Deranged I fight To coalesce What you've chose to erase Now I am blank In a motionless Icy accretion That's taken a hold
~ Comaduster - Winter Eyes Hello, friends! This is a little IZ art that (if all goes well) will be available for sale in many print sizes at my table during InvaderCON 3 this summer in Austin, TX.
From the very beginning of the creation process, I wanted a split composition. I wanted a distinct divide that contrasts on each end, but merges at the center without any dropoff. As I was painting, I knew I wanted to represent each character in the scene respectively. Neither character is physically there, but their image is. In order to depict this, I had them fade away into the scenery unnaturally (whilst maintaining visual appeal).
My intention at IC3 is to have Andy sign one end, while Richard signs the other. This image can be flipped completely around for a different vibe. Something I've never done before, but I think it turned out well.
Below is a three-part space tutorial that I put together which explains the process I used to create the background for this scene:
Invader Zim! Aww yes! Brings back memories! I LOVE that show! Anyway, back to feedback on this amazingly wonder piece of artwork you did here!
I really like how you make Invader Zim have a more realistic approach in your artwork of him while still retaining his cartoony appearance which in turn makes him look canon to his official artwork appearance. Something some people can't really accomplish so I praise you for that. And the space composition is very interesting. I love the nebula and the stars and how you made Earth seem so realistic and like the real Planet. And the use of different colors for the nebula makes the space not so flat looking
Yus, Invader Zim! I'm in love with that show... Okay, maybe a tad obsessed with the show! I plan on uploading lots more Zim stuff pretty soon here, so stay tuned. <3
It is indeed difficult to find the right balance between cartoon and reality when working with characters such as these. IZ in particular had a very distinct style that is challenging to translate into the third dimension, but I'm getting better at it as I go! I'm glad you could appreciate my approach here.
Painting spacescapes is a guilty pleasure of mine. When I'm suffering from art block, there's something so relaxing and mesmerizing about painting all the delicate little shapes and dust in space. Nebulae are gorgeous and don't follow any particular rules... It's all up to my imagination with the shapes and flow.
Thanks very much for the kind comment! I appreciate your feedback.
This piece was made almost entirely in Photoshop CS6, with the exception of the characters. I roughed them out in Manga Studio, then polished them in Photoshop. If you check the description underneath the artwork, I made a three-part tutorial detailing every step to create the background. Do take a look, if interested. ^^
Ahhh that'd be awesome! I've been speaking with Ken from GME, and it turns out they are running into a bit of trouble with Nickelodeon regarding unlicensed vendors at the convention this time. We should hear word from them by the end of this month on the issue.
Hopefully everything goes well! I'd love to see you at my table. ^^
Will you be going to IC3? Ahhh that's very exciting! I hope to meet you there. ^^ It'd be neat to get to interact with some of the folks I've met here on dA. Thanks so much for the kind words, I will look forward to seeing you at my table this summer!
Yes, I plan on going, as long as they fix my ticket situation. I'm very excited that I'm going to have the chance to not only meet the cast again but to finally meet with some people I know from here as well. It's wonderful that people can get together like that! I look forward to seeing you as well.
Very rich in colour, yet keeping an eerie and subtle feel to it. Very difficult to pull off, I commend you for succeeding with it plus more.
I love how you portray them in the colours, planets and expression. Dib being the unsung hero with a planet full of humanity and life, with blue as his colour (Blue often being the colour of heroes) and Zim being that of the hidden villain, clinging to a desolate planet with fiery shades, often symbolic of malicious intent or rage. Old tricks really do justice in pictures, and it did beyond justice for this picture Selena.
I love how they have a ghostly feel to them. I really feel how they're not there yet in some way they are. Like an echo~
I love reading comments like these. You really broke down the piece and exposed exactly what I was going for. It is fascinating to read detailed accounts of how others perceive my work. Really, thank you so much for the wonderful comment.
You are very sweet. I'm glad you liked how this turned out!
I've been looking at your gallery for years, and I still can't help but be amazed by the work that you do.O_O It's like you turned this humorous cartoon into something much more realistic than it was intended to be. Needless to say, this is a fine piece of artwork!
You're most welcome! I don't think there's anything wrong with going overboard on fictional cartoons.XD It's your style after all. It makes me wonder what it would look like if the Invader Zim cartoon was remade into something more realistic like this and some of your other works. It'd be pretty amazing to see something like "The Lucky One" animated and brought to life, wouldn't you agree?
This is a beautiful finishing piece to the tutorial you did. It's really cool to see the background elements you explained becoming part of a completed painting.
