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Elvish by Saimain Elvish by Saimain
An art-nouveau-ish commission for the lovely ~Reine-Haru, who wanted to be a forest elf. Based on the gorgeous reference she sent me here: [link] (she practically is an elf already!)

This took far longer than I anticipated for many reasons, one of them being how time-consuming and hand-murdering celtic knotwork is! Now I remember why I haven't done knotwork in years... x_X;; The pattern is inspired from designs in this book: [link] - which is a lifesaver for planning and marking out your grid prior to drawing. Saves a lot of eraser-time when you know your knots will line up at the end! Despite all the work, I quite enjoyed this piece, and am very pleased with the turnout. I love to draw side-profiles, and especially elegant elvish ones. ^__^

Prints are available here: [link]

Mechanical 0.5 pencil, around 30 hours.
Artwork ©me - Do Not Use!
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:iconzeppar:
Zeppar Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2018  Student Traditional Artist
Amazing illustration and line work ❤❤
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iltfdp Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2017  Professional Traditional Artist
Wow, really cool.
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duttychai Featured By Owner Edited Sep 17, 2017
Beautiful in pencil...did you do an inking or color version?
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:iconsaimain:
Saimain Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2017  Professional General Artist
I made an inked version as a coloring page for my upcoming fantasy coloring book. :)
Art of Meadowhaven Coloring Page: Elvish by Saimain
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Graupe Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2017
Wow, this is absolutely beautiful!
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:iconiltfdp:
iltfdp Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2017  Professional Traditional Artist
Very nice
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:iconrazrielcg:
Razrielcg Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2017  Student General Artist
Nice work!
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Dantis87 Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2017
Cool!
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:iconno-solution:
No-Solution Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2017  Hobbyist
Awesome
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PurpleAkatsuki Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2017  Hobbyist Artist
She looks gorgeous but same time she has that sadness in her eyes..Nice work :)
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MariaEnzianiaKober Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2017   General Artist
This is beautiful - and I can well imagine how much work those knots are. I had a time when I was drawing them more often, and they need extraordinary more time than what they look like...
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whimandwonder Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
The intricacy of the knotwork is amazing! I can very much imagine how hand-murdering it must be.
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:iconpeppysloth:
Peppysloth Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2017  Student Traditional Artist
impressive ! 
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virtuosorach Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2017
Cc c
MsaaA
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:iconkarnage1997:
Karnage1997 Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2017  Student Artist
beautiful
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germanea Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Like it very much!!!!Elegant!
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AdvanceRun Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Still taking commissions ? 
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:iconsaimain:
Saimain Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2016  Professional General Artist
No, I'm sorry.  Thanks for your interest, though!  :)
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Azhdaya Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
I love your work, especially your elves. You are an incredibly talented and hard working artist and I respect your work. Well done on this one. She is lovely!

Keep up the good work!
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CreativelyTwisted Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
This is incredibly stunning!!!! I love the intricacy of the details but the simplicity of the peice as a whole. Beautiful.
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:icontaliren:
Taliren Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Simply beautiful. I love the celtic influences, and how elegant the elf-girl is. Amazing.
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TalaGray Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2015
Wow...just wow...
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:iconpandaonda:
PandaOnDA Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2014
too much awesomeness come from this piece
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:iconarwynrie:
ArwynRie Featured By Owner May 24, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
Absurdly awesome!
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:iconjenninn:
jenninn Featured By Owner May 3, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
This is just too good. :heart: :love:
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:iconkidv1cious:
kidV1cious Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
Phenomenal work, i am impressed and inspired ;)
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Arvaarad-Atia Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Absolutely wonderful!
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JawaEater Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Beautiful! Screams Mucha.
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:iconvoblin:
Voblin Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Gorgeous work. I'm impressed.
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YulianEruannoNoldor Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2013  Professional Artisan Crafter
well done :)
I like this art nouveau inspired elven style :)
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:iconpowercomic:
poWercomic Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Amazing!
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:iconleandrosans:
LeandroSans Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2013  Professional General Artist
Wonderful!!!
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:iconcolingreen:
ColinGreen Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2013   Digital Artist
cute, though, and long-eared girl
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MermaliorX Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2013
cool
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theheek Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
very nice work
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HerbologyApprentice Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Wow, this is really amazing! It very beautiful work :)
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El-Barbudo96 Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This is remarkable work, really nice! I'm a big Art Nouveau fan and you've really captured the feel of it. I've also downloaded some of Reine Harus stuff for some of my own drawings, it's real quality stock!
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canpassion Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2012
:clap: J'adore... :love: :heart:
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dianaseserman Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
Such finess..
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Ye-Min Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
beautiful! i really like that fluffy bird:D
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HijaDeLosEspinos Featured By Owner May 14, 2012  Professional General Artist
O0O!!!!

I love it!!!!
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Stephanchrist Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2012
Omg I love this design I am a huge elvish fan and I want a tatoo like this for so long and the knots are an awesome addon, thanks for the inspiration xxx
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Swordofsolace Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2012
Your line work is so clean and attractive. Beautiful work.
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matt----harris Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2012
Love it
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:iconandreth:
Andreth Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Hi, I included this piece of yours in a feature of my favourite artists on DA in my journal :) [link]
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:iconsaimain:
Saimain Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2012  Professional General Artist
Thank you so much! I'm honored. :)
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:iconandreth:
Andreth Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
You are welcome. You deserve it :)
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:iconolvium:
Olvium Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Your beautiful artwork is featured here - [link] . Well done! :clap:
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:iconsaimain:
Saimain Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2012  Professional General Artist
Thank you! :) That's very sweet of you.
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CaptainEarl Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2011
i really love this!!!!!!
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