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A Past Lost by Lady-Owl A Past Lost by Lady-Owl
:bulletred::bulletred::bulletred:Edit: Here guys, so I can sleep better knowing you can see closer to how it is supposed to look. WIPs and close ups taken with digital camera on my tumblr:[link] :bulletred::bulletred::bulletred:

I can't even tell you how pissed I am at my scanner right now. It completely ruined this and I don't have the patience to keep messing with it in PS right now to even figure out if it's salvageable. I'm beginning to think it would be best to set things up so I can just take photos of all my colorful traditional art. God dammit.

    Today is China's Mid-Autumn Festival.. I really couldn't pass up the chance to do something like this, especially since the idea of surrounding Shen with lanterns had come to mind quite awhile ago, so I just incooperated it for the festival idea.

    I added symbolism, since the festival is a celebration of the moon and unity with family. Shen is holding a moon cake which represents both of those aspects; staring down at it remembering how things used to be.

    Though I started it earlier this week, I worked on it like crazy all night with a bad cold.. tissues stuffed up my nose most of the time, to get it finished for today. I'm going to go sleep now. OTL /passes out




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Materials
Card Stock 8.5x11
90% Prismacolor Pencils ( Premier and Verithin)
Cool Gray Prismacolor Markers
White Gelly Roll pen & White Uni-ball Signo


Lord Shen Dreamworks | Art Lady Owl 2012 | Tumblr
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:iconmyszucha10:
myszucha10 Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2014  Hobbyist
This is fantastic... *.*
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SnowWhiteQueen2000 Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
I love it. 
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Anshena Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2013
oh wow! this is so beautiful!
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:iconlady-owl:
Lady-Owl Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2013   General Artist
Thank you. c:
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Oreopata Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2013
If THIS is what happens when your picture is "ruined" by the scanner. Then I think the real picture would kill be because of its beauty! This is so, so, so beautiful! Its visuals are amazing and the symbolism is perfect!
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Lady-Owl Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2013   General Artist
Thank you very much. There is a link in the description that has some photos I took of the drawing that are more true to real life, if you have not already seen.
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darkc3po Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2012
that is very beautiful my buddy.
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MurraMyrrh Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2012   Digital Artist
Maybe I should check my dA more often...School and this Tournament I'm prepping for is getting in the way. It's like every time I come back stuff is burried and I need to wade through a ton of stuff. Though I'm glad I did today.
I love the colors of this one. It really does feel like Autumn or the end of Summer even. And the depth of the color is just remarkable too. I'm just loving all your fan art! :la: I would love to see this matted and framed to be honest.

I hope you're feeling better by now from your cold. :hug: Flus and Colds suck so bad.
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Little-Snowbird Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2012
Wow, that's very heartfelt and sad. I think I might cry after this.
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SnowWhiteQueen2000 Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2015  Hobbyist Artist
I agree. And by the looks of it, he looks lonely. 😢
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:iconlittle-snowbird:
Little-Snowbird Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2015
He sure does.
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SnowWhiteQueen2000 Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2015  Hobbyist Artist
I bet it would be why he needs a lady who knows everything about compassion, forgiveness, sympathy, empathy and understanding by his side. If he does, he would seriously lock his arms around her refusing to let go as he is extremely gratefully yearning to have her stay with him. In fact, live with him in his palace.
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:iconlittle-snowbird:
Little-Snowbird Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2015
That would be a beautiful sight.
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SnowWhiteQueen2000 Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2015  Hobbyist Artist
Yep. My inspirations on Lady Jiahui (my original character I told you about) are both Lightning Farron (from Final Fantasy 13) and Princess Jasmine (from Aladdin).
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Little-Snowbird Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2015
Wow.
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:iconlady-owl:
Lady-Owl Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2012   General Artist
Aww, haha.. I think I'm on a roll for making people sad lately. :C
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:iconlittle-snowbird:
Little-Snowbird Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2012
Oh. It didn't help that I had been watching a sad music video about Shen and the picture kind of reminded me of it.
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Queen-Apple Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2012  Professional Filmographer
It's beautiful! your work in traditional is clean and amazing!
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:iconlady-owl:
Lady-Owl Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2012   General Artist
By clean, I'm hoping you meant from how it appears in the photos I took of it, and not this grainy, messy looking scanned version. D:
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ShuyinTheEnigmatic Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2012  Student Writer
That was definitely a fun film to watch. Well done drawing the main villain.
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Lostkavi Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2012
Incredibly vivid, I can understand how badly a scanner can butcher something as gorgeous as this ;-; but - there are ways around every obstical :D
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:iconlady-owl:
Lady-Owl Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2012   General Artist
This is true. I just wish scanner technology was at least as good as digital cameras. Maybe there are scanners that good out there that aren't ridiculously expensive, but I haven't encountered them yet. I guess they figure since scanners are usually meant to scan text documents and people can just take digital photos now, the need to improve them isn't there.
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Lostkavi Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2012
You more or less hit the nail right smack on the head. The only scanners of artistry grade are - unsurprisingly - for proffessional artists and designers, and so are appropriately out of the pocket of small-timers. *I say professional - I simply mean with cash to burn on something as 'trivial' as a scanner -.- tis all about the money after all >.<*
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malbat Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2012
Oh wow, this is lovely. I only wish I could see it IRL.
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:iconlady-owl:
Lady-Owl Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2012   General Artist
Well, the tumblr photos are the next best thing. :)
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:iconmalbat:
malbat Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2012
Oh yeah. I keep forgetting Tumblr exists.
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praxcrown5 Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Even with the scanner issue that you described, it still looks lovely. The solemn expression on his face really draws all of the elements together.
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Lady-Owl Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2012   General Artist
I'm glad you think so (I'm kind of getting used to it.. a little) but I think if you saw it in real life, you'd be just as disgusted with this scan as I am. It's just hard for me to swallow hours worth of work and love, to see time after time that scanner butcher my drawings. Main reason I switched to bristol and markers instead of solely colored pencils, or digital. Cause THIS happens! OTL
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praxcrown5 Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I truly do; it looks amazing, and I can sympathize with you regarding the disappointment of seeing the natural beauty of a piece dulled by a wonky scanner. Ever since I switched over to using my home scanner (HP Photosmart C4580--I used to use the crappy ones at work), I've had less problems. Even then, I'm almost always forced to tweak the colors a bit in PS.

