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Aelita and Jax by Aurella Aelita and Jax by Aurella
Size: 8 x 10"
Medium: Watercolor and Ink
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This painting is based off of a character from one of my much older ACEO cards. Some of you may remember the duo of Aelita and Jax! I decided to do another painting featuring them because I love them so much. Aelita is a very beautiful witch who is part of the high witch and wizard elite. She is constantly concerned with presenting the proper image. Jax is her pink-winged cat who likes to play tricks (especially on Halloween!) which annoys Aelita to no end. But Aelita is never seen without her Jax.

I was influenced by an art style that I admire so much: Art Nouveau. I decided to create a very detailed background almost to mimic a wrought iron gate or fence. Can you find all the hidden images that I placed in the background? Then, also with the Art Nouveau style, I placed a circular border behind Aelita and Jax with a pumpkin patch and a green mosaic frame. Behind them within the circle is a spooky graveyard scene and a beautiful orange and purple sky!

This was probably my all time favorite piece to work on. I really hope that you all enjoy it! =)
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SashaFitzgerald Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2007  Professional Traditional Artist
The colours are absolutely beautiful in this piece! The composition is a amazing - the art nouveau borders are so symmetrical... just wow. I think I'm going to have to fave this now ;)
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Aurella Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2007  Professional Traditional Artist
Aww thank you!! This is a favorite of mine so I'm absolutely thrilled that you like it! :hug:
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Atenea217 Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2007
wow.. gorgeous!
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Aurella Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2007  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you so much for all of your comments! I really appreciate them! :hug:
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Atenea217 Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2007
well, you deserve them... you do some of the most beautiful mix of colours i've seen in traditonal (i love traditional art lol)..!
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Asfodelo Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2007  Student General Artist
awesome work on the background!
it seems to have a lot of work behind it..
also, the colors of her clothes are wonderful!
great work :)
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Aurella Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2007  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you so much!! This is definitely the piece that took me the longest to create. It took about a week's worth of work. The border took forever!! I'm glad you like it! :hug:
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Asfodelo Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2007  Student General Artist
your welcome! keep up the good work :)
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Qutey Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2007
This is so cute! And great for the season!
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Aurella Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2007  Professional Traditional Artist
Aww thank you! I'm glad you like her. =)
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celestriastars Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2007
Love this one!!! Wonderful detail and composition :D
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:iconaurella:
Aurella Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2007  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you so much! :hug:
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celestriastars Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2007
My pleasure!!! :D :hug:
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LWaite Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2007   Artisan Crafter
Love it! :)
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:iconaurella:
Aurella Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2007  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you!! This was the most fun painting to work on!!
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Ellocobruja Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2007
love your witches
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:iconaurella:
Aurella Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2007  Professional Traditional Artist
Aww thank you so much! :hug:
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hugoweavingfangirl Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2007
Exquisite.
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:iconaurella:
Aurella Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2007  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks! :hug:
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Loveit Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2007
I LOVE THIS!
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Aurella Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2007  Professional Traditional Artist
Aww thank you!! :hug:
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MelissaDawn Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2007
The details in this are just freaking amazing!!! I love your style, and the fact you paint so many witches!!!
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:iconaurella:
Aurella Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2007  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you so much!! They are definitely my favorite to paint. =)
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MelissaDawn Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2007
You're welcome! I would love to see a children's book or something with your witches as illustrations ;)
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Aurella Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2007  Professional Traditional Artist
Aww thank you!! I'm flattered that you think they would look good in a children's book. I would really love to do something like that some day. =)
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MelissaDawn Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2007
It's true!!! They'd be perfect for a children's book. Do you ever make prints bigger than 5 by 7 for any of them? I love Cassia, I'd love to hang her on my wall! Oh, and congrats on the cross stitch designs, that's so cool :)
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Aurella Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2007  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you so much!! I'm really thrilled and excited about the cross stitch site. The artists and the owner over there are all fantastic. =)

