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Pond Watching by Taesolieroy

Pond Watching


27 January 2015 at 19:17:50 MST

So.. Bit of a story behind the physical piece...

Last night I went to prepare for a stream to work on finishing this (I had the bush to the left of the couple, and the pond with the fish uncolored), and had leaned over to grab my marker roll to arrange on my lap for the duration of said stream. My headphones snagged on my water glass (which has a handle for easy grabbing), and tipped the nearly full cup all across the desk and fully on the paper.

As you can imagine I had a mental white panic moment and flung the paper onto the carpet on its face and frantically scrambled for paper towels to dry it off as fast as possible while a miniature waterfall cascaded off the desk behind me. Apparently cardstock is more water resistant than I figured, for the back side was still rather dry. Prismacolor was a boon as it did not once bleed or smudge, but the wet side of the paper pulled it into wacky curls that I had to fight with a hairdryer on both sides to get it to a workable state. The result of this is why there are some blurry areas as the paper was ever so slightly warped even under a heavy sketchbook on the scanner. I'm going to have to press-store this piece for some time to get it flat enough for mounting and laminating -__- How annoying!

Incident aside, I had a good deal of trepidation tackling water on such a large-space of uninterrupted canvas. Normally with marker pieces I try to fill in the paper to minimize large areas of negative space for the nature of how the markers behaved. Thankfully five colors later it blended really well despite the fact the texture of the paper drastically changed from its original state. At the time of completion I wasn't convinced I did a decent job with the water until I saw the scan today and noticed effects I didn't see prior. So it turned out well despite the hiccup, and after many heavily referenced photos to get color palettes and architectural styles right.

This piece was requested by Nakase on DA of her and her mate's characters at a Japanese Water garden. At the time this was a contest prize well before she's had her child, hence why there is no little one with them. ^_^;

I did something a lot different than the bookmark piece in that this was done almost entirely with Prismacolor markers down to the blending, and a touch of gel pen for the water and highlights. The fish do appear vivid here (they did in the photos I've seen too), but they are tinted in the physical image.

Art (c) 2015 myself - do not copy/alter/redistribute!
Characters (c) NakaseArt and Draconis-de-Christus

Submission Information

Visual / Traditional


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    A very lovely surprise, indeed. The image looks very green, therefore very alive. Lovely.

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      That was always the interesting thing about the waters of Japanese gardens - it either showed near-black from being so dark, or reflected the colors of the trees around them with its stillness.

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    Blue tooth ear phones my suggestion to prevent future incidences. As far as flattening goes, I am sure you have used a heat press at least once, there might be a way to replicate by getting the paper really hot after drying before pressing.

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      Sadly I've not the funds for such a headset, and no heat press in my arsenal XP

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        well that is why I recommending preheating the paper to a decent temperature, and I think my uncle said there are some bluetooth headphones which are fairly cheap and still decent shrugs I imagine the price range is still near 80 USD though.

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          Yyyeeaaahhh that's way more than what I can afford T_T; My newest headphones were $20 and that really bit the wallet..

          I'm not sure what you're getting at with preheating, but I could probably hover it over the wood stove before pressing it...

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            Well over even using a blow dryer on high or a simple heater, something that can heat it from a distance, and place two sheets of felt on either side and then place books on it, or even sit on it. But use one book on the bottom for a flat surface that you know is flat. If that makes sense.

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              I'm familiar with the concept of pressure flattening, and of course I'd use a book or other flat surface! I had to use a sketchbook for the scan as it was the heaviest thing at the time to use that I could grab quickly.

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                Haha, I once a 2 inch thick organic chemistry text book. But I know the pains of trying to scan things