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I've always thought this would make a great book cover. Excited to enter into this contest for consideration!

If I could win the top prize, it'd be a life saver. I went to a very traditional art school (public university, no less), and illustrative styles were discouraged, but in my last two years before grabbing my BFA, I ignored that completely and explored the style I really wanted to achieve. I'm glad I did, but I had no support and no instruction on how to carry my style into a career in illustration. I've been blindly attempting that career for the last 3 years, and as much as I listen to podcasts, read up on it, and try to apply illustration career advice for myself, I just can't get my confidence where I wish it to be in business, promotion, and even with the commissions I do manage to get. I can't afford to any further schooling, so winning the Illustration Academy tuition is sort of my last chance at getting any real instruction. So, crossing my fingers!

The original piece measures 14" x 18" and was created with watercolor.

(sorry for the reupload, folks!)
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ChrisPanatier Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2014
Beautiful. do you use a masking medium for the hair? I haven't been able to find a good one. Thanks!
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kellymckernan Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks! No, I try not to use masking fluid unless it's really going to save me time, and it rarely does. When I do use it, though, my favorite is Grumbacher's Miskit Frisket.
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ChrisPanatier Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2014
Thanks a lot. I think your work is wonderful. Love the technique. Love the nod to Mucha.
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zozee9 Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Would I be able to paint a piece inspired by/based on this painting? I would give you full credit, of course, and it wouldn't be sold or anything. It's for my painting class—we have to match an art piece with a song. In case you're curious, I would pair it with Mad World by Gary Jules. 
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poorshadow Featured By Owner May 10, 2013  Student General Artist
this, with music, just almost made me cry
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KiyanaBrine Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
AWESOME! I'm going to watch you =3 You're so good at these...I could never draw something like this in a million years.
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Debinoresu Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Your deviation has been featured here! [link]

We hope you don't mind! Have a good day!
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nifty-ness Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
this is an absolutely beautiful artwork! I love your use of watercolors, lovely!
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smallangryrabbit Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2013   General Artist
Your whole gallery is totally gorgeous; this piece especially so.
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Meggie272 Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
So beautiful :heart:
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:iconjeeyoonna:
jeeyoonna Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
reminds me so much of this piece by Fuco Ueda....

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:iconkellymckernan:
kellymckernan Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Lovely! Never seen it before. :)
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ajCorza Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2012   Digital Artist
Beautiful. And I feel you with the not having a clue and attempting blindly! Right there with you. I hope you win! Good luck! :)
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:iconkellymckernan:
kellymckernan Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
thanks so much!
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Andharian Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2012  Student General Artist
you posted this twice? why? D8
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kellymckernan Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
This post is for a contest. I didn't realize that I could've just changed the category. :P When the contest is done, I'll move it to scraps probably.
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sbalac Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2012
i love this :)
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:iconkellymckernan:
kellymckernan Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
thank you!
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Hidden-Rainbows Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
I knew you would win :)
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kellymckernan Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Heheh, not out of the woods yet. I've commented/complained enough, I'd be surprised to win after that. :P
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Hidden-Rainbows Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
I think you will :)
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sweetsweetsunshines Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
her expression here is really good, totally believable fear
awesome pic ^^
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kellymckernan Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
thanks! I'm glad that translates. :)
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VanadiumTaintedBeryl Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
Dude, congratulations on this getting into the Semi-Finals! Good luck!
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:iconkellymckernan:
kellymckernan Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you! Here's hoping!
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Jacob-Cross Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2012
Neat :3
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kellymckernan Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
:D
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Jacob-Cross Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2012
No problem :)
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karra-kum Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Very cool
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kellymckernan Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
thanks!
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bpbradbury Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2012
what gorgeous work
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kellymckernan Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks very much!
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Chocolatecookiecrumb Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Simply awesome! <3
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kellymckernan Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you!
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NekoNicky Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Striking and very beautiful <3
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:iconkellymckernan:
kellymckernan Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks!
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ernesin149 Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2012  Professional General Artist
so beautiful!
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:iconkellymckernan:
kellymckernan Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you!
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whimandwonder Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I've always loved the way you paint hair.
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:iconkellymckernan:
kellymckernan Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks so much! :D
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