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Washed in Moonlight by DarthFar Washed in Moonlight by DarthFar
100 Pictures Challenge #94: Last Hope.

Uh. I'm not sure why I drew this. :laughing: I never have reasons for my impulses. But it might have something to do with a request from someone to draw Paris... and I needed to work up the courage to draw (1) perspectives and (2) with traditional media. (My skills for both being comparable to the suck capability of vacuum cleaners).

It might be the characters' last hope... or it might be mine. While I was working on it, a ghastly splotch of white paint landed right smack dab in the centre of the picture. It withstood all blotting attempts. I had to do major damage control with the previously scanned WIP (WIP #8. Thank goodness I had the presence of mind to scan each step...), but no further work could be done. :no: Man, I hate not having a CTRL+Z option.


Thanks to `DragonWinter for betaing, coming up with the title, and generally putting up with my bugging. ;)


Drawn with Medallion 0.05 and 0.2 mm technical pens, and painted with black Quink (fountain pen) ink and white poster paint. On A4 paper, if you can believe how ridiculous that is, LOL.
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:iconchiamata-alle-arti:
Chiamata-alle-Arti Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2009
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gryphontamer Featured By Owner May 28, 2007
Oooo, very film noir. I like!
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:icondarthfar:
DarthFar Featured By Owner May 28, 2007
Thank you. :XD: That was the effect I was going for.
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:icongryphontamer:
gryphontamer Featured By Owner May 28, 2007
You achieved it, sir. :) I salute you.
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:iconocelott:
ocelott Featured By Owner May 15, 2007
Okay, I am officially jealous of your mad skillz. You've always had me beat in digital art, but despite your self-proclaimed n00b status in traditional art, you've clearly beat me out here, too.

I'd hate you if you weren't so charming. :shakefist:
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:icondarthfar:
DarthFar Featured By Owner May 18, 2007
Well, you know, I can't do *charcoals*. Especially of homicidal droids. ;) But thanks very much, Occy.
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:iconfeeldaforce:
FeeldaForce Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2007
looks pretty sweet! =]
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:icondarthfar:
DarthFar Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2007
Thank you very much! :D
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SleepwalkerElf Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2007
Holy... :jawdrop:
For someone who once said he couldn't draw a straight line, that's not bad. Not bad at all!
Old buildings and dark alleyways... mhm... me like :)
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:icondarthfar:
DarthFar Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2007
Thank you very much, Nadia. Er... I had blue pencil lines to guide my straight lines. ;)
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:iconwincenworks:
wincenworks Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2007  Hobbyist Digital Artist
You drew this picture because you wanted to show off your skills. I'm on to you! Fantastic street scene, very atmospheric and interesting to keep looking at.
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:icondarthfar:
DarthFar Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2007
Oh bleh to you!

But thanks very much. :D
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:iconcelestial4ever:
Celestial4ever Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2007  Professional Filmographer
Nice! I really feel the film noir out of this :D
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:icondarthfar:
DarthFar Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2007
Thank you very much! :D
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:iconcelestial4ever:
Celestial4ever Featured By Owner May 1, 2007  Professional Filmographer
You're very welcome :D
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DobbyKnits Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2007  Hobbyist General Artist
This is absolutely beautiful, Far. :clap: :winner: :+fav:

I see no indication of the accident. :sherlock:

Got to thinking, though, that after it happened, maybe you should have entitled this “Rue Blanche.” :giggle:
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:icondarthfar:
DarthFar Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2007
That's because it's been heavily restored with the last WIP I saved. ;) (I saved a grand total of 8 WIPs in the process). I managed to save the picture that way... but I couldn't do any more work, and it bugged me.

Thank you very much, Linda. Rue Blanche - ROFL! :rofl:
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:iconcallista1981:
Callista1981 Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2007  Professional General Artist
Oh, its really wonderful artwork! :w00t: Cool perspective and tones, and style :) I remember old black-and-white movies and technique of old artists! :)
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:icondarthfar:
DarthFar Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2007
Thank you very much! :D I've been re-reading my Road to Perdition comics; I think some of that feel has rubbed off on me.
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:iconfirera:
Firera Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2007
You're insane, completely insane, Far. :XD: Awesome piece.
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:icondarthfar:
DarthFar Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2007
Oh sure, as if anybody's ever mistaken me for 'sane'. ;)

Thanks very much!
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:iconfirera:
Firera Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2007
Lol. We love you as you are, Far. Don't ever change. Welcome!
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MBoulad Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2007
Gee you're brave :) All that perspective...traditional media...If it was me I'd have all my fingernails chewed down to the quick after something like this...some traditional media are incredibly unforgiving. I'm glad you were able to patch it with the scan :D

You've done a fantastic job...I love the results. Very moody with a vintage feel, beautifully detailed, the figures are nicely done too.
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:icondarthfar:
DarthFar Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2007
Yes. Incredibly unforgiving. Like that dollop of white paint. :dohtwo: Man, that was a stupid mistake!

