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DARK CLOUDS, BRIGHT LIFE by EvilApple513 DARK CLOUDS, BRIGHT LIFE by EvilApple513
[ANOTHER DAY IN IMAGINATION ISLAND]
AWMAIGAWHGD I CAN FINALLY SLEEP!!!!!

Anyway this piece punched me in the face, threw me into a fiery santa chimney and repeatedly forced me to commit extended-rope bungee jumping off a rocky shore... that I seriously need background practice @_@ I am sorry past self for being lazy! Then again I have colors to practice and 3D effects to worry... OTL *SIIIIIIIIIIIGH*

So to cover up my skill level I made sure it had the air and atmosphere it had over there. The character pose was heavily inspired by *humon's experience in her journal. No matter what differences, we should all at least be able to greet each other without discrimination! Years back, the person I was dating at that time was awed by me saying hello to a stranger that walked by and commented "she's not even that cute!" Dude, am I secretly an alien from outer space without me knowing because I didn't know that there was such rule stating you can only greet someone who you're attracted to! I was just trying to be polite! Besides greeting someone is just manners in society; not a sign of potential flirting. Why am I randing on a contest entry?! This world is filled with mysteries...

[CREDITS AND BGI]
Character, Story & Artwork is © Sires R. Black and ©BlackStarr513®
All Rights Reserved.

Tools: Paint Tool SAI / Photoshop CS4
Time: Long enough to re-watch the whole Alabasta Arc in One Piece.

:blowkiss:THANK YOU FOR YOUR VISIT:blowkiss:
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Lycandra Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This is impressive *0* I love this drawing, the background is stunning !
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Zerna Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
wow, what a concept! :'D I love that! This feels like a crossover between several different countries---Japan, Italy and Greece. (Greece just occurred to me because of the mountain. XD

Anyway, really fantastic job on the buildings and boy---the coloring and perspectives are just fabulous. <3 However, because of the sharper detail in them, it makes the rest of the background look fuzzy and slightly less detailed--maybe add more highlights to the trees, clouds and mountains next time? That would be a good idea. :)

Still a great peice! :thumbsup:
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EvilApple513 Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
Ahhhh constructive criticism!
I could NEVER get enough of them! and impossible to thank you enough for them!!

Yeah highlights are one of my biggest fear when I color. I always put TOO much or too little and it makes my piece so "cheap" looking! But yeah I can definitely point out areas that should have some good highlights. i'll remind my self next time to include them! Hm, about the fuzziness, I thought it'll be necessary for making it out of focus to add depth. Did I do it TOO much? or just lack of contrast in colors & values?
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Zerna Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
first off you're very welcome. :) I planned to raid your gallery and continue. XD So try not to get sick of me too quickly! *shot*

Hm...well the focus I can see what you're talking about.... I see the focus on two different plains though---on the buildings and the boy.

But when 'lined up' the boy is next to the bushes in the foreground---which are blurry, but he's not--so the focus is skewed, in a way. If you were aiming for the focus that professional cameras do, I would suggest more blur in all places BUT the single focus. <XD Hope you followed that.
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EvilApple513 Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
PLEASE do! My gallery is wiiiiiide open for yours to raid LOL!

Anyway sorry for the late reply! The whole Thanks giving thing got in my way :P
But AHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH yeahhhhh now I take a closer look it makes a lot of things! Man I feel dumb now; photography is a huge hobby of mine too! I should totally know these things by heart! Then again, I may have just over analysed or under analysed when I'm actually PAINTING it. You kinda forget to stop and think about blur horizons and what not when I'm looking through the lens; I try to take the best shot as I can and thats about it...?

But thank you SO much! I'll definitely try to do a revenge pic with the corrections and all XD
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ayuICHI Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Woahhh, love it :D
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mesai Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Yes, there is such a rule. I saw it here somewhere...

