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Okay, so this one requires a little explanation.

I did this as an assignment for the application to a Dutch art school. We had to check our social media messages, and from them, choose five words or sentences we liked. Then we had to draw 2 sketches per word/sentence, and base a final work, a book, on our ideas.
The words and sentences I chose were:
- Slaap lekker! = Sleep well!
- Dromen = dreams
- Passievrucht = Passion fruit
- Chocoladefondue = Chocolate fondue
- It possesses unthinkable powers

I knew I wanted my book to be a short story. I also knew I wanted to make a star-shaped book, because I wanted to do something special, and since we had to make te book ourselves it wouldn't be an extra effort anyway. And then I knew I wanted to make a story that ends where it began, so you could read the book like a circle (I don't really know how to explain this so sorry if you don't understand xd feel free to ask).

At the bottom of the picture, you see the seven 'panels' of the story. I'll explain for those who don't get it/can't see because it's ant-sized:
A little girl goes to sleep in the evening (notice the starry background made with watercolours and salt). When she falls asleep, her soul/inner self/dream self wakes up and is up for a little adventure. So she flies out the window and finds her paradise: passion flowers and bunnies (she's a little girl, ya. + bunnies are cute) everywhere! There's even some chocolate fondue! But then, her lovely dream turns into a nightmare. The bunnies turn in the scary ghosts and the plants want to eat her! So she hurries back to her bedroom, and falls asleep safely.

Hmm, I guess that's all there is to tell you! :D

PS: droomtuin = dream garden
PPS: cutting out those drawings was a pain in the butt. D:<
PPPS: download for full view!

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^maytel thank you so much for featuring my book as a DD :heart:
And also thanks to everyone who commented or faved :hug:
I was planning on thanking you all one by one, but DeviantArt thought I was spamming xd
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Given 2013-08-10
Dream Garden by ~Charlikesmudkips ( Featured by maytel )
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Angie-Pictures Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2014
Beautiful work! Congratulations on the DD! :iconflowerheartplz:

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Charlikesmudkips Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you so much! (and sorry for the late reply P:)
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Angie-Pictures Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2014
No problem. It's never to late. :)
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Vanna1994 Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2014
That looks really cool ^.^
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Charlikesmudkips Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you! :heart:
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Vanna1994 Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2014
Your welcome ^.^
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Petirrojoazul Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
lovely!
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Charlikesmudkips Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you! :heart:
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Veneno94 Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
I had never seen a star-shape book before, everything is lovely! Congratulations, and good luck on your application! 
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Charlikesmudkips Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you! :heart:
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soaring-heart Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2013
this was totally amazing and it was truly creative 
i really love it
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Charlikesmudkips Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you very much :heart:
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Carpinkcar Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2013  Student Digital Artist
you made this your awesome
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Charlikesmudkips Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Haha thanks! c:
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Jenna7777777 Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Cute!
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Charlikesmudkips Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you! 
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sesmyczek Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
This is fantastic. Brilliant Idea, well done! you are very clever :)
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Charlikesmudkips Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks a lot! :D

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DailyCommando Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2013
Mooi vorm gegeven en bijzonder stijlvol uitgevoerd! Volgens mij een dikke 10.
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Charlikesmudkips Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Dankjewel! :D
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seyala Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2013
it's such a great idea and awesome work!!! :D i'm in love with the drawings, it could be really great work cutting out those little details but OMG, the outcome is SOOO WONDERFUL! :D i like the star shape and the story finish where it began. my favorite pic is the girl flying back on the window^^ lovely!
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Charlikesmudkips Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you very much! 
Yeah it was a lot of work, but it was worth it c:
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colon-empire Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
if i could i would throw you in that art school and say you passed everything and give you all the diplomas
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Charlikesmudkips Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
ohoho I wish that would happen c:
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colon-empire Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Ha c:
It needs to happen tho
This piece is really well-done~
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G-Elease Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2013
absolutely amazing!  i love how you made the dimensions.  good luck with the art school!
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Charlikesmudkips Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you very much! 
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THEAIMANDPS Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
THIS IS BEAUTIFUL! :D
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Charlikesmudkips Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you! :heart:
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THEAIMANDPS Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
no prob :3
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MillenniumFalsehood Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2013
What a lovely concept! :D
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Charlikesmudkips Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you! :D
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JMFireFly325 Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
this is amazing...love it, just beautiful! :love: congrats on the DD! :clap:
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Charlikesmudkips Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you! :heart:
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JMFireFly325 Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Welcome! :D
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rubyredrabbit48 Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
This is such a cool idea!! I love the soft colors and your illustrations look wonderful!! :)
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Charlikesmudkips Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks a lot! :D
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rubyredrabbit48 Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Of course!! Good luck on getting into the school!! :)
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NightsongWS Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2013   Digital Artist
I hope you get accepted to the art school, because these are really lovely!!!  The level of detail is fantastic!  Good luck!!!!!
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Charlikesmudkips Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you very much! :heart:
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fractalbeauty25 Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
beautiful drawings, cuttings, concept, and execution!! :love:
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Charlikesmudkips Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you very much! 
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NeoSailorCrystal Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Incredible! It's very beautiful! I would love to make one of these. Do you think you could make a tutorial on how you made this, or is there a website or resource that can teach us?
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Charlikesmudkips Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you!
And actually, when I made this, I was browsing a bit for ideas (I had never made a star book before), and tips on how to make it.

This one comes the closest to how I made the book:

But I think this one might be a bit easier to follow:

If you have any questions, please ask, because these tutorials are a bit different from my book (especially since they don't involve making a background and cutting stuff out, but I don't know if you want to do that too). 

And... If I ever made another book like this (which I think I would love to do) I'll make sure to take WIP pictures and maybe make a tutorial c:
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NeoSailorCrystal Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Ahh, thank you very much! I'll see if I can make on one day.

I'm sure we'd all love to see another book :D
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Kaiapi Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2013
amg let us know if they accepted you oAo this is so amazing!
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Charlikesmudkips Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Haha thanks, I did get accepted, but I dedided I want to study astronomy first c:
But someday my creations will be seen by all! *epic voice*
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Kaiapi Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2013
and that day shall be a day of reckoning //Morgan Freeman voice
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DinkydauSet Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
heel mooi
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Charlikesmudkips Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Danku c:
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