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Second major assignment in my digital illustration class. The medium was acrylics this time around. My focus was primarily on textures, color, and technique since composition and design was already a given from the reference image. I don't like how the rock portions turned out though. I couldn't figure how to get the proper texture working for that.

I guess this will be a class assignment turn tribute since just recently, Ben Chapman (the man under the suit for this promotional image, who played the land-based Gill-man in the original Creature from the Black Lagoon) has died. He lived a full life and died peacefully, so it's not right to feel sad for the guy. May his soul rest in peace.

This piece is still not yet finalized, so I might update this later. I apologize if the colors seem a bit dim--I haven't adjusted them because I don't think I'm quite yet finished.

Edit:
I adjusted the colors (made it a little brighter, since the light parts were a bit dim), reintroduced the textures for the rocks, and added a watermark and some grain for protection (you know, against art thieves). Thanx ~MariP for suggesting I fix Kay's hand, though I dunno if it changed much from the previous. I hope it looks better this time.

Reference image can be found here.

Work in progress: [1], [2]

Done in Corel Painter X and Adobe Photoshop CS.

Gill-man (Ben Chapman) and Kay Lawrence (Julie Adams)

Creature from the Black Lagoon(1954) © Universal Pictures International
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:iconryouba-blue:
Ryouba-Blue Featured By Owner May 23, 2011  Student Digital Artist
My grampa gives you pros with the picture and says he likes it.
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DRa90NBoi Featured By Owner May 23, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Awesome, I'm glad he likes it!

Thank you very much for the comment and fave!
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Ryouba-Blue Featured By Owner May 23, 2011  Student Digital Artist
^-^ Sure thing.
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RealtaDeSomnium Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2010
RIP Ben! I love this picture, by the way. The colors are not so terrible.

The sequel I am writing to the film is also dedicated to dear Ben.[link]
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DRa90NBoi Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Indeed, may he rest in peace. Thanks, and I'm glad you like it.

Good luck on the writing!
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Xenomorph71 Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
Really nice work! You should check out Arthur Adams comic book of "The Creature from the Black Lagoon" I love his drawing style.
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DRa90NBoi Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
Aw man, no way--you just named one of my favorite artists of all time! Doing some Google-in', I've finally found out who this guy was... I've seen his works and have been constantly influenced by them since I was little, but I honestly didn't know the artist's name until you mentioned it. Thanks!

He does have a unique drawing style--Definitely one of my favorites. I'll be sure to check out his work on "The Creature from the Black Lagoon" when I can. Thanks again, for the compliment and the reference!
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RedWingsDragon Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2008
Awsome work here........... "Heeelllllllo baby!" "I attract the strangest men"
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DRa90NBoi Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanx, heheh.
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Jazon19 Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2008
Dude, this is awesome! I just got this movie on DVD. Loved it!
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DRa90NBoi Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
Me too! I have yet to find time to watch it though, heheh. Thanx for the comment!
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Jazon19 Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2008
And I HIGHLY recommend watching it. Def one of my fav Classics
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DRa90NBoi Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanx, and when I have time, I'll definitely give it a watch!
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Jazon19 Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2008
Good man! :D
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Jazon19 Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2008
Hey man no problem!! :D
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Elf-Hunter Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
What truly remarkable piece...this definitely showcases your awesome talent! ^^
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DRa90NBoi Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you very much!

Hopefully I can pour this much effort and time into my personal works in the future.
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finlande Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2008  Hobbyist Photographer
Awesome. Its like from some scifi books cover..amazing job and idea
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Tamanegi-chan Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2008
Goodness. It's crazy how close this looks to the original, only with color xD I couldn't do that to save my life haha

It looks awesome, btw. The coloring on that reptile thing looks great, and I love how the woman's hair came out :B
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DRa90NBoi Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you very much for the wonderful comment! Yea, I got really meticulous with the details, heheh. Now, only if I can pour the same amount of detail and work in my own stuff... Hopefully I can get to that degree, but it'll take a while and my stuff probably won't look anything like a photo. I need to practice more drawing from life...
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Nelleke Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2008
Coool, it looks great!

It doesn't seem very emancipated though... how big is the chance that the woman will stand up and kick the monsters ass herself?
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DRa90NBoi Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
I dunno--you're gonna have to watch the movie and find out for yourself, heheh. Here's the trailer for the movie.
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Nelleke Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2008
I can't watch it, I can't take the chance... I do not respond well to damsel-in-distress-movies, they make me quite agressive.
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DRa90NBoi Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
Well, I guess you can always imagine an alternative story to it then; where Kay is the hero and beats up monsters for fun, heheh.
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Nelleke Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2008
Yay XD
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LilJoe Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2008  Student Traditional Artist
nice, got the old time feel to it.
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DRa90NBoi Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
Yes, very old--like 1950's old, heheh.
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LilJoe Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2008  Student Traditional Artist
thats old.......
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Sketchfighter316 Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2008
Nicely done, man! Lovin' the little details to the hairs and scales of the characters. It's been so long since I've seen this horror movie. You sure bring back classic work in one of the best ways possible.
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DRa90NBoi Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
Yes those are the two parts that caused me much pain, heheh.

My illustration teacher pulls a lot of retro material to illustrate from--much of the same material where the greatest illustrators had worked from; you know, back when illustrators were the equivalent of the stars of the movies. Nowadays, illustrators are just people trying to make an honest living and there are far more celebrities than there are stars. Yea, it gives me a kind of nostalgic feeling too, even though I never grew up with it.

Thanx for the comment!
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AyaneShinobi Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2008   Traditional Artist
Just have to say one thing: Who the heck can draw rocks anyway? :lol: Great job on it overall, with the poses, lighting, and shading. That creature is scary. I know I'd die if I saw something like that in real ilfe. o_O
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DRa90NBoi Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
Anyone who likes to draw rocks, heheh. He is the Creature of the Black Lagoon, ya know. Thanx!
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TheGeckoNinja Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2008  Hobbyist Digital Artist
dude awesome, also seems everyone everywhere on the net are starting to talk about reptilians XD
though i dont think this guy is a reptile or maybe he is but ya people are putting up vids and stuff ;P
anyways great work :3
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DRa90NBoi Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
I think he's kinda reptilian in a way, as far as his scaliness, but amphibious nonetheless. Thanx for the comment!
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