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.
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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
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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!
Love the detail and everything is just perfect
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.
Again, Holy Sheeot.
To both the art and you
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....
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.
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.
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~
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.
It has been a pleasure reading your comments, and I thank you once more. <3
You are so amazing!!!!! THIS CALLS FOR A FANFICTION!!1
*haha just kidding I won't write it without your permission...*
And omg, I would be honored if you wrote a fanfiction for this piece. ;~; Please let me know if you do!
Either way, I'm glad you enjoyed my art piece. c: Thanks so much!
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:
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.
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.