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All For Naught by pallanoph All For Naught by pallanoph
I don't have too much to say on this one: It's a relatively old piece that I came across recently, and I couldn't avoid messing with it a little bit more. :B

The original drawing was done with a brush pen, so it's partly traditional, but the rest was done digitally using textures gathered from CG Textures. I'm far from proficient with digital media and things take ages for me to figure out, but that doesn't stop me from poking around with it now and again.

This portrait is not terribly accurate at portraying Sorstan's character, but I imagine it is how the other characters see him. :noes: Also, a few of you have mentioned the resemblance between pallanophs and fu dogs, which I love, so that was some of the inspiration for this. I like doing slightly stylized works now and again... :)

If you have any suggestions/questions/critiques on this sort of thing, I'd like to hear it. You may be surprised, but I'm not actually here for the ass-kissing.

Pallanoph species, character, and art © April Schumacher. This is not to be used for any commercial use, and please, I beg you, do not mindlessly get this tattooed on yourself. Seriously. :iconstaresplz:
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Hareguizer Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2012
I love the slightly stylised, Oriental look! However, he looks like he's lunging through a stain in the wall, an image I fear is going to give me nightmares. :)
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TheSilverBells Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
By your last statement... I'm assuming people have tattooed your art on themselves before? xD lawl

And I agree. It reminds me of a doorknocker. ^^
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Last-Verse Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Have you had an issue with your work being mindlessly tattooed? Just curious XD

and it looks amazing; I love the shapes
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pallanoph Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
In a sense.... yes. I can't help but get a little miffed when people take my personal works to use for such purposes, though I keep the sentiments to myself. I wouldn't mind if it was something more generic, but people rarely have interest in those! :XD:

Thank you. :)
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Jejell Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2012
beautiful!
looks like Barong from Bali!
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pallanoph Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Ahhh! He does! Now that I know that, I can say I've learned something today. :D
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whisperinghearts Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
Just have to say, the colors are so well balanced and beautifully executed in this. Not that it surprises me, of course, you seem to have a natural eye for color harmony.
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pallanoph Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
As long as they are neutral colors, I can manage alright. :giggle: Anything vibrant, and I have no idea what's going on. (Then again, it's been years since I've tried.)

And thanks very much! :hug:
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whisperinghearts Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
Heh, vibrant colors… they *can* work well, but… yeah… you need to be good at it (ie, lots and lots of practice), and even still, I think there's a popular style right now for improperly used bright colors.

My pleasure! :D
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pallanoph Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Improperly used, clashy colors are more in than I would care to admit right now. Blegh! That was something I'll confess to having done a lot when I was 7-10 years old, though. :lol:

I think neutrals will always have a classical sort of charm, hopefully. :D
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whisperinghearts Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
You can get away with ugly clashy colors when you're little cuz you probably don't know any better, but as an adult… as a TRAINED adult… no. Just… no.
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nivois Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2012  Student General Artist
beautiful!
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dwuff Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2012  Professional General Artist
Very cool! I love the fu references!
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Crickatoo Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2012  Student Digital Artist
and please, I beg you, do not mindlessly get this tattooed on yourself. Seriously.

:o wait did someone do that!?
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pallanoph Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Well, I'm sure these things have happened. It's a little irksome when it's regarding any art that's much more personal, you know? People ask about getting tattoos on some things, and I'd really rather they not, so on some of the personal artwork I upload, I just throw on a statement that says "Please, don't." :lol:
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Crickatoo Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2012  Student Digital Artist
I love the curve on those upper fangs! Wow. Makes it appear a lot more dramatic, though I have to wonder what it looks like when he closes his mouth XD
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pallanoph Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
I imagine it'd look painful... :XD: Snaggletoothed! :giggle:
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echdhu Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2012
Lovely work,looks like the guardian of a temple.
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Katarjana Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2012  Student General Artist
It's very cool. It's like a crest or a coat of arms. LOL Nice textures.
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Himmapaan Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
'...please, I beg you, do not mindlessly get this tattooed on yourself. Seriously.'

I know, right? You tell'em! >.<

There's something wonderfully Balinese about this piece. ^_^
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pallanoph Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
From what I can see, people are only ever interested in nabbing the most personal work for these sorts of things. :roll: I can't always see that as "flattery," even if one means no harm. But really, just "looking cool!1!" is not a good enough reason to nab a personal work off the internet and get it stuck to your hide for all eternity. At least, that's my opinion on it. :XD: </rant>

As far as the Bali flavor, I may have looked at this at some point for inspiration. :D [link]
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Himmapaan Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Ahaha, excellent! *Flatters self for possessing a good eye* =P >.<

And reminding the artist to be flattered when their work is nabbed is an especially pernicious piece of presumption.

Ooh, I made another accidental alliteration again... And again!
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pallanoph Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
That it is! I suppose it's nice that people like the work enough to go after it, but I really wish people had the common sense to actually think more about it. Especially when the work in question is obviously personal.

That you did! I accidentally speak in rhymes now and again, which is pretty strange for me. :giggle:
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NorthWing Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2012  Student Digital Artist
I love that inking style :D
If you want a bit of critique though I may suggest that you skip that blood-splatter brush, it looks cheap and that does not go very well with the head that is otherwise awesome.
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pallanoph Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
The previous draft was flattened so I couldn't effectively sort out the blood and tone it down, so I'll see if I can find another way of doing it. Maybe if it was softer and more brown in color? With less opacity, of course. Thank you! :)
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InuRyoko Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2012  Professional General Artist
This is wonderful! And thank you for posting this because it just reminded me I need to judge!! D:
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pallanoph Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
The second round of judging is a pretty tall order I feel (^^;) so thank you in advance! :aww: I still need to finish doing so myself. :XD:
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InuRyoko Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2012  Professional General Artist
Oh good. I feel better then XD
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kalmanen Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2012
The curves along the nosebone confuse me a little bit, I understand he's snarling but they make it look like he's sticking his head in the wind and it's blowing his skin back xD Otherwise very cool!
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pallanoph Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Ahhhh, I see what you mean... :nod: Perhaps I can find an easy way to fix it without it looking weird! (Oh, to have stronger digital skills!) Thanks! :aww:
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Golphix Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I like it
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Bueshang Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2012   Artist
Someone bagged a big one :D
He looks a little like a mounted head.
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pallanoph Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
I don't know how well I'd sleep with one in my house, but then again, some might be braver than I. :lol:
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Bueshang Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2012   Artist
Not me, I would jump every time I saw it :D
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Seaff Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2012
That's awesome. It also reminds me of and old gothic door knocker, one that I wouldn't want to touch myself :fear:
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pallanoph Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
I'd love to find a way to make real doorknockers like this, but alas, I don't have the knowledge... :XD:
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Kozuku Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I insist you don't call them "fu/foo dogs" anymore. The correct term is "shishi" or Chinese guardian lions. They aren't dogs.
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pallanoph Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Of course they're not dogs... though I highly doubt that the proper name is common knowledge to most, myself included. :p
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Kozuku Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I know. I wasn't trying to be a dick or something, sorry about that. It's just that I'm greatly inspired by shishi and to see people using the improper term "fu/foo dog" is disturbing to me. Ha ha.
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