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The Harp's Study by KatieHofgard The Harp's Study by KatieHofgard
The Harp relaxes in her private study with a favorite book and a pot of tea, accompanied by her companion dove, Hadi. The Harp is mostly blind, but she can get around well enough on her own in familiar places. She can read with the aid of a magnifying glass, which is one of favorite activities to give her voice a rest and be away from others for a while. Hadi is one of her constant companions, he is her guide when she needs it. Hadi flies ahead holding highly visible red ribbons in his feet, so that The Harp can see and knows where to go. If they needed to get home from very far away without help, Hadi’s navigation skills as a dove would be valuable.

See work in progress shot on my tumblr!
WIP set 1 - [link]
WIP set 2 - [link]

24 hours in Photoshop with an Intuos 3 tablet
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:iconthepinkpoudo:
ThePinkPoudo Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2014  Professional Artisan Crafter
I like how you incorporated the feathers into the fur. It just makes it that much more believable :3
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ccmotorz Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2014
How did you come up with the names "Hadi" and "the Harp"? Very interesting. 
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Oreochema Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
This is the picture that convinced me to watch you! (This and the one before it, with the Harp and her Shadow.) I also followed you on Tumblr. I love to follow artists because you guys inspire me so much! ^^
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VWolfdog Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2013  Student General Artist
Neat concept and characters; I love the design for The Harp, it's a very interesting cross of species.
(Besides, how cute is a guide bird?Heart ) 
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Soul-Cake Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
I have to admit, The Harp is my favorite of your characters :heart: Love the story and culture you've created :)
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:iconkatiehofgard:
KatieHofgard Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Aw, thank you! I want to draw and paint more of her someday. :3
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Soul-Cake Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
Definitely! Hope to see more of her someday! Albinos are just :heart:
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:iconoreloki:
Oreloki Featured By Owner May 16, 2013  Student General Artist
Oh, the lighting of this is lovely!
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:iconarcadunato:
arcadunato Featured By Owner May 15, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
i must ask, will you let me use this as a story book reference in my book?
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:iconkatiehofgard:
KatieHofgard Featured By Owner May 15, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
No, you may not. This is my personal story I I do not want anyone using it.
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:iconarcadunato:
arcadunato Featured By Owner May 16, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
legitimate. btw, im only 17!
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:iconkatiehofgard:
KatieHofgard Featured By Owner May 16, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Unfortunately age doesn't really have anything to do with it. Even if you were my age or 20 years my senior, I would still not want you using my own images, stories, and characters! It's MOST fun to make up your own, and not have to rely on what other people create. =)
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arcadunato Featured By Owner May 16, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
ok. but i would have just enjoyed for one of them to be a deverak.
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SingapuraStudio Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2013  Professional General Artist
So beautiful and well done! I love your style!
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:iconkatiehofgard:
KatieHofgard Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you!
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SingapuraStudio Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2013  Professional General Artist
You're welcome! :)
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PanHesekielShiroi Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
This one will probably be one of my all time favourites since I absolutely love the colour scheme and the lighting. :)
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:iconkatiehofgard:
KatieHofgard Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you so very much!
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Drxx Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
i love the story behind the picture and the detail in it XD
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:iconkatiehofgard:
KatieHofgard Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you so much!
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SisySkai Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2013
Its Amazing! I absolutely LOVE your anthro!
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:iconkatiehofgard:
KatieHofgard Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you!
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grotemeidkit Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2013
love it!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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:iconkatiehofgard:
KatieHofgard Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks!
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:iconesmerra:
Esmerra Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2013   Traditional Artist
Your style of works is amazing :) The table, cup of tea, this cute creature with a magnifier, lights, climate of drawing... Great work! :)
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HansHubert Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2013
incredible!
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:iconlilicorn:
lilicorn Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Your everything is beautiful. *w*
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:iconroxalew:
Roxalew Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2013  Student General Artist
Absolutely wonderful detail in this piece :D:D:D seriously some fabulous work here :iconclapplz:
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:iconkatiehofgard:
KatieHofgard Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Aw, thank you! =)
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Roxalew Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2013  Student General Artist
vbhhjdf Your welcome <3
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flameheart10 Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2013
This is amazing, creative, and so cool! :iconiloveyouplz:
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Lovenature100 Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2013  Student General Artist
So lovely, I just can stare at it forever. Amazing job c:
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KatieHofgard Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Aw, why thank you!
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VaultRunner Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
verry pretty dude
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:iconkatiehofgard:
KatieHofgard Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks!
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VaultRunner Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
no problem dude
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Rozzi-dk Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2012
Lovely ;D
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Biorave Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2012  Professional General Artist
The is a wonderful image. I love how you displayed different textures, from her fur, to the chair, table, and drapes.
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DieNoob Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2012  Student Digital Artist
:omg:
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EBE246 Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2012
This harp character is so cuuuuuute. ^_^ Of course when he;s not looking serious and focused. :P
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gudruna Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2012
this is amazing
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sparkpaw Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Just curious- can The Harp fly well at all, if she's mostly blind? Or does Hadi do the ribbon thing for that too? Must be odd, and slightly lonely, being mostly- but not completely blind. o3o
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KatieHofgard Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
The Harp has many friends and is almost always with her primary guard, her "Shadow", and Hadi. So it's really not all the lonely! ^^ The ribbon guide that I described is for short controlled glides, which she can do with ease. For how little she can see, full flight is just not recommended. Like how people with her vision problem probably could guide a rolling car down a straight wide road with guidance, but they can't drive.
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sparkpaw Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Ahh, I see. Well thank you so much. :3 I love when artist's put so much story into their characters- it's better when they mention it in the comments. xD I can really feel her in the painting, and Hadi, and it's lovely work, I must say. <33
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KatieHofgard Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Aw, thank you! =)
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orhinoku Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2012
amasing detail!
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:iconveinne:
veinne Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
I love this; the lighting is gorgeous and the expressions so life-like. :heart:
Your art is amazing!
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Mangatellers Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Wow! This looks really epic. I like the pose of the Harp and the cool expression on the eyes. Well done! :D
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KRETTLLI Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2012
:O amazing!
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CorusTenebrae Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
deamn, great work!
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