Original Wallpaper: Mother and Daughter

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I have always regarded the relationship between a mother and a daughter very sacred.
I have always believed that our mothers role is the most important concerning our physical and mental development.
Have you ever thought of yourself being lucky for having a mother? I have. Especially now that she is not here.

Mariel: Mom will you read me a story please?
Mom: Sure sweety, which one do you want?
Mariel: Oh, great! I want the one with the fluffy cloud and the flying camelopardalis. I love this story!
Mom: Ok. Lets see. Hm, once upon a time in kingdom far away from here there was a kind little camelopardalis that wanted to fly.

Some kids never had and never will hear a story from their mothers mouth and receive that warm goodnight kiss.
This wallpaper is dedicated to all those kids.

Time: A week more or less
Tools: Mechanic pencil 0,5 and Adobe Photoshop CS3
Layers: 26
Wood Texture (for the table): http://hatch1921.deviantart.com/art/Wood-Grain-24243045
Shoes I liked and tried to draw: http://trufilla.deviantart.com/art/red-shoes-63677086
Hand Reference: My own hand (but now I do not have any nails. Bad habit of mine since I bite them XD)
Book: Quick vector. I am not good at vectoring, you know that XD
Brush for the pattern on little girls dress: http://ashyli.deviantart.com/art/Sakura-Tiru-31151629
Texture on the top: My stock used (if you want it just send me a note)
Picture on the book: My drawing 4 years ago for passing the exams in illustration with traditional media (colour pencils used). We had to create a picture based on a story or poem. I chose a book with funny poems written by Rena Rossi-Zairi (title: 321 counting with Rena)

Pictures that inspire me to draw the little girl like thumbellina and the whole scene:
Illustration by Rovira F. : http://img86.imageshack.us/img86/8499/thumbelina1tu3.jpg
Illustration by Lisbeth Zwerger: http://img90.imageshack.us/img90/2530/thumbellina2pv4.jpg
Illustration by an unknown Russian painter: http://img90.imageshack.us/img90/5553/thumbellina3ph9.jpg
Illustration by Ada and Svetlin: http://img90.imageshack.us/img90/603/thumbellina4el4.jpg
I would like to say that I have more than 50 illustrations of thumbellina as it was one of the fairytales I had to evaluate on one of my essays at the University, so you could say that I have been influenced by lots of different characters and moods. I only present you those that I liked the most. I hope you like them too.

Ps 1. I would love to receive a stricked critique on this piece since I see the flaws myself but as I always say, I will not change the elements (certain characters or objects that mean something to me) that you do not like, but I will surely change everything else. Thank you all in advance.
Ps 2. I think that you must have forgotten me after being absent for more than 2 months. I am sorry.
Ps 3. Dedicated to Svetlin Vassilev, maybe the best Bulgarian Illustrator who i happen to have once watched draw and tried to follow his technique in details. My wallpaper is somehow a recreation of his own illustrations for the thumbellina storybook, so this piece is a gift for him.


Chosen by Chloe and MapleRose

The bond between a mother and a daughter is certainly very special, and this wonderful work of art communicates that idea in a very unique way. It brings back memories of when my mom used to read me fairytales ^__^

From the illustration in the storybook (which looks like it could be from a real children's book, I wonder what the story is about...), to those tiny red shoes, to the thumbellina-like girl, to the waterdrops on the leaves in the corner, every detail of every element is neatly created with care; and together, they create a magical and enchanting yet familiar and warm atmosphere. Amazing work mouritsa!

Proposed by Chloe and highlighted by MapleRose.

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  1. PastorOfMuppets Dec 12, 2007

    splendid work once more.
    And so fast.

  2. Chloe Retired Moderator Dec 12, 2007

    Such awesome detail! Love the colors and the idea is really neat. I think my favorite part of the wall is the bowl with the flowers. Very nicely done =D

  3. annakee Dec 12, 2007

    nyaa! that history is for me!
    gracias :3

  4. Angi Retired Moderator Dec 12, 2007

    such and excellent work, i love the book illustration

  5. fireflywishes Retired Moderator Dec 13, 2007

    Amazing... this is really a stunning piece of work. Love the detail work in the storybook. :) The only thing that I can see that looks a little off is the little girl. I think that the arm on the right should be moved over a tad more to the right because as it is now it makes her body look scrunched.

