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At the End of the Day... by PolymerWantACracker At the End of the Day... by PolymerWantACracker
"...we'll always have each other."

As part of an art trade with :iconmissdeibu:, featuring her OCs Deibu and Brina. This took probably three hours in all despite not really showing that much, but I'm really proud of some techniques I had to learn for it, like how to do a heat mirage, desert/grassland biome topography, and FINALLY getting that danged light edge thing somewhat right. Hope ya like it, MissDeibu!

As a side note, I obviously don't own these characters, so please consult with her if you want to use them in some way.
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:iconatomicsnarl:
Just Dandy! Love the palette, structure, and setting. Great character representation (though I don't know their origins or sources), good posture, and emotive faces. Well done! I see from your replies in the comment sections that this was an experiment in lighting and such, so I'll focus on that.

First - you've got perspective down pat, now consider the lighting. The light source creates its own perspective (shadow) lines. His leg shadows are spot on, but hers are a bit off. Shoe/ankle outlines are fine, just angled a little too far away from the sun shadow line. Minor stuff, but it adds up. You've got the fence posts shadowed/highlighted nicely, and adding ground shadows would just be clutter.

Next - terrain back lighting and shadow. I see you went with 3 shade steps. Good choice and it fits well with the way you're applying color and structure. It's easy to under/over do it. Using GIMP to check, I see you went about 90/80/70% Value for your 3 tones on the right side hills, and about the same for the left. This is distinct, but also leaves your image a bit bright in the shadows for a view into the sun. Formally, the Shade side of the hills would be very dark, lit only by sky light and any back light from other objects. Consider 90/60/40 and brighten from there, assuming you're using shade layers. Excellent use of shadow edges to show relief and interesting terrain.

Clouds - well done! Simple, cartoony, and nicely colored. Note that with the low sun angle, the underside of the clouds would be lit. As you shadow textured the terrain, you could do something similar for the cloud bases. If so, the cloud tops would be less lit - the perspective lines again. The outside (away from sun) edges would not glow. Your left cloud, above the tree, shows this. Not so much with the upper right cloud. I'm a retired weather guy, so I have a soft spot for this.

Finally - edge light. It's a good effect and enhances the characters nicely. It is easy to over do, depending on the style you want to use. Find and study an object in back light, such as a ball, pot, vase, or something with a shiny smooth surface. For extra points, image search for people wearing latex fashion and note the edges and shines considering the lighting.

Good stuff! Keep at it!
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Characters looks cartoonish (and have cartoonish body proportions) but this make them look good. Color of the sunset is well made as well as others colors .
The metal barier on the right side have dark shades but there is no shadow.
Shadows of the characters are well made. Not too bright and not too dark.
The female legs look strange to me. Like she has prosthetics legs or something (sorry, my imagination). Art is really beautifull and well made. You put a good use to your skills and i have nothing to say againt it. Sure there are some flaws but they are just tiny details. Sorry for my English I'm really tired and when i'm tired I make a lot of mistakes. Great job.
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TheCoconutChild1 Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2017  Professional General Artist
I had found your artwork in a folder of a great group I'm in at ProjectComment

And I wanted to give you some feedback. So I hope you don't me. :3

First off, I love the sunset you created and how it reflected on other parts of the picture. Like the orange shading on the trees and rocks.

Second of all, I love the concept you used. The characters walking dome the road, fascinated by whatever we cannot see.
The sun illuminating on them, also gives this art Piece a nice touch.

But now I have a say for other parts of the picture, although I love your shading. I wished there were a little more.
Contast of different colors, such as darker blue and purples could of been part of the trees and rocks, like the clouds.
And I wish I could of seen a blend of colors in certain parts of this piece.
Like making the clouds have more of a fluffy feeling.
Or the grass and trees can be made more messy.
But other wise from all that, I still love this art Piece.
I've noticed from your gallery, you don't make art of human characters much.
But I liked how you just went with it.
Did you best
And you certainly made it best.

Thank you for letting me have a chance to see your work and I would like to see more progress from you in the future
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Be-Bzzt Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Hello, I found this work at ProjectComment 

Its very interesting and have a very warm feeling. And the color really make it clear that its the end of the day.
But, maybe for the mountains behind them, as well for other objects, a more brighter color should do a very good atmosphere. And also for the dark part. If you give more darker touch it should be affect more to the atmosphere. And, for the clouds. Try to make more varied color on it. Like for example, some yellow, red, and dark blue should do the work.
Also, maybe a bit of stars at the edge of the sky should make the picture more beautiful. But the scenery is really showing a warm feeling, and a romantic atmosphere. 
For overall, you've done a great job! I'll look forward for your improvement Lil' Comment Type 
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Frozen-Sol Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
Hello there <3
I was looking through the art on the More Exposure #20 (by ProjectComment) and I couldn't help stop at this picture. I've seen so much Manga and Anime that a different cartoon is a nice change.

I'd give this medium originality because walking down a highway at sunset is one of those common social moments we see in a film. After a trying day full of events, anyone can relate to a peaceful, carefree stroll down an empty highway with a friend. It never grows old or loses its purpose :)

From a distance the coloring and shading look alright, but when I zoom in I feel you could've used a tad softer brush for the highlights and shading. Shading becomes hard when the light source is directly behind like in this picture, but I see that didn't stop you making this picture :)
I also recommend not using pure white for highlights, as they're too strong in contrast with other colors (like for instance the man's black hair).

