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All the time in the world by lily-fox All the time in the world by lily-fox
These are characters from Amanda Cook's graphic novel-in-progress, Death & Taxes. Andromalius, goodhearted demon, and Cora, our heroine, here as a little girl. He's been watching out for her all her life.

Amanda realized pretty recently that she's been drawing Andromalius for many years with Benedict Cumberbatch's face, long before she'd ever seen him. That's something pretty special. He looks awfully nice in blue.

I've been stressing out lately over dumb things, getting pretty emotional. I hate that sometimes it takes someone I love hurting for me to step back and see how happy and easy things are for me. When my friends are dealing with hard things, all I want to do is be there and wrap my arms around them. When I'm on the other side of the world, all I can do is draw it out.

Sleep, baby, sleep. Have sweet dreams.




[ reblog on Tumblr ]
props: Cora & Andromalius Amanda Cook
materials: ink, paper + PS8
music: Kate Havnevik, "Unlike Me"
Please do not reproduce without my explicit permission.
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:iconksj7700:
ksj7700 Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I'd love to read this book. I love how he looks just like Mr. Cumberbatch!
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wowgypsy Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2012
Your work is always so calming and dream like, I love that you've drawn Death and Taxes, it just makes me love you more! I love it when artists actually find the perfect face for their characters, even before they've seen/heard of them. I did that to one of my old characters, he ended up being exactly like a lead singer from a band.

Anyway..I just love this and the best part for me would be the eyes :)
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seussical-love Featured By Owner May 24, 2012
I see a lot of myself and Jordan in this image and the characters. This is lovely and makes me feel better.
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Appleofmypi Featured By Owner May 22, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
HO SHIT he actually does look like the batch! beautiful pic btw ^^'
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terahann Featured By Owner May 21, 2012
This is so gorgeous; the coloring is exquisite. Beautiful work!
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dustiphoenix Featured By Owner May 20, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I don't have a pint of clue as to who Benedict Cumberbatch it, but I love the depth radiating in his face. Like he's pulling the pain away from her and right into his lovely eyes. <3 And those hues! They're so bright, but I'm guessing that would be in line with the traditional colors of graphic novel artistry. The few graphic novels and comics I've picked up have used mostly primary colors. But there's life in this with the changes in hues and the way you rise and let fall the contours.

On a note of stress, an unofficial mama (Tara's mother in law) came up today for Tara's youngest's first birthday, and brought with her a necklace for me. It's a caged locket pendant, and in it is a tiny cube infused with oils for soothing. I've felt absolutely blissful all day and almost cried when she gave it to me. Di has been absolutely huffing it (she's a sucker for lavender, and it's one of the oils) so she promised to bring her one next time. I love this woman. She's one of those Earth-Mother types, who says she is an Eclectically Spiritual Animist. New term for me. I usually stuck to the vague neo-pagan idea, but the definition fits what Di and I both built ourselves into over the years.

Okay, I'm done babbling :D
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Lelanowhin Featured By Owner May 18, 2012
I really do love what this story has the potential to become, and I thank you for putting this bit of artwork up for all to see to know that it was even out there. Your comment is also exactly what I needed to hear and be reminded of right now. It works both ways, I will be reaching out to them when I know they need me, and no matter how far away I am from those I love, if I'm hurting they will always keep me wrapped up in their hearts as well.

...It's kind of a sappy comment
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flmnmallow Featured By Owner May 15, 2012
This is tangentially related to your artwork, but you are one of my favorite internet people. Most everything you say to flesh out your artwork/give context behind your pieces makes me think we would be terrific IRL friends. I always look forward to your updates! :)
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lily-fox Featured By Owner May 15, 2012
Aw jeez! Thank you! C: What a nice thing to hear. Well hell, if you're ever on Oahu, let's have a beach day!
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Six-Foot-Two Featured By Owner May 15, 2012
he looks a bit like a Smurf mixed with Satan and Benedict Cumberbatch! hrmmm..
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:iconalcook:
ALCook Featured By Owner May 16, 2012  Professional General Artist
*laughs. chokes. dies.*
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:iconsix-foot-two:
Six-Foot-Two Featured By Owner May 19, 2012
OHNO!! I KILLED AMANDA COOK!!!! lolll
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:iconalcook:
ALCook Featured By Owner May 19, 2012  Professional General Artist
It's all good, this being dead business. I got important shit to do in Hell anyways.
"Research," I calls it.
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Six-Foot-Two Featured By Owner May 25, 2012
Well, I have decided you are officially awesome...facebook fan! When will the book be out if I may ask?
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:iconalcook:
ALCook Featured By Owner May 25, 2012  Professional General Artist
Aww thanks! Unfortunately there's no definite date to give. It's a slow, organic approach I'm taking, and my goal right now is simply "before I'm thirty."
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Six-Foot-Two Featured By Owner May 25, 2012
All the best of luck then dear! Looking forward to it! :)
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Six-Foot-Two Featured By Owner May 25, 2012
oh, and LilyFox? BEAUTIFUL drawing! I love your work!
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Six-Foot-Two Featured By Owner May 25, 2012
(oh, I don't know how the little guy ended up in the corner of that comment)
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Six-Foot-Two Featured By Owner May 19, 2012
but yeah, I'm so terribly embarrassed now.
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ALCook Featured By Owner May 19, 2012  Professional General Artist
Oh don't be! Mal started out a troubled little girl's "imaginary friend," so the fact that he looks like a Satanic Smurf is actually pretty much perfect. XD
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Six-Foot-Two Featured By Owner May 21, 2012
lol!
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lily-fox Featured By Owner May 15, 2012
Well, that's... huh.
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Six-Foot-Two Featured By Owner May 15, 2012
and uh...I mean that in the best possible way! heh...*sweat-brows*
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Kelikala Featured By Owner May 11, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Seeing this made my eyes well up with tears... honestly, I'm not entirely sure why, but feeling so much emotion just by gazing upon a piece of artwork is a rarity for me. Perhaps I'm longing for the same embrace to help get through some of the rough patches in my life right now. I can't really find the right words to describe this, then again your artwork always leaves me speechless so I think that says enough :)
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lily-fox Featured By Owner May 11, 2012
I'm so sorry you're going through hard times right now, but I'm really touched that anything I drew could make you feel so strongly. Here's a long, warm hug from Hawaii: {{{{{{{ }}}}}}}
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InInceptumFinisEst Featured By Owner May 11, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
His face and hair make him look like Benedict Cumberbatch as Sherlock...
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lily-fox Featured By Owner May 11, 2012
You should maybe read the artist comments...
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TaylorLS Featured By Owner May 10, 2012  Student Digital Artist
The way you shape out lips literally slays me.
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:iconlily-fox:
lily-fox Featured By Owner May 10, 2012
Not literally! D: That would be awful!