And I tend to do larger prints of my smaller pieces on a case by case basis. I always worry about blowing up smaller pieces because of the quality, so I don't think I'll offer them in my store. But the quality actually isn't that bad. I just recently sold six 5 x 7 prints that were blown up from 2.5 x 3.5." A lady requested them for her daughter's sixth birthday! I think the only difference is that you can see the oopsies a little bit better...like the subtle ink splatters and things like that that aren't noticeable in the smaller versions. But if you are interested in a bigger print, just send me a note or an email or something and I can print one off to see what it looks like and send you a scanned version of the print to see if it's suitable for you!

Thanks so much! :hug:
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MelissaDawn Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2007
Well that's really cool, and it's great the artists and owner are so nice. Congrats again!

So how come you always paint ACEO size? I would think that would be so hard, your paintings are more detailed than most!!! Congrats too on that lady wanting 6 prints too! Must feel good to sell them :) I definitely want a print of Cassia one of these days, 5 by 7 would be fine... right now I'm waiting desperately for my stupid student loan. When I actually have money again, I will let you know! :hug:
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Aurella Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2007  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks so much Melissa!! And definitely no pressure on Cassia. I totally understand about student loans. I graduated in March and my grace period is over at the end of this month uggggggh. Not looking forward to forking over 400 dollars every month for like...the rest of my life lol. Ridiculous!!

And I only paint in ACEO sometimes. I've been trying to do some bigger pieces as well, but the ACEOs tend to generate the most traffic/views/bids on eBay! Plus they are a little bit faster to do than the bigger pieces. But I'm trying to do a mix right now!

Thanks again for your kind words! :hug:
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wintermoth Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2007
i really like how clean and precise the image is. i love all the colors in it and the border is so cool :)
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:iconaurella:
Aurella Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2007  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you so much! The border was so fun to work on since it's really unlike what I normally do. =)
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fantaysa Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2007  Hobbyist General Artist
lovely, I really do like this one!
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Aurella Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2007  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you so much! I appreciate your kind words. =)
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fantaysa Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2007  Hobbyist General Artist
No worries, your artwork is awesome!
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Lucanis Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2007
wow that's very impressive! your art is moving in leaps and bounds
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Aurella Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2007  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you very much! I'm so glad you think so. =)
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petit-chat-noir Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2007
I LOVE it!
The border is fabulous - and the colors really highlight the witch and kitty bat.
Awesome job!!
:blowkiss:
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Aurella Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2007  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you so much!! I'm so glad that you think the colors highlight the witch. I was struggling a lot when I went to paint in the colors since the border was so bold and striking. I didn't quite know how to make the witch the focal point with all of that darkness around the border. So I'm really happy that she sticks out!
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petit-chat-noir Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2007
You are very welcome!
:hug:
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ElionaZale Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2007  Professional Traditional Artist
OOOOOOOOOOOOOOOoooooooooo i love the coloring job... very nice :D It especially shows off the intricate detail of the Halloween border... oooo i love it.. sooo gooooddd... :drool:

hehee, ;P
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Aurella Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2007  Professional Traditional Artist
Awww thank you!! :hug:
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ElionaZale Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2007  Professional Traditional Artist
you are ever so welcome :bow:
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Khellendrathas Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2007
So very pretty!
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Aurella Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2007  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks!! :hug:
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Starrydance Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2007
Just beautiful! <3 I love every bit of it!
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Aurella Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2007  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks so much Starry! I'm glad that you like it. =)
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Atisutoakino Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2007
Such an intricate design. I CAN'T SPELL INTRACITTEEE
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Aurella Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2007  Professional Traditional Artist
Lol thanks! I think you had it right the first time hehe. =) I appreciate your comments!
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Atisutoakino Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2007
Haha nuu I had to backspace and type again three times. It's all an illusion.

yourwelcome
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Aurella Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2007  Professional Traditional Artist
Lol
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