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Know Your Fate by PolarisAstrum Know Your Fate by PolarisAstrum
Edit: (24th March, 2014) It's been several hours since I saw this got a DD and I'm still out of words to say. While this is an older piece, it remains one of my very favorite and most cherished works. Thank you so much for this, I couldn't be happier! And thank you for all the lovely comments and favs, I'll make sure to reply to everyone <3
I think I'm done crying now :giggle:


Contest prize for MalteseLizzieMcGee for placing second on the Traditional Category on my contest.

Liz's request was made of pure awesomeness: stylized clouds (like these luminatii.deviantart.com/art/O… , I didn't want to copy the artist's style, so I added my own twist while somewhat keeping the basic shape idea), an animal to represent some kind of deity, leaves, blossom and... playing cards!
She told me to look at some Okami artwork if I needed any inspiration. I simply love that game, so I knew it would be my main source of inspiration since the start.

Talk about moving out of my comfort zone, I love Liz for asking me to do this :giggle: This is "the work of firsts":
First time dyeing paper, drawing a crane, trying a style like this and drawing playing cards XD
The only thing familiar to me on this work were the colored pencils.

I immediately associated the playing cards with card reading and thus with fate (hence the tittle). I don't know much about it, so I just searched for the basic meanings and threw some cards there.
And so, the crane became some sort of god associated with destiny and such.

Anyway, hope you like it, Liz! I'm sorry for taking so long and thank you for being so understanding (:

February 2011
Colored pencils and black, red and white ink pens on watercolor paper dyed with tea.

References used:
www.birdcapemay.org/gallery/ma… cdn.lightgalleries.net/4bd5ec0… images4.fotop.net/albums2/pipp… 2.bp.blogspot.com/_Qc6aMdLT994… www.birdskorea.org/Images/imag… and fav.me/d3652gb
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Given 2014-03-24
Know Your Fate by PolarisAstrum is a great example of how stepping outside of your comfort zone can sometimes yield magnificent results. Be sure to visit the rest of this artists gallery as well to see her fantastic use of colored pencils. ( Suggested by LivingInThisFantasy and Featured by Astralseed )
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Airstelle Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I love this so much! Magnificent work! :heart:
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PolarisAstrum Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you so much :love:
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Airstelle Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
:heart:
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Angie-Pictures Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2014
Beautiful work! Congratulations on the DD! :iconflowerheartplz:

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PolarisAstrum Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you so much :love:
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Angie-Pictures Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2014
It's my pleasure! :)

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rajasegar Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Astounding piece of work!
Thanks for sharing...
Featured in Daily Inspirations at hangaroundtheweb.com/2014/03/d…
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PolarisAstrum Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you for the compliment!
And thank you for the feature, and for properly crediting the artists <3 It's really awesome when people do that (:
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WhiteMinos Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Congrats for the DD
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PolarisAstrum Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you!
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WhiteMinos Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
no problem :)
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PolarisAstrum Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you so much :love:
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club17 Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2014  Hobbyist Interface Designer
Can I use for a cover-art of a personal song? Will give you the credits.
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PolarisAstrum Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I'd rather you didn't use it. This work (as most, if not all, of my works) is very personal to me and I don't want it associated with other things. Though thank you for asking first, not many people do that (:
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club17 Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2014  Hobbyist Interface Designer
Ok, no problem. I used another art. Thanks anyway.
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PolarisAstrum Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
 Glad you were able to find another work to use (:
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club17 Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2014  Hobbyist Interface Designer
Don't worry.
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PolarisAstrum Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Glad you do! Thank you!
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MckennaMcCarthy Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
Amazing, this deserves a DD! :)
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PolarisAstrum Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you! :love:
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MckennaMcCarthy Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
You're welcome! :D
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devils-horizon Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Congratulations babe :) you deserve it!! Xx
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PolarisAstrum Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you so much :heart: I really appreciate those words <3
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juiceofclouds Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
awesome
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PolarisAstrum Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you!
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Agaave Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Congrats on DD, sweetie! That's totally well deserved! :lovesquee: 
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PolarisAstrum Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Aww, thank you sweet-face <3 I'm so happy :iconeeeeeplz:
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Agaave Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
You're very welcome! :tighthug:
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ReQuay Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2014
:la: Congrats!!! :la:
This DD is so well deserved!  Such a beautiful image.
Congratulation 
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PolarisAstrum Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you so much, beautiful-face <3
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Cariannarz Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Totally deserved bby <3 congrats! :la:
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PolarisAstrum Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you, Deanie-face <3
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Micro-Riese Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2014
the style is awesome. but I just can't unsee that this bird looks like it's farting ...
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PolarisAstrum Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Is it bad that I giggled a LOT when I read this comment? :giggle: Now I'll never be able to unsee it either!
Thank you! Glad you like the style (:
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Micro-Riese Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2014
:D
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wolfgirl501 Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I was so thinking of Okami when I saw this!!:D
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PolarisAstrum Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Haha, glad the main inspiration for this shines through! I simply adore that game <3
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wolfgirl501 Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Oh me too!:D
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amaiCherry Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
wow so wonderful *-*
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PolarisAstrum Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you! :tighthug:
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amaiCherry Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
you're welcome ^-^
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since91 Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
great piece, congrats on the dd. :)
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PolarisAstrum Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you!
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since91 Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
my pleasure^^
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blanket86 Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
This is so amazing! I really love this style and composition! Congratulations! Love
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PolarisAstrum Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you so much! :tighthug:
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mea00 Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Nice work! Congrats on the DD
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