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A Merry Christmas Festivity

:bulletblue: MY MESSAGE :bulletblue:

Finally... ;___; I've... Finished!!! Yay!!! :XD: :XD: :XD: ;__;... Mmhhhggggrrhh...... YEEEAAAHHHH!! ^________^ *chuckle*

*Crowd - Err.... I think he's gone nuts... u_u;;*

This is drawing... Is dedicated yet again to all the wonderful members of the DA/Sonic community who had sacrificed their time to support me in my works and daily commitments - both at home and at school.

You guys have been totally awesome... I'm proud to say how wonderful a bunch of people you guys are... Talented, cheerful, friendly, consistent, persistent, creative, interesting and lovable people. :)

This Christmas Group Picture was original set a deadline to finished on X-Mas but I failed on both accounts - X-Mas day Australia time and X-Mas day U.S/Canada time... However it may be a day late I look back at all the hours I've spent on this... And really feel grateful that it is completed.

This has taken me the whole month of December to do and everyone of you had helped me along to get to the finish. Thank you all for supporting me always. *bows in thanks, gratitude, honour and respect* :giggle: :nod: :D :aww:

And how could I not forget my most important person to thank? ;)

To Bobbi 'Marie' Vecchio (aka MTP) for _always_ being there for me whenever I need it. She's been with me for over a year and I thank her for her love and support that has made me smile everyday and appreciate life with a purpose... :heart:

...... :smooch: :heart: :heart: :heart:

Hope you'll enjoy viewing this monster!! :XD: Take care and have fun.... :)



- Total time taken = Many hours... LOL :XD: (I don't remember the exact amount of hours but let's say I've taken a full day to complete this ie. 24 hours and a bit. ^_~)

- This X-Mas Group Pic is 6 pages long (A4 size white paper + scrap photocopy paper from uni).

- Shading style is applied - originally I was going to keep it to 'simple shading' (one shade lighter) similar to the previous Thank You Group Pic No. 1. ^_~

- How many people are in there this time? Who knows? Can you count them for me? ;) *chuckles*

- What makes a group picture difficult to draw is the planning stage. Most of the hours spent is actually on the planning, composition of people, geographical landscaping and layout. The drawing part is the easiest part whereas the planning part can be the latter. ^_^

- I have to think logically who is going to be in there and if so 'who are they with?'. That part is very important to me because it adds a lot of value to the drawing or the scene - e.g. Why not draw your friend with doing something with another friend or a group of friends rather than single out?

- The hardest part of making/processing the group pic is the research part. In order to do a really good group pic you need to know the community quite well. ;) It adds excitement when you draw in those who really deserve to be in there and to those who have been supporting you all the way on what you do for the community. ^_^

- What I found annoying was the fact I had to find space (as I advance into at least more than half way… ^^) for the people I really want to be exposed! Sometimes you may have drawn a spot that has been reserved for other people but you feel that you should’ve done it the other way around by replacing the new ones filling their spot… If you do that then that means more time and energy since you have to rub out the whole thing and also reorganise the dynamics of that space. X_X;;

- A way to save time drawing group pics is to think ahead and have a general idea of what the setting is going to be, what the occasion is and how many people to fit in. ^^

- Planning is crucial. Like I said earlier this takes up most of the time in the process of making a group pic. In this occasion planning took almost 70% of my time from start to completion.

- Some people told me they where should they start if they plan to make one? Well start simple first. ^_^ Go for one page and draw like maybe 4 or 5 people together.

- As you advance with more practice you’ll realise that group pictures can become more complex because you have to consider the movement, posture and expression each person is portraying in that ‘shot’. Keep it simple and add variety in the expression of your friends when you’re confident.

- Landscaping can be fun and a time saver but only when you know what you’re doing. Backgrounds can take 50% of your group pic at times. Remember drawing a background can be used to fill up ‘unnecessary space’ so use this technique wisely. ^_~

- Over the years many have told me that they have difficulty drawing BGs (backgrounds). Well don’t give up you must put yourself in a quiet space and just infuse with your surroundings. Someone who appreciates nature is more likely to do a better job than those who don’t. You will feel motivate because you believe that you will produce something out of this world and believe me when I had my first go I said to myself ‘Wow… This looks awesome! O_O ^^..’

