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Mrs. Brisby by daarken Mrs. Brisby by daarken
Fan art of Mrs. Brisby from The Secret of Nimh.

Wow, thanks for the DD! This was a complete surprise, especially since this painting is almost a year old. Thanks for all of the lovely comments and feedback, I really appreciate it!
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Given 2012-01-03
Mrs. Brisby by ~daarken

Awesome Fan Art from the Secret of NIMH! ( Featured by TommyGK )
En-Sabbah-Nur Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2016
Makes me nostalgic... what a great movie :')
Awesome work !
MysteriousAnimatorX Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2015  Professional Filmographer
Reminds me of a book cover :}
beachelf Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2015
Awesomeness! Applaud fella (Reactions) by Ehsan-m
Sanluris Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
Congrats! :clap:
It's fun to see cartoon-style animals, but realistic ones are sometimes better to me, since they are wild animals after all. This looks really good, and I love the flowers and grass....especially the glow of the stone, too.
DAVCM64 Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2014
jajajja this anthology is!! nice work
Garfieldfan22 Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
Jose-Ramiro Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
BuffnutButthead Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
beautiful.... *__* faved!
sevrasanctus Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2014  Student Writer
This is beautiful! I thought her name was Frisby though ._.
daarken Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks! Her name in the novel was Frisby, but for the animated movie they had to change it to Brisby because of trademark concerns with Frisbee discs. 
RexBlazer1 Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
ArtWithoutPrediction Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2013  Professional Artist
It loses a lot of the feminine aspect somehow... lovability and human emotion in the eyes. Gotta work on that.

Art isn't just in the details, people are blinded by textures and overdetailing and overblending, but the real technical skill comes in appropriately wielding all your tools.
daarken Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks for letting me know what art is and isn't. I'll try to be a better artist next time.
QuestionDeca Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2014
Considering it's been near a year I feel trepidation in this making this comment.

Both of you are right, it is art, but it's hard to see it as Mrs. Brisby which is where "ArtWithoutPrediction"'s argument comes from. The realism and technique of this artwork is incredible, but it's such a clash to the pre(con)ception of the character Mrs. Brisby with that realism that brings about the complaint.

The viewer, if they've seen the Don Bluth animated film, will first picture that rendition, and an ultra-realistic version is jarringly different in comparison.  
ArtWithoutPrediction Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2013  Professional Artist
Well, no art isn't defined like that, it's in your heart. But technical skill still comes into play for capturing those aspects and practice and learning. The devil is in the details, sometimes you have to step back from something and see it with a fresh eye... sometimes we only distance ourselves properly after a couple months have passed.

I find myself coming back to these time and again just to remind myself of the essentials: [link]
ICIllustrator Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
One of my favorite childhood movies.
carnival Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Ffffffffffffffffffff AWESOEM~! X'D

After playing so much Mouse Guard, this iz SUPER-RAD~! X'3
glitcher Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Oh dear, what a dreadfully unflattering illustration of Mrs. Brisby. This is a shining example of someone with immense artistic talent who doesn't know how to properly depict a character. I can understand if someone wants to take a more natural style of Brisby's appearance, but there is nothing remotely feminine or even personable about this scraggy rodent. Even the drawings of Frisby in the book looked better than this. I know you're capable of better, since your painting of Nicodemus fits the character perfectly, but this looks about as close to Brisby as a block of wood. A real disappointment. :thumbsdown:
maxvision92 Featured By Owner May 3, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Psst! Hey, I've got a secret to share: The paintings in this series are taking a realistic bent to a very fantastical world. As such, since Mrs. Brisby is the most mundane character in the movie, she is rendered here as a real animal. The character is still recognizable even without those big Disney eyes.
glitcher Featured By Owner May 9, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
The only thing I recognize on that scraggly rodent is the cape and amulet, but Brisby herself shows nothing of her animated rendition, regardless of how realistic you want to make her. Other artists have tried to draw her in a similar style like this one by GirlNamedEd. At least hers shows a more refined fur, softer expression and overall cuter look. I see nothing of that in Daarken's mouse that looks like it was pulled from the gutter. The original book illustrations that preceded the film looked better than this.
maxvision92 Featured By Owner May 9, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Mrs. Brisby wouldn't look very cute in real life, though; she's not a tame mouse, who's been living in the fields, dodging the unaware farmer and his evil cat probably her entire life, and when she's not doing that she lives in a block of cement. Of course a realistic Mrs. Brisby's gonna look scraggly and like she was pulled from the sewers, because she pretty much has.

In addition, daarken has companion paintings of Justin and Nicodemus, and they have more human-ish faces and postures. Know why? To show that they're superior beings to an ordinary mouse like Mrs. Brisby. That's why they have human-ish faces, and Mrs. Brisby looks like an animal. It's not any mistake, it's artistic vision.
daarken Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
raypettit74 Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Great movie, great pic!!!
Avondrood Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2012
Beautifully done ;)
Dorothy-T-Rose Featured By Owner May 12, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Your lovely artwork has been featured in this journal from #Prismatic-Colours: [link]

JeffersonLeite Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Oh, Secret of Nimh... its nice!
TheNaturistArtist Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2012
Amazing job
Natalya-Himura Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I love the movie! I watched it when I was a child! Brisby is a beautiful storie! Your work is amazing! Thank to remmebre me this caracter! Good continuation! ;)
ScepterDPinoy Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I watched that movie awhile ago. Very darker than it's sequel and this artwork looks great.
isagic Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2012
magicalaurie Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2012  Professional General Artist
beautiful- the Secret of Nimh- so great- love it! :)
Suzanne-Helmigh Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Just watched this film again recently :)
lovely fanart!
MrBlackCap Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2012  Professional General Artist
alatherna Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2012
SO MUCH LOVE for this <3
Ciameth Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Featured here: [link]
CreepyPsy Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I love this! The Secret of Nimh was and is one of my favorite childhood movies. Great work!
BrtInTO Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2012
This is fantastic. Really good work!!
newboldworld Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2012
So cute! Excellent! :-)
cdukino Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2012
Oww... how cute. I love mice, and this one definitely is adorable.
evoluzione Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
:aww: A favorite movie of mine... and is that... a ... SPaRKLy??!?! :D
Dreaming-of-Nidra Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
This brings back memories! Great art, btw
Kicia Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2012
I love this move!!!
GilmourApatosaur Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Amazing! Loved this movie as a kid:D You've probably already heard this question before, but what medium did you use?
Little-Whittle Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2012  Hobbyist Interface Designer
Awesome fanart!
DeviantArtForMePls Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2012
Love it!!!!
SonyB89 Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2012
when i first saw this movie i was ... 5 or 6 and there were so many scaring and tragic moments in it, my poor childish heart couldn't take it.. i got pretty emotional everytime i watched it..
seing a fanart of it in this realistic way brings back memories of a great but tragic movie... good job!
zevl Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2012
Nice work :Clap:
The hands and eyes looks very good :nod:
Fionabus Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2012
WAA! I love it! He's so cute!!!
o0Magnus Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2012
awesome !
SlowMonkey Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
This was one of my favorite childhood movies~
This made my night. xD
Your art is so lovely! :)
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