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Three Princes by Lyekka Three Princes by Lyekka
I've been working on this for months, and I think it just about touched the 100 hour mark. Whenever I see people here on DA that go "OMG THIS TOOK 20 HOURS SO LONG" over their art I secretly chuckle. :)

Three (or six, depending on your interpretation) enigmatic white princes share a cautious understanding with suspicious glances. These are tree stags and three rats, for clarification.

8x14 on a 10x16 panel. Scratchboard and watercolor.

edit: WOW a DD! Thanks guys!

note: To those wondering how this could have taken 100 hours of work. My main tools for this were an etching needle, a sharpened leather sewing needle, and fiberglass on a scratchboard panel. I partially carve out the image in black and white, and then I work in progressing stages of watercolor where I lay down one color and partially pull it away using the tools. Repeat again and again. This method is time consuming but worth it. :)
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Suggester says: "Phenomenal, 100 hours, more or less, very well spent."

Three Princes by *Lyekka ( Suggested by rioIu and Featured by Mollinda )
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jocamasil Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2012
nice
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:icontanager:
Tanager Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
AHHHH GORGEOUS! You should have a youtube video showing your process - I"m very fascinated, and I see I'm not alone.
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BenjiiBen Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2012  Student General Artist
Looks awesome!
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CalenthrellII Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2011
Gorgeous as always.
Thank you for sharing your work with us, it is indeed a pleasure each time!!
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Angie-Pictures Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2011
Beautiful work. Congratulations on the DD. :iconflowerheartplz:
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Animal-Amans Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This is amazing, and you have waaaay to much patience....can i have some?
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Rem-embrance Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2011  Student Digital Artist
Outstanding! This is the first piece of work in a while that truly deserves a DD.
I'm so glad I took time to look through your art.
I'm thoroughly amazed! <3 Keep up the amazing work!
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Zannid Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2011
I can't understand why people are being so harsh about you stating how long this piece took for you to finish. I think it's a beautiful, well detailed piece. As someone who carves stamps, I can't imagine the meticulous detail and planning this must have taken you! The lines are so clean, it's amazing.

Still, to those who want to balk at you taking your time, I say this. The Mona Lisa took over four years to paint, animated movies such as Tangled spend near a decade in the making. Just because the world has things like the internet and fast food corporations so that we have become impatient with the world around us doesn't mean that you should disrespect the time it takes for many to work in the traditional arts. Could it have taken someone else less time? Possibly. Does it matter? No. It's your piece, from your heart, and it's beautiful.
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Perpetualpeace Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2011  Student Traditional Artist
very nice....
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Hierognosis Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2011
I think this is amazing, firstly. But I don't get how you spent 100 hours on it. I've done scratchboard before, so I understand the painstaking work you have here.. every little fine detail.. but 100 hours? Not sure what you were doing for so long. =) Grats on the DD, very well deserved.
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Lyekka Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
One: I'm a slower than average worker who learned art later in life. Two: I add multiple layers of color, and cut away parts of each layer when I carve it to give a shimmering effect when viewed in person. I am essentially working in a glazing technique for scratchboard. Each layer of color is added at one time, not unlike a printmaker would work. Therefore, it takes multiple sketches in multiple layers and crazy amounts of planning to do what I do, so when I see people like you commenting "heh, how could this take so much work", I kind of get insulted. :)
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Hierognosis Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2011
Wasn't mean as an insult, just that I've done similar stuff, including the watercolor part. o.O Mostly confusion. Again, great work.
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Aeris-2009 Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2011  Student Traditional Artist
Simply breathtaking. Congratulations.
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Lyekka Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you!
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Yooneik Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2011
They're so beautiful and sophisticated.
Very elegant.
I love it

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Lyekka Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you!
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jacktheponycat Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2011  Hobbyist Artist
hey i know i suck at drawing but this is simply amasing i wish i could draw like you faved
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Lyekka Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you!
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jacktheponycat Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2011  Hobbyist Artist
no thank you
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PetulantReflection Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I can't fathom even working in that method, let alone for that long. @__@ At first glance I thought this was just a traditional ink sketch, so I'm so glad I clicked into it.

Very impressive work.
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Lyekka Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you very much!
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Sugar-Kat Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2011
this is amazing! great work you deserve the DD with all that hard work!
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Lyekka Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks!
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Keeshaba Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Lovely work!
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:iconlyekka:
Lyekka Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you!
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Trisenthewolfdog Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2011  Student Artist
Wow. 100 hours! Its Amazing!
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Lyekka Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
I lost count around 80 hours. :)
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Down-a-Rabbit-Hole Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2011  Student Filmographer
so pretty :D
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Lyekka Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you!
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BlackJill Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I absolutely love it. I especially like the outline of the stags and the attention and detail on the fur. The expressions on their faces and the antlers are wonderful, and their legs give them a look of graceful beauty, as though they're leaping into the air in great bounds and gliding, almost weightless.

The rats I like as well, especially the one on the left, I like how he is positioned on the knee and looking back.

Great work and a very deserving DD.
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Lyekka Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you! Your kind words are very appreciated.
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amserpand Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2011  Student General Artist
I love the amount of detail you put into this.
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Lyekka Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you!
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amserpand Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2011  Student General Artist
No problem.
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adailey Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2011  Professional Filmographer
This is wonderful, the expression and composition, the color, all of it looks like it was worth the amount of time.
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Lyekka Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you!
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Asfodelo Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2011  Student General Artist
Lyekka, you never cease to amaze me :heart:
Your work is totally outstanding, keep it up!
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Lyekka Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
It is words like these that keep me going when I am sad. Thank you very much.
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Asfodelo Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2011  Student General Artist
You're most welcome, you deserve the words :)
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ice-block Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This is one of the best DDs I have seen c: I can tell you put so much time and effort into it, and it really paid off! :heart:
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Lyekka Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you!
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stockstouse Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2011
Beautiful. But what's with the rodents??
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Lyekka Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
They're riding the stags? What about the rats?
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stockstouse Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2011
That's what I'm asking, what are the rats there for? :O I love your artwork but I don't see why there are rats drawn in?
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disrhythmic Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2011
Incredible.
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:iconlyekka:
Lyekka Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you!
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Tabbatha Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2011  Student Digital Artist
nice job
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Lyekka Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
thanks
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Tabbatha Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2011  Student Digital Artist
np!
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jink27 Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2011
WOW! that's AMAZING! :D so you used the layers of watercolor like scratchboard? i've never heard of that and it sounds so cool!!
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