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How to Be an Ogre by aridante How to Be an Ogre by aridante
Quick little watercolor painting I did after re-reading Maurice Sendak's "Where the Wild Things Are," Quite a good read when you're fighting insomnia, heh.

A/N: Cleaner version updated -yay-
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Given 2002-09-13
How to Be an Ogre by aridante is a stunning watercolor painting depicting a seemingly friendly ogre and a little girl, both of which are resting atop a hillside underneath a lovely sky decorated with clouds. This image caught my eye thanks to the feature posted today. This image utilizes vibrant colors and precision detail work, and is sure to amaze anybody. Watercolor is one of the most difficult painting methods to master, and aridante's work clearly shows that she has, indeed, mastered it. (Selected by +liquisoft) ( Featured by TheRyanFord )
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NathanWillDie Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
this is inspiring
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lycaonbm Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
like
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PookyGurl Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2012
I love this! It makes me smile :)
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bagasuit091 Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Haha, love this!
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Foxi-Loxy Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2010  Professional General Artist
THATS SO ADORABLE!
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SCHIMPANSEN Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2010
YEAH
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ogrebear Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2010
Awesome piece!

I am randomly reminded of Calvin and Hobbes where Hobbes is teaching Calvin to be a tiger...
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TwistedAlyx Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2009  Hobbyist Writer
Great expressions.
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Monkee-1 Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2009
Love the detail of the ogre's face, and the story that could be. Awesome stuff!
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Apocholokintosys Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2009
Very funny work! I love the face of the ogre! Awesome painting and wonderful colors!
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czeeq Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2009
hehe i love that kid
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Haaloe Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
You are simply AWESOMe with those watercolors! I applaud you a million claps! Thank you for the treat of seeing it!
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warui-shoujo Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2008  Professional Digital Artist
Awwww the little girl is so cute! I love the water color look you used to bring this piece to life. Congrats on the DD!

:+fav:
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Fandergaut Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2008
This really is fantastic... the concept of a little kid teaching an ogre how to be mean is just hilariously ironic, and your skill with the brush is amazing!

Keep it up!
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ReinaMuerta Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2008
It's so sweet ^^
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aaron46077 Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2008
seems like it would make a terrific kids book- a kid teaching an ogre how to be one
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yatu-ex Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
i had a good laugh, thanks for that! and your technique is amazing here - i only painted with watercolors five times, i constantly got better, but the beginning was horrible :) it'S quite fun though and i love the effects you can achieve... kudos!
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Axleman2000 Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2008
thats pretty good. i remember that book by the way, perfectly realized
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StayFreshIceland Featured By Owner May 4, 2008  Student Photographer
this is nice!
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godsangel124 Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2008
So creative. This is watercolors, right?
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natesmith Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2008
Your watercolour is amazing! :D
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michaelandrewlaw Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2007  Professional General Artist
quite funny
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dragonfly-world Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2007
Amazing illustration! I like the Ogre's expression: He is very funny and nice! :D :+fav:
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CRAZYGRAFIX Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2007  Professional Traditional Artist
WOW...that´s hilarious :D

peace
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slayerv2 Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2007  Student Filmographer
Wow thats quite charming. Very well done on the watercolor. Looks superb.
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Raja-Ulat Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2007
A rather cute scene. ;p
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AndyFairhurst Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2007  Professional Digital Artist
Absolutely charming and very funny. Top painting skills too.
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Away-with-the-fairys Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2007
Awww that is so sweet, you the colours really soot it
Awesome work :)


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nanewt Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2007
Super fantastic! I love the girl and her great big mouth! =D
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skylarkza Featured By Owner May 24, 2007
I love it! It reminds me of Lilo & Stitch for some reason. But the moods it captures are wonderful.
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Jaldera Featured By Owner May 16, 2007
that's just amanzing =)
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9gods Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2007
I like that :)
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NotedStrangePerson Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2007
Dude - freakin' love it :love:

For some reason this painting remains me of Lilo & Stitch
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herrTevik Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2007
Hahaha! Love their expressions.
Good work on the ogre's skin tones. Reminds me of Broms work for Dark Sun.
Your skills with watercolours are exceptional. Very nice.
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emaciate Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2007  Professional Filmographer
crazy gallery +
I wonder if you think people are more attracted to like your dark stuff or your candid ?
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Aremke Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2006  Hobbyist General Artist
This is beautiful. The ogre's eyes and posture are so innocent. The soft colors and rough material in which it's painted on adds a wonderful storybook quality to it. I'm very impressed and envious. :)
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AvdP Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2006
It look amazing... and the kid looks so mean.... ;)
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FaerieShadows Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2006  Professional Traditional Artist
amazing...i love this so much..
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dotpaul Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2006
Wonderful watercolor. Great character. I really like how you handled this.

Insomnia and art seem to go hand in hand for a few of us. Glad to know I am not the only one to fill sleepless nights in this way.
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cgaussie Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2006
Oh this is simply precious beyond words. I love how you drew the ogre, and am especially happy you avoided the Shrek look entierly. He looks just so gosh darned sweet, and the little girl is a character all in her own.

This picture has such a wonderful story just waiting to be told and that's what I love about it.
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Isynia-Artessa Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2006  Professional Digital Artist
OK, I faved this piece over a year ago, and was going through my favorites, and saw it, and was struck again by how wonderful this painting is. This could be the cover of a children's book, and your watercolor skill is superb in this piece. While the rest of your work is so delicate, this piece is both detailed and expressive, and adds a playful twist on traditional fantasy art. I would love to see more in this style and genre from you. Thanks for creating such an enjoyable piece.
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janiceroslyn Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2006  Student
this is so amasing! i envy your water colour skills
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neversummer Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2006  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Very very adorable ^_^ you deserve more +fav >.<
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Tanathiel Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2006  Professional Digital Artist
hihi :D Cute :aww:
It really reminds me for some storys from different places :D
I like it :aww:
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smithman98 Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2006
YOU ARE THE SHIZNITE!!!
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disscordia Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2006  Professional Artisan Crafter
gods that's cute :)
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VOLIVOD Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2005
This picture just turned back up on my favs. I came back to see your gallery agian. You've got to be tickled pink by the comments on this one piece. I swear that i have never seen so many comments. Excellent. :toocool:
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VOLIVOD Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2005
Very cute. The Ogre looks worried. Awesome watercolor. :clap:
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Shono Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2005  Professional General Artist
Your Watercolors are so georgous, they'ver very soft and so rich in color, the composition is very cute as well, i could only wish to handel water colors that well.
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warriorbirdy Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2005
That is terribly cute, and the watercoloring job is beyond lovely.
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