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What You've Sown by MylaFox What You've Sown by MylaFox
The ending that we knew would come
Has finally begun
You're reaping what you've sown...


- Celldweller: Against the Tide www.youtube.com/watch?v=a6Tkmj…


This painting is meant to be interpreted by the viewer, so feel free to share your thoughts!

I have spent too long on this image on and off throughout the month, so I wanted to get it done and move onto the next recreational piece. I am trying to improve my artwork as I feel that I have hit a bit of a plateau, so do not be afraid to express your opinions honestly. Keep in mind that I can easily spot the difference between real critique and blatant insults, the latter of which will be ignored.

I have shifted my technique and way of handling color, in an attempt to break the common "sticker-like" appearance of my subjects in the foreground. This new method allows me to focus solely on value, which I feel helped me a lot in this piece. I get distracted by color too easily, and the end result can be overwhelming and sometimes even obnoxious to the eye. This painting shifts away from that trend, and I feel that it is more balanced than my previous work.

I tried to avoid tangents, since the character placement was very iffy. I was (for the most part) successful, but I feel that I could have done better in the given time frame.

Multiple columns were added to break the horizontal monotony within the composition, and I think they also lend a lot of story to the piece as well. I'd be happy to share some of the concept behind them, should you ask.

Enough technical silliness, and enjoy the art! Thanks for looking. :)

This makes a pretty neat wallpaper! Don't be afraid to download and use it as such.

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If you enjoy my work, and want to support me as an artist... Consider donating. Any amounts are appreciated. Certain donations qualify for a free print from me. Send me a private note for more information.


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Character sketched on a tablet PC in Autodesk Sketchbook Pro, then colored in Paint Tool Sai. Background created in Adobe Photoshop CS6 using a Wacom Intuos 4.

Artwork pictured above is ©*MylaFox
Invader Zim and the Irken Armada are ©Nickelodeon/Viacom Entertainment

You may repost, but please don't alter, sell or claim ownership.
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Eduson Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2015  New member Student Digital Artist
Such a good view and lighting, it's just great!
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MylaFox Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you so much! I'm glad you liked it.
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Neilikkaa Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Oh maaaaaaaaan. This is unbelievably beautiful. I've never been good at interpretation, otherwise I'd give my full thoughts on this. His eyes are very well done, I enjoy them. I also like how the land was done, is this the Earth? Very, very well done. I enjoy seeing these.
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MylaFox Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you so much for the great comment. I'm happy you enjoyed this piece. I remember spending quite some time on it, so I appreciate the kind response.

As far as where this scene takes place exactly, I'm not certain. I tend to enjoy leaving a lot to the imagination. c:

Again, thank you so much!
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LittleTasu Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This is totally awesome *A*
Love the detail and  everything is just perfect
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MylaFox Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks so much! I'm glad you could appreciate the detail!
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Jayfeather-wings Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2014
Oh my gosh, this is beautiful. The background, the Massive and the armada, Zim's eyes... Wow. The spire things in the background look really cool, too. :D
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MylaFox Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
You have a good eye for detail. c; Thanks so much for the kind words!
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Jayfeather-wings Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2014
You're very welcome! :D
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LunarKnight316 Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2014
I shouldn't feel like this.

I... am an Irken. An invader. It is my purpose to infiltrate and destroy. We do know pity or sorrow or guilt for those lesser than us.

But that is exactly what I feel now. This, gnawing and clawing sensation in me that threatens tear me apart. I shouldn't feel this. Not after all these years. Not after so many attempts to destroy the humans single-handedly. Why now, when my mission is finally complete, do I feel this terrible thing.

Is it because, deep down, I know that I have condemned the only ones who could truly understand me?

... Is it because... I know that if I can betray those like me, my fellow Irkens are equally capable of betrayal? That they could betray me just as easily?

... I am Zim... and I don't know what I am anymore.
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MylaFox Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Beautiful, just beautiful. It is rare that I receive such comments on my work... Makes all the hours put into the painting worth it. Thank you!
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timeice Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2014  Hobbyist Writer

Again, Holy Sheeot.

