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Feeling Lost by DeepChrome Feeling Lost by DeepChrome
Okay what is it with me and Sad Dave artwork?

OKAY YEAH THIS IS GOING TO BE A BIT SPOILERRIFIC AGAIN AND WILL PROBABLY MAKE NO DAMN SENSE TO ANYBODY WHO DOESN'T READ HOMESTUCK. THE SOLUTION IS OBVIOUS: GO READ IT. Anyways I'll slap an END SPOILERS Karkat-style down at the bottom again....

Anyways I had this awesome idea (blame running across the idea of mini-Davesprites somewhere in the image search for "Davesprite"...) that Davesprite had an insurance plan lying around in case he died before fully helping Dave deal with the game.

I'm thinking he might even have known about the whole "doomed future selves that are not the alpha" business, and may have realized he was going to die, sooner or later. I'm thinking, since doomed Daves seem to have a habit of dying with really lousy timing, he would've had some way of helping Dave in case his sprite-ness didn't shield him from that untimely end.

So....here's the idea. He lays an egg. Yeah, how original. :p

But given the emotional state Dave is currently in (as of current update 4/10 I think it was) , I'm thinking finding such an insurance plan lying around, and realizing he doesn't have to be alone and feel like nobody understands him right now...ya know, what is it with me wanting to see Dave crack anyways?

END SPOILERS. YEAH THIS THING MAKES NO SENSE WHATSOEVER IF YOU DON'T READ HOMESTUCK.

Dave and Homestuck are copyright Andrew Hussie

I lost track on this one, but given the scribblish painterly nature of this, I'm guesing about 2, maybe 2.5 hours in Photoshop on the Cintiq.

On a side note, I'm certainly willing to tweak this if enough people have suggestions/ideas/whatever. :)

EDIT: Due to some awesome critique by ~Zenon1293 I've updated the piece a little bit with some improved reflected glow in Dave's hair, tear, and glasses, and on the mushrooms themselves. :) It shouldn't detract from what everybody likes, I just felt I had to improve it a little. :D
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Booomgirl Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
awesome art!
and me too! i want to see dave show emotion besides anger.
i mean just a little tear for crying out load..
but anyways good work!! :)
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DeepChrome Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you. :D And yeah, he seems at first pretty apathetic. The more I look at him, the more I see all the emotions just under the surface. I think Bro trained him a little too well if you get my drift.
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Booomgirl Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
i get the apathy part, but i dont get your drift

( i'm verry slow)
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teh-silver-wolfeh Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2011  Student General Artist
Neat idea, but...uh...would that mean Davesprite is a girl? :| Since only female birds lay eggs XD;
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DeepChrome Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
:shrug: Yeah, but the symbolism of the egg relating to someone with a bird association goes past the gender. Anyways, you do make a good point, and I honestly don't know what to do about that now. :giggle:

In hindsight, the insurance policy shoulda been a kickass sword. Ohwell.
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teh-silver-wolfeh Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2011  Student General Artist
It's fun to think about xD I remember seeing a comic on here about what would happen if Davesprite had been prototyped with a female crow.
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DeepChrome Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I saw that!! Oh my god that was so freakin' funny. :lmao: He was such a mess.

Best line of it was "I just fixed that window you feathery asshole." XD Or some such.
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teh-silver-wolfeh Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2011  Student General Artist
I liked it when Dave asked who the dad was XD
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DeepChrome Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Oh yeah that was funny. :lmao: Forgot that part, heehee.
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Zenon1293 Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2011
Oh wow. : D That looks absolutely beautiful The glowing from the egg and the mushrooms gives the entire set up of the piece a rich, lovely feel. The darkness, offset by the warm, accepting glow of the egg, and the more cold, earthy glow of the mushrooms, really gives a dark, saddening feel with a warm ray of hope. It also puts the viewer in the same sort of feeling of sad mourning that Dave seems to be in, while also making them reflect, like looking into a campfire. You've set up the entire thing so it gives a really beautiful, dark, and deep effect that really hits a person.

I have to say, however, that where the mushrooms and eggs are placed, they would cast some sort of glow on one another, don't you think? Perhaps putting a little bit of the blue glow reflecting on the egg, and/or a little bit of the gold glow on some of the mushrooms would connect the piece a little more. But I could be wrong--After all, only viewing it for one's self would tell one for sure. And maybe some blue glow reflecting off of Dave's shades and the tips of his hair, since those are highly reflective surfaces and mushrooms are placed in the right spots for that. But again, it's one of those calls you'd have to make for yourself, as I don't know if it would look successful or not if implemented.

Also, I really love the raw, rough feel of the strokes here. It helps add to that raw, dark emotion feeling that Dave is having. After all, art should make the viewers feel what the subject is feeling. :3 Fantastic job, dude~!
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DeepChrome Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Hmmm, no, I think you're right - they would be casting light on each other. I'll add some more of that light-casting tomorrow. It would probably take the piece to that next level. The shades have the blue glow showing, but it's pretty weak - I don't blame you if you missed it, or whatever there.

Anyways, I'm going to be having a ton of fun arting tomorrow, so I have plans to get at this piece, and maybe push it a bit further than just adding some cast glows.

