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    Default Magnum Opi and Fancy Kindling by Master Artist Liam

    This Gallery is where I present to the world the attempts of "art" I have procured and prepared. Enjoy these slabs of chalk, drawings, and models as they bask in the tears of the trees used to make them.




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    Mimikyu Mimic You Pichu!
    Bergmite Bathtime!


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    Mimikyu Mimic You Pichu!
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    This little guy is all ready and gung ho for his adventures of the night, trick-or-treating, dressed up in a simple, yet adorably frightening Mimikyu! How meta!! I used chalk to sketch out and color the Pichu in costume and then took a photo of the entrance to my house (yes my real entrance) around Halloween and then cut Pichu into the photo-- attempting to do a kind of cartoon-in-real-life kind of effect.

    Proof of work, here:
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    Pokemon: Pichu
    Rank: Simple

    This was entered in the Halloween Art Contest.
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    Bergmite Bathtime!
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    This tiny tyke is happy playing around with his little Titanic toy in the bathtub-- maybe a bit too soon for the tragedy, but nonetheless the little guy is having fun splashing around! He got some water on the floor, but let's be honest, that floor is a bit dirty and could use some washing. It's Christmas time, so the shower curtains have been switched out to the most gaudy, old, dingy Christmas tree and Santa patterned curtains. They don't need a good wash, they need a good burn by the yule log!

    This was done by sketching it out with pencil, then colored with chalk, and outlined with charcoal. I tried to do some more shading with just chalk and it wasn't so bad with either Bergmite, nor the bathtub/floor, but I still used help from an online editor (Picmonkey) to help with some of the shading.

    Proof is in the bottom right hand corner where I signed it!

    Pokemon: Bergmite
    Rank: Medium

    Also going for the December theme of an ice type Pokemon!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Surfer Liam View Post
    Mimikyu Mimic You Pichu!
    Spoiler:

    This little guy is all ready and gung ho for his adventures of the night, trick-or-treating, dressed up in a simple, yet adorably frightening Mimikyu! How meta!! I used chalk to sketch out and color the Pichu in costume and then took a photo of the entrance to my house (yes my real entrance) around Halloween and then cut Pichu into the photo-- attempting to do a kind of cartoon-in-real-life kind of effect.

    Proof of work, here:
    Spoiler:


    Pokemon: Pichu
    Rank: Simple

    This was entered in the Halloween Art Contest.
    Claiming this.

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    First Impression.
    The contrast between the chalk Pikachu and photographed background really makes the little costumed mouse pop out! There’s a bit of a Pokemon Go vibe just by sheer virtue of the whole “Pokemon that is clearly not realistic-looking appearing in the lower middle of a vertical photo of a real life environment” thing, but right away it’s clear that your Pichu and its cute costume are their own entity altogether!

    Form.
    I’m gonna get this out of the way right now, this is adorable. Pichu’s features are all there even beneath the Mimikyu mimicry; the little button nose, upturned closed eyes, and wide grin work together to create a very happy expression. Pichu’s body language works with the face very well. Its upright ears and raised hands, combined with a strong expression, show that the little mouse couldn’t be more excited and delighted. I also like what you did with the tips of the ears, creating a bit of a ‘point’ at the top to imitate Mimikyu’s not-quite-right ears and emphasize the fact that this is a Pichu in a costume rather than a Pichu with a paintjob. I also really appreciate the inclusion of Mimikyu’s cheek color; that’s a nice touch that shows care for the costume.

    However, I feel that you could have shown the ‘costume’ part of this a bit more thoroughly. Aside from the ear tips and the rough hem of the costume, very little of this shows that Pichu is wearing a fabric costume. Showing some seams, folds, bunched-up fabric, or maybe even patches could all work together to convey cloth texture. This would be especially good around Pichu’s arms, where the fabric would bunch up near the shoulders due to Pichu lifting its paws in the air, and where lines would show beneath the arms due to the aforementioned bunching. There could also likely be some folds near the neck and feet. The neck area is where the torso widens, so the shoulders would have bunches of fabric settling on the wider areas of the torso. By contrast, the bottom of Pichu’s torso is smaller, and therefore, there would be some drape on the fabric that could create a few subtle lines. While it’s not impossible to tell that Pichu is wearing a cloth costume, especially due to the ear detail mentioned above, I feel like a bit of added texture would really sell this without distracting from Pichu or its costume.