To both the art and you

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InvaderNAR-42 Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
the background is absolutely amazing, and I find myself staring into zim's eyes...
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MylaFox Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you! I'm glad you enjoyed it. :) I hope to create more like this in the near future.
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InvaderNAR-42 Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
cool!
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supersexyghotmew95 Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2013
zim- im sorry dib stick if only I knew about my mission my stupid fake mission
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Assassin427 Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2013
Wow...its very rare to find a piece this well done. everything looks really great, and there are many ways of interpreting this. This art work is excellent! You just earned yourself a favorite.
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MylaFox Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you so much for the words of encouragement! :) I'm very glad you enjoyed my work.
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Professor-Power94 Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2013
So, congratulations are in order I presume?
I mean, look at you. Invader...Zim....Invader, wow...
No one could have ever thought that title would be official but there it is.
You proved them all wrong in the end. The Tallest. The Control Brains. The Irkens....Yourself.
You accomplished the infiltration flawlessly. Disguised as a utilitarian who would uplift them to the stars.
They were a naive and idealistic race, starry eyed about the wonders of the Galaxy. Easy Prey.
They accepted you, trusted you, embraced you...appreciated you.
They taught you values beyond the shell of Irken Pride and Hatred. They taught you to feel...
And you returned it with Damnation.
All those technology you "gifted" to them, booby trapped to make their subjugation easier.
A brilliant Plan indeed...you've started it but why won't you finish it?
Why do you feel hesitation at the worst moment?
Why must you feel regret when its too late for second chances
Why would you walk away from the moment that you've been dreaming about since you were born!?
Why don't you just seize the glory that you have built out of the betrayal of Billions!?
WHY WON'T YOU....
Reap What You've Sown....
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MylaFox Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2013  Professional Digital Artist

Your comment left me utterly speechless. You've put my artwork into words that I could only portray visually.


Thank you so much for that... It was a pleasure.

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PostJudgement Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
It is a bit unclear (although it's probably meant to
Be that way!), but it seems to me like zim looks just the tiniest bit guilty as he walks away from the city. The Irken ships flying toward itandthe dark sky gives the overall feel of doom and impending destruction- probably of the city.
I can't ever tell you how much I love your work. I don't like a lot of digital art because it seems rushed and sloppy, but your works are so full of depth and thought... I just love them.
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MylaFox Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2013  Professional Digital Artist

Ahh thank you so much for the nice comment! Terribly sorry for not getting back to you sooner... It would seem that deviantart failed to deliver this message to me.


I loved reading your interpretation of the image, and am thrilled to learn that you enjoy my artwork. I have been silent as of late, but I intend to share more soon~

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PostJudgement Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I'm glad to hear it! :D
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Fang-a-rang Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I like how Zim is just walking alone like, "How could you do this without me?"
He looks a bit confused or deep in thought. Like he doesn't know why everyone else left without him.
In the scenery, he looks a bit lost. Almost like he got dumped out of the ship for a reason unknown, in the middle of nowhere.
This picture is beautiful, truly. It makes you think, "What happened to him?" "Where is he?" Your work is truly amazing and breathtaking. Thank you for sharing your masterpieces.

~Fang
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MylaFox Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Hi there, Fang! Thanks so much for your in-depth and lengthy comment. I really appreciate getting feedback like this... It keeps me going. :) I aim to do exactly as you described, and that is to tell a story as well as provoke thought within the viewer.

It has been a pleasure reading your comments, and I thank you once more. <3
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Fang-a-rang Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
You are very welcome! I am glad that you take that out of what I said, and I hope to see even more beautiful pieces from you! (:
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CrystalBlackHeart Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
ha ha the look on Zim's face looks like he's kind of disappointed that he's not doing anything. He could be mumbling. "Always left out of the fun." or something like that. There's no regret in his eyes at all just simply wanting more than just what he's done.
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MylaFox Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Haha, you're right! It does seem that way. ;) Love your interetation of the painting... I find it to be quite in-character and humorous. Thanks for the comment!
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CrystalBlackHeart Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Ha ha well I doubt Zim would even think about anything other than that he did that and no one was telling him how good he was at it.
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yohnazo Featured By Owner May 14, 2013
I can put myself inside the shoe of that little fella walking away. The painting looks fantastic, the lighting is great and everything reads really well. I can tell a lot of thought went into this one.
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MylaFox Featured By Owner May 20, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Wow, thanks! I really appreciate your comment, it was in-depth and thoughtful. So glad you enjoyed the piece, and could relate to it.
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yohnazo Featured By Owner May 21, 2013
No worries, I love seeing Art like this, something with time put into it and that captures the imagination.
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JukEboXAuDiO Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Huge fan of zip! THis is awesome
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MylaFox Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Hehe, thanks! :)
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invadernight Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
AHHHHH MY NEW WALLPAPER!!!!!!!!!
You are so amazing!!!!! THIS CALLS FOR A FANFICTION!!1
*haha just kidding I won't write it without your permission...*
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MylaFox Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
asjdkhaskjda Yay! :"D I'm so glad you liked it enough to use it as your wallpaper!

