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the swamp by MagnaStorm the swamp by MagnaStorm
Last painting for my background painting class. the foreground was actually painted on a separate sheet of watercolor paper then cut out and glued to a cell sheet (acetate) and layered on top of the rest of the painting. Acetate is awesome, it virtually disappears when it's scanned ;) This was made so that if I ever decided to place a character in this background the foreground would be over him like it should be.

painted with guache and watercolors. not sure about the dimensions.
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Carlie-NuclearZombie Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
I hope you dont mind but Im gunna use this Background in one of my Pics, Il give cedit to u for it and Il link it back to you :)

and btw I faved this to is very beatiful love how you did it ahaha I suck at backgrounds -.-
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MagnaStorm Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2011  Professional Artisan Crafter
sure, go right ahead! Glad to see this background getting some use xD
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Razmakai Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Have I ever mentioned this? If not, I'm gonna say it...I'm jealous of your talent as a artist. You make cute plushies, make lushious backgrounds, and even your art in general is just awesome. Now don't take this wrongly, I'm jelous to the point that it's almost inspiring...it makes me want to attempt more art to try and expand my knowledge as a artist.

Keep up the good work!
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MagnaStorm Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2010  Professional Artisan Crafter
Trying out new stuff is the best way to improve anything I think. And sometimes you discover that you have talents for certain things that you never knew! I wouldn't be making plushies today if I didn't want a Gundam Haro plush really badly 6 years ago, to the point where I decided to make one lol. Experimenting is the key to getting better ;)
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Razmakai Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I've always been scared to go back to realism, or trying out different art styles cause I feel like I'll loose my original style and it wont feel like it's my art anymore (if that made any sense at all). But yeah, if I don't try I'll never find out...heck...it might improve my art in the process. Just gotta give it a try~

Lol sorry for getting all serious with ya XD
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MagnaStorm Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2010  Professional Artisan Crafter
that's okay, I love discussing art xD

I understand what you mean by being scared to loose your original style. I felt like that right before coming to college. But after doing some experimenting, I did notice that my style had changed (though it was a little on purpose since anime style is discouraged here),but as it was changing I noticed that some things stayed or started to be more prominent in my art. And those became my trademarks. Usually they are strong collar bones, straight lines whenever it's possible, and organic lines. It took me a year and a half of experimenting before I noticed these things that defined my style.

So really, I don't think I can encourage experimenting enough. There isn't much to loose and if you don't like something you fried or if it really didn't work out, then you can at least say you've tried and discovered that it wasn't your thing ;)

...wow this turned out into quite a long reply xD
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Razmakai Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Huh, that is pretty interesting...somehow I have a idea of what college you are talking about. Course, it's probably a vast majority of art colleges around here that discourage that style =/ too bad my style is heavy in the anime/cartoon elements somehow I doubt I'd be able to make it very far if I ever went to art college ><;;

Yeah, you do have a good point. Lol, no worries...I'm a sucker for long replies...just shows it's a healthy discussion =O
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MagnaStorm Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2010  Professional Artisan Crafter
awww, I'd still give art college a try! a lot of people start off with a very anime style but then they develop new ones. And hey, it's not like they demand that you stop drawing anime completely. They just don't want it for their assignment ;)
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Razmakai Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
That is true, if they told me to draw a realistic eye and I ended up drawing a anime eye...that would be a tad awkward XD
As long as they don't force you to give up your specific style, it's all good with me...I was thinking NBCC...have you heard anything good about that one per chance? It's just down the street so I'm just a little curious.
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MagnaStorm Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2010  Professional Artisan Crafter
That's where I'm going right now xD So that means we actually live close by each other?? lol
Their Media Studies/art fundamentals/whatever they call it now program is really good to get you started. From there you have all the necessary skills to branch off pretty much in any art field you want. I really enjoyed it since you start off following strict directive but by the end of the year the teachers give you their requirements and you're free to basically do whatever you want.
Right now I'm finishing up my first year of animation and even though it was a hard year, it was very rewarding :)

So if you have the time and motivation, the courses here are really good. Without that, then it gets hard.
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