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Jungle Girl in Black and White by Empyu Jungle Girl in Black and White by Empyu
I always felt out of my element when working digitally, but no drawing has kicked my ass like this one. I struggled with anatomy, textures, colors, composition, layer management, and discipline. When I sit back and look at it, all I can see are the imperfections.

Even so, I consider it done and that makes me extremely happy. It feels good to finish something despite myself.

On a side note... I was originally doing this in color. Here's how far I got with that version: [link]

The problem with that is I never imagined this in color. In my mind, it was something from an old black and white movie. Even worse, I couldn't come to terms with how to make details pop out with such a dense jungle background. So I recolored it (uncolored?) and took some details out of the foliage.

I learned a lot working on this, and it was only towards the very end (when I got used to making textures) that I regretted my choice to go monochrome. The feeling I get when I finally click the submit button will be worth all the effort.
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PuyoSama Featured By Owner May 18, 2014
I think you did a really nice job with this.  And I do like how you simplified the background and blurred parts of it to make the character stand out.  You left just the right amount of detail to keep the atmosphere of the picture without distracting from the subject. 
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Empyu Featured By Owner May 19, 2014  Hobbyist
Thanks! I did this drawing a while ago, and to be honest, I originally meant for it to be in color. Unfortunately, at the time I really didn't understand how to get the right color balance without making the picture look too busy (I still don't ;p).  I found that making it in black and white made it easier to control, but I never shook the feeling that it could still work in color.

Wow this was more than two years ago. Makes me wonder what it might look like if I tried to so something like this now O_O
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TheSkullMC Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I really like your art style. This is very nice to look at. I like her, but I like the background as well. I really love the little details you've added. Like the tire tracks.
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Empyu Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2012  Hobbyist
Thanks! I dunno if I want to do a jungle background again after this. I looked up some photos for references, and it was almost always an insane mesh of trees, vines, and ferns.
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TheSkullMC Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
You're very welcome!
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