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For Some Reason I think Home by dragonsong12 For Some Reason I think Home by dragonsong12
After the success of the experiment with inked lines [link] I decided to try my non-photo blue pencils with regular pencil lines to see if it still worked.
It does! Look at that! Not a sketch line to be seen, and they're all still in the original drawing. Total awesomesauces.

The picture itsef is one I've been meaning to do for a long time...I really like it when it rains. Not in the emo "I'm only happy when it rains" sense (though I do like that song) but in the sense that rain genuinely makes me feel happy. It puts a smile on my face a lifts my spirits. But this is something people just don't get, and I can't explain it (what nut would be happy that it's raining? yeesh!) so I thought "a picture's worth a thousand words" why don't I draw it?

So I did. This guys isn't anyone. He's not a character anywhere. He was just constructed for this picture. So there's no story to him. The idea with the blood was that the rain was washing it off his face. Doesn't quite work, but I'm still happy with it. I like drawing ruins.

He looks kinda like a pirate *laugh* that wasn't intentional.
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FlyofDragon Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
He looks great! I can see how the rain is washing the blood off his face and I love how there's a difference in the saturation of the colour of the blood based on where the rain has hit him.

Love it!
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dragonsong12 Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks so much! This was a fun picture to do combining a lot of things I personally enjoy. it makes me so glad when others enjoy it as well! :)
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daringdreamerzart Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2012  Student Digital Artist
Kinda looks like the hero from Fable 1 but all in all it's very nicely done
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dragonsong12 Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks!
I've actually never played Fable, though maybe I should if I'm secretly channeling their character designs, haha!
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daringdreamerzart Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2012  Student Digital Artist
All hail the secret channeler~!
XD it's a fun game i just got it again on the xbox, and it brought back a lot of feels when I saw that picture
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VladimirSlavik Featured By Owner May 27, 2008  Hobbyist Photographer
The more conservative approach to colors apparently worked well :) You did something to lines as well, not sure if they're thinner or not full black. And shading is smoother, too... to me it seems quite different style from what you usually upload here, but all the changes were for better!
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dragonsong12 Featured By Owner May 28, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks so much! Sadly, I don't expect the softer colors to last long, I tend towards the more brilliant ones, I really had to reign myself in to make these as muted as they are. (In fact, they ARE brighter than they appear, I put a layer overtop to dull it all down ^^;) But doing work like this makes it easier to do next time, so it will eventually have a lasting effect I hope. ^^;

Thanks though, I'm really proud of this one and put a lot of work into it! Glad you liked it!
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Light-Tracer Featured By Owner May 19, 2008
I love the rain too. Very nice pic, I love the BG and the color effects and the expression on the random character's face. Pretty much sums up my feelings on rain.
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dragonsong12 Featured By Owner May 23, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
I'm glad to hear so many people understand the sentiment. Often when I mention it to people, they just look at me like I'm nuts. ^^;

I'm happy with this piece all around, since I even put some effort into the background for once. It seems I actually achieved the coveted "picture worth a thousand words" effect I'm looking for.
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Lupina24 Featured By Owner May 11, 2008  Hobbyist Writer
cool rain effects and the guy looks awesome, but yeah, I know what ya mean with liking rain.
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dragonsong12 Featured By Owner May 12, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
My sister saw the picture on my computer while it was still in progress.
Her: "Who is he."
Me: "He's nobody, I just created him for that image."
Her: "He needs a story"
XD It really amused me, makes me feel like I've got some character in him in just this one image.
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Lupina24 Featured By Owner May 13, 2008  Hobbyist Writer
lol, that would be cool if he had a story with the pic.
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RaylaOpal Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2014  Student General Artist
Ah, so this is how it all started eh? Well, congrats on the DD Lupina! And we have Dragon to thank for the awesome picture! Well done to both of you!
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Lupina24 Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
That is correct. Yes, a huge well done and thank you to Dragon also.
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Ra-ooo Featured By Owner May 8, 2008  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Ooh, I love the colors you used, they really do help to emphasize the rain part of the picture. The muted tones make it look misty almost. And I especially love this picture because I can perfectly put myself in his position (not the bleeding part!), but both physically and emotionally. It's nice to let the rain fall on your face.

Oh, and the title, from 'Rain', right? I love that song.
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Ra-ooo Featured By Owner May 13, 2008  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Haha, yeah I was kind of wondering about the title. I thought maybe a typo.

