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don’t you just… hate it when you’re drawing a tree and then it turns into a weird lesbian fairytale thing… ALTERNATE TITLE: YOU MAKE ME MOIST

OK STORY TIME because this concept had a pretty interesting process, actually. my best bud ~blouse did this really cool illustration where she illustrated her biggest flaws, and i wanted to copy her!! so for the past whatever i've been grappling with this idea of personifying 'possessiveness', since it's one of my biggest flaws (next one will be 'flatulence' (just kidding)). for a while i was stuck on the idea of depicting it as some kinda da vinci-esque male-wolverine hybrid--men are possessive, wolderines are possessive, ya get it--but it always fell flat. and then after looking at whimsical forests (as usual) i started drawing this creepy tree lady and tied the two ideas together. despite being an atypical combination (a woman and a tree??), not only did the concepts mesh well, they told a story--a possessive tree that wants to be watered and nurtured constantly saps the life from all the other stuff in the garden (and the person she's possessive of, too).

i really fell in love with the whole concept and figuring out how to depict a woman and a tree as possessive instead of the usual 'seductive' role, but i'm still pretty disappointed with my illustration skills (or lack thereof, hah).

ANYWAY, apologies for going all arty-deep there. ENJOY!!

edit: OH DANG THANKS FOR THE DAILY DEVIATION ^alicexz !!! Getting one was always a dream of mine I'm the happiest little lady right now!! :')
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Given 2012-04-17
possesso, a great stylistic illustration by ~hotcake. The characters are interesting and well-designed. ( Featured by alicexz )
:iconvanessachao:
vanessachao Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
Awesome! I like your artwork~Love 
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:icongrayscaled:
GRAYSCALED Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
Love the concept, and the colors... and the art. It almost feels like it's going to start moving, it's green, dark and rustly canopy just gobbling up the 'one who makes her moist' and just relishing in a short moment of ''my preciousss'' pleasure. 

As a fellow 'possesser' I feel you completely. That was the feeling I got from the drawing, and after reading the description - it all made sense. 

Is that how dryads came to be? :B
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:iconpauerkraut:
Pauerkraut Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Well, this picture is a few months old now, but I still had to say I really love it and the concept behind it. I really like the contrast between the browns and pinks.
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:icontartleigh:
tartleigh Featured By Owner May 11, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
the image works on its own, but the explanation makes it pop much more. great concept.
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:iconphildog:
phildog Featured By Owner May 4, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
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:iconthystle-blum:
Thystle-Blum Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Makes me think of Adam and Eve in the garden.
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:iconthystle-blum:
Thystle-Blum Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
One of Lucifer's names is, The Tree of Knowledge Between Good and Evil.
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:icondyingdarkgrave:
dyingdarkgrave Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2012
love it!
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:iconsnowwhiteak:
SnowWhiteAK Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I love this idea
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:iconcadba:
Cadba Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2012  Student General Artist
SO AWESOME!!!
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:iconcarolevitt:
CaroLevitt Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2012
I love it! Who wouldn´t adore to have a tree lover!!
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:iconjantineartisan:
JantineArtisan Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2012
Bloody hel. Your talent is out of this world.....I hate you :)
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:iconmallinda:
Mallinda Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
whoa! O.O awesome!
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:iconspacecadetamy:
SpaceCadetAmy Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2012   Digital Artist
This is stunningly gorgeous :heart: The colors and the way it's painted just....my heart *___*

I'm also a huge romantic, so extra sucker points there.
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:icontoughspirit:
ToughSpirit Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2012  Student General Artist
Wow this is really interesting piece, well done.
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:iconfujii-chama:
Fujii-Chama Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2012
the concept is great. I would like to see the dying trees and plants beside the main tree. ha...
but I like it nevertheless, the warm colour makes it very vibrant.
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:iconbruce8331:
Bruce8331 Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2012
Huh, the depection was difficult for me to put it at first. But when explain as you have it gives the art alot more weight to it.
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:iconspinkellasapphire:
SpinkellaSapphire Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2012
Wow. That IS possessive. .n.
Congratulations on the Daily Deviation~! :heart:
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:iconcoriacea:
Coriacea Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
Great concept, and you illustration is fine! But, then again, we tend to be our own worst critics.
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:iconmeme-candia:
Meme-candia Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2012  Student General Artist
love your style
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:iconbludrgn426:
BluDrgn426 Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
hmmm, i'm liking where this is going...
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:icondantelosgatos:
DanteLosGatos Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
LOVE IT!!!!, you should not apologies for expression your self
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:iconnupao:
nupao Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2012  Student General Artist
Wow pretty awesome work! Magazines should feature this kind of work!
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:iconlittlespacestars:
LittleSpaceStars Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2012  Student Digital Artist
Ahh, wonderful, wonderful colors and designs! . . . and not to mention humor. Your Artist's Description amused me. :B