- When you finished a big project like this always, always, always, always…. Celebrate a little! LMAO! :XD: You will feel rewarded for your patience. ;)

:bulletgreen: MY PAST WORKS :bulletgreen:

1: SoaH CitY Mall

2: SoaH CitY New Years 2003

3: Invitation To A Sonic Parade

4: Sonic Verse Team Cafe Party


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DarkPulseGirl's avatar
Im really happy for you, Elson, I hope you can keep the hapiness depicted here!
CaseyDecker's avatar
This Christmas-themed picture you've done looks incredibly nice and detailed! :D
bubbleshoot101's avatar
Woah... There's just so much to look at XD I could stare at this all day. haha
Aerospine's avatar
Woah I do say this is just a fantastic piece indeed. The way everything flows is outstanding. I commend. You on taking time out to do such a thing, the amount of characters must take hours upon hours each day to get it done. You absolutely awesome and very inspiring ^^.
mahoneyb8's avatar
all this detail amazes me ^^
caged-wind's avatar
This is so pretty, I love how you used the color to make the two in the middle stand out. ;)
Claws-Prower's avatar
Wow! This is amazing! Very detailed and intricate. I am so faving this! X3 Great quality! You have yourself a new supporter. ^^
wow cool you keep it up elson!
Cytochrom's avatar
Say, you've gotten to know a lot of people through the last few years after showing your Ashworth comic. :3 I know I asked this before, buuut I'm just curious; are any future group pics out of the question? ;) Okay, I'll shut up now. XP
darkspeeds's avatar
Heya Raul! :D You know I still owe you that HUMUNGOUS comment you made on my comic the other time! I'll speak to you about it via Skype next time! ;)

And as for future groups pics... I haven't any plans for that at the moment. = ) I'm just fully focused on getting my series developed and pitched to potential publishers at the right time. *thumbs up* I hope everything is going well for ya buddy. Your black and white charcoal drawings are simply amazing. I'm stunned that you've gone so far on your technique! :)

Keep up the awesome work no? *thumbs up* ^_~
Cytochrom's avatar
Sure thing, I'd love to provide feedback on your recent stuff. ;) I've several things I want to mention after looking through your character designs and layouts. I'll come on when time allows. Take care!
darkspeeds's avatar
Take your time man, any feedback is much appreciated Raul. ;) Yeah I gotta have a chat with you via Skype this weekend. It's been a little while since I spoke to you! :D *thumbs up*
GravyTaters's avatar
I dont know who any of those people are but this picget my fave for sheer effort. :)
McKimson's avatar
It's the most incredible effort to pay for this stuff. So huge and so neat and very well done in details , face also emotion in each.
Now I knwo this pic is a good three years old, but I just can't help but comment on how EPIC this pic is, and it has helped as inspiration of my own christmasy pic of my watchers and what not ^^ although considering the numbers I don't think mine has yet to come to the same epic level as yours :S
darkspeeds's avatar
Heya SHADOWPRIME! = ) Geez thanks a bunch for the compliments on this Sonic classic inspired X-mas pic! It's been a year already! Gosh time flies by really quickly. :)

Nah you've got your own unique style that rocks just as much as mine in terms of quality. Just keep at it and work hard on your art technique. Take care and hope you had a wonderful X-mas festivity. :D *thumbs up*
Thanks for the words of wisdom ^^ You too have a merry christmas, actually scratch that have an Epic Christmas =D
PilgrimKing's avatar
this is of your best so far....even though its 3 years your work man
this gave me inspiration. :)
domisiul's avatar
FeatherMedias's avatar
Very well done. I really love this.
Cytochrom's avatar
Ahaha, I know I already commented on this a long time ago, but I am still amazed at how awesome your group pictures are! :giggle: It really demonstrated your patience to make all those, what, 100, 200, people? X3 Too many too count! XD You have any plans to make another one?
Rampsizzle's avatar
Astounding to say the least O_O
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