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Color Duel by Laemeur Color Duel by Laemeur
I did two versions of the colors on this (as you can see) -- a lousy digital painting-type thing, and a vintage comic book look (a technique which I am honing to perfection, I must say). Personally, I think the painted one looks like crap, but I figured I'd post both and let you fine folks weigh-in on it.
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RobertLaszloKiss Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2009  Student Artist
I always enjoy your oldschool style, and just as you said it brings back some of the fond memories reading comics as a little kid. May I ask how you get this effect? Digitally or traditionally?
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Laemeur Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2009  Professional General Artist
Digitally, by reproducing the traditional process.
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rockfred Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2009
Vintage FTW! It just seems more appropriate
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Inordinate Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2009  Student
Yeah, you know, the digital painting one's not bad, but the vintage comic look is absolutely stunning. I agree with *shaloop that it instantly takes me back to reading those kinds of classic comix with their misregistration and distinctive palette look. It's really fantastic. I love the paper colour, too—a lovely touch.
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grumble-bee Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2009  Professional
that's a tough one! i don't think the painterly one looks like crap at all - i like how everything pops there, it has depth. yet, i love the graphic look of the one on the right as well.

i didn't really pick one did i....
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Laemeur Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2009  Professional General Artist
No, but I recognize your noncommittal posture as one of refinement and diplomacy, and have decided I shan't throw mudballs at you for it.
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AmWatchingYou Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2009  Student General Artist
Aw! I like them both! You are great :)
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Laemeur Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2009  Professional General Artist
Thanks :)
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Cacodaemonia Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
That definitely looks like a legit old-school comic! I like the richness of the colors in the digital one, but I think all the stars make it a bit too busy. The second one has that nice chunk of yellow nebula or whatever to break up the space a bit, and I think the digital one would benefit from something similar. :)
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Laemeur Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2009  Professional General Artist
You're right. The nebula-thing is compositionally important, and I sorta ruint it in the full-color attempt.
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NexusDX Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2009
The classic style is just too good. I miss coloring like that, and it looks like I could whip out an old issue of FF and see that as an opening splash.

I just think the grays of the floating rocks would have a slight hint of brown in them seeing as the shadows are brown.
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Laemeur Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2009  Professional General Artist
I actually did a second version just as you suggested, with more brown in the lighter color of the rocks, but it didn't feel like it had the same KA-POW factor of this version.
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NexusDX Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2009
That's a shame. Would think it would balance out a bit better.

Don't want to be a pain, but could you throw it up in your scraps for a comparison?
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Laemeur Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2009  Professional General Artist
I would, but I chucked it in the recycle bin shortly after I decided I didn't like it as much.
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Bjerg Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2009
I think it's obvious that you've put more effort (and heart) into the method you truly enjoy doing.

And there's nary a thing wrong with that!
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shaloop Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2009
The classic look is too irresistible. It instantly takes me back to reading comics as a kid. You've even got some mis-registration and ink bleed in there. That is an amazing eye for detail.
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Laemeur Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2009  Professional General Artist
I worked out a the technique putting together my last Zuda submission, and now I think I'm hooked for the same reason you like it: it feels like I'm conjuring a part of my childhood, and all the good feelings that went along with reading comics as a kid.
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dy-dx Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2009
I like the one on the right. Also, I'm guessing you like that one better because it's the one you signed. Wrong?
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Laemeur Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2009  Professional General Artist
Well, I never sign things until they're done, and the other one never felt done, so...
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dy-dx Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2009
Just like Bob Ross. Ahem. And ah, I see. The signed one is more interesting anyway.
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nickv47 Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
One on the right fo sho. The yellow pops and brings the focus to that little alien dude, it's less busy as well.
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sobreiro Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2009  Professional General Artist
Damn... I like both (the classic one slightly more, but the paint-y one ain't bad)
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