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Real Media Wot? by Altalamatox Real Media Wot? by Altalamatox
Third project for Illustration, I chose to try out traditional painting. These are pencil drawings painted in acrylics on Crescent illustration board, and are just a little smaller here than life-size.

For some reason I'd made it to this year not knowing acrylics could be used as washes, thank you gimpy art program. Washes are a magical thing.

I hate those dragons so much. XD But these were all enjoyable. Nice to be able to work on something without being shackled to my computer chair. Also nice to have no Undo command and less control in general.
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moonlight-goose Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2014  Hobbyist
Damn it! Why are you so talented?!
Altalamatox Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2014
Sold my soul to Sat-- I mean. Practice... >_>
Celestial-Rainstorm Featured By Owner May 11, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I adore the father dragon and the baby. That is too adorable. 
Shralana Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2013
Love the little tantrum dinosaur lol
AnnaRDunster Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2013  Hobbyist
The dragons are actually very cute in spite of your ill will ;) The only thing that bugs me about them is the baby's tail seems to be sort of blendedwith the adult's horn. not enough contrast and similar shape at the same angle confuses the brain.
Altalamatox Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2013
Thank you!

Yeah, the tail was one of the things my professor kept pointing out as well. I dislike that painting because the underdrawing was just some mindless spur-of-the-moment thing I poo'd out one evening without meaning to share it. But then I needed some lineart to paint for class so I nabbed it. The composition is mindbendingly awkward in so many ways and it's not something I should've painted over.
AnnaRDunster Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2013  Hobbyist
Well, maybe next time a bit more refinement and redesign is in order. I know how it goes having to finish something when you really don't wanna cause there's something just bad about it in your own mind.. not that necessarily everybody else would notice or care. They're still very cute :D But I see what you mean about the composition too. Its not extremely noticeable in the format you've presented here but it might be if I were to see the piece by itself.
Sehvrin Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2012
The dragon picture is so cute ^^
DenzelAJackson Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2012
you render skin texture quite well. and i totally agree about how nice it is to work on traditional projects so that you can move around more with it
aboveClouds Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2012   Digital Artist
Really great job! I'd love to see more acrylic paintings from you in the future. ^^
SwanLullaby Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Awesome characters!
Susiron Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
The colours on these are stunning. You shouldn't hate those dragons, they look beautiful-- and adorable ; u ; < 3
Agatha-Macpie Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
OMG ! The details on dragons'scales are amazing ! Lovely work, really ! I'm speechless ! :D
Illusioninme Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2012
I knew this was your art as soon as I came across it, no one does expression like you.
Altalamatox Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2012
Aw, thanks! You know, the professor of the class I painted these for was just lecturing me the other week about how generic and soulless my art is. Huh. Nice to hear a more supportive opinion. :)
Illusioninme Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2012
your teacher said that?...I do not comprehend this...they must be jealous. I had a teacher who kept stealing my art. He said that they went missing, but ALL my work for the entire year? yeah, right. Your teacher is probably just angry you draw better than them.
Altalamatox Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2012
I've definitely landed some sour grape professors in the past, particularly photographers/graphic designers who I know aren't so good with illustrating and got weird with me about my art. This particular professor is really, really damn good at what he does, so it wasn't that.

Honestly, the only work he's seen of mine is classwork, which I am more conservative about because like hell I want to try explaining anything relating to my stories to him and I'm shy about revealing my natural style because professors have always gotten on my case for my art 'looking like Disney', like it's not really mine or real serious adult art because of this. But he should have realized that he's only seen classwork and not my real stuff. Writing off all my life's art in one go like that was really painful, especially because I respect the guy as an artist.

He couldn't have known he was nailing all my worst fears about my art but he did. I've been trying to get his speech out of my head but it's gnawing at me. Tens of thousands of artists and appreciators here have told me otherwise, why I should let his narrow critique bother me so I don't know.

Grr, I can't believe you had a teacher steal your artwork! That pisses me off. Bad enough when invisible people online do that crap, for a teacher to do so and lie to the student's face is crazy. There's nothing quite like art theft. Jerks...
Illusioninme Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2012
I've seen people draw really well, they would make a tree look completely realistic by it's texture and shading and the look of a wolf's fur look almost real, but I couldn't really appreciate it because it had no life. The picture was suppose to be three wolve's leaping through the forest right at you, but they only looked like they were posing, the artist was renowned but he wasn't good in my opinion. His detail was great, but it meant nothing because his art was dead.

