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Griffonner sous l'arbre by ChocolateSun Griffonner sous l'arbre by ChocolateSun
Anyway, this is the first time in a while that I started using brushes that weren't the round one. Why did I stop in the first place? :/
Colours are inspired by *Holivi ; I decided to use a wide-range palette this time.

Characters from Hasbro, Studio B, and DHX Media

Painted with GIMP, 3-ish hours
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EbolaSparkleBear Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2013
:iconholivi: ?
It's just : icon holivi : without any spaces.

Nice art too :P
That park is crowded:bucktooth:
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ChocolateSun Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2013
Thank you so much, I could never figure out how the code worked. And thanks for your comment. :)
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EbolaSparkleBear Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2013
They're not too hard once you get used to it.

Like this :icongrin--plz: is just : icon grin -- plz : with no spaces.

[link] there are a bunch here to use and more in the sidebar on that page.

This one :happybounce: is just : happy bounce : with no spaces.
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Pix3M Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2013   Digital Artist
So, what were your intentions for this piece? =)
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ChocolateSun Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2013
Well, I wanted to continue working on several slice-of-life pictures as well as practice with a wide variety of colours contrary to a limited palette. :)
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Pix3M Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2013   Digital Artist
Hmm... we have to be careful as people can toss visual weight in a lot of places. We tend to be interested in people; if we have somebody looking one direction, we can easily be interseted and look their direction. That can very easily be taken advantage of to have more control over where you want the viewers to look. The changeling to our left is facing off-screen which in theory makes people look away from your work, which is probably not what you want.

I feel that everything you add to a painting should have a good reason for its inclusion, or add more things to the idea you're trying to convey. If slice-of-life is what you're going for, it would probably help to draw a much more populated park and say, have more people play ball with the lonely changeling in the distance. As for the changeling to our left facing away from your canvas, we could probably have two changelings there instead, make them interact and avoid creating attention away from your work.

I mostly didn't vote favorably for this because It feels a bit more aimless for something that's supposed to be slice-of-life. Again, we could probably have a more interesting piece with more changelings interacting with each other.

How closely to holivi's coloring style did you want to emulate?
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ChocolateSun Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2013
Your first paragraph makes a whole lot of sense, thanks :D Perhaps I should have occupied the leftmost changeling and added more background population, or would leaving them out and centering the picture to the foreground changeling work as well? As for your last sentence, I confused by what you mean. A lot of Holy's works are soft and sunny, so I guess I tried to pick colours that would do that and still work with each other.
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Pix3M Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2013   Digital Artist
Whoops, when I said your shading is mainly the same hue, I was mainly looking at the changelings. I see that your hues change a bit in some areas but I think we can have it change in even more areas.
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ChocolateSun Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2013
*Googles "azure"*

Wow, I've rarely even focused on hues as much as I do searching for value and saturation. Thank you so much for the new insight and your extensive critiques. :D
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Pix3M Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2013   Digital Artist
Yeah, leaving out the background population can also work if your main focus was to show a changeling spending their free time drawing from life. Be careful about centering though, sometimes it's better to go with compositional guidelines like rule of thirds if it gets you a better result.

The thing about Holivi's coloring is that she kinda shows a bit of understanding of color theory, at least as I see it myself. If you're interested in pushing your coloring style to be closer to Holivi's style, look at the hue used for her shadows, and one for her lights.

[link]
^ On that particular piece, she uses yellow lights for her coat, but for her shadows, the hue shifts into the greens. Also look at how she uses purples, blues, and azures in the hair. If you look at a color wheel, Holivi tends to use different colors that are next to each other on the color wheel.

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^This one has even more examples. Celestia's coat has oranges, pinks(which are in the reds), and purples. Luna's mane goes from azures, blues, to purples. Her coat goes from violets, to purples, to blues. Note how this piece in general has warm light, but cool shadows. There's a nifty thing in color theory about warm lights and cool shadows, or cool lights and warm shadows that results in more life-like coloring.

Your shading in comparison usually uses the same hue. If we tried having a yellow for lighted areas, but a dark green or even a dark blue for shadows, we might have a coloring job that's even more exciting.
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SpindleWinter Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
And people were making fun of me for using GIMP, like no good art ever came of it... I suppose I just don't use the tools right, yet. Gotta pratice, experiment...

Anyway! I really like this. The colours you used are lovely and overall it reminds me of Van Gogh a little, or this painting: [link] because of the subject as well as the colours. It also reminds me of last summer, when I spent most of my time doing just what the girl Changeling is doing- sitting under a tree in a park, drawing. Or reading. Or napping... It's 9 degrees C right now and blowing a gale.
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ChocolateSun Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2013
Thank you so much! :D And yeah, there is absolutely nothing wrong with GIMP (except for the lack of tapered brushes...); it's all about what you do and what you provide with the program. :)
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SpindleWinter Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
You're welcome. :3
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MERKLEYtheDRUNKEN Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2013
A changeling world that isn't just a creepy dark cave full of green slimey capsules...I like that X3
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ChocolateSun Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2013
Thanks :)
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MERKLEYtheDRUNKEN Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2013
My pleasure!
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Zobeid Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2013
There's got to be some kind of story behind this image. Somebody needs to write it!
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ChocolateSun Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2013
Haha, it'd be crazy if they did :D
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yamauchi1889 Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2013
3 hours?! It takes me 3 days just to make a subpar cartoon! Why do all you artists have to be so awesome?
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ChocolateSun Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2013
By three days, do you mean 72 hours or only a couple hours stretched over three days? If you mean the latter, than this took me about two to three days as well.
I wouldn't classify as "awesome" because I still have many, many problems to work out, but thanks, I'm really flattered. :D
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yamauchi1889 Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2013
That would be the latter, however, it's not necessarily only a couple hours, or only 3 days. It varies. sometimes it takes me a week or so because I don't always feel like finishing it. I still have one drawing that's unfinished, and will probably remain so for all eternity. I also can't draw from my imagination, I have to have something to go by. I'm really not an artist.
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ChocolateSun Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2013
Don't worry, I can hardly draw straight from imagination either. Using references or having something else to go by is a great way to get used to the object you're drawing, so that it will eventually ease into imagination later. I too have at least four or five drawings and pictures that are unfinished because I never feel like finishing them, lol. I honestly only had time to finish this one and some previous others because I had a couple days off from any work. And one question, do you like drawing? Even if you don't always feel like completing works, do you just like the act of drawing itself? If so, you are classified as an artist. Maybe not on a professional grand scale yet, but your T-rex drawing on your page is absolutely adorable and funny. If more inspiration comes to you, you should definitely do more :D
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yamauchi1889 Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2013
I like drawing occasionally, especially ponies and video game characters. I loved watching Mark Kistler's Imagination Station as a kid, but I never really consider myself an artist. But thanks! It's good to know my drawings can be appreciated!
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ChocolateSun Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2013
Mark Kistler? Never heard of him; I need to check him out :) And you're welcome.
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ChaosContrl Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2013  Student General Artist
The only problem I have when drawing, is when I start I can't stop, unless I'm 100% exhausted.
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ChocolateSun Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2013
Exact same problem with me. And then when I do stop, I don't want to pick it back up again unless I'm really bored. *shrug*
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ak399 Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2013  Student Filmographer
Novel!
Also; GIMP ftw.
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ChocolateSun Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2013
Thanks! :)
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