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Virtual Plein Air by yakonusuke Virtual Plein Air by yakonusuke
Something I did for fun today.

Virtual Plein Air means it's painted digitally but using a reference on google street view. 
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bobddu1 Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2017
Sick one
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:iconirismuddy:
irismuddy Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2016  Professional Filmographer
duuuuude chunky goodness, you're on fire
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Rhexius Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2016  Student Digital Artist
First reaction when I saw this painting: "Holy shit!"
This is amazing :D

Also, sorry about the butthurt edgelord you had to deal with a few comments ago. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯
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yakonusuke Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2016  Professional Digital Artist
Haha , thanks for the support man!
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nfteixeira Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2016   Digital Artist
Wooow! Great colors! :)
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yakonusuke Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2016  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks Nelson!
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Nandos97 Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2016  Student Traditional Artist
Ohh, thanks for the definition, had no idea it was that specific.
Love the feel, good use of numerous broad strokes to give a sense of overall distance and depth, even with the narrow band of colours :D
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yakonusuke Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2016  Professional Digital Artist
Well, it's the definition of a group on facebook. Nothing official I would put on wikipedia. :) Thank you!
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Keyshe54 Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2016  Professional Traditional Artist
Gorgouse! I love the shadows the clouds cast on your cheery green world, as well the trees casting them. A of of depth to this stylized piece
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yakonusuke Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2016  Professional Digital Artist
Yeah, I feel like some people underrate the value of shadows. So powerful when done right. Thanks!
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Sketch06 Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2016  Student Digital Artist
Love the stylized clouds. 
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yakonusuke Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2016  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks!
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betteo Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2016  Professional Digital Artist
:wow:
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yakonusuke Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2016  Professional Digital Artist
Meow :3 
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LaurensSpruit Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2016  Student Digital Artist
I like this a lot! Like a really lot lot!
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yakonusuke Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2016  Professional Digital Artist
Happy to hear!
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NobleValerian Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2016  Professional Digital Artist
Virtual/Digital *Plein* Air means it's painted outside, using a digital medium.  This is just a regular old digital painting, with photo reference from Google.
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yakonusuke Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2016  Professional Digital Artist
Virtual *Plein* Air means whatever I say it means. It's defined by artists which do it exactly that way.
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NobleValerian Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2016  Professional Digital Artist
What virtual plein air means to you is up to you, but what it *is* has nothing to do with you.  I'm an artist, so is "digital art" the act of painting in ketchup with my fingers and toes just because I say so?!

Certainly the phrase has been misappropriated by artists who clearly don't understand or respect the history, purpose, and spirit of plein air.  A digital painting using Google reference isn't representative of anything associated with the plein air experience.  It's borderline insulting to traditional plein air art to characterize your work as if it featured the challenges and skill required to create in an actual outdoor environment.  More than borderline, I think.  You created a piece of digital art, using a static reference that you just happen to be able to interact with.  You didn't have to overcome weather like wind rain or temperature, nature like bugs and wildlife, or a dynamically shifting reference affected by that weather, nature, and changing light.  So, when I see an artist casually perpetuate this false notion of "digital/virtual plein air", I feel obligated to address it with a less "trendy", empty, and buzz-word hungry perspective.

I don't have anything against Google Street View as a method for reference, but at the end of the day it's not really any more special or difficult to use than any other reference you find on the internet.  The only difference is the quality is always worse than a stock photo, and you get a tiny amount of influence in your view of an area, limited to where the Google car took it's pictures.  Take your computer, laptop, tablet, or phone outside and actually attempt to capture what you're really seeing, in spite of the physical shift of your perspective cause by the subtle elevation change of your head from your own breathing, shifting in your seat to get comfortable, or shifting your weight on your feet as you stand there to work, getting bit by mosquitos in the heat, or your fingers going numb in the cold, the wind pushing the branches of the trees around, the light changing as the clouds move across the sky or as the time of day progresses - then I'm happy not to criticize your pretentious application of "plein air" to your very standardized process of creating digital art.  Otherwise, it's just offensive, and misleading.
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yakonusuke Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2016  Professional Digital Artist
First- I do plein air painting myself. The real stuff. With real color - watercolor and oils. So don't tell me what it means and that I would disrespect or not understand it (judged by your gallery I understand it more than you do). And really, if the (knowingly) wrong use of this term is disrespect and insult to you ... then you must have a hard time on the internet.

