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Mistletoe by MelissaFindley Mistletoe by MelissaFindley
Mistletoe is a forest guardian (and fellow Capricorn), who enjoys long walks in the woods, snowy days, and seducing women lucky enough to get caught under his antlers. During the rest of the year, his tattoo changes to match the seasons, budding in spring, growing leaves throughout the summer, and shedding them in the fall.

Yes, the roots go down much farther than just his waistband.

Painted in just about a day and half in Painter IX.
I used two of the lovely LinzStock's images for reference: linzstock.deviantart.com/art/T… and linzstock.deviantart.com/art/E… (although really I only borrowed the pants and something of the angle of the face in the other).

Mistletoe by cwicseolfor is based on this image and won Third place in my Strange Sight Story Contest. Check it out!
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:iconartemisdragonheart:
ArtemisDragonheart Featured By Owner May 10, 2015  Student General Artist
Bloody bugger using his mistletoe to catch unsuspecting girls unaware XD
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:iconrainchickk:
rainchickk Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2014
if you gave him cloven feet he could have been a satyr
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:iconadmerxin13:
Admerxin13 Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I could stare at this all day, but I'd be afraid of licking the screen to peices.... lol
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:iconarkiel-pixie:
Arkiel-Pixie Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
So very very strange, so very fae. I thoroughly approve of both him and the cardinal.
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:iconkymyit:
kymyit Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
awesome work **
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:icondracodawnstar:
dracodawnstar Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2011
OH MY GOD!! If I was in the forest I would have him. This is beautiful. Excellent work!!
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:iconfairybatkat:
fairybatkat Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
very cool
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:icononthewingsoftwilight:
onthewingsoftwilight Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
AMAZING!! beautiful work!!
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:iconyyanaoni:
YyanaOni Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2011
Oh dear, this isn't good...I think my heart stopped. O.O
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:iconjaejoong92:
jaejoong92 Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2011  Student Digital Artist
wow...so hot!!! lol
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:iconhawthorne-cat:
hawthorne-cat Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2011  Professional General Artist
OOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO GODS1 I love everything about him!!!
I WANT MY TAT TO DO THAT TOO...
and CUDOS for actual mistletoe! you CANT believe how much that means to me!!!
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:iconthe-shadow-bender:
The-Shadow-Bender Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2010
Oooh I would not mind getting caught under those antlers at all. :drool:
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:iconeisenaugen:
eisenaugen Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2010
beautiful
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:iconarysani:
arysani Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2010
It's the bare feet.

I've been looking at this image on and off for several days, trying to figure out what is the delicious THING about it that makes me want more.

And I've decided it's the bare feet.

Lovely work.
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:iconname-already-chosen:
name-already-chosen Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2010
This is gorgeous!
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:iconcodwars:
CodWars Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2010  Hobbyist Artist
I love it!!!
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:iconallison712:
allison712 Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
You've been featured! :iconchristmastreeplz: [link]
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:iconerethkhaniel:
Erethkhaniel Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2009
You know, it's funny, every once in a while I get the urge to look over your gallery again, and I always seem to find something new, though not necessarily recent. Rather odd, since I generally look over all the pages...but anyway. I really like this, as I do all your art. And I must be honest and say that my first thought upon seeing the mistletoe on the antlers was "Hey, that's a really good idea! Why didn't I think of that? Have to find a way to pull it off sometime...I mean, full on granted excuse to kiss any female I please just by walking up to her? Yes, please." Within reason, of course. ;p But I've been fiending for antlers for years. This is just another reason to get them, and a good one at that.

