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We understand the lights by lily-fox We understand the lights by lily-fox
Cecil and Carlos cozy up, featuring their anniversary timepiece (a WeWOOD, as I think is Carlos’ style).

This is inspired by Jen Mundy's work (don't look right away, or mine will look like twelve times poop comparatively). I realize I have a long way to go before I can do what I want to do, but I feel like I'm doing okay for not having a tablet. It's busy but cozy.


materials: ink, paper + PS8
music: Grimes, "Genesis"
Please do not reproduce without my explicit permission.
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xXMasterUndertakerXx Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
They lok like the guys :iconlittleulvar: drew
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lily-fox Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2014
Except her Cecil is white. Big difference.
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xXMasterUndertakerXx Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
yeah. sorry I realised that after I looked at a few more, sorry...
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BBMacToma Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Halloween colors!!!! My second favorite color scheme. :D I LOVE the clouds and crack/chasm thingy.
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sc-campbell Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2013  Professional Interface Designer
You don't have a tablet and you still manage this? You're doing great, can't wait to see what you do with a tablet!
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str4yk1tt3n Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2013
i love this more than pie. 
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sunshinemayflower Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
Precious. 
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NeriSiren Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2013
I see this and all my mind can say is, Awwww!.  In a sort of "I could srsly cry" tone.
Love the peaceful warmth between them, the way Cecil is holding Carlos' left hand with his right, and touching his face with his left.  Wonder what Carlos' right hand is doing? ;)
I love how those embers are floating up from between them, like something really special is happening, like you're seeing the energy hidden behind their calmness -- and then the green light just enhances that feeling.  There's some really wild energy going on between them right now, without either of them having to say anything.

Again, :iconiloveyoutooplz: 

The small green aurora...when I look at it really up close, it reminds me of something to do with digital sound.  Was that intentional?
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dustiphoenix Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I got to see the thumbnail of this (my computer was being funny, at least it thinks it's funny. I disagree.) right before leaving for the Ohio shows. But you know what? The warmth simply emanating from those two made me feel enough at ease for such a long journey (Cinci is seven hours from my house, driving). I can't believe I'm about to quote a four year old, but earlier this year, Tara's little boy Gabe said this about Kaydence and why he wanted to grow up to be ten times the size of his daddy to protect her (again, his words): "We have the same heart". That's all I can think whenever I see this. 
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lineCra Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2013  Professional Artist
I hate to admit it. But its due to your lovely lovely piece portraying our well loved radio host Cecil and visiting scientist Carlos that I gave in and began listening to 'Welcome to Night Vale.' I'm glad of this distraction and find Cecil's voice wonderful to listen to while driving. Thanks lily. :hug:
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SimoneHovac Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
Yes perfect. This is EXACTLY my headcannon Cecil and Carlos. I am also digging the Grimes 
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CourageKarma Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2013  Student General Artist
I found this while at school today, then forgot to email the link to myself. So I just spent half an hour looking for this and I'm so happy that I found it again!!!
It's beautiful by the way. I really like your style, the surprising simplicity but careful detail is amazing. I really like how you drew the clouds too.
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Psychdelia Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Awww this is so adorable!! I think this is my new phone background, omg. 
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tylr-r Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2013  Student
Yeaah Grimes! Can't believe you did this sans tablet.
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Bscouter12 Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
:D
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MiggyFool Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
Ugh, I just wanna drink these colours in! I adore the way you draw tender moments, they're always so real and ordinary, but full of lovin'. (And tablets shmablets, you're work looks great without one so I can only imagine the gold that would come out of a stylus pen.)

Judging from how cool these two fellas look, I should get a move on and listen to Night Vale already!

Fabulous work, as always, Susan C:
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lily-fox Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2013
Aw, thank you! You know what a sucker I am for couples cuddling and being sweet. And I bet you'd enjoy Night Vale. If you're ever looking for something fun to listen to while you draw or drive or play a game or whatever, that's a great place to start!
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kerrikat Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Beautiful... ^_^  Or as Cecil might say, "Neat!"
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lily-fox Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2013
My dad always says "neat", so I say "neat" a lot, too. I think it's cute!
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peadragon Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2013
OMFG the colours! I love your wtnv art even though I'm not following it cause there's so much purple! :) And now green too. Purple + green is my favourite colour combination & you do it superbly.
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lily-fox Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2013
I think my sister's favorite color combo is purple and green, too. I dig it.
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peadragon Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2013
Well then she has awesome taste :D I don't think I have words to express how green and purple together make me feel, I love it in all kinds of variations of shades. Isn't it amazing how something as simple as colour technically is can have such an effect on people? Today I wore one of my favourite shirts. It's green and orange tye-dye and really bright and not usually my thing but sometimes I just love to wear it cause it's so bright and happy it energizes me and makes me feel super upbeat. :D
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iAmLovely Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
You don't have a tablet?  You do work of this quality with a mouse?  I can't even comprehend how you do this.  The thought that your work might become even better if you just got a tablet.  Oh, my mind hurts.  
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lily-fox Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2013
See, but it's going to be a painful learning curve with the tablet, I can tell. There's gonna be a lot of sloppy, hamfisted stuff at first (or for a while). But I figure it's long overdue that I get one.
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iAmLovely Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
It took me five full-blown attempts before I produced my first decent work on a tablet.  I wasn't just learning how to draw on a tablet though, it was my first time drawing digitally and drawing a bear.  

