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Library Rats by maximegirault Library Rats by maximegirault
Finally! I started this one almost a year ago, but had to report it several times for multiple reasons.
The main reason is that i was looking for the perfect model. Finally Angeldust (previously featured on "Shanghai Love Birds") ended up on this at the last minute, and she's great as always!

In a way, it's kind of a tribute to Miyazaki, who inspired me so much when i was a child. And this giant Rat would not exist without Totoro.

It was pretty fun! The giant rat is mainly made from my cat. But no animal were harmed.
No others stocks from mine were used.

Do not hesitate to folow me on facebook! www.facebook.com/giraultmaxime

Edit : I'm really glad of this DD, thank you! I'm on hollidays at the end of the world so i can't reply to everybody, but i'm so glad to see my work appreciated and fully understood by all of you. You rocks!
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Library Rats by ~maximegirault ( Featured by Aeirmid )
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Aivohiiri Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2015
I AM THE BIG RAT THAT MAKES ALL OF THE RULES, LET'S SEE WHAT TROUBLE CAN WE GET OURSELVES INTO!
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SobohRami Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
awesome book title for the big rat , great work !
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akatsukinoshimo Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
So cuteeeee!!
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YazolinoGirl Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2015  Hobbyist Photographer
Wow. This is so amazing! You are an incredible artist, but I'm sure you hear that all the time. I love how realistic yet soft and fairy-tale(ish) your art is. I love the opening to nature at the top and a leaf has fallen thru to the bottom. Rats are so very intelligent so I love the orator at the top with is little paw in the air telling the story with gestures and his little curly curl tail even giving its own gesture. Everything says he is truly the 'conductor' of his book. But, my favorite is the big, big rat at the bottom... this was like my childhood rat , "Freddie" (although he didn't have a weight issue, he did eat a lot) and was so very relaxed. I could go on and on... but I won't.
Honest, I wish I could illustrate this way. Your work needs to be a whole book!! I'd love to see you illustrate the child's poem, "The Spider and the Fly"... :nod:
Thank you for sharing your work!!! :heart:
Sheryl
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maximegirault Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2015
Wow, I like when the choices I made are perfectly reasoning to someone :) Thank you very much! 
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YazolinoGirl Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2015  Hobbyist Photographer
Oh, you are very welcome!! I just love that piece... and lots of others you do. They are inspiring. You've got me thinking about an illustrator who I fell in love with as a child. Her book (the illustrations) memorized me! I still have it here somewhere. She did a wonderful 4 part illustration of the child's poem, "The Spider and the Fly"... I'm going to pull it out and send you the pic. I think I'll post it as a journal piece for an example. I believe you will enjoy seeing it. Of course, back then there was no digital tools. I just can't remember her name right now...
Hope you are having a wonderful week!! :)
Sheryl
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maximegirault Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2015
Sure I would be happy to see it! Thank you very very much :)
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vilsax Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2015
I love the paraphrase in the bottom rat's book title...
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chivalryss Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
I love this its adorable
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antonfair Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2015
SHADES OF YELLOW! I LOVE IT!
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fabi2011 Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2015
that's a really great and magical photomanipulation!
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videodude1961 Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2015  Hobbyist Photographer
Being a fan of books, this is a lovely image.  The golden tones give it the feeling of warmth and security, while the rats give it much whimsy.  The cheese in the stack of books is a wonderful touch.  I'm enjoying your work today!
Rich T.
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maximegirault Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2015
Glad you perfectly understood what I wanted to express :) Thanks
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Lubov2001 Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2015
how lovely!Clap 
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Celestrina Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2015
i love that the rat on top is reading out loud and she finds it amusing and the bottom rat is ignoring him like "there he goes again, and I'm just trying to read here"
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maximegirault Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2015
Haha exactly :) He is the smallest character so he needs to bring attention. Thanks a lot
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fifisart Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
SOOO CUTE!!
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COLOR141414 Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Awesome!
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KY0SU Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
love it *3*
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Tabashi Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
The cake is a lie :3
great job!
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Sootyfeather Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
miyazaki

lol 50 shades of yellow xD
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ilenosirrah Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2014  Student
I'd expect this to be displayed in a school library saying "READ" at the bottom.
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AnastasiyaKosenko Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2014  Student General Artist
Really interesting work! ^^
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gazelane Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2014  Student Interface Designer
original :)
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Charmed-Ravenclaw Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
The first thing I thought when I saw this was 'Reminds me of Miyazaki'. Really cute and well done!
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Lapin-The-Scientist Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Woah franchemnet!
C'est magnifique j'adore la couleur qui domine tout ;w;
Et que vois-je?
Elle lis "The Cake is a Lie" x)
Et j'adore le gros rat il est tout mignon x)
Et bah bravo pour les DD x)
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maximegirault Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2013
Merci beaucoup pour ces commentaires lapine toute noire :) Ravi de t'avoir fait un peu kiffer! A bientôt.
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Lapin-The-Scientist Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
De rien! x)
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razvan-c Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2013
love it! :)
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girlnumber20 Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2013
Very cute - love the "50 Shades of Yellow"
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Angie-Pictures Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2013
Beautiful work! Congratulations on the DD! :iconflowerheartplz:
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devduck01 Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
Well deserved DD, and an awesome image :)
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acces1 Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2013
Félicitations Maxime, si ça continue tu n'auras que des DD ^^.
Continue comme ça pour le plaisir de nos yeux.
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maximegirault Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2013
Merci ! Peut etre pas que des DD, il faut six mois entre chaque ;) deja bien cool d'en avoir eu deux! Je reviens de vietnam avec pleins de stocks et d'idees, j'espere que je continuerais a vous satisfaire les yeux :)
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acces1 Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2013
aucun doute la dessus
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NAD-LifeOfficial Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
OH MY GOODNESS THAT FAT RAT. I LOVE IT
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Dypritee Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I'm diggin this, but I'm wondering how much more I'd dig it without our female character. I love the composition and color. Blending is totally right on. Great work.
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maximegirault Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2013
Thank you :) Actually i'm not ready to remove humans in my work. It's often about something I feel, as a human, i like to put us inside of those dreams :)
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finnegan01 Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2013  Hobbyist Filmographer
what have you been eating
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maximegirault Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2013
That's a good question :D actually nothing special i think.
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SeatailsArt Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This is fantastic.
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AncA-P Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2013  Professional Artist
I like how you retouched it :D good job
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MiftahulKrm Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Amazing work!
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BlackwolfSilverpaw Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
So adorable!
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JokerX2011 Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2013
Perfect!
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Ginryuzaki Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2013
This so cool and awesome!! Love it very much! :heart:
Congratulations on the DD! :thumbsup:
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TheGalleryOfEve Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Congratulations on your well-deserved DD!!! :iconflyingheartsplz::iconlainloveplz::iconflyingheartsplz: :clap::clap::clap:
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GiardQatar Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Fantastic
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Stitchfeather Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Alright, I lol'd pretty hard at the big fat mouse, and fell on the floor laughing at '50 shades of yellow' xD Lovely work!
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