I've thought about using a professional service (i.e. Kinko's or some specialty service) for scanning--or I would if I actually did fully traditional pieces...something I just don't have the time for. However, I can imagine them being pricy...
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Toxic-dolls Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2012  Student Digital Artist
wow, the colours are just stunning. I find the way you draw Shen to be very unique, and beautiful!
Sorry about your scanner, but for what its worth I think the picture turned out amazing anyway :)
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Lady-Owl Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2012   General Artist
Aww, thank you.

Ugh, that scanner is an old piece of shit anyways. Only reason I don't use the newer one, is it's a piece of shit, but in a different way. Digital cameras ftw.
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Toxic-dolls Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2012  Student Digital Artist
I hate scanners, they never seem to work! I got a new one recently and it pixlates everything,so I do not use it.
I could not even tell the picture was photographed, it turned out so well!

Yes Camera's are our hero's, they are under appreciated.
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Lady-Owl Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2012   General Artist
New scanners do scan things differently, but if you haven't tried this, make sure you're scanning at, at least 300dpi, it might help with the pixelation. You can experiment with a higher res (if it allows you to) to see which might look better.

And no no, I meant this drawing was scanned (which is why to me it looks like crap), but I did also take photos of it and stuck them up on tumblr, and the digital camera did a way better job than the scanner with accurately showing how the drawing looks in real life.
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Toxic-dolls Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2012  Student Digital Artist
Thanks so much for the tips, I will be sure to check that. I am new at modifying scanners, so it can get frustrating :P

I saw them on Tumblr :P they look very nice! I noticed a lot of my pictures do not end up looking the way they do in real life.
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Dak-Hamee13 Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
It's very nice to see more new things coming from you. You were gone for forever and a day.
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:iconlady-owl:
Lady-Owl Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2012   General Artist
I know... *sadness* ;__;
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:iconblackcatkaya:
BlackCatKaya Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
It's so lovely. You did the lighting so well.
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orcasandwolves Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2012
your strive for perfection is paying off, very thoughtful composition and a well contemplated piece,
very easy to enjoy as a whole but also each aspect
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Aerazura Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2012
Beautiful. It looks like light is brilliantly shining from the lanterns (not sure if this was an intended effect or result from the scanner, either way the image sure pops!) I love the look of sad contemplation and the color composition. Two pictures all in a matter of days? Hooray! Thanks for sharing with us.
I hope you recover from your cold soon. They suck. I'm dealing with one myself too. =(
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Lady-Owl Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2012   General Artist
The part you mentioned was intended. The scanner just didn't pick up some colors, made the gradient in the sky too bold instead of looking more smoothly blended, and picked up a lot of grain from the paper that isn't actually seen in real life, or made it look ugly and blunt instead of more natural. The green lanterns for example, didn't pick up at all and I was forced to add the color back in PS. There is also supposed to be a salmon color gradient on the sky lanterns so they aren't just orange-yellow..

I'm still deciding if I should even go through the effort to attempt to make it look nicer, I just have a feeling it will be in vain. You can see a better representation of it on my tumblr, though. It's dark, but the colors and smoothness are accurate, at least.

I'm trying to post more regularly again. OTL My experimentation with markers are one of the biggest reasons things are taking so long... I want to at least have my marker work look on par with the rest of the stuff in my gallery, but it can be difficult getting comfortable with a new medium. But despite that, I have a lot of plans for some big stuff coming up.

Hope you're feeling better. I'm currently in the stage of choking on phlegm stuck in my lungs! :thumbsup:
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Aerazura Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2012
As well, so what if it's taking a while to post frequently. If you're learning you're making progress. It is difficult getting familiar with a new medium but I hope you're having fun with it. Learning to use acrylics was a ton of fun but I sadly didn't have enough patience to continue that. Keep at it!
Starting to feel better but for some reason I'm losing my voice and sounding like a chain smoker. Yuck.
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BerrieBlosym Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
so lovely :la::la::la::la::la::la:
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gorga Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2012
Awesome colors.
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