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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:

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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 :,)
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Majnouna Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2013  Professional General Artist
That's me! How awesome :)
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cedrus Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2008
Really nice composition, and good job on the rock formation. The light glistening on them is great.
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Majnouna Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2008  Professional General Artist
Thanks! I worked hard on that effect :D
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melllic Featured By Owner May 2, 2008
Wow, it's a pretty interesting book so far ^^
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Majnouna Featured By Owner May 3, 2008  Professional General Artist
:aww:
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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.
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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!
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Sphenacodon Featured By Owner May 16, 2008
Thanks! I'll look it up.
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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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Majnouna Featured By Owner May 15, 2008  Professional General Artist
Wee, thank you!
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GreenSprite Featured By Owner May 15, 2008  Professional Digital Artist
Glad to see you're answering comments. Are things better around there?
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Majnouna Featured By Owner May 17, 2008  Professional General Artist
They're back to normal now and everybody's wondering if the Doha talks are going to solve things or bring new trouble.
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nicosnas Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2008   Artisan Crafter
Fimo? :confused:
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Majnouna Featured By Owner May 1, 2008  Professional General Artist
It's a brand of polymer clay.
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Original-Elfish Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
Woah, neat! 8D The pink ones are the coolest. ^^
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Majnouna Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2008  Professional General Artist
I like them too ;)
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yoboseiyo Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2008
that? totally cool.
i love the impressionist style of painting the caves.
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Majnouna Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2008  Professional General Artist
Great! :dance:
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luckystar01 Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2008
well done...you did a great job on the illustrations :clap:
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Majnouna Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2008  Professional General Artist
Cheers :)
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hAzArDoUs-ChEmIcAl Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2008
wicked!
i happened to be there last friday, impressive.
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Majnouna Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2008  Professional General Artist
Hehe, nice timing! Thanks!
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Alene Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2008  Professional General Artist
I'm not at all surprised that they look surprised! =) It looks amazing!
I love your concept with the fimo and varnish - it is a bit hard to see it on screen, but I can imagine that it looks wonderful printed (I expect the book is bigger, too?)
The only thing that bothers me is the extreme cold yellow of that section - could you perhaps warm up the tone so it ties in more with the oranges of the illustration... or else add some yellow to the illustration...? It just seems to jar a little, as though it's been stuck on. ;)
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Majnouna Featured By Owner May 19, 2008  Professional General Artist
Belated thanks!!
Yes, the book is much larger, 44x22 cm when open. I'm uncertain about the yellow myself, but when I tried to tone it down it merged a little too much with the picture – stuck on actually works better! But I'll try other possibilities again.
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rufious Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
Whaa joliment fait la grotte.
et puis le petit truc est assez sympa j'ai toujours eu du mal a savoir laquelle tombait et laquelle montait.
Maintenant plus :D
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Majnouna Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2008  Professional General Artist
Merci!
Eh ben voilà ;)
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EmperorNortonII Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
I like your sidebar, "StalacTite Tombe, StalagMite Monte!" Reminds me of the English equivalent "StalaCtites on the Ceiling, StalaGmites on the Ground!"
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Majnouna Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2008  Professional General Artist
Thanks for the tip! I was wondering what to do about the future English version :highfive:
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DBZMerciter2005 Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2008  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
... and they said "oh holy crap it's gold down here." XD

I was thinking that things seem to look better in print than they do on the screen; you just proved it. xD
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Majnouna Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2008  Professional General Artist
They always do, after all a screen is only 72 dpi!
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