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Whee by phantom-inker Whee by phantom-inker
When Sam was a little girl, she used to wander the three miles from her house down to the river and stare up at the trees, watching and wondering what joys and adventures they might hold, and she used to stare across the water, imagining what it might be to swing its breadth on a rope swing; but as much as she wanted one, she never dared ask her parents, for she was forbidden to even come to this secret place, lest she fall in the river and drown.

Now, years later, Sam was no longer a little girl, and no longer even human; but everyone copes with the Change in a different way, and evenings in this secret place had become her time, her time to be her, her time to avoid the stares and the questions, to feel happy and free until the setting sun disappeared through the trees. Soon, she would have to leave this place for another night, to return to her place in the daily grind, to return to the noise and the bustle and the stares, but for now, this was still her secret place, and it finally had a rope swing, one she'd made herself.


This is many hours with CorelDRAW and a mouse. I really don't know how many. I never quite finished her hands, but I still like the overall composition of the picture, and =Fairiegoodmother's "Enchanted Forest 44" background seems to complement the vector art surprisingly well.

My wife picked the colors, and I think she did a very good job, didn't she? ;)

At some point I may go back and finish Sam's hands, but it's good enough for now.
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I'm normally TERRIFIED of spiders, but I might get used to her...
A follow-up thought. Not only do different species of spider have different abdomens, they also spin different types of webs. If you ever consider basing driders on particular species of spiders, perhaps you could emulate the color and web patterns as well.

I also just thought of a couple examples. Based on the example provided by Working Girl, I began to wonder what different webs driders might use. First example: what about an ogre-faced/net-throwing spider (family Deinopidae) working with the police department or a SWAT team? She could throw nets (usually from above) to apprehend violent criminals. Or a bolas spider (tribe Mastophoreae) working as a rancher, "lassoing" livestock with globs of glue on a thread of silk.
Odd. She has the webbing of a golden-thread orb weaver but the coloration and abdomen of a widow.

...Actually, that gives me an idea. Have you considered mixing up the biodiversity of your driders? Specifically, the shape of their abdomens and legs?
laughingvulcan Oct 30, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
*Sighs. Gathers up art tools and tosses in trash*
Another fave!

You make this look so effortless!

You can FEEL the joy and energy RADIATING from her!


Now you got me thinking about driders... :)

SpeedHunter94 Mar 27, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
nice i like it
i like how she is using her front legs like normal legs
i think i have an idea of how she got that way... unless she was born like that
Now that's a neat use of pider-powers! And a neat pose, too. Well done.
Vigi-Kami Mar 16, 2010  Student Digital Artist
Nicely Done. A very unusual pose for a drider. I approve. I think there should be more happy and cute driders out there. Much nicer then all that doom and gloom stuff.
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