I love the contrast of bluish and orange hues. On first look, it seems like they devide the picture in an upper and a lower half, each with its own prevailing color and character, but when you look more closely you see the blue hightlights on Zim's head and the orange shine on Dib's (?) hair. I think the part in the middle where the two nebulas gently mix also does a good job of tying the two halves together.
I actually downloaded the picture just to be able to flip it around and compare. The effect is quite interesting, moreso than I thought. The way it's here, the orange nebula keeps drawing my eye, while both of the characters are easily seen, but not really what your eye lingers on. If you flip the picture, the blue nebula becomes the main eye catcher for me, but the little dude with the glasses (who I figured is Dib, correct me if I'm wrong) is a close second, with the blue planet being third in line. Only after a longer time of looking at the picture in this orientation, I found myself actually looking at the other half with the orange colors. Also, upside-down the picture feels colder, probably 'cause I keep looking at the bluer part of it more. It's quite funny how different the same painting feels if you flip it around. Certainly a cool concept.
As a final say, I think I like the orientation best the way it's here. It most likely is a very subjective thing, but to me it brings out the warm colors better and has me spend more attention on the composition as a whole. It would be really interesting to hear how others perceive this...
Either way, a beautiful space scene, full of amazing detail to captivate you. Great job once again.
I worked hard on those tutorials, but figured it might help someone down the road. I ended up liking the piece I was working on, and pretty soon had a solid idea in my mind of where I was going with this piece. That doesn't happen too often, so I went with it!
You have quite the observant eye... I knew that I had to provide a subtle yet effective mix, making the characters bleed onto each other in a way. The reddish tones commonly associated with evil shining upon Dib, and the bluish tones often associated with purity and heroism casting upon Zim.
I too feel that the effect of flipping the image was quite interesting. I originally painted this when flipped vertically. I recall rotating my canvas a lot during this piece's creation. After a lot of conversation and thought, my boyfriend and I both concluded that this orientation was our favorite. This is mostly because of the way our eyes wandered along the piece... We found that when this image was flipped vertically, we lost focus and attention fairly quickly before making our way to Dib at the bottom. The silhouetting with Zim against the planet is so powerful and eye-catching that we had to use the fact that our eyes generally start at the top of a piece and work their way down to make Dib more noticeable. That way, the viewer gets a chance to see everything without getting bored too quickly. x3 You're essentially spot-on in your observations. I didn't think anyone else considered these things about my work! I'm actually impressed. I've never tried something like this before, but I did like the end result and would probably consider something similar in the future.
Thanks. I guess I am a better observer than most, and I tend to tell people about my findings. Probably a lot of people noticed some of these things, but didn't bother considering the details, or typing them into a comment box.
You know, it's pretty cool that I was thinking the same thing about the composition as you and your boyfriend. Great minds think alike, yes?
Gorgeous work as always, Myla~ Would love to buy this as a print from you if I were going to the con, but alas, I've completely turned myself off to IC3. I'm certain you'll be able to sell plenty of wonderful prints to other people at the con still though. :> Your work is amazing and people should consider themselves lucky if they get a chance to buy a piece of your beautiful artwork~
Hey, Pat! Thank you so much for the nice comment. <3 I'm glad you enjoyed this art piece. There's more to come!
Aww... I'm actually really disappointed to hear that you won't be attending IC3. :c It would seem a lot of my buddies here won't be able to make it for one reason or another. I was actually looking forward to meeting you, since you've been a really cool part of getting into IZ fandom (and what I mean by that is contributing my work to the fan groups). I'm assuming you not attending has something to do with the unfortunate events that took place for you and your friends surrounding the fandom...? Sad to say that jerks are literally everywhere. Because of this, I tend to keep to myself. I stop by and make a contribution, and then I'm off onto my next project without getting too attached to folks.
Despite that, I actually got to see a little ugliness in this fandom when I attended the last convention (and I wasn't even involved in it yet). A black-haired girl literally shoved me aside and told me to get the f*ck out of her way, as she pushed through the vendor room as a quick route to Richard's signing room. I didn't react, but I remember thinking to myself, "He would not be impressed with that." She was dragging a poor friend with her along who looked very embarrassed by her behavior.
I find it is best to shrug these people off... There were also many other nasty girls there, but again, I ignored them. When you do that, it is easier to spot the nice people. There were plenty of friendly folks, too. I went to the dance thing and wore a lanyard that said "free hugs!" which was connected to my custom con badge. I actually got several friendly hugs from complete strangers, but they were so sweet! ;A;
It isn't all bad, even if it seems like it. I fully expect to put up with crap at my table... I will be calm and courteous as usual. If things escalate, I will radio in to call for help from staff. To react negatively would give them what they desire. I would rather be the leaf in the wind, ya know?
Anyways, I do hope you change your mind. c: I still wanna see you!