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Whew, so I finally found time to finish off another piece for my personal project! (And by "found time" I mean I chose not to sleep tonight)

Here's the little story I wrote to go along with the illustration:

"Relax, Rahntah," assured Aija. "The stories about the ghosts of White Forest are just legends." Aija placed her hand on Rahntah's neck and smiled. "And besides," she continued, "even ghosts should know better than to mess with us."

Aija was always accused of being overconfident, though she felt her confidence was well deserved. She was, after all, one of the most skilled quest seekers in the land, having successfully retrieved more priceless relics than anyone in her city. But it was also true that her impulsive nature had landed her in more sticky situations than anyone would care to count. Nevertheless, she was right. The ghost stories were made up by protective mothers to keep their children from wandering through the White Forest. Her cautious companion was not convinced that there was no danger, however. Rahntah sniffed the air, slowly glancing from tree to tree as if danger itself were a tangible object that could be seen and smelled. Even if it wasn’t a ghost, there was definitely something lurking in the trees. “Okay, boy, I get it,” whispered Aija as she reached for her dagger. Though she herself did not see or hear anything out of the ordinary, she had learned to trust her companion’s instincts.

It was perhaps this dynamic that made Aija and Rahnta such a successful team. Aija's overconfidence and enthusiasm afforded her the bravery to pursue treasures that most other quest seekers would never dream of trying to obtain, while Rahnta's acute instincts guided Aija whenever her confidence was misplaced. It would also seem that Rahntah was the only living creature that would willingly travel with a girl who craved danger as much as she did.

“What a bother,” sighed Aija as she scanned the trees carefully. “And here I thought we would make it all the way home without someone trying to steal what we just worked so hard to find.”
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:iconkienerii:
kienerii Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2014  Hobbyist
Love your drawings, it's really amaizing
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:iconalvinhew:
AlvinHew Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you! =)
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Maeix2 Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2012  Professional Writer
Gorgeous - really like the light you've out in this, makes it feel very athmostpheric :aww:
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:iconalvinhew:
AlvinHew Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you! Really glad you like it!
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FrankCP Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2012
Very stunning. the light is so warm and soft, and it creates an excellent atmosphere.
The characters and the forest came out really good.
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:iconalvinhew:
AlvinHew Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
I'm glad you like it, thank you!
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JessicaRaeGordon Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
oh yes, I love this! The nearly monotone colour scheme is great. Lots of wonderful details.
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:iconalvinhew:
AlvinHew Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Yay, thanks Jessica! Really glad you like it!
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Laggtastic Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2012  Professional General Artist
Wow..talking about skills with details and mood in an artpiece :wow:
I can't say very much, I'm kinda speechless^^XD
But it looks realy, realy good:D:D
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:iconalvinhew:
AlvinHew Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Hey, thanks so much!
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:iconlaggtastic:
Laggtastic Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2012  Professional General Artist
Your most welcome:D
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:iconpoor-fellow:
Poor-fellow Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2012
!!!!!!!!!!!!

WHAT HAPPENS NEXT?!?!?!?
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:iconalvinhew:
AlvinHew Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Hahaha! I was hoping I'd be able to make the reader want more. I do plan to reveal the rest of the story one day...
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:iconenoa79:
Enoa79 Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2012
Beautiful work. Very well done.
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:iconalvinhew:
AlvinHew Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks, Miriam!
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:iconenoa79:
Enoa79 Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2012
You're welcome.
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dacadaca Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2012  Student Digital Artist
I just love colors and the detail you've put into this! Amazing! Keep up the good work! :heart:
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:iconalvinhew:
AlvinHew Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
I'm really glad you like it, thank you for stopping by!
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dacadaca Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2012  Student Digital Artist
My pleasure! :heart:
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:iconnisamerica:
nisamerica Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2012  Student Digital Artist
I faved this because of the story ;)
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:iconalvinhew:
AlvinHew Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Cool =)
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:iconnisamerica:
nisamerica Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2012  Student Digital Artist
I didn't say "only", right? Your artwork's great too! :D
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:iconalvinhew:
AlvinHew Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Aw, thank you! :w00t:
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nisamerica Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2012  Student Digital Artist
You're very welcome
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AestheticRift Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I love the atmosphere you created. Getting a sneak peak at this earlier was a real treat too. As always, I love the metal work. I could touch that stuff. =]
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:iconalvinhew:
AlvinHew Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Yay, thanks so much Truckah!!
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Cosmic0ne Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Come, family, let us all bask in this painting's warm glowing warming glow.
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:iconalvinhew:
AlvinHew Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Hooray for warm glowing warming glowiness!
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:iconcanadianxeno:
canadianxeno Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2012
Look out a DRACULA!
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:iconalvinhew:
AlvinHew Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
He's gonna kill your da da!
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Marcotonio-desu Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2012
OH WOW, behind you, Aija!
Great colors, I'm specially fond of the manually painted grass and flowers. Always interesting to put some action AFTER the adventures, I don't like such things as "they got the treasure and then THE END". 8D
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:iconalvinhew:
AlvinHew Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Hahaha, yes! Thanks for the comment. =)
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RealTimeBrush Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2012
Absolutely beautiful piece of artwork with a very soft form and wonderful colours, the story to accompany it too is a great addition its always nice to get a background and setting with a picture of this quality.
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:iconalvinhew:
AlvinHew Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
It's always a pleasure to receive such kind comments, thank you. I'm also glad people are enjoying the little stories, too.
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rebel28 Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2012  Student Digital Artist
The story is awesome, I was really starting to get into it.

And the artwork, is REALLY cool.
I love the shading, and the general artwork.

One little thing that caught my eye is the correctly coloured shadow under Rahntah.
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:iconalvinhew:
AlvinHew Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you! Speaking of things that may have caught your eye, were you able to spot the third character in the painting?
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:iconrebel28:
rebel28 Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2012  Student Digital Artist
OH SNAP. No, wow, that's brilliant subtlety.
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:iconrebel28:
rebel28 Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2012  Student Digital Artist
I think that Aija sort of keeps the viewers attention. ;)
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:iconalvinhew:
AlvinHew Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Hahahaha!
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EmanuellaKozas Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2012   Digital Artist
Beautiful. And I love the little story you wrote about it as well.
I am mesmerized by the sunlight behind them, you did a really nice job on the lighting and the forest and the grass.... *drools* Oops.
Keep up the awesome work!
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:iconalvinhew:
AlvinHew Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Yay, thank you so much!
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