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Midnight Fishing by CourtneyBowen Midnight Fishing by CourtneyBowen
I thought this piece would be the most fun to -"re-draw"

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IzTrips Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2012  Hobbyist
Wow! You've improved a lot! I have to say I like them both the same really, the before because the polar bear seems a bit cuter however the after because I love the background. Good look in the contest!
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CourtneyBowen Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks you so much for your support. Much appreciated!! I get that a lot with the Polar Bear, and now that I look at him, I think I might revise him a little bit down the road. I think its his teeth :)
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IzTrips Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2012  Hobbyist
It's my pleasure! It's good any way really though :3
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juliemang0 Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2012
minus the owl i love the new one better coloring and background good luck :P
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CourtneyBowen Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Ya, I am getting mixed feelings on the owl :) Thanks for feedback, I am glad you like the new one!!
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SpaceCadetBling Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Great job with the xpanded background though, the old bear looks cuter. Perhaps it's because of the vampire teeth & the overly wide leg position on the newer version.
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CourtneyBowen Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Thank so much, glad you like it. Ya, I was back and forth with wether or not to give him teeth, I guess that can take away from the cuteness. His mouth just looked so empty with out them. Beautiful gallery by the way!!! Loved your entry :)
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kuramay Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2012
Haha, the bear got fat!
Although I think the drawing certainly improved in the new one, but I kinda like that strip of moonlight in the middle of the older peice. It really draws more focus onto the artwork. Also because you're using a grey background the bear pops out more with that coat.
In the newer one the focus seems more... scattered throughout the picture? Since there's so many subjects. Eyes kinda goes like bear, worm, owl, bats, house, snowman, road, bear, fishing. It's kinda cool because it tells more of a story, but I feel that a lot of tension is drawn away by the owl. The first composition is much more simple, so it can hold the eyes better at first sight.
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CourtneyBowen Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Haha yup, who doesn't love fat animals though :) I had mixed opinions on the strip of moonlight when I was asking for feedback from some friends, so I just decided to leave it out in the new one. There is a lot more going on in this one, I didn't want the bear to so much be the focus as in the last one. I was going for a bit of story scene so to speak, thats why the owl and worm are in colour as well. I agree the other one was much simpler in its layout. Thanks for the feedback, all very good things to consider on my next piece!!!! Much appreciated :)
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RynkaDraws Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2012  Student Digital Artist
Although the new one has more details in the background and more eye movement going for it, I can't help liking the old one more.
In the new work there is a visual tangent between the moon and the land, which is generally a bad thing to have. The orange owl draws the attention there as well, and away from the bear itself.
In the old one it was also very clear what you were supposed to be seeing, and although the eye could escape at the bottom, because the reflection in the ice was too strong, in the new one it could happen all over the place. There really isn't anything that would "hold" the eye inside and the bear isn't dominant to call the eye back if anything happens. What's more, the muffled colors of the bear itself, combined with the extreme dark patch of trees lined up between him and the hook in an arc actually work against getting the eye to look at the bear itself.
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CourtneyBowen Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Hey there, thanks so much for the critique. I agree with you point on the visual tangent and that is something I can defiantly re-visit down the road. It is always nice to have another set of eyes to point out things that can be improved on in the future, after all, we always can improve and make things even better. I appreciate you insights, thanks for taking the time to look at my work :)
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Dragdar Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2012
composition ++++
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CourtneyBowen Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you :)
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Dragdar Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2012
although i kinda like the idea of a bear fishing in the wood rather than on the open road, it makes it seem somehow more private, like you're privileged to see it.
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x-JustSmilee Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Haha, this is aborablee ♥
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CourtneyBowen Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks :)
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x-JustSmilee Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
ur welcome c:
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Gabbi Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
I'm very much in love with the new work! It's adorable, and I love that it's in vector!
I've just started to learn illustartor myself, so I'm looking for good vector inspirations, and you are one ;)
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CourtneyBowen Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Wow thanks so much. I used to be strictly traditional ( gouache) But due to time restrains and revisions, I work mostly digital now. Illustrator is a great program, I think your going to love it. I am honoured that you look at my work as inspiration :) You have some great pieces in your gallery!!!
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Gabbi Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
I'm slowly but surely starting to like it! :la:
The only thing I'm hating is the way that Illustrator handles gradients.
And in photoshop I love using clipping mask layers, which doesn't seem to exsist in Illustrator... or does it? O.O
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CourtneyBowen Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
It takes time! Yes the gradient tool drives me in sane. It works differently in Photoshop, Illustrator and Flash, so I totally understand your frustration there. I have actually used the clipping mask in photoshop. Im not sure if you will get the same effect you like, but I find that Pathfinder very helpful in illustrator. You have to play around with it a bit to get used to it.
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ChasingShadowsPhoto Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2012  Student Photographer
Lol! This is cute. The little worm in the redo adds a really nice touch, as does the perspective of the background things. Lovely improvement and a wonderful piece! Great job and good luck in the contest!!!
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CourtneyBowen Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks so much :) Was never completely satisfied with the colour and lighting on the original, so I thought it would be a perfect piece to improve on. I think the worm actually ended up being my fave, even though he was the last thing I added :)
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eiarain Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2012
I'd make this a postcard. It's lovely.
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CourtneyBowen Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
I am glad you like it, thanks. Thats always a good option, haven't decided what to do with it quite yet. But your right, it would work for Christmas!
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Rinacoco Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Wow, first of all, congrats on being in the semi-finalists! And secondly, I had only stumbled up on the piece just now! It's quite amazing, and the new colors are just well balanced and just overall aesthetically appealing :D