    But overall, wonderful job on the colors and shading... and love the concept of mothers and daughters. Definitely a fav from me! :D

  6. MapleRose Retired Moderator Dec 13, 2007

    Ah I remember my mom used to read me fairytales as bedtime stories, and I still do love fairytales ^__^

    Amazing work! I love all the details you've put in, like those red shoes, and the flowers in the corner (lily of the valley? I kinda associate those with my mom since they bloom in May, and mother's day and my mom's birthday are also in May) I love the way you've painted everything as well, it's so soft. :)

    I also love the illustration in the book, looks so professional :) (though it does look a bit odd that both pages have the same illustration)

  7. k1ru Dec 13, 2007

    yesh, it get highlighted xD and you have to teach me how to paint xD or make such a cuuuteee picture on that storybook xP

  8. Hanahanoiday Dec 13, 2007

    Ou yeah!
    I have not words, so that i may comment,because this wallpaper is totally perfect!
    I love original and artistic wallpapers!Really this wallie is the best!I like it so much!

  9. norine07 Dec 14, 2007

    wonderful work!~ your painting skill are wonderful! XD

  10. CosmoStar Dec 15, 2007

    A subtle sweetness is present allover the piece! It's amazing and so charming. It's also very touching!
    My mother and I have a very close relationship and it makes me think about how dear it's to me!
    Congrats! True art is about this: evoking feelings on the viewers! ;)

  11. rythem Dec 16, 2007

    this is so amazing and sweet looking . your painting skills are definitely top notch and I enjoy the illustrations . the small shoes are really cute too ! lovely work <3

  12. iorimayor Dec 18, 2007

    At least for me, flawless. Congrats, because of the image...and the text at the beginning was beautiful, it really made me feel lucky for still having my mom. Thanks. Congrats.

  13. ArtificialRaindrop Dec 21, 2007

    I thought that looked like Thumbelina from the thumbnail! (that's almost a tongue-twister!). The painting is beautifully done, you have a great style. This made me pretty nostalgic because my mother used to read me fairytales and other stories when I was little (I still love them! ;) ). It's a beautiful piece.

  14. Dark-Origins Dec 22, 2007

    Great wallpaper! I love the scene that you created. Also I'm thinking about the deep feeling that you used in making this wallpaper.
    It looks very sweet, and really shows the affection between mother and daughter.
    Great work with the painting and vectoring, i specially loved the images of the book, it's very well made and well imaged, but everything else looks really beautiful too i really love it!
    Congrats! This is a wonderful wallpaper! :)

  15. Piccolobear Dec 25, 2007

    Wow. I was working on a wall with a similar concept but all my motivations been sucked away because you've done such an incredibly good job on this. ^_^'
    I love the camelopardalis...i? [hmm, how do you write that in plural? O_O] Great work :D

  16. seval Jan 03, 2008

    Wow! :o Wonderful! The artwork is perfect! Congratulations :D

  17. Alcyndore Nov 17, 2008

    I love fairytales...Not only Thumbelina...but many many others and I also collect pictures like that...I am a fan of H.C. Andersen, the Grimm Brothers & Perrault. I also like Alice in Wonderland and The Wizard of Oz, Peter Pan...I'm the eternal child. So you can imagine how I feel about this wonderful image. After reading its presentation I felt even more warmth towards it...And I felt sadness for the little children who cannot hear a fairytale from their mother's mouth. Your work is great because it awaks emotion in the viewer's heart and that is the purpose of art. I'm sorry but I cannot look at it objectively...I already love it.

  18. albino1234 Feb 04, 2009

    The quality is great and there are no defects seen in the character edges as you zoom it.

  19. Swordlily003 Feb 22, 2009

    Thumbelina is one of my favorite fairy tales and this picture is a perfect portrayal of it. ^-^

  20. NataLORD May 29, 2009

    This is great!

  21. wizardsky Dec 03, 2009

    this wallpaper is very interesting...

  22. Sakura-Rabbit07 Dec 05, 2009

    So charming!
    you did a great job^^

  23. Camila-chan Jan 29, 2010

    nyaaa is so original arigatooooooo =)

  24. Elvy Apr 14, 2010

    I love it!
    Thanks for sharing! ;*****

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