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dance of the fireflies. by sugarmints dance of the fireflies. by sugarmints
Inspired by Tsuneaki Hiramatsu's beautiful photographs of botaru fireflies. :)

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wow this is an amazing piece! i love the techniques you have used and the concept is pretty interesting. some suggestions i have it to try to use a different perspective, make the closer objects more crisp, add more branches and texture to the nearby trees, and to add more "randomness" to the flora. overall, this is an amazing picture and i love how you made it feel as if the girl was swallowed by nature.

k e e p _ u p _ t h e _ g o o d _ w o r k _ m i s s _ < 3
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In this picture I see a forest that isn't dead, but is dormant. It's like a curse was placed upon this forest so that there would be pink mist over it; which mist would be constant. This mist doesn't allow the sunlight to penetrate. The mist also keeps this forest in obscurity; the forest is forgotten, hardly anyone knows about it anymore. It is here also that all ecological functions and dynamics have all but stopped, vegetation and wildlife is minimal.

But that white figured girl, to me, represents hope and light. The forest is very happy to receive her; even the fireflies are jittery and hopeful. It's like she is there to awaken the forest, undo the mist, and restore that place to a more lively, vibrant, and lush state.

The yellow of the fireflies accents the dark blue slumber colors of the trees. Your shading technique for the mist was very good. You could have made this forest look a lot more depressing, but I feel that you held back. That was good. The girl in the center could have been bigger. But I think you wanted to add emphasis to the degree of dormancy. The blending and contrasting of all colors was done very nicely.

This is a picture of when your life is in a slump. Nothing motivates you, your a little depressed, and nothing ever really changes. But then when this one person comes into the picture, everything changes. This is a picture of when everything is about to change because of this one person.

It's a really nice picture to look at, that's very easy on the eyes. Beautiful Work!
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mb2408 Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2015  New Deviant
Hey can i share this image on my instagram's profile???? It's incredible!!!!
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sugarmints Featured By Owner Edited Aug 12, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Sure, I'd just appreciate a credit back to my instagram @ sugarmints :) 
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MakoDragonQueen Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2015
nyaaaaa this is wonderful <3
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yessica1301 Featured By Owner May 10, 2015  Hobbyist Artist
Waohh :I Love it....Love It.....LOVE IT!
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Im-Stuck-In-A-Well Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2015  Student Interface Designer
You have so much awesome art! Thank you for inspiring me!
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AlexanderPaupoff Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2014
Hello,
This was featured in ArtistleFeatures Vol. XIV at Artistle
Thank you for sharing your wonderful work :tea:
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sugarmints Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Awesome thank you! :) 
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Werehorse89 Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Absolutely stunning! *.*
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sugarmints Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you very much! 
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Werehorse89 Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
You are very welcome! :hug:
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Jeffyuan Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2014
Good looking!!!!
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sugarmints Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
thank you! 
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SakuraFaery Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
I absolutely love your use of color
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KuchikixRukia Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2014  Student Artisan Crafter
ooh i love your work and LOL your avatar is adorable. no face ftw Neko Emoji-37 (Yay) [V2] 
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sugarmints Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you <3 He's my fav from Spirited Away! 
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KuchikixRukia Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2014  Student Artisan Crafter
haha this is too cute *Free Icon* Pusheen 
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LiChiba Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2014  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
amazing ;u;
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sugarmints Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you! <3 
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LiChiba Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2014  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
you're welcome ^^
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Rizathepenguin Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2014  Student General Artist
Oh wow! Your art is simply amazing! the colours and gentle light, and the way everything seems to sparkle... the atmosphere you create is beautiful!!
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sugarmints Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you so much! 
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Rainiila Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
ammmaaazzzziiinnngggg i love the bokeh effect of those fireflies! 
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sugarmints Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you! :)
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maumastoks Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2014
damn... you should make them in higher resolution... then people could use your images for desktop wallpapers
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sugarmints Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
It's available now in my description.  :) I made them small so I could feature it in my main profile haha. 
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MorikoW Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Oh wow! It's perfect :o
The atmosphere is amazing. I am starting to finish up my book and this couldn't be amazing for my cover. Is it alright if I pm you about it if ti's finishend?
I would never use it without permission of course! 
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angelliyesmadirector Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
Pretty as ever. :heart:
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sugarmints Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you! :heart: 
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BrandiArthtic Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2014  Student Writer
Oh my gosh STOP BEING SUCH A GOOD ARTIST! It's making me want to buy your whole gallery and I'm poor T^T
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sugarmints Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Ahh you're too kind <3 ;_;
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BrandiArthtic Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2014  Student Writer
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It's the truth though!
Just keep doing what you're doing!
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tsukimiin Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
it's so beautiful ‧⁺◟( ᵒ̴̶̷̥́ ·̫ ᵒ̴̶̷̣̥̀ )
i don't even like any kind of bugs but i wanna be there O:
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sugarmints Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you! ^^ Same here, I generally don't like bugs of any kind except butterflies and fireflies xD 
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tsukimiin Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
you are very welcome ^_^
oh, i forgot butterflies! I like butterflies, thinking about it, i also like dragonflies, bumblebees, bees and ladybugs x) because those look sweet or just leave you alone xD not like wasps >: ( so i guess, i do like some bugs :D and i have actually never seen fireflies o: but i always associate forests with all kind of bugs xD
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AnimeDragon910 Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
this look amazing :D
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sugarmints Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you! 
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AnimeDragon910 Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
you're welcome :)
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HisBride07 Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I wouldn't change anything. It's amazing and beautiful. :) Nice!
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sugarmints Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you! 
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xHelloBeautifulx Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2014
Holy, exquisitely magnificent! This Forest Landscape is stunning and The Fireflies look incredible! The spirit character, plant life, shadows, glow, atmosphere, textures, movement, hues, moonlight, flow, concept, composition, uniqueness, lighting, colors, style, and other details are also wonderful! Amazingly beautiful work! :iconfantasticplz:
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sugarmints Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you so so much! <3 
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PurpleMochi7 Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
When I first saw this I thought it was a bit blurry or something, after looking at those pictures, I think it's perfect! You nailed it >3<
I can see why you were inspired by them, such cool images.
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sugarmints Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you! Yeah those photographs are stunning, it's amazing how he captured those! 
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PurpleMochi7 Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Welcome! and I agree o3o
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Mistywishs Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2014
I don't even now how to describe this drawing. It has the feel of serenity to it.
Nieman I can't stop staring at the picture...
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sugarmints Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Ah thank you very much!
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WhatHappensToABook Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2014
This, this is beautiful. I love the emotion of the picture. It's so... mystical~
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sugarmints Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you! :heart: 
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AmyNChan Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
wow!!!  this is so pretty!!! *^_^*
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sugarmints Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you ^^ 
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