And omg, I would be honored if you wrote a fanfiction for this piece. ;~; Please let me know if you do!
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invadernight Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Ohkayyy dokayyyy!!
I shall tell you when I've finished it!
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TheTogekiss Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Honestly, I just spent the past 45minutes writing a review for this, but now I'm pissed since my browser crashed and I don't want to retype it. :iconenterplz::iconinternetexplorerplz::iconexitplz:
I'm just gonna say...jfdkabvjfdkbahhfjkdshbjfdsa*dies*
This is one sexy computer wallpaper.
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MylaFox Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Aww, omg! I'm so sorry to hear that. ;A; I really hate when that happens... I just sit there and sob for a while, staring at my screen. I feel your pain!

Either way, I'm glad you enjoyed my art piece. c: Thanks so much!
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lilcookie2 Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2013
This is wonderful keep u the good work
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MylaFox Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks so much, sweetheart!
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MissChee Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2013  Student Digital Artist
This piece is fabulous
I'll have to go look at your other pieces to find out what you mean by the new method

This piece would look amazing as my screensaver c:
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MylaFox Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Aww, thanks very much for the kind words! c:
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MissChee Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2013  Student Digital Artist
You are welcome :)
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kim134 Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2013
OMG!!! this is AWESOME pic!!!!!!and I luv Zim's eyes this is amazing!!!:). Great job!:)
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MylaFox Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks very much! I'm glad you liked it. I spent a while on his eyes, so I'm happy to hear that you enjoyed the end result.
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kim134 Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2013
Ha ha !you are welcome :)!
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Niao-GIW Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
This piece is so emotional. Just... seriously. Maybe it's because I've always been very partial to the Zim-destroys-Earth-and-then-slowly-or-quickly-realizes-he-regrets-it storyline. So I think the characterization is spot on. :aww:

First things first, it's amazing. Just at first glance. Digging deeper into it, the colors and muted textures add a lot to the feeling behind it. The hazy skyline is beautiful. Zim almost seems to blend into the background, if not for his eyes- which are beautiful. The eye is drawn between two spots of vibrant color on the piece- Zim's eyes, the armada's engines (engines? I guess that's what you'd say...). The sheen of the moon is also a spot of easy focus, which then draws attention to the stars- also beautiful. Then there's an odd sense of unbalance as you realize that it's nighttime, yet you can see the sun... which leads me, at least, to wonder if that is the sun, and not some distant explosion- something interesting to ponder.

On a final note, it's a curious and impressive thing that Zim is in his original, cartoon-ish style, yet the picture is absolutely humorless. It adds some credibility to the thing, just in general.
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MylaFox Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Y'know, with my art, I almost always aim to tell a bit of a story through conveyed emotions. Be it fanart or entirely original work, the same applies to both. So while you do have a preexisting attachment to the underlying message, it's still normal to gather strong emotions from the piece. Or at least, that's what I aim for! ^^ That being said, I am quite glad that you have gained so much thought from this work.

I noticed that compositionally, Zim would blend in with the colors of the background. Actually, for the sake of uniformity, I did take some samples from the background to add to his color scheme. This is partially why I work from the backgrounds first, since it sets the ambience for my characters. You have a good eye for noticing this! I knew that since I wanted Zim to be a focal point, particularly his eyes, I needed to give them extra attention. They are probably some of the brightest aspects of the piece, aside from the Armada. It's great to hear that you felt the same way!

Against my better judgment, I had to add in that view of space to the upper right corner. I really liked how it looked, even though it contradicted the thickness of the atmosphere. It's good to leave the viewer pondering such things, though... Like in the instance of that "sunset" actually being an explosion of sorts. I'm very glad you touched on that subject.

Part of the irony in my work is that I will oftentimes add unrealistic cartoon-like characters to scenes that are everything but matching to the original style. Yet somehow in the midst of it all, it manages to work out. You're one of the few to take note of that!

Thanks very much for such a nice comment. It's honestly pretty rare that I receive such well thought-out commentary here, and I appreciate it.
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WolfOfTheMoons Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Everything about this is just...wow...
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