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100 Theme Challenge

Theme #04: Dark
12 down, 88 to go.

Kind of a speedpaint, and kind of not. I polished up his face a bit, but it's still very sketchy overall.

Yeah, yeah. It's got an awful lot of light in it for a picture called "dark". :-P
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:iconthinkwithpencil:
ThinkWithPencil Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2011  Student Interface Designer
This, is, Stunning, I love the raw feeling it exudes!
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im-CrAzZyY Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2011
nice!!!!!!!
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GuardianoftheForce Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Me gusta... :)
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Arienek Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2009
I absolutely love that portrait. That guy's face - it's perfect. Just a right picture for an idea, by a very bad translation - a "dark bastard" thing, probably. Anyway - I love it. You've just hit the bullseye with almost every single shadow and light.
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kropka-x Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2008
that's a cool one :D
go haku go! i know u can finish this challenge ;)
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hakubaikou Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2008
Heh, thanks! :) It might take me a year or more, but I do hope to finish it.
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Gupse Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2008
Is he single?
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hakubaikou Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2008
:giggle:
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Dark-Shad0w Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2008
I thought I was looking at aphotomanip for a second there! SERIOUS talent! :)
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hakubaikou Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2008
Thank you! :)
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Hira--Akami Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2008
Holy cow. The instant I saw this, I immediately thought of my favorite Star Wars expanded universe character, Zekk. While this may not mean anything to you, I mean it as a compliment as Zekk's Sith title is in fact, "The Darkest Knight." So way to go! Only difference is that Zekk has stunning emerald eyes, but honestly, gray workds much better in this image, to keep the pallette consistant.
Very cool.
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hakubaikou Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2008
I adore the original trilogy. It shaped my life. ^_^ But unfortunately, I know practically nothing about the expanded universe.

Glad you liked this though. Thanks. :)
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Hira--Akami Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2008
Well, the expanded universe is pretty cool, if you ask me. Basically Zekk was a good childhood friend of Jacen and Jaina Solo--the twin children of Han and Leia. He and Jaina had a sort of childhood puppy-love thing going on before he got kidnapped by the Shadow Academy and trained to be a Sith. He redeems himself, practically saving Luke's entire Jedi Academy, and destroying the Shadow Academy in the process. Jaina is of course thrilled, until she discovers that Zekk has no intention of coming over to the light side. Instead, he chooses a middle path, using his emotions to strengthen his force abilities, but not allowing them to controll him. Funny thing is, eventually Luke decides that's the right way to go. Although he advises less use of Force Lightening than Zekk is partial to.
*shrugs* That's it in a nutshell. I was really into the Young Jedi Knight series when I was a kid, but I never finished them. Not really sure what happened to Zekk, other than he and Han went bounty hunting together after... well... that's definately spoiler material, so I won't tell you.
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hakubaikou Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2008
Heh. Too late. :( I suspect whatever it is you're saying was spoiled for me long ago.

Thanks for the summary though! A middle path makes sense, IMO. Balance is a good thing.
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Hira--Akami Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2008
You're welcome! I'm always willing to rant about my obsessions!
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Elle-H Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2008   Digital Artist
How do I keep missing these when you post?! I'm a little confused... I'm sure I remember adding you to my watch list, then all of the sudden poof -- you're gone. Strange.

This fellow reminds me of the Black Rider from The Dark is Rising. (The book series. Not the movie. *gag*) With reddish hair and creepy blue eyes, he'd be dead on! Even without that connection though, the light shining through the background accentuates his darkness even more. It definately fits the theme "Dark".

And I think this would make a rather nice wallpaper with the right dimensions. Teehee.
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hakubaikou Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2008
I've heard of people dropping off watchlists before. It happens. :)

Ooh, I've never heard of the books or the movie.
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Elle-H Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2008   Digital Artist
Oh, the books are terrific! They are centered around an epic struggle between the forces of "Light" and "Dark". The books are steaped in British folklore and Arthurian legend, and consequently take place in (mostly) modern-day Whales and England. They've been one of my most cherished childhood series.

Ignore the movie. It barely resembles the book. It's like some crappy, camp pre-teen fantasy movie -- it's horrible even if you've never read the original story. (I hate you, Walden Media!! :shakefist: )
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hakubaikou Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2008
I find that fantasy and sci-fi books often are ridiculously dumbed down for movies. I realize long novels need to be shortened and condensed, but that can be done well, and oftentimes they don't bother.