And thank you very much. :aww:
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MBoulad Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2007
I wouldn't call it 'stupid'...traditional is like that, you never know what's going to happen :D Plus I find it hard to keep up with what's happening with my tools when I'm so over focused on my work...it's a recipe for disaster lol!
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ladyrevan82 Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2007   Photographer
I'm with Tory. It's gorgeous. :D

For some reason when I see this, I think of the scene from Singing in the Rain when Gene Kelly's character runs away from his screaming fans.
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:icondarthfar:
DarthFar Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2007
:rofl: I need to see that movie, I really do.

Thank you very much, Rhia. ^_^
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ladyrevan82 Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2007   Photographer
It's my all-time favorite movie :D

You're welcome!
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kristinamy Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2007  Student Digital Artist
Awesome detail! The glow of the lamps, reflections on the windows, and the people show special attention to detail. And the perspective looks right, too.

When I first started doing traditional media after a lot of digital painting, I kept instinctually trying to used the nonexistent CRTL-Z button. It was an odd feeling.
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DarthFar Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2007
Thank you very much! :D

This should totally be a question in an art quiz: "You know you've been drawing digital art for too long when... you make a mistake and automatically reach for CTRL+Z, and then curse because it's not there."
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FalconFan Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2007
:omg:

Fabulous!! Such detail--and with so many types of media...I bow to your patience, talent and skill!! Gosh--the lines and perspective are just flawless, and I am astounded by how well you've used light here--washing it over the building faces, street and people... It's amazing, and I am so impressed! :clap: :clap:

FF
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:icondarthfar:
DarthFar Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2007
Thank you so much, FF. :blush:

And heheh... definitely not flawless. The original grid was pretty decent, but I made a number of non-removable errors while inking the picture so a couple of things that are supposed to be smaller came out slightly bigger. (I'm hoping nobody notices 'em...).
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FalconFan Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2007
LOL! I sure didn't notice any proportional problems--I don't have the best eye, but there's nothing glaring that pops out at me, that's for certain! A great piece (and I'm in awe of the time it must have taken, with all that media to use...).

FF
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BrokenFate117 Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2007
Amazing! I can only guess how long it took. Wonderful picture and shading!
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:icondarthfar:
DarthFar Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2007
Thank you very much! :D It didn't take as much time as you probably think; a great deal of the 'working time' was spent waiting for paint to dry and drinking obscene quantities of coffee.
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BrokenFate117 Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2007
Really? That's surprising. But hey, at least coffee comes in handy at times!
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davincipoppalag Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2007  Hobbyist General Artist
Beautifully rendered!
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:icondarthfar:
DarthFar Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2007
Thanks!
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davincipoppalag Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2007  Hobbyist General Artist
=D
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WraithTen Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2007
You know I'm in love with this, the architecture and the old cars - fantastic. I'm thinking of having it screened onto a pillow so I can sleep with it. Ok, that's a little overboard but still...I really like it. :D

I'm really glad that you're trying some traditional media.
*Proud aunt smile*
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:icondarthfar:
DarthFar Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2007
:rofl: On a pillow! dear aunt, you think up the most interesting things.

Thank you very much. :aww: I was thinking of doing your kiri with ink and watercolour pencils... *if* I can find enough leftover courage to try.
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WraithTen Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2007
*Tosses Far a barrel full of courage* Take this, I'm not using it. ;)

Interesting, yes, thank you for wording that so nicely. I do have my own, unique, take on things. :D
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DarthFar Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2007
Unique's good. ;)
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Tatooine92 Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2007  Student Writer
Oh, wow, this is just gorgeous! Your traditional art is every bit as fantastic as your digitals! Beautiful. Just... beautiful. :+fav:
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DarthFar Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2007
:blush: Thank you very much.
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Tatooine92 Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2007  Student Writer
You're welcome! :D
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Madman42q Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2007  Hobbyist General Artist
This piece is very nice. The first thing that comes to mind is Casablanca. (Which I still haven't seen. :doh:)
Do I detect a faint trace of watermark? Eh?
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:icondarthfar:
DarthFar Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2007
Thanks very much, Dale. :aww: I was trying for a Noir-ish look so... yeah.

I've been putting those faint watermarks on my stuff lately, in case you haven't noticed. ;) There's one on Nefretiri as well. And all my Garrity stuff.
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scott5353 Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2007
I've never sen you sketch a work like this before.An excellent understanding of perspective in relation to the people.
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DarthFar Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2007
That's because I don't have much faith in my skills involving non-removable media like ink. :blush: Thanks very much, Scott. I had an epiphany about perspectives while drawing this; while it doesn't make it much easier for me to draw them, at least I'm a little less afraid of them now.
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