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Twilight Chill by KatieHofgard Twilight Chill by KatieHofgard
Holiday card commission for ~Sonartoo, of the wonderfully cute bat, Sonar! I think I got pretty carried away with the colors on this one.

I did a series of WIP shots for this piece, and have uploaded them with explanations of my process if anyone is interested in seeing it: [link]
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moonwolf88 Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
So perfect I can almost feel the snow
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androneos Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2012
AMAZING !!!!!!!!!!!!
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Koumori-Jin Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2010
I love casual wear and a bat is my fav animal, so this naturally appeals to me!
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crAzyyyDragon2010 Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Amazing!
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Ko0nafish Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
It's SO hard to believe this is traditional :faint:
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dragonririko Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Beautiful work! I love the coloring and the falling snow is a nice touch. :love:

Thanks for posting WIP shots of this work!
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Rico-dawg Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I think i love you xD Damn, i'm appreciating great art more and more recently because i'm looking at it in more detail.

I have an idea of how you might've done it, but how did you do the steam like that with markers?

The highlights on the fur, on the shoulders, i'm guessing you just used a lighter brown or a white and used small angular strokes.

Sorry for being so inquisitive, i'm just trying to improve my traditional skills ^^;
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Wintie Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2010
Ahh! this is AMAZING. amazing I know that word is so damn overused on deviant art but this really is fantastic. I love everything about it. you draw bats so well! I can't believe I wasn't watching you before! I love how you can see the colours of the atmosphere surrounding the character on the character, in the shading. for a lot of people that's really tough to pull off. can't say this enough it is really spectacular.

I wish i could fav this more than once!
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Isohukka Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2010
I absolutely love this!! :thumbsup:
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KittMouri Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2010
I love the background and effects in this piece! The color is also so lovely! :heart:
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awsmdragonqueen Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2010
Awesome drawing, I really love the unique-ness of a bat character paired with your drawing skills. I love the snow, and the expression, and the whole scene altogether. very beautiful :heart:
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Manjaro-Wolf Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2010  Student General Artist
this is so beautiful :D i love it!
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johanssen5 Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2010
cool-y cute, uh, cute-ly cool
any ways it's awesome!!
hard to believe that you used markers.
what paper did you use?
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KatieHofgard Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
I used Strathmore brand smooth bristol. =)
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johanssen5 Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2010
wow that's expensive
sounds fancy too! ;D
your art style... self thought or you learned it from somewhere/one else?
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KatieHofgard Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
It's not really expensive at all, but definitely more pricey than printer paper. =)

I did go to and graduate from an art school, and have a BFA with a focus in illustration. As for STYLE, that's not really something that can be taught. Style it more like what your art looks like as a result of being made by your individual hand. Hope that makes sense. XD
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talpimado Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
cute =^_^= :3
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ScurvySimon Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
Lovely picture! I love the character's facial expression here, especially with the angle of the head. Nice steam and snow effects too. =)
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KatieHofgard Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks so much! I love drawing upturned heads for some reason, it looks so interesting and it's fun to practice =3
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DiamondDustTaxidermy Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2009  Professional Artisan Crafter
Beautifully colored, wow.
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KMoongangSR Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2009  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Wonderful work - Its not often you find such graceful anthro bats illustrated!
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MorbiusMonster Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2009
I have looked back at this so many times and still always love it as much as the first time I saw it. I don't quite know why (the comment I put on it's tutorial aside).
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Dragongryph Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2009
I really like the sky in the background, it reminds me of reality *dreams away*
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FiftyForty Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2009   Filmographer
I really like how this turned out.
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Arya-DragonQueen Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2009
Featured here
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imaeko Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Wow, very impressed with this! Thanks very much for posting your step by step WIP shots - I can really appreciate how much effort and skill went into this! Its a lovely piece, amazing job on creating a dusky atmosphere! :heart: :+fav:
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MorbiusMonster Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2009
I look at this and it reminds of this track on FreePlay music called Snowflakes in the Air. Is Sonar a male or female? I can't quite tell...
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ElfWolfProductions Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2009
i just listened to the song and i agree. nice call. thankies ^.^
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KatieHofgard Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
Sonar is female. =)
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:iconvalvador:
Valvador Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I love this one :heart:
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:iconankehell:
Ankehell Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2009
This is such a stunning pice, I always admired your coloring skills and pose. :heart:
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:iconthepyf:
ThePyf Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2009  Student Traditional Artist
Beautiful! :aww:
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:iconwertigerwolf:
Wertigerwolf Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2009
wow great job this are very cute ^^
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Draikar Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2009  Student Traditional Artist
This is a beautiful piece. I love the details. You did a good job making the fur look real, and the expression is great. Great colors too.
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:iconhmmurdock:
HMMurdock Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2009
Very nice and I like the setting. Also...hot chocolate sounds good now. xP
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wolfish Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2009  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Wow after seeing the WIP shots, the soft blue highlighting really adds to the whole effect for an evening shot. ^.^ I'll be keeping that in mind next time I shade. :) <3
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NightTattooWolf Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2009  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Very peaceful and beautiful. It so makes you think of Christmas :)
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DaMoonlightInMyVeins Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2009
Omg xD
toothbrush idea? = WIN
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ESUTERURE2006 Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2009
Tight!, I love it, is he a vampire bat?
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KatieHofgard Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
I dunno, I think she's more like a leaf-nosed bat? I based it more off leaf-nosed rather than vampire. =3
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ESUTERURE2006 Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2009
Oh okay sorry.
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KatieHofgard Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
no big deal! =) No need to say sorry. =D
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ESUTERURE2006 Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2009
Alright.
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ElfWolfProductions Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2009
i am a leaf nose fruit bat. No vampire. ^.^ though i do have a vampire bat character
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:iconesuterure2006:
ESUTERURE2006 Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2009
I'm so sorry I got it wrong(cries)
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:iconelfwolfproductions:
ElfWolfProductions Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2009
it's cool. the two species look similar. so it is cool
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ShadowCheetah Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2009
This is beautiful. Love the colours and contrasts!

Was really, really cool getting to see how you put everything together.
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Blue-Paper Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2009
:noes: its excellent! you work magic with your markers XD .....lol magic markers.....
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catspaceseven Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2009
I love the effect of the snow, and everything looks so crisp! The textures and shading are really nice.
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:iconelfwolfproductions:
ElfWolfProductions Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2009
omg this is better than i could have asked for. thank you so much ^.^
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