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When Angels Sing [Collab with Swandog] by tarkheki When Angels Sing [Collab with Swandog] by tarkheki
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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:iconastral-thunder:
Astral-Thunder Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2017  Professional Traditional Artist
This is being sold here: instagram.com/p/BSThfYgF3cb/
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tarkheki Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2017
Thank you so much for the head's up! It's much appreciated! :heart:
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:iconastral-thunder:
Astral-Thunder Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2017  Professional Traditional Artist
No problem! Glad I could help!
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spiriteaglesoaring Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2015
This is fabulous!!!
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Storyweaver1 Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2013
Beautiful image you have here. The title is appropriate.
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nejitenten12 Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2012
wow totally awesome:)
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lunaysesshomaru Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
wow that is amazing
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MiahTheStormWolf Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2012
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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gudruna Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2012
very beautiful
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AngryGulo Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2012
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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tarkheki Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2012
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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Dreamspirit Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2012  Professional General Artist
This is just astounding, hon, and the meaning makes it all-the-more powerful.
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tarkheki Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2012
:heart:
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ZuviosGemini Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Beautiful!! You both did an amazing job!!
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tarkheki Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2012
Thank you! :heart:
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ZuviosGemini Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
My pleasure! :'3
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anubis1996 Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
this is so pretty I can't stop looking at it! *eyes stuck*
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:icontarkheki:
tarkheki Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2012
:heart:
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anubis1996 Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
I love it so much I can't stop looking at the art!
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swandog Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2012  Professional 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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tarkheki Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2012
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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swandog Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
You deserve it!! :D :heart: And most definitely!! :glomp: :cuddle:
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Religion0 Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Youch! That's so beautiful it hurts!
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tarkheki Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2012
Well not TOO much hurt I hope! :heart:
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Religion0 Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Well, my eyes are starting to recuperate... :wow:
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kageame Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2012
Gorgeous collaboration!
I also like the metaphor of art as an Eco-system. I had never thought of it like that, but that makes a lot of sense to me.
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tarkheki Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2012
I tend to think a lot towards the natural world environments when it comes to relations. I guess I just love my garden too much! XD
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kageame Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2012
I love gardens too, but I don't have a whole lot of time to create my own. Sadness. I am lucky that the two trees and rose bushes that came with the house are still doing well. They get watered, but not pruned as often as they should be.
I finally set up a bird feeding area though!
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SingleFyreBullet Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2012
How beautiful :) Well done to you both.
It makes me sad that there isn't more collaboration in the wider art community. When you look at places like Paris in the early parts of the 1900's, there were coffee shops and pubs full to bursting with artists of all types and the works that came out of those places has a little something that they wouldn't have if there was no communication between artists.
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tarkheki Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2012
Well said and WONDERFUL example!
I too miss a sort of bustling art community that was integrated- not individuals competing for attention. I am going to set out to do more collaborations. My friends and I would love it!
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rioza Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2012  Student General Artist
This is AMAZING.
Really, the detail you guys put into this is just stunning. :heart:
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tarkheki Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2012
We are BOTH humbled by that. We certainly put our all into it!
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skittles1460 Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2012
holy crap you are amazing!
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tarkheki Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2012
I'm humbled by that! :heart:
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Silverwolf547 Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2012
You know whats funny? I'm watching Pocahontas, the ending of it, and I saw the picture JUST in time with the music XDDD. But anyways, GREAT job on this, very amazing work indeed.
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tarkheki Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2012
LOL what superb timing!!!!
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madamhojo Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2012
That is beautiful.
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tarkheki Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2012
:heart:
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Rakshar Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2012
i know this is weird to say, but the colours do look like they're moving; it's as if I'm staring at my glow-cube.
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skittles1460 Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2012
they do!!!
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tarkheki Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2012
Well, that's a HUGE compliment for me! :heart:
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teigh Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Love the colours and the pose
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tarkheki Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2012
Thank you! The pose is all Swandog's talent. :heart:
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spookykitty123 Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2012  Student General Artist
Wow, you guys are ridiciously talented. It's beautiful.
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tarkheki Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2012
We are both very humbled by that!!! :heart:
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spookykitty123 Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2012  Student General Artist
You're very much welcome.
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cynath Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2012
This is beautiful! :O
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tarkheki Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2012
:heart:
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Sage-ums Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2012  Hobbyist
Maybe you should get back to animating, Tifa
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