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Explorers by Nollaig Explorers by Nollaig
I guess this is a sort of homage to the fireflies series I did years ago - except that now I'm much better at drawing!! I'm actually really pleased with this, as it's almost 100% unreferenced, and I just looked at clipart of their faces to get a feel for what I was doing, I didn't use any direct references.

Pleased as I am, I'm sure I'll find something I want to change by tomorrow! XD

Edit: Immediately found something  - unfortunately the png colours are showing up insanely saturated, so I'm having to use the lower quality jpeg.

First time in a long long time I've done a proper, original, full colour scene with canon characters, so I hope you guys like it!

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smsjgoku Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2014  Student Digital Artist
I've gotta say, this really grabbed my attention, it just looks soo vibrant!
Nollaig Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you!
alvringer Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2014
I like the time of day you chose for it, the fireflies are lovely :D
Rasgonras Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2014
What I especially like about this one is that the fireflies now illuminate their surroundings. The background, the shading, the cubs, perfectly meld together. Wow. Just wow.
Nollaig Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Yeah it was by chance I discovered that using the dodge tool gave a sort of illumination quality, so I went with it! And thank you :3
Flameshadow117 Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Yaaayy!!! Aww, I love the lighting! And I like the homage! I remember your fireflies pieces :D
Nollaig Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks! :D
AcaziaLioness94 Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Very cute ^^
Lucky-Clover91 Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2014
Aww that's cute, the Lion King is an awesome film :)
Nala15 Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2014  Professional General Artist

TLK fanart from Noll!!! :squee: You just made my hectic week a whole lot better. Thank you! :glomp: This whole pic... it just makes me happy. :love: Nala and Simba are awesome in your style, and that BG/lighting!!! Whooooa! :omg: There so much detail there (or at least gives the illusion of detail - a rare talent indeed ;)). The sky is a beautiful backdrop, and I think those fireflies really bring it all together. It also brings me back (like you mentioned) to your original firefly TLK fanart.


Overall, wonderful work, Noll! :hug: Keep it up! :dance:

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