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The Book of Three - Hen Wen the pig by mdlillustration The Book of Three - Hen Wen the pig by mdlillustration
Edit: Moved to a more findable category now that the contest is over

My freshly made illustration entry for the Train your Brain contest.

This is the white pig Hen Wen running through the underground world of the fairyfolk of Prydain.
I chose to illustrate the first book of the Chronicles of Prydain by Lloyd Alexander: The Book of Three. www.goodreads.com/book/show/24… One of my childhood favourites.
The Dutch version of the Chronicles of Prydain had illustrations that managed to intrigue me and frustrate me as a child. I remember drawing on top of the cover, getting even more frustrated and papering over it to hide it. Consider this take two ;)


It's a painting to be used as a wraparound cover. You can see what I sort of had in mind for the text layout here fav.me/d5mvleq :thumb340756514:
It's done in acrylic, the papersize is slightly bigger than A3 but this is cropped. Some digital editing for scanner corrections.

Hope you like!

edit: A few people have asked me about the pig. She's a pig of the Tamworth variety, the real one is a lovely brown colour. She lives, or lived, happily on a homestead in the US and the photographer and owner has graciously given me permission to use her photo even though I was very late in asking for it.
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:iconmeradina:
meradina Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
looks great! nice colours you have there (:
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:iconmdlillustration:
mdlillustration Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2015  Professional General Artist
Thank you happy to hear that :)
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:iconfaolgarg:
faolgarg Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2015  Student General Artist
One of my favorite series, time to re read them I think.
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:iconmdlillustration:
mdlillustration Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2015  Professional General Artist
It's always a good time to read about Prydain :)
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WeirdoSheep Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2015  Student Filmographer
Love the Prydain books... literally was my childhood :)
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:iconmdlillustration:
mdlillustration Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2015  Professional General Artist
:) Mine too, still want to do some of the other covers but I have a huge list of things to do before that ;)
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DaphneWolfsong Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2015  Hobbyist Photographer
Aw wonderful job!
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:iconmdlillustration:
mdlillustration Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2015  Professional General Artist
Thank you!
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:icondaphnewolfsong:
DaphneWolfsong Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2015  Hobbyist Photographer
You're welcome :)
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:iconpowerlloyd:
PowerLloyd Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2013
Great job! I love the sense of movement and the amazing, dreamlike lighting. 
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:iconmdlillustration:
mdlillustration Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2015  Professional General Artist
A very late thank you!
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:iconmichifromkmk:
michifromkmk Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2013
have I already told you, that this one is my absolute favorite?:)
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:iconmdlillustration:
mdlillustration Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2013  Professional General Artist
Awww :hug:
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:iconnurnbertwo:
nurnbertwo Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2013
absolutely fabulous! luv it!
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:iconmdlillustration:
mdlillustration Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2013  Professional General Artist
Thank you very much! Your caricatures are kickass btw:)
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nurnbertwo Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2013
youre welcome and thanks:)
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:iconhannyjones:
hannyjones Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2013  Professional Filmographer
This is lovely!!!!
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:iconmdlillustration:
mdlillustration Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2013  Professional General Artist
:)
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:iconstefanistic:
Stefanistic Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2013  Student General Artist
I love this! Especially the colors and the details[link]
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:iconmdlillustration:
mdlillustration Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2013  Professional General Artist
Very happy you like :)
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:iconjunaidi:
JUNAIDI Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
this is unique, i can see how your effort to draw those diamonds, the color is cool, it has depth of field too. Good job :D
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:iconmdlillustration:
mdlillustration Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2013  Professional General Artist
Super duper thank you!!
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:iconkellymckernan:
kellymckernan Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
This is fantastic! Good luck! :hug:
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:iconmdlillustration:
mdlillustration Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2012  Professional General Artist
Thank you very!
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howlingwolfie Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2012   Filmographer
loved the film when I was younger I have never read the books : ) beautiful image captivating
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mdlillustration Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2012  Professional General Artist
Thank you! The film is very entertaining too, I recently watched it again and enjoyed it a lot.
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dragonfantasque Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2012  Hobbyist
WHoo!! Great job! :omg:
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:iconmdlillustration:
mdlillustration Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2012  Professional General Artist
Thank you thank you!!
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:iconhellbeereth:
HellbeeretH Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2012
Wow that looks fantastic !! I love all the amazing details and the use of colors on the pig and how it reflects on the diamonds!
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:iconmdlillustration:
mdlillustration Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2012  Professional General Artist
Thank you very much Hellbeereth !
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Gwillieth Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2012   Traditional Artist
great work ! I really love colors you used !
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:iconmdlillustration:
mdlillustration Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2012  Professional General Artist
Thank you I appreciate it :)
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Sweet-Bread Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
I love the color use and texture of the pig. Great stuff!
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:iconmdlillustration:
mdlillustration Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2012  Professional General Artist
Thank you mr Brian Sweet-Bread! Painting a white pig is a bit of a challenge I found out. Glad you approve :)
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Raiderhater1013 Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2012
Stunning!
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:iconmdlillustration:
mdlillustration Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2012  Professional General Artist
Thank you :)
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Raiderhater1013 Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2012
You are very welcome! :)
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:iconcirruscastle:
cirruscastle Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2012   Traditional Artist
The diamond trees are absolutely amazing.
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mdlillustration Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2012  Professional General Artist
:) Thank you for that and the fav ! There's actually a bit of the top missing in where it sort of joins up and becomes the ceiling but that just refused, adamantly, to get scanned properly. I'm happy you like the bits that ended up on the picture.
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rannveigfunderud Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
Wow, awesome! Great color use.
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:iconmdlillustration:
mdlillustration Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2012  Professional General Artist
Thank you very much :)
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