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The Spirit of Italy by Timbertooth The Spirit of Italy by Timbertooth
It is complete, at last! :happybounce: This is my entry for the Fiat contest and I sincerely hope you like it. :) I have worked on it for a month, 2-5 hours every day except for the 6 days I spent in Italy doing research. That is to say, this is the drawing I worked on longer than anything else, ever, in my life. Therefore, I'm very proud of it. The style is inspired by my idea of what Italy must look like, which was confirmed when I actually got there (it turned out to look EXACTLY the same as I thought it would!) You can see the influence of several beautiful Italian cities here, especially Venice, Florence, Padova, Sorrento and Rome.
Now you ask how I got the idea. Well, the answer is this: I love Fiat 500. It is a tiny car designed to roam the tiny streets of Italy and look stylish while doing so. Its design corresponds to the retro-looking Italian architecture and fits in perfectly. Fiat 500L is, on the other hand, a big version of the Fiat 500, which can, therefore, carry Italy in its boot. This idea came to me the morning after the contest was anounced so I set off to work immediately. I drew the whole perspective on a printed template which I then scanned and coloured on my tablet. The colouring took me longest, but I think I have learned a great deal from the whole experience. I have found Italy very inspiring and it actually encouraged me to consider studying architecture. :)
If this was to be put on an actual car (and that would be the dream of my dreams' dreams!), the car should be of some nice colour, preferably sky-blue, but yellow and orange would do, too. ;p
Again, I really hope you like it, and may you all have a great week! :heart:
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EsebeiDoran Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Awe this is sooo cute! You went to Italy?? Why didn't you take me with you lol jk. I went to Italy back in '09 and I wish that i went back. Me :+fav: this because it's Italy, and it's colorful :D

Would you mind taking a look at mine please?
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Timbertooth Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2013
Thank you so much! I'm really glad you like it! I wanna go back to Italy, too! My absolute favourite city there is Sorrento, a little mediterranean town on the coast south from Naples. :) Your entry is nice, too!
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EsebeiDoran Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Sorrento? I don't think I went there.. I'm not really sure. Scratch Head  Memorable places for me was going to the Vatican, then brag to my friend I saw the Sistine Chapel... Then got murdered by her.. then got revived... then forgiven.. hehehhe.. but Italy is beautiful period! I wish I could live there :)

Ooh! Did you go to that fountain place? Fountain of Trevi! Yeah, that's what's it called. My coach told me if you toss a coin in there, you will go back there. I have hopes on going back there. Plus I tossed a coin :happybounce: :happybounce: :happybounce: :happybounce: :happybounce: :happybounce:  Eep and thank you for seeing my entry
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Timbertooth Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2013
I've been to all of these places! :D The Sistine Chapel was really stunning, but there were to many people in it and I was constantly pushed forward so I spent like 1 minute in it! :( Yeah, Fontana di Trevi was magnificent, too! I also went to see a whole lot of churches so it got a bit confusing and I don't clearly remember what else memorable I've seen in Rome... Have you been to Pompeii and Vesuvius? I had a brilliant guide there, he was really funny and interesting to listen to. :)
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EsebeiDoran Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Omg. I know what you mean. When I was at the Sistine Chapel, I didn't have time to admire the thing. Well.. Actually.. I had a hard time trying to look for it at first.. I looked left, right, and front.. and i'm like, "what? where is it?" so I saw the other tourists looking up, then I looked up, and I was like, "WHOA! A human did that?" I just wished that I had time to admire it. :( Everyone was like, rushing.

Lol. I saw a lot of churches too, but I failed to remember any of em.

If I went to Pompeii, and of Vesuvius.. I would've died. Because that place is like.. historic. I'm like one of those people who loves history.. and knowing that if I stepped foot there.. i would've just fainted and be like, "Oh my God.. It's just like what the books says" :meow:

Hehe my (our) guides were my swim coach and representative. Me and my swim-mates were in Rome for Swimming competition. There were a lot of places I would've loved going.. but practice is practice - as coach would say :(
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Timbertooth Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2013
It's ridiculous - everyone came there to see the Sistine chapel and then they rushed out of it! The rest of the museums there are just a faint memory compared to THE chapel. And I remember that getting to it was also tricky, with those narrow stairs and all... just to get out almost immediately. :(
Pompeii ruins are really awesome! It's unbelievable how much has been preserved. The most of the experience I still have to thank to that wonderful guide, who made me want to hear more about it. :D
I hope you did well in the competition and I'm sure you'll have the opportunity to go to Italy again! ;p
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EsebeiDoran Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Oh my Gosh. You know I almost got lost there. I think it was after going through the Sistine Chapel.. we went through this garden (i think it's called a garden)... then i got lost I started to panic... and usually when i panic, i start swearing in my head so much, but then i remembered that i was in a very holy place so i kept swearing in fruit & dessert languages. lol

