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Meeting The Alchemist by 47ness Meeting The Alchemist by 47ness
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'eyyy, finally got around to coloring this drawing from two weeks ago. :phew:


The step-by-step over those two weeks. (I'm thinking in the future I won't rely so heavily on line drawings for my paintings, and just try to let the tablet do all the work.)


Dedicated to ~sweet-suzume, who's thoughts and writings move me to create even when I'm at my slumpiest, art-wise ~^
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:iconpiotrmil:
piotrmil Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2014
Looking great! Although, I have to admit I like the sketch more, maybe it's because one can see more details clearly, here most of the picture is filled with darker colours.
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:icon47ness:
47ness Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks...! I agree with you there; I was a little annoyed with how much of my sketch was hidden by the lighting situation, but I wanted the narrative of the colored illustration to be on the characters and less on every single little thing. :nod: (All the more reason to keep the sketch around too!)

p.s. love your icon! I'm rather fond of that painting.
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Laitma Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2012  Student General Artist
Ahhhhh, I'm just too freakin' floored to even know here to start on this, jeez~ ;-; The colors absolutely bring those lines to life though, good lord! The lighting is absolutely superb, and the blurred objects up close do an absolutely terrific job of pushing not only a sene of depth but somehow also a sense of MOVEMENT to this piece, like a still from a movie, that I just seriously can't get over. A-And that awesome object on the far left, MAN that just caught my eye, holy hell~ *_*
You've outdone yourself yet again, man!
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:icon47ness:
47ness Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Far left? :S What were you referring to?

A small part of me wants to un-blur the foreground; just because you never see any of the godly artists of the world doing that, unless it's an X-treem action shot. ^^;
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:iconlaitma:
Laitma Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2012  Student General Artist
Th-The globe-y thing with the bright burnished core! I'm not sure what it is but it just looks soooo cool~ ♥

I still think the touch of blur looks fine! The specks of light/sparks around the center lamp have that touch of blur that freezes them mid-motion, so it really feels like a movie still to me. C:
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:icon47ness:
47ness Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Aha, got it. Back to drawringgg. :la:
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Sio64 Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2012  Professional Artist
Holy moley! :noes:

I saw the sketch of this and that was pretty mind-blowing, but this is on a whole other level. Once again you blow me away with your attention to the smallest detail. This is amazing! :la:
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:icon47ness:
47ness Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Fanks...! :B

.................i feel like i'm going to go back and fix this; portfolio pieces always get doubly-extra attention. ^~;
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:iconwraith11:
wraith11 Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2012
Now this, this is cool. I'm particularly liking the intricate scroll work around and above the door for some reason...

...and of course, per usual, you're using a combination of lighting and detail to draw the viewer's attention where you want it. I'll admit I had to remind myself to go and take a look everywhere else :P
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:icon47ness:
47ness Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
:iconjustasplannedplz: ... originally it was going to be much darker along the outer edges. XD;
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:icondualmask:
Dualmask Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Man, that is exceptional. Two weeks of time well spent.
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:icon47ness:
47ness Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Portfolio work is srs bsns. XD;
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:iconsjsmith:
SJSmith Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2012
Absolutely gorgeous!!!
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:iconkittykittyhunter:
kittykittyhunter Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2012   Writer
As always, the lighting is fantastic. I love the focus, wow.
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:iconwbd:
wbd Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Solid work, as usual. While it's too bad that you lost all that extra pencil work, the overall picture is great! I really like your use of light and shadow in this image (especially to center the two figures in place and create mood).
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:icon47ness:
47ness Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks~! (I feel like the pencil version existed in its own comic-y world where perspective wasn't as important as it is here...)
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:iconinisipis:
inisipis Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2012  Professional Filmographer
Stupendously sweet coloring. All the elements really pop out with such well defined focused lighting.:)
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:icon47ness:
47ness Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks! Caravaggio is my wingman. XD
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Ammeg88 Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Weeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee!!!!

Beautifully epicly awesomely win!
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:icon47ness:
47ness Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
:icongrin-plz:
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AlbinoGrimby Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I love all the detail in this painting, it really sets the stage. I like the composition and how the light draws my eye towards the man standing in the doorway being introduced to the alchemist. Really great work.