Quite nice landscape, the faces in the mountain/background contrast well against the cheerful wave in the foreground.
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EvilApple513 Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
Darn! I was hoping otherwise D<

Thanks so much! Even if I didnt make it it's still a HUGE pleasure to be able get complements from you!
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suzaka-san Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2010
your buildings look fantastic
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EvilApple513 Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks so much!
But if you look reaaaaaaal closely the window angles are ALL over the place since I was too lazy to lay out the grids or at LEAST straighten out OTL Glad you like it though! It motivates me to practice more :goes back on canvas:
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KinCryos Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2010
wow, I'm normally alert to details but I completely missed that. It goes to show that when you think something's really good, you don't notice, much less care about, any flaws
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Half-finished Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2010
Evertime I even try to attempt backgrounds I feel my hands starting to work their way up to my throat so the can choke me and shake me till I stop torturing with my horrible art skills. 'OTL Your background,though, is VERY VERY good! More then I can do EVER. It's so MAGICAL. <33

Yeah..That happens to me alot too..Which has lead me to become a little antisocial. *COUGHISAHERMITCOUGH*
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EvilApple513 Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
Hahaha yea I used to but I know if I'm going to one day, eventually be a professional artist I need to be able to draw BGs so I better start practicing now... besides dont you hate when your brain can come up with the most creative, detailed environments you want to put it in shape but your skill level isn't par with it so it ends up looking crappy? O_O I'm SO tired of being frustrated because it it! I think art is 90% practice so I'm wishing both of us the greatest of luck! ;)

But I do appreciate your complement! It really keeps me motivated to try harder :hug:

URGH I don't blame you since I'm pretty anti-social myself as well.
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Half-finished Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2010
Yeah I get what your sayin. What I REALLY REALLY hate though, is how I can draw the background quite well with pencil but if I scan it and try to colour it in photoshop it turns out looking horrid. <8'[ But most of the time I cant even draw the BGs in my head to begin with...urgh...it is such a downer man..

Yeah get MOTIVATED so I can see me AWESOME WORK from you! 8 D

*hides in hermit shell untill I get hungry*
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EvilApple513 Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
Oh GOD i know EXACTLY how that feels! Especially after I tried putting the highlights and everything just looks crappy and cheap... HATE that!

Haha most of my backgrounds are inspired by architectural and landscape photographs of France and Italy. I want more photo books from around the world but they cost ridiculous amount of money! Or i go around Pixdaus for ideas. I don't use them for references though which I SERIOUSLY should to improve... eventually! ;;>_>
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Half-finished Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2010
Yeah whenever I do attempt to draw a background I usually use photographs or look at other peoples fantastic art to get inspiration. *slumps* I'm still pretty bad at it. I need to practice more then I do. I'm just such a procrastinator. ;___;

*REACHES FOR PENCIL*.....*REACHES FOR DS*
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Wolficka Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2010
is just me...or the hand looks like a claw? XD
I like the background i have always admired your perspective skills XDDD.
You're totally right. But sadly... discrimination is like instict for the humans. We have a looong way to go and so much to learn.
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EvilApple513 Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
Oh yea now you mention it it kinda does <w<;; ah well, I just need to practice more and get better in general!

But but but... saying "HI" to someone, ANYONE isn't that hard! I love when people smile at me and just greet me with an easy "hello". If saying hi to dogs, cats, and trees aren't that hard then saying hi to anyone should be easy as hell! KDOUIWODEYH!!! ... @_@ ok I'm stopping.
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Wolficka Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2010
i know, i'm not a "social person" but, when someone smile at me or they say hi, i'm polite and smile at them XD
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EvilApple513 Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
Same here, I'm no where NEAR considered a social person but I am able to appreciate a heart warming greeting. I think a bunch of people are like that and it's sad to think they're being ignored majority of the time due to assholes like my ex... seriously that comment just made me O____O?! the rest of the day.
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KinCryos Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2010
the background is just breathtaking
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EvilApple513 Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks
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ganchroi Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
That is so amazing, I love it :D
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EvilApple513 Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you! Glad you thought so! :XD:
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ganchroi Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
no problem - it's so cool lol
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