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Pirate Surprise by asynjur Pirate Surprise by asynjur
An experiment, with things I've never tried before in almost every aspect and detail of the picture, some more successful than others. I also tried some things that didn't make it to the final version because I couldn't get them to work, for instance, giving him a light beard, or trying to put a ship in the lagoon. There is still a lot I'd like to do with the picture, but in the interest of finishing some time this century, I just put an end to it!

666 was the kiriban number, but also, my little joke that I'm sure no one will get... The dire warning "666" is scrawled on this old chest to caution good souls that "the beast" is inside, but then when you open it you find out this feared creature is the common rubber duck. (The color of the duckies was also in play with my original idea, but there was no way I could pull that off since I'm not a skilled animator. I pictured a darkened scene where you would initially see just a golden glow coming from a pirate chest as it was opened. You'd naturally assume it was from gold doubloons, but then the camera would pan as he continued to open the chest, and you'd see it was only yellow duckies.)

This was for ~lynda-chan who got the kiriban number, as you can see!
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Nuran-Cawthorne Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2004   Digital Artist
It looks good coloured ^^ I really like the bg, great colouring :)
asynjur Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2004
Thank you!
emera Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2004   Traditional Artist
Oooh, I love the contrast of the pearly pastels with the swashbucklin' theme. ^_~ Mr. Pirate has an adorable face, as well!
*steals and squiks a duckie!*
asynjur Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2004
"Pearly pastels" -- Well, I just have this habit of coloring too light. Guess I should have supersaturated the picture before posting. ;)
lynda-chan Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2004
WOW!! The level of detail is wonderful, and those rubber duckies are perfect!! XD
The background is gorgeous... The water one the sand is something I've never managed to master, and you've managed to capture it here... **drools**
Love the pirate's expression, and that parrot rocks my socks!!
The gentle shading and minute attention to detail just takes my breath away....

I'm so honored! Thank you very much, Ms. Asynjur ma'am!
asynjur Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2004
Thank you! Means a lot coming from a wonderful artist like yourself. And I'm happy you like the duckies, I don't know you well so I wasn't sure if that would appeal to you or not, glad it worked out! I just wanted something a little different, not what you'd usually see in a pirate pic. Arrr, matey!
LuvLoz Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2004  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I think this one was well worth all the time and effort spent on it. You've made a wonderfully realistic picture. I certaily wasn't expecting the rubber duckies. :) The water fade and the palm trees both look amazing, I can't get over how good they look. The chest and parrot both look so real. Awesome work, and I think it's good that the pirate looks so clean, he really seems like the kind of guy to collect rubber duckies.
asynjur Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2004
Thanks, and thanks for the fav! :aww:

Well, he may not have set out to collect rubber duckies, but he certainly has some now!
zoelee Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2004  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Yellow duckies~! now that's luvly :XD:
asynjur Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2004
I can't reply, deviantART doesn't seem to have a rubber ducky emoticon! What's wrong with these people? ;)
cinfuldragon Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2004
HAHAHA this is so awesome. :heart:

I love the trees!!
asynjur Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2004
Thank you! I just can't believe I finally finished it.
GawainesAngel Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2004
Whoo-hoo, first comment!!

Okay, I'm sure you're not going to be surprised, but I love this. There's so much in it, I hardly know where to begin... First of all, that lagoon. How did you do that?? The beach-to-water effect is spot on! You should post a tutorial on backgrounds (seriously) because I know I for one could greatly benefit! The plants on those sloping hills in the distance look fantastic as well. Which brings me to the plants in the front... The wispy quality to the grass is so very cool. Again, I don't know how you did it, but it works. And the trunks of the palm trees look so real! Trunks bring us to the trunk that he's looking in -- the wood grain on it is amazing! Again, looks so very real. The ducks in side it -- I love that part of the piece and of the "story" of this picture. Those ducks make me think of the parrot on his shoulder -- I knew from initial looks at this that I was going to love him (her?) The coloring is beautiful, but the best part has to be the parrot's expression! He's surprised, too, I just love it! XD

But let's get to that pirate, shall we? All the little details on him are fantastic! Like the scar on his chest, for example. And the detail on his outfit are really nice, especially that lace kind of stuff (heh, not a great description there) on his coat and hat. His face and hair are lovely as well -- I never expected him to be such an attractive pirate! ;) He looks sweet almost, like a young English lieutenant lost from his frigate. (And his expression is priceless! One of my favorite parts of this piece from the start.)

Time well spent, if I may say so myself! :+fav:
asynjur Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2004
Thanks so much for the compliments, and the fav! You are really sweet, of course, you know I've been working on this forever! A lot to reply to...

The lagoon is all just blending colors. I've always loved to blend colors, even with traditional media back to high school. In Paint Shop Pro I use the smudge brush a lot. Someday it would be nice to be able to do waves and whitecaps, but for now, I decided to go with a completely calm sea and stick with what I know! I used water reference pictures to get the colors.

The distance vegetation is almost all smudge brush, as well, I just scribble around in a few different shades and just smudge it all together. The grass is just smudged as well, although, I wasn't as happy with it. I didn't really want that look for the grass, I tried using various brush tools, but gave up. I don't seem to have the right personality to learn to use "tools" in graphics programs! I'd like to try some other programs besides PSP, but since I don't get much use out of complicated tools, anyway, I'm not sure if it's worth it.

The palm tree trunks are about the only part of the picture where the original pencil marks are still showing through. I just colored over the pencil layer with a 30 percent layer or something, fused those layers and did some more shading on top. I didn't think I'd be able to get a better effect on the computer, so I just left it at that. On the treasure chest, on the other hand, the wood grain was drawn completely on the computer--the initial lines, and then some highlight lines running between some of them which did add a little realism. Of course there's a couple shadow layers on that, too.

For the parrot, I looked at some different patterns of macow coloring, and choose the one with the right colors to echo other elements of the picture--like the duckies, as you said! It seemed so opportune that a breed existed with just the colors I needed.

Glad you like the lace! I think it came out more like a cord, really. It was the only place where I actually used one of the brushes in PSP, to get all the arched lines. But then I put a highlight between every line by hand! No wonder it takes me so long to finish anything, LOL!

As for the pirate, I didn't really mean for him to be so "clean" looking. But I wasn't happy with my attempt at a day old beard, so that didn't make it into the pic. The scar should probably have been bigger (a friend of mine asked what it was). And I forgot to leave an ear showing to put in an earring! I didn't want to go back and change it all, so he ended up pretty neat and tidy. I think it's kind of funny he has "rock star" hair, but it looked to nice to mess up, LOL! But I do like him, at least, he came out better than a lot of the people I've tried to draw in the past, in spite of the awkward pose with the arms and stuff.

Sorry so long! Thanks again for your kind comments!
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