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When Angels Sing [Collab with Swandog]

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Published: June 22, 2012
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Collab with the most amazing :iconswandog:.
She did the lines, I did the color.

I'd like to take a moment and discus a profound meaning to collaboration images;

When working within the industry of animation and illustration, you come to realize there IS only one kind of art; and that's the collaboration. Truth be told, no one person goes into making an animated feature/tv show, and the same can be said for even an illustration for publication. Ultimately, you are producing an image inspired by an article, given story, or set document and have to adjust accordingly.

I come from the belief- after witnessing the marvels created by collaborative efforts- that this is the result of a functional art society.
When in dysfunction, an art society becomes little more than cheap pop culture- it produces self absorbed artisans that are performing their craft merely for the highest bidder, and not for introspective, inspirational content that lets you reflect on the finer points of culture. They also perform with a lesser standard and quality to their art. Merely producing page after page [or frame after frame] of cheap labor for the bottom dollar.
A functional art society is what that works like a garden- They tend to flourish and support a self contained eco-system, while inspiring flowers between them. The seeds also begin to spread and before you know it- the garden has become a forest, where everyone has their specific role and function that they do with skill.

Working in studio settings, you see this often- as the "pipe line" of animation is actually more resembling of a "tree". Given the products are massive in effort and can come into fruition because of that collaborative effort. Certainly, I have yet to see a full length feature created by a sole human being.

Either way, it is collabs like this that remind me of my studio settings, the fantastic products a team can create for display. While many artisans like to boast of their personal talent- there is surely nothing wrong with some teamwork.

This image is for Foxamoore [on FA]. Who sings like an angel, and truly is an angel to us. Go check her out too.
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Astral-Thunder's avatar
Astral-ThunderProfessional Traditional Artist
This is being sold here: instagram.com/p/BSThfYgF3cb/
tarkheki's avatar
Thank you so much for the head's up! It's much appreciated! :heart:
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Astral-ThunderProfessional Traditional Artist
No problem! Glad I could help!
Storyweaver1's avatar
Beautiful image you have here. The title is appropriate.
nejitenten12's avatar
wow totally awesome:)
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lunaysesshomaruStudent Traditional Artist
wow that is amazing
MiahTheStormWolf's avatar
I love how the lights play off of the fur. Very realistic because when it's that dark out, you should be able to tell the color of its fur immediately.
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There's a lot of feedback for this image and rightfully so. This is an excellent collab, the results are absolutely beautiful.

Your thoughts about collabs is interesting too and very true, but the pessimist in me already sees the art society in "dysfunction" or rather, "stale" especially within (3D)animation where while the technology gets better, everything becomes more homogenized to the point where everything looks the same.....and the stories and the humor, blah blah blah. Anyway, back on topic, awesome image! I hope you guys can do another.
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Pop-culture always come into a scrutiny because of the "mass production" aspect of it. But to deny that it is a form of art is very much saying that one would deny the "bad parts" of their child, but only accept the "good parts". It's hard to what degree one can measure it. I admit, the cookie-cutter concepts are wearing thin- but even they have a height before they fall. I think it's a mix between adults yearning new content, but target audiences being the younger non-experienced kind. The younger haven't experienced a good "I am your father" moment, so the flick that does it for them will be the one they remember. For us, it's just the "same old". XD
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DreamspiritProfessional General Artist
This is just astounding, hon, and the meaning makes it all-the-more powerful.
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ZuviosGeminiHobbyist Writer
Beautiful!! You both did an amazing job!!
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ZuviosGeminiHobbyist Writer
My pleasure! :'3
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anubis1996Hobbyist Artist
this is so pretty I can't stop looking at it! *eyes stuck*
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anubis1996Hobbyist Artist
I love it so much I can't stop looking at the art!
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swandogProfessional Traditional Artist
Just wanted to thank everyone who commented here; I am sooo very honored to collab with Bernice on this, and she did a fantastic job!! My jaw literally dropped when I saw the colored version, and tears sprang to my eyes...Bernice, you made this PERFECT, exactly like I imagined it to look, and I can almost see all the colors in the "wings" dancing and flowing in time to the wolf's haunting song. I don't know how you did it, but you truly made it come alive. Thank you for being such an angel!! <3<3<3 :floating: :hug:
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ACK so much praise. TOO much! We need to do more of these. Not only great artist, but great friends, and I think we both brought all our passions and love into the image. Like I said before- it's a function of a functional art society- and even more so best friends! I cannot WAIT to meet you in person and HUGS YOU TO PIECES! :glomp:
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swandogProfessional Traditional Artist
You deserve it!! :D :heart: And most definitely!! :glomp: :cuddle:
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Religion0Hobbyist Photographer
Youch! That's so beautiful it hurts!
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Well not TOO much hurt I hope! :heart:
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