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Last days in the Secret Garden by Namtia Last days in the Secret Garden by Namtia
"Tumble down the rabbit hole and find yourself in an inky black-and-white wonderland."
Johanna Basford

Inspiration:

I got Johanna Basford's beautiful book The Secret Garden:An Inky Treasure Hunt and Colouring Book for my birthday in June. I was so mesmerized by the beauty of the book and had so much fun coloring it that I had to try to develop my own small secret garden fan art inspired by Ms Basford's beautiful lines celebrating finishing the first book.

Personal notes:
I guess this wasn't one of my best ideas... XD This one was really tricky one as I went entirely old school with it. The entire thing is drawn by hand with help of pencil grid, protractor, calipers, normal,  curved, round and circle rulers, tracing paper, etc. So no Photoshop or other drawing program was used for mirroring or rotating the pattern. I did so  as I didn't wanted to be too perfect as I wanted to make look like a french garden: symmetrical yet still have it's own imperfection plus I wanted to try out how is to draw one entire floral pattern by hand. (it is tiresome and calming in the same time XD). The style is really close to Ms Basford's style, as I wanted try out in my own interpretation.

I had fun, though at 5/8 part finished I wanted flip the table and throw the whole thing away, still finished the lineart part. I don't think I will color it, so I may offer it for free coloring, if anyone interested. So is there any brave souls who want to color it?? XD


 
Action and wip photos of the real thing can be found on my tumblr, instagram and facebook page.

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Media:
pencil and copic multiliners (two of them died finishing this pic, don't know when I will have opportunity to buy new pen :( )











This lineart is free to color, feel free to download and color it, but please respect my efforts and...

... please don't claim it as your own 

... please give proper credit and link back to this picture. At least add my username "Namtia" or link to my profile or to the lineart itself in the artist's comment (here is is little help: :*iconnamtia*: or :*devnamtia*:just without *)

...please  only personal use. No commercial use is allowed.

...have lots of fun ;D
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:iconlisamarimer:
lisamarimer Featured By Owner May 20, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks so much! fav.me/da39hg5
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:iconankelwar:
Ankelwar Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2015
Beautiful! :love:
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:iconnamtia:
Namtia Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2015
Thank you :D
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Ladyisarma Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2015
Namtia, I haven't checked my DA in a while, kinda got stuck in a depression of "real life" minutiae,  and I log in and find THIS! I SO WANT TO COLOR IT... A BILLION DIFFERENT WAYS!!! I'll get back to you as soon as I can..... maybe 4 different ones for the 4 seasons.... oooohhhhhhh.... :)
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:iconnamtia:
Namtia Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2015
Awww glad that you like it, hopefully you will have some fun with it, can't wait for it :) I hope you will be better :hug:
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:iconobserver14:
Observer14 Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2015  Professional Traditional Artist
Oh my word...  I was assuming you drew one 1/8 slice and then mirrored it around, but to draw the entire thing would be... well... obviously not impossible (since we can see the result), but pretty freaking difficult! :P

I love this kind of intricate, swirling, interlocking pattern.  You're right, if you look REALLY close, you can see slight variations in the pattern, but your accuracy is amazing.  I can imagine it as a french garden, and me slowly, carefully wandering through it, seeing each precisely positioned leaf and stem.

Beautiful work!
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:iconnamtia:
Namtia Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2015
Thank you :D

Haha you are not the only one asuming it was done in photoshop :D I wasn't happy how linearts looked in the last drawing so I though I would practice on a big mandala.  Well it seemed a great idea when I started it out,but around the middle it was kind of fustrating I have to admit XD 
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:iconobserver14:
Observer14 Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2015  Professional Traditional Artist
haha!!  I've had a few of those pieces myself! :D  "Seemed like a good idea at the start!"

Don't know how many times I've had the "picture in my head", only to discover that the clay has a very different idea of what it thinks this piece is going to look like.  However, in the end, it's worth the struggle.  Same with your drawing here -- so glad that you pushed yourself to make it through to the end.

