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There's a humminghorse in the magnolias...
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Published: March 10, 2012
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Edit: *sigh* I do hate the photoshop 7 glitch that corrupts the multiply layers...for those of you with good eyes, I'll have that fixed in a week or so, when I go back to school/my copy of CS5. To those of you who don't know what I'm talking about...eh, well that's my little secret then. XD

Graphite and digital flats
8x10

Tentative final colors on this guy. :D Would really love feedback on the particular tones, if everything's still visually clear, yadayadayada... I'm fairly happy with the anatomy, given that the only photo ref I used was a personal snapshot of Z's face. XD Hesitantly naming this character Gyre, for now. He's just one of my many little mascots floating around, aimless.
Image size
2400x3000px 7.39 MB
IMAGE DETAILS
Software
Adobe Photoshop CS5.1 Macintosh
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brightredroseProfessional Traditional Artist
Thanks! 
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ColorsynHobbyist Traditional Artist
This is so elegant and creative c:
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brightredroseProfessional Traditional Artist
Thanks! :D
LisaReyOfHope's avatar
Are those pink Magnolias? I was surprised to find they do have them when looking through a flower catalog.
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brightredroseProfessional Traditional Artist
I honestly have no idea. The petals are primarily white on top, with streaks of pink near the center and entirely covering the bottoms. They grew at my grandmother's house, so when I found some trees around campus, I elected to use them. I was under the impression that they were just...magnolias. O_O
LisaReyOfHope's avatar
Only Magnolias I have ever seen have been white. I was surprised to see that there were even pink magnolias. Nice art by the way.
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brightredroseProfessional Traditional Artist
Thanks!
JNRedmon's avatar
There are no words to accurately describe the fact that you are a genius. This is absolutely beautiful. I really love the rough, worn look - this seems like it could have come out of an ancient book of monsters or something.
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brightredroseProfessional Traditional Artist
Well thank you! :D It's a style I'm very fond of. :)
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casevaHobbyist General Artist
Whoa! Love the texture and the design. The colors are beautiful as is, but I do feel like your creature is a little more subdued than his hummingbird aspect suggests. Humming birds are usually more vibrant aren't they? But then he wouldn't fit in so nicely with the tone of the flowers, so maybe not.
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brightredroseProfessional Traditional Artist
It depends on the specific type you're going for--but they're generally much more metallic-looking than this guy is, so that might be it. :) Thanks for the input--I might try to paint him sometime, and then I'll go for the wilder colors. :D
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casevaHobbyist General Artist
ooooh! That would make a really awesome painting!
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PocosLadyCutter05Hobbyist General Artist
If you dont mine me asking what are digital flats? This is incredible by the way
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brightredroseProfessional Traditional Artist
They're just flat colors put under a (usually traditional) line-art layer with the pencil (or any other anti-alias) tool. :) That way you can change the color with one click, no pixel clean-up needed, and the lineart layer hides the pixelated edge. But yeah, it's just...color, no shading. Thank you! :D
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PocosLadyCutter05Hobbyist General Artist
How would you get the flat colors to show up under the traditional line-art layer
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brightredroseProfessional Traditional Artist
You would have your traditional layer (or digital inks, really anything goes!) on the top layer, set that top layer to "multiply," and make a bottom layer for your flats to go under the original art. :) But that's only one method--you can get a really nifty colored-pencil effect by putting your color above the graphite layer and setting it to "color."
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PocosLadyCutter05Hobbyist General Artist
Oh awesome. Thank you :)
Grimchess's avatar
This piece remainds me so much of surrealistic paintings I just had to love it. Thinking about it as a base for a furtur tatoo.. who knows XD
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brightredroseProfessional Traditional Artist
Ha, I can't imagine there's a large pool of people who would want a humminghorse tattooed permanently into their flesh, but I'll keep it in mind. :D Thanks!
Grimchess's avatar
You're wellcome. Hahahah I may not be a normal person :) xD
vasodelirium's avatar
hello!your work is featured in my journal,hope you don't mind:)
have a good day!
:iconpinguino2plz:
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brightredroseProfessional Traditional Artist
Hey, thanks very much! :D
OSTEC's avatar
Beautifully done, you have a great style and a fantastic gallery :)
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