This is my contest entry for Saimain's contest. Wish me luck. I do not particularly expect to win though. I entered because I simply loved the theme. And because Faeren is spoiled and demanded a painting :P ... It is strange how - after a while of painting - these characters seem to be brought to life in my mind.
Besides that, though, this is also a gift for her, a thank you piece. Reasons for that are mentioned in my latest journal: http://shiaine.deviantart.com/journal/14752489/
There is a long story behind this piece and lots of symbolism, but I won't tell it all here, unless you ask about it.
Part of it is the forest gripping Faeren's hand, anyway. I wanted it to mean, that the forest desperately needs the silene, to keep itself sane... and that it is frightened that Faeren will leave.
I think that this is somewhere at the beginning of their relationship - Faeren is not really that treelike at this point, besides some moss and his feet, while the forest holds his hand and his cloak, because it does not know if Faeren will stay in the end.
Can you spot all the animals? Butterflies, a lirewen (that purplish bird), a weasel, snake, mouse...
Wee I am proud of this. This is a huge step forward, in my opinion. I have never even come CLOSE to the amount of detail in this digital painting, nor have I ever worked on something for such a long time - without being bored or losing patience. There are only a few things in here which I do not like at all (them being the two dark trees in the background, and the lighting).
Time: 50+ hours, I did not keep track in the end. RIP my hand. It died somewhere along the way.
Faeren and the Forest are © to Adele Lorienne
Her website: http://www.meadowhaven.net
The painting is © to me. Do not touch this in any way without mine and Adele's written permission.
WIPs can be viewed on my second DA account: http://anyassa.deviantart.com
... oh and did you know I am exactly of Faeren-height? ^___^