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Romeo's Elysium by pallanoph Romeo's Elysium by pallanoph
Ahem. *coughs* First, I must apologize for all of the people I need to get back to, and that I still have to address my notes. I'll get to them at some point.

Second, I must apologize to *kalmanen for the amount of time it took for me to complete this piece. Did I mention how slowly I work? :ashamed: (There's no excuse for it, so I must get better at working more efficiently!) She commissioned this piece to commemorate her sister's beloved Irish wolfhound, Romeo, and wanted me to include a pallanoph reincarnation of him. So I have to say I'm quite honored to have my own creations included in such a tribute. Might I also say how much I adore Irish wolfhounds? Such amazing animals! :heart: The two spirits manifest are here, frolicking in a sort of Elysium, an eternally sunlit meadow. :)

That aside, this piece was something I really wanted to get just right, especially given the challenge I provided myself with: I'd never encountered such difficulty painting a light colored animal before! *gasp* The background was easily the most relaxing part. :D

So, I really hope this looks alright to you, *kalmanen. Thank you so very much for your patience... you should have thrown so many bricks, because I totally deserved it! :giggle:

Golden brand acrylics and watercolor on Arches hot press 140 lb watercolor paper, 14" x 17" (35.5 x 43 cm) I have no idea how many hours this took, so I'm afraid I can't furnish you with an answer. Will "forever" suffice? :lol:

Comments, critiques, etc. are welcome.

Art and pallanoph species April Schumacher. Please do not utilize in any way, shape or form. (Sorry for the watermark. I'm in the process of creating a newer, simpler one.)
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Given 2013-10-21
Romeo's Elysium by *pallanoph shows a beautiful range of skills which this artists gallery certainly isn't lacking. ( Featured by Astralseed )
:iconwlfmoon-arizona:
wlfmoon-arizona Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2014  Professional
what an awesome tribute! it came out spectacular! I, too, love Irish Wolfhounds.
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:iconfeldrand:
feldrand Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
beautiful... :D
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:iconfireheart2firestar:
Fireheart2Firestar Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
words can not describe this amazing picture
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:iconbunnyboo1312:
Bunnyboo1312 Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2013
Guys spread the word, the senate is trying to pass cispa again! we cant let this happen
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:iconbear48:
bear48 Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2013  Professional
nice job
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:iconthegalleryofeve:
TheGalleryOfEve Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Congratulations on your well-deserved DD!!! :iconflyingheartsplz::iconlainloveplz::iconflyingheartsplz: :clap::clap::clap:
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kalmanen Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2013
Oh wow, a DD on this. Makes me even more happy and glad I ordered this piece from you :heart: I feel like his memory is now honoured even more and having the original even more special :)

Congratulations April, I'm so so so happy other have recognized the beauty of this piece as much as I did the day I saw it for the first time :tighthug:
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pallanoph Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
It is rather nice, isn't it? :) Even if people only get to know him through a painting, it's still something! :aww: :hug:
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Poetic-Mystery Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
BEAUTIFUL ♥
Pikachu :la: :iconpikachulovesitplz:
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xRubyCayx Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This is beautiful! Congratz!
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AquaGalaxy Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2013
congratulations on your DD!
the fur detail is beautiful *U*
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fudgsicles Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist

this is absolutely gorgeous!!

the fur is really nice i want to pet both of them *u*

also this whole picture seems 'refreshing', idk but i really like a lot of white in drawings with forests because it makes me think of spring in canada

i love it

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pallanoph Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Heh, I do have a bit of a ridiculous tendency to leave a lot of white in my paintings. Old habit. Glad you like it, though, much appreciated! :)
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MemoriesOfSorrow Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2013
Wow  fabulous :clap:
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BahamutDeusModus Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2013  Professional General Artist
I loooove how you painted the wolfhound and your own species, the pallanoph; the lighting and shadowing on the hair is so well done! :love: And the background is done well too! I could learn a thing or several from your background :D
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pallanoph Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
As far as backgrounds go, I too have some learning to do. Though I do find backgrounds are much more fun to paint than they are to draw. I need to do more of them. And thank you! :)
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BahamutDeusModus Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2013  Professional General Artist
I suppose everyone can always learn more, no matter what the subject. =) I know what you mean, I've never really done backgrounds with much liking until I started painting them out. And you're welcome! :love:
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:iconredmayer:
RedMayer Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
<3 Amazing art!
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Lordofthememes Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2013
beautiful
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:iconriftress:
Riftress Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
This is so peaceful and the sense of love and happiness between the two is so obvious. Beautiful! :clap:
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Crickatoo Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2013  Student Digital Artist
AHAHA Another DD for you, April! I was literally JUST thinking about this, like "huh, it's been a while since April got at DD" Hope the attention it brings doesn't bogg you down :) :heart:
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pallanoph Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
I didn't expect to get another one at all, in all honesty: I had three within the span of the first year and a half, so it was quite a while since the last one in... 2010? :XD: 

