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Turn the City Upside Down by soma Turn the City Upside Down by soma
I've never done any vector art, outside of logos and the like. This is the first completely vector work I've done. I'm learning, I guess.
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VioletStranger Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2006
"You can turn the city upside-down, if you want to."
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longtooth Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2006  Hobbyist Photographer
Reminds of something I saw on the walls of Miami apartments around '84. Very slick.
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soma Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2006  Professional General Artist
Thank you. :)

I had a kind of retro/decor feel in mind, so I'm glad that came through.
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AlienDonkey Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2006   Writer
really quite good, for your first vector.

so, you're building up a 'folio? illustration as well as writing? now that's something.
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soma Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2006  Professional General Artist
Thank you. :heart:

Either looking for a full time job with less emphasis on the technical and more on the creative, or trying to swing more freelance work... :\
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AlienDonkey Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2006   Writer
good luck.
as far as i know, the trouble with freelancing is that it does tend to find itself swinging sooner or later; that is, on a noose. it does have its advantages, though. :)
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ravynsky Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2006
wow, multi talented you!

i am rather fond of the hues of green here ( even though, generally i do not like them )

very nicely done! wow

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soma Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2006  Professional General Artist
Thank you! :heart:

I love a little green in the sky; I don't know why but it gives it such a dreamy effect.
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sakeofmercy Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2006
Beautiful form. I don't understand vector art (never done it) but I think this looks very good. :)
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soma Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2006  Professional General Artist
Thank you! Vector art always intimidated me a bit, but I'm trying to pick up more freelance work and it's pretty much a necessity for graphic design. It was kind of fun actually; though now, of course, I keep seeing all the things I could have done differently. :P
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sakeofmercy Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2006
I think that kind of happens with every art. Teachers will tell you that 'a moment will come when you simply know your work is finished', but every time I think I have finished I come up with ten thousand more things I could have changed.

I think it looks wonderful, though my opinion is inexperienced with this medium.

By freelance, do you mean that someone commissioned this work from you?
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soma Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2006  Professional General Artist
Teachers probably are just trying to ensure their students actually turn completed works in on time. :) It's a good midset to try and develop, though, eventually you just have to let go and say it's ready for production, even if in your heart you know you the colors are not exactly perfect.

I especially find this is the issue with writing. I've heard a few writers say they never go back and reread their published works because they will find themselves wanting to change everything. I suppose this isn't impossible to do, I've seen reissued books, but most readers don't take to well to revised works unless the changes are not significant, or the book is added to rather than changed. Digital visual art is a lot easier to change than any other kind of visual art, but if I don't restrain myself, I'll just work on the same picture my entire life rather than ever starting anything new, heh.

This particular piece wasn't commissioned, but my portfolio is heavily weighted with ad design, web design, brochures, logo design and the like. I'd love to try and get some work illustrating, so I'm working on developing those skills and fleshing out my portfolio.
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sakeofmercy Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2006
Good for you. Hard work pays off more often than not.

I've found that old printings of my favorite books (ones that are sprinkled with type errors and misaligned paragraphs) seem cool and unfamiliar when reissued on new, white paper without all of the endearing mistakes.

My choice example would be my copy of Gone With the Wind. The pages are all yellowed, it is missing a cover, and a few paragraphs are printed just a tiny bit off center :aww: New copies of Gone With the Wind don't contain nearly as much charisma as my old copy.

So, I hope that readers will overlook all of the professionality -ahem, lack therof - in my work, and perhaps love me all the more for my imperfections...
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soma Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2006  Professional General Artist
I'm certain they will, though I think perhaps what you see as imperfection is better termed 'charm'. :heart:
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sakeofmercy Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2006
I'm glad I recieved this comment just now. I was a little down on myself.

::feelsinfinitelybetter::
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soma Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2006  Professional General Artist
You let me know when that happens again so I can squash it, ok?
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VioletStranger Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2006
Wow, I really like this. About how long did it take?

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soma Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2006  Professional General Artist
Thank you, dearest. It's hard to estimate the time since I really never got to sit down and work on it in one long stretch... mostly odd moments (on break ;) ) at work, and once or twice at home. I'm going to say somewhere between 5 and 6 hours, including the time it took me to figure out how to achieve certain effects.
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VioletStranger Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2006
:) As a first dive into vector, this is fantastic.

I'm excited to see more.
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RaAnan Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2006
looks like you have a knack for it, well done. more to come?
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soma Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2006  Professional General Artist
Thank you!
I'm certain there will be, eventually. It's a pretty fun medium now that I've gotten past the initial Illustrator-for-art intimidation factor.
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The-Catz Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2006
spiffy
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soma Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2006  Professional General Artist
Thank you. :)
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The-Catz Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2006
np
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