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Downbelow Station by Grumbleputty Downbelow Station by Grumbleputty
A scene from a story I've had in my head for a very long time. This is the first time I've used a photo reference for the face and had it turn out well- I'm worried it might have been a fluke. The limited color palette probably helps.

The fantastic photo reference I used can be found in the flickr gallery of Lindsey Scott by clicking here. I swear I didn't just cut out the head and paste it into my picture... well I did, but I pasted it next to the head I wanted to paint and used it to color pick, check proportions and the like.

Consider me a firm believer now in using photo references for human figures- the main character in this image is an order of magnitude better than any human figure I've painted in the past (although you can pretty easily tell where my photo reference ended ).
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mari-su Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2015
This is gorgeous and feeling behind it all is just amazing. 
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Grumbleputty Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks!
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TomBydand Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2014
years late in finding this. oops. 

so, i've been slowly developing a story in which the sea levels have risen tot he point where some people live in cities underwater. and theres a load of otherstuff but basically. seeing this has reminded me that i need to write it so thank you for you amazing art. 
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Grumbleputty Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Always glad to hear something of mine has had a positive effect on someone- keep me posted, I'd love to read it when you're ready!
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SheCriedCrimson Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
This is delightful!
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PineRain Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
What a beautiful picture. It's very serene...
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MephMan Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2012
that is reeeeeeaaaaaally cool:)) ref only for the face?
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Grumbleputty Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks! The reference was for the face and the color palette.
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MephMan Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2012
Congrats! It turned out beautifully... very accurate...
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Caroline1scheibel Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I like your colors, lighting and compositing, it is magi
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Caberwood Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2012  Professional Filmographer
looks great!
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Avalon620 Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2012  Student Writer
This reminds me of the book 'Leviathan' by Scott Westerfield. :D
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:iconlilyce:
Lilyce Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2011
great idea and the colours create a very interesting atmosphere!
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SvalaW Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Epic work! I love that colours, they create an awesome atmosphere.
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Sch1itzie Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Awesomeness!
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Miha3lla Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2011  Student Photographer
:#1: Nice work!:iconflowerheartplz: :iconveryexcitedplz:=D :iconomgextremeplz: love the little girl n monster
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LouiseD Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Wow, great work:rose:
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Artbyspirite Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Cool !!!!
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Bluefairy-16 Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2011  Student Digital Artist
so beautiful :love:
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Yukiko-berrie Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2011  Student General Artist
this is simply beautiful. It has such a mystical feel to it great job. I also use photo reference haha it's great for when you get stuck
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ArtBeaver Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2011
absolutely amazing work..
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Emberblue Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
This is amazing! I'm surprised it has hardly been seen. It's beautiful!!! :wow:
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ClintostheGreat Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I featured this in my journal [link] :)
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Grumbleputty Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
thanks very much- it's an honor!
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ClintostheGreat Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
no problem, keep up the good work!
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Elinewton Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2011
WOW!!! What a beautiful image!!
Really well done!!
Surely the photo was a great reference!!
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anyahunter Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2011
love it ;)
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Grumbleputty Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Wow- thanks to everyone for the support and encouragement! This was just the boost I needed to get through a little bit of artistic burnout. Maybe it's time to dust that story off and finish it!
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Barbareola Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2011
Even without you telling us, I'd have guessed that this is a picture for a story- it hints at a story and tantalizes us with it. The look on the girls face, the eye of the creature, the composition, the colour that sets up the mood perfectly.... Great!

Of course now I'd really love to read that story! :)
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cilios Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2011  Student Traditional Artist
:wow: this is image is incredibly atmospheric!
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viiih Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2011
absolutely love it :)
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Plasticleapingorca Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2011
Excellent
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CelticStrm Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thats really cool!
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carpenocturne Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2011  Student Filmographer
This has to be my new favorite picture of yours! This is absolutely amazing!



Let's just hope that the whale isn't itchy.
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ArtCrusade Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Wow, this is incredible! I love the colours! :)
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Jacksworld82 Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2011  Student Digital Artist
Nice, the expression on the kids face is priceless.
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AvengedSouls Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
wow... just wow
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