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Wacom Bring Your Vision to Life Contest
The conflict of good vs. evil is one that's universally known. Can good exist without evil? Can evil exist without good? Are they opposites, or one in the same? Is the battle between light vs. dark, order vs. chaos, Luke Skywalker vs. Darth Vader, or PC vs. Mac? deviantART and Wacom invite you to get your creative juices flowing and artistically interpret your version of bringing good vs. evil to life!

DeviantART and Wacom are proud to present the Intuos4 "Bring Your Vision to Life" contest. With the theme "Good vs. Evil", the contest is open to artists of all mediums anywhere in the world. The "Bring Your Vision to Life" contest challenges
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Illustrative Journal Vol 14
I was reminded of something a short bit ago on the subject of illustration thanks to a quick conversation with the awesome hakubaikou and felt that it may make a good art journal, and since I have time tonight, it means I actually get to put it up too!
Anyway, it's implied with every picture but we never really focus on it the way we should – readability.  We get so wrapped up in colors and anatomy, which are important mind you, that we lose sight of the purpose of the illustration in the first place (remember – illustration is a balancing act of many factors and pieces of knowledge).  Story telling, readability, plot, intrigue, whatever you wanna call it – it's the base foundation of illustration and is the most important thing toward captivating your audience and making em say, “now THAT is an artist!”
The simple facts are this – in fine art a viewer will usually look at the piece longer, they want to, that's why they're looking
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I receieved James Gurney's 'Color and Light' book yesterday. It's the follow up to his very successful 'Imaginative Realism' (which up until now had been firmly at the top of my art book collection – and I have a LOT of art books.

It now looks like 'Color and Light' is going to overtake his previous book and sit proudly at the top of the pile. (It's not really a pile – just a large section of my IKEA bookshelves).

James Gurney keeps a very regularly updated and informative blog at: and if after my rambling review you fancy a copy, there are details there on how to get it.

Like his previous book this is just a goldmine of useful and very well presented information. He's not a digital artist – he works mainly in oils, but on every single page there's something to be learned. It's almost like an art cookbook in a way – Every section introduces something which leaves me thinking "I must try that soon."

He talks about: Types of light (overcast, sunlight, candlelight to name but a few), light and form, types of shadows, a very informative chapter on colour, colour relationships, visual perception* (how all colour and value is relative as our brains take the raw info from our optics nerves and take shortcuts processing it).

That's just a fraction of the info in the book. Even sections that deal directly with real world media, stuff like colour mixing and pigments are interesting and probably useful for a digital as well as traditional artist. I'd recommend this book at it's predecesor to anyone interested in either making art or appreciating how others go about it – and at around 220 pages long it's well worth every penny.

* See the following link for a great example of how visual perception or processed visual information differs dramatically from what our eyes are actually seeing:…
  • Listening to: Nick Cave, Bad Seeds, Grinderman
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  • Watching: The Walking Dead, Fringe, the Event, House
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  • Eating: Crisps
  • Drinking: Budvar


John Malcolm
Artist | Professional | Digital Art
United Kingdom
My first effort at a rather crappy DeviantID... consider it a placeholder until I get time to do something decent.

Current Residence: Paisley
Operating System: Vista
MP3 player of choice: Archos 605 WiFi
Skin of choice: My own
Favourite cartoon character: Cartman




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yereverluvinuncleber Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2018  Professional Interface Designer
Happy Birthday!
MarkAlexValdendorf Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2018
Happy Birthday!
carol-colors Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2018
:cake: Happy Birthday!
Baredog Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2018
Early best wishes to you John.
I hope to see some more of your creations.

All the best:pencil:
Quaglarthemighty Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2017
Hello, I've tried a couple of different avenues to contact you. I really like this picture… and have been using it as a gaming avatar for several years.

I've recently got into Youtube and would like to use this picture there if possible. I totally understand if you wanted payment or weren't comfortable with it but I wanted to see what you thought about it in case I could use it, I've kind of gotten attached to it over the years!

Hope all is well with you and whatever answer I'll be fine with.



yereverluvinuncleber Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2017  Professional Interface Designer
Happy Birthday old boy!
Baredog Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2017
All the best John. :beer:
carol-colors Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2017
:cake: Happy Birthday!
Baredog Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2016
Hey John,
How have you been?
Hope all is well with you and yours,
all the best, Barry:pencil:
Baredog Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2016
Happy Birthday John.
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