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Incandescence by JohnSu Incandescence by JohnSu
Candelian Yan and Lampwick Steiner take a stroll through the bokeh, arguing about why some materials look darker when wet.

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Yan is a Candle Woman. Technically, she is 100% body fat, being composed entirely of lipids and fats. She becomes rigid and uncooperative at low temperatures, and lethargic at high temperatures (often just lying in a puddle of her own hair). The flame atop her head is an outlet for the energy she burns at the cost of her body mass. To this end, she requires a greasy diet in order to maintain her existence. It doesn't mean she eats rich foods necessarily (she cannot process carbs and proteins), but she does eat tallow like bread and drink oil like water.

Steiner is a Lamp Man. He was created by dressing up a lamp post in a suit, and then given lectures on How To Be a Gentleman by a professor of Gentlemanology. And now he is the very model of chivalry. Ironically, though he emits light from his head for all to see, he is blind. Apparently that is how lamps normally are. Nobody knew this about lamps until they noticed he didn't seem to know what people were talking about and kept politely declining all invitations to move in any direction.


Well, this was a fun picture to work on! In particular I enjoyed coloring and lighting this piece (which I guess is pretty much everything you see in it...?). I suppose more specifically, I enjoyed trying to make stronger shadows than I normally would. I think that will be something I'd like to work on more in the future: playing with the hue and saturation of shadows, and experimenting with the balance of it in the composition.

I think I would also like to go to sleep

Made in Flash

EDIT: I was made aware afterwards that Steiner cannot contribute very well to an argument about what things look like. He can, however, speculate why!
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Fierce-Dities-Link Featured By Owner May 16, 2015
That's clever! XD
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LazerWhale Featured By Owner Edited May 10, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This is simply beautiful. The art, the characters -  each and every bit of it - is the stuff that dreams are forged from.

Really pretty dreams.

Ah, I just love it.

I want to stop talking about it - I'm simultaneously wanting to blabber on about all the things I love and wanting to shut up because there's just too much to say about it.

I'll simply say that Miss Yan is the most beautiful fat-girl I have seen, and Mister Steiner is the most gentlemanly lamp that has existed, does exist, and ever will exist.
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Rakaara92 Featured By Owner May 7, 2015
Wow love it :D
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Sovient1917 Featured By Owner May 6, 2015  New Deviant
well done
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:iconcassistant:
Cassistant Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2015
Brilliant.. I saw the light. 
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:iconlillyanbell:
LillyanBell Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2015  Hobbyist
this reminds me of hayao miyazaki's movies and I love it. :) <3
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nullisecundus1 Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2015  Hobbyist Photographer
Brilliant ! :)
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:iconsandoys:
sandoys Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2015
so freaking awesome, just simply awesome and artistic.
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:iconasia-simone:
Asia-Simone Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2015  Student Digital Artist
TOO CUTE!!!!! I swear people on here make me feel like I have no imagination T^T
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:iconcreativemonster77:
creativemonster77 Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2015  Student General Artist
This is cool.. love that female wax is just melting.
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:iconjambelios:
jambelios Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Great work! I love it!!^^
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:iconamphidextros:
Amphidextros Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2015
Your personas have such depth, it is visually entreating as it is intellectually delightful.
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:iconalmostzab:
AlmostZab Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2015  Hobbyist Artist
The most creative piece of work I have seen in long years. Made me smile from ear to ear and she melted my heart like wax ;)
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Travbot01 Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2015
This is Amazing!
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:iconthecrimsoncavalier:
TheCrimsonCavalier Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Nicely done.
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:iconkimmu-ikisayomi:
Kimmu-Ikisayomi Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
It's so.... ! There are no words to describe how awesome this is!
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:iconaxelfirekirby:
axelfirekirby Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
emotions felt while viewing this peice
oooooooo
aaaaaaaaaa
lol
cool
derp
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:iconeeveeon55:
Eeveeon55 Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Beautiful. Steiner reminds me of the lamp with arms from Spirited Away.
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Lugia20711 Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2015  Student Writer
Very interesting :) (Smile) 
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:icongrunt45:
Grunt45 Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2015  Professional General Artist
Your execution to the characters is clever :D
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:iconpowerofpinesol:
PowerofPinesol Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
I love lamp
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:icondirection-tru3n0rth:
Direction-Tru3N0rth Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
I like the concept you drew. It's fun and quirky! Good job!
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:icontoyotami:
toyotami Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2015  Hobbyist Artist
this is cute and so freaking clever! I really adore it! and the coloring is amazing!!!! 
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:iconplaystationkev:
playstationkev Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2015  Hobbyist Artist
Romantic and hilarious
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:iconlisaloofa:
LisaLoofa Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2015  Student Traditional Artist
Omg I want this framed lol so great
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:iconreploid:
REPLOID Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2014
I loooooove this couple! :heart:
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:iconwilliamtrausch:
WilliamTRausch Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
Man that lady is hot.




I'm going to go bang my head on the wall....




Still, this is a fantastic pic, I find the lady attractive and  I wish I looked as good in a suit as that  lantern head.
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Smittynick870 Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2014  Hobbyist
THAT LOOKS AWESOME!!!!!!
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:iconfairytailking:
FairyTailKing Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2014   Artist
I love it
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:iconiwubchoco94:
IWubChoco94 Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Heart Heart Heart Heart Heart 
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:icondarklordcomp:
Darklordcomp Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
if only i could be so gloriously incandescent 
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TheOrangeElephant Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2014  Hobbyist
achh! theyre so cutie!
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:iconkumisanchan:
KumiSanChan Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
So cool *3*
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:iconwiend-hyuura:
Wiend-HyuuRa Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Amazing!!
<(*A*)>
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ACARISEN Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2014  Student
Wonderful idea behind the two a very enlighten pair.
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:iconchrosantha:
chrosantha Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2014  Student General Artist
Aww, I love these two. If this was an animated series I'd watch it. 
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GothicBunny10000 Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2014   General Artist
so niiiiiiiice and gentalmently XD
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:iconesemese:
esemese Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2014  Professional
haha awesome, mr. Bulb head is what I called a dude in Garbage's video for Push It, this gave me nice memories :3
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ChaosAngel95 Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2014
I looks so Beautiful, and Yan is adorable! Steiner has a cool hat, need to get me one of those.
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:iconminskah:
Minskah Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2014
Wonderful concept!
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:iconjbusari:
Jbusari Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2014
Very clever 
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:iconwanglang:
WangLang Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2014  Student Artist
This is the most ingenious thing I have ever seen...
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meggyville2009 Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2014  Hobbyist
This is absolutely GORGEOUS! I love it so much!
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electricXangel Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2014
So imaginative!! :iconblushplz:
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HorrorMGAfan19 Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
Better love story than Twilight
Am i right?
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:iconbluerosekelly:
BlueRoseKelly Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2014
Wow this looks amazing. :O
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:iconterina222:
Terina222 Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Really cool. A good idea that you pulled off really well. I like the candle . 
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jjuliuz Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2014
Fucking awesome and geniusOops!  take my faveCURSE YOU! 
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JLindseyB Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Very beautiful 
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