And I'll say it again, I love the muted colors. It's very different from most of your works, and you did it really well. I'd like to see what else you can do in terms of different coloring techniques!
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dragonsong12 Featured By Owner May 12, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
You get bonus points for getting the reference :#1: I wanted the title to be "For some reason I think OF home" but DA wouldn't let it be that many characters long and I had to cut "of". Oh well, you still got it, so I win! :D (I love that song too)

And thanks for the comment. Yeah, I don't generally do muted colors, but I knew this one needed them. It didn't need to be dark and broody, just light..."misty" is a good word, I'll steal that, and relaxing.
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Ra-ooo Featured By Owner May 13, 2008  Hobbyist Digital Artist
blarg.. Whenever I press it, I can never press the right reply button.
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CyanilurusJubatus Featured By Owner May 8, 2008  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Well, I love it right before when it rains... or even better, before storms! It' s so moody and I actually hop around and laugh, maybe that' s why none of our neighbours greets me? ;P

*sigh* I haven' t forgotten about your picture, it WILL be ready... sometime... *dies*
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dragonsong12 Featured By Owner May 8, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
Haha! That's pretty much how I am too.
Also, my roommates in college used to think I was nuts because I would always go out for walks when it was raining.

And no worries. I'd LOVE to see something from you, but I'm in no rush. Do it when the mood hits ya! Be it a week, a month, a year or longer! WHOO! You'll be happier with it that way anyway, and that'll come through in the picture! ;)
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CyanilurusJubatus Featured By Owner May 8, 2008  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
It' s not that I' m not in the mood, it' s rather that school hardly lets me do anything aside it...
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dragonsong12 Featured By Owner May 12, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
Bleh, I understand that.

I hope you find time to do your own stuff soonish. Will you have Summer break, or will school be taking that over too?
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CyanilurusJubatus Featured By Owner May 12, 2008  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Hopefully school will stay out of this summer, but eventually it will conquer this free time too... I have to do some kind of work related to architecture to get a degree, but this summer is already set up so maybe next year. ^^
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ZoeStead Featured By Owner May 8, 2008  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Looks really great, I love the colouring! I love rain too, esp under canvas.
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dragonsong12 Featured By Owner May 8, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
I was so happy with the coloring because I tend to use such brilliant colors all the time. I actually managed to pull off one that had a muted pallet. (Though it took some effort on my part XD)

Mmmm...I'm glad it's raining here right now, all you peaople and your talk (and my picture) would make me sad if it weren't XD
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Jetyra-Luck Featured By Owner May 7, 2008  Student Digital Artist
:XD: double creepy... I had a friend that had a radio show called "Awesome Sauce" and I also enjoy the rain... well... heavy rain or thunderstorms anyways... I get anxious and moody if i's overcast or lightly raining. To me the rain revives me... like a shower :XD:.

Nice picture :3 and I have to agree, he looks a bit like a pirate.
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dragonsong12 Featured By Owner May 8, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
Hahaha! I think you hit the nail on the head there that it "revives". Rain is refreshing, rejuvenating, a good hard rain is like standing under a waterfall - EVERYWHERE! Gotta love it!

I've been wanting to do a pirate story for ages...maybe it's creeping into my art. XD
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Jetyra-Luck Featured By Owner May 9, 2008  Student Digital Artist
Yup XD and thanks.

And who knows, maybe it is!
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Forever-Forgoten Featured By Owner May 7, 2008
I think it's really good! Don't worry, rain makes me smile too.
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dragonsong12 Featured By Owner May 8, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
Hooray! A kindred spirit!

Thanks for the kind words!
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Forever-Forgoten Featured By Owner May 8, 2008
Anytime!
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akira428 Featured By Owner May 7, 2008
Great job on the shading! Love the mood of it!
Oh, and... 'awesomesauces'?
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akira428 Featured By Owner May 8, 2008
Like how I tend to say syrupic instead of saying terrific! XD
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dragonsong12 Featured By Owner May 8, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks! I tend to color things really brightly, so I really had to reign myself in to keep the colors muted. I think it paid off though.

Heh. To be honest, I'm not sure when/why I started saying "awesomesauces" it's just become part of my vocabulary. I like weird words :D

Thanks for the comment!
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