Unless it was death by smoochin'.
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TaylorLS Featured By Owner May 10, 2012  Student Digital Artist
Literally I tell you! Literally!

Also, you are brilliant.
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lineCra Featured By Owner May 10, 2012  Professional Artist
I hope that you find a pair of arms to snuggle down in Lily. This is beyond precious and delicate. I'm sure the owner of these two lovely characters greatly appreciates it.
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lily-fox Featured By Owner May 10, 2012
My husband and I had a good snuggle session on the sofa. He played with my hair and I fell asleep and snored a little. So I'm good! :D
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ALCook Featured By Owner May 10, 2012  Professional General Artist
In the back of the car on my iPhone right now after driving to the airport for a flight that didn't exist after a day full of so much spooky synchronicity...
Point is I still haven't gotten a chance to aporeciate this image on a screen that's wider than my palm, but appreciate it I do. So much. More than I can say, really, especially with a phone and one finger going poke poke poke.
Ugh. I could use a vestment-clad man chest to lean against right now, fully grown or not. That or a decent night of sleep. Both seem equally unlikely.
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lily-fox Featured By Owner May 10, 2012
Oh, sweet pea. I hope you dream of dreaming on Mal's cassocked chest. Get a big hug in there.

Tell me about everything when you get a chance, after you've had some rest.
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cstarcassowarie Featured By Owner May 10, 2012
Your brushwork is impeccable!
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lily-fox Featured By Owner May 10, 2012
Thank you! I wish I could say it was traditional media, but it's just a really nice PS brush. C:
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azurelacroix Featured By Owner May 10, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
This is gorgeous. As usual. I love Cora's face, how it's just a little awkward in the manner of children. And Andromalius' spectacles, which immediately put me in mind of Mrs. Who from A Wrinkle in Time.
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lily-fox Featured By Owner May 10, 2012
Oh man, it's been AGES since I read A Wrinkle In Time. I just remember getting a real weird, uncomfortable feeling from that book...

I love sleeping kids. I love anybody when they sleep, really. What is it with me, loving people when they're eating, sleeping, taking a bath?
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azurelacroix Featured By Owner May 11, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
the ordinary things that everyone overlooks.
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lakoneko Featured By Owner May 10, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
lol I can see this drawing in process
"ah, start with a nice simple cumberbatch head, contemplative . . . now we add these nice massive red horns and make him blue, very good very good" XD
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lily-fox Featured By Owner May 10, 2012
Ha ha! I started out with Andromalius in mind, but yeah, it's strange how it went from very Benedict to very Blue Demon Preacher.
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Moonstone27 Featured By Owner May 10, 2012   General Artist
That kinda creeps me out a little, but mostly the horns:XD:. Other than its awesome:aww::D!! I love the colors and tones:aww::D!!
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lily-fox Featured By Owner May 10, 2012
I think the horns are supposed to be a little creepy. I don't know, I like 'em! C:
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Moonstone27 Featured By Owner May 10, 2012   General Artist
:XD: I like them, they're good:aww::)
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mishi Featured By Owner May 10, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Oh my goodness, when I saw this I had a feeling you were inspired by Benedict's preternatural features to draw this!

If you want to talk about anything, feel free to send me a message! <333
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lily-fox Featured By Owner May 10, 2012
Aw honey, thank you. I'm doing fine, actually, I just. I don't know. Some of my friends are going through stuff, and you know how it is. You can't do much for someone other than be there, you know?

Ugh, he would make the perfect Andromalius. The only Mal, really. A sweet, troubled soul. Damn, THAT'S what I should have titled this!
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mishi Featured By Owner May 10, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
I know how that is. :( Hopefully you can just keep being a good friend (which I know you can do!) and be supportive. You always help me! <3

That's a great title! THE ONLY SOLUTION IS TO DO ANOTHER ONE! Ahhh, we need to send him some body makeup, haha!
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foxy-chan22 Featured By Owner May 10, 2012  Student Artist
Dannnnggggg
that pic (to me) is really deep like damn!!!
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secondlina Featured By Owner May 10, 2012
So gorgeous!

Cheekbones always look better with a bit more color...
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lily-fox Featured By Owner May 10, 2012
Ha ha, and you should know! :D How pretty your characters are in purple and green...
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