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Where the Shadows Run · Original Short Story ·
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The Insouciance of Introspection
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· · >>KwirkyJ >>GroaningGreyAgony
I really like the dirty, metal-on-paint texture of this one. I've really got no idea how you did it, but lemme tell you, it looks pretty fantastic. The simplicity of the two figures (being done in only one or two strokes each) is also a really nice touch. Overall, the piece has a nice sense of foreboding.

Thanks for arting!
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· · >>GroaningGreyAgony
As >>Bachiavellian said, the textures here combined with the colors really make this pop. The contrast of the white spatter/smears with the oilslick brushstrokes of the figures is really cool – however I'm torn by the mottling in the figures, guessing the underpaint showing through the thinner portions of the brushing. Very evocative.
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· · >>GroaningGreyAgony
This reminds me a lot of ancient cave paintings. Your choice of color palette is great, and the abstract figures tell a story the way you positioned them. Well done!
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· · >>GroaningGreyAgony
The texture to this is fantastic, it gives it an especially otherworldly vibe. I actually like that you can see it through the figures, it gives them an added ghost-like presence on top of them appearing to be floating. Personally I think I would appreciate if the center of the painting maintained the effect of the white paint only being on the texture that it has towards the outsides, but I still love this piece.
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>>Bachiavellian, >>KwirkyJ, >>thebandbrony, >>DuskPhoenix

The Insouciance of Introspection

Thanks for the comments and the gold! Congrats to DuskPhoenix and Bachiavellian, and a chalk-dusted thumbs up to MLPmatthewl419.

At my side gig, I handle reams of letterhead produced by a printshop. They are shrinkwrapped with pieces of thin cardstock at each end to protect them. The printshop seems to use whatever it has at hand to make the end protectors; sometimes, the cardstock has a shiny silver coating, much like the cardboard lids you sometimes get with takeout food. I took a couple of these sheets home to play with them.

There were fingerprints on one of them, and I tried spraying rubbing alcohol on it to clean it. Instead, it produced that interesting mottled-white texture. I went with it, using black acrylic paint to create the figures; I wasn’t happy with the first attempt and at first and wiped it away, which did more interesting things to the texture in the center. I tried again, sprayed the resulting figures to add texture to them, and got the posted result.

The piece as shown is reflecting part of its environment, including the green shirt I was wearing when I put it in my book scanner. Seeing it in person is a different experience than looking at a photo.

Don’t hold back from experimenting with art material; it may lead you to interesting places.