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Interpretation by toerning Interpretation by toerning
lol you guys I don't even know WHAT to say about this one. I had this list of shit that i'd been wanting to paint for a while (jungly setting, crazy hair pieces, non-white people, lighning bugs,) and I was like KAY i'm'a make a painting of them. So I was working on it and I was realy excited about it and it had all this philosophy and stuff behind it and I was really into this whole character type and development and culture and whatnot and i'm painting away and then i'm like

I drew some Na'vi.
HAHA OH WELL at least i realized it before someone said that to me. I think it's a good thing to let your influences take hold sometimes......but usually it's better when it's intentional. Decided to share it anyway cause I (think?) I"m proud of it technically.
watercolor and gouache, done over two days.
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Lady-Adly Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2012   Traditional Artist
Wow there beautiful!!:iconiwantitplz:
ser-comixmann Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2011
simply beautiful..!:love:
SapphireBloom Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
love the colors
retrocat1 Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2011
This is gorgeous :wow:

I saw Pocahontas, not Na'vi ;)

But then again, I must be the only person in the universe who hasn't seen that movie xD
toerning Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2010
Haha well, friend, if you have seen pocahontas, then you have basically seen avatar.
Not dissing it, great movie, but you know, "no new stories" and all that.
thank you!
SOSIP Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
thank you for this one.
I had a dream that included exactly this scene a week ago:)

it's nice to see it into art, into the "real world"

I believe you must write, draw or at least tell the dreams you have, as to take them out of "that" world into "this" one :)

so again, thank you for bringing it to this world:)
mild-marrow Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2010
Her face and hair are exquisite but there's something strange about her wrist/hand to me.
mild-marrow Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2010
Her face and hair are exquisite but there's something strange about her wrist/hand to me.
elviella Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2010
I am actually left speechless, so I'm not sure what to write. Na'vi or not, I love this anyway. The feeling it gives me is pretty much undescribable. Technically, it's amazing. The brushwork, the lighting, the anatomy. But then, all these create such a lively, evocative atmosphere, that really makes the viewer FEEL things, not in an over-emotional way, but in more subtly and emotively. It's really something I can't describe, but I'll love this (and you) forever. :heart:
JeannieHarmon Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
I thought Pocahontas before I thought Na'vi, haha. But very nicely done anyway :)
ratheart Featured By Owner May 16, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
the lightning is in a way both subtle and bold, that's wonderful. the whole piece is so very elegant and harmonic, it fits the pieceful, rapt mood.
and no, i didn't see na'vi when i looked at them. ^^
ice-him Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2010  Student General Artist
lurakai Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2010   Photographer
Great lighting, great feel. Na'vi wasn't my first thought at all. This piece just drew me in so deeply that I felt I had to comment. Such a touching emotion here... even in the deepest, wildest jungle, people share the most civilized form of love and connections.
ayuICHI Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Ooh, I really like this! <3
dilma Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2010
Really amazing! Congratulations!

I hope to work more and get to your level.
paula11 Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2010  Student Writer
omggg it's beautiful!!
Isaia Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2010  Student General Artist
This is beautiful!

I love how you render forms in your hand at strokes. Such beautiful color mixing too.

Also! I did not think you drew Na'vi. Beautiful native characters in a tropical setting have existed long before James Cameron decided to turn them into blue alien things. :33
Agatha-Macpie Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Realy nice ! I love the colors and the softness of the atmsphere !
I love it =)
jackalandromeda Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2010
I almost like it more as an Avatar picture, if only for one reason. The movie was made at least partly to bring attention to our own environmental problems and the Na'vi are based on real first peoples who are still being mistreated. Everyone's all about the blue kitties (I like them too) but aren't really thinking about their counterparts on Earth. Ahh, didn't mean to get all ranty on you. It's a very beautiful picture and I dig the ultra-high cheekbones and foreheads.
silver321 Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2010
this is jsut beautiful
pippagilbert Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2010
Wow! I really love this. I can see what you mean by the Avatar influence, though I wouldn't have noticed it you hadn't mentioned it! The picture is just beautiful overall, though.
kreugan Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2010
Omgosh this is so much better than Avatar

