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with all the world beneath me by xdragonflyx with all the world beneath me by xdragonflyx
Prints available upon request. Please note me if interested.

This piece belongs to the body of work for my B.F.A. Senior Exhibit. It features an original childrens' story of mine about a girl's little plush toy who finds adventure when accidentally left in the woods. ^^

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Artist/Show Statement:

Lost.

The dreaded moment when a child realizes that her beloved plush toy is missing. But he’s more than just a toy to her. He has a name. He has a personality. He has fears, dreams, and emotions. And now he’s slipped away from her protective embrace, left alone to face such a big and unfamiliar world. Who will tuck him in at night? Who will share their cookies with him? And more importantly, who is going to hug him when he’s afraid?

A lost plush toy can be very traumatic for a child. The world is still new and oftentimes challenging, and it’s easy for such displacement to be projected from toy to child when that toy is an extension of the child. Children need to be comforted and reassured, and in turn they feel the need to comfort and reassure their stuffed friends. When a faux fur friend becomes lost, the child becomes distressed because a part of her is facing the world alone.

But should she be distressed? What if the world isn’t such a scary place, after all? What if he isn’t alone and neglected, but surrounded by a new set of friends? An unfortunate event could easily be an opportunity of a lifetime. Sooner or later, those who are lost are going to be…

...Found.
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Given 2009-12-31
with all the world beneath me by ~xdragonflyx - You have to look at her amazing gallery! ( Suggested by Merides and Featured by archanN )
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Pseudooctopus Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
I love your style, these illustrations are so beautiful! And interesting! Lovely, lovely work.
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marinasmaggie Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2011
I very much appreciate how serious a child's story can be. Most "adults" find a child's issues to be so immature and irrelevant to their life... nonsense. But I think we as adults or parents should pay more attention to those issues since its those are ones that shape a child's life as it grows. Those things that seem so minor to adults, is everything to children and when those things go missing or don't ever happen, it is as though they are missing a part of life. Companionship, understanding and a feeling of security. I think you should write children's books, or guideline books for parents! :D
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Angie-Pictures Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2011
Beautiful work. Congratulations to the DD. :iconflowerheartplz:
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GingerKellyStudio Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Featured in my journal :heart:
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You are an inspiration!
xxx
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xdragonflyx Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you! ^^
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GoldenGirls Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2011
I adore the way you've coloured the trees, and the way you worked all those little animals into the bundle of branches. Awesome work! :love:
xxxx
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:iconkayxxox:
kayxxox Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2011
This is quite beautiful. This kind of work really inspires me as an artist. Thank you =)
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:iconwaughtercolors:
waughtercolors Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
Absolutely, wonderfully endearing.
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:iconxdragonflyx:
xdragonflyx Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you!
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:iconwaughtercolors:
waughtercolors Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
My pleasure.
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taobunny Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2010
I want a plush toy that looks like that!!! Adorable!!!
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:icontaobunny:
taobunny Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2010
Lovely! Thank you for sharing!
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SandieBlair Featured By Owner May 20, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Hello! You have been featured in my journal! [link]
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:iconxdragonflyx:
xdragonflyx Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks so much!
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SandieBlair Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
No problem! :)
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poppyarabella Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2010  Student
brilliant!
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xdragonflyx Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks!
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:iconaberry89:
aberry89 Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
Your work is the absolutely perfect mixture of old master illustrators, like Arthur Rackham, and a fresh, modern style. Beautiful
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:iconxdragonflyx:
xdragonflyx Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you! That's music to my ears to hear, since that is exactly what I was going for.
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aberry89 Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
I would say you defiantly have achieved it!
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:icondreamcracks:
dreamcracks Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2010
that's stunning. the lines, the textures, the detail - it's mindblowing!

:+fav:
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:iconxdragonflyx:
xdragonflyx Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you!
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:iconsunvera:
Sunvera Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2010
Beautiful. ^^
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SailingBreezes Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Beautiful! I love the linework, the textures, the composition, the concept, and your style. :)
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xdragonflyx Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you!
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Secrets-in-Desguise Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2010
Something about this is so surreal and... actually kinda creepy... Beautifully done, though.

I remember when I lost Sally the Salamander... well actually my sister left it outside and it was massacred by squirrels... :(
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xdragonflyx Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
Oh no! Poor Sally... and as humorous as that situation sounds, I imagine it was a bit traumatic.
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Secrets-in-Desguise Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2010
It was! :cries:

:D But it is a bit humorous looking back at it, hehe :giggle:
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xdragonflyx Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
I never knew squirrels held such disdain for salamanders...
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Secrets-in-Desguise Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2010
Oh my, you have no idea. It's like Montagues vs Capulets going on there. :rofl:

Actually I think it was the fact that Sally was filled with some kind of nuts or seeds or something that smells good to squirrels... =P
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Tokogawa Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2009
Your coloring...your line art...your every single detail is like something out of a children's book. The Wind and The Willows comes to mind instantly. Corduroy-esque tone also flows through the entire work. A superb job that I thoroughly enjoyed.Definitely a favorite.
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xdragonflyx Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you so much for your lovely words!
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MsMys Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2009
It's a really great work ! I love the color and the story behind it .
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xdragonflyx Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you!
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ny-seran9 Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2009
How adorable! It'd be good as a children's storybook tale!
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xdragonflyx Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you!
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Grimmzero Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2009
Incredible!
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xdragonflyx Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks!
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ballpointmaster Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
A work of truness and honesty in art. I feel from this.
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xdragonflyx Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you, it's so wonderful for me when a viewer has such a positive reaction from my work. It's my goal to make you feel and dream, after all. ^^
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Sersa777 Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2009  Student
Wow, I love this. The
way you colored this
looks like watercolors and
the details are amazing. Very
nice. I really love the concept
of the picture as well. Great
work and congrats on the DD!
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xdragonflyx Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you so much!
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Sersa777 Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2010  Student
You're welcome!
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cookiedo8 Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2009  Student Traditional Artist
Wonderful!
It reminds me of Arthur Rackham a little
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xdragonflyx Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks! Arthur Rackham is one of my sources for inspiration, too. ^^
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Copnos Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2009  Professional General Artist
This all makes me very depressed.
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:iconxdragonflyx:
xdragonflyx Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
Really? How so?
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:iconcopnos:
Copnos Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2010  Professional General Artist
not sad, as in emotionally, more of a jealous sad.
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Aria-Of-Regret Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2009
This reminds me of Katamari Damacy...
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xdragonflyx Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
I've never actually played that game, but I've heard it's a lot of fun.

Heheh... I'm just imagining rolling a ball through the woods and picking up animals like this.
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