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Dance of the Four Nations by faerie-chan Dance of the Four Nations by faerie-chan
After about a week of work, I have finished it.

In my mind, a veritable masterpiece. Call it what you will, but I'm extremely happy with this piece, which is a very, very rare thing with my art these days.

A very, very long time ago, I found a video on Youtube done for the abandoned Fantasia 2008 project. It was a short animation done to the music of the sublime Lebo M., titled "One by One." (You can find it here: [link] )

Instantly, images of dancers and airbenders flying filled my mind, and I simply had to draw.
The result was less than I desired, and I filed it away, not wanting to post it at dA. That was in September.

Cut to about a week ago, when I happen to stumble upon the song once more. I decide to go at another attempt.

Several days and cumulative hours later, combined with lots and lots of Lebo M., Rodrigo y Gabriela, and Damien Rice, this is the result. :) And my, I'm finally proud of myself.

I'd have to say my favorite part about this whole piece, really, is the unintentional surprises that it presented to me when I was working on it. (Your advice worked, ~donella!) I just let my pencil go where it wanted, and it'd give me the funniest things.
For example, the arms of the dancers all move in a circle, and mirror the arms of the dancer directly across from her. It was quite wonderful when I discovered that had happened. xD

Once again, the Ultimate Inspiration Award goes to ~Isaia, whom I'm sure is thinking "Oh, gosh, there goes that girl again." Really, though, my thanks go to her. Her art was a great inspiration and reference for some parts of it. :D

I really hope you enjoy this piece as much as I enjoyed making it. =) Feel free to download it to see all the little details, though there will be a few mistakes here and there. xD; I did this entirely in markers, with very little fiddling from Photoshop in the middle. So do pardon me.

Again, thank you very much!
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zarimox Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
This is beautiful! Very well composed and the designs are gorgeous... I love it.
Redbayly Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2012  Student General Artist
Amazing picture. I think my fav is the Waterbender, she looks like a cross between Katara's mom and the blessed virgin.
Minuetsword Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2011  Student Digital Artist
Nice picture of the moment. Evrething is full of life! :)
Lizzy-Sakura Featured By Owner May 20, 2011  Student Digital Artist
amazing! gorgeous design! :D
orugosa Featured By Owner May 12, 2011
NightangelWorks Featured By Owner May 10, 2011
VERY Nice! I like the whole concept! Lovely!
creepella Featured By Owner May 10, 2011
The colors and the concept are really pretty and well executed. It's fantastic to look at.
NihonFreakMB Featured By Owner May 10, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Neat--you've got a nice elemental mandala there. I love the water and air patterns especially.
new-moongirl Featured By Owner May 10, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
it's beautiful :dygel:
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