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Downhill Ride by Usagisama Downhill Ride by Usagisama
This is an image I made for my media course that finished up a couple weeks ago. I was actually pretty proud of the results so I figured I'd post it up :) The assignment was to draw a map and a detail of some place in our hometown that was special. So I drew a favorite mountain bike trail from near my old house (back in high school)

The image is a hybrid, graphite drawing/digital painting. Its kind of a new technique for me... I usually don't like to mix natural media and digital... but I was pleasantly surprised at how well they seemed to merge in this instance.

Anyway, I hope y'all like it! :D

Comments/favs/inane babble is always appreciated! :XD:

edit: spelling is my dooom... dooooom I say!
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lycanthropeful Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Beautiful! I could get lost in this... at first I thought the character was biking out on the crest of a hill, looking down at the trail, but then I realized you did sort of a vignette effect/hybrid of two scenes. I really like that! Makes everything seem to huge and wide open. The combination of pencil and digital is great, too. :)
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Nyiana-sama Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2010
:wave: Hello! I'm here to let you know that this deviation has been featured in Manga/Anime Theme Features Vol. 3!
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Usagisama Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2010
Why thank you for the feature!! :D
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Nyiana-sama Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2010
:huggle: You're welcome!
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Nights-Song Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2009
Wow! I don't know why you don't have like, 1,000 favs on this, its beautiful! I wish there were places like that in my state -,o
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Usagisama Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2009
Awe! Thank you, I'm glad you enjoy my humble work!! :glomp:
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Nights-Song Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2009
Your welcome! It's so relaxing! I'll have to watch you or remind myself to do that later...im on vacation right now and have limited access xD unless i already did...xD
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msiota Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2009   Photographer
I thought I’d drop you a line to tell you that I linked your piece in my journal in a compilation of Oregon-related art, in lieu of Oregon’s 150th birthday: [link]
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Usagisama Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2009
Oh awesome, thanks for the feature!! :D
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msiota Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2009   Photographer
No problem! :)
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jjohnnyy Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
Uoww!!Very good!!
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Usagisama Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2009
Thank you!! :)
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SinFIXX Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2008
sick
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Usagisama Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2008
Thnx dude! :D
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mushinbujin Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2008
Tres awesome! I like the wide (er, vertical) panorama for some reason.
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Usagisama Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2008
Thank you! :D
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Sabi-kun Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2008
Gawgeous, I envy your ability to draw (good) backgrounds
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Dunne Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2008
Wow, actual bike trail? I lap a reservoir!
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Usagisama Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2008
Yup! Its a fun one! :D Hey, laping a reservoir isn't bad either, bike around water is always fun... and the breeze over the waters surface helps keep you cool :)
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Dunne Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2008
Or nearly knock you over!
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iankeeber Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2008
wow, very nice! you got a lotta people looking at your art, must mean its pretty good...? but then again who cares what people think, as long its fun for the artist to make :D
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Usagisama Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2008
Thanks buddy! :D Yeah, I have a lot of watchers these days... but that's mostly cause I got a daily deviation a little bit back... I didn't used to have near as much traffic before!
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iankeeber Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2008
btw, if you like industrial music (i saw your post about the Slip) then you should check out KMFDM and Combichrist for sure
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Usagisama Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2008
Yeah, KMFDM is awesome... and I haven't heard any Combichrist, so I will have to check them out :D
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iankeeber Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2008
i saw KMFDM in portland when they were touring on Hau Ruck.. one of the best concerts i've seen. they should be touring again soon, we should see them if they come to portland for sure!
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Usagisama Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2008
Yes, definitely let me know!!
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QueenOfCheese Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2008
Great BG!!!! This is beautiful! You should be proud, very well done <3
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Usagisama Featured By Owner May 5, 2008
Thank you!! :) And extra thanks for the favs too!! :glomp:
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Tsukiyono-Miyu Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2008  Professional General Artist
Awesome work! It reminds me of your watercolor work of those temples. It has a really nice natural feel to it. You should do more landscape work!
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Usagisama Featured By Owner May 5, 2008
Heh, really I just need to do more work... I've been doing so little art these days. Anyway, I'm glad you liked it!! :)
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Argocat8 Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2008  Hobbyist Photographer
This is great. Hard to tell where the media begin and end, and that's fine. Love the textures, either graphite or digital. Wonder what a photograph of the view would look like ...
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Usagisama Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2008
Thanks!! :) I was really happy to hear everyone's response to the media in this image... I'm definitely gonna do more of these digital/graphite hybrids now :D As for a photo, I quickly google image searched... and this is an image of the butte and my home town... its the wrong angle, but the same hill and general idea. Linky ---> [link]
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Argocat8 Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2008  Hobbyist Photographer
cool!
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tetsuyayamatashi Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2008
I am so in love with this piece. It wasn't until I was reading some comments that it clicked that the image is two different perspectives.

