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Touchdown in the Late Devonian by tiffanyturrill Touchdown in the Late Devonian by tiffanyturrill
a leetle teaser piece from the children's book i'm making. :D

The Clevenger kids narrowly escape a sticky situation involving a Dunkleosteus and time-jump a little ways into the Late Devonian, where they drop in on some Acanthostega. Friendly proto-amphibians!
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done in watercolor.

more pieces and half-pieces from the Clevenger Kids adventure:
[link]
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ACPre Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2014
Veery veery cool :DD !!!
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Celestialhost Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Nice work
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aileen Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2012
I adore your palaeontological illustrations! The level of realism and detail is great - all the creatures seem so lively :nod:
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tiffanyturrill Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2012  Professional General Artist
thank you!
yeah i risk being inaccurate sometimes for the sake of giving the critters a bit more personality.
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sack-back Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
what is the book called
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sack-back Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
what is the book called
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kingleon254 Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
why are those kid in time
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tiffanyturrill Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2012  Professional General Artist
they wanted to be!
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ohlopkov Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Very well!
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Leggurm Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
I will buy this and buy a copy for my mum to put in her classroom.
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Swampqueen Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2011
Children's book!? Oh god, oh god. I just discovered you, and I think you're my new favorite artist, I'll need to buy this. :I
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Tap-Photo-and-Co Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
Hi there,

You are being featured overhere >A belated feature!!! Friends and others< please :+fav: the article so you and all the others get more attention.

Cheers,

Berry
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SinisterVibe Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2011
Ok dude, is this book finished? If so, where can I buy or order one! I just love it!
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BriannaAngelakis Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
Your lovely piece has been featured here: [link] :heart:
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greenfroggies Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2010   General Artist
Haha, I think the glasses on that friendly proto-amphibian are my favourite part! COmplicated watercolour scene, you held it together well. Do you keep all your light areas clean right from the start, or do you paint some of the lights back in? Just a decision I'm trying to make with a complex illustration of mine at the moment..
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tiffanyturrill Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2010  Professional General Artist
good question! in general, i try to keep things transparent and light as long as possible -
i have a tendency to get really dark with my watercolors relatively soon into starting the painting, so i kinda have to keep myself mindful of how the overall pic is turning out.
my rule of thumb is to keep the values balanced evenly across the whole picture as you start, and as the broad hues are laid in (in this case greeny yellow), begin adding colored shadows with ultramarines, reds and violets to increase the value curve.

if all goes well, i only have to add eyeball highlights or little touches with acrylic on top to make it "pop" - but that's a balancing act too - thick lights in opaque paint on top of transparent watercolors can look sloppy if you don't approach it with a delicate wrist. X_X

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greenfroggies Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2010   General Artist
Ta for the in depth answer. You point to keep the values balanced evenly across the whole picture is a good tip. Do you work the same shadow colour across the whole picture as one stage, or skip between areas?
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Nacho-3D Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2010
you're crazy , love your style
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Nianoha Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2010
lol, woah, really nice XD :D
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Rodrigo-Vega Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2010  Professional General Artist
I saw this and thought: Looks like something from a children's book.
Amazing picture.
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tiffanyturrill Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2010  Professional General Artist
:D hopefully publishers will feel the same way! X_X
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MickMcDee Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Love the Acanthostega with the glasses! Really funny!
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tiffanyturrill Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2010  Professional General Artist
hahah slipped that one in last minute- glad you caught it!
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MickMcDee Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
no problem! btw: this would be a wonderful story for kids! ^^
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tiffanyturrill Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2010  Professional General Artist
hahah hopefully publishers feel the same! :D
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babbletrish Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
Great idea and fantastic execution!
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M0AI Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
Awesome! Love the glasses.
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tiffanyturrill Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2010  Professional General Artist
hahah glad you caught it :D
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GloamingMerle Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2010
I would have adored something like this as a kid... Best of luck on eventually getting published!
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tiffanyturrill Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2010  Professional General Artist
thanks much, i'll need it! haha :D
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Purple-Plasmid Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2010  Professional Filmographer
Great painting and great expressions :D
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SPACEBONES Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2010
yessss please illustrate ever children's book ever. the look on the girl's face ho ho
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HoBoStIck42 Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2010
that is what's up
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nemo-ramjet Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2010
THEY ONLY WANT TO BE YOUR FRIENDS!
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tiffanyturrill Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2010  Professional General Artist
:rofl:
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CBSorgeArtworks Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
Oh my gosh this is so great. I WANT THIS BOOK SO MUCH!!! I CAN'T WAIT 8D
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Brett2DBean Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2010  Professional Filmographer
awesome Tiff!
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AngelicAdonis Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Oh wow! I really like the coloring! :D
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NEGOXE357 Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2010
Hmm, I'll love to buy that book for my kids!
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