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aora Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
This is really busy! The level of detail is extraordinary, and I really admire your patience since I honestly couldn't sit down and spend 25 hours on the same piece. I think I'd go mad. :) I know it's spread out, but usually if I don't get something done in one sitting it won't get finished. I guess I'm pretty fickle in that respect.

One thing I kind of would like to see is a wider range of values, just to push the foreground forward and the background back, if you know what I mean. With the glass ball being the focal point, I think you could afford to darken the books and such behind the figure in order to make them less obvious, since right now everything in the picture is vying for attention and I think it weakens the composition a bit. Having said that, the glass itself doesn't have any shading at all, which is clever. :) But I think just a layer of crosshatching over the far background would do a lot to establish some basic planes and really push the idea of the glass ball as the focal point.

Having said that, I don't do much work on paper like this, so I'm not sure I would have the guts to do that myself. I think Photoshop has spoiled me. :) Also, the thingumajig (I honestly have no idea what it is) in the bottom right corner is fantastic. I want one.
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BlackScorpion Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2009   Traditional Artist
Hey Kid, love the detail work! That must be time consuming. I'm faving this puppy. :D

The expression on the Wizards' face! Superb!
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BrendanKeeley Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2009
Thankyou. ^_^

I'm understandably a fan of detail work myself, so I know what you mean. And yes, this was rather time-consuming, although I imagine most people don't realise the amount of time that goes into even my less cluttered pictures.

And thankyou for the +fav. I really appreciate it, and value your support. ^_^
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mourningwake-press Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2009
Stunning.
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BrendanKeeley Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2009
Thankyou. And thankyou for the +fav, I really appreciate it, and value your support. ^_^

If you don't mind me asking, what is it about the picture that you like? ( Sorry, just doing my market research. ^_^ )
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mourningwake-press Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2009
I really love the depth, the shading, and as always, I am a huge fan of your line work. Everything just pops so nicely.

But my favorite thing about this isn't the figure so much as his surroundings. (though I <3 wizards.) All of his shelves packed with cool stuff---awesome. :)
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BrendanKeeley Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2009
Wow, thankyou. I am always surprised that I have ANY fans, but comments like that still really make my day when I get them. ^_^

I think the surroundings are one of my favourite bits to. Some people don't like drawing backgrounds, but I really like drawing them. It's fun to see all the details that you can put in. ^_^
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PileofManga Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2009
I am constantly amazed at your impeccable attention to detail, I just get lost in your drawings. Fantastic!
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BrendanKeeley Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2009
Wow, thankyou. I've been having a pretty down sort of day, but you really cheared me up with this comment. ^_^
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PileofManga Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2009
Aw, I'm glad! Hope today is going better :heart: I'll respond to your note soon... just keep forgetting and when I remember I have stuff to do XD
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BrendanKeeley Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2009
A bit better, but not a lot. I think it's just because I was busier today, so I had something to help take my mind off things. Thankyou so much for asking though, I REALLY appreciate it. ^_^

Great. Thankyou. I must confess, I am really rather enjoying our little conversation, and am really looking forward to seeing how it progresses. ^_^
As for forgetting, unfortunatly DeviantArt doesn't have a way, to the best of my knowledge, to mark a note as unread once you've read it, so it stays in your message center. It's something I think they should have though.
As for being busy, that's perfectly ok. The things gotten pretty huge by now, so there's a lot to reply to, and everyone, myself certainly included, gets busy from time to time. When dealing with really big comments, I find it helps to simply reply to it bit by bit when I'm stuck for time.
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PileofManga Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2009
I'm also enjoying our conversation very much =) the reason it's taking so long is that I want to respond to everything, and each of our notes is packed with all sorts of things to discuss. I usually read your notes right away--but I want a time when I can sit down and think over everything, responding properly and wholly, and that doesn't come by very often! I have just sent my rather lengthy reply, and I look forward to hearing from you!
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BrendanKeeley Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2009
Well that's good to know. I wouldn't want to think that I was imposing upon your time. ^_^

And thankyou. I appreciate the amount of thought you put into your replies, and the fact that you take the time to respond to everything. As you say, they packed with all sorts of things to discuss, and I realise, understandably, just how long it actually takes to write it all out.
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ali-art Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2009  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Wow - amazing amount of detail! A really good job.
I really like this because it reminds me of reading fairytale books as a child ^ ^
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BrendanKeeley Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2009
Thankyou. I'm not sure I warrant an "amazing", but thankyou all the same. ^_^

A lot of people have said that. I'm not entirely sure if I see what they mean though. Certainly, old woodcut illustrations are a BIG inspiration to me, so I can definitely see where a connection to say the origional Grimm's fairy tales would come in, but all the children's books I had when I was a child always had garishly coloured bright cartoon illustrations or soft watercolour pictures.
I guess I must have been reading the wrong sort of fairytale books? ^_^
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WaroDaBeast Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2009
Hmm... No boobs — yet again. That'll be my only critique. ;D
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BrendanKeeley Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2009
I would have assumed that even if this guy had huge boobs, you still wouldn't be any happier about it. ^_^
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WaroDaBeast Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2009
A clever retort. ;)
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BrendanKeeley Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2009
Thankyou. ^_^
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Wow. This is simply stunning. I wish to know how long it took you to make this. After I've been gone for such a long time you've seemed to have improved a great deal. Your details are down to the grittiest little line and it makes it seem so real. As if I am standing there looking at him. The shading is wonderful and all of the careful details make this piece lovely.
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BrendanKeeley Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2009
Thank you. That's some very high praise indeed. ^_^

It's difficult to put an exact timescale to this, since I generally don't draw things entirely in one go, but typically spread them out in little bits. At a guess though, I'd say this probably took me about 25 hours spread over a couple weeks.