I love the mountains and sky :heart:
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Usagisama Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2008
Thank you!! :D I'm happy you liked it!
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RaposaBranca Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2008  Professional Digital Artist
Oh, I won't start babbling. I'll post an interesting comment. Because I'm a smarteey girl.

Omfggagfgaahagshaghagha!! *¬*

Ok, seriously now: It looks great! I seems like you've painted it with realmedia, beacuse your grafitte lines are rough and...how can I say that? Gentle at the same time? Looks so bucolic, that I would like to be with the guy, enjoying the sight.

Really makes me wnat to dive into it, honestly. ^^
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Usagisama Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2008
Thank you Maria!! :) I really wanted to capture the place and the feeling it gives... it really is quite a beautiful spot to see in person... well, it is in the summer time at least! :XD:
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RaposaBranca Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2008  Professional Digital Artist
Summer time? What about winter? :) Does it snow or something? I've never seen snow in my life... ^^'
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Usagisama Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2008
Never seen snow? Oh my, you must come to north America some winter!! Snow is really awesome... well, it is very cold and wet as it melts against your warm body/clothes... but its so much fun to sculpt, throw, and stomp around in, that you almost stop caring how cold it is! :D

Sadly, I don't see much snow where I live. It mostly rains here, a very cold rain. It does snow sometimes, but only once or twice a year. And really significant amounts of snow only fall once every few years. When it does though, everyone one in town gets excited and stays home to play in the snow! :D
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RaposaBranca Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2008  Professional Digital Artist
I once considered going to Toronto in winter... but some brazilian guy over there (I've been there in summer) completely dellusioned me with some statements like "It goes dark at 3 pm". I was already dazed with the sun setting at 8:30, and this was pleasant; I'd go desperate if I couldn't see daylight properly! >.<

Yet, I'd like to make snow sculptures and throw snowballs at anyone that crossed my way ( >D ). Must be awesome. Especially the missing class to play in snow thing. ^^ And you're lucky for having snow and nice sunny days at the same place. Here we have the hot season and the rain season. And believe me, it's raining now and it's very hot! >.<
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xFullMetalxX Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2008  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This is really nice! The ladescape is lovely. Also, I like that I can see the graphite lines through the digital coloring, it makes it seem much more organic.:nod:
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Usagisama Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2008
Thank you! I think I'm going to try this look again with another subject! :)
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xFullMetalxX Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2008  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
You're most welcome!
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a2a2a9 Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2008
very nice
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Usagisama Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2008
Thnx!! :D
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spiti84 Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2008  Hobbyist Photographer
this is a beautiful pic!! great drawing :)
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Usagisama Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2008
Thank you!! :D
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spiti84 Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2008  Hobbyist Photographer
you are welcome :)
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surey-neko Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2008
This is beautiful I love how much green there is and how he's coming out of just a sea of trees.


Then again you did live in Oregon so it makes sense.

But still, very well done, I love the coloring. Great job!
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Usagisama Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2008
Heh heh, oregon is the land of both "green" and "trees"!! Though sadly its also the land of rain, so one doesn't get to be outside to enjoy the lush green for much of the year. Still, it is way pretty when we do get a sunny day :)

Thanks Surey!! :D
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