What I'm trying to say is that you don't need a great amount of detail to make a picture amazing,adult like or not, your work beat the artist's ( I can't even remember his name) hands down because your work is alive, it incites emotion within people. The teacher you are talking about seems pretty shallow, I had a teacher like that as well, she took a look at me with my tomboy clothes and judged me the rest of the school year.I still respected her because she was a good teacher but I never took what she said to me into much account because all she saw was a trouble maker. It's completely normal for people to put a label on someone for how they present themselves or their work, just don't let it bother you
Illusioninme Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2012
I meant to add more or make this look more elegant laptop just sent it =.=; ( it hates me) meh, you get the ghist right? humans are human, they'll judge no matter what. Just think, if so many people love your art, it must be good eh?
Altalamatox Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2012
Haha, no, my computer likes to send things before I finish them too. It must get bored of listening to me talk. XD

Thank you for your kind words! I do know what you mean about technically good art that just feels flat, sometimes I wonder if too much detail might be exactly what causes that effect. Or too much detail all over when you really just need it in the key places. I don't know how universal this is, but do you often find that your rough thumbnails and sketches seem to have a life to them you lose a bit as you refine them? I'd love to know what that elusive thing is that gives things charisma, there seem to be just a few important lines/shapes at the core of things that do it...

I think my professor just has a different asthetic than me, his work couldn't be much more different than my own. I'll be the very last to say my stuff is perfect or anywhere near it, so I'll give him that, but I also don't think it's hideous enough that I need to begin again. I should have showed him what my drawings looked like one, three, seven years ago, or even seven months- how I work is changing for the better, good lord, I'm only twenty two I've got a long ways to go yet, man. XD

It's nuts, you know, it was that Halloween house that prompted this speech from him but since then he's had nothing but praise for the projects I've been doing. Classmate tells me he brings my paintings to the other class and brags about them. XD Ah well, not sure what to think. I have been showing him more character-driven work since Halloween because he's said the worst he could possibly ever say to me and now I don't care what he thinks.

Hey, thanks for listening to me go on about this, it's been driving me nuts but I don't have many outlets to get it out of me. :)
Illusioninme Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2012
^^ lol my computer is oft annoyed with me then. I think you're right, sometimes too much detail detracts from the piece you're working on. I believe all of my sketches and rough drafts are better than their later counterparts, kind of like the first ones have a life that the later ones can only copy...I've ruined many a good picture trying to get that one detail that would save the day, and wound up butchering it =.=;

Yeah thats true, everyone has room to improve though I think he was still being harsh. The best way to teach anyone anything; you must encourage them to get better, not put them down for their work.

So it was a one time deal?...wonder what was up with him on that day then, maybe he's pushing you harder because of your potential?

I believe your method is the way to go, never really take everything a person says badly about or to you to heart, sometimes they don't really mean to be as harsh as their words sound.

The internet should always be an outlet for any of a person's problems, I think with so many people on here, there should be a few that could at least sympathize ^^ Glad to help, it feels good to help others so there's the selfish bit on my end too. ;)

It's nearly midnight here so depending on where you are, have a nice (day/night) :)
Aspendragon Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2012  Professional General Artist
I'm just curious since I see you doing so much and I'm a college fine Arts student as well, what kind of daily schedule do you live by? I can never get this much work done on top of having a job, driving to and from school, and sleeping. ><
Altalamatox Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2012
Ahaha... well. No, I keep a terrible schedule, it doesn't even merit being called a schedule. XD I stay up as late as possible and sleep as late as possible and just make art pretty constantly while I'm up. At the moment I have no official job and very few classes and live about two minutes from the buildings said classes are held in. I'm actually making less stuff than I should given the time I have, but, you know, I can't manage my time and I like to sleep.