It has worked as a little bit of a pick-me-up after the rough week I'd had, though: we had to euthanize one of the cats we were fostering due to suspected FIP. We'd only known the little guy for a month and we were heartbroken. I hope to put a little tribute to him up on my tumblr and get a painting done to memorialize him.

(Ack, I hope I didn't give you the sads! But in case I did... :hug: That's for everything. :aww: )
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Crickatoo Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Oh no! So sorry to hear about your kitty :( Losing an animal is so tough no matter how long they've been around. 
And no worries, you didn't give me the sads XD I just feel bad that you had to experience that :< 
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pallanoph Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
I had so much cry time on Sunday/Monday that I think it's mostly out of my system by now. Still miss the hell out of him, though... The little guy will get a proper tribute at some point in the (hopefully) near future! :hug:
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Angelic1994Demon Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
This is amazing. me and my boyfriend both love irish wolf hounds.
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Narkya Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Congrats pallanoph!

*now to find out a way to watch your tumblr without having one*
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:iconpallanoph:
pallanoph Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks, dear! :hug: (As far as tumblr is concerned, I hope I haven't encouraged anyone to get one after all of this... :giggle: It's insanity over there!)
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Dead6Emo66 Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2013
Beautiful congrats and amazing work :3
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Lost-N-Beauty Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2013
congrats on your DD... you really deserved it. Your work is great. I love this painting.
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:iconmousse95:
Mousse95 Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
gorgeousHeart 
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DisturbedDragon2000 Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2013  Student General Artist
Cool
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AmandaDrage Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2013
Congrats on the DD April!! Masterful work in the fur layering, as always!
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:iconpallanoph:
pallanoph Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks, Amanda! It ranks right up there in the "lengthy painting" department. :giggle: Messy fur is best fur!
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AmandaDrage Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2013
A pain in the ass to paint... but the labour is so worth it!
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robson666 Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2013  Hobbyist
Congratulations to the well deserved Daily Deviation  Clap
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:iconlintu47:
lintu47 Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
    Congrats on the DD! :dalove: Have a nice day! :heart:
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mizzmint Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Congratulations on having your piece featured as one of today's Daily Deviations! :heart:
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:iconkirschenwasser:
Kirschenwasser Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Congratulations to the well deserved DD! :dance: :lol:
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:iconvalkeus:
Valkeus Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Gorgeous fur on both animals! I can believe it was a challenge to paint, but the whole thing looks so perfect - the background too!

This is my first time seeing a pallanoph, and this picture sells me on them. Both look so real and joyful.
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AshleyInspirations Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
so pretty
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:iconittybittytower:
ittybittytower Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2013
splendid!
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:iconren-ail:
Ren-ail Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Bravo!
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StarlaBlackSwampFox Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2013
This is absolutly fantastic
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:iconcriminalspirit:
CriminalSpirit Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
So adorable! The details in the coats are stunning! The colors are beautiful are always! :nod: Love how similar these two are! ;)
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BlueOctopus37 Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2011
This is absolutely incredible. I may have dropped my jaw! Your art is amazing!! :)
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:iconarcticicewolf:
ArcticIceWolf Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Love Irish Wolfhounds!
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marob0501 Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
I've featured you in my journal [link]
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:iconwhisperinghearts:
whisperinghearts Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2011  Student Traditional Artist
I really like this one, particularly for the colors you've put in the whites.
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L3K1 Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2011
That is amazing! Your art work never ceases to amaze me, the attention to detail is wonderful once again great job!
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Tobyana Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2011
Oh cute. Love the style on this, but I have to say the thing I like the most is the mixture of realism and fantasy so beautifully combined, between the gorgeous dog aaaand.... whatever is behind it x.x *headdesk* I appologize for not knowing what the critter is, I generally look at the pretty pretty drawings and don't pay much attention to text.
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