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Survival by nelena Survival by nelena
I can't believe this one is finished. I have this really relaxed feeling, when you're accomplished something and you're to lazy to start something else. I probably will spend a few hours staring at no place at all and then start all over again with something new XD

:iconbloodhound-omega: is the b est inspiration ever. When she's over here I manage to do things I'm usually to scared even trying. I'm not sure if she's doing anything special (she's not poisoning my coffee, I know that XD) I think it's her mere presence which is dripping of inspiration ^____^

So.. something about the picture:
Anima Species: Banded Palm Civet (They're so awesome *_*) I used references from a book...
Background: lil waterfalls taken from a calendar
Tools: Water colours and coloured pencils
Time Taken: Not sure... I spent weeks on it, but I was doing other stuff as well.
I'm happy of: The fur
I don't like: The water (as always)
State: Not for sale... I might be selling a few limited prints if anyone's interested

Character and art © by me

Male or female? What do you think? ^^


Edit: OMG... DD Ö___Ö That's like christmas. Thank you all so much for all the nice comments and favs. *happy* *__*
And special thanks to :iconqzurr: and :iconkatmomma: for this very special Christmas present <3
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Daily Deviation

Given 2009-12-26
Survival by *nelena "I adore this picture. Not 100% anthro, looks a bit were, what is so rare. I like so much she how drew the character into the background. Its looks so naturally. Also the background, and the soft colours on the whole picture is so great." ( Suggested by Qzurr and Featured by Katmomma )
:iconzavolta:
Zavolta Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2012
It's definite a SHE-MALE ;-)

But, hey, Nel, i know your drawings from the good old days from the "SEA-RABBIT" ;-) - you really reached the next level (and i liked your drawings already in that days)
:-)
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:iconnelena:
nelena Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2012
Nraaw, thank you so much ^_^ I am not entirely sure what you mean by sea rabbit, but I'm honestly flattered that you follow my art that long. :3
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:iconzavolta:
Zavolta Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2016
Der Seehas... wir sind Jahrelang zusammen gefahren :)
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:iconnelena:
nelena Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2016
Ich versuch seit Wochen dir zu antworten, aber mein DA zeigt mir immer eine Fehlermeldung und lässt mich dann nicht mehr einloggen :( Ich versuch es jetzt mal hier. Sollte das funktionieren... ich arbeite an dem Problem. 
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:iconzavolta:
Zavolta Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2016
huhu,


also jetzt kam alles an... 2 notes, 1 feedback...
aber richtig gut ist das hier nicht organisiert, auf deviant art :)

also prinzipiell gehts also...
:)

aber schön, bist du also immer noch hier aktiv :)
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:iconunicornsdragonchild1:
very beautifull! :thumbsup: :thumbsup:
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:iconunicornsdragonchild1:
very beautifull! :thumbsup: :thumbsup:
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:iconraineve:
Raineve Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
gorgeous!!!
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:iconnelena:
nelena Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2011
Thank you :3
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:iconraineve:
Raineve Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
You're Welcome! ^-^
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:iconwind-flower:
Wind-Flower Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2010
You really deserve a DD :clap:
I'm reallly impressed by your talent, such an painstaking work :wow::faint:
Love your patience :worship:
Keep going ;p
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:iconfelluna:
felluna Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2010  Hobbyist
Oh, the background is so dreamy! *__*
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:iconnelena:
nelena Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2010
Thank you ^__^
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:iconharrypotterfan110:
harrypotterfan110 Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2009  Hobbyist Artist
amazing
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:iconnelena:
nelena Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2009
Thank you ^___^
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:iconmikhal-strange:
Mikhal-Strange Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
OOOO I really like that- what medium?!!! How long did it take :dance:
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:iconnelena:
nelena Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2009
Thank you so much ^____^ I'm happy you like it :heart:

All important informations are in the description, but heres a Copy& paste ;P

Tools: Water colours and coloured pencils
Time Taken: Not sure... I spent weeks on it, but I was doing other stuff as well.
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:iconmikhal-strange:
Mikhal-Strange Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
ah- yeah I'm not much of a reader...but I write...if that makes sense lol.
Very nice I was suspecting it was coloured pencils but it was so full of shading and colour it took me a minute :clap: -are you a self learner or did you go to art school? -I'm considering getting training but I don't like the whole snobby business, art history and gallery exhibition part about it you know? ^^;
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:iconnelena:
nelena Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2009
I'm.. some kind of self-learner. I have a very very good friend who's looking over almost every piece of art, correcting anatomy and mistakes which really helps me improve my artwork. For the coloring part I watch other artists and try to import tricks into my own stile of drawing ^^
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:iconmikhal-strange:
Mikhal-Strange Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
wow nice! I have hope now lol!
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:iconaurenstar:
aurenstar Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2009
WOW! THIs is amazing! I'm going to have to say...female because of the hair and the eyes
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:iconnelena:
nelena Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2009
Yep, that's right ^__^ not especially the hair I guess, but I tried to make her look female at least a lil ^^
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:iconaurenstar:
aurenstar Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2009
okay :3 She really looks it X3
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:iconquantaphysical:
QuantaPhysical Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2009
Beautiful, simply. :)
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:iconnelena:
nelena Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2009
Thank you :heart:
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:iconbreanna93:
Breanna93 Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
This is amazing!
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:iconnelena:
nelena Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2009
Thank you so much ^__^
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:iconbreanna93:
Breanna93 Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
You're welcome! :)
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:iconchao9:
chao9 Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2009
Would this book be C. S. Lewis' "Out of the Silent Planet"?
If so, then well done.
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:iconnelena:
nelena Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2009
No, it was a simple animal book ^_^ The charakter is my own invented race.. I just used a civet and made it a lil bit less animal like ^^;
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:iconto-delicate-designs:
To-Delicate-Designs Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2009  Student Artisan Crafter
Sweet!
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:iconnelena:
nelena Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2009
Thanks ^.^
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:iconensoul:
ensoul Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2009  Professional General Artist
Nice design! The background looks really soft and blobby in comparison to the creature, though - having some sharp contrasts in the bg would really bring out the softness of the fur pattern. Some more definite lights and shadows would make the figure more three-dimensional, too.
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:iconnelena:
nelena Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2009
*nods* I'm still working on shading and stuff ^^ I know it is a very week spot and that I have to become more daring in using shadows and stuff ^^
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:iconantoniosaraviav:
antoniosaraviav Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2009
The conception is amazing, but there is something in the face that doesnt match with the rest of the draw. Maybe is to animal for the body, or for the scene. Just a coment, nothing else
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:iconnelena:
nelena Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2009
It was a goal I tried to reach to make it as animal-like as possible and still giving it some human features ^^
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:icontheonlydarklove:
TheOnlyDarklove Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2009
it's beautiful!
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:iconnelena:
nelena Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2009
Thank you ^^
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:icontheonlydarklove:
TheOnlyDarklove Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2009
ur welcome!
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:iconmy-mythical-world:
My-Mythical-World Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2009
What a neat drawing and creature, awesome work! Love the detailed fur as well.
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:iconnelena:
nelena Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2009
Thank you ^__^
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:iconmy-mythical-world:
My-Mythical-World Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2009
Youre welcome! :)
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:iconwhat-a-conundrum:
What-A-Conundrum Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2009
Lovely, just gorgeous. :D The little details are well made and easy to see, everything blends and nothing stands out too much. Simple, superb, beautiful~! In a nutshell. XD
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:iconnelena:
nelena Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2009
Thank you so much ^_^ I'm happy you like it :heart:
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:iconridnia:
Ridnia Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2009
Daily Deviation!
Amazing work!

Do you know how long it took to make?
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:iconnelena:
nelena Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2009
Thank you ^.^
uhm.. I'm not really sure how long it took... I spent weeks on it, but did other stuff in between ^^;
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:iconridnia:
Ridnia Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2009
Nice job c:
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:iconqzurr:
Qzurr Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
You did it very well ^^
I found this picture first in my dear friend Alector's favourites -> [link]
And I found you xD
I was so happy when I saw this picture. I hope you will draw in the future more great pictures like this.
You need more attention from the peoples because you deserved it and you have great ideas ^^

Never stop it! :heart:
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:iconnelena:
nelena Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2009
Thank you so much for your lovely comment and your kind words. And again thank you for suggesting this picture as a DD. It really left me speechless and made an awesome christmas gift :hug: I will try to give my best with future artwork... thank you so much :heart:
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