(My only challenge with glows cast on glowing items, is how far to take the reflectivity when an item's bright enough to possibly negate that reflection. Like a pair of glow in the dark balls sitting next to each other. It's still worth the try as I'm thinking it'd be cool if the egg were a little shiny...)

Thanks for bringing that up - I dunno why I didn't think of it myself. *facepalm*

Thanks for weighing in! I'm glad you like where this is going. :nod:
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Zenon1293 Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2011
Mm. Yeah, the balance of reflectivity is a tough one. It's definitely something you have to play around with to get right. I mean, too little and it's unnoticeable. Too much and it looks like the item in question is its own sun lol.

Man, I love this piece. : D It's incredibly beautiful. I really love when pieces try for such an interesting look like this. (That and I'm terribly fond of things that glow lol.)
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DeepChrome Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Ahahaha - did you also play with glow-in-the-dark stuff as a kid, like I did? :D

I was obsessed with the stuff. Glow in the dark rubber balls, glow in the dark bedsheets, glow in the dark jewelry.

One of my current nods to the fascination is a hoodie I found at a Hot Topic 3 years ago - black with glow in the dark stars of all kinds and shapes printed on it, in that classic white glow-in-the-dark-as-green paint. :D Seriously, it looks like something you'd be feeding a totem lathe to an alchemeiter for... (Glow in the dark stars + hoodie + Hot Topic ad = Glow In The Dark Stars Hoodie!)

I was also one of those crazy uni students who stuck stars all over her dorm room wall. The tradition started when I moved into my freshman dorm room, turned the light out that first night, and about had a jawdropped shock to discover a previous resident had stuck stars all over the room ceiling, and they'd blended in so well I hadn't seen them with the light on. :D

Oh yeah don't get me started on lightsticks either. :lmao:

Anyways, this is kind of new, working with pieces that have a strong emotional quality to them. I think I'll continue the trend. :nod:
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Zenon1293 Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2011
Oh goodness yes. The first place I lived in, for as long as I could remember, had all of the walls and ceiling covered in glow in the dark stars. : D It was beautiful. But then we moved. I miss the glow in the dark stuff. It really is beautiful. And every time I see glow in the dark stuff I /flock/ to it.

Oh goodness. That hoodie sounds absolutely stunning. OuO Oh my goodness, I want one soooo badly. X3 It sounds stunning~! (XDD Yessss, alchemeiter. Freaking need one of those, man.)

I love pieces with emotional quality. It's a majority of what I enjoy doing. It's the only sort of piece I really get motivated to do. XD I mean, I just love when I get a comment where someone says that one of my pieces made them cry or feel all warm and giddy inside or something, you know?
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DeepChrome Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Yeah I tend to more artistic, or visually interesting pieces, or something along those lines. Sometimes I do emotionally tricky ones, but, hmm, I usually shy away from those.

It'll take some hunting to find something like it - Hot Topic apparently doesn't sell the things anymore. Some Star Wars ones are out there, using glow in the dark ink. I imagine you could possibly try for a customized design over on Threadless or something. :shrug: Sorry. :/

I'll take an alchemeiter too, but it's gonna need the extra equipment to get items actually combined in it. THAT IS ONE SERIOUSLY CROWDED ROOM. And all that equipment, including cruxtruder means a kernelsprite, and it seems those things are more of a headache, unless one of your future selves sacrifices to become one... XD

As for the artwork - I'm finding it more interesting to try things like this now, so chances are you'll see more of this kind of thing. Now if I could just shoot for a happy piece instead of "OH GOD ANGST" but meh. Seems like angst is fun. :D
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Zenon1293 Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2011
Hey, man, don't worry about it! XD I'm sure I could find some really awesome glow in the dark hoodie somewhere. :3 That actually seems like a really good investment lol. Need to get myself one. XD

Lol. Angst can just be fun sometimes. It's just emotionally relieving to be able to feel sad for a character like that, instead of being sad at things in real life.
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DeepChrome Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Heh, I'm sure you'll find something you'll like. XD

Anyways, yeah, I've got to explore this angst/emotion thing with my art. I'm now fascinated by being able to push real emotions out of a piece.

Anyways, that's a good point you make about the characters. I never really thought about it as a "relative' thing like that before. I just thought maybe it was about feeling something for them.
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AriochIV Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
I've never read Homestuck, but I like things that glow.
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DeepChrome Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks. I've always been a sucker for glowing stuff, both in real life, or making things look like they're glowing. It's just plain fun. :D

As for Homestuck...if you want to read it, you can start here: [link]

Glad the glow effect worked out. I wanted to make sure these were the only major light sources in the image. Originally I had just wanted to do it with the orange glow, but I stared at it, and was like "Needs a blue secondary light." And the glow-shrooms were perfect for that. I was aiming for moonlight, but then I remembered the world he's on doesn't have a moon, and is perpetually clouded over. So...shrooms.

(Caution, the archive is a godly-huge amount of pages, and took me about 4 nights to cover, compared to most webcomics needing me only to read about 4-6 hours worth of acrhive to get caught up. I think the only one that took longer was Girl Genius due to having to cover TWO archives until they finally linked them together. Just giving you fair warning.)

Anyways, thanks for commenting. Been a while since I've seen you around. :D

PS. Last Outsider update was great. Moonglow and Ashrain having a running wager was funny, and awesome.
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