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The Dream by LuxDani The Dream by LuxDani
Have you ever had a character or creature come to you in a dream?
Sounds rather mystical and fantasy but this little guy was in my dream last night.

A red [blue] jay, in the dream he was mine. A random weird bird that suddenly became mine. Flew towards me out of nowhere and clung to my shirt, burying its little face under my chin, rubbing its face like an affectionate cat.
Weird.

But I couldn't get him out of my head all day. So he is now mine.
I have a hard time keeping more fantasy-based characters, but something like this feels a lot closer to my soul. Like my elk with candles on his antlers. Dreamcatcher a little..but she's fading fast.

This was a very quick sketch, entire thing took maybe 30 minutes? I love sketches like this. Quick sketch with a light blue pencil, inked with India Ink, then a colour wash with watercolours. <3

He needs a name. In the dream it was something that started with a K, within the 6-9 letter range, had a Z in the middle there somewhere, and perhaps an N.
Suggestions?
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:iconssuma:
SSUMA Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
what about Kenzin?
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Rowanfur Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I'm in love with this creature!!!
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:iconluxdani:
LuxDani Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Awesome! =D
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jbrenthill Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
Incredible!
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Nomnomnom27 Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Pen then watercolor? I have a book on that. But it's so haaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaard!!! But so rewarding if done right....just like this!
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LuxDani Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Hah it can be challenging, but you learn during challenges! Plus its fun
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Nomnomnom27 Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
It totally is.
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Scorchyz Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2012  Student Digital Artist
This is beautiful
The red is so vibrant <3
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:iconluxdani:
LuxDani Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Mmm thankyou, I do love that colour. :heart:
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FabioVermelho Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2012
Stunning drawing! You used a such beautiful red!
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:iconluxdani:
LuxDani Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Why thank you! :heart:
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:iconfabiovermelho:
FabioVermelho Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2012
You're welcome!
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astercrow Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2012   General Artist
awesome dream, and thus, your spirit animal was born. :heart:
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:iconluxdani:
LuxDani Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Hah I guess so! :)
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KreepingSpawn Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
I think you should investigate the jay as a totem, and the connotations of the red coloring. ;)

Slaneesh was in my dream last night. :ohnoes: This is not an 'animal' I want to be mine! Even for pretend!
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LuxDani Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I'll have to look into it. Animal totems and that sort of stuff isn't really my thing, but it would be interesting to find out about, that's for sure. :)

Guh nope, don't want that. D:
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KreepingSpawn Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Here's what I was able to find in a quick search.

Blue Jay:
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Red:
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LuxDani Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Wow...
That dream may actually mean something then. Reading the totem description suits me almost perfectly.
And red has been my favorite colour for ever. Represents me well too. Back in high school in a class we assigned colours to everyone that suited them. Everyone agreed that I was red.
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KreepingSpawn Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Neat! :D

Dreams can be really interesting. :nod:
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Marcel-the-Crow Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Im glad you could relieve such an amazing dream that left this strong image inside your head. Dreams are just that wonderful
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:iconluxdani:
LuxDani Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I agree!
I adore dreams<3
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Winters-Soul Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I have once; I had the same dream three different times in my life where this black bird would try to carry me away out of this forest.
I looked up in a dream meanings books somewhere that black birds usually indicate family troubles. Which does make sense.
Beautiful pic though
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LuxDani Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Hmm that is interesting. Funny how you can draw parallels to life in dreams, even if it is in an abstract way. Guess the black bird was trying to protect you? Lift you out of the trouble, which is the forest?
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K-B-Jones Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
What does a blue jay's chirp sound like? Make the name sound something like that.

Pretty picture.
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:iconluxdani:
LuxDani Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
They make a really harsh sound most times, not a very pretty sound. We've got them around our house and when they all get squawking, you throw things at them or yell. xD

Thankss<3
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Tadpole7 Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2012
Very nice.
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LuxDani Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Awe thanks <3<3
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ShePaintsWithBlood Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2012   Traditional Artist
I frequently have the pleasure of meeting some of my favourite beings and characters in dreams so I love that you met this little guy there. He sounds absolutely wonderful.

I love the red colouration combined with the jay anatomy and. markings.

I also love the look of this piece. It has the feeling of a sketch but the steady technique that only a truly practiced artist can capture in a sketch. You can also feel the "mood" of the artist which makes these kind of sketches possible.:blackrose:
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LuxDani Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Its a neat experience, I have only ever met a critter in my dreams twice. Well, creatures that made an impression on me I suppose.
I feel a sort of connection with this little jay. A strange one, but I like it.

Mm what you said about my sketching style makes me smile. <3
To some I guess they view the word "sketch" as being a sort of drawing with a pencil, without much detail. But this is not a painting, so it must be a sketch. Quick, works on composition and mood, etc. Nice and loose, which is what I adore about painting this way. Yet it has a lot of impact, because of the boldness of the black ink, and everyone loves colour.
I do anyway. :heart:
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3RiiN Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
This is great! Sometimes, the best ideas can come from dreams. You certainly have a wonderful imagination!! :heart: :clap:
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LuxDani Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I agree!
Dreams are a wonderful vacation of the mundane, everyday life. :)
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bladebandit Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2012
How very interesting! Love the colouration. Bright feathers are always so beautiful. <3 Love how you've done the stripy patterning, and really beautiful shading as always. :D
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LuxDani Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Awe thanks honey! :heart:
I'm super fond of this guy..not sure why. Feel more of a connection than anything. I don't feel that way about any of my other characters.
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Kyoushiro15 Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2012
What about Kazzen?
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LuxDani Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Oooh that is my favorite suggestion yet.
Kazzen...I'll sit on that for a few days. Kazen, perhaps, not sure if I like the double-z, but the sound of the name seems to fit the name in the dream.
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Kyoushiro15 Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2012
Thanks. It was kind of the first name that came to mind when I saw it, actually. I don't like the double-z much either, but you said it was 6-9 letters long, and the extra 'z' didn't make much difference pronunciation-wise, so I didn't think it would matter much.
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MrsButterD Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
Great !
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:iconluxdani:
LuxDani Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks <3
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MrsButterD Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
You're Welcome :)
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Kipachie Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2012  Student Digital Artist
Kyzan? (Keye-zan)
Kanizar?
Kazinar?
idk XD

He is a handsome little thing though, I now wish blue jays came in red XD
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LuxDani Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Red jays would be so nice. I haven't seen any other red jay characters around, but perhaps that is just because I haven't found them.
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Kipachie Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2012  Student Digital Artist
I haven't seen any character like this either, the red variation is really cool. It's like the love child between a blue jay and a cardinal ;P
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:iconluxdani:
LuxDani Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Such a simple design, but sometimes those make the most impact.
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Kipachie Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2012  Student Digital Artist
Agreed!
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karelwolf Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2012
interesting, not just the picture but the story behind it too :):icontailwagplz:
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:iconluxdani:
LuxDani Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
The story makes it more personal to me. :)
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