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Peaceoffering by jonesray Peaceoffering by jonesray
Another piece for my book project... this one's a bit quieter then the last, but that's just how things work sometimes.

edit: Thanks Wroth for the suggestion, I toned down the cloudiness underwater a bit in this version and turned up the contrast on the water below and surrounding. I also toned down the organ-like objects and let the eyes become a stronger focal point. I think I'm happier with this version. :)
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FRANCARN Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2009
o.o
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charbage Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2009
RAD
your style is so kickass
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jonesray Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank youu! :)
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EirikHenden6 Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2008  Student Digital Artist
Damn good!
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Natalia-A-Naharro Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2008
I love the colors!!!
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nickooo Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2008
that is... amazing! i love the stormy, almost futuristic, mood you've created!! :D
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lalabyes Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2008
Im going to put this in my own words to state my honesty- your art is fucking amazing.
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jonesray Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
Haha thanks so much!
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Dark-Little-Dork Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2008
Huh, it's like that present i sent to ms. slutty. . .i really hope she falls in a well with a horny hobo.
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Dark-Little-Dork Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2008
Damn you computer, i didn't hit send. . .you BASTARD!!
Anyway, nice pic, freaky and omfg, the guy below me has a tmnt thing. . .oh, yeah, cool at the same time. hehe. . .piggy head.
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Sebasket Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2008  Hobbyist Photographer
nice work!:)
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Bloodshot23 Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2008  Student Filmographer
Nice picture I really like how you did the waves and all of the colors you chose turned out great. Although I don't really know what's going on in this picture I really like it. Especially his mouth. =D
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jonesray Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
I've heard a few times this ones a bit confusing visually, glad you like it though!
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13shadesofblack Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2008
This is what I feel that a lot of people in everyday society are like. A little bit of the self showing with a hidden ton of baggage.
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jonesray Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
We all have our secrets, yeah? :)
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Purple-Sun Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2008
I :heart: the way you made the waves.
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jonesray Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you! That's actually one of my favorite parts of this piece.
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MischievousMartian Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2008  Professional
I love the colors. Oh, oh, the colors. The contrast of that moody blue and splashes of orange is just mwah.

Have I mentioned I love the colors?
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jonesray Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks I appreciate it! It's nice to hear, especially since I felt like I always had a hard time with color. :)
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CongkakCulas Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2008
this is creepy! but fun to look at!
i love it
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Valdryn Featured By Owner May 23, 2008
Your detail lines within the beast's gums are crumpling my soul like paper. Powerful piece. I just love how the calm of the upper half completely betrays the turmoil beneath the surface. A definite favorite. :)
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13th-Letter Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2008   General Artist
Great line quality and texture. It's a really striking image, kind of like an Iceberg, where only see a small part exposed above water, but once you delve beneath you are amazed by its full size. I hope you understand what I mean.
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jonesray Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
I definitely see what you mean. :nod: I had that concept in mind but your iceberg example fits it perfectly. Thanks! I'm glad you like the work. :)
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13th-Letter Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2008   General Artist
You're welcome! It's a really awesome concept. Who would expect such a behemoth to be lurking beneath that relatively calm water? It's as if the brain-bug was a lure.

On a side note: what kind of brush/pen do you use to ink, if you don't mind my asking? I've always been intrigued by that brushy/chisel type of line weight, but have not been able to find a tool to reproduce that look. It's something I've always wanted to experiment with. My only...fear(?)...is that I won't like it when I try it, since I love my lines as clean and crisp as I can humanly manage. Like one of those "it looks good when other people do it" type of things. You can note me if you'd like. :)
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jonesray Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
I don't mind sharing. I think I mentioned it somewhere before in another piece/comment thread anyway. :) I usually use the bamboo sumi ink brushes for larger areas or when I want to create a large range of loose marks, and other then that I use the "Pentel Pocket Brush" brush pen that I picked up at NYCentral Art Supply. It's a 20 dollar brush pen that is refillable and the tip of the pen actually has bristles like a traditional brush. I've been able to get a large variety of marks with it, though honestly I'm not sure how archival it is in the long run. It's great for work that's going to be scanned anyway-- so no worries if the piece is going to end up digital in the end. Also It's a good idea to experiment with inks on many different types of paper. You'll get an idea of what the best papers are for the right look. Hope that helps!
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13th-Letter Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2008   General Artist
Ah, man. That DEFINITELY helps. I have a set of bamboo brushes, but they are pretty big, so I never really looked at them as potential line-making tools. I will have to try to mess with them a little bit more, perhaps even customize the brush tip itself. That Pentel brush sounds quite intriguing, actually. I'll definitely have to look into it, since I would love to do some experimenting with line quality and weight. As far as archiving, I scan most of my work anyway, but it is something to keep in mind. To tell you the truth, I mostly stick to my sketchbook paper (which I'm very picky about) and Smooth Bristol paper, since I can achieve those silky smooth lines on them. But I'll be sure to try different papers with different inks, and hopefully I can get some interesting effects/looks as you said. Thanks for taking the time to reply and share your tools/tips.
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deadkitty Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2008
beautiful, bizarre
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Hackpth Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2008
I agree with what Wroth & DRINK-ME said above; this certainly does have a definite feeling to it. I like it. The colors and the sense of movement... the ocean---

What is surprising to me is that this is a digital piece. The clouds I would have wagered with almost assured certitude were done in watercolor and the waves ink. --shows the trickiness of appearances! Great work. I admit I am not so sure as to if the piece has a 'meaning' but the impression upon me is good. I dig the title, no lie.
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jonesray Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
I'm glad you enjoy the piece. :) Actually the piece is what you mentioned above, traditional inks, and traditional ink wash methods, but they are all manipulated digitally. Also many elements were created separately and combined in ps. so the original drawing is in 3 parts. I wouldn't be able to make the above image without the digital alterations and coloring method of photoshop so it ends up in the digital category. :nod:
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Hackpth Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2008
Also another important element that appeals to me in this piece are the subtle nuances of warmth in a predominately cold looking environment~~ That's the feeling I like the mostest.
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Pinflux Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2008
I can't stop faving your work! :O
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MumblingIdiot Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2008  Professional
Wow, fantastic. This has a great feel to it. Monstrous and surreal but subtle and intriguing. I'm very drawn to it. I'd love to see your work animated some time.
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tonyguaraldibrown Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2008
this is just awesome. I love brain flies! really though, an amazing piece, definately inspirational.
great job
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DRINK-ME Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2008
love the feeling on it.
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Asiulus Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2008  Professional
Ahhh, another stunning piece :)
You always combine all elements so well! Great.
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UponThouFairCat Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2008  Professional Digital Artist
I love your designs, this composition is pretty well suited too
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wroth Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2008
The top is great, makes an epic sort of feeling though in a quiet way.

I don't know if the lighter color and low contrast suits the lower section, something darker like the surface might have brought more continuity to the underwater area. Though if it was too dark I can see how clearly rendering darker stuff down there would be hard.
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jonesray Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks for commenting :), I see what you mean by the contrast below. I'll see what I can do about raising the contrast without losing too much of the image. I'd like to hide what's going on beneath the waves a bit more and that would definitely help.
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