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Gerla Family Portrait by sighthoundlady Gerla Family Portrait by sighthoundlady
I can’t tell you how many times I almost ran away screaming from this. This took…eons to complete. If there are any mistakes at this point, I probably don’t care anymore! And look, a back ground!

Do you know what happens when the power goes out when you are in the middle of saving a ginormous photoshop file? You lose it, that’s what. The entire kitten caboodle. Gone. In its place you get a black image and photoshop tells you "This document contains photoshop data which appears to be damaged." And then all you can do is cry and cry and cry over your destroyed file. Fortunately I was working on the background separately and only lost that and not all the rest. Surely would have committed Harry Kerry then. @_@

So anyways, love all these guys. The entire Gerla family: Herla and Gehirn with their two sons, Johan and Leto and their three daughters, Vasana, Neela and Indira. All characters belong to their respective players. What a pretty lot if I don’t say so myself.

Gehirn belongs to :iconmismantis:
Herla and Neela belong to me. :iconsighthoundlady:
Vasana belongs to :iconkatehallen:
Indira belongs to :iconalcinda:
Leto belongs to :iconapeldille:
Johan belongs to Faustt on the TEF comm
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leRythm Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2014  Student Digital Artist
looking again at this pic is very cute because it seems like Indira is sticking her tongue out! :giggle:
is especially cute with her kitty mouth :aww:
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sighthoundlady Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Ha, you know since you've said that, I can't unsee it, Indira will be forever sticking her tongue out now!
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Salaria123100mermaid Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2013
Is Indira the white fawn? Are you going to write a story for her too?
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sighthoundlady Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Indira is the white fawn yes.  It's not likely that I'll write any stories specifically about her though as she is not my character.  She belongs to Alcinda.
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Crickatoo Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2013  Student Digital Artist
I LOVE this! It's really stunning and magnificent. Whatever mistakes there may be, I certainly don't see them. The background is really amazing and I hardcore admire your technique. Like the way you've utilized textures to go with the soft painting. Just WOW. I could stare at this forever a;lskdf;asdklj

And gah, I've had the power go out in the middle of painting too and it's THE WORST :( :( I'm so sorry that happened to you. If you need help getting Photoshop CS6 (it has autosave) send me a note!
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SpiritWolfen Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
neat :)
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sighthoundlady Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks!
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alcinda Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Love the composition of this piece, the poses and positioning really brings the picture together. Your hard work definitely paid off in the end! And of course you drew Indira exactly how I envision her.
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sighthoundlady Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you!  So glad to hear I've drawn Indira well too, I love her design but dang, I still find it tricky drawing her face!
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creep-machine Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Did you... mean Hara-Kiri/Harakiri?
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sighthoundlady Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist

Nope, I meant Harry Kerry, because I’m not Japansese, I’m an American using bastardized Japanese terms in a very red neck way. 8)

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creep-machine Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Oh, well carry on then.
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werewolf-legend Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2013
Beautiful!! I love your work, makes me jealous haha
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sighthoundlady Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you!  Nothing to be jealous of though.  It's just lots of hard work and not giving up.  Even when your computer crashes and you loose 6 hours work @_@
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werewolf-legend Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2013
I hate it when that happens!
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EchoheartWarrior Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
What a gorgeous family Herla and Gehirn have! I congratulate the both of them! :)
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sighthoundlady Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you! Worked hard on this family, ha!
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PrinzNero Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2013  Student General Artist
Which one is Indira? o3o (I'm just curious, cause that's my real life name too :3) 
Great picture, such awesume colors :la:
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sighthoundlady Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you!  And oh it is?  That's awesome!  Indira is the little white fawn. :)
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PrinzNero Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2013  Student General Artist
Awww, so cute! And fluffy ;w; 
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stoiske Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2013
I always get the most delightful surprises when I am at work, and holy cow this was one of them :heart:
I utterly love how you have drawn all of the babies. The older boys look so handsome and gosh, look out world when the three girls grow up x
I LOVE how you have drawn Vasana too, climbing over Dad mountain; so like her ;) Neela looks like a goddess and sweet little Ind sittin there bein all precious. Gah.
The amount of work you put into this shows and I am honestly so thankful you included us x
We hope to be active more, and we know we will, life is just very hectic at the moment!
Thankyou so much for this ;A;
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sighthoundlady Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist

