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Contestshipping - Garden of Dreaming by poplarleaves Contestshipping - Garden of Dreaming by poplarleaves
The rose watches the butterfly, wishing to be free of its roots. The butterfly admires the rose, desiring its grace.

So they meet. The rose provides support. The butterfly brings movement. Silky petals give way beneath light feet as they kiss tenderly, fleetingly, startlingly.


Drew dreams of roses and butterflies. May kisses him in the garden - but perhaps that is a dream, too.

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My entry for the #DrawAnime contest and, once it's been placed in a Draw This Again meme, my entry for dA's Draw This Again contest.

Please check out the meme version too:


This idea's been in the works for at least three years: May meeting Drew, the butterfly meeting the rose. It always seemed perfect to me because in the Pokemon anime, Drew's signature Pokemon is Roselia (later Roserade) and May's signature Pokemon is Beautifly. Drew conveniently carries roses with him at all times the same way a Roselia carries roses in its hands. He's calm and collected for the most part, while May is energetic and spontaneous. It fits perfectly, and being a massive Contestshipper forever, I couldn't resist. The original sketch, however, didn't do the concept justice, and so it languished in the dark recesses of my brain - withering, if you will. My mom blocked deviantART on our home network, too, forcing me to go on hiatus for more than a year.

Then this summer I looked through my old sketches and rediscovered my old sketch. Out of boredom, I redesigned May's dress, thinking that perhaps in the far future I would continue the project. I tried to design a matching outfit for Drew as well, though the results were unsatisfactory. Meanwhile, I was becoming more active on deviantART again, coming out of hiatus and starting to paint digitally. People responded positively, encouraging me to continue. I created a finalized version of May's Beautifly dress and painted Passion, re-igniting my love for the pairing while also allowing me to brush up on my painting techniques. Still, I wasn't sure I would have the motivation or time to finish what I was calling "In the Garden," since college would be starting soon. The dream seemed far from being realized.

But the Draw this Again contest came around, and I knew that it would work, because contests are one of my top motivators. Even if I didn't win anything, even if I finished it late, I knew I would finish it eventually. My vision would come to life instead of forever haunting development hell. With a new composition in mind, I set to work on "Garden of Dreaming."

Well, here it is. Sorry for the block of text; I wrote it mostly for myself. xD I'm sure most of you will be like tl;dr.

WIPs:
1. [link]
2. [link]
3. [link]

Dress designs: [link] [link]

Original drawing:
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I think May's dress, like near the breast area, it's a little shifted back. Maybe it's because of the shading that it makes it look like it's higher than it should be, or it could be just me. And Drew's nose look a little high...or his whole face could be a little high, since the eyes are halfway from the top of the head to the chin, the nose halfway from the eyes to the chin, and the lower lip halfway from the nose to the chin. Or like I said before, it could be just me.
Great job on the coloring though. The background is blurred so it brings a focus to the characters.
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SatokoChaaan Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2013  Student General Artist
Really awesome ! :heart: I love the work on colors and lighting :wow:
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poplarleaves Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2013  Student Digital Artist
thank you so much :D
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Rivalshippinglova10 Featured By Owner May 7, 2013
love the dress
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:iconpoplarleaves:
poplarleaves Featured By Owner May 8, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Thanks. :)
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Filiana Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2013
Amazing :aww:
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:iconpoplarleaves:
poplarleaves Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Thank you. :D
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:iconfiliana:
Filiana Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2013
You are very welcome ;)
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Qiirin Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2013
I've had this piece in my computer since forever, and I'm so glad I finally found the artist! There are no words to describe how absolutely beautiful this artwork is. And your symbolism between the butterfly and the rose gives the whole piece such a deep facet. I love it. Keep it up!! :love:
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rhieme Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2013  Student Digital Artist
This is absolutely gorgeous! I am in love with this piece
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Shinwa-Tsuki Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2013
Very nice!
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DraginFyr Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2012
I love this!! It's looks so amazing with the shades, and your roses are so beautiful! :) Contestshipping rules, lol
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poplarleaves Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Thank you! Haha, yes, Contestshipping ftw!
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AaMlgIrL Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2012
Sooo Good! :love:
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:iconpoplarleaves:
poplarleaves Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2012  Student Digital Artist
Thank you! :D
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AaMlgIrL Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2012
Your Welcome! :aww:
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Ravenhart Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
The sensuality of this piece just amazes me. It's soft, but the light is so dark it's jarring enough to keep my attention. I love the softness of the hair, the gentle shading of the clothing. The only thing that bugs me is the smudging of the two colors of the dress on the "wings", but that's the design, which I like overall. Lastly, all those roses! The red ones are beautifully done! I like that there's a slight blur to them and the "wall" in the background puts all the focus on the characters. Lovely piece!
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poplarleaves Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2012  Student Digital Artist
Sorry for the late reply, but whenever I get a really lovely comment on one of my pieces I just don't know what to say, so I keep it in my inbox for the longest time and just stare at it every time I open my messages. ; w ;
Thank you so much for everything! I was debating on to smudge or not to smudge (that is the question!) and in the end I'm not sure if I like it, either. It was an interesting choice, but it was bit difficult to implement. And again, thank you.
Thank you for running the #Unknown-Artists-Club newsletter features, too! It's a shame that we might not have any more in the future. :(
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Ravenhart Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
You are very welcome! :)