Aside from that I will commend how well you did the one point perspective on the road. The mirage on the road is interesting; I wonder if you could've spanned it further up the road? But it's up to you. It's a simple cartoon, so I won't pick on improving too much detail. Although it would look nice if the clouds had more than 2 shades. But as I say, for the most part it looks good from a distance. Well done on setting a mood to your picture :D And if this was a fiction I'd be interested in reading it :)
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DTKinetic Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Very nice :nod: First of all, I like the mood, it's like a crossbreed of adventure and romance, and both the desolate/distant landscape and the sunset contribute to both of these categories very well. Plus, the color scheme used here is a pleasing mix: the subdued reddish-pink with the stronger blue and purple sets a good contrast :thumbsup:

I think, as others have mentioned, the main issue I noticed is the backlighting on your characters. The color that you used for the highlights looks too close to true white, and has the effect of aliasing/improper masking than an intentional highlight. I would recommend hues of golden yellow/orange. Secondly, the thickness of the highlight is too uniform throughout. Depending on position and texture some areas are going to have thicker highlights and will ebb/taper away in a direction.

Outside of that, I really like the atmosphere in this picture, it's a scene I can imagine at the end of a movie =)
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PolymerWantACracker Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Ah, okay. I thought it'd take forever to add non-uniform highlights, but I'm quickly learning just how much detail *can* go into highlights and shadows. Thank you!
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DTKinetic Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
You're welcome =)
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Inkcess Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2016
interesting piece, different from what I usually come across but amazing nonetheless, I love how you did the sun!
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kyrtuck Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
Nice use of colors for the overall scene, but the main thing that bugs me is that white shine all around the characters.  I know what its supposed to be for, but I think it looks to bright and white, and detracts from the picture.  I think I'd just do a lighter color for around the edges.  But if it were a metallic object in question, then I'd do white, like what youre doing. 

I appreciate how you made the green desert shrubbery in the far background as just green blobs or dots, but then maybe you should do the same for trees in the far background, and remove their outlines.  The body proportions look a little bit off, like maybe you should make the heads smaller, or the legs slightly longer.  The shadows look nice, except I think they should be slightly closer to the feet.  I like what you were doing with the clouds, but maybe you should do a tiny bit of blurring between the colors.

I like the little mirage-like effect you did for the road in the far background.  The sunset itself is quite good, but somehow I feel that the shading you did for the desert hills is the strongest element for this piece.

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PolymerWantACracker Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Honestly I think leaving all of the trees outlined would just look messy, but I can see why consistency would be desirable. About the white shimmer, I wonder if there's a way to use a brush in Photoshop to auto-lighten colors without sacrificing saturation; that'd be nice... Well, thank you for the feedback; I know I need to work on human bodies so this is all still a learning experience!
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atomicsnarl Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2016
Are you using layers to brighten/darken colors?  You can set layers to Multiply, Divide, Screen, and Burn to change saturation or hue to suit.  Here's a reference for ya: www.tadpolewebworks.com/web/at…

This is what I use in GIMP for my stuff, and I've done the same in Photoshop.  Play and have fun with those settings to see what works for you.
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kyrtuck Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
'welcome!
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kyrawriter Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2016
Very nice. A poignant picture.
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ARTificialphanTOM Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Really like the way you handled the backlighting of the sun on the people and the clouds. It looks like they are in a desert landscape but not like penguins walking in Antarctica which is also a desert landscape.
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OwenStarr Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2016  Hobbyist Writer
Looks a bit like Velma from Scooby Doo. 
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AlexDama Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I really like the colours on this one, especially from the background, it's vibrant in a pleasant way.
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PolymerWantACracker Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Yeah, I'm trying to get a better grasp of color theory. Like I don't really care about that "complementary color" stuff when I'm just trying to depict a scene, but making all the environmental colors vaguely reddish is its own challenge.
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Haluin Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2016  Student Digital Artist
really nice use of backlight here! The muted colours work well too, id possibly make some areas that aren't hit by the sun a little darker just to give it more depth ^^ keep up the good work! im sure youll go far :D
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PolymerWantACracker Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Yeah, that wouldn't be a bad idea, thanks!

...Also, just realizing I totally forgot to give the road barrier shadows. lol
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Haluin Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2016  Student Digital Artist
You're welcome!

Hahaha don't worry, you live and learn :D really nice concept though! I hope you have a good day ^^
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MissDeibu Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2016
Wow this is actually really amazing thank you! :3

I really apologize that my half is taking me so long. I recently got a commission and really needed to finish that first. QuQ but it should be done by the weekend!
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PolymerWantACracker Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Don't worry about it; just submit it whenever you can. I personally keep a queue of all the art trades and requests I have going as a note on my iPod touch so I get the order right, but yeah, if I did commissions those would tend to take priority.
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MissDeibu Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2016
Thanks so much c:
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DoubleDandE Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2016   General Artist
Nice image there, especially with the sunset and background. 
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PolymerWantACracker Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you! I must admit, I kiiiiiiiind of cheated, in that I copied a few reference images of similar environments at roughly late-afternoon into Photoshop and sampled the colors in a few places; I'm still trying to build up a better sense of how the overall light environment affects which colors should be chosen.
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DoubleDandE Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2016   General Artist
Welcome. 
that seems like a good way to learn. I think. 
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