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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.
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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.
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Minuetsword Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2011  Student Digital Artist
Nice picture of the moment. Evrething is full of life! :)
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Lizzy-Sakura Featured By Owner May 20, 2011  Student Digital Artist
amazing! gorgeous design! :D
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orugosa Featured By Owner May 12, 2011
WOW!! REALLY COOL <333
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NightangelWorks Featured By Owner May 10, 2011
VERY Nice! I like the whole concept! Lovely!
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creepella Featured By Owner May 10, 2011
The colors and the concept are really pretty and well executed. It's fantastic to look at.
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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.
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new-moongirl Featured By Owner May 10, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
it's beautiful :dygel:
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