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Fen flyover by TheGreatMC
Fen flyover
Also on display here:…

As my current practice run goes on and more themes need to be reviewed, I HAD to give fanart a try just to see what might come out of it. 

Misty fens felt like a nice challenge and, coincidentally, they are a biome that I will be drawing on a larger scale sooner or later. 

Pokemon belongs to Game Freak, Nintendo.

Hyperstructure - reflective cushions by TheGreatMC
Hyperstructure - reflective cushions
Now also on Facebook:…;

And Tumblr:…

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As a continuation of:… , only this time I rectified my mistake of having too small of an idea for something this large. 

As a result, it was easier to draw and paint, with less sweat and frustration about. A good thing too, given that there seems to be a good reason as to why "space-age cities" seldom try to overtake volume hundreds of kilometers high and as such less inspiration material is present.   :D
Structured Horizon - colour by TheGreatMC
Structured Horizon - colour
First take at making a fully coloured version of a complex planet-spanning structure from an earlier BW drawing:…

I wasn't sure how to equip these towering cloudy layers with enough pseudo-logic to make them seem feasible, so experimental aspect had to be explored as much as the durability of paper allowed. 

After all, even the largest existing projects and structures built by human civilization doesn't look clear from Earth's orbit (ESPECIALLY during daytime in a given area), so it is tricky to pinpoint the scale of textures or even construction pieces. Star Trek Online had interesting visions of how these might look like [… ] , but it didn't felt like an inspiration for something that doesn't require divinely advanced civilizations to make.
Embarkment by TheGreatMC
Available on my Tumblr:…

Continuing from:… , I had to try out something a tad more complex to mark next stage of current practice run. 

My choice was to illustrate fantasy departure terminal that I had in mind for quite some time. Idea contained within initial concept sketch was small and inconclusive, so most of the creative thinking had to be done right on the final sheet. And so gigantic open hangar became a side of a terminal and detailed ship became a reflective saucer. 

In the meantime I got my recently prescribed glasses, so I had to pick up what seemed to be finished and add more detail. =p 

Staraya Ladoga by TheGreatMC
Staraya Ladoga
Also available on my Tumblr:…

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. 
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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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agataylor Featured By Owner 2 days ago  Student Traditional Artist
Wow, thank you so much for the watch! I'm honored. It means a lot for me, really :hug:
EwaGladka Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2015  Hobbyist Writer
Dzięki za watcha :)
TheGreatMC Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2015
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
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