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The Soil and the Rain by Toradh The Soil and the Rain by Toradh
“And every day she waited for him, like the soil waits for the rain.”

Likewise, I lost count of the hours which went into colouring this. I spent at least two hours only applying light blue and white acrylics for various forms of water. I suck at painting rain. Certain Skálmöld songs were spinning in shameless infinite loops during that period.

Personal artwork. I‘m glad I managed to do some after failing so many times at everything except fanart (and sometimes even at that). This diptych illustrates (of course) my work-in-progress fantasy story, this time with lots of water and llama-free drama. The guy survives, though, don‘t worry (that’s not that much of a spoiler, although it may sound like one).

Music suggestions: Sæglópur by Sigur Rós. Alternatively, Elegy by Leaves’ Eyes, which was the original inspiration yeeears ago.

By the way, there’s a really hideous digital version of the right side image, dating back to 2006: www.cuiascamh.de/galerien/2006…
So I meant to redo this for quite some time now.

I used tons of very lose references, like Scandinavian coastlines. As usual.

Watercolour and acrylics.

EDIT: DD? Uhm, why? And how? Anyway, thank you a lot guys, it's much appreciated! So at least the effort I put into the water seems to show through :P.

EDIT 2: By the way, did anybody finally find out where I stole the title?
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Given 2013-11-07
The Soil and the Rain by ~Toradh ( Suggested by Lyricanna and Featured by Astralseed )
:iconholysunlight:
holysunlight Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Oh, mal wieder eine DD verpasst. :D Sieht wirklich gut aus und illustriert Elegy auch klasse. :)
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:icontoradh:
Toradh Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
Männchen überlebt das auch und Weibchen trägt in der Zwischenzeit ihr Kind aus, sogesehen passt das zum Lied :D. Alles andere nicht, aber man kann nicht alles haben.
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:iconholysunlight:
holysunlight Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Was willst du denn noch alles? ;)
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:icontoradh:
Toradh Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
Indianer und Livs mehr als merkwürdige sowie absolut nicht in die Wikingerzeit passende Bühnenoutfits?
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:iconholysunlight:
holysunlight Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Äh... ja. ;) Ok.
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:iconmissfowlthetrueone:
MissFowlTheTrueOne Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
it somehow remindsme of a song I heard once but I can't recall the title... Anyway great work
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:icontoradh:
Toradh Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
I could give you tons of music suggestions :D.
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:iconirawhiteowl:
IraWhiteOwl Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2013  Hobbyist
It's wonderful!
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:icontoradh:
Toradh Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you!
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:iconirawhiteowl:
IraWhiteOwl Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2013  Hobbyist
Oh, ur welcome)
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:iconjacob-cross:
Jacob-Cross Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2013
Wow...
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:icontoradh:
Toradh Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
I take that as a compliment :P
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:iconjacob-cross:
Jacob-Cross Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2013
It is, and it's amazing...
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:iconartbycher:
ArtByCher Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2013   Traditional Artist
Congratulations!!
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:icontoradh:
Toradh Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you!
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:iconthegalleryofeve:
TheGalleryOfEve Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Congratulations on your well-deserved DD!!! :iconflyingheartsplz::iconlainloveplz::iconflyingheartsplz: :clap::clap::clap:
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:icontoradh:
Toradh Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks a lot!
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:iconthegalleryofeve:
TheGalleryOfEve Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
You're very welcome dear!!! :iconflyingheartsplz::iconsweethugplz::iconflyingheartsplz:
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:iconnakato-chan:
Nakato-chan Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
This. Is. So. COOL!! Teach me your ways oh wise and skilled wizard!!!  I bow before your presence!!! :icononionbowplz:
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:icontoradh:
Toradh Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
I can't perform magic, only tricks :D
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:iconnakato-chan:
Nakato-chan Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2013  Student Traditional Artist

-^-

Liar! How do you explain this beautiful piece of art, then??? XD

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:icontoradh:
Toradh Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Liquid watercolours, good paper, patience, good music, and years and years of practice.
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:iconnakato-chan:
Nakato-chan Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
well... it all paid off in the end!! :la: Good job!!!
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:icontoradh:
Toradh Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks :)
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:iconrikka16:
Rikka16 Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2013

Holy cow o.o

This is amazing artwork. You, my friend, deserve every good comment this has gotten. Very well done!

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:icontoradh:
Toradh Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you so much :). Nice comments make my life better.
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:iconrikka16:
Rikka16 Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2013

You are very welcome. :3

I hope you keep making such great art. ^^

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:icontoradh:
Toradh Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
I hope so, too :P
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:iconsrcpcsoha:
srcpcsoha Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Congrats on the DD! Have a good day!
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:icontoradh:
Toradh Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you!
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:iconsrcpcsoha:
srcpcsoha Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2013  Student Digital Artist
you're welcome!
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:iconshanlynn429:
shanlynn429 Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
This is very beautiful! Seeing this painting definitely brought out some intense emotions. I really love your work. :) (Smile) 
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:icontoradh:
Toradh Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
I really hope it does! Thanks a lot!
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:iconshanlynn429:
shanlynn429 Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
You're welcome!
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:iconlostgryphin:
LostGryphin Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Amazing colors and details
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:icontoradh:
Toradh Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you! I love detailling.
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:iconladybelva:
LadyBelva Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
So beautiful. This is really something that is WORTH of a DD.
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:icontoradh:
Toradh Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you!
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:iconvalyavande:
Valyavande Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
woha, cool! ne DD für dich! Und sogar mit einem recht neuen Bild! Gute Sache =)
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:icontoradh:
Toradh Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Ich war auch überrascht! Das Trollbild bleibt trotzdem mein persönlicher Favorit :D.
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:iconvalyavande:
Valyavande Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
in Sachen persönliche Favoriten  muss man sich ja zum Glück auch nicht nach DDs richten :D
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:icontoradh:
Toradh Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Das wäre ja auch schlimm wenn die versuchen würden, meine Gedanken zu kontrollieren :D
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:iconvalyavande:
Valyavande Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
das stimmt allerdings! Nett wäre es, wenn es umgekehrt ginge, und mal die eigenen Lieblingsbilder bei den DD landen würden :xD:
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:icontoradh:
Toradh Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Unwahrscheinlich :P.
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:iconmarianus:
marianus Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Woah, das ist ja großartig! Das blau des Wassers, das blaugrau der Wellen und überhaupt die dynamischen Regentropfen für den Fokus..... toll! Ich bin ein ganz ganz kleines bisschen neidisch! :)
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:icontoradh:
Toradh Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Nicht nötig, dafür hab ich ja ganz andere Fehler gemacht :D.
Aber danke!
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:iconmarianus:
marianus Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Und ich habe das Gefühl ich seh das Jennys geliebtes Shadowviolet im rechten Teil des Bildes ;) (Das ist aber auch eine himmlische Farbe!)
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:icontoradh:
Toradh Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Ich besitze leider keins, ich musste mir selber sowas zusammen matschen :P.
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AquaGalaxy Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2013
congrats on the DD! QvQ
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:icontoradh:
Toradh Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks!
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