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Odin (Inverted Drawing)

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I saw a few inverted drawings on dA, so I wanted to try this as well. It was fun! :) At the top you see the negative of the drawing (colours inverted in Photoshop CS5) and at the bottom is the "real" photo/drawing. For the smooth look of a few parts (e.g. sky/fire) I used a pencil sharpener to get "colour pencil powder" and used my finger to put the colour on paper. It was kind of weird, but it worked. :)

... suddenly I've got the bad feeling that half of my watchers hate Odin... ^^;

Reference was a screencap of Anthony Hopkins as Odin from the movie "Thor: The Dark World" (2013). I inverted the colours of the screencap (= negative) in Photoshop before I started to draw.

Paper DIN A4 190g/m², Faber-Castell Polychromos artists' colour pencils, time: maybe 8 hours?

Please don't upload my pictures somewhere else without my permission. Don't infringe copyright!

Here are some other traditional drawings:
Loki (Inverted Drawing) by QuelchiiThor - God of Thunder (mixed media) by QuelchiiLoki - King of Asgard by QuelchiiJane Foster (Natalie Portman) by Quelchii
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KoroshiyaZane's avatar
This is so amazing that it is kind of terrifying. Did you sacrifice your eye to the norns for your ability?
Quelchii's avatar
Thank you very much! No, I just sold my soul to the god of art. :D
stelleo's avatar
What's your process for doing inverted art?
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At first I invert the reference picture in Photoshop CS5, then I print it (most of the time I have to use the picture + inverted picture on my laptop screen as well, because the print sometimes lacks some details...) and draw the picture. When I think that I matched every colour right I take a photo of my drawing and invert it in Photoshop. That's always a great surprise, because the effect is pretty interesting! :)
stelleo's avatar
It looks incredible! :D
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Lawleighette's avatar
Question... Is it easier to draw an inverted drawing than a not inverted drawing? :D
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It depends on the picture. If you take a very dark picture with a lot of black it's easier to draw an inverted drawing. But it can be very tricky to match the negative colours right, so an inverted black and white drawing is a lot easier to draw than an inverted colour drawing. ;)
Lawleighette's avatar
Ah... got it! Thanks! You're awesome, Nicole! :D
Quelchii's avatar
You're welcome and thank you! :)
NovakCat's avatar
Dude, that is just...wow. Just wow. I've never seen an inverted drawing before, and this just blows my mind! This is truly amazing.
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TheSnorthweast's avatar
Theses inverted drawings are some of the most amazing things I've ever seen! I've never seen a drawing that was done inverted first. They are so awesome! 
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Thank you very much! :) (Smile) 
RobinTheBard's avatar
OH MY GODS how do you even DO that?!? How do you CONCEIVE where to begin!?!?? :D You have amazing skills!
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Thank you very much! Meow :3
It's not that hard: Invert a reference picture in Photoshop, draw the exact colours, take a photo of the drawing, invert the photo in Photoshop and tadaaa! Ok. I have to admit that it's easy to get a headache if you stare for too long at the inverted image while you are drawing it! ^^;
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That's so cool though!!! :D I could never do that, I'd get too dizzy! -@0 Great job! :3
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Thanks again! :D
0001046's avatar
This is so cool! :dance:
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0001046's avatar
You're welcome :hug:
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