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James Francis
Artist | Hobbyist | Varied
South Africa
I draw... to draw!
It's time again to go dig through my Favourites and see what catches my eye...

Frank and Mika by micaelopes

Just when you think you know a few things, then you see something like this and you want to cry... Certainly, one of the harder parts of being on DA is to constantly come into contact with vastly superior work. This piece by micaelopes is one of those moments. His other watercolour works are also not to be sniffed at, but I really like how he separates the layers in this scene.

I'm not a fan of manga. Well, I am, but I don't really like the scene. There's too much of it, a lot of it looks the same and the fans that surround it can be, shall we say, overbearing - certainly the result of too many 100+ episode show marathons. That said, the art form is quite a different thing. Manga is highly stylised, the result of Japan's centuries old love-affair with minimalist line work combined with great insight into how our brains perceive proportion and movement. It is an easy style to copy, but much harder to understand and manipulate. This is why I like this piece by porigoshi . It captures the essence of the style, but still swings it into a different interpretation. Not surprisingly, porigoshi is a professional Japanese animator, so he is certainly not just copying stuff. I also like the vintage feel of this image and the stark contrasts of the over-scanned artwork with the colours works really well.

Kitty vs. Bunny by kittypuss

Another example of how to use layers of colours to great effect, this time by kittypuss . I also like the fluid movement, in particular the solid-black cat. Note the streaking move in the second frame, the almost time-slowing motion in the second-last frame and then the very present shaking of the head in the last frame. Those are three very different suggestions of motion, pulled off perfectly. This really shows expression has little to do with complexity, but everything with detail.

Sami kimono 2 by cwbird

This artwork by cwbird deserves an up-close look. It combines several mediums - pencil, graphite, pen and ink - but none of them overpower the rest. It is also - obviously - very well drawn. I particularly like how the dark rectangle around her abdomen gives the picture real weight, contrasting nicely with the almost weightless hat.

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rollarius55 Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thx a lot for the fave, James!;-)
MMHudson Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks for the fave! :happybounce: 
JonathanWyke Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2014   General Artist
Thanks for the (many) faves!
babylon-sticks Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
No prob - I was clearing through my watch backlog and practically all the stuff in your folder stood out. 
JonathanWyke Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2014   General Artist
Thanks :)
VinceAndrews Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2014
thanks for the fave! love the comics :)
babylon-sticks Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
YanchoAdams Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2014  Professional General Artist
Thanks for the faves and watch!
babylon-sticks Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
No problem :)
Zakosauris Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2014  Professional General Artist
thanks for the fave, I truly appreciate it!
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