And as for it looking more seductive than possessive, I feel like if you made the woman's eyes bigger (as if she were surprised) it could change that . . . then again, that might just make her appear more surprised instead of like she's being captivated by the tree. Ahh, just rambling to myself, I guess. XDD;

Very nice piece! Love the personification. :lol:
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:iconair1997:
Air1997 Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2012  Student Artist
Okay, this is one of my favorites so far!
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:iconcaleighrg:
Caleighrg Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
    Wow, this is great!!
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:iconckfrady:
ckfrady Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2012
i don't get it is she hugging the tree
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:iconjustplainbatty:
JustPlainBatty Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2012  Student General Artist
The detail that you put into this picture is just stunningly awesome :aww: You really deserved the DD :winner: :#1:
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:iconnewtypefern:
newtypeFERN Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Interesting...very nice!
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:iconverriterriberri:
verriterriberri Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2012
love the idea, style and execution :)
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:iconsnowwaterflower:
snowwaterflower Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2012
I like the alternate title!
And wouldn't it be boring without the random lesbian plot twist?
(Anyway, the concept is lovely and the art is gorgeous!)
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:iconbrandoch-daha:
Brandoch-Daha Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Oh, no, this is really wonderful. I really like the graphic style you have used here. Reminds me of art done with paper cutouts, too. Very cool. I'd say this was a success. Tree is possessive, without being too scary, just really wanting the maiden.
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:iconsessyf1uffyism1n3l0l:
Im in love with the tree-things face. It seems like there is such a deepness to it. Yet I don't think I will ever fully understand that deepness.
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:icongothianavampet:
GothianaVampet Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2012  Student General Artist
Beautiful work!!! It reminds me of a fairy tale like sleeping beauty with the colors chosen but I applaud you on how beautiful this is!!! :clap: :clap: :clap: :clap:
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:iconsilentfright:
Silentfright Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I LOVE IT! It reminds me a picture I’ve seen before in a fairytale. I’ll have to look it up and link it to you. Beautiful work!
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:iconskull-top-hat-fire00:
Treebian?
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:iconlamby17:
Lamby17 Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2012
cool and creepy. :)
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:iconesemese:
esemese Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2012  Professional
really cool, congrats on the DD!
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:iconpandoralewis:
PandoraLewis Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
Great work! It's really gorgeous.
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:iconvyrerus:
Vyrerus Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Not atypical at all. In The Evil Dead a chick totally gets raped by a tree. Not what you're depicting, I know, but this idea isn't new, though the picture is really great in my opinion.
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:icondzorek:
Dzorek Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
What a wonderful concept! And the artwork itself is gorgeous. :>
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:iconelenja:
Elenja Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
. . . I never thought I'd say anything like this - ... but that sure is a sexy tree *.*
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:iconsneakytree:
SneakyTree Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
awesome! totally scary, but I love it!
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:iconcrumpetsharvey:
CrumpetsHarvey Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2012   Writer
don’t you just… hate it when you’re drawing a tree and then it turns into a weird lesbian fairytale thing…

NO those are the best times
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:iconnancy-keenobie:
nancy-keenobie Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I totally LOVE it!
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:iconchris7clason:
chris7clason Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2012  Professional Writer
wowzers!
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:iconacaciathorn:
Acaciathorn Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Great concept!
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:iconthekaladisartist:
TheKaladisArtist Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2012  Student Digital Artist
That is beautiful. Lovely style and congratulation to your DD. You earned it. :)
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:iconwaterygrave:
WateryGrave Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2012  Student General Artist
I really love this. c: The more I look at it, the more details I find that weren't there the first time I looked. Very cool idea!
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:iconburlesqueinsolent:
BurlesqueInsolent Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
This gives the term ''treehugging'' a whole new meaning.

Good job on this one.
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