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Evariste, Sylvia, and Maria [illustration] by quaedam
Evariste, Sylvia, and Maria [illustration]
(This is a pretty damn large picture -- it started out relatively small, but the background kept expanding. I'd appreciate it if you took the time to look at it full size as well as zoomed out, if possible?)

These are Crysomandiaz's ( ) characters Evariste, Sylvia, and Maria (in order from left to right). They live in a post apocalyptic world which is similar to the present day Mediterranean, as I understand, so I had a lot of fun looking up appropriate plants and architecture.

The town in the background is pretty much a chunk lifted out of the real life town of Manarola ( ) -- and so I take no credit for the design of the town, though I did construct this perspective myself, using a rough plan of the buildings traced off satellite images of the area from Google Maps, and eyeballed elevations of the individual buildings from photographs. 

The clothes are a bit of a hodgepodge of eras and styles; I was going for neo-Medieval (as with Evariste's clothes), but then I really wanted to put Maria in some sort of bolero jacket ( similar to this, in this case:… ), so I figured in the end that folks in a post-apocalyptic (or indeed in any) future would have access to designs from any and all eras preceding their own.

The boats in the foreground are a couple of Melonseeds (… ) (something like these (… ) might have been nice also, but they were too large for my purposes) which I modeled and projected into the appropriate perspective in Rhino; I then popped them on top of the perspective drawing I'd already done of the town in Photoshop (I'll post a WIP of this little monster on my Tumblr later today :D).

The starfish is one of these guys: (… ) (I admit to choosing it for color and shape; I don't know what part of the world they live in; in a post-apocalypse type situation, though, I figure you can be a bit fast and loose with stuff like that) and you should not of course pick up starfish off the rocks you find them on, because you will hurt their little feet (not the arms, but the feet inside the arms). I'm assuming either that this guy was already floating free, or that Maria... coaxed it onto her hand? Can you do that? I don't know. Anyhow, the starfish is fine.

The foreground plants are yucca, which I was intrigued to find are now naturalized in Italy (although they aren't native to that area).  (I understand the internet's been interested in color lately: so, for anyone interested, the yucca in the foreground are white and green. Any other color you think you see is entirely a product of your own imagination.)
Season [illustration] by quaedam
Season [illustration]
Here's a drawing of uyudong's ( ) lovely character Season, feeding chipmunks. (when I was little, I was told that the trick was to lay a trail of seeds from the chipmunk burrow and then lay a distance away with a handful of seed and wait for the chipmunks to emerge and follow the trail to your hand -- this may or may not be a real chipmunk-taming method that works, or it may just be something older people tell children to get them to spend long periods of time being quiet; it's a nice idea anyhow) 

Also there are budgies. 

Flowers/trees/hair ornaments:……
Thanks, folks! Think I've got as many things to draw now as I'll have spare time for in the next few weeks.
Hi, folks! I'd like to take maybe two or three commissions right now (if I don't wind up with room for you on this list, I should be able to open for a few more in another month or two), so here's my commission info below.

(Just comment to this entry/Note me on DA/e-mail me at

Prices are $30 for a single character + relatively simple background 
(examples here: Sephiril (illustration) by quaedam and here: Crazydragon [illustration] by quaedam ) 
$60 for two characters
(examples here: Anying and Irohne [illustration] by quaedam and here: Vespar and Valentine [illustration] by quaedam )

$80 for three or more. Payment via Paypal only. After I've closed commissions and made up a list of everyone's requests, I'll give each person a finish date by which to expect their completed piece.

If I get a request which I really don't think I'll be able to draw, or which I really wouldn't be comfortable drawing, I do reserve the right to turn requests down. But, chances are I'll be happy to do most requests I get.

ETA: Okay, here's the list so far. I think three sounds about the limit of what I can do right now, so I've got room for one more person.

1. uyudong
2. Crysomandiaz
Indistinguishable From Magic, page 6-7 [end] by quaedam
Indistinguishable From Magic, page 6-7 [end]
I drew this short comic for Mobsters and Monsters, an online zine, last year -- I asked and they said I could post it online now. :) You should check out the other comics in the book, btw (… ) -- they're much cooler than mine. Since this was my first ever attempt at a comic rather than a one off drawing I had to make it quite short, too. But I really appreciated being included -- it was a fun project.
Ah, actually telling a story in pictures is terribly hard. Even when it's a real simple one. (Mad scientist ladies duke it out with wind turbine monsters, because I love both mad scientist ladies and wind turbines)

(first page:… )

And there you are.

I kinda want to play around with these characters again some time. (*pretty* sure everyone survived and no one was actually eaten?) Maybe some time in the future when I suddenly become able to draw at lightning speed (that happens to everyone eventually, right? Sure, it does.)


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Thanks, folks! Think I've got as many things to draw now as I'll have spare time for in the next few weeks.

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OdysseyFaine Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2015   Digital Artist
Sorry about the sudden influx of favorites, but I watch you over at the Y and was thinking about your work the other day so I thought I would check to see if you had a DA and you do. You really are an inspiration. Thank you for that. 
prontaleza Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I utterly and absolutely love your art style! It's so elegant and sensual. I wish I could one day do what you do with colors. 
quaedam Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2015
Aw, thanks. :) I enjoyed looking through your gallery as well! Definite watch back.
vectorgurl Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Your style looks so familiar.... have you been published in a comic by any chance?
quaedam Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2014
No, not as far as I know. :) I just post stuff here and on Tumblr.
vectorgurl Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
OH I see, well it's lovely either way ^^
t-e-a-cup Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Very, very nice work.
You have an amazing grasp of color. It strikes me as very Art Nouveau.
I look forward to seeing more C:
quaedam Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2014
Hi! Thank you; that's very nice of you to say. :)
shuu-washuu Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2013  Student Digital Artist
I was sure I was having you in my watch o__O  I don't get why You were not there but it's easly remedied. Love your art :love:
quaedam Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2013
Aw, hi there! I love your art too! (I was super excited to see you were reading Fate/Stay Night a few weeks back, and doing fanart of it--I really liked that VN too. :D)
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