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Moontide by In-The-Distance Moontide by In-The-Distance
Commission for :iconbek-piratehorse: of her character Moontide.

Such a lovely but sad character; Moontide can walk on water when the moon is out, but he is also colourblind and cannot appreciate the beauty of the world around him, or his own beauty.

Size: 21.0cm x 29.7cm (8.3" x 11.7")
Done with: Watercolours and coloured pencils (plus a touch of white pen and white acrylic).

Character reference: [link]
Photo reference used: [link]
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:iconlolliangel123:
Lolliangel123 Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2014   Traditional Artist
This is so beautiful ^^ You are a true artist!!!
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:iconin-the-distance:
In-The-Distance Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
thanks so much! this is one of my personal favourites :D 
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QueenLucySusan Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2013
Whoa!
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:iconin-the-distance:
In-The-Distance Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
thanks ^^
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:iconlucidkitsune:
LucidKitsune Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2013   Traditional Artist
Ohmygoodness. The colors of this painting are gorgeous! I love the background--looks like a starry nebula! 
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:iconin-the-distance:
In-The-Distance Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you!! I personally love how this turned out :D
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:iconlucidkitsune:
LucidKitsune Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2013   Traditional Artist
As you should! ^^
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:iconlavanda53:
lavanda53 Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
:īD, is very beautiful
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:iconin-the-distance:
In-The-Distance Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
thanks! this is one of my personal favourites :D
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:iconaurielis:
Aurielis Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I really love the ripples in the water! They look so real! Such a gorgeous piece! And I agree, so sad that Moontide is colorblind!
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:iconin-the-distance:
In-The-Distance Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
thank you!
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:iconaurielis:
Aurielis Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
You're welcome!
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:icontealer:
Tealer Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This is just...woww. inspiring. All the shadows, tones, lights, colors... its all just right. I could say how well the horse anatomy is or how stunning the background is, but I just love every bit of it so can't say much else but stunning work :+fav:
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:iconsarah-vafidis:
Sarah-Vafidis Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
This is gorgeous :heart:
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:iconin-the-distance:
In-The-Distance Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
thank you :)
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:iconmooing-duckerberry:
mooing-duckerberry Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Very nice! I was very confused at the thumbnail... I thought he was walking through the water, and I couldn't figure out how you got an extra joint in there.
Description explains all!! :worship:
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:iconin-the-distance:
In-The-Distance Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
ah yes, the sky and the horizon blend in a bit, especially from a distance >.< ah well i'm glad you made sense of it in the end
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:icona-falcon-velazquez:
A-Falcon-Velazquez Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2012
He just sees beauty in a different way, beauty has several shapes. Great work!
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:iconin-the-distance:
In-The-Distance Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
thank you :hug:
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:iconcreyk:
creyk Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Oh, I love purple horses!:iconomgsocuteplz: It's almost as amazing as Lady Gaga's horse:nod: I ike how you made the background, very nice watercolors^^
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:iconin-the-distance:
In-The-Distance Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
haha thank you ^^
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:iconenoa79:
Enoa79 Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2012
Beautiful work. Very well done.
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:iconin-the-distance:
In-The-Distance Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
thanks :)
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:iconenoa79:
Enoa79 Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2012
You're welcome.
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:iconblaquelire:
Blaquelire Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Damn this is great o-o..!
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:iconin-the-distance:
In-The-Distance Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
thank you!
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:iconblaquelire:
Blaquelire Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
You're welcome :3!
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:iconponycool42:
PonyCool42 Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2012  Student Digital Artist
Wow, this is an amazing piece! I love the way you've done the sky and the water, and how they perfectly complement the stunning horse. :D I love the serene mood of the piece. Keep up the good work!!
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:iconin-the-distance:
In-The-Distance Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
thanks a lot :D
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evryrosehasitsthorns Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
This is so amazingly beautiful! One of the best picture's I've seen you draw! The splashes and ripples, the little pink flowers and reflections, the fantastical sky which looks like like peering into a nebula, the beautiful background story, and - as always - your stunning realism of the horse. It is going into my favorites without the slightest bit of thought necessary. Amazing.
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:iconin-the-distance:
In-The-Distance Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you! Wow you really think so; one of my best?? Thank you so much :hug: you're always so supportive!!
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evryrosehasitsthorns Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Even if it isn't as technically masterful as some of your others (which I think it must still be up there), then it's still so visually stunning. There's something just so awe-inspiring about the picture. Also, your horses are always so majestic, but perhaps this one hits a little deeper because of the background story (so, thanks in part to your commissioner.) The solemn expression of the horse, it's gallant and precise trotting over the pristine and delicate water with the very subtle, gentle ripples, the glowing moon in a surreal sky that manages to be both chaotic and sedate... Everything on its own is good, but when you put them all together, they become simply great.
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:iconin-the-distance:
In-The-Distance Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
wow, I dunno how to reply to that, but I really appreciate it :heart: thank you so much. I give credit to the commissioner for inspiring me to create such a piece, because you're right in that a background story can add a lot of value to a picture.
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evryrosehasitsthorns Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
You're very welcome. =]
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:iconbarobei:
barobei Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2012
oh my...wonderful!
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:iconin-the-distance:
In-The-Distance Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
thank you!
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WolfFlame12 Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2012
You always produce stunning art <3
I just LOVE the realism. I mean, its so gorgeous.
The way the reflection is cast, the pose, the perspective. The realistic look intertwined with the mystical look. <3 :love: You really must tell me some of your hints! xD
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:iconin-the-distance:
In-The-Distance Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you so much! I keep meaning to make a tutorial oneday, but it's hard when I change how I do things nearly every time XD If I had to give a hint though, I'd say that the more closely you can follow a photo reference, the more realistic it can turn out. This is why i have so much more trouble with creatures like dragons and demons, because I have no photos I can refer to! (And well I guess I've also had a lot more practise with horses than with other creatures lol).
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:iconwolfflame12:
WolfFlame12 Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2012
Haha Well then I need to get to photo lookin'! c:
Haha XD Dragons are hard also because the fictional anatomy is always hard to define XD
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snuffy-art Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2012
Wow,this is really beautiful! Nice done! :clap:
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:iconin-the-distance:
In-The-Distance Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
thank you! :aww:
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:iconsnuffy-art:
snuffy-art Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2012
Your welcome! ^.^
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:iconserpentscorch:
SerpentScorch Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
My god, this is breathtaking...amazing work!!
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:iconin-the-distance:
In-The-Distance Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
thank you :hug:
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SerpentScorch Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
You're welcome! :D
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:iconsunlit-kris:
Sunlit-Kris Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Gorgeous colours!! Beautiful story too and I love how you incorporated it in to the picture. The ripples of the water are just magical. You're getting so, so good with water colours and mixing mediums! Beautiful :)
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:iconin-the-distance:
In-The-Distance Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you! I had a lot of fun with the watercolours in the sky; I even stole the salt and used some of that lol.
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Sunlit-Kris Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Salt?? My you are resourceful! Hehe.
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:iconin-the-distance:
In-The-Distance Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
unfortunately i had no alcohol i could use :P
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ArtofBekSutton Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
OH MY GOSH, That is so beautiful...I can't believe how amazing it looks...I am just blow away by it, lost for words...Just spectacular, your skill with water colours is amazing O.o I think you have captured the feel of his character perfectly...i just honestly don't know what to say, it is just that good that i could go on all day taking about it :D And I just LOVE the background...
Thank you so much, I am so pleased with is and I cannot wait to see it in person :)
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