I really want to go back to the Vatican so bad. I met this priest, cuz he saw that I was lost, and he was soooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo beautiful and sooo gorgeous.. his eyes were green and crystal loosing.. butterfly lashes and thick brows that were soo clean.. and his lips were so perfect and plump i was like "Dear God!" (I really need to go back to the Vatican lol.. I'm so going to hell for thinking of such unholiness)

Next time I go to Italy, I hope i'll go there under my terms: No sports, no business, just fun! hehehe I really want to go to Pompeii so badly. I mean.. that's like HISTORY!
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Timbertooth Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2013
Hahaha, interesting story! :XD: Italy is really fun. Got to go there again. When you go to Pompeii, send my regards to Johnny Boy, if you meet him. :D
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jaymeefox Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2013
Good luck with your contest entry! I did my try on Tromp L'orel too ^^
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Timbertooth Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2013
Thanks, good luck to you too! That octopus really has a great expression! :D
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jaymeefox Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2013
^^ Thank you!
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Timbertooth Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2013
You're welcome! :D
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Hjernedaud Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2013
I'm going to Italy next week, and I really hope it will look as amazing and colourful as your drawing. 
I myself think it's a butt ugly car, but that's my personal opinion, I'm sure it's wonderful to drive and fits very well in the streets of Roma or Firenze xD
I hope you get a nice placing in the contest, it would be nice to know the results when they're out :)

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Timbertooth Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2013
Thank you for this nice comment! :hug: I like to think of this as more of an impressionism than realism piece, but to tell you the truth, it IS quite colourful there. The atmosphere is simply amazing and very special and I hope I've managed to capture a bit of it in this drawing. Haha, as for the car, I personally prefer the old, miniature Fiat 500, but, well, that one doesn't have so many windows to draw on! ;p I wish you a great trip and I'm sure you'll enjoy it! Oh, and thank you for the nice wishes! :D
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alexander-john Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Great job, I really love how you give the air of elegance in you drawing, the reflection is drawn pretty well too. I think the building is too colorful, a little contrast with silver metalic of the Fiat, but maybe that just my preference. All in all, you've done a really nice job, I can imagince myself drinking a cup of coffee while listening to some Italian song, very romantic :)

I can see your effort and really admire how you even go to the real place to do your research. Good luck with the contest, wish you the best :D

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Timbertooth Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2013
Wow, thank you so much for the wonderful comment! :hug: The car definitely shouldn't be silver, but blue/orange/yellow. :) I don't know why I didn't colour it, i saw some people did, but well. I'm really glad you like it!
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jaymeefox Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2013
The contest is to focus on the window wrap. If people colored the car with more colors you'd lose the focus of the art so color of the car should not matter. ^^ Good Concept! I like the back window :D
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Timbertooth Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2013
Thank you! I'm glad you like it! :D I agree about the colouring of the car, but if I were to choose the colour, it would definitely not be silver, gray or black. I think people would cheer up more if the cars around them were colourful or at least if they had a colourful detail, like these window wraps. :)
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jaymeefox Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2013
Thanks for the fave :)



I am a gray person LOL My little car is silver and my sporty van is dark gray :D
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Timbertooth Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2013

No problem. :)

Haha, seems we aren't the right two people to discuss colours of cars! Both of my cars are red, but I wish to have an orange or green car. :XD:

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jaymeefox Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2013
haha I almost brought a Sunburst orange Chevrolet HHR but loan failed.
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Timbertooth Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2013
That's a cool car! :D Pity.
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alexander-john Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Ah, now it make sense :)
Great work and may it make you win the contest :thumbsup:
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Timbertooth Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2013
Haha, thank you so, so much! :dance:
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Paty-Longbottom21 Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2013
Hello friend!
you did a great work! look at the details you did with the little windows, the bridge and the colouring! so lovely!
I really think is a great piece of art, and wish you the best in the contest! 
is totally worth all the time you spent on it!
you went to Italy! so great! sure is amazingly pretty!!!! I wish i can go one day and put my italian lessons to a use hahaha
is a really good work of art!


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Timbertooth Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2013
Aww, thank you so much for this wonderful comment, my friend! :hug: I'm really glad you like it and your support really means a lot to me. Italy is one of the most beautiful countries I've been to, and really inspiring, too. I hope you'll go there someday, it's definitely worth it! And thanks for the watch and the llama, btw. :D
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Paty-Longbottom21 Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2013
you are welcome!!!
you are going to do alright in the contest! be sure! and I hope your words came true haha I wish so I can put to practice my italian and draw all the great landscapings I have seen in books and movies
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Timbertooth Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2013
You will go! ;) Thank you so much for the support! :hug:
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Paty-Longbottom21 Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2013
hope so! hahah you are welcome!!!!!!!
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FTSArts Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
That is cool! I will be voting for this one!
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Timbertooth Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2013
Thanks so much! I don't think there will be any voting for members, but thanks for the support - it really means a lot to me. :)
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FTSArts Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Aww, I thought we were gonna get to vote on this one! Oh well >.< I still hope you win, this is one of the coolest ones I've seen yet :)
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Timbertooth Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2013
Thank you. :D
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