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Unspooled by PenelopeSalt Unspooled by PenelopeSalt
Psychedelic aggression.

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Fr2prtlyCloudia Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2011  Student Photographer
Great movement. It had the potential to get a little busy but your subtle color choices keep it controlled. Love the continuous line quality. Were these lines broken up or did you actually keep it connected? This is really amazing. Excellent work. :)
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PenelopeSalt Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you! Yes, the lines are mostly continuous. This was my first time with this style and I learned a lot from doing it!
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MrMerman Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I love this! Watercolor is by far my favorite medium to use, this picture is proof of its ability. truly a beautiful piece of artwork
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lzsays Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2009  Hobbyist Writer
Tw-tw-twenty-seven effin' megabytes! :faint:
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PenelopeSalt Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
It's true. I may have blown the upload bandwidth for the whole month. Which is bad because in all that time of trying, I've finished ANOTHER printworthy piece ARGH BLARGH.
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lzsays Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2009  Hobbyist Writer
Well, the good news on that front is twofold. One, it resets after twenty-four hours. Two, the demand that regular web browsing has on upload speeds is far less than that on download speeds. No harm no foul as far as I'm concerned. Just... man, that's twenty-seven freakin' megabytes. All in one place. That must be, what, 16,000 X 10,000 pixels?
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PenelopeSalt Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
3294 x 4177, actually - but at 300 ppi, and in RGB, it adds up. It'd be smaller as a jpeg, but...I'm using jpegs less and less these days, especially for color work. They uh, suck.
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lzsays Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2009  Hobbyist Writer
Yeah. JPEGs suck.
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Quaddles-Roost Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2009
:iconrainbowwaveplz1::iconrainbowwaveplz2::iconrainbowwaveplz3: I`ve featured this in my latest journal [link]
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PenelopeSalt Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you so much! I also saw you requested it as a print - rest assured that I'm working on it! :hug:
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Impagliazzo Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2009   Photographer
Scott Stapp is the first man that comes to my mind when I look at it.
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PenelopeSalt Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
Didn't see that one coming... :D
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RGzer0 Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2009
"Squint your eyes to see clearly
Blur reality to make it real
Let focus fall from your deceiving eyes
To know what's been conceived
We've all been blinded
Subjects of visual misinformation
A systematic denial of the crystalline."
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PenelopeSalt Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
Brilliant.
And highly apropros.
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RGzer0 Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2009
Awesome, isn't it? One form of abstract art to another!
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The-Argent-Herald Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2009
I love the eyes! Especially the eyebrows...I don't know why I pick that out...
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PenelopeSalt Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
Honestly, the eyebrows were the part that delighted me most to work on. Perhaps you can somehow pick up on that...
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The-Argent-Herald Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2009
Yes. I have a delight detector it goes ding when there's stuff. Perhaps you're familiar with the manufacturer? I see you have a timey-wimey detector.
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PenelopeSalt Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
Ah, manufactured on Raxacoricofallipatorius?
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The-Argent-Herald Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2009
Yeah, sure, whatever.
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Nemonus Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2009
Somehow this both shows off aggression and beauty. I like the hand particularly, but your style is so unique and pretty all the time.
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PenelopeSalt Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you! I never really know where I'm gonna go next. :D
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una-aberration Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2009  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Sweet!!!
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PenelopeSalt Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you!
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una-aberration Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2009  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
your welcome!
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jojoSCAD Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2009
That's just gorgeous, especially the eye. I love the way your style's developing.
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PenelopeSalt Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
Me too - it's like every piece is a surprise now. Which is usually good. :D
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jojoSCAD Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2009
Oh, since you requested a critique:
The right eye looks like it's too far right and its pure whiteness doesn't match the other. The back of the head and chest just sort of melt off into confusing negative space, though the way it frames the important elements may be worth it. The highlighting band of orange is great for the face, but brings attention to an unimportant part of the hand.
Beautiful colors, excellent use of warm/cool contrast, perfect amount and placement of orange flecks elsewhere. The left eye is beautiful and conveys a lot of emotion. The ear and and lips also really work for me. As someone pointed out earlier, it is impressively clear.
Hope that helps!
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PenelopeSalt Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
Oh gosh I hadn't seen this (I think you may have replied to yourself there). I really appreciate the feedback - some of the points raised I had already known (cough - eye - cough) but others, like how the band leads to the unimportant part of the hand, I hadn't thought of. Thanks a lot for taking the time to help me out.
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jojoSCAD Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2009
No problem! Tell me if I go overboard on critiques. I like to nitpick.
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TerryBizarro Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2009
Amazing! I love this so much!
:love:
Terry Bizarro
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PenelopeSalt Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
I thought you might dig it! :D
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bisted Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2009
Intriguing and brilliant. I love how you have overlapped so many shapes and colours and yet still kept the figure distinguishable. Is it just me or is he about to punch someone, from the position of his fist and head?
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PenelopeSalt Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
Indeed. Good eye there - I thought I might've hopelessly disguised that fist of his.
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REB-ART Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2009
Gorgeously confusing!!!!!!!
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PenelopeSalt Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
Exactly my aim! Thanks! :D
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Bright-Circle Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2009  Professional Artisan Crafter
This is one of my favouritest most favourite of your pieces!
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PenelopeSalt Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
Really?
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Bright-Circle Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2009  Professional Artisan Crafter
Absolutely! Something about the motion of this piece, the hard lines that somehow make up a face, then combined with the smooth washes of banded warm-and-cool colour.
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PenelopeSalt Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
Coolio.
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Noondarkly Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
Fascinating... the more I look at it, the more fascinating it is. With just a few lines you kept the outline and added so much more to it that the face should have disappeared but no, it's there. Wowsers.
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PenelopeSalt Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
I left this out of the description, but it's worth noting that the line work had been around for three years - three years before I added the color. I never quite threw it away, even after it got stepped on. What a good thing I didn't! (And what a good thing it somehow became less stepped-on, over time!)
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Noondarkly Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
Okay, even more fascinating... :)
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MIKEnergizer Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2009
I honestly love this so much! Would you please explain to me how to use watercolor pencils.... :/ I feel dumb asking. But I have some, and now that i see how beautiful they are, I really want to use them.
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PenelopeSalt Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
In this piece, I used the pencils on dry watercolor paper, just as if they were regular colored pencils. Then I took a small wet brush and blended the colors section by section. Definitely fun! :D

I haven't tried this, but I understand you can also apply watercolor pencils to wet paper for different results.
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MIKEnergizer Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2009
So Pretty much you just color on the paper like you normally would, then just use a wet brush for your desired effect?
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PenelopeSalt Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
That's how I did it. :D
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