Second- If you, NobleValerian, think you need to be the white knight who takes these terms too seriously and crusade against everyone who uses these labels to just give a hint to the viewer of how it might have been made, then I feel sorry for you. Yes it's not real plein air, yes it's not as hard as real plein air, but nobody pretends it to be. The "virtual" in the title is there for a reason. Nobody is mislead by that.

Are you crusading against the use of the terms "driving", "fighting" or "flying" in the computer games business as well, because it is an insult to anyone who does the real thing with broken bones and G-forces? Get off your horse and stop wasting your or anyone's time.
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NobleValerian Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2016  Professional Digital Artist
I just told you what it means from my perspective, so I don't really understand the purpose of saying, "Don't tell me what it means".  It certainly displays a level of pretentiousness, condescension, and ignorance to judge my knowledge and skill based on the images in my gallery, but a much more impressive level to be so judgmental when there's actually also nothing in your gallery to demonstrate any knowledge or experience with plein air.

At any rate, it's not a waste of my time, or anyone else's, to share and receive useful, accurate information (even if it is contentious and subjective).  Like how there's nothing remotely plein air (virtual or otherwise) about using google street view as a reference for your digital art.  I don't consider the 40 seconds it takes to type my messages (or the arrogance and ignorance from others), some sort of terrible, tragic burden that impedes my use of the internet, or my ability to enjoy what it has to offer.  It's not uncommon for a person unable to handle [relatively neutral] criticism to attack and ridicule me; or my beautiful shiny armor; or my awesome, tall, white stallion.

Do you know what would be more interesting to me than these absurd arguments and assumptions about how I might be insulted games use the terms "driving", "fighting", and "flying"?  Well, since those very real experiences are *actually* simulated in games, it would be interesting for me to hear you explain how the plein air experience is *actually* simulated by doing digital art with a static image from Google on your computer.  Then, if you were so inclined, explain why every piece of digital art featuring the perspective of an outdoor point of view, especially ones that use a photo reference, aren't called "virtual plein air".  Mind blown, right?  No?  Since drawing a digital image from a photo reference of the outdoors is "virtually" identical to using the static image from Google Street View.  Why isn't there a world full of professional artists identifying their standard digital environment paintings as "Virtual Plein Air"?  Or a better question, Why is there a world of artists categorizing their work by the method and medium of creation, such as traditional, digital, 2D, 3D, plein air, mural, and not by the incredibly arbitrary place they've collected their reference image?  Maybe that "trendy" Facebook group is onto something really cool in using Google Street View for practicing environment art, but just happened to call it something really stupid and unfitting, that I get irked to see perpetuated.

And that brings us to the soul of my brief message on your page.  You think I'm here trying to change your mind?  You think I'm attempting to provoke you into showing all your viewers you have no patience, or grace?  No, I spend the 40 seconds typing these messages because you've got almost 10,000 watchers who deserve another perspective on what I consider a complete and utter fallacy.  You're entitled to your opinion.  I'm not stopping you from calling every upload "virtual plein air", or claiming Rengar came to pose at your house for you.  Say what you want, go nuts, you don't need anyone's permission.  And maybe every single person who comes to see this post [inconceivably] agrees with you - I'm not heartbroken, and I don't feel like I wasted my time.  I did exactly what I meant to do in this completely public art community, on the wide open web... I shared my perspective.
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yakonusuke Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2016  Professional Digital Artist
How can I argue with someone who's obviously a genius. 40 sec for 583 words. 15 words a second. Holy cow. Alright, you got it all figured out and I give up. I will go back to my studies and continue to give them empty buzzwords in the hope to fool others into thinking this is some higher art form. That's all I have in life. You won today and can feel great about yourself. I have nothing to add to this conversation because for me it's a waste of time.
Have a great life and good luck with your patreon. Looking forward to see where you go with your sketch from 1/22/2016.
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TomkyoStudios Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2016  Student General Artist
European Hills and Valleys!
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yakonusuke Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2016  Professional Digital Artist
Could be, didn't pay attention to what place it is!
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TomkyoStudios Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2016  Student General Artist
XD well I guess you were more focused on the painting than studying geography, good on ya man!
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yakonusuke Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2016  Professional Digital Artist
Indeed :D
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LOGObROCKIN Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I'm really digging the clouds and the shadows you used for them.
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yakonusuke Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2016  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks!
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Entropician Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2016  Professional General Artist
ahhh jakob, so tasty this image! great sensiblity on catchin the right tones for every colour;)
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yakonusuke Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2016  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks a lot Stefano!
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