The colors are so gorgeous!! I am absolutely in love with how solid and beautiful their skin looks, and the light in the back is so lovely. This reminds me of a lot of old illustrations for Kipling stories, I have no idea why! Something about the palette maybe? Dark but still soft somehow~ loooove :heart:
Tsuki-Shika Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2010
When I saw it, I was reminded of Na'vi. But when I looked at it, and took more of it in, I can see it as not Avatar related, and just its own beautiful peace. I really like it, something different from what is usually seen.
lenochka86 Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2010   Digital Artist
It's pretty cool, their faces are gorgeous! and yeah, I have to admit that I thought "avatar" as soon as I saw this... but hey, just because someone thought it up before you did, it doesn't make your it your idea any less!... right? hahahaa stellar job
Ranya-Ni Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Gorgeous. I was actually thinking more about the tale of Dream and his first wife from Niel Gaiman's Sandman series.

It is beautiful regardless.
sallylopez Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2010
I didn't think Na'vi when I saw it, but rather "Mufaro's Beautiful Daughters."

I think your piece is really lovely.
tofu-kun-forever Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2010
wow, i love the way you have done the colours
an amazing atmosphere
GnomeLiberator Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2010
Aww, I didn't get the Na'vi vibe until you said it, but boo on current things for relating themselves to everything in our minds 9w9

And this is so, so lovely, either way.
Goddamn, everything about it is super pretty and well done.
bearmantooth Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2010
really like this. glad to see you work traditionally, very inspiring. how are you doing these days?
toerning Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2010
I'm doing F'ING AWESOME I'm in ROME and it is AMAZING. How's life in beantown?!
p.s. thanks!
bearmantooth Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2010
Beantown is all cold and stuff. but it's getting better, and more daylight! Glad you're enjoying Rome! Soak it up! When are you comin' back?
coNstantine2530 Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2010  Student Filmographer
Beautiful facial features! :iconneytiriplz: loool
hellosaysme Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2010
yakkingyetis Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2010
i admire the level of difficulty of this :+fav:
gleeful-beast Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2010
The colors in this are gorgeous!
Aghhghh, and their handssss. Did you use references..?
toerning Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2010
haha thank you so much! I did use a reference for the thumbnail sketch but the only thing that translated into the final is his necklace lol
thank you! :heart:
gleeful-beast Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2010
Wow, really? Very impressive! The hands, I thought, looked for sure like you had a reference.
aberry89 Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
These two are better than Na'vi. :) Really beautiful painting, the lighting is really cool, love it love it!!! :iconilavplz:
Koyukionna Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2010   Artisan Crafter
I think this is beautiful. I believe the na'vi were an influenced idea from tribal people, so it's only natural the influence would then flow in reverse. Your picture is more authentic to reality.
toerning Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2010
"authentic to reality" haha that's not saying much haha
seriously though thank you. i'm really glad you like!~ :heart:
lovers-and-fighters Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2010
AH now that you bring it up it does kind of have a Na'vi-ish vibe, thanks a lot James Cameron for ruining tribal stuff for all of us 8(

Seriously though this is beauuutiful, you did a fantastic job on their faces.
CircuitDruid Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2010
I love your odd source of light, making the picture look surreal n stuff. so lovely.
Deer-in-Headlights Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2010  Student Digital Artist
Haha, awww, random influences seeps happen to the best of us. Once I was drawing this picture of what I thought was an awesome original characters, when I realized. oh. It's no-face from spirited away.

But this piece is beautiful, I love all the subtly highlights :)
luve Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2010
lol. this is AWESOME.
i love anything tribal-y and you know, should you ever decide you want to draw some na'vi i will not stop you 8]
toerning Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2010
haha dude I dunno, that's like my new favourite movie but I don't think I'll EVER get over those character designs. Oh well.
thank you! :heart:
stragan Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2010
I drew some Na'vi."

well just because they're colored people doesn't mean they're related to NaVi
it's the NaVi that are related to colored people. ;)

Anyway, you always such beautiful art!
Pyro-Pilot Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2010  Student Traditional Artist
I didn't get Na'vi when I first saw this. :]

I understood that they were Tribal folk.

Unfortunately every time someone draws something tribal/shaman-like, people are going to go "Na'vi!"

Gorgeous work!
toerning Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2010
true and true. It was high time SOMEONE did SOMETHING with that gorgeous culture, i just wish it had maybe been a little less famous, right? haha thanks! :heart:
AJUST Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
Na'avi-looking or not, this is incredibly beautiful.
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