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Heart of the Forest by Saimain Heart of the Forest by Saimain
You know when you get an image in mind that just won't leave you alone until you paint it? This is one of those. I haven't painted Faeren with so many blue butterflies since my 2006 "Transcendence" painting:… Inspiration is still riding high, and I hope to get at least one new piece finished every week!

I don't think this painting needs much more explanation than the title, but you can learn more about Faeren and "The Wars of Avenan" storyline here:…

Faeren is ©Adele Lorienne; Website - TUMBLR

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TaiusQuinn Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2016  Professional Digital Artist
I love this piece so much. The details, the color palette, the composition, it's all coming together to make something I can't seem to take my eyes off of. Even if this is an older piece of work, it's absolutely gorgeous.
LupaWolf12 Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2015  New Deviant Hobbyist Digital Artist
I cannot describe how amazing this is.
NoFaceKnitter Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2015  Professional General Artist
I love this. Beautiful color and shading
PeaTree-Creations Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2015  Hobbyist Photographer
Incredible concept! Exceptional work!
potoperson Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2014
This is so beautiful. It just says so much. Not only in the poeticism of the forest literally being inside of his heart but the eyes. There's just something so poignant and reaching about them. Wonderful!
brechdaslicht Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
One of the most beautiful drawings I've seen. I love that despite the beauty of the forest and the butterflies (and his face Blush Emote ) you can see the sadness in his eyes. Really Sad 
ReniColi Featured By Owner May 14, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
So surreal! I love his expression, its very soulful. You've inspired me today :3
Someone-Else79 Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2014
Stunning work !!!
Silvers-crow Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
That is really amazing, an awesome concept.  Must Love :heart:
LunaFeles Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2014   Photographer
wow.. so amazing
DX17 Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Very nice :XD:...I wish I can do some thing like this :)
raffyrtm123 Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2013
great work

kingfisherfire Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Wow. Just wow. It feels as though I could get lost in that forest...
profutur1971 Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2013  Professional General Artist
belle image! beau travail ! félicitations !
VinoKiss Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2013
It's incredibly beautiful!
Reptangle Featured By Owner May 24, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
wow. Now I shall fawn over your art! OMG it is incredible!!
The-Rasmus-Raven Featured By Owner May 1, 2013   General Artist
Beautiful ^^
destinykitty Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
beautiful job with his face
TigerDragon1001 Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Absolutely beautiful.
AnnieMsson Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Yikes! The details and the bold colors are mind-blowing! Just amazing! :+fav:
GenuineCelestial Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2013
love this. fav :)
rumour96 Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2013
wonderful image!
Thalana Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2013
Magnificent ! I am lost for words !!!! :+fav: :+favlove:
AkaHaru Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist

is it you who imagines all about this story and characters?? :D
I don't read it yet but your pictures are so attractive, you know!
I think about The Lord of the Ring (I'm a fan but I like the univers :star:) when I saw your site

You have a great technical and for me you're a master of the pen
I'm going keep a eye on you and your work :p
Saimain Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2013  Professional General Artist
Thank you! Yes, you can learn more about my characters, their worlds and storylines in the "Wars of Avenan" and "Not All Kings Wear Gold" sections of my website: [link] :)
AkaHaru Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Ah! your website, I know it 'cause I found your work from there
in my free time, I'll read you :)
DewyPetals Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
I just found out that Faren is a boy. I didn't see that coming...
Kaleidoscopic-Nymph Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
This is just lovely...!! I'm struck by awe.
EBENEWOOD Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2012   General Artist
What a sumptuous composition!....:clap::sun::heart:
BlackWhiteAngelCat13 Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
Wow this AMAZING, keep up the great art work, it looks beautiful.
Sinistershadow11 Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2012
GASPGASPGASPGASPGASP THIS IS SOOOO COOL! Excitement. I give you so much credit for creating this concept: the movement and the expression and the lighting on the face and the everything else and the sweet highlights in cool places... you win. :D Seriously, you did an amazing job and there is no criticism I could possibly say.
LadyMiu Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2012  Student General Artist
I saw this, watch the details and at the end the face. I touched my heart, a tear almost appeared XD.
Gorgeous work, splendid.
Ssiem Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
As soon as I saw this, I knew I just had to add it to my favourites! The emotion, the colors, the whole concept, it's absolutely gorgeous!
Aerorwen Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2012  Student Digital Artist
Oh my god... SO pretty... I love the butterflies and the nature running through the veins of his hands... And the hair. And oh my god the eyes!! Beautiful, beautiful work. The colors are SO amazing.
sophiasitai Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2012  Student Digital Artist
that is beautiful!!!!!!! i hope to be like you but i am still learning :(
i am so amazed i can't....... yeah cool
Rollercola Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2012   Traditional Artist
xPolyplusUttyx Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
oops i click request for print by mistake >.< im sorry
Zarcher Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
OMG! This is just amazing and spectacular in every sense! And to have a story behind it too, that makes it even more interesting! I love the colours and idea!
MyDoodle Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Lady-Mint Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2012  Professional
honeycat007 Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2012  Student General Artist
you're pictures are freaking amazing! are these from a book or something? LOVE LOVE LOVE IT!!
Saimain Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2012  Professional General Artist
Yes, you can learn all about my characters and their worlds and storylines on my website, if you are interested: [link] :)
honeycat007 Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2012  Student General Artist
Oh, wow, that's pretty awesome!
saskartgirl Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Intensely beautiful, can't stop taking it in...!
Yuuza Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
this is so cool! :love: it's amazing!!
laugh1forever Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2012
This is Beautiful.
johnfboslet2001 Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
so emotional and love the blues!!!!!!!!!!!!
Tobyana Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2012
Oh my gosh O.O I will have to get a print of this when I have money again x.x I LOVE how his face is lit in this, and the use of the butterflies to draw the focus up to his face is beautiful.
brokenangel87 Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
This is incredible, I love your paintings especially your illustrations from the wars of Avenan.
soylent-hobbes Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2012
that's a beautiful concept. I also love the contrast between Faeren's hair and the butterflies.
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