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Through the Dreamscope by Kyrahlynn Through the Dreamscope by Kyrahlynn
Well, I was hoping my next upload would be some owed-art, but stuff for class (and other homework) have pretty much eaten up all my time lately... nine more days! NINE!


Anywho, so here's one of my art class pieces, in which I decided to experiment with watercolors... and stretching watercolor paper. Verdict: stretching keeps paper from buckling, but the tape isn't necessarily removable. Even if it's supposed to be. So that's why the edges are a wreck (and the other funky edges are from my scanner being open so I could flatten the piece to get it to scan properly.)

This piece kept bouncing between lost-cause and it-has-potential, and I think the gel pen (inspired by ~ninjahijinx's works) and the blue shading saved it from being a complete lost cause. So I kind of like it. Sort of.

And, since this piece was all about learning, critiques are welcome! And no, even if I was still subscribed, I wouldn't use that silly "critique" box that makes itself sound like it's the only way to get constructive criticism. Yes, it has its uses, but in some ways I think it's dA's most ridiculous feature yet. So please, just leave critiques in your regular comments, the good, old-fashioned way :). I do know that the proportions and anatomy are kinda wonky (I was a bit sloppy) but feel free to critique 'em anyway.


Special thanks to ~Traxer for helping me come up with a title to fit the prompt I had :)




And of course, about-to-jump-off-a-building Kyrah is mine ;)
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IkoRane Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2009
I've seen this uploaded by someone else here on DA and I don't know if it's an alternate account or what. I'm a bit confused
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Kyrahlynn Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2009  Student
:O Could you please link it to me? This is my only dA account, so if it was uploaded elsewhere it's without my knowledge or permission.
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IkoRane Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2009
ugh, I've looked all over my favorites and I can't find it. my computor doesn't load them all up, but if you want it should be beyond the 5th page if you want to look D=
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Kyrahlynn Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2009  Student
*lols* found it! You actually faved it here- if you look at the list of favorites, you're number 24. I think it may have been around then that I changed my icon, so that may be the reason for the confusion ;) (Thanks for being alert, though! It's always good to know people are keeping their eyes open for potential art theft :))
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IkoRane Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2009
I totally thought it was by a diffent name and everything. Oh well. I'm oblivious sometimes. sorry for the mis hap
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LittleRibbon Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2009
Ah, this is really nice piece!

I like the style and the background looks cool too. I think what I like the most though is the coloring- it looks great! And I have to compliment your use of white gel pen because I notice a lot of people get too carried away with it but your looks so nice! C:
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Kyrahlynn Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2009  Student
Yikes, sorry for the late reply! I'm really behind in my message center :blush:

Thank you so much! I'm glad the gel pen looks well-balanced- it's a fun tool, but easily over-done :XD:
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ShadowDHusky Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Awesome work on the wings and the lighting and colors, Kyrah :)
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Kyrahlynn Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2009  Student
Thank ye :)
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ShadowDHusky Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
you are welcome, Kyrah :hug:
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Koeyohte Featured By Owner May 31, 2009  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I suspect the gel pen is what's making the highlights, like on the eyebrows and the hair, and pants, etc.? It looks LOVELY I can see some off things when it comes to the anatomy, but it's still very nice ^^ I like the way you colored the sky - all of the colors blend very well, they are not muddy and don't mix awkwardly (which I just *love* accidentally doing! ^^ ).

I've walways liked how you drew wings - the flowingness of them,a nd their large size really pulls the viewers in, especially when they're colored that rich blue ^^ I can see you used blue shades in the sky's corners and in the shadow ^^

A very lovely, colorful piece!!! :)

~Koey
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Traxer Featured By Owner May 27, 2009
Snaaaaaazzy. I have to echo ~indutiae . I saw this, let it ferment in my mind to come up with something profound...and still the coolness is beyond words and I just wanna say "snazzysnazzysnazzy." It is definitely "fun with watercolors" and quite exceptional composition between expression and sky and pose (even the wings look exceptional...).

AKA: Ooo, shiny.
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Kyrahlynn Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2010  Student
Thank you so much! I really ought to dig out my watercolors again... I miss using them.

And holy cats sorry this response is so terribly late. I am so bad at keeping up to date with my message center :blush:
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indutiae Featured By Owner May 27, 2009  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Been waiting a few days to comment here to see if I could offer anything significant, but most of what I have is still "THIS IS SO PRETTY". I love the sky in the background, the highlights on the figure - looks so glossy! - the realistic shadows, and the perspective on the roof.
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Kyrahlynn Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2010  Student
eep, so sorry for the belated response! I'm resolving to be more prompt with replies this year, that's for sure.

Thank you so much! It's so awesome that people like this so much- it definitely makes me want to keep at it with watercolors :D
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bootheel Featured By Owner May 25, 2009
OH GEEZ. That is really, really cool. The pose, the atmosphere, the coloring... man. I agree with ~icey-lava, the rough edges add a lot to it. I would've assumed they were intentional.

(the only small crit I'd have is that Kyrah's legs seem a little short?)
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Kyrahlynn Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2010  Student
*brick'd for horribly belated response*

Thank you so much! The rough edges have kind of grown on me- though now I know the proper way to remove the tape :XD:

(And I do believe you are correct. Kyrah has this weird petite anatomy that I never quite manage to capture. Gotta work on that.)
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icey-lava Featured By Owner May 25, 2009  Student Artist
haha, actually, i kinda like the crappy paper-tape border. it /kinda/ adds to the dream scope idea. it pokes fun at our subconcious' false reality. :]
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Kyrahlynn Featured By Owner May 25, 2009  Student
yeah, after the initial disappointment (I was so looking forward to pulling that tape off, it was driving me nuts!), the leftover tape kind of grew on me. It could've been worse :XD:

And speaking of subconscious, you showed up in one of my dreams again last night. What is it with you and invading my dreams??? :lol:
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icey-lava Featured By Owner May 25, 2009  Student Artist
lol, no idea.
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OzyOxy Featured By Owner May 25, 2009  Student General Artist
WOW! You're very talented with watercolor, I love all the colors you chose to put together. I kinda like the edges, it adds an element of texture.
The only crit I can think of is the buildings in the background look like they could have been a little more atmosphere-ized. Like, I like that you made the grey lighter, but making the yellow highlights faded as well would bring it up another notch, ya know? :)
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Kyrahlynn Featured By Owner May 29, 2009  Student
Thanks, Ozy! The one thing I did have going in my favor is all those greeting cards I've done- they've helped my brush control considerably :XD:

Ooh, good point! Those highlights are a bit strong there. I'll definitely keep that in mind for future land/cityscapes :)
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Anniepopokios Featured By Owner May 25, 2009
I love the coloring on this one 8)
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Kyrahlynn Featured By Owner May 29, 2009  Student
Thanks! :D
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DCLeadboot Featured By Owner May 25, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Heh, cool wolf-angel there! :D
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Kyrahlynn Featured By Owner May 29, 2009  Student
Hehe, she's far from an angel, but thanks! :D
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Manicc Featured By Owner May 25, 2009
Awww! It looks so good! I love the wings
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Kyrahlynn Featured By Owner May 26, 2009  Student
Thanks! The wings were my favorite part to draw :)
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bingles Featured By Owner May 25, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
DO WANT!
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Kyrahlynn Featured By Owner May 25, 2009  Student
:D
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