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First picture of 2012! How exciting. (except that it’s just a picture of Cecil reading, but hey—baby steps toward exciting art)

Cecil’s a bright fellow—mostly because he’s a voracious reader, and for the majority of his life books have been his only ‘portal’ to world outside of his spindly house on the hill. He enjoys all sorts, but especially books on birds, adventure, and—somewhat to his embarrassment—romantic stories So, here he is staying up into the late hours in his lonely, creaky home because he can’t seem to put down a book once he picks it up.

Even though there are plenty of errors, I had a fun time painting it while I’ve been relaxing at the family cabin. :> And I’ll be doing more Cecil artwork soon. Hope that you guys like it! ♥

(Cecil Bates belongs to me, *CalamityChemist :>)
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:iconwhipping-b0y:
WhIppIng-b0y Featured By Owner May 26, 2013
I luv the textures and style, it's astounding and I'd luv to see it in a book or something.
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CalamityChemist Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2013  Student Filmographer
Thanks so much! That's really kind of you to say.
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WhIppIng-b0y Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2013
XD You're welcome :hugs:
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MorningMelon Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2012  Hobbyist
I love his room.
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:iconcalamitychemist:
CalamityChemist Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2012  Student Filmographer
Thank you!
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MorningMelon Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2012  Hobbyist
'Welcome :)
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REDRoverDominion14 Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2012
I dont know why he reminds me alot like of myself xD from the clothes down to the mask down to the overall dark aloofness about him...even though im a girl, i just find that this relates to me alot :D this inspires me to draw more from myself <3
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CalamityChemist Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2012  Student Filmographer
That's cool, that you find him relatable! It's always neat when you find a character that you have things in common with. :)
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AyameVioletNinja Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2012
This...he is...how can...it's just so awesome I don't really have words to describe it. He's so cute but there's a dark sense around him like something just pushes people back. This character is just...wonderful.
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CalamityChemist Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2012  Student Filmographer
Thank you very much! It's always so nice to hear that someone enjoys Cecil, haha. :>
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AyameVioletNinja Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2012
Thank you for creating him.
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xXVampQueenXx Featured By Owner May 26, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
i like his hair (Y)
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CalamityChemist Featured By Owner May 28, 2012  Student Filmographer
Haha, thankyou!
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xXVampQueenXx Featured By Owner May 29, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
no problemo ! :iconblushthanksplz:
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ILoveNapoleon Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
aww I haven't commented your works lately, don't really know why, lack of time I suppose.
I missed Cecil a lot, he always puts a smile on face no matter what his doing ^^
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CalamityChemist Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2012  Student Filmographer
Aw, no worries--I haven't had a lot of time here myself. c: I'm so glad you like Cecil! :heart:
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:iconilovenapoleon:
ILoveNapoleon Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
He's a great fellow :aww:
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DuskNinjaKenji Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2012  Student Filmographer
So lovely~ Great job! <3
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:iconcalamitychemist:
CalamityChemist Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2012  Student Filmographer
Thank you! <3
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DuskNinjaKenji Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2012  Student Filmographer
You're welcome, you wonderful artist! <3
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Saltyrumdogs Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Excellent idea and must be a good book if she cant but it down.
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:iconcalamitychemist:
CalamityChemist Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2012  Student Filmographer
Haha, thanks! c:
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dreameroftheblue Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
May I ask what he's reading? :la:
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CalamityChemist Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2012  Student Filmographer
Haha, I wasn't sure what to have him reading, so I just added a text fill--but ironically, the text in the book is from 'Hipshot'. I'm not sure that's something Cecil would actually read, but it worked for the picture!
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dreameroftheblue Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
:iconwthplz: GET THE TISSUES READY
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fleebites Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Really interesting piece. The texture adds just the right touch and you've used a nice, unified colour palette. I also adore pictures of characters reading, being that I'm fighting an addiction to the written word, myself :)
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CalamityChemist Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2012  Student Filmographer
Ah, thank you! That means a lot coming from you. c: I spend stupid amounts of time reading, too--I can barely ever inch away long enough to get productive.
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xChiyomiChan Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2012
cute! i love the colors you used~ XD
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CalamityChemist Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2012  Student Filmographer
Ah, thanks so much! <3
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xChiyomiChan Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2012
you're welcome X3
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KrismDavila Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2012  Student Digital Artist
Great piece.
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:iconcalamitychemist:
CalamityChemist Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2012  Student Filmographer
Thank you!
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OceanLeviathan Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This is beautiful ♥ great use of lighting and textures C:
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CalamityChemist Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2012  Student Filmographer
Thank you! :heart:
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Pilvi91 Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Beautiful picture. I love the lighting in it.
And your character seems pretty interesting too :D
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CalamityChemist Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2012  Student Filmographer
Thank you! <3 That's really nice of you to say. c:
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Pilvi91 Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
You're welcome ^_^
Just out of curiosity, what's the mask thing on his face?
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CalamityChemist Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2012  Student Filmographer
Cecil has weak lungs and particles in the air can hurt him--so that mask filters his air for him, to protect him. c:
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Pilvi91 Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Ohh okay, that's pretty interesting :D
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potoperson Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2012
I like this picture! It's so cozy... and I like his story too, and your description of his house. Curious, but what's the story behind the mask?
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CalamityChemist Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2012  Student Filmographer
Aw, thanks! I'm glad that you like him. c: The reason he wears a mask is because he's got a disorder where his lungs are very weak, so particles in the air could kill him.
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Rad-Pax Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
love how this is shaded
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CalamityChemist Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2012  Student Filmographer
Thanks a ton! <3
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xxphineasandferbxx Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
creepy and great ;3
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CalamityChemist Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2012  Student Filmographer
Thanks! <3 Glad you think so. c:
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xxphineasandferbxx Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
no prob X3
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VintageWarmth Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2012   General Artist
Amazing!
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CalamityChemist Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2012  Student Filmographer
Thank you! That's kind of you to say. c:
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TwentyOceans Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2012
AAAA! <333 I love this so much! I'm so happy to see a new picture of Cecil. I could just run up and love him to death. ;3; I love reading too! It's so cute that he likes romance books, ahmigod. This picture is so amazing with the lighting and details. your art looks like a professional did it, it's so amazing. Im excited for more cecil pictures! <33
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CalamityChemist Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2012  Student Filmographer
Fff, thank you! I'm glad you like this new picture! <3 And I'm happy you like Cecil so much, hopefully you'll enjoy the pictures of him coming up, as well. c:
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