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A Merry Christmas Festivity by darkspeeds A Merry Christmas Festivity by darkspeeds
: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 Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Im really happy for you, Elson, I hope you can keep the hapiness depicted here!
ChristmasFlyer Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Cute! :ninjabattle:
CaseyDecker Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
This Christmas-themed picture you've done looks incredibly nice and detailed! :D
bubbleshoot101 Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Woah... There's just so much to look at XD I could stare at this all day. haha
Aerospine Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2011
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 Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
all this detail amazes me ^^
caged-wind Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2009
This is so pretty, I love how you used the color to make the two in the middle stand out. ;)
Claws-Prower Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2008
Wow! This is amazing! Very detailed and intricate. I am so faving this! X3 Great quality! You have yourself a new supporter. ^^
SONICJENNY Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2008  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
wow cool you keep it up elson!
Cytochrom Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2008   Digital Artist
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 Featured By Owner Feb 29, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
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 Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2008   Digital Artist
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 Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
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 Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2008
I dont know who any of those people are but this picget my fave for sheer effort. :)
McKimson Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2007
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.
SHADOWPRIME Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2007
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 Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2007  Hobbyist General Artist
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*
SHADOWPRIME Featured By Owner Dec 25, 2007
Thanks for the words of wisdom ^^ You too have a merry christmas, actually scratch that have an Epic Christmas =D
PilgrimKing Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2007
this is of your best so far....even though its 3 years your work man
this gave me inspiration. :)
domisiul Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2007  Hobbyist Photographer
great job :D
FeatherMedias Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2007
Very well done. I really love this.
tiagoplb Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2007
Thats Great!
Cytochrom Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2006   Digital Artist
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 Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2006
Astounding to say the least O_O
SpeedyAlchemist Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2006  Hobbyist Writer
my goodness O.O
Psionic-Sly Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2006
I know I'm very late in the game at posting a comment on this picture but I enjoy seeing everyone of these everytime you post em,keep up the outstanding way past awesome work THAT'S RIGHT I SAID WAY PAST AWESOME!
DarkShadov Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2006   Filmographer
Hey can darkshadov (me) be in your next group piccie? ^_^
Rudy-San Featured By Owner May 6, 2006
omg man! That's a huge a lot of details... & Shading too. Excelent Work!
HiJack-Productions Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2006
Now THIS... is art! Fantastic job here dude. I'm convinced that the skilodge in this pic is in the land of totaly awesomeness. Once again if you ever do another one of these can you please, please,please, PUH-LEEEEEEEEZZZZZE add in my character? heh, no presure though. Keep it up!
EvyCrystal Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2006  Hobbyist General Artist
wow thats is awesome 0_0
joeiepaul Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2005
Thank you for your hard work you have been featured on the Joeie's Dailys page with your wonderful work. Hopefully more people will see your great detail and artsmenship. Thank you again you may view your award on this page feel free to leave a comment upon the Dailys page.!!!
Yurtablemoron Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2005  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Holy crap I'm faving this right away!
Neifirst Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2005
Kill me! This thing is fantastic! O_O
I NEED to fav it!
SailorSkye Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2005
OMFG!THATS THE BIGGEST 'FRIKIN THING I EVER SAW!!!!! so much detail Darkspeeds!Thres like a thousand people there!
Brandnewhero Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2005
whoa man that has some detail! it rocks!and you rock!
PinKitsunewolf Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2005
omg i think this is you ever put like sonic or knuckles or tails or the other sonic chars in randomly?
waydre Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2005  Professional Filmographer
*bows respectively* ...this is so insanely rendered/labored/highly-kinetic/and fully functional!
it takes work just to look at it! but its a job that i want to do over and over! just a labor of love, i'll tell you! you are a force of nature!*presses the fave button furiously*:tux: i'm scared to draw sonic now....maybe in a year i wont be....:)
pooperXXscooper Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2005
o wow........*speachless*...................................I LOVE PENCIL SHADING!!! *thumbs up*
MegaBill Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2005
I can see you paid a LOT of attention to detail. This is truly a piece of art. Never seen so many sonics in one drawing before.
SonicSNAKE Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2005
Wow! Greatest artist O_o FAV!
carnival Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2005  Professional General Artist
wooooooooooooooow... o_o

i applaud THAT work. that is just .............BLUDDY INCREDABLE. awesome.
JezMM Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2005  Hobbyist Digital Artist
~AmyRose1 Told me just now that I was included in this, so I had to check it out, and, wow, thanks so much for including me in such an awesome picture! The detail, it's just overwhelming. I really respect not only your talent, but the commitment it must have taken to draw this thing. It's gotta be one of the coolest pictures I've ever seen on DA.

I'm gonna have to watch you now, I used to read your comics on SoaH all the time, and I have no idea why I never got round to watching you when I first discovered you had a DA account.

*faves and watches*
Cytochrom Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2005   Digital Artist
Uh-oh, I'm late! O_O Whoa! This is one of your best pictures ever, Darkspeeds! Excellent job, all right.
The amount of characters is huge! I also like how you spent some time studying these characters, their clothes, designs, and the other things you mentioned. Sorry, but this drawing's awesomeness is hard to many people, relaxing setting, and the friendly faces make this a truly wonderful work of art. You must feel proud of yourself!
And, of course, we can't forget you and Bobbi. I love that happiness you two share in your faces.

Anyway, congratulations; this drawing definitely deserves a :+fav: !
f3ng Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2005   Filmographer
Sorry dident see this until now!!! Thanks for puting me in it, I cant contemplate that you can put so much detail in one pic. Well anywya great pic.
vcat Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2005  Hobbyist
Cool X-mas pic,
SuperDuperSonic Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2005
how cool,this pic is awsome,and you didn't on dec 26,my birthday is after the 26th of december
alexth Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2005
You think you're late for posting it? Im freakin late by months to reply to it.
HA!! I finally get to beat you at something!!!
*shot several times* :XD:

Anyway, dude, that art is so freakin beyond amazing. I mean, just freakin look at it!! How do you ever come up with the patience to draw all those characters?! Is freakin amazing, one never gets tyred of looking at your "panoramic view" large drawings.

Damn, 6 pages?! Think of the poor trees man! *shot again* XD
I see a lot of familiar faces from SoaH in there. And every single one of them in that pic is a friend of yours? Comes only to certify just what a cool person you are, and what a widely known artist and friend you are for the Sonic Fanbase. ;P

In any case, awesome work dude! Keep up with your cool art, and heck, why nott: Play hard, and work hard!

MAYOR EDIT: I wanted to post this about freakin 3 weeks ago, but DA meesed it up!!!!
Do you know how freakin much it took me to go throug all those 300+ posts to see if mine got there!?! :shakefist: XD!!!!
darkspeeds Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2005  Hobbyist General Artist
LOL! :XD: Gracias Alex for the laughs and compliments. :) Grr.. *knuckles sandwiches your head lightly* You and your jokes! XX3 :giggle:

Hey man it's all cool I don't mind if it took you a year to reply what matter is that you still replied and I kindly thank you for that. ;) You keep up the awesome work too Alex and BTW...

Look at the large banner floating in the centre of the pic - trace down the banner till you see 'And a Happy New Year'. At the word 'Year' go right under and you can see yourself here with sis' Niteshayde-san and bro ElecRockin'. ^_~ *thumbs up*
tenks62 Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2005
P.S. :+fav:
tenks62 Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2005
WOW! i don't see any of my characters* in there but thats ok. just seeing that you would do this for everyone makes it all worth the while. i did see some formiluar* char.s in there which is cool. your awesome, merry very late christmas to you! :crying: :D :thumbsup::nod:
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