explanation you've included. I never knew about that and enjoy that through your art I have now been further educated.:)

Great job! *Fave'd! :D
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Ravensrow Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2008
A warm thank you for taking the time out to view and comment on so many of my pieces, I like your "underwater/mermaid" concept it adds an element of mystery to the work. I've been wanting to do an underwater piece for a while, perhaps you picked up on that:)
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Acorncupcake Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
Oh my :faint:
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jenn4Xt Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2008
Its drawn in a very pretty and stylised manner, and I love your choice of colours. Great subject and story behind it. Beautiful...
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:iconkyuuketsukirachel:
kyuuketsukirachel Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
i love your hands
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:iconbnspyrd:
Bnspyrd Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2008  Professional General Artist
The people have spoken and they have chosen your piece for the Peoples Choice.

Rejoice and be happy.
:boogie:
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:iconravensrow:
Ravensrow Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2008
Ooh I forgot about that. Yee-haw people's choice! It's what matters to me the most. Thank you muchly:)
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:iconbnspyrd:
Bnspyrd Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2008  Professional General Artist
Yeah. :)
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sombrefeline Featured By Owner May 31, 2008  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
:wow: amazing... I'm impressed by the design, so neat, and the coloring
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IdaLarsenArt Featured By Owner May 24, 2008  Professional Digital Artist
wow gorgeus work :love:
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Carol-Moore Featured By Owner May 24, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
Really beautiful piece! So much detail done in such a small time. The colors are gorgeous!
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JannaFairyArt Featured By Owner May 20, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
beautiful ! I read the previous comments.. I can not belive that the piece is made in five hours only:faint: you are the true master!
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Ravensrow Featured By Owner May 20, 2008
I'm feeling a wee bit sheepish because it could have taken an hour or two more. I worked on it three days, roughly two hours a day. The figures are from reference models so they didn't take too long, and the rest was just having fun with swirls and lines:) Thank you for your kind words. Always appreciated.
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Ellygator Featured By Owner May 19, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
Beautifully art nouveau inspired piece!
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kamisch42 Featured By Owner May 19, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
What do you mean you're not too happy with this?!? it's beautiful J! The tone is wonderful, and yes, you've gotten so much better at faces! Their pose is just perfect, and I love the sotry behind it all. I never knew any of that! There's some rather intricate ink work in there, and you should indeed be proud. The fact that you finished it all faster than usual and it still turned out better than most of what the majority of people could make should only attest to just how talented you are...very talented, in case you weren't sure ;) Lovely ladies...and now I have a Les Miserables song stuck in my head :giggle: :+fav:
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Ravensrow Featured By Owner May 19, 2008
You're awesome K and you have an honest way of commenting and I appreciate it greatly. Thank you. And what song? Oh I probably shouldn't have asked that because now it might be stuck in your head again.:)
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kamisch42 Featured By Owner May 19, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
Why "Lovely Ladies" of course! [link] ...and, you're welcome :D
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:iconravensrow:
Ravensrow Featured By Owner May 20, 2008
Ah jeeze! now its in my head, thanks a lot K...love-ly lad-ies do do do do do...
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CaroleHumphreys Featured By Owner May 17, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
This is so lovely :heart:
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:iconbnspyrd:
Bnspyrd Featured By Owner May 17, 2008  Professional General Artist
:omg: This is fantastic! I so love it - especially as it's Zeigfeld-esq'.

Thanks for the note earlier but I came looking anway :D Glad I did. Now I can get the news article up tonight. Yay!
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Ravensrow Featured By Owner May 17, 2008
I'm happy to hear that you like it, I think it is great that there are people like you on DA to provide inspiration for creativity and challenges through art contests, truly one of the beautiful things DA has to offer. Yeah Ziegfeld did some incredible set design work that was uniquely different from other work of his time. He did quite a few Broadway productions at the turn of the twentieth century didn't he?
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Ravensrow Featured By Owner May 18, 2008
:) Oh you're welcome, you help the DA world go 'round. The only info I have regarding the Ziegfeld girls comes from what I learned in art history and I remember most of the women being dressed in elaborate and unusual clothing and costumes, but at that time more and more photographers in the art scene were doing nude photo shoots, most in the name of art and reference models but some (actually a lot from what I remember) were being sold as just pictures of nude women. It was the first time women were being photographed nude and there was a huge demand for these photos for artistic purposes and (unfortunately) other. I have an old book with photographs of many of the art nouveau models from 1900-1914 and most are nude, this gave the artist artistic license to create the attire for the model. Anyways I think like all new things the Ziegfeld girls represented the new era of sexy art and show hence the risque and nude photographs. That is all I really know about it.
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Bnspyrd Featured By Owner May 18, 2008  Professional General Artist
:aww: That is such an incredibly lovely thing to say.. "inspiration for creativity and challenges through art contests" I am really chuffed by that - it actually inspires me more to do what i do with this account. So Thankyou. :hug:


On another note, I got posed a question recently via newsgroup about why the Zeigfeld girls were photographed nude and risque etc.. no body else thus far can find a plausable reason; and I was wondering as you seem to know a bit about Zeigfelds if you had any ideas.
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chrystalcynic Featured By Owner May 17, 2008
beautiful as always!
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Elfin-Grrl Featured By Owner May 17, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
:faint: Stunning!
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wendyf Featured By Owner May 16, 2008
Well I think it's elegant and lovely, the colors suit beautifully and I enjoyed reading the info too.
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IDGAF Featured By Owner May 16, 2008
that is fantastic as per usual, details are awesome I love the turquoise and the gold very nice mixture :)
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AtarAtis Featured By Owner May 16, 2008
Have you seen my fair lady?

Hmmm it's yet another beautiful piece Jay, I think your faces are still improving and I swear there is more detail in every piece I see.

Love the girl in the back particularly well and the blue and brown colour combination! Another winner!
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Ravensrow Featured By Owner May 16, 2008
I have seen my fair lady, though it was many years ago now, and I'm sure my drawing has little to do with the movie and in all honesty little to do with the races:) but I had to represent the ones who could never afford the, or were unwelcome at, the horse track. I read it in a book on the art nouveau movement and was touched by the honesty of these artists. And thank you so much for your kind words and yes I have to continue to improve my faces, one step at a time I guess.
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lennan Featured By Owner May 16, 2008
Lovely piece, and I also enjoyed the description very much. =)
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Pantoja Featured By Owner May 16, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
great art work
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AmberCrystalElf Featured By Owner May 16, 2008  Professional Digital Artist
Oh wow - this is truly magnificent Jay. :clap:
Love everything about it - could gaze at it for hours ....... probably will :D

Interesting info as well.
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Ravensrow Featured By Owner May 16, 2008
In all honesty, I'm not too happy with it, I did it in roughly five hours. I have two projects I'm working on but I wanted to get something in for the contest. I drew way too quickly and penned in the structure with little thought, perhaps I'll grow to like it. Thank you Kim.
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AmberCrystalElf Featured By Owner May 16, 2008  Professional Digital Artist
Damn, if I could produce something that stunning in 5 hours.......... You're way too modest :D
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:iconravensrow:
Ravensrow Featured By Owner May 16, 2008
Oh I'm sure you could, your work too is stunning. Many thanks.
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