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Staraya Ladoga by TheGreatMC
Staraya Ladoga
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Time not spent on actively drawing is a time over which skills are allowed to degrade, hence I needed to review some basics before attempting anything else. 

Like with… , Google streetview provided much needed source - this time within Leningrad Oblast. Although I had accumulated resource shots from other locations, this one had quite a few elements that I needed to practice badly. 
Street view- -nighttime by TheGreatMC
Street view- -nighttime
-Street of a pre-war colony for office workers, [ Kolonia Lubeckiego ] Warsaw.

A more proper artwork to end the recent period of zero activity on my turn, drawn as a challenge suggested by :iconwhite-omega:

I don't think I have ever drawn or painted a proper night scenery before and obviously colouring the sheet black in order to make a 'cosmic void' doesn't count - which also meant that I had to go for a trip and hunt down reference setting. 

Of a number of photographs I took, one has been taken while car was taking a turn.  Incidentally, that photo was also the most interesting - even though it required heavy digital fixes afterwards. The effect of a frozen movement seemed like an interesting challenge to paint, after all. 
Hyperstructure- -01 by TheGreatMC
Hyperstructure- -01

I dropped out of existence for a few months, but that period was a MUST to help repair a sizeable amount of a mental mess that has been sitting in my head for years. Although new troubles have emerged, I have enough energy to stop going on and off for no clear reason. :D 

I never stopped drawing, however - but most of it has been sitting in the form of sheets crowded with sketches and personal notes. 

But one such sketch was complete enough to finish it and produce the result seen above. I think that later on I might make a coloured version of it from scratch. 

This isn't the first post-hiatus drawing that has been fully fleshed out - this honour goes to the following piece:…
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
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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.
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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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EwaGladka Featured By Owner 6 days ago  Hobbyist Writer
Dzięki za watcha :)
TheGreatMC Featured By Owner 6 days ago
Proszę bardzo. :D
MrTuke Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2015  Professional Traditional Artist
Cheers for the :+fav: , mate. :thumbsup:
neral85 Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Dziękuję za :+devwatch:! :-)
lordsjaak Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2015
thank you for the lama badge and here you have one as return :)
TheGreatMC Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2015
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 Apr 14, 2015
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 Apr 14, 2015
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
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