On a random note...I'm in a bit of a rut at the moment, but drop by my page and take a look at some of my stock. You might find some of it useful. And please forgive me if my memory is glitching something fierce and you've already done this, I'll make it up to you, I swear.....somehow...
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:iconclashyourlips:
Clashyourlips Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
damn love this picture
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:iconferrarinka:
Ferrarinka Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2008
glorious...
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:iconwindfalcon:
windfalcon Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
I cannot resist saying this, but...I'd really love to see how deep those roots really go. :giggle:

Beautiful painting. I love the pure black eyes, and that adorable little cardinal on his antlers!
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:iconcwylldren:
Cwylldren Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2008  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I feature the Horned One in my journal!
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:iconmelissafindley:
MelissaFindley Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2008  Professional General Artist
Thank you. :D
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:iconcwylldren:
Cwylldren Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2008  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
with pleasure!
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:iconzebbeed:
zebbeed Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2008
lovely... he looks like a child of Pan or Hearn... nice redbird
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:iconcalypsotea:
CalypsoTea Featured By Owner May 28, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
I love his features (those eyes and those lips...) and the expression on his face, as well as the concept of the changing tattoo. The idea of adding a cardinal was clever, as Capricorn is a cardinal sign. Really well-done! ^_^
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:iconeolhin:
Eolhin Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2008   General Artist
Beautifully done! As a Capricorn, I really like him. ;) The little bird on his antlers is charming, and I really like his hair, and the snowy forest. :)
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:iconfairylord:
FairyLord Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2008
How sensual and beautiful :) I love male nature spirits.
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:iconkatgirlstudio:
KatGirlStudio Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2008  Professional Digital Artist
beautiful image i like the whole feeling of the piece and the little bird perched on his horns =^.^=
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:iconhatsue-chan:
hatsue-chan Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2008   Photographer
Mmm, lovely expression. :drool:
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:iconfondued-jicama:
fondued-jicama Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2008  Hobbyist
I really want that tat now. :D Amazing.
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:iconsaniika:
saniika Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2008  Professional General Artist
This is the first time I see sexy black eyes...I mean complete black eyes. Truly, usually it awkwarded me very much, but this picture is nice. :)

congratulation
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:iconamazonofexeter:
Amazonofexeter Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2008  Professional General Artist
nice work :love:
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:iconangelinaart:
AngelinaArt Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2008
I hope you do not mind, but I have featured your stunning work, here in my journal [link]

Thanks :cuddle:
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:icon3d-fantasy-art:
3D-Fantasy-Art Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2008
Absolutely dreamy!
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:iconallein21:
allein21 Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2008
This piece is gorgeous, I love the little cardinal perched there. I hope to see him in other seasons!
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:iconrita-ria:
Rita-Ria Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
your art becomes more and more beautiful :)
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:iconravenlady:
RavenLady Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2008   Writer
*drools everywhere*
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:iconryoko25:
ryoko25 Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2008  Student Writer
... caught under his antlers huh???
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:iconlittle-kaiyou-kame:
Little-kaiyou-Kame Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2008  Hobbyist Digital Artist
woohoo!! :heart:
lol i was like "where's the mistletoe? on his head??"
and THEN i read "Mistletoe is a forest guardian" ahaha ^^;
Great job, dear
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:iconfaerywitch:
faerywitch Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2008  Professional Digital Artist
I absolutely love the tattoo, the texture of the bark, very graphic and elegant.
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:iconenaka:
Enaka Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2008
Wow, nice. *purr*

Love the dreamy tone. I dig the Sidhe.
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:iconnyxen:
Nyxen Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2008
Very nice. :)
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:iconlinzstock:
LinzStock Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
Absolutely GORGEOUS!!
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:iconardunt:
ardunt Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2008  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Hope you do not mind, I have featured you in my winters feature on my Journal.
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:iconnyrak:
Nyrak Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2008  Professional Digital Artist
I love the cardinal! Perfect accent. :D
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:iconcwylldren:
Cwylldren Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2008  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I love the cardinal, too. very beautiful, with a wonderfully dreamy winter feel to it.
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:icondemi-kitten:
Demi-Kitten Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2008
oooh *purr*!
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:iconpika-la-cynique:
Pika-la-Cynique Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2008  Professional General Artist
... The roots go down... further...? O_o;;

*would like to say something more artistically constructive but is having trouble getting over that one part*

Rather puts me in mind of some of the Siddhe in the Merry Gentry series. And lovely paint, bien sur.
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:iconmarahscott:
MarahScott Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2008  Hobbyist Digital Artist
oooohhh....:drool:
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