Some of the new art I'm doing (and I know you've been by to check them out) have also relied less on doing sketches/line work before I begin painting them. It's a nice way to let me think about form in terms of light and shade. Also inking is a bit of a pain... :P
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:icon47ness:
47ness Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks. :)

Yeah, inking can be all kinds of trouble. I've been told by artists I respect that inked illustrations are generally frowned upon (because all those black lines kill the color/light harmony), with the exception of comics.

I still have a soft spot for lines because I can figure out the perspective and composition easier. ^~
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Ayame-Kenoshi Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2012
Awesome work! The detail on this is incredible. :wow:
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:icon47ness:
47ness Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks~!! :D

I love me some clutter ...though, not so much IRL. ^^;
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JemstersxRoses Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2012  Professional General Artist
Wow, the details in this are mind-blowing!! The way you dealt with the lighting is just magical (the flecks suspended in the light are just great)! The focus fading in and out throughout the scene works perfectly :) I love it :D
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:icon47ness:
47ness Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Thank ya. I figured the lighting needed to be more than just a few dismal candles. ^~
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JemstersxRoses Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2012  Professional General Artist
You're welcome :D
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:iconphoenixscribe:
PhoenixScribe Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2012  Student Writer
Great work! I love the background of this piece. It sparks the imagination.
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:icon47ness:
47ness Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks~ I was inspired by some imaginative writing. :nod:
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shadow2k Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Two weeks? It would take me MONTHS to do something like this. *is impressed*

Overall, a mind-blowingly awesome image. Love the detail everywhere, particularly all the bottles.
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:icon47ness:
47ness Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Technically 3 weeks, since I also needed to sketch out different designs/angles + do the line version. XD;
Thankfully I don't take this long per page in my comic BUT THEN I HAVEN'T TOUCHED THAT IN 3 MONTHS

That was the idea; the story I'm basing this off of called for an overwhelming amount of stuff. ^~
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PsykoHilly Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2012
Excellent!
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:icon47ness:
47ness Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
;P
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:iconpsykohilly:
PsykoHilly Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2012
A real pleasure, you're most welcome. :salute:
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JesnCin Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2012  Student Digital Artist
Epic stuff, epic stuff! Haha I like the suspenders guy already for some reason. Plus the kid who's introducing him in has the dandy-est suit ever I don't even asghhkf <3
This piece pretty much got like, ten times better now that there's a cat in it.
you weren't kidding about getting those cats
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:icon47ness:
47ness Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Aww, thanks! I'll tell :iconsweet-suzume: you said that since they're her characters. :D

I guess because the place has a lot of rats?
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:iconjesncin:
JesnCin Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2012  Student Digital Artist
Yush tell her that :3

More cats then. Still needs more cats
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FoolSightBlind Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2012
Great , lots of detail, very fun!!
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:icon47ness:
47ness Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks~ I try to keep things fun. :aww:
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:iconfoolsightblind:
FoolSightBlind Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2012
You're welcome! :)
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Nuclearkoi Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2012
I've noticed some pictures are better at different sizes. I think in this case the bigger versions are better because than you can get a real feel for the claustrophobia you created from the shallow depth of field. The smaller versions seem funny because you see everything at once.
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:icon47ness:
47ness Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
I'm not sure which I like more? The big version also means the viewer has to start with all that negative space, but the small version you can quickly grasp that its an environment piece. ^~

If it were up to me, the thumbnail would have just been a detail shot of the two figures at the doorway, but dA *still* doesn't allow for that.
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City-of-Zeroes Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2012
The colours look good. Must have taken a LONG time.
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:icon47ness:
47ness Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks. I thin I'd be remiss not to learn a faster way to paint.
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:iconholyengine:
Holyengine Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Really nice atmosphere :)

Congratz for these 2 weeks of work :clap:
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:icon47ness:
47ness Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks. :meow:
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:iconsweet-suzume:
sweet-suzume Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2012   Traditional Artist
S-so impressive!! I don't really know what to say. XD;
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:icon47ness:
47ness Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
I guess, just keep writing your story, and let the wildest of imaginations come stampeding out the mind's stable. :aww:
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:iconsweet-suzume:
sweet-suzume Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2012   Traditional Artist
aaaah, I'm working so slowly...!

I want to pick up the pace a little...!!
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TOONOLOGY Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2012
Classic and beautiful.
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