I imagine it will be easier for you because you at least know how the software works.  Plus, one of the hardest parts of drawing with a tablet is getting used to the disconnect between where you are looking and where you are moving.  So, since you already draw digitally you are ahead of most people when they start.  
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lily-fox Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2013
That's a comforting thought. I'm gonna have to get a proper chair (been using a folding chair here for nine years) and maybe it's time for a new desk. Ahh, it's all happening at once!
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iAmLovely Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
The back of my chair is uncomfortable if you sit for long periods of time, so I cover it in a blanket and put the fluffiest pillow behind my back.  

You might want to try thrift shops for the desk.  I got mine for $21 at one.  It is well carved with three drawers and a removable keyboard tray.  The only thing wrong with it is that it needs to be sanded down and refinished because someone learned how to paint their nails on it.  I have grown found of those little specks of blue, pink, and yellow.  
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Creature-of-Habit88 Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
OH MY JESUS OH MY JESUS OH MY JESUS OH MY JESUS!!!!! ITS SO PERFECT!! OH MY JESUS IT JUST SO BEAUTIFUL AND I LOVE IT AND OH MY JESUS!!! 
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lily-fox Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2013
Oh dear! You're going to summon Jesus at that rate. :D
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Creature-of-Habit88 Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
Heheehehe! 
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James-cooper Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Carlos... perfect, beautiful Carlos. 
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lily-fox Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2013
I've had a few people ask me why I always draw Carlos as being super hot instead of like, average. I don't know how to answer that! Because I think he's super hot? :D
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James-cooper Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
because he's PERFECT CARLOS (said through gritted teeth). lol but Cecil is the one that i think is the most off. everyone draws him so thin! but he's not, he is neither thin, nor fat, neither tall nor short. so he's average for a male american living in the south-west. i do like how you draw Cecil to look Indian/Pakistani mixed with something else. 
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lily-fox Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2013
My Cecil's modeled on Danny Pudi, who I think is basically the cutest dude on the block. I guess most people do draw Cecil pretty thin, me as well. I think it's funny that Cecil's described that way since the actual Cecil Baldwin is very tall and thin. Maybe that's what's influenced a lot of people?
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James-cooper Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
possibly. i dunno. 

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guilleelbardo Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2013  Hobbyist
But not the lights of the Arby's sign.
ADorable couple.
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lily-fox Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2013
Well, many lights are being understood here. The Arby's (like the faceless old woman who secretly lives in your home) may be just behind you.
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ThomClyma Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2013  Professional Writer
My cursor was already hovering over the link when you told me not to look...then ignored your order ^^;

While her work is beautiful, yours is not 12 times poop when compared! Just different styles. The color scheme is definitely has some inspiration from Jen's work, primarily the background, but your brilliance still shines through!
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lily-fox Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2013
I love the way she presents color. It's so clean and crisp, but super eye-catching. Some day! I'm looking to get myself a tablet for my birthday, so maybe I'll get a better hang of that kind of thing.
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ThomClyma Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2013  Professional Writer
I think it's also her color palette is that...vibrant. There're a few artists that're more known for their palette than their style.

A tablet would be a great present! Don't sell yourself short. You're one of my all-time favorite artists!
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lily-fox Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2013
You're right, I can think of a lot of artists who mostly stick to a particular palette. I always worried that my habit of muted browns and golds would get old, but I guess everybody has a style, right?
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ThomClyma Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2013  Professional Writer
To be honest, I think your muted colors would fail with almost anyone besides you. You know how to use minimal coloring while actually using only the paper color, the link color and a white highlight color to bring to life images that are soft and allow for a better feel than full blown techi-color.

The best way I can phrase is that loud colors are catchy and people can pull them off really well but they overload the viewer so much that it easily turns into a hodge-podge of blinding light while yours are a more personal feeling, the soft tones and colors allow the viewer to notice every detail that you put in because you know how to do minimal, only putting in the right amount of details to convey so much.
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lily-fox Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2013
This is such a thoughtful comment. Thank you so much, and it means a lot to me. I know what you mean. My only goal when I draw people is that I'd like the viewers to feel whatever they're feeling in it, you know? Comfort or sorrow or happiness, whatever. I think I draw a lot of quiet emotions that go well with quiet colors. But maybe that's something I should play around with, too.
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ThomClyma Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2013  Professional Writer
I can see you doing a series of powerful emotions with more vibrant colors, or ask your watchers to submit specific emotions for you to try and express then post them here without telling people what they are, see how well you convey it.
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