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Sleepless Winter by DimeSpin Sleepless Winter by DimeSpin
Dryads bonded to deciduous trees sleep and hibernate through the winter, but Renwick has always found it difficult to stay asleep. He doesn't feel like moving much, his metabolism is just as suppressed either way, he just finds himself sitting awake, thinking through the winter months.

Usually Dryads stay inside their trees all winter, but Luz sits with Renwick to keep him company. He always goes to sleep, but Ren still appreciates it.

Painted with the GIMP.
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black-dog2008 Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2016  Professional Digital Artist
Cool!
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erykh Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
This is lovely!
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backup-character Featured By Owner May 2, 2012
amazing amount of detail and very lovely story behind it. Great!
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perushinkov Featured By Owner May 2, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
You have really beautiful and delicate concepts...
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InuRyoko Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2011  Professional General Artist
The texture is gorgeous! Very well put together. Love it.
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Peaches118 Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2011  Student Digital Artist
i love how you turned trees into people :) poor Renwick just needs a nice cup of warm milk or maybe he should walk around. wonder how tall he would be O.o
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knux33 Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Gorgeous work! I love their body structure and how they fit perfectly with the tree while still looking like solid beings all their own. And the small story we get with them gives the characters a nice extra emotional significance to us; the viewers. Well done.
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sfemonster Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2011
The amount of detail you put into your work is incredible- the bark and the shadows on the snow are just fantastic. I love that you don't just draw characters, you draw whole stories. There are solid worlds and mythologies and narratives in everything you do, and even without reading the descriptions you can see that. I could look at this for ages.
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Cacodaemonia Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
This is really stunning. The subtle colors on the snow and the rich textures make the scene feel very real. Renwick's eyes are beautiful. :)
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Capt-Topknot Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
It is so neat to finally see this finished. Its adorable and the details [like the bits of snow in their skin/bark] are fantastic.
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kimikana Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2011
Beautiful image. I love all the details, especially in their bark. It's interesting to see dryads portrayed during the winter months. I like the story behind it too, very sweet. Also, nice atmospheric perspective and color scheme.
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emmalazauski Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2011  Professional
Simply lovely; both the image and the story behind it!
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Phraggle Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2011   General Artist
This is wonderful.
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dwilliams Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2011
PS HOW, UNIVERSE, DO I SUBMIT THIS FOR A DD?
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dwilliams Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2011
THE DEPTH IN THIS. I don't think I was expecting the depth. Marvelous, thoughtful work ask usual, m'dear.
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Dudymas Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2011
nice work on shading and atmosphere.

So Ren does go to sleep sometimes, right? Just not during the winter? I wonder if the dryad 'brain' needs it, or do they really just shift their consciousness to memories to pass the time? It's a weird thing to think about, since memory has to be something quite different for a creature such as a dryad.
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DimeSpin Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Dryads do sleep and do need to sleep. Renwick basically has the hibernation equivalent of insomnia. Just as many people lay awake at night, despite being tired and needing the rest, Renwick sits awake through the winter. I imagine he dozes periodically, but keeps waking up again, resulting in being totally robbed of the deeply rested and renewed feeling his fellows have in the spring.

Dryad's memories aren't so different from the human experience of memories - except for the absolutely solid memory of seasons and weather perfectly matched to everything they remember happening to them. That's a bit different.
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spacerogue Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
absolutely stunning
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KatziiYataki Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2011
Beautiful work as always, Dime.
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spligity Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2011  Student General Artist
aww how cute, the blankets of snow seem like actual blankets.
i love how cozy they look despite everything being so cold
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shrimpmuffin Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2011
That is amazing! I LOVE the characters and the whole piece is just done very nicely!!
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TeeJayBones Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2011
This is incredible. I love the textures and details. You colour amazingly.
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KodiNaki Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2011  Professional Filmographer
Ah, your work is so gorgeous. I love the detail you do! :) <3 <3 And the story is lovely.

Their personalities are also very apparent on their faces/poses... it just adds to the picture! Love it! <3 <3
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