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Neo Sacramento Chinatown by Ranarh Neo Sacramento Chinatown by Ranarh
This really cost me nerves. I thought, "Towns with neon signs at night have been done to death. I'll try a day view in morning light, that'll be interesting." Stupid me. Anyway, now I am done, I'm happy (and hope I killed most perspective issues), and will go on to the next town. Cityscapes, you're going down!
Assignment for #Weekly-Environment.
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:icontheshiningarmor960:
TheShiningArmor960 Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2014
it would be hella sweet if I saw Sac Town like this :O
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:iconranarh:
Ranarh Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2014
Maybe in 20 years? :D
(You could try to provoke an earthquake to make it happen faster :))
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:icontheshiningarmor960:
TheShiningArmor960 Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2014
yeah maybe. with the new arena, some new taller skyscrapers, wider roads, new roads, more light rail, and high-speed rail :D
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Ranarh Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2014
At least you have a chance of seeing a modern city like that, however slim. Here in Europe, entire cities are under protection for historical purposes. I have no idea how London managed to become so glassy-steely. Don't get me wrong though, I love our old cities.
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Courtney-Crowe Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
that is amazing :D love all the details
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:iconranarh:
Ranarh Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2013
Thank you! :thanks:
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gemistryartworks Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I lopve this as much as your old Western cityscape. The typography is fantastic, I love weird things :)
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:iconranarh:
Ranarh Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2013
Took three times as long as the western town :phew:
Don't tell anyone, but the scripting is actually Japanese and not Chinese ;)
Thanks!
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cemac Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2013
I have included this wonderful artwork in the 'New Feature For March 2013' on the front of the :icondigitaldelights: journal. Please :+fav: the journal so that more members will see your art and thank you for being a member :heart:
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Ranarh Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2013
Great! :hug:
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PutYourBraveFaceOn Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2013
Yay! I’m very glad to announce you that your artwork has been chosen to be amongst the best deviations :iconwinner-plz: submitted to our :iconforeverartgroup: in the month of December 2012. You can check it out here: Featured & here: Hall Of Fame ( 33 – January 2013 ) . :clap: P.S. Please, don’t forget to show us some love :heart: by :+fav:ing the Blog. :thanks: If you had seen this Blog faster than we got to announce it to you, even better! :thumbsup:
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OnyxOryx Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2013
Good grief, how long did this take you? :faint:

I'll finish looking at all the details later, after I find my eyeball that just fell out and rolled away... :eye:
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Ranarh Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2013
About 30 hours. Good luck with that eyeball, and thank you :thanks:
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OnyxOryx Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2013
Found it! :eyes:

It would take me more like 30 days. Keep on rockin'! :headbang:
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SpecterCody Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2013  Student Digital Artist
I like the amount of details, it clearly was a lot of work!
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:iconranarh:
Ranarh Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2013
It was, and I'm glad you like it! :)
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UncleRice Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I don't even want to think about the legal issues that building that horizontal skyscraper would have brought or try to come up with the economic reasons why it was a good Idea.
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Ranarh Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2013
:rofl:

Thank you for the appreciation! :)
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oragamiknight Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
asdjfdfjdsakfh this is toooo awesome~ :D I love it
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:iconranarh:
Ranarh Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2013
Thank you (good luck finding your voice again :D)
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Jess-Foxx-Quinn Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2013  Professional General Artist
Its a great picture! I am so tired of the same gloom and doom future pictures so many paint these days. Its great picture of light and color, and a hope for a nice future. And as for perspective, looks great to me.
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Ranarh Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2013
That's what I thought. Thank you very much :thanks:
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knozos Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2013  Student Digital Artist
That's because in the future is night all day, and the "Neo" in the name of the cities stands for neon signs :P
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:iconranarh:
Ranarh Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2013
I never thought of it that way, makes perfect sense :D
:thanks:
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wytherwing Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2013
outstanding piece! :thumbsup:
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:iconranarh:
Ranarh Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2013
Thanks!
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wytherwing Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2013
you're very welcome! :)
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:iconinfrah:
infrah Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Awesome!
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:iconranarh:
Ranarh Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2013
Thanks a lot!
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Ai-yoku Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
This is fantastic. I'm trying to challenge myself this year to draw innovative environments; however, i'm not quite sure where to start! What advice would you give to a novice, and, how long did this piece take? I'm sure it was quite tedious, but I hope it was also fun! :)
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Ranarh Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2013
Thanks!

