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Lesson1 How to catch your fly by demiveemon Lesson1 How to catch your fly by demiveemon
Finally the color version is done. This picture felt very different to the previous ones due to the special light and it's killed of every last one of my nerves. xD;;;

Now I'm looking forward to a few days rest from painting anything pink. Seriously, I've felt colorblinded while working on some parts and areas. x___X

Hope you like it and I'm happy to hear your opinions.

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kikelemon Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2015  New member
Awww your jungle looks like a nice place to live. I think you got the evening colors on spot there! What tools did you use for coloring part?
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demiveemon Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you. I think it's a very nice place indeed, although I imagine, that the parrots make a lot of noise all day long.
I use Paint Tool SAI for both drawing and coloring. In this case the outlines where made on paper, but I think that the program works very well for drawing. It's not so demanding on the computer as Photoshop or Corel Painter seem to be.
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kikelemon Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2015  New member
Uh true. 
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sawitreee Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2014
Ohh, this one is the best! Must be the colors you chose, they work perfectly. Plus I like how those frogs add comedy value to the picture. ^_^
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demiveemon Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I'm happy to hear that. I had a hard time getting the colors right and it was rather straining to work with very similar colors. xD
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sawitreee Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2014
I think it was worth the efforts. :XD:
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demiveemon Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
:huggle::heart:
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sawitreee Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2015
Happy 2015! ;P
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demiveemon Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you, dear and Happy 2015 to you too! I hope you had a great start?! :D I've had a pleasant time staying at my parent's place. Cuddling with cats all day long. *___*
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sawitreee Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2015
Thanks. My start was all right, nothing special. Oh, how many cats do they have?
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demiveemon Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
They have two ladies (ok, only one behaves ladylike, the other one talks a lot). :3
sta.sh/22bebiberrdw?edit=1 The one with the pink nose is Molly. She is the oldest and spends a lot of time in my presence. The one with the black nose is Nicki. She's the one talking all the time. Nicki turned up one cold November morning under mom's parked car six or so years ago.
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pinta34 Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Great work on soft evening colors! And I like this type of humor that makes everything seem amusing. Although the frog and the fish would probably beg to disagree. :D
 


