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August 12, 2011
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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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Given 2011-09-11
Suggester says: "Phenomenal, 100 hours, more or less, very well spent."

Three Princes by *Lyekka ( Suggested by rioIu and Featured by Mollinda )
jocamasil Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2012
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.
BenjiiBen Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2012  Student General Artist
Looks awesome!
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!!
Angie-Pictures Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2011
Beautiful work. Congratulations on the DD. :iconflowerheartplz:
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?
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!
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.
Perpetualpeace Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2011  Student Traditional Artist
very nice....
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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