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Where the Shadows Run · Original Short Story ·
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The Sun Follows
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#1 ·
· · >>MLPmatthewl419
It took me, like, a solid two minutes before I realized that this was a photo of chalk art. I really like how the texture/strokes of the chalk add to the piece, and how you use the IRL shadow as well. This definitely feels like it took a lot of planning and effort, so kudos for making it happen.

Thanks for arting!
#2 ·
· · >>MLPmatthewl419
This doesn't do much for me narratively, as far as the art itself is concerned, and I did a double-take to check that this was, in fact, an Original round. That aside, massive props for the effort that went into this chalk art. Bummer about the "graffiti" that's crudely censored on the bottom-left.
#3 ·
· · >>MLPmatthewl419
Chalk!!! I love chalk. The medium plays a big role in the ultimate consumption of art. Here, though, I don't think the chalk medium really adds anything to the piece. It could have been drawn on a piece of paper to the same effect.


The nature of chalk art inherently makes it super tricky to nail down cleanly, so I give it up to you for your ambition and your solid execution of ideas. Well done!
#4 ·
· · >>MLPmatthewl419
I really like both this piece and the framing. I would really like the framing better if it didn't have a really obviously edited clump of white in the bottom left though. Even having it match the color of the brick behind it would've been an improvement in my mind, as it is right now it's really distracting unfortunately. I like the texture that chalk on brick has though, and I really like the contrast both in colors and lighting here.
#5 ·
I'm kind of, I don't know, not surprised this got last? It seems to be a recurring theme on here, such that I wonder if I should even bother posting stuff. And no, this isn't some plea for comments like "No keep going and arting" because that's a waste of your time and mine and won't actually change anything. We'll just have to see.

Anyway, in regards to this piece, some background! So this is drawn on like a 7-8 foot diameter circle in the center of a certain city block where I live, and definitely looks waaay better irl than in a picture. It didn't help that I couldn't seem to take a straight picture either, though. The question might come up, though, of why did I do it there? To which the answer is that my city has a yearly chalk drawing competition here and it got canceled, so I wanted to do some art here in tribute to that. So I went and killed two birds with one stone, so to speak.

Surprisingly, the planning didn't actually take that long. The execution, on the other hand, took quite a few hours in the very hot sun with no shade anywhere nearby. It was also kinda exciting because I kept running out of chalk and had to dig through the next container in the hopes of finding something. I'm not sure if the fact that it took you a couple minute to realize it's chalk is a compliment or a criticism, though xD

First up, your perception of "is this an original round or not" is entirely your fault. There is nothing non-original in it, and was drawn as an original piece. In regards to my little white stuff there, I'd rather have it crudely censored than not censored at all.

I love chalk too! In fact it's probably my favorite medium to draw in, and was pretty well drawn in chalk simply because I love chalk. Also because it really was an impressive sight in real life, refer to the background section above. So could it have been done in some other medium to the same effect? Yes, but so could literally any other art piece in existence. Idk, that seems to come off rather harsh, which is definitely not my intent toward you.

The contrast of each side was kinda the intent of the piece, so at least I pulled that off.

Otherwise: ok so like, dude. Oh no, there's a tiny edited clump of stuff that isn't my artwork still in the photo, how terrible. As I said before, I'd rather crudely censored than not censored at all. Also, about the color, I kinda thought it was such a tiny portion people would just not care and understand that shit happens sometimes. I mean, hell, some idiot skateboarders ruined the other chalk piece I had done nearby about two days before this one. So could I have color matched it? Yes. Did I feel like I needed to? No.

EDIT: And, I don't know, it's just such a frustrating thing to nitpick. Like, you didn't even mean to, but it's just the kinda thing that pushes all my buttons the wrong way. I'm not really angry with you per se, just the subject of your comment is so... urrrgggghhhh

In closing, I'm actually rather surprised I got a fic based on this. Thanks a whole buncho dude, I'll actually go and read that one.
#6 ·
This composition makes excellent use of the round space allotted to it. I find that the stylized sun is easily the most eye-catching part of the image, and hence my main suggestion would be to carry this sort of stylization over to the rest of the image, forming bold and angular shapes and color contrasts for the trees, waves, grasses, moon, etc.
Good work, Artist, I appreciate the effort you put into making this real.
#7 ·
Was the shadow falling over half the drawing intentional? Like, the bottom half is the night so it needs to be in the shade. If so, that's an excellent touch!