This is actually quite old now. I still have a large backlog of images to post. Stuff like this [link] is actually newer, in terms of when it was drawn.

Well now, you know that everything is all about the details as far as I'm concerned. ^_^
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Commander-Fluffykins Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2009
Wow that's a lot of time you spent, and your work reflects that. I really really like this. I'll check out your other pictures too. So I can ogle them :D
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BrendanKeeley Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2009
Yes it is, but I'm a firm believer in quality over quantity. Sure, I'll still sketch and doodle, but I'm prepared to really work on the important pictures.

I'm glad to hear it. Thankyou. And thankyou for the +fav, I really appreciate it, and value your support. ^_^

Feel free. There are a fair few other newish pictures, you may not have seen yet. There's certainly all the Christmas Art Trade pictures.
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ZoeStead Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Wow, that looks amazing! So much detail! Any plans of having it coloured? I love all the bottles and books and everything really! Amazing!
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BrendanKeeley Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2009
Thankyou. I'm glad you like it. ^_^
If you don't mind me asking, what is it about it that you like? ( Sorry, just doing my market research here. ^_^ ) You mentioned the books, bottles and parifinalia, so I'm guessing all the detail work?

As yet, there are certainly no plans to colour this. To be honest, I don't really like colouring things all that much. I have to colour enough commission pictures, so that when it comes round to my personal work, I just want to relax and do some of the black and white work which I love. I'll deffinatly bare the suggestion in mind though, so thankyou for that, although I'm not sure how well it would colour up anyway, since about three quarters of it is already black I guess I'd have to do a full painting job, rather than just colouring within the lines?

And finally, I'd just like to say thankyou for your comment, and for the +fav. I really appreciate it, and value your support. ^_^
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ZoeStead Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
If I had the time at the moment I would offer to have a go colouring it myself, just for the practice as I am beginning to learn many new things with photoshop, and a lot of my own work has a lot of black in it too. I think what I like most about the picture is the style, as I love inkwork, especially when it has this much carefully thought out detail. So many people rely on photoshop to turn their original work into a masterpiece but this shows real traditional skills. The shading is well placed, and there is a great sense of depth to the piece, suggesting the wizard is in an overcrowded space with all his books and belongings piled up around him. The expression is good too as he is standing over his magic orb, preparing to do some magic. There is an expectant quality to it, and you wonder what he's doing or about to do. I hope that explains a bit more. But if you give me permission, I may see if I can try colouring it some time. It may be a disaster but I need to try colouring as many this as possible at the moment! Cheers! Zoe x
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BrendanKeeley Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2009
Yes, I have noticed a lot of interesting new developments in your recent colouring techniques, and yes, you do seem to use a lot of heavy black in your work. That said, the black you tend to use is generally in large, heavy blocks, which while very striking and effective, is probably easier to physically colour around than all my little shading lines?
While on the subject though, I'd just like to say that I'm very impressed with your recent coloured works. Although I don't generally like colour art, I can certainly see the skill with which you craft them. I particularly approve of your choice of colours. You always seem to be able to pick sensible, realistic colours which really help set the scene in your pictures.

You are right, a lot of people do seem to rely on photoshop excessively, but I think traditional media have a lot too offer. After all, things like complex pencil shading and intricate watercolours really do stand on their own rather well.

I think it really helped that this picture has a clear light source. Still, in a sense, this was an exercise in shading and shadow, so I'm glad to see I apparently managed to hold my own respectably on those matters.

I find the bit I like best about art, is thinking up all the little details. I just love drawing crowded scenes like this, with all the associated clutter. ^_^

Hmm... regarding permission, I'm not really sure on that front. On the one hand I like to possibly try working with a colourist one of these days, but on the other hand, my personal works, like this one, are by default very personal, and I'm not sure if I'd feel comfortable with somebody else adding to and altering them? I guess that's something I need to think about, for the future if nothing else...
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ZoeStead Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Please don't worry, I was just offering to colour it as I admire your work :D I know how personal artwork can be, so that's fine. I am glad that you think my own colouring has improved, I am trying really hard to find a style that suits me. Anyway, take care and I hope to see more of your work soon. Zoe x
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BrendanKeeley Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2009
Wow. You actually admire my work! o_O Well thankyou. That really made my day, and I want you to know I really appreciate you saying it. ^_^

Yeah, there's deffinatly a lot of improvement. Of course, I still prefer the black and white pictures, but then again my opinion on that matter is rather biased. ^_^

Finding a style that suits is always hard, although you already seem to have a very defined individual style of actually drawing and colouring. It slowly changes, and it deffinetly get's better, but it's still your style.

Yes, before this one, it was about a month since I last posted anything. To be honest, I actually have a moderatly large backlog of images to actually post, but it is more the time restraints concerning replying to all the comments ( not that I get a lot of comments, but I frequently write LONG replies ) that dictates how frequently I actually post stuff.
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ApocalypticReignbow Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2009  Professional General Artist
really, i have no criticism for this. Great job in all aspects! Good composition and lights and darks.
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BrendanKeeley Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2009
Well that's ok. A good critique is always helpful, but even the simplest "well done" is always highly appreciated. ^_^
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