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Just For A Moment by LanieJ Just For A Moment by LanieJ
The desert would have been deafeningly silent if it hadn't been for the steady crunching of sand underneath Naomi's paws, which acted as a metronome for her heavy breathing and speeding heart. The rhythm was almost hypnotic. Naomi tended to lose herself in these late afternoon jogs, allowing her mind to wander to every corner of Africa and back. Today, however, was a swelteringly hot day, and Naomi felt as though her mind was stuck; she could feel her throat drying; her body ached for water. She knew of an oasis nearby that would do the trick. She quickly veered to the right and pushed on. Despite her discomfort, she loved to push herself to her limits. She found an odd thrill in it. Suddenly, the rolling sand dunes of the desert sank in to a deep green pool of water, surrounded by brush, reeds and palm trees. She slowed to a trot as the dune steepened, and soon was met with the sheer delight of cool water surrounding her tired paws. She sighed in relief and bowed her head, treating herself to a long drink of water. In that moment she'd never tasted anything sweeter. Slowly, she raised her head and scanned the horizon, then let her eyes rest on the rippling water in front of her. There was a gentle ebb and flow, and the water slowly turned from green to a deep sapphire. Naomi's mouth curved into a gently sloped smile, taking in the salty air and cool mist rising from the sea. There were no more reeds, no algae-filled pool, no blistering heat... only miles and miles of sea and sky. She took in the beach scene only too happily. Oh, how she had longed to feel the wave-eroded sand under her feet, as opposed to the hard desert crystals she had grown accustomed to. Suddenly the scene shifted to one of nostalgia. Naomi was reminded of the days she had spent with her mother and sister at the beach. She remembered how her mothers eyes sparkled, and how she splashed and played in the water like a cub, while Naomi and her sister, Maya laughed so hard they had tears in their eyes. Naomi's smile had faded. She let out a sigh and shook her head, closing her eyes. When she opened them again, the oasis was back and the sky was a deep orange. She let herself take in the sight once more before the drew her paws from the shallow lake. She turned her back on the oasis and began to head home, where she knew her sister was waiting for her. At least she still had Maya.
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Wow! This was quite the project! This is another commission for :iconauthordc:, this time of his character, Naomi! (See my other commission for ~AuthorDC here: , if you'd like!)
I'm sorry about that background... I have next to no familiarity with how oasis...i? Oasises? Those things... work. I also can not draw a palm tree to save me life, so I used some brushes. ^^;
OH! And I made this more of a sunset setting, because I thought the colors worked so beautifully together, but I'd be happy to turn the clock back a few hours if you'd like, ~AuthorDC. :)
I really hope you like this!
I also still have all the layers in photoshop, if you'd like any specific parts of this picture. :D