I’m very glad you like it Kate!  Thanks!  Vasana is a total cutie.  And blah, hectic life, it never really stops unfortunately.  And thanks again! ^^  

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Ainimalia Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Her new kids look so creeper (in my personal opinion) XD And where is her adopted son, Ciel? I always wonder why I never see him anymore  in  pictures. ;^;
Anyways this is gorgeous. They look very interesting and I adore how you drew this!
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sighthoundlady Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist

Ah, thank you?  I guess, haha.  I know the human faced designs are just strange to people still who are not used to them.  Hard to get over that but I like them.  Whether one of the children is deer faced or human faced has always been up to the player of the character however and their own personal preference.   And this is a “Gerla” family portrait meaning the offspring of Gehirn and Herla.  I didn’t add their adopted son Ciel or Herla’s stepdaughter, Verve, because of that, not because they are any less important or “not around,” because that is far from the truth.  Plus, this piece took over 40 hours work as it is, adding more characters was more work then I wanted to take on for it, truthfully.  Because honestly it could have gone on and on, could have added Sterre, Herla’s daughter in-law too.  Or other important friends as well. Just because I don't draw other people's characters all the time does not mean they are not important?  Ha! 

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Ainimalia Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Ohh I was just wondering, thanks. I understand that with your amazing skills, drawing so many deer can be so much work! SO i can understand that you only have Herla's bloodies on (blood-related children) in the pic. ^^
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Bloodnale Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
awh, so cute

& beautifully drawn
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sighthoundlady Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks ^^
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Shinopa Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Yay, a family portrait!
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sighthoundlady Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Yes! Hah!
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Shinopa Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
How do other players get your creations? Do they ask in advance or something?
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sighthoundlady Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Mostly just depends on what inspires me and what I have time for really.
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Shinopa Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
What do you mean? haha I'm referring to how your Herla's offspring are given to other players.
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sighthoundlady Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist

Ah, I see.  Guess that depends on a lot of factors and it’s not a decision I make on my own either, they aren’t just Herla’s children but Gehirn’s too and his player definitely has a say in how it goes.  Each time we’ve decided Herla and Gehirn would have children it’s very much been a collaborative effort between ourselves and the players of the fawns.  I don’t believe in telling a fawn player all the details of the fawn, they make those decisions themselves based on their personal preferences.  Fawn players are not chosen easily or without consideration either.

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Shinopa Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Ah, I see.
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Grasswhistler Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2013  Hobbyist
Hands-down, they win the award for most gorgeous family in the Forest. ; u ;
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sighthoundlady Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Ah thanks, I'm prejudice but have to agree ;)
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shuzbunny Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2013
I like it but I likes the other design of Leto. Are you going to do age progression pics of Indira and Vasana? I would very much love to see that and maybe some info on the girls as well.
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sighthoundlady Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you!  Well and to answer your questions, those aren't my characters so those sorts of things are up to their players really whether they want to do those things are not. Ha!
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Misted-Dream Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Very nice work! So glad you were able to save some of it--and also complete it! :)
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sighthoundlady Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks!  And me too, losing what I did was frustrating enough.  I always try to remember to save often when working in photoshop.  What they don't tell you is that if you loose power in the middle of saving...it will munch your file. @_@
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Misted-Dream Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
It's different if it was something you had just started, but especially when it's a larger project and one that large--that's horribly nasty. Lol, they need to have an automatic "storm save" function that automatically saves your file in a different location in case such things happen (and that way it wouldn't save over the exact file you had open in case you didn't want to save it ;)).
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BlueRoseKelly Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2013
Awesome. :)
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sighthoundlady Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks
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BlueRoseKelly Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2013
:)
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Mythian Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2013  Professional Writer
Your work is always so stunning. This piece has inspired me for something I've never drawn before. ^___^ Ooo the ideas just flow.
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sighthoundlady Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you!  And it has?  That's awesome. ^_^
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