Blessings!
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abinormyl Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2015
This is stunning.  I think you did your fan art justice.  I don't own any of her books but I have seen some of the pages and I think you might have out done your mentor in my book.    Thank you so much for letting me have the chance to add a bit of color to your beauty, I hope I don't ruin it.  I will definitely remember to give you credit. =)  
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:iconnamtia:
Namtia Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2015
Aww thanks :D  It is a great honor to be compared to Ms Basford's art, as she is really awesom and inspiring artist.
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Aankai-Rain Featured By Owner Edited Sep 9, 2015  Student Interface Designer
I was mezmerized by this piece. I love plant life, and I love orientions.
Your interpertion of oriention combined with the sheer will and concintration that was poured into this piece really strikes me back.
The slight sense of volume is just enough, and quite impressive considering the format.

To me it looks like you have incorparated a lot of diffrent sighs and symbols without harming the theme which made some points get cluttered and other overly vecant. I do not call it as prospect or a contract I only wish to inform you of it.

This piece is a great feature for your technical skill, paitiece, wits and spirit.

The terbulance you had with this piece is quite apperant, and I wish you keep upholding it up yourself as a banner.
Not a shackle.
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:iconnamtia:
Namtia Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2015
Thanks a lot for words, glad that you like it. It was technically a big challange for me.. Indeed there are some parts which got too cluttered, I wrote it off as I am to inexperienced with mandalas, but still it is there. I learned a lot this time as well. I will try more aware of it next time (which is in the unknown future as this one was qute tiring in the end).
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Aankai-Rain Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2015  Student Interface Designer
Well I just wanted to say that I have mentioned so you notice.
Realize that in the format you put it into is one that negate any inbalances and maybe tou can utelize it to your advantage
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:iconnamtia:
Namtia Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2015
No prob, thanks for mentioning. I will try to do even better next time :D
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:iconacnero:
acnero Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Oh my, this is a sign of crazy determination. I would be so lazy I'd draw 1/8, ink it and wet print the rest.
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:iconnamtia:
Namtia Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2015
Haha I thought so too. XD I wanted to flip the table at some point 
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:icon365-hatsu:
365-Hatsu Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2015
Oh my! That's beyond amazing! C:
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:iconnamtia:
Namtia Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2015
Aww thanks :D
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graydama Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2015  Hobbyist Writer
Great intricacy!!! :D
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:iconnamtia:
Namtia Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2015
Thanks :D
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:iconnyxthedarkgoddess:
NyxTheDarkGoddess Featured By Owner Edited Sep 8, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I really liked how this came out. I draw mandalas sometimes, but they normally come out simple and I currently can't do anything complex with them.
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:iconnamtia:
Namtia Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2015
Thanks :) I haven't really drawn mandalas before (even ruined the first design for this one), but I may do  more of this.
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999999999a Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2015
Wonderful flowing style , very nice .
must check out Johanna Basford's work now . Thanks .
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:iconnamtia:
Namtia Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2015
THanks :) I recommend to check her art out. She is awesome!
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Japvampgirl Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2015
*stares* I wanna color it! :giggle:
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:iconnamtia:
Namtia Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2015
You can color it :wink: rvmp 
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:iconjapvampgirl:
Japvampgirl Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2015
Yay! :dummy: thank you!
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:iconsketchman147:
Sketchman147 Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2015   Traditional Artist
I like the pattern work here. There's always something about this style I always liked. :)
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:iconnamtia:
Namtia Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2015
I adore this style too ;)
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:iconsketchman147:
Sketchman147 Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2015   Traditional Artist
I see you do stuff like this, I think, on other art pieces.
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:iconnamtia:
Namtia Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2015
Yeah, more like floral/swirly borders and backgrounds. I haven't drawn a full mandala before.
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Sketchman147 Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2015   Traditional Artist
Really? Then I guess, this is the first.
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:iconnamtia:
Namtia Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2015
Yup. It was a fun ride XD (actually it is the second one, as I messed up the first one in the design)
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:iconsketchman147:
Sketchman147 Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2015   Traditional Artist
At least you did good on this. :)
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:iconcherrysailormoon:
CherrySailorMoon Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
oh my wow ;0;
that must have taken ages!! how did you make it look so fancy? ;v;
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:iconnamtia:
Namtia Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2015
Thanks :D Yeah it took long, but  it was fun XD I think it looks fancy, because of symmetry and lots of floral pattern, don't know XD
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:iconbugatik:
bugatik Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
I have a drawing similar to this... Except mine is inferior in every way.