Environments are easier than portraits because one has more freedom. It's important to have a well-filled visual library; look at references, make studies, start small (first a house, then a city). Learn perspective by heart; you need at least a horizon line. Natural environments need overlapping to show depth. In artificial ones, the danger lies in too visible ruler-drawn lines; most houses etc aren't that straight. Make messy brushstrokes to imply detail. Include something to clarify scale, like people or animals.
The point of view is important in environments, they make a picture epic or calm. It won't hurt to learn a 3D program like SketchUp, or build a model from cartons. That way you can easily choose a good viewing point.
That would be my tips for beginners; I found that I like them so much I all but stopped painting portraits. Imo it's important not to over-challenge oneself at first; I used to plan these vast complex environments, found I couldn't paint them and was vey disappointed. I can now, though, so just delve into it, and you can do whatever you want in (no) time! :)

I think this took me about 30 hours, spread over several weeks.
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Ai-yoku Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Gosh, thank you so much for all of this advice! you have no idea how much i appreciate it; i'll do everything you've said in the hopes that i can improve. That's an interesting point that you have more freedom with environments! I guess I usually feel overwhelmed, but its nice to know that its okay to start small. my last question would be, how do you go about placing people or objects in these environments? I often find it hard to get everything correct, and I don't know if I should draw the environment first and then the person, or the person then the environment.

Thanks once again for your incredible advice! My words cannot express how grateful I am.
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Ranarh Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2013
You're welcome :) I am happy to help.

Anything follows the perspective, even people. Added elements should be clearly seen, but not be distracting. People in environments fulfill two purposes; show scale (of unfamiliar subjects), and reinforce the narrative. If you only need to add people to show that there are any, loose work will do, as in my chinatown. Important figures are best painted in larger scale and shrunk down later. Characters and scenery - as opposed to landscapes with added figures - should be planned simultaneously, and then painted from background to foreground.
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Ai-yoku Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
God, you are giving me the most valuable advice that I wish I'd received long ago. Thank you once more! I've been running around town drawing buildings for the past couple of days; I anticipate creating something incredible after I've practiced enough. :)
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Ranarh Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2013
I'm happy you are happy. I would love to see what you come up with.
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TheMadSinclair Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
J Lawd. So many signs. So many people. And buildings. And everything. I love looking at it though, even though it's really busy. And there's no lines anywhere which fascinates me so much. ._.
One day I will be at your level as an artist! Eventually!
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Ranarh Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2013
Thanks!

There were lines, I used a Sketch Up model for the basics.
No doubt!
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Alexlinde Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
A daring attempt and it worked out pretty well!
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:iconranarh:
Ranarh Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2013
I just spent the entire day drawing the dark alley assignment. So, thank you for giving out really helpful work in the group.

Thanks for the comment! :thanks:
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Alexlinde Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I'm glad you like it! Hopefully I can make up more new interesting assignments for a long time. :)
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Ranarh Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2013
Seeing as I am behind the assignments by several weeks and have increasingly complex ideas for them, they are definitely helpful. I used to do scribbly studies, now I can put the assignment work in my portfolio :) I only wish I'd spend the same time on my own groups #Weekly-Character's assignments...
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Alexlinde Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Ugh don't get me started about being "behind"

You're still like 10 weeks ahead of me....me... the founder..
And even though I didn't post any new assignments in the last part of 2012 to allow myself some breath to keep up.
I still didn't manage to catch up at all...

So by all means, please do spend some more time in your own group so that I can catch up with you again! lol
Nah kidding! I'm glad you're still actively contributing assignments and it's clear to see you're getting better too.

I still lack in growth sadly, but I promised myself to work on that this year. :D
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KnightTek Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Excellent!! :D
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:iconranarh:
Ranarh Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2013
Thank you :thanks:
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yuvnashva Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2013
amazing and much detailed.
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Ranarh Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2013
Thanks a lot!
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DameOdessa Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
:wow: Sublim! So detailed, so fantastic! :love:
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Ranarh Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2013
Thank you very much. I think this is the environment that took me the longest time ever. :thanks:
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DameOdessa Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Looking at it, I can guess so!
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Black-Wren Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2013
:O :jawdrop: :faint: :dead:

This is too awesome.
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