Catching Fire(flies)

Posted Jan 23, 2023, 4:19:12 AM UTC

#48 - Camping

Draw or write about your character camping outdoors, extreme or recreational. Are they toasting s'mores, singing campfire songs? Or are they on the other end, setting the tent and foraging for wood?


"You brought a lot of jars, Paiko! Planning to do something?"

"Going to catch things. Shiny things."

"What are we going to catch?"

"Tiny stars. Fire."

"Oooh using a special device that can harness and contain fire?"

"Catch fire... Catch things on fire? I'm very good at that."

"N-no no no. Fire... bugs. Fireflies! No catching things on fire. I would get in trouble..."


Paiko invites Mozza and Thalia to join his camping experience in a nearby forest. Because no camping trip is complete without the joy of experiencing lights in the darkness: whether that's stargazing, stories and s'mores by the fire, flashlight shadow puppets, or firefly catching.

Forests are nice places to find these shiny bugs. They fill the air like a sparkling cloud of fairy lights, tiniest of celestial beings amidst a very earthy, woody setting. Thankfully, Thalia's brightness (though far outcompeting the singular points of light) doesn't scare the fireflies away. After all, she's the biggest flying fire there is.

Speaking of fire... the entire forest is a fire hazard. Fuel ready to go up in glorious tongues of flame. Paiko thought about this for all of half a minute before deciding that a large disaster would be unlikely.

As long as Prim didn't find out-- they would probably freak out at having a 'living' fire (and a fire elemental mousefolk) surrounded by all this potential firewood...

(When one clearing of the forest is quite obviously glowing with the cyan light of a blue phoenix, it's not hard for a forest spirit to locate the perpetrators. Well, they look like they're having fun-- wait, is that bush on fire?!)


A big thank you to Charli (Primrose), Cy (Thalia), and Bordayus (Mozza) for their wonderful characters!

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  • Mar 5, 2023, 9:29:29 PM UTC
    Love the coloring, the lighting and the expressions here. Everyone's so happy - there is so much wonder. A really darling picture
    • Mar 5, 2023, 11:12:16 PM UTC
      Thanks Inky! Big Smile The lighting was super fun to do (but the trees were squiggly sketchy things eheh - it's a give and take game).

      I did read recently that fireflies are very bad for reptiles to eat, so - don't put those in your mouth, Paiko!
  • Feb 6, 2023, 6:03:08 AM UTC
    Mozza never been to the woods before...all ways lived in the city (and for the best, scary things in those woods, including will-o-Wisp that drain your life...Never thought about it until this picture how down right dangerious the world Mozza come from is >.< But Paiko and Thaila make Mozza feel safe and brave to be in these woods Smile you did an awesome job capturing an innocent and joyious time for the 3 Big Smile
    • Feb 7, 2023, 12:55:52 AM UTC
      Oh Mozza the precious little cheese ball, she does come from a scary world (see Paiko, shinys can be dangerous too) :O

      Good thing she has a big flaming bird and a quick little drakon watching over her (and Prim, the guardian of the forest too), glad she could have a safe and fun night in the woods ^-^
      • Feb 7, 2023, 1:52:33 PM UTC
        hehe, I am honor that little Mozza is included Smile she need more happy memory.
  • Jan 27, 2023, 4:20:22 PM UTC
    This is gorgeous!!!
  • Jan 23, 2023, 6:07:05 PM UTC
    You have a really nice style! Feels almost storybook in a way?
    Really like the use of the darker blue tones, which really contrast Thalia's brighter appearance and make them stand out!
    • Jan 25, 2023, 2:48:05 AM UTC
      Thanks Dregan! This is actually the second time I have seen the phrase "storybook" in reference to my art, I think that's an interesting and wonderful way to describe it Big Smile (It's a traditional sketch base with digital color/shading/light effects)

      Working on the bluish night-time colors on the "overlay" layer... and then I stick a new "hard light" layer on top and assault my eyes with the bright cyan XD It was a super fun lighting experiment!
      • Jan 25, 2023, 11:22:24 PM UTC
        Oh wow! Honestly I thought you'd done it all digital but used a kind of brush to imitate more traditional lines - your digital touch-up is so clean looking I wouldn't've thought the lines were originally sketched! Really good work, and was cool to hear about the process!
        • Jan 29, 2023, 11:31:44 PM UTC
          Aww thank you! (The cleanness of the touch-up sometimes depends on the quality of my image upload too haha ^v^)
  • Jan 23, 2023, 12:15:22 PM UTC
    I know I said it on discord but I'll say it again I love this its so cute and peaceful looking, then you realise all the fire hazards Giggle Dont worry Paiko use your cute charm Im sure that will extinguish any anger or freak out Prims going to have over this, its super effective >:3
    • Jan 25, 2023, 2:44:46 AM UTC
      Paiko used: "Cute charm" ~it's super effective! While the forest is ablaze all around, focusing on the adorable drakon will make everything A-Okay Wink

      Don't worry, I'm sure this peaceful scene will stay mostly peaceful... Paiko is not a fan of being roasted either ^-^
      • Jan 25, 2023, 2:51:24 AM UTC
        Its sad this totally would happen if he did use it Giggle but glad to know there wont be any melt downs any time soon XD
  • Jan 23, 2023, 8:43:10 AM UTC
    Cute! Love woodland creature encounters <3 These 3 are a great match ^^
    • Jan 25, 2023, 2:41:46 AM UTC
      Thanks, Ark! Ah, throwback to the old days when I would avoid drawing humans as much as possible... lots of birds and dragons and creatures in my notebook margins ^v^
      • Feb 28, 2023, 11:46:47 PM UTC
        Oh school books are great for that. I used old school books for story ideas <3 Broke ass me didn't have enough paper for my brain's movement speed XD



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