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February Tale Sky Snow Whales by michaeldoig February Tale Sky Snow Whales by michaeldoig
Submitted and shortlisted for Neil Gaiman's Calendar of Tales Collaboration.

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Given 2013-04-28
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Several elements of this picture really grabbed me. I love the strong contrast in light and dark, the color gradient, and the composition, where the points of interest (yellow coat in foreground, whales up top) are separated by the distance of the horizon and mounded clouds. The painting style is perfect for an impressionistic rendering of a blustery day; it gives it the unreal tinge of the memory of a dream or the nearly-real world of vivid imagination. The flecks of white create an odd two-dimensional tone, evocative of snow on a camera lens. I like how they create the impression of snow and a cold day on the beach, but they also flatten the painting, adding another hint of the unreal.

Whales in the sky is not a new idea, but it shows up so often that it is essentially a theme for interpretation, like painting mythologic scenes. I like this piece because it is such a strong painting, color and composition wise. It takes the whales-in-the-sky motif and creates a memorable image that's up for interpretation, depending on the mood of the viewer. Anything from straight-up whales in the sky, to an environmental foreshadowing as the whales head into reddened storm clouds, or a kid conjuring up denizens for the sky that can match the grandeur of a storm-front. It is an emotional piece, but leaves the emotion up to the viewer.
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:iconjacquelinebarkla:
JacquelineBarkla Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2013  Professional General Artist
your amazing work has been featured in my journal jacquelinebarkla.deviantart.co… :tighthug:
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:iconmichaeldoig:
michaeldoig Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you very much :)
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:iconjuliocmiranda:
JulioCMiranda Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Inspiring and beautiful.

The wide range of colors surrounding the whales is something that almost
glows, and the snow in the night effect gives the impression of the 
entire sky sparkling... :)

The lone individual moving at the bottom gives the thought
that maybe this image is a product of his/her daydreams,
something that makes this all the more wonderful.

Thanks a bunch, and again, another treat.
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:iconjiyu-ni:
jiyu-ni Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2013  Student General Artist
Wow! :F
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:iconmichaeldoig:
michaeldoig Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
:)
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:iconallthingswillbe:
allthingswillbe Featured By Owner May 7, 2013  Hobbyist
Truly dazzling :painter:
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:iconmichaeldoig:
michaeldoig Featured By Owner May 10, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you~
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:iconzummerfish:
zummerfish Featured By Owner May 1, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
fabulous imagery :love:
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:iconmasterkrypton:
MasterKrypton Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Awesome. Very similar to an idea I've been working on. :) mine has to do with whales swimming through the stars and auroras
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:iconmichaeldoig:
michaeldoig Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Link it to me once you've worked on it :)
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:iconjjungg:
jjungg Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
I love the contrast between the top of the pic and the bottom of the pic in the piece! Amazing! :wow: Plus, I love how you have the bright yellow amongst all the gray in the bottom half of the pic! Oh my gosh! My feels can't take anymore of this epicosity! :iconcannotevenplz: Congrats on the DD! Just... Congrats! :iconclapplz:
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:iconmichaeldoig:
michaeldoig Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
^ That is how to react to my art. Right there. Love it.
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:iconjjungg:
jjungg Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Heh-Heh! ^^; I'm only stating the truth! ^^; It truly is an amazing piece of artwork. :)

No prob! ^^
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:iconrenewalazar:
Renewalazar Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Awesome!!!
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:iconmichaeldoig:
michaeldoig Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Sauce and then some! Thanks!
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TheGalleryOfEve Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Congratulations on your well-deserved DD!!! :iconflyingheartsplz::iconlainloveplz: :iconflyingheartsplz: :clap::clap::clap:
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:iconmichaeldoig:
michaeldoig Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you~
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TheGalleryOfEve Featured By Owner May 11, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
:iconflyingheartsplz::blowkiss::iconflyingheartsplz:
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:iconteddy5555:
Teddy5555 Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Impressive :)
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:iconmichaeldoig:
michaeldoig Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks~ :B
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:icondonstracci:
DonStracci Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Such lovely colors..
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:iconmichaeldoig:
michaeldoig Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Glad you think so.. Yay for double ellipse users. A friend told me used this piece in a lecture they gave about use of colour, gave me happiness to hear I was useful. :D
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:iconzbalante:
zbalante Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2013  Student
wow
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:iconmichaeldoig:
michaeldoig Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Woosh thanks!
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:iconzbalante:
zbalante Featured By Owner May 1, 2013  Student
no probs :)
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:iconnerdydavros:
NerdyDavros Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2013
Amazing picture! You did a fantastic job with painting this!
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:iconmichaeldoig:
michaeldoig Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you! Pleased how it turned out, glad it's gained me notice and more people are able to see it. Yay for the internet.
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:iconwingreader:
Wingreader Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Reminds me of Fantasia c:
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:iconmichaeldoig:
michaeldoig Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
I always liked that part of the film, sky whales resonate with me on quite a level.
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:iconwingreader:
Wingreader Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Same here, they're just so magical c:
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:iconwingreader:
Wingreader Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
The Fantasia 2000 version c:
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:iconzuwadi:
zuwadi Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
IT'S THE SPACE WHALES!!!!!!RUUUUUUUUUUUUN!!!!!!!!!!
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:iconmichaeldoig:
michaeldoig Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
They're mostly friendly, unless they team up with gravity!
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:iconneon3colors:
Neon3Colors Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Simply Amazing.
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:iconmichaeldoig:
michaeldoig Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Boom, thanks!
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:iconjungjaylee:
jungjaylee Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2013  Student Artist
I LOVE THIS SO MUCH. I love the colors! This is painted so beautifully! <3
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:iconmichaeldoig:
michaeldoig Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you <3
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:iconputridcheese:
putridCheese Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I lirv flying whales! People laugh at me fer liking them but I don't care! :D
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:iconmichaeldoig:
michaeldoig Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Flying whales are the most splendiforous of mammals, people will know their Glory one day.
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:iconputridcheese:
putridCheese Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
True that. :D
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:iconmechatorachiman:
Mechatorachiman Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
i bet the picture after this one is them all crashing ashore and dying.
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:iconmichaeldoig:
michaeldoig Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Squawooosh.
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:icon18o5:
18o5 Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
This is really stunning. <3
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:iconmichaeldoig:
michaeldoig Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Set phasers to stun: check. Glad you like it <3
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tenkerasu Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
OH MAN I HOPE YOU WON because I really wanted to enter and then life got in the way and I ENVY ENVY ENVY all the people who won - or even submitted!!!! .V. I HOPE YOU WON this is really cool! :D :D
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:iconmichaeldoig:
michaeldoig Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
I know what you mean, I made this one the night before and added the whales during lunch time on the day of submission while I was at work! I think I would have been informed if I'd won by now, so best of luck to the winners, I did it in the hope Neil would see my work and I know for sure he has :)
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tenkerasu Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I hope it was a finalist, at least, because it's so cool. Cheers! :D
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:iconmichaeldoig:
michaeldoig Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
I know it was at least shortlisted, as I received an email asking for a larger resolution. I'm really keen to see who has won! :D
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:icontenkerasu:
tenkerasu Featured By Owner May 1, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
So am I at this point, but yours, again, should have won. At least I think so. Cheers! :D
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:iconmonikadalinkiewicz:
monikadalinkiewicz Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
great job! congrats :)
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