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demiveemon Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you! THe coloration felt very taxing on the eyes while working on it, but I really like how it came out. Especially the colors in the water as they provided a nice break from pink tones. XD
I bet its Rocky's biggest catch ever, although he was aiming for that fly that's flying through the picture.
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pinta34 Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
Very welcome! Did it take you a lot of time to find the right color?
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demiveemon Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I remember that I redid the water at least once, but that was towards the end of the coloration. I also tried out a different way of coloring that time (I had a dark blue layer with a low opacity setting). Probably did some changes along the way. As I'm sur you know, when working on a bright,  white background, colors tend to look different compared to what they look like once there's less blinding white. So I usually end up fiddling around with colors.
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pinta34 Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
Exactly! It's really not easy to find suitable colors, but when you finally manage to find one, it feels so good. :D
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demiveemon Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
It does indeed. Now I've gotten used to having a background layer with a darker color in the background that I can turn on and off when I feel that the color I'm working on get's too close to the background. It's very useful to spot where you've gotten outside of the outlines as well. Another technique that I'm not using all too often (sadly, it really helps) is doing the background first. xD
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pinta34 Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
Background layer with a darker color? That's a good idea. I might try it next time I'll give a new PS version another try. So far I'm not such a fan. But I can still change my mind.  :hmm: 
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demiveemon Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Haha. Personally I think I'm more or less incompatible with photoshop. I use SAI instead but still use PS for some things that SAI lacks (like text and circles).
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chambre55 Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2013
Gotta love the coloring in this scene. It really gives it a nice touch.
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demiveemon Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I'm happy you like it. It certainly was very different to work with compared to daylight colors. testing to the eyes but I'm happy with the result. :3
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chambre55 Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2013
It's great. Evening scenes are always fun to watch but difficult to draw. At least for me. Whenever I tried to draw one I could never get the right colors and the lightning that would satisfy me enough. :hmm:
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demiveemon Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Yeah, it's really ard on he eyes when you exclude a color. Having bright white surface doesn't help on that either.
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chambre55 Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2013
Did you use PS for coloring?
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demiveemon Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I don't get along very well with photoshop. Way too many settings that I'm absolutely clueless about. I used to use Corel Painter a lot before as it has a more intuitive interface, but the later versions all suffer from lags and instability. A friend recommended Paint tool SAI and I'm loving it. It does lack some tools though so photoshop helps out with those.
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chambre55 Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2013
I know the feeling, but you get used to it after a while, trust me. Video tutorials that you can find online are great help, for example. I've heard about SAI before, but never tried to use it.
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demiveemon Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
It runs surpricingly smoothly and the interface fits me. t does come with settings just like photoshop, just not so overwhelming. As opposed to photoshop it's for drawing, so that limits the number of settings, but it allows you to export to photoshop with layers and all intact. :3
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Sasiadragon Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
So many frogs!
I actually like this piece. It would have been a bit too cartoony for my taste if it wasn't for the light and colour-scheme for this one. It's a bit busy with all these individual things going on, but it's not too much, you still can look at the picture as a whole. I like that!
Oh, and the chameleon. I really like the chameleon.
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demiveemon Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you for your delightful comment! Ever since I was a child I really loved to study the pictures in the Pettson and Findus-books from the swedish author Sven Nordqvist. They would always have a lot of small details and weird critters going about their everyday life around the main focus of the picture. I'm trying to make something similar with my pictures, so that there will always be something new to discover. :)
I'm happy you like the chameleon. It's one of my favorite details in the picture and I really loved how the sky showed through it so I left it transparent, making it a true master of disguise. ;3
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Sasiadragon Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
You're welcome ^^ Ah, Pettson and Findus, wonderful books and artwork. I remeber one halloween where I was dressed as one of the weird critters under the floor in one of his drawings xD
The idea with the transparent chameleon is great, I really like it ^^
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demiveemon Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Really? You don't happen to have a photo from that Halloween? I would love to see it. >3
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Sasiadragon Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I don't think so, but my mom probably has the costume somewhere. I don't have a clue where, but if I ever stumble upon it, I'll try my best to remeber to send a photo Cx
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demiveemon Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I would love that! Hm, I need to get my paws on those books. I think it's a shame that you hardly ever come across the original illustrations anymore since Pettson and Findus first got animated. Now you find plenty of Pettson and Findus stuff, but it's all in the lesser style.
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Sasiadragon Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
... I actually don't even know if mine's one or the other, I never knew there was more than one style ... I just, you know, concentrated on the story and the Bugglers (do you also call them bugglers in other languages, or is it just some danish translator or my mom who thought they needed a name?)
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demiveemon Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I've looked it up and apparently they're called "Mucklor" in the original language.
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cinematic97 Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2012
I can't decide which Siesta picture I like most but I can say this one has the best colors. Well done! :wow:
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demiveemon Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
And the most frogs. ;)
The coloration was straining on my eyes and at times I felt colorblind, but I really like the outcome and the water. :D
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cinematic97 Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2012
And most frogs, of course. You've created a whole army of them! :D
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demiveemon Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Yeah. Since they lay so many eggs at once, I figured that Rocky would have a lot of kids all of a sudden. I like the frog design. It's easy to doodle. :D
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cinematic97 Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2012
Much easier than pangolins for sure. :D
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demiveemon Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
True. I still need to get a hang on how to draw Willy properly. The scales tend to end up too small and too many. xD
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cinematic97 Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2012
I used to draw pangolins a lot, especially when I was a bit younger, and I think I had similar problems. :P
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demiveemon Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Do any of those drawings exist today? I would love to see them. :D
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westd123 Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2012
Good job, I see your drawing and coloring skills are pretty good as well! I heard evening colors are usually a pain in the ass, but you totally managed to find the right ones here. And I just read you didn't even use Photoshop? O.o
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demiveemon Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
They are. XD I felt color blind more than once while coloring this picture. XD
Haha, no. I have a photoshop allergy. I always feels very weird and akward when I try to use it to draw or paint. For many years I've been using Painter Classic (now it's called Corel painter but it has a lot with stability issues). Luckily a friend i troduced me to Paint tool SAI and that works very well for me.
I do use photoshop for photoediting, resizing and things. :3
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westd123 Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2012
Interesting. So far I've only heard good things about Photoshop. But hey, it's up to every single artist. Plus it's always good to use more than just one tool.
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demiveemon Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
It's too technical xD too many settings and to many strange words that I can't make sence of. I do a lot by trial and error, but sometimes it's hard to see what exactly a setting does and I've had problems setting things up.
Both painter and Sai feel more intuitive, although I have no doubt whatsoever, that photoshop has far more funktions and options.
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westd123 Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2012
Well you sure know what's best tool for you. :)
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demiveemon Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Do you like to draw or craft yourself in any fashion? :3
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westd123 Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2012
I did in the past, then I stopped for a while (for a few years actually). Still not sure why exactly. It just happened. And lately I got some of my interest back when my friend showed me some of her fresh art and introduced me to this website some time ago. :)
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