Hopefully there is someone who will be taking over. If so, there are more to come!
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Mereeel Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2012
CONTESTSHIPPING, love this, bdhgfjsakajsah :iconloveloveplz:
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poplarleaves Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2012  Student Digital Artist
Thank you! ; w ; Haha I was just watching a few Contestshipping episodes last night. The animation is SO BAD. haha. So many derp faces of Drew. But there are a lot of nice close-up shots, too.
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Mereeel Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2012
I know, hahah, Drew hasn't really got any hotness in the show.
but they still are a great couple :heart:
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poplarleaves Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2012  Student Digital Artist
He's hot when he flicks his hair. :iconteheplz: And when he protects and helps May. And when he smiles and nods at May after a battle. They just UNDERSTAND EACH OTHER. :heart:

all my feeeels
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Mereeel Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2012
hahah, true.
YES, THEY ARE MADE FOR EACH OTHER. How he comes to save May in that episode, uumh, who where wynaut or something like that? THAT IS SUCH AN AMAZING EPISODE. :iconloveloveplz:
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poplarleaves Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2012  Student Digital Artist
I saw that one! That was so cute omigod. And in another episode he saves her AND Ash and Brock when Team Rocket teams up with Harley! ohhhmygoddd it was so caring of him i almost died of the feels. and i love how he always walks away coolly and she's like "Bye, Drew!" and all he does is hold up a hand like "yeah i'm so cool i don't even need to say anything or even wave"
And the Brianna episode. Do you remember the Brianna episode?!
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Mereeel Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2012
I know, right? It was adorable :heart:
He saved her , I know, soooo cute. And I almost die of the feels in every contestshipping episode. It's a wonder I'm still alive XD

Hahaha, that's so true, Drew's hand thing is all like; I'm awesome and I know it.
OHMYGOD, of course I do! Did you like Brianna? I was all like; 'You're cute' but then she started the I love Drew stuff and I was like 'Don't touch Drew he's with May.'
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poplarleaves Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2012  Student Digital Artist
I'm kind of neutral toward Brianna because even though I hate that she gets in the way of the ship, I can totally identify with her feelings. xD I know that feeling of watching your rival in love take the love of your life away from you, and while you watch, you know that she totally deserves him more than you do.
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Miyukitty Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2012   Traditional Artist
All of my Contestshipping feels~~ :iconlazycryplz: This is absolutely beautiful~~
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poplarleaves Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2012  Student Digital Artist
Thank you! :heart: ; w ;
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Leavmalyn Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2012  Student Writer
I absolutely adore this! The colours are amazing together. I was also wondering if there was any meaning behind this? I see implications (correct me if I am wrong) of Drew being 'Sleeping Beauty/Prince' and May as 'Prince/Butterlfy/Princess'. Beautiful work!
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poplarleaves Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2012  Student Digital Artist
I didn't really think of Sleeping Beauty or a gender role reversal, but the idea is that she's almost kissing him, but she can't decide if she really wants to. Why is she hesitating? Maybe because she doesn't want to wake him. Why not wake him? Because then he has to face reality rather than residing in fantasy? Or maybe she doesn't want to kiss him because it is unchaste. Or maybe she doesn't think she deserves him. Or perhaps it's all those things together. I just like tragic, mysterious stories. :)
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Leavmalyn Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2012  Student Writer
The one thing I love truly do love about this is that everyone can have their own interpretation of this. It makes it seem all the more special. It just seems like a darker version of the childhood fantasies we all knew.
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Yoko-tan Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
Seriously breathtaking coloring especially on their hair, the background is beautiful and really fitting as well, I really hope I can improve soon and do stuff like this :iconcryforeverplz:
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poplarleaves Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2012  Student Digital Artist
Aww, thank you! I'm sure that if you keep practicing and challenging yourself, you can do it someday. :)
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Yoko-tan Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
you're welcome, and I really hope so~ :iconlazycryplz:
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Hoshikama534 Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
Congrats on the first place in the contest!! lol I knew I couldn't win, but I still followed you to the second place. ^^ I love this art. <3 +its digital, which I'm still learning how to do, but this is just great! lovely colouring and concept. xx
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poplarleaves Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2012  Student Digital Artist
Thank you! I'm glad you like it. :) I knew you'd be serious competition for me since your piece is so detailed and it's done traditionally; not a lot of anime style artists work traditionally, so I figured I'd be at a bit of a disadvantage in that respect. Congrats on second place! I can tell that you spent a lot of time on your piece. :love:
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SaRuzza93 Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2012
Congratulations for the 1st place in the contest, you've really deserved it. This picture is so amazing!
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poplarleaves Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2012  Student Digital Artist
Aw, thanks! ,,> w <,, I'm glad that you (and the judges!) liked it.
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JellyRollDesigns Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2012   General Artist
This is so romantic and I love the lighting and all that roses1
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poplarleaves Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2012  Student Digital Artist
Thank you~:heart: :iconawwwplz:
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JellyRollDesigns Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2012   General Artist
You are very welcome!
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pergamjee Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2012
Congrats on 1st placing in :icondrawanime: "Summer Night Dream" Contest!
Your winning entry has been featured in :iconsaimono: group journal [link] and will be featured on the group page, under the "Affiliates - Contest Corner" for two months.
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poplarleaves Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2012  Student Digital Artist
Thank you so much for the feature! :heart:
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TheOfficialQueen Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
So pretty!
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:iconpoplarleaves:
poplarleaves Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2012  Student Digital Artist
Thank you! :)
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AssassinAltair93 Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2012
this looks awesome. it looks like a screenshot out of a cgi movie. at least that's what i think. still, an awesome... painting, right?
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poplarleaves Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2012  Student Digital Artist
Thank you! My roommate also mentioned that it looks like a scene from a movie. xD Yes, it's a painting! I tried to make it as smooth as possible.
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AssassinAltair93 Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2012
well, it looks awesome X)
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poplarleaves Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2012  Student Digital Artist
:hug:
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Juliana1121 Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Yaaaayyy!!! It's finished! >v< Must fave it now! OvO
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