Naomi and Image/Story Use :iconauthordc:
Art and Story LiconLanieJ
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:iconkangrowolf:
KangroWOLF Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
nice but what drawing program do you use? *w* 
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:iconlaniej:
LanieJ Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
First question on the FAQ! :) laniej.deviantart.com/journal/…
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Sanio Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Your background is soooo goooood! :O I've been thinkingof drawing similar background for my egyptian themed drawings but I'm so bad at it! Do you have any suggestions how to draw like this?
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:iconlaniej:
LanieJ Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you so much! And why don't you send me a note! I'll see what I can do! :)
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Sanio Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Oh sorry, I didn't want to bother you with notes (I find them sometimes quite annoying! :/ ) :)
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:iconlaniej:
LanieJ Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Oh, it's not a bother! They're a little easier for me to keep track of is all. :D
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Sanio Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Than if it isn't a problem could you explain your background technique to me in a note? :)
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:iconlaniej:
LanieJ Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Sure! Sorry for the late reply! I'll send you a note in just a minute!
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:iconsanio:
Sanio Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
No problem! Thanks for your respond and for your advice! ;)
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mima139 Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
omg u draw amazing what do you draw with
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:iconlaniej:
LanieJ Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks! I do my lines with Paint Tool SAI and coloring with Photoshop elements 6.
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:iconmima139:
mima139 Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
omg same but what tool? i would love to if u can tell me thank you so much :)
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:iconlaniej:
LanieJ Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I use the pen tool or curve depending on what I'm working on. :D
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:iconmima139:
mima139 Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
oh ok ty soo much :3 love ur work !!!!! ur one of my idols
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:iconlaniej:
LanieJ Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Aw, wow! Thank you so much!!
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mima139 Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
np
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iRaynebow Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
So many lovely and intricate details! Simply beautiful, dear.
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:iconlaniej:
LanieJ Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you so much!!!
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:iconiraynebow:
iRaynebow Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
No prob. c:
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:iconjeaikman:
JEAikman Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
So beautiful :)
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:iconlaniej:
LanieJ Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you!! :D
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Dolphishy Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Wow, the water and whole scene looks incredible, I love how you composed it! ^^
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:iconlaniej:
LanieJ Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you so much!!! :aww:
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:iconindicaa:
Indicaa Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Wonderful... I love the details!:3
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:iconlaniej:
LanieJ Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you!! :D
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:iconindicaa:
Indicaa Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
No Problem:3
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:iconchinesefightinmuffin:
ChineseFightinMuffin Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
.....holy crap.....
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:iconlaniej:
LanieJ Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
:XD:
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:iconchinesefightinmuffin:
ChineseFightinMuffin Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
<.< woman may I steal your skills? rofl Like wow....
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:iconlaniej:
LanieJ Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Well, maybe you could borrow them... :XD:
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ChineseFightinMuffin Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
XD lol xoxox
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IsharaHeart Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Woah! Beautiful Lanie!! Stunning, Now, how do you make such stunning backgrounds? Q.Q Mine look like shiz compared to yours! xDD But really, this is beautiful, keep up the good work! :)
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:iconlaniej:
LanieJ Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Aw, thank you so much!!! And mine used to be AWFUL! Just awful... I've come a LOOOONG way!
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IsharaHeart Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
xD Mine are so bad, I don't know how you and DJ do it. I can't xD I cheat and use brushes for most xD
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:iconlaniej:
LanieJ Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
:XD: No worries! I'm also a brush user, sometimes. ;)
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IsharaHeart Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
x3 Brushes are the savior of my arse sometimes xD But keep up the aonderful art, cause it's awsome, And I shall fave more xD
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Lovz2Draw Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2013
lovly!
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:iconlaniej:
LanieJ Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you!! :D
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Lovz2Draw Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2013
your most welcome:D
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JasmynGarden Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
woah! this is stunning!!
great job! <3
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:iconlaniej:
LanieJ Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you!!!! :D
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AuthorDC Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2013
AGFDJUODFNFGSE OH MY GOSH!!!......Again!

My, this is so much more perfect than I had imagined!
The oasis/desert looks absolutely amazing! Don't worry you don't have to fix the color of the sky, I LOVE the way it is now. Plus the palm trees are great too.

And of course the short story is excellent too.
Very excellent job and thanks again!
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LanieJ Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
YAY! I am SO glad that you like it! I was a little nervous because of the time of day I set it in! This one was SO fun to do, though!!
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AuthorDC Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2013
Well I'm glad you had fun making it! And sorry for making it such a project.^^
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:iconlaniej:
LanieJ Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Oh, no, it was so much fun! And awesome practice, too, for more desert-y settings. :D
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Semi-Obsessed Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2013  Student General Artist
OH MY GOD IT'S SO GORGEOUS
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:iconlaniej:
LanieJ Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
OH MY GOSH THANK YOU!!
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MyKatzuki Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2013
Wow. This looks absolutely stunning. I thoroughly enjoyed reading the story, and you drew the perfect picture to match. (I take it that AuthorDC wrote the story, since you seem to be drawing off what it says.) I think that you've done a very good job to draw such a scene just from words. You've drawn the character beautifully, and I really love the background. Even if you've used some brushes on some things, you still know how to blend these things together to make a beautiful background. The detail and texture of the water really caught my eye. It looks beautiful. And the grass that the character is standing on has lovely detail and texture to it too. I wouldn't mind spending some time in such a place.
The rest of the background is also very nice, but my eyes are fixed onto that beautiful grass and water!
Brilliant job!
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LanieJ Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you so much, friend. :hug: Actually, I wrote the story, too. :XD: It was part of the commission! Thank you so, so much. That was an awesome comment to wake up to! :D
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MyKatzuki Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2013
No problem!
Ah, you wrote it too?!
You've seriously got me wondering why you don't roleplay.
You've got me wanting your writing skills. I'm not too bad at writing, but I'd really love to be able to write like you. :heart:
Your way of writing is very inspirational! <3
Aww. I'm glad you liked my comment!
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