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Faithless Flora by temiel Faithless Flora by temiel
As per a request from *Skioppy, who saw a really crappy, messy sketch of this and asked my why I'd never posted it. WELL, it was really just because when I drew it I didn't think anyone would care because it was just a sketch, and it really hadn't even occurred to me to post. SO, here we are! all finished and colored.

This really isn't any particular person, just a Xelosian I drew for general reference of how their clothing looks. Xelosians are essentially a type of elf, except that they've grown into a symbiotic relationship with the plant life on their homeworld, Xelosia. As such, traditional Xelosian couture is similar in shape to Imperial-style clothing, but made largely or sometimes entirely of integrated plant matter. For the record, Harper, the Xelosian crew member on Rian's ship, doesn't normally wear this kind of thing.

Title is borrowed from the lyrics of a folk song called "The Lily of the West". I was listening to a different version of it while I worked on this, but this is a really good one too: [link]

PS, with textures from `Princess-of-Shadows, =cloaks and ~ewark, and brushes by ~arsgrafik.
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DragoRoku Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2011
She's beautiful! What kind of plant is she suppose to be based off of?
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temiel Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2011  Professional General Artist
Thanks so much! In response to the question: any? All? Some that never existed? :giggle: I honestly wasn't thinking about it all that hard, I kind of have these... stock images of "plant life" in my head that may or may not correspond to actual existing plants. I still need to reference when I'm aiming to draw a real, specific type of plant, so the Xelosians in general end up being a mishmash of... I guess fantastical plant life? :XD: Either way, I'm very glad you like it, whether it turned out realistic or not. ;)
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Lienwyn Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
This is one of my favourites out of the pictures you've drawn... I don't know why but it has to be all the green and plants ^_^

I love the swirlyness of the plants and the colour splashes from the flowers.
It's really pretty ^_^
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ering Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Beautiful beautiful work sweety ! I am a fan !
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temiel Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2010  Professional General Artist
Oh, thank you so much! I'm really pleased to hear that. :hug: And thanks for the group add, too!
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Cola82 Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
This is really eye catching. D:
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temiel Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2010  Professional General Artist
Aff, thank you. :heart: I'm so glad it is, it felt like I spent ages on the color. :XD:
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HopelessBeliever Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2010  Hobbyist
Beautiful, you've really outdone yourself!
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temiel Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2010  Professional General Artist
Aw, thanks so much! :heart: I'm STILL proud of this one. :meow: Glad you like it!
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HopelessBeliever Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2010  Hobbyist
You've really grown as an artist a lot in past few years.
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:icontemiel:
temiel Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2010  Professional General Artist
Man, TELL me about it. :XD: I strongly maintain that finally getting out of art school was one of the best things to happen to my artwork. :rofl:
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HopelessBeliever Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2010  Hobbyist
Hahaha, unbelievable!
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Achen089 Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2010   Traditional Artist
Very interesting and beautiful character.I like the fact her facial structure is slightly different that your usual characters',it makes her more alien.In a beautiful way. :D I'm also very fond of her outfit,very creative and it looks quite regal too.
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temiel Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2010  Professional General Artist
Aff, thank you SO much. :heart: I try to give the Xelosians a bit of a weird facial structure... then again, my people's facial structure already tends to be a bit on the weird side. ;) Glad you like the outfit! MAN was it a pain to color and shade, but I think it was worth it. :D
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Achen089 Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2010   Traditional Artist
Oh,it certainly was! :iconisayplz: :D
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Lil-Mz Featured By Owner May 9, 2010
Beautiful detail work! I have featured this piece in my journal [link] Have a great week!
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temiel Featured By Owner May 9, 2010  Professional General Artist
Thanks so much! :heart: That's a beautiful feature, I'm honored. :hug:
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Lil-Mz Featured By Owner May 9, 2010
It is my pleasure! :hug:
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Arofexdracona Featured By Owner May 7, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
*o* wow the details on this dress are fabulous. It shows how much work you put into this !
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temiel Featured By Owner May 7, 2010  Professional General Artist
Thanks so much! :heart: I'm really glad you like it, my hand was about ready to fall off by the end. :rofl: Still pleased with how it came out, though. :D
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Arofexdracona Featured By Owner May 7, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
You are very welcome. lol I hate it when my hands get so tired form working on a piece, but in the end they look killer awesome.
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catgirlhawaii Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2010
cool!
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temiel Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2010  Professional General Artist
...And thanks again! :hug: Glad you think so.
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White-Mantis Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2010  Student General Artist
Oh my god she is beautiful @_@ I've always loved treefolk! And I love this race of yours!


Her clothes are amazingly well drawn @_@ nice touch to made her dress look like petals! And I love that you make her hair made of vines and not actual hair!

