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Maleficent: The Cliff by nicholaskole Maleficent: The Cliff by nicholaskole
This week was the official release of The Curse of Maleficent- a book I illustrated for Disney Publishing as a companion to the upcoming Maleficent movie!
This is the first illustration from that work- young Aurora chases a flurry of blue butterflies into harm's way and Maleficent emerges from the woods...

This is, perhaps, my favorite illustration from the whole book. It's at least up there. Probably because it takes place in Cliffternoon...which is...a thing...I do...
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If you like what you see, you can order the book on amazon here: www.amazon.com/The-Curse-Malef…
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:iconmattwalker1985:
MattWalker1985 Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Beautiful work!
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xharukundancerx Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2014
wow! I really love your illustrations!
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RenagadeRexRider Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
wow.... this is just gorgeous~
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:iconkittie-sorelle:
Kittie-Sorelle Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2014
Awesome ! *o*
I want it on my poster x3
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:iconmariyaolshevska:
mariyaolshevska Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2014  Professional General Artist
Beautiful work! Such great movement in your brushstrokes, especially! 
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:iconselenada:
Selenada Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
The flow oh my goodness! What a beauty!
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:iconamothershed:
amothershed Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Wow that is beautiful! Great job very mystical just like the movie!
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:iconalexichabane:
alexichabane Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2014  Professional Filmographer
Wow, I wish the movie looked like this
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:iconmisslunarose:
MissLunaRose Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2014   General Artist
I love the colors here! It's really scenic. :heart:
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:iconinfinityfreehugzz:
Infinityfreehugzz Featured By Owner May 31, 2014  Hobbyist
Lov it!
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:iconloveall1229:
Loveall1229 Featured By Owner May 30, 2014
Absolutely beautiful!  I love the sense of motion, it's as if you can actually feel the breeze!
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DisneyLoverLoneGun Featured By Owner May 25, 2014  Student Filmographer
Oh... What can I say?! This is beautiful!
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PepperJDarcy Featured By Owner May 23, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
I adore your art so much. I actually found you on deviantART because I stumbled across this book in the bookstore. I bought it for the art... could care less for the content of the story, but there was so much beauty and innocence in your style. All of your art is just so gorgeous and amazing. It doesn't feel trashy or dark. It's a breath of fresh air. I really love this style and your way with colour. 

Keep up the amazing work! :thumbsup: 
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CaziTena Featured By Owner May 16, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
beautiful work Nicholas! congrats
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:iconrosirika:
Rosirika Featured By Owner May 14, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Nice Work!
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wackadoodlez Featured By Owner May 4, 2014  Student Filmographer
YOUR COLORS!! I love them!! <3
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:iconpeccatori:
peccatori Featured By Owner May 4, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
:o (Eek)  Wow! This is so awesome! Neko Emoji-28 (Nyaa) [V2]
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TastesLikeAnya Featured By Owner May 3, 2014   Artist
Found it. Aw yeah. I didn't think the rest of the composition could be so... awesome. Your use of colour just makes me so happy. You pull of backwards depth like a pro.
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:iconandantonius:
Andantonius Featured By Owner May 3, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Damn this is beautiful, love the values and counterchange on the tree! You totally rocked these out. :0
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:icondripoint:
DriPoint Featured By Owner May 3, 2014   Digital Artist
Stunning - I love this
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:iconpsycadela:
Psycadela Featured By Owner May 3, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Wow, great atmosphere, I really love the how you managed to translate the feeling of, well, maleficence creeping out on the happy little world of that girl.
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Tonko Featured By Owner May 2, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Most excellent colours and textures in here.
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:iconintimidator777:
Intimidator777 Featured By Owner May 2, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Love the style, colours and the line work- truly disney like.
Great job.
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MindlessKate Featured By Owner May 2, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
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:iconthechamba:
theCHAMBA Featured By Owner May 2, 2014
stunning, mate

stunning
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Simjim91 Featured By Owner May 2, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
An amazing, story telling picture : D
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:iconimpulszero:
impulszero Featured By Owner May 2, 2014
N-n-n-nice! :D
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:icontare-musume:
tare-musume Featured By Owner May 2, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
this painnting is soo rich~, beautiful
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:icongray-mecha-fox:
Gray-Mecha-Fox Featured By Owner May 1, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
This book is really pretty so far, the way the text is setup and everything. Can't wait to start reading tomorrow after I visit SVA.
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thats-a-moray Featured By Owner May 1, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
Fantastic atmosphere.
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BluecrownStudios Featured By Owner May 1, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
ORDERING THIS BOOK NOW.  HOLY CRAP
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Dream-Piper Featured By Owner May 1, 2014  Professional General Artist
Push.
End of Story.
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:icongojira012:
Gojira012 Featured By Owner May 2, 2014
Actually I sorta read the novel of the movie..

You my be in for a few surprises
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:icondream-piper:
Dream-Piper Featured By Owner May 2, 2014  Professional General Artist
LOL I figure! :D I'm actually super excited for it! 
However this picture... I HAD TO SAY IT! XD
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:iconheyrj:
HeyRJ Featured By Owner May 1, 2014
Great Stuff! 
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:iconpandaface:
PandaFace Featured By Owner May 1, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I quit.
Too good.
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Alecweirdo Featured By Owner May 1, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
sweet!
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LittleNjo Featured By Owner May 1, 2014  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
kinda makes me think of Garfield and Odie
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:iconkashuarashi:
kashuarashi Featured By Owner May 1, 2014
So nice to see it without the crease down the middle! And I hadn't noticed the castle in the background before...I think my love just doubled. <3
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Alex828x Featured By Owner May 1, 2014  Student General Artist
:) these kinds of pictures are what push me to go further and get better! they make me feel a little sad at first because they put my talents to shame... but then I jump back up and say that I can reach and surpass this (no offense what so ever, I love this piece!) :) :) :) 
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shellz-art Featured By Owner May 1, 2014  Professional General Artist
beautiful
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Baureal Featured By Owner May 1, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
love so much this wonderful landscape !! And of course your design of characters !
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ARTofANT Featured By Owner May 1, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Your work on this looks pretty great! Congrats man. How much artwork did you do for it? Based on the page count and price point it must be mostly prose right.
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BenjiLion09 Featured By Owner May 1, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
this is truly amazing!!! I'm in love with it and I can't wait to see the movie :D

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I'm not weird, I'm an artist :stinkeye:
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Evelyn2d Featured By Owner May 1, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Amazing! Very picturesque!Worship 
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