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Jeita pp6-7 by Majnouna Jeita pp6-7 by Majnouna
Maxwell and co. paddled up the underground river in near total darkness, because candles hardly give any light. When they reached their first major obstacle, a large smooth rock that barred the way, they lit a magnesium wire to figure out where they were, and... :wow:

It took me a while to figure out how to illustrate the inside of the grotto. I could have used my usual lineart but such a high level of definition wouldn't have been faithful to what it really feels like, so I settled on this impressionistic effect. Amazing what you can do with a single brush :D It's effing painstaking but the subject deserves no less!
The stalagmite/stalactite are Fimo with varnish drops. They're not very clear on screen but the effect is wicked in print.
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Shizen-Nana Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2013
You are also the one who illustrated the Jeita grotto story ?! oh dear i've read your book during the French salon du livre ! I'm so happy :,)
Majnouna Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2013  Professional General Artist
That's me! How awesome :)
cedrus Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2008
Really nice composition, and good job on the rock formation. The light glistening on them is great.
Majnouna Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2008  Professional General Artist
Thanks! I worked hard on that effect :D
melllic Featured By Owner May 2, 2008
Wow, it's a pretty interesting book so far ^^
Majnouna Featured By Owner May 3, 2008  Professional General Artist
Sphenacodon Featured By Owner May 1, 2008
Wahey! Awesome impressionistic Jeita! May I ask what brush that is?

Nice fimo stuff too. I've said it before and I'll say it again - these should be done into 3D posters to hang in classrooms.

The mnemonic for stalactites/stalagmites is great. Next time someone asks me which is which, I'll sock it to them.
Majnouna Featured By Owner May 15, 2008  Professional General Artist
They should name their brushes, it would make this easier... LOL. It's the 21st brush in the brush menu, between the set of simple hard then soft brushes and the airbrushes. Its default size is 19. I used it with 50% opacity and 50% flow. It ends up requiring a lot of buildup, but that's what gives this feel.
Glad you're enjoying these!
Sphenacodon Featured By Owner May 16, 2008
Thanks! I'll look it up.
GreenSprite Featured By Owner May 1, 2008  Professional Digital Artist
You managed to capture that feeling of "omg omg awesome!!!" that people get when seeing a beautiful cave for the first time :D I'm glad you decided for this painterly style, it really does justice to the textures and that oddly almost organic look of stalactites and stalagmites (apparently I'm one of the few people who know which are on the ground and which on the ceiling :lol:). Great job! Must fav.
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