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Little One by Avalik Little One by Avalik
Again, long time no upload. I haven't been doing very much art lately. I started this right before my 1-1 worker's (Andrea) birthday, which I forget now but it was late June or July if I remember right.

I think I've finally learned my lesson and to do the background first, cause there has been at least three other background versions on this painting. First, it was a greenish sky without reference. Then there was two more that I can't remember, but you can see the colours I used for it on the side of the canvas (yellow, and white). Then I asked Andrea what her favourite colour was, which was red, so I tried to do one of the red African sky backgrounds however with the lighting it kind of just looked like the baby was in Hell.

So I looked up some references on dA and got permission to use the background now portrayed. Through the process, though, half of the original (finished) calf was painted over and the majority of the mum's arm was gone so I had to redo those.

As I've said, I have learned my lesson.

I tried to do a bit of research with this one on the animal itself ... my 1-1 worker, Andrea, had said her favourite animal was an elephant. She's also been to Thailand and has some weird thing with Thailand; elephants are in Thailand and are a part of the culture. I read about their "white elephants" and considering painting one of those, looked at pictures of how the elephants are decorated and if they are put to work. I have two other preliminary sketches that look completely different than this one, but in the end I decided to go with a more plain, naturalistic look. I still might end up putting facepaint on the calf, but that's unlikely.

I've been finished this for at least a week, but when I scanned it the first time the scanner software made my computer's Internet stop working for some reason, and so I made a back-up and put the computer in for repairs. Two days later I get it back and the back-up disk does not work. I re-scan it later in the week, spend a few hours in Gimpy combining the two scans and trying to get the colours to match the original. Then I go to upload it to the Internet and my Internet isn't working, but it's because the landlord has done something. I back-up again, get on the bus with the disk, and go to a family member's house to upload on their computer but the back-up disk is not compatible. I groan, and the next day the Internet is working and so here we are.

Lastly, I thought I'd mention that the colours, despite my attempts, still aren't very close to the original. The yellow above the calf's back is ... less orange and brighter, the purples are pinks and brighter and deeper and the "sky spots" under the calf have more orange and yellow in them... at least the blues are pretty close.

Medium: Acrylic paints and indian ink on canvas.
Time: 30+ hours

Background: Fire in the Sky by ~jimothy
Infant: Just hanging... by =incredi
Elephant head: will obtain momentarily, need to search gettyimages.
Elephant tail: will obtain momentarily, need to search google.

NOT for sale, sorry
Size: 11" x 14" canvas
Is in private collection of Andrea Chisholm

NO prints, sorry

ART USAGE TERMS for Little One
Little One is copyright to Adele "Avalik" Johnson. Please do not use Little One at all.

Specific terms: You may not use this in any way; it is too complicated to allow derivates when it is so closely derived itself. If you receive permission from the artist's I referenced from, we can talk.
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johngiannis27 Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2013  Student Interface Designer
nice :)
VisualArtist-Jorn Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2012
Never seen something like this very, very interesting. Love the vibrant sky contrasting with the normal gray of elephant skin.
trockn Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2011   Digital Artist
great :)
tinychef Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2011
background is so cool
guardianhorse Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2010  Student Photographer
Rest in peace Adele. I never really knew your art before this, but just from looking at your gallery I can see that you were a brilliant and creative indivdual who will be greatly missed. :hug:
TheSylverLining Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
This is the way you're being held now, sweetie.
Lya-z0rzlesXD Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
THIS. :heart:
i love this picture. i love the concept, i love the colours, i love EVERYTHING ABOUT THIS PICTURE.
if i had money i'd buy it as a print so i could hang it on my wall because it is AMAZING. :la:
Avalik Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2010
Haha thanks :)
DarkCougar55S Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2010  Hobbyist Writer
I love how he looks so small. :heart: It amazes you drew it very well. Awesome :D
Avalik Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2010
Thank you :)
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