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Bleached coral passage by TheGreatMC
Bleached coral passage
*Main file might be subject to change, should I spot any inaccuracies in post-photograph fixes.  

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A nicer theme to balance out the previous, fantasy tank rush one.
And a chance for me to draw yet another creature born out of applying generic cartoony humanoid cuteness to animals that would do without one.

Conceptual work for the surroundings has been rushed this time, so the final effect doesn't stray far from locally familiar tunes and looks like a cross between insular Greek architecture, dead coral and the motif of village in Polish paintings.  
Fall of Gondolin by TheGreatMC
Fall of Gondolin
For Tumblr users, image is available here:…

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Merry Christmas and a happy new year to all! :icongrin--plz:

I had an urgent need to practice my watercolour craft before setback grows too large for a single training session to handle. 

With Hobbit movie trilogy coming to a closure, Tolkien's Arda Universum felt like an appropriate ground for inspiration seeking. For months I had a graphic idea about how apocryphal tanks of Morgoth's army could have looked like during their assault on the hidden kingdom of Gondolin and now the time came for a first trial involving such a theme.  

Golden gate seen around the main vanishing point has been based around a loose interpretation of the structure described within the tale of Tuor's arrival at Gondolin from J.R.R Tolkien's "Unfinished Tales". While my vision of it is most likely inaccurate, it seemed pleasing enough to be allowed a place on the paper. Besides, beautifully detailed descriptions of each of the seven gates protecting the Hidden Kingdom are a vast resource by themselves and it is unlikely that I'll remain fully content with only a hasty, solitary interpretation.
M-M M-Mx M-G Showcase by TheGreatMC
M-M M-Mx M-G Showcase
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That took longer than it should and I still think I need to give this setting one more try later on.  Until then, this attempt will help me figure out the necessary steps to achieve improvement.

Born out of my search for even more excuses to draw my favourite, this trio felt like the most natural choice. Other selections were also considered, but they couldn't keep up with the appeal that final one had - not to mention that this lineup is incredibly scarce amongst existent artworks floating within Pokemon community. 

And most of the time it is more feasible to just sit down and draw a desired theme than wait for someone else to draw it - chances are that in the end quite a few will want it to happen, but noone will act on a fleeting thought that they might be the ones to do it. :D 

Pokemon belong to GameFreak/Nintendo.
Volcanism by TheGreatMC
Also on display here:…

Once again I decided to reach down into the garbage can of drawn ideas that felt nicely executed at first, but became visibly obselote and shallow in just a few days following their conception.

I wonder how much time this attempt will last before it starts begging for another go in the foreseeable future. :lol:  

In the meantime, I suppose I'll need to turn to at least a couple of speedpaints, as I feel that my enviroments lack this precious sort of quick consistence.


Ink + pencil + watercolour + watercolour pencils + ... water.
Sense of Pride by TheGreatMC
Sense of Pride
Also on my Tumblr page:…

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Throughout the making of this piece I often asked myself at which point the reason for creating a particular artwork becomes so silly and petty that pushing the work right to its end might be considered an embarassment.  

In this case, original - and defunct before even a single pencil line has been put on the paper - intent was to try and see if I can override my idea of fancy in order to make a nice buffer zone for embracing designs tailored with a different range of taste in mind, as disappointment in much sought-after future uplifts smells pretty sour, especially within entertainment-related crafts and industries.

Ultimately, the original spark behind these motives fizzled out as 'future' arrived sooner and with a nice surprise [   Regality no.2 ] - but the potential gave off the vibe of challenge, therefore I ran with the concept itself either way. :D 

Depicted characters belong to Nintendo/Game Freak.
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Setup of the issue: 

>>>old artwork of mine with naive approach to the subject, poor grasp of techniques used - yet with a promising concept and inspiring setting: 

>>>recently redrawn version of the former artwork, drawn with knowledge what I wanted back then and with better capacity at putting it on paper: 

ALSO! There is the following pair, the more recent one drawn to give some lifesigns: 

                                                              And here it comes: 


Progress is a funny thing, even on the level of an amateur like myself - at one moment artwork that I created is something of a highlight to be proud of, but move just far enough in learning and using new techniques/developing new horizons across ones imagination - and suddenly such a piece becomes obselote... yet it still has something to it that begs for giving it a new life. 

Right now I have entire dozens of such artworks and it would come as a surprise to noone to find out that this quantity will never cease to shrink. 


Then comes the awareness of potential dangers associated with such endeavour. Let's have a list of my worries to be done with it! 

[1] Intellectual inbreeding: 
Bringing older works to life sounds like an overally good idea... on the first impression. But most of such works are guaranteed to be nothing else than far less developed and unsophisticated stages of the works one is working on so far. Regurgirating such old content simply means that - rather than expanding intellectual workshop - creator forces himself to spend time on thinking along the same lines that were pursued at the moment of the original being created. 

[2] Comfort zoning and self gratification: 
Such obselote artworks usually begun their life amidst seeking shortcuts and pleasant niches. With the exception of training and tutoring drawings, these were quite often made because the artist felt comfortable with drawing them in the way they were drawn. That also applies to ideas and their execution. Drawing old artworks anew thus poses a risk of spiralling downwards towards the bay of tranquility. Woe be unto those who are unable to set themselves back on track after easy self-gratification! 

What is your outlook on this matter, dear reader?


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lordsjaak Featured By Owner 5 days ago
thank you for the lama badge and here you have one as return :)
TheGreatMC Featured By Owner 5 days ago
Thanks! Couldn't help but smile when I saw that someone stood up to ol' Tom Preston and lived to tell the tale. :D
lordsjaak Featured By Owner 5 days ago
well he did block me when i did only response on normal comment, even he still not response on my words i found really troubling and i don't know why he still doing it.
TheGreatMC Featured By Owner 5 days ago
That is how untreated anxiety rolls when one tries to isolate himself from any and all unsettling implulses. 

DeviantART kept this in check, given the limited amount of the people that one can block, but then Tom Preston discovered Twitter which allows for tens of thousands of people to be blocked. Just a year or two ago your comment would be barely noticed as something hurtful, but at this moment it was Tom's highlight of the day. 

This issue can be remedied, but it takes years. Unless someone walls himself off completely - then such recovery is impossible.
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Marco-the-Scorpion Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2015  Hobbyist Artist
Thanks for the fave :D
rabbitmaskedman Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2015  Student Digital Artist
TheGreatMC Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2015
Quite a nifty way to state it. :)
Yainderidoo Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2015   Traditional Artist
Happy Birthday O Great one! :iconbummiesplz:
rskrakau Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2015   Traditional Artist
Happy birthday!
TheGreatMC Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2015
Thank you kindly! :woohoo:
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