You made an awesome job with manual texture here, the dress REALLY looks like petals, I almost can touch it o.0
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temiel Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2010  Professional General Artist
Aw, thanks so much!! :heart::heart: I'm really glad you like the clothes. I did a LOT of extra work on the textures and such this time around since I definitely wanted to make it look like a solid thing. The vine hair looks kind of nice in the end product, but let me tell you it was SUCH a pain to color!! :XD: Give me good old-fashioned regular hair any day! :rofl:
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ultema Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2010
Very neat dress, but I especially love how dignified and bird boned her face looks! :D
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temiel Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2010  Professional General Artist
Oh, thanks so much! :heart: I'm glad you like her face, it's a bit pointy and severe really. All my people have little sharp birdlike faces, I've definitely got a type. :XD:
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ECVcm Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2010  Professional Writer
Beautiful dress I like very very much colors
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temiel Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2010  Professional General Artist
Thanks so much! The colors here were tricky since I'm not used to using so much green, but I was pleased with it. :3 I'm glad you like it!
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sanxian Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
This is a beautiful design! I once tried to draw something like this, but I failed epically. Therefore, I envy and admire you who had the patience and skill to finish this!

Outfits based on plants usually end up looking messy, but yours looks clean and quite elegant, melikes <3
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temiel Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2010  Professional General Artist
Oh wow, thanks so much! :love: This was REALLY hard, for the record, and the sketch for this certainly looked messy. Digital color has a way of making everything look clean. I don't even know what possessed me to put so much damn detail in there, clearly I hate myself! :faint: I'm really glad you like it though, thanks a lot! :hug:
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ppgrainbow Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Flora's dress looks awesome! The posing, anatomy and green skin all came out good on her. I even like the style of her hair as well. ^_^
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ElisaMelis Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2010
:wow: very beautiful! I love above all her skin colour and the details in her dress!The skirt looks like a flower!!:heart: awesome!!!:love:
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temiel Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2010  Professional General Artist
Oh, thanks so much! :heart::love: I'm really glad you like it, I was pretty pleased with that skirt. :D
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blucrimson Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2010
Wow! And why would you think nobody would
want to see her? Shes amazin!:D
Looks like alot of others think so too!
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temiel Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2010  Professional General Artist
Oh, thanks so much! :hug: I'm really glad you think so. For the record, when I showed it to *Skioppy it actually was just a black and white pencil sketch, so I figured it wouldn't draw much interest. I'll admit it's a bit hard to ignore GREEN GIRL COVERED IN FLOWERS, though. ;)
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blucrimson Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2010
You're welcome!:huggle:
You have an awesome talent!:D
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RavynCrescent Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2010  Professional Artisan Crafter
Oh, how wonderful! You've made this flower come to life!
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temiel Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2010  Professional General Artist
Aw, thanks. Getting any sort of lifelike semblance with green skin is surprisingly difficult! :XD:
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RavynCrescent Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2010  Professional Artisan Crafter
I bet!!
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venatorfend Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2010
AMAZING! I really love the texture in the background.
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temiel Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2010  Professional General Artist
Thanks so much! I'm so glad you like it. That background texture is a combination of a `Princess-of-Shadows vintage texture, and then one of ~ewark's encyclopedia stock images, with a couple of ~arsgrafik handwriting brushes scattered around. I LOVE the combination, I've used it at least once before and they're all such great design elements. :love:
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shisleya Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2010  Hobbyist
Finally I comment this one! :D
This is absolutely beautiful, the details are amazing an the hair are delicious! :XD:
Moreover the coloring is even more accurate, the lieves are very three-dimensional and the shades on the skin just perfect :heart:
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temiel Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2010  Professional General Artist
Aw, thank you so much! I'm so glad you like the coloring, I did a lot that I don't normally do with this. Lots of green, lots of saturation, it's all very uncomfortable for me. :noes: But I thought it looked pretty okay, so I'm glad you think so too. :hug:
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shisleya Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2010  Hobbyist
Yes, it's easy to see you worked on this in different way :love:
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Lumaris Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2010  Student Digital Artist
Absolutely stunning! :wow: I love the colors and her regal pose. :heart:
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temiel Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2010  Professional General Artist
Thank you! :D I was hoping she looked appropriately snooty enough in that quasi-elven way. ;)
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SerenaVerdeArt Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
aaahh *_* SO beautiful :heart: I love her colours (and... I love that song :faint:)
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temiel Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2010  Professional General Artist
Oh, thanks so much! :D And yeah, I love that song too, it's so pretty. :love: It just came on my random shuffle while I was coloring this and I was like "Yeah, okay, I need to use this for the title." XD
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SerenaVerdeArt Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
You're welcome *3*

I have the joan baez version :heart: I love that woman :love:
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