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Stone Fairy


Once there was a beautiful fairy maiden living in the land of her father, the chief of his clan. She fell in love with a young fairy poet from a neighboring clan.

Because this young fairy was no warrior the maidenís father forbid them marriage. But the lovers would have none of this and one night under the full moon they ran away.

Enraged by this the great chief sent his five warrior sons to kill the young poet and retrieve their sister. The brothers five caught up to the lovers as the two where trying to climb the cliffs that separated the two clans. Two of the brothers easily beat the lovers to the top while the other three harried them from behind.

When the poet reach the top he tried to protect his love, but the brothers caught him up and cast him from the precipice. The poet fell silently to his death below.

When the maiden attained the top and saw what her own brother had done she railed against them. So great was her physical attack on her brothers that they ran away in fear of her.

The maiden would not return to her family who had done this awful deed. And she was afraid to go to her loves clan because she could not tell his father what her father had done so she dropped to her knees and wept. She cried so long and so very hard that she turned to stone there on the cliff top.

In time the two great clans faded away but the stone fairy still remains on the cliff that once divided the two lands.

This took me about Three months of off and on work to do. The photo references I used to do my pencil drawings where all shot by me. The model is a friend of mine. And the story we wrote together before we started working on this.

Done completely in Illustrator from pencil drawings

I hope you like it.

I would welcome serious critique of this piece.
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:iconkarinta:
Karinta Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2014  Student General Artist
Wow!! I didn't know you do vector.
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:iconbear48:
bear48 Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2014  Professional
Made my living as a newspaper/magazine  illustrator and cartoonist for several years
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:iconyourfavoriterussian:
YourFavoriteRussian Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2014   Traditional Artist
Beautiful!
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:iconbear48:
bear48 Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2014  Professional
thank you so much

I love telling a story when I draw 
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:iconyourfavoriterussian:
YourFavoriteRussian Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2014   Traditional Artist
Yeah, the story was a good one!
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:iconbear48:
bear48 Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2014  Professional
:D
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:iconandre-j:
andre-j Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2014
beautiful work!
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:iconbear48:
bear48 Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2014  Professional
thank you
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:iconfoolsightblind:
FoolSightBlind Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2013
absolutely awesome color and light
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:iconbear48:
bear48 Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2013  Professional
of my own work this is still one of my favorites from my digital days
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:iconfoolsightblind:
FoolSightBlind Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2013
its a good one :)
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:iconthespenner:
TheSpenner Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2013
While I absolutely LOVE the details on the stonework, I think it would be a more powerfully composed image to have her in the bottom left instead of the top right. I feel the space would make it feel like there is more weight of the world around her. I seriously absolutely love the texture going on in the rocks though, they're like a jackson pollock of vector work. Solid stuff
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:iconbear48:
bear48 Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2013  Professional
Thank you

it is so very hard to get good feedback
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:iconmac2010:
mac2010 Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2012  Professional General Artist
Superb work!! The colours are excellent!! :) :)
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:iconbear48:
bear48 Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2012  Professional
Thank you
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:iconmac2010:
mac2010 Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2012  Professional General Artist
Very welcome!! :D
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:iconsha-agos:
sha-agos Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2012
nice story and the colors catch my eyes immediately
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:iconbear48:
bear48 Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2012  Professional
thank you
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:iconcdastudio:
cdastudio Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2011  Professional Photographer
Why do all great things have to come from pain?
Very nice - the story and the drawing!
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:iconbear48:
bear48 Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2011  Professional
Thank you
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:iconphilneff:
philneff Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2011  Professional Photographer
This is a lovely treatment. Nicely done.
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:iconbear48:
bear48 Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2011  Professional
Thank you
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:iconvoodoomamma:
Voodoomamma Featured By Owner May 5, 2010
Lovely work..and story!!
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:iconbear48:
bear48 Featured By Owner May 5, 2010  Professional
Thank you dear lady
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:iconvoodoomamma:
Voodoomamma Featured By Owner May 5, 2010
My pleasure!!
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:iconstmerrique:
StMerrique Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2010
OUTSTANDING! now why haven't I seen this?
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:iconbear48:
bear48 Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2010  Professional
I do not know
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:iconmysticangel74:
mysticangel74 Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2010
i love the story, beautiful work
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:iconbear48:
bear48 Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2010  Professional
You should you help write it :tighthug:
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:iconmysticangel74:
mysticangel74 Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2010
wow the memory fails me
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:iconbear48:
bear48 Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2010  Professional
We had many long talks that the story was built on
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:iconurbanninjaman:
urbanninjaman Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2010   Traditional Artist
i understand what your saying now
im def. gonna use it!
thanks again
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:iconbear48:
bear48 Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2010  Professional
cool

anything else I can do you just need to ask
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:iconfoureyes:
foureyes Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2009
very nice done:clap:
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:iconbear48:
bear48 Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2009  Professional
Thank you
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:iconlady-twiglet:
Lady-Twiglet Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2008  Professional Photographer
i just had to come tell you that i came back to this piece again today, and still love it as much now as i did when i first saw it. its beautiful and amazingly crafted, well done :heart:
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:iconbear48:
bear48 Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2008  Professional
Thank you dear lady
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:iconfaeworld:
faeworld Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2008
Lovely work! The colors are brilliant yet not overpowering. I could look at this piece for hours!
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:iconbear48:
bear48 Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2008  Professional
Thank you so much
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:iconkdibartolo:
kdibartolo Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2008
AMAZING
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:iconbear48:
bear48 Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2008  Professional
Thank you
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:iconhowdie363:
Howdie363 Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2008
Really cool concept and work, nice job dude!
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:iconbear48:
bear48 Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2008  Professional
Thank you and thank you for the fav
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:iconemalterre:
emalterre Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2008
very special I lvoe that concept
:jawdrop:
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:iconbear48:
bear48 Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2008  Professional
thank you
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:iconwingsoflea:
WingsOfLea Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2008  Professional Photographer
Wow that story is awesome.
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:iconbear48:
bear48 Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2008  Professional
Thank you so very much
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alberich Featured By Owner May 27, 2008
That Maxfield Parrish colour scheme has always been one of my favorites. Very timeless composition ...
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:iconbear48:
bear48 Featured By Owner May 28, 2008  Professional
Thank you

Parrish has always been one of my favorites too
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:iconsilver-rained-on-me:
Silver-Rained-On-Me Featured By Owner May 27, 2008
Wow That is amazing it goes very well awesome job :D
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