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Drag You Into The Dark by pallanoph Drag You Into The Dark by pallanoph
EDIT: (1-27-2013) File has been given increased contrast along with digital paintovers in various areas to fix flaws in the original painting.

A (stupid) portfolio type project I gave myself over the holidays. Here we have a kelpie returning to the depths of its icy lake with unwitting prey. This is why you don't jump on the backs of strange horses, kids! Things aren't always as they seem.

I didn't intend for the image to turn out this way, but rather made it up as I went along. I have been struggling between a more realistic approach and stylization... I'd like to push the contrast more, since all I get is a kind of awkward final image.

This was drawn/painted using Derwent's Graphitint pencils, which are lightly tinted watersoluble graphite pencils. Final details were added with watercolor and white acrylic. So... a "sort of" experiment, if you will. Someday I'll get better (THIS YEAR?)

I'll be getting back to posting commissioned work soon, since I have new nibs/renewed energy/scanner/etc.

Approximately 4.75" x 10", graphtint pencils, watercolor, acrylic on Stonehenge paper. Comments and critique encouraged.
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KigerwolfRD Mar 1, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Not really the kind of piece I expected from you, but I love it never the less. The eerie vibe it gives is magnificent, and I love the kelpie's head. So intimidating. <3
CrimsonMagpie Jan 23, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Whilst I do think something like this could benefit from increased contrast, I also think it looks great as it is; there's certainly no issue of too little contrast. And it's so small... how do you do such intricate things? :noes:
pallanoph Jan 26, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Oh yes indeed... :nod: When I finished this, I admit I was pretty disappointed with the contrast/color, and its effect on the composition as a result. Thankfully, I've been able to tweak it rather extensively (for me!) in photoshop, and hopefully I can update with the much improved results. :nod:
WildDragonfly Jan 20, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Superb! I can picture such a story behind this, even though you say not :giggle: There could be!
KreepingSpawn Jan 18, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Excellent stuff. ;)
pallanoph Jan 26, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks! :aww:
No! Not stupid, superb!
pallanoph Jan 26, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Haha, though I said "stupid" since I felt I didn't get anywhere near where I wanted with this. Thankfully, photoshop exists, so I can make the whole thing pop better. :D
QuirkyBrainiac Jan 18, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
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