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The Aquarian by KatieHofgard The Aquarian by KatieHofgard
Many people associate the sign of Aquarius with water, seeing as it's derived from the word "aqua". However, Aquarius is dominantly an air sign, and means "water bearer". Being an Aquarian myself, I can't help but revisit the concept again after making this piece back in 2005. I also can't help myself with these chunky swirly designs. XD

This piece will be for sale in the Further Confusion 2009 art show in San Jose!

Done in markers, colored pencil, acrylic and vine charcoal
9" 10" bristol board

Copyright to Katie Hofgard
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:iconkodoskodoom:
kodoskodoom Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I love this :3
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juliabubik Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
fantastic, amazing, great....
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:iconkodaflame:
kodaflame Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2013
very nice. really like it :)
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:iconloxome:
Loxome Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2013  Student General Artist
I thought that looked traditional!
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platonicCRUSH Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
TRADITIONAL?!? oh my god....wow...i mean...i mean this is just amazing....
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WolfGuardian117 Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2012  Student Digital Artist
omg that is cool he got wings! :)
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:iconrussell-blade:
Russell-Blade Featured By Owner May 23, 2011
thats epic
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:iconbooyah11:
booyah11 Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2010
awesome!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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:iconmarinas:
Marinas Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I'm a Cancer, so my element is water, and I love how you depicted it here. A lot of people say that black and blue don't go together, but I tend to like the combination; the contrast of rough darkness and smooth, calm blue. Very nice!!
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wisahkecahk Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
much respect there fellow aquarian!i love how you place your colors in interesting ways!
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:iconkatiehofgard:
KatieHofgard Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you very much. Yay for Aquarians!
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:iconwisahkecahk:
wisahkecahk Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
ha ha!i agree!
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greenleo94 Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2009  Hobbyist Writer
im a leo, myself. what kind of markers/colored pencil do you prefer? im looking to buy some more art supplies, but want to get away from crayola stuff. lol.
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KatieHofgard Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
I use prismacolor markers and colored pencils. Crayola markers are really shitty actually, so I'd stay away from them. Prismas are pretty accessible and easy to use, but expensive.
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Wedgie-Fox Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2009
I'm not an aquarious but i still love this piece :). The attention to detail is just brilliant.
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wherewolfe Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2009
this is sweet. everything on this is done well. the lighting is great, the anatomy is great, the face is great, and you color choice is great. nice. instant favorite. :)
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unluckyfellow Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2009  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
your works are really awesome!,... I`ll check out your entire gallery later... and I`ll add you to my watch!
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MilkyKittyCookie Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2009
Oh yes, I remember this one from way back when. It was probably one of the first I saw. Very pretty and a fine job!
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Nalan-TheMuse Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2009  Student Writer
Ah. I'm a Tauren, so my element is Earth. :hmm: But it doesn't really suit me.

Was wondering; what do you do to make the water look so....real? I can never do liquids.
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KatieHofgard Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
Well, I looked up some photos of what water looks like in midair, and just used what I observed to make my own! It's very "mirrory" and high contrast looking.
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tryppx Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2009
Wow <3
I'm awestruck by the wings! Beautiful work!!
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:iconthunderfox5:
thunderfox5 Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2009
How beautiful! I really love the tones here, it's so perfect! Great work on the expression as well :D
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ScurvySimon Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
Wow, nice picture! Great job with the character's pose and the colouring. I particularly like the blue parts and how they complement the water being manipulated in his hands.
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wingwolf-WinGD Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2009
The wings looks great.
And I love the water very much.
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nyanko-dono Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2009  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I'm always amazed at how soft you make the fur on your drawings look.

I would have to say your fur and feathers are very unique to your art. Is your coloring technique something you taught yourself?

Another lovely piece :3
I still have the commission I got from you- it's up on my wall :D
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KatieHofgard Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks so much! ^__^ Sorry for my late reply, I do appreciate your comment... I did teach myself this technique, though I think lots of other artists use it.
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Kielena Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2009
Love the Black and Blue color scheme. And the wings actually look like they belong! (Some try to add wings and they FAIL.) And, as always, excelent job with the texture.
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Manjaro-Wolf Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2009  Student General Artist
THis is Very Amazing :D Fantastic work :D
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:iconinugami-chan:
inugami-chan Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2009
Great work, so many details!
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:iconmrs-l:
Mrs-L Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2009
he's a water bender!! O:
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Tangyfur Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2009
Hey I’m an Aquarius too :)
My mom who loves and is fascinated by Astronomy doesn't like when people say that Aquarius is a water sign, but is actually a wind sign. I love when people actually see that :D

I do adore this picture so much! Awesome anatomy and emotion on this piece very beautiful in deeded! I love how the water has a blue reflection on the fur, making a blue tint, amazing detail there!! ^^
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Xx-Kellyn-xX Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2009  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I love the water, very well done.
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:iconwandering-wolves:
Wandering-wolves Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2009  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I'm Aquarius too!It DOES seem like those under Aquarius are compelled to do art...:plotting:
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:iconlonehowler:
lonehowler Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
I love his face it looks young, I get the feeling of pre-teenager.
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moonspirit-twilight Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2009  Student General Artist
wow, you update so fast.o_0 my deviation box almost always has something of yours in it!
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Kigerwolf Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2009
omg! i love the colors and fur textures :D
and how on earth do you color water to look so incredible?! :3
it looks so awesome and real :wow:
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8braghtworst8 Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2009
Cool!

That's like the exact same black and blue look used for Lysander.
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:iconskeletina:
Skeletina Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2009   Traditional Artist
Glorious glowies! :excited: I do like this one a lot. :D Good job showing the form! :w00t:
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:icontamiveldura:
tamiveldura Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Nice portrayal of water and air :)
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SonicHomeboy Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
He seems very friendly. :)
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:iconsiriuslylostwerewolf:
Man I admire your art so much! I wish I was as talented at creating textures and having appropriate lighting as you are. Your art always looks so clean, I get wrapped up in every one of your pieces. You are probably the only artist I watch whose work I stare at for a very long time just taking in all the detail. XD
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SapphirexKitsune Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2009
I'm virgo. *annoyed sigh* As you all know what that means, and how it's ALWAYS represented...
Can't remember what element virgo is though...was it water? *shrugs*
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:iconk9battlecry:
K9battlecry Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2009  Student General Artist
Yeh!! Go Aquarians!! *is an aquarian too*
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:iconxx-rin:
xx-rin Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2009   Digital Artist
The details and pose are just wonderfully done :) I love the flow of the water as well.
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:iconriakai:
Riakai Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2009
This is great! You should do one of a Capricorn, so I can plusfav it. ;] Or maybe something mroe fiery and warm. Great peice, thoguh, the blob of swirly water looks spiffy.
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ArticWolfSpirit Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2009   Traditional Artist
cool. this is gorgeous. i love the pose and i love the water. and nice design on this character. LOVE IT!!!
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Guardiandevil67 Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2009
yay aquarians!!! i love it! such a great look on its face!
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:iconjourneywithin:
JourneyWithin Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2009  Student General Artist
I really do love the great anatomy ^^.

I am an Aquarius but my birthstone is like.. purple?
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KatieHofgard Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
The aquarius birthstone is Amethyst, which you can actually purchase for relatively little! I have a lot of amethyst stuff because it's my birthstone. =3
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JourneyWithin Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2009  Student General Artist
Ahh sweet, When I went to the Canadian side of Niagara Falls I bought a wolf howling and it was on a rock of Amethyst, it lays by my bed to this day :3
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