    Normally, I’d also critique the form for the background, but uh… not much to be done there! I do want to talk about how the Pichu and the background match up. I hope the Pokemon Go mention earlier didn’t put you off. A lot of the time, PoGo’s AR doesn’t really look like the Pokemon could conceivably be in the physical plane it’s “supposed” to be on; this one, however, looks like it should be there in terms of perspective. The view on the door and the view on the Pichu match up nicely, so Pichu definitely looks like it belongs. Pichu looks a bit big compared to the door, like it’s the size of a small child rather than the 1’ tall that official material claims; however, quite frankly, the Pokedex is whack sometimes and I don’t think a teeny tiny mouse-sized Pichu would work for this piece. Really good job positioning Pichu in this physical space.

    Color and Value.
    One of these days I’m going to be known as Velo “will not stop going on about shading” Jello. HowEVER, it’s a good and helpful thing! There’s no shading on your Pichu, and while shadows and highlights aren’t one thousand percent critical to every artwork, I feel like your Pichu would have benefitted from some shading. Mixed-media work is naturally disadvantaged in the unity department. Because your figure and your background are in different media, you’ll want to do all you can to ensure that your figure looks like it belongs in this environment.

    That being said, the colors that you’ve used here are pretty good! I can’t help but notice how bright red Pichu’s cheeks are. In a piece that’s clearly set in a night environment, where most of the colors are blues, grays, and washed-out yellows, the red is a bit distracting, as it makes Pichu look like it’s not part of its environment. A pink closer to Pichu’s traditional colors would do the job of drawing the viewer’s eye while still blending well with the rest of the piece. Other than this, though, you’ve made a good use of contrast. Pichu’s desaturated Mimikyu costume matches well with Mimikyu as well as the background, and the contrast between it and the reds and yellows of Pichu’s face provide some stand-out contrast. Your photo of the background is also very good, with enough lighting to provide good contrast and visibility while still staying dark enough to invoke the image of an evening’s Trick-or-Treats.

    Technique.
    More chalk! While there is a little bleed around the cheeks, this is noticeably cleaner than your Pyukumuku piece without losing out on that good soft blended pastel texture. That’s really good to see! I approve. There’s some slightly sketchy lines still visible, but I feel like they add to Pichu, here. Mimikyu is a rough, sketchy Pokemon, so a Pichu dressed as one should look rough and sketchy. Because the sketchy lines are consistent throughout Pichu’s form, this isn’t distracting or unity-breaking either; they’re just a nice effect that bolsters that Mimikyu hashtag aesthetic.

    Like I mentioned, the background is clear, with enough lighting to let us see while not going so bright as to make the viewer forget that this is a nighttime scene, which shows good photography skills. You did very well with both of your media independently; however, I would suggest working on blending them together. Apart from the shading and color business mentioned above, Pichu doesn’t cast any sort of shadow - something that makes it look very separate from the background. Your porchlight should cause Pichu to cast a shadow toward the viewer, to emphasize the fact that Pichu is really in this environment. Otherwise, good use of blending the two. There’s no weird, rough patches of Pichu that show through, and your photograph is good. I also genuinely like your idea. It’s not reinventing the wheel or anything, but it’s creative and clever, and I think you executed your real-world-environment papercraft quite well. While I still think Pichu could look more like it’s in its environment, this mixed media really makes it pop, which is awesome.

    Conclusion.
    This was one I was a bit fenced about, mostly because the unity in this piece isn’t at the level I feel it could be. Part of this was due to a lack of shading, something that isn’t demanded at the Simple rank, but something that is definitely suggested. On the other hand, the mood of this piece, the use of media, and the clever idea behind it help you out a lot. In the end, I’m going to say Pichu captured. While the execution has room for improvement, you had a good idea for this piece - both in the uses of media, and in Pichu’s costume - and your use of anatomy and technique for both of your media was strong. Go forth and continue coming up with neat ideas and refining your pastels, slay the great dragon of shading, keep being awesome, and enjoy your baby mouse!

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