It's a shame people don't seem to realize that the original books are often very intelligently written. It's one of the reasons I would not want some of my favorite books to ever be adapted for film. As much as I love movies, there's too much of a chance they'd be ruined.
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Shardshifter Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2008
Looks like a man whose mind could hide many dark intensions. I really like the contrast and the eyes.
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hakubaikou Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2008
Thanks. :) I like making eyes somewhat glowy. It's a guilty pleasure.
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Angiechan13 Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2008
Why...HELLOOO there tall, dark and angsty. ;-)
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hakubaikou Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2008
Heh!
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Aelanessa Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2008  Student Filmographer
I love the way the light falls in :D It really accentuates the dark, in a way =]
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hakubaikou Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2008
Thanks! :)
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Horologe Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
Very nice, but I don't get your attempt to create 100 themed images, please fill me in : )
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hakubaikou Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2008
Oh, it's just for fun. :)

Here's where I got the list from: ~100ThemeChallengers
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Horologe Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
sounds like fun, think I'm gonna try to, but my stuffs going to be warped and different. HA HA, never had a goal to work towards, thanks : )
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hakubaikou Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2008
Warped is good! Hee! ^_^
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fangedwolf Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2008  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
I love the lighting on this, and the texture.
The eye on the far side seems slightly strange though. It looks like it should be closer to the nose, while the highlights you have at the moment make it look as if its at the very side of his face.
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hakubaikou Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2008
Hmm, I'm not sure if it's that one or if the near-side one is too far. Thanks for pointing it out.
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fangedwolf Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2008  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Hmm, you know, I think if there was just a little more dark under the further away eye it might be ok. Looking at it again, the illusion that its further away from the nose is because of the extreme shadow and highlight either side of the eye, when surely it shouldn't be that deep? Not sure. Difficult to judge without seeing a photo reference for that sort of lighting.
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hakubaikou Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2008
I dunno either. I do agree in that the lighting's got something to do with it. And I wasn't sure how to approach the light when his hair is blocking part of it at that level. D:

There is no photo reference for this. That's probably the problem right there. Ha!

I don't change pics once I post them. (Old rule I made for myself.) But this has been interesting. :)
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fangedwolf Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2008  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
I dont tend to change pics once I post them either, but mainly because if I actually manage to post something that is vaguely finished, its a miricle! I lose interest generally half way through, so going back over it again just doesn't happen hehe.
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hakubaikou Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2008
Oh, I'd tweak forever if I didn't put a stop to it. If I didn't make this rule about old pics, I'd never get to any new ones. Gotta end it. Gotta move on. ^_^
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fangedwolf Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2008  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
very true :)
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Hubby-N-Dad Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2008
who punched him on the cheek, ouch!

....

sorry, tried to think of something interesting to say... FAIL

This is very well done.
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hakubaikou Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2008
Heh. ^_^

This was originally going to be a more complicated picture, but I started it and realized I don't have the skills to pull off what I want just yet. So I stuck the idea on the backburner and just went with a simple portrait for now. But originally, he had an opponent. And the opponent was supposed to be dead in the background.
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Hubby-N-Dad Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2008
see, I still notice little details (former artist, 20 years removed however)... as for not having the skills, must I remind you that I'm old, and have a strict "no self seprecation" policy for talented artists such as yourself. Reflection = good, putting oneself down = bad.

Hope all is well Cali, weather is getting awesome here in the mornings (love crisp yet not cold weather... high 50s low 60s) when I take the dog out.
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hakubaikou Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2008
Ha! And you're not that much older than me. Born in the 70's, yay! ^_^
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Hubby-N-Dad Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2008
yeah, but I'm early 70s...
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hakubaikou Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2008
Oh, it's not self deprecation, really. I think I'm very good at certain things, and not so good at others. And for what I wanted to attempt with the idea, I don't think I currently can pull it off just yet. So I'll put it on hold and come back to it someday.

Argh, I really miss cool sweater weather! It dips down into the 50's in the winter here, but right now, it's still in the mid to high 80's. Bah! I think I've worn a sweater maybe a handful of times since I moved here. Pffft.
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Hubby-N-Dad Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2008
Fall is my favorite season, winter I can do without, but I love fall. And your response in regard to self deprecation, was just awesome.
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hakubaikou Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2008
Fall is lovely. ^_^ Although, in LA, fall feels like summer and winter feels like fall....

Thanks. :)
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Hubby-N-Dad Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2008
[ very jealous of no snow ]

I know you miss it, but I can do without it...
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Sarieu Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2008  Student Digital Artist
wow, wonderful values. amazing job *^-^*
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hakubaikou Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2008
Thanks! :)
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Sarieu Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2008  Student Digital Artist
you're very welcome
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moocow33 Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2008
the light draws attention to the dark
therefore you have muchos lightious
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hakubaikou Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2008
Thank you. ^_^
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