It's really amazing, but is this all vectors? It seems like a pain if it was vectors though XD
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CourtneyBowen Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks so much for the congratulations :) I really appreciate your feedback and I am happy that you like it. I had a ton of fun working on this piece. To answer your question 99 percent of it is done in Illustrator, I did bring it into photoshop at the end, but only to do the reflections on the ice.
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Rinacoco Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Ah, that's so cool then! I have yet to figure out how to do anything with my Paint Tool SAI, and I have the worst tablet available on the market right now...so, I just gotta say my art isn't the best XD

What type of tablet do you use? I would guess something like a Cintiq or Intuos right?
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CourtneyBowen Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
It takes time to get used to new programs and tools. I used to paint all my artwork, so switching over was a huge obstacle. I started off with a pretty small tablet myself, but finally upgraded to a Intuos. I found my best friend for paint programs such as photoshop, is to set your pen to Pen Pressure. Its amazing how much more control you can get that way. Keep going and most importantly have fun!!! :)
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Rinacoco Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Aw! Well thanks so much for the advice and tips! I still have the same problem...I think I work better traditionally because I'm much more used to it, but still switching to digital is hard...even though I've been doing this for almost a year I still can't fully transfer my traditional style to my digital style, but hopefully with lots and lots of practice I can draw like you one day! :D
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CourtneyBowen Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Hey no problem, anytime, just ask :) I was the same way, in fact I remember the words " I will never work digital" coming out of my mouth and alas here I am lol. Keep up the traditional as well, its so hard to come by that anymore and its an invaluable skill. I try to sketch in my sketch book every night. I am sure you will get there. Keep practicing, ask questions and have fun and you will be there in no time!!!
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LunarBard Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I love both versions. But I feel like the worm and owl detract from the general mood of the piece. If that makes sense the way I mean it to...
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CourtneyBowen Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks so much, I am glad you like them both. I can see what your saying. I was going for a bit more life in the new version, so I could see how that would change the feel :)
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LunarBard Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Ah I see :)
Yeah, peaceful and sombre to sort of lively. :nod:
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CourtneyBowen Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
I guess it was just the mood I was in when I was doing it, and I love adding little details too :)
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HarrisonOsborn Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2012  Student Digital Artist
Your knowledge in local colour has improved alot! I love all the new objects and novelties you've added, certainly brings it to life.
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CourtneyBowen Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks so much, thats very kind of you. I love when I can take an old piece and improve on it. It was defiantly lacking some life before.
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ksenyan Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2012  Student General Artist
How cute :D And the new one is much better with this background and colors and... everything :>
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CourtneyBowen Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks so much. Had a ton of fun with this, makes me want to "re-draw" some of my other work
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