Very nice.
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:iconnamtia:
Namtia Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2015
Thanks :D Btw my first mandalas were real catastrophes. Really practice makes better ;)
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:iconbugatik:
bugatik Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
:)
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JuliaToffy Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Wow this is incredible! I'm a huge fan of Johanna Basford, I have one of her books already and the other one arrives next week. This piece is obviously inspired and this is such a great job done, Namtia!

I vote for your collaboration with Johanna :wink kiss: 
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:iconnamtia:
Namtia Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2015
Hehe I just bought the 2nd Basford book yesterday ;) Hopefully it will arrive next week.

Thanks a lot, yeah it is really close to Ms Basford's style, still I wanted try how it would look in my interpretation. :D
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JuliaToffy Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
You did an amazing job!

I wonder how long it will take me colour the first book, the Secret Garden :D There is so much and I'm so far from even half of it, haha!
And I'm so excited for the Lost Ocean!
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:iconnamtia:
Namtia Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2015
Thanks again :D

For me it took months XD I also really excited for Lost Ocean. :eager:
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Maiko-Girl Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2015  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Great Work! Will definitly try my hands at coloring this when i got the time but its going to take a while,he,he. I bought "The Secret Garden" book for my mother who wanted to try coloring it and these kind of adult coloring books are really getting popular in Norway now,i have 2 books myself that i have bought and have plans to purchase another one later that i fell in love with. :D (Big Grin) 
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Namtia Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2015
Glad that you liked it :D Yup, these adult coloring books are getting really popular in Hungary as well and Ms Basford's books are top notch of these. (I am eagerly waiting for the 3rd book, even-though I just purchased the 2nd one yesterday) Which titles did bought, if you don't mind the question?
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Maiko-Girl Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2015  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
As i told you earlier i bought "The Secret Garden" for my mother and i also bought another one for her called called Dream Catcher: A Soul Bird's Journey. At the same time buying that i also bought Coloring Animal Mandalas and Nature Mandalas Coloring Book since there was a sale/promotion going on in the local web store where i bought them and when buying 3 Coloring books i got them all for 50% of their original price.
I picked those 3 as my mom wanted the first one and the other two was the ones i liked the most of the ones i could choose from. Sweating a little...

I also have a wish list from Amazon.com with other Coloring books that i want to buy:
-Creative Haven Creative Cats Coloring Book
-Creative Haven Japanese Kimono Designs Coloring Book
-Creative Haven Japanese Prints Coloring Book
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Creative Haven Vintage Hand Fans Coloring Book
-Secret Tokyo: Color Your Way To Calm
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Vive Le Color! Japan (Coloring Book): Color In; De-stress

As you can probably guess from that list,im a huge fan of Japan,he,he. Unfortanly,living in Norway these books are impossible to buy in a store,i have only seen the Creative Cats Coloring Book in a web store and it is no longer availabel so i turn to Amazon.com to find them or Ebay.
(Not to mention the price of stuff in Norway are higher than in lands like Usa...)

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Namtia Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2015
That is lot, thanks for sharing! :D I will check them out, as I am also fan of coloring books. In Hungary it is the same situation, I need to order it online, otherwise there is no way to get it.
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