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Holding the Tide colored
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Published: January 10, 2009
© 2009 - 2019 Bluesrat
This is not my lineart! It's the wonderful Xaotl's, found here ([link]).

I love her art, especially her pencil art, and since I wanted to practice my coloring a bit, she was generous enough to give me the go-ahead to pick something from her gallery.

I'm not sure why I chose this. There's just something innocent in the character's face, a childish honesty in his emotions. Also obviously he's a unique sort of fellow, and I figured, y'know, I've never tried my hand at sea monster-people before. Or the tide. Yeah, that made me tear my hair out a little.

Anyway, I colored this in a shockingly short amount of time, and that was with trying a couple of new things, so I'm pleased. I hope Xaotl is pleased as well. :)
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Miskatonika's avatar
MiskatonikaHobbyist General Artist
Gorgeous!!
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NibbleKatHobbyist Traditional Artist
The work on the tail and the forearm is fantastic. LOVE the waves.
Bluesrat's avatar
Thank you! I'm kind of proud of the waves. They look good for something I've never done before.

Speaking of new, I haven't commented in a while, but I'm loving your art! There's something kind of art deco about it. It's graceful and insists on being itself. It feels like you're working toward something, but it's beautiful work in its own right, and the sense of experimentation and discovery is cool.
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NibbleKatHobbyist Traditional Artist
Those waves are worth being proud of, indeed.

And thank you so much regarding my work! :)
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Murasaki99Student Traditional Artist
Wow, just lovely! I really love the contrast between his greenish tentacles and his russet body. His hair makes me think of kombu kelp, which is very cool. :heart:
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JagashHobbyist Digital Artist
The tide is beautifully done. While the skin colour is unusual, I can see it working rather well. :)
tearra's avatar
*gapes in astonishment*

Girl, that's absolutely amazing stuff. We're talking professional-grade. I don't even have anything more specific to talk about, it's just all amazingly good.

What media were you working in for this color? I'd guess digital because there's no indication of scanner screw-ups, but digital coloring almost always has a very tell-tale half-toony look to it, and this /looks/ like some sort of traditional media...
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It's digital, yes. I know exactly what you mean about toony; it's a quality I've noticed in my art as well as many others'. I imagine it's because of the sandy accents. Oh, and also when I do shading, I've been trying to use complementary shades. If the light is orange-tinted, then the shadows should be blue. And of course when you mix complementary colors, you get a sort of muddy brown or grey--which seems to be what creates the palettes of real life. In this case, I think that between the sand and the shading, it toned the colors down and made it more matte and realistic.
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I would notice that only because you said it - but it makes a lot of sense. You did a magnificent job with this piece, and with the intended effect of the colors. Once again, excellent work.
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xaotlHobbyist General Artist
Wow. O_O
Even sand on his hands and everything. And the kelp.... *drool*
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:D The kelp was almost an accident. I was adding the texture for the sand, and some of it got on the kelp. It looked so good that I thought I'd better carry it through. :)

You might be interested to know that I based his coloring on the Caribbean Reef Octopus. I was looking for shading references for his tentacles, and the things had such a gorgeous color scheme I knew I had to use it. They're all copper and copper-blue.

It was sort of a coincidence that it turned out to be more or less the same colors for the water. But y'know. When it works...
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xaotlHobbyist General Artist
^_^ nice! thats really really cool! :D
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IknowwhatYOUareHobbyist Photographer
wow this is really cool looking nice job!!!
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Thank you! I've been immersed in it for several hours, so I've lost objectivity. I wasn't sure whether the colors were actually working or not. It's good to know it does indeed look cool. :)
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IknowwhatYOUareHobbyist Photographer
Hehe your welcome
its just that i like things with alot of colors
and stuff you dont see that often. So i saw the picture and loved it!!!
very interesting and cool great job once again!!!
:clap:
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