I have to say the very best thing I have going for me productivity-wise is that I've actually managed to give up a social life completely. Like, I'm not kidding. Like the only human beings I talk to aside from my roommate are my classmates during class a few hours a week. Don't do this to yourself it's not really worth it. Not, I'm sure, that you were considering monastic devotion to doodling, but just in case. ;)

Sometimes, like lately, I fall slave to classwork and commissions and so I set aside an hour or two right before bed to paint or draw something random just to keep the mind muscles warm. You might consider doing something similar?
MeeHandGeeH Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
shy4 Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
this parrot...amazing!
Fripp-art Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2012  Professional General Artist
Realy realy nice!!!
TrollKhatt Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Those dragons!! I'm like :squee: !!
Swashbookler Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
holy crud!
Kerpow Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2012  Student General Artist
Wow... just..... incredible X_X
Quarter-Virus Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2012  Professional Filmographer

You can paint TRADITIONALLY as well?!?!?! Ohhhhh, all the hate for you right now!

In a totally good way. These are amazing!
Altalamatox Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2012
I-- I don't know about that. But I can definitely pretend to know what I'm doing! Aaah, paint. Where are the layers? The masks? The back key? It was bizarre having to paint the shadows like a sane human being instead of the subtraction thing I'm used to. Do you smear colored goo on paper yourself much? Not a lot of call for it in your classes, I'd imagine.

And thanks, Sak!
Spoon1004 Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2012   General Artist
great stuff!
Toradh Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
What's hateable about those? Especially baby dragon’s glowy eyes are so charming you just want to hug the thing. But then again, I love traditional media, so maybe I'm biased to love these :D.
Raist-Majere Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I know I've said this so many times, but I frigging love your style *______*
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vladimirsangel Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
New level of envy reached. How the holy hell did you make those scales so shiny?! So beautiful!

Light...pah. It hates me.
ZuzBla Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
That motherly affected look on the last panel is noxiously adorable! My favourite however goes to the sulking dino thing on the top :D And I can tell how "annoyed" you must've been when painting the blue sky around the dragon at the bottom!
Fly-Free12 Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2012  Student Digital Artist
Seeing all these make me want to paint as well. Love these!
Moonstar37 Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2012  Student General Artist
.............. Do more yes?
Tatsu-Nana Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
You did such a wonderful job! I feel like I'm terrible with acrylics. lol
Elvelon Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2012
Dibs on the tiny, cute baby dragon!

Love the texturing btw.
LlamaDoodle Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2012  Student Filmographer
Holy shoop, that's a big dragon. How long did these take you from start to finish?

From personal experience, I find the transition between digital and traditional to be a bit of a pain, especially when you're about 15 minutes into a painting and realize that ctrl+z is not a thing in real life and will never will be. sigh
However, the paintings here are every bit as vibrant as your digital works, which is pretty darn amazing in my book.
...Or maybe it's because in my book, the only work in acrylics I've ever done has been in cheap, school-grade paint which is roughly 5 percent pigment. *woe*
I should get back into watercolours again, this has been a great inspiration! :D
Altalamatox Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2012
I love colossal dragons. And pocket dragons. I think I just love dragons. SURPRISE.

Hm... I thiiink, the rex and bird were something like five or six hours? I actually did most of the dino during election night here in the States, listening to the news, so five or six hours is about right. The dragons, I have no clue. Lots. Lots of hours. More than ten, certainly.

Argh, crap-grade paint is crap. I'm using stuff the school had us buy for the intro classes myself, and my purple is like painting with grape juice. I'm better off mixing most of my colors than trying to use the stuff right out of the tubes.

WATERCOLORS. I should try again too. When I can't work in layers my brain actually doesn't know what to do, but probably there's some magical technique I never learned that makes watercolors work properly.
evopics Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
All well done
Redfeathyrs Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2012  Student General Artist
They're all so cute! :la: I think my favorite is the sassy T-rex. :lol:

This just proves you're awesome in all media. :nod:
MarieBlack07 Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2012  Student Digital Artist
These are beautiful. Well rendered and nicely done
Possum-In-White Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
I love the dinosaur in the corner :XD:
He's just so adorkable :D
PhantomDragoness Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
The bottom picture is SO ADORABLE. :glomp:

I still love your style, it's very pretty - especially the colors.
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