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Portholes - Drawing in the sea - 03 by lu--24 Portholes - Drawing in the sea - 03 by lu--24
So, finally I continued this little series! It's been, like, more than a year from the last one...
Not the best watercolour piece out there I guess, I was also sloppier than usual at inking...

But I hope it's at least funny to look at ^^ I had expecially fun with the scaredy mices, I think it's the best out of the four scenes... 


ink pen, fountain pen and watercolour on Moleskine watercolour pad
artwork and concept © lu--24
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:iconmichirubokido:
MichiruBokido Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2017  Professional Traditional Artist
this makes me wanna take a ship and sail away ^^ very nice drawing. hehe, I wonder if the cat has realized that the mice are just in the next room. ^^
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lu--24 Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
Ahah, yeah :D
Thank you very much! ^^
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MichiruBokido Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2017  Professional Traditional Artist
06 by MichiruBokido  
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tatlntael Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2016  Hobbyist Writer
Nice!
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lu--24 Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks!
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Yuukon Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2016   Photographer
Heya! I am here from ProjectComment !
I have to say that I really like how playful and colourful this piece looks! It's very cute! It looks like something you'd come across in a childrens story book, and I think that is super awesome! I love being able to look into each window and seeing something else happening. You seem to have put a lot of time into details, and I know that is not always easy when working with watercolours! Good work, and keep it up! It's a lovely piece, and I hope to see your work in childrens story books some day!
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lu--24 Featured By Owner Edited Aug 2, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
Hi! Thank you very much! :D
My aim for it was exactly that, making it look like a children's book illustration, so I'm very glad to hear this! ^^
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Yuukon Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2016   Photographer
It was my pleasure dear!
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Tudalia Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2016  Student Traditional Artist
Heya!
I must say this a very beautiful and lively drawing! I like the constant ripples on the waves! Also, I like how you've put the color scheme as per the real ship metal color. The people behind the window/ glass look very happy! (including the animals of course!) The initial rating: I think it is a nice image as per the visual impact and the meaning behind the image.

I want to suggest a few edits/tricks you may use to increase or enhance he quality of your artwork, if you have felt tip markers at your place, you can use them to highlight the waves and make their boundary look a bit bold; this will create an effect that the waves are in front the windows and the whole ship. Also, adding a few shadowy shades behind the frame of the windows will make them look a bit realistic. Adding more shades, both dark and light on the metal frame will also increase the total impact of the image on the viewer!

I hope you found this helpful! The image looks reaaly nice and I hope you keep making good artworks like this in the future!

Keep being awesome!
Tudalia
(On behalf of ProjectComment)
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lu--24 Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
Hi and thank you very much for the comment! I'm happy to hear that the general impact looks good to you ^^
Thanks a lot for the tips, I've never thought of using a marker that way. I only have very cheap ones, but I'm going to try it on some new artwork!
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Tudalia Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2016  Student Traditional Artist
I'm happy to help!
:)
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pawcanada Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
Hello, I'm from ProjectComment

Generally I really like how this piece has been done. I agree with my fellow PC member about how amazing your watercolour skills looks on this piece. The water, for example is truely amazing with the different strokes and colours you've used, and I also like how you've also given a slight metallic sheen on the silver side of the ship. The different scenarios are also brilliant, offering a nice glimpse into the world of a random traveler.

That being said, I do wonder if there is any glass in front of each of the holes. Obviously there has to be, otherwise the ship will take on water, but there is nothing on them to suggest as such. For example when I first saw the porthole with the dog I genuinely thought it was about to jump out at the seagull, as there is no obvious glass blocking it. I feel a white diagonal shine down one of the edges - say from twelve o'clock down to nine o'clock - or MAYBE through the middle (which, granted, could obstruct too much) could add that extra level of detail and make it clearer that there is glass there. I do also feel the cat's eyes and some elements of it's design like the back legs and paws get a touch lost thanks to the medium and dark grey colouring.

Otherwise a wonderful piece and nice snippets into the lives of travelers.
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lu--24 Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you very much, I' very glad to hear that the painting and the concept part looks good! ^^
I really should have thought of some kind of shine or reflection for the windows, now that I read your comments I'm asking myself "Why didn't I think of that?", but luckily I'm still in time to make at least a couple ink lines to give the idea that it's a window. Thank you for the suggestions on how to do it!
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pawcanada Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
You're welcome, I hope the suggestion works for you.
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LuckyStarhun Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
Hi! This is a comment form :iconprojectcomment:!

I have to praise your watercolor skills, the picture looks smooth and I love the bright blue color of the sea! You managed to find a sort of harmony with the colors though you should do some blending so it feels the parts of the picture belong together. For example, some of the sea's blue need to reflect on the boat too, because then it would look more natural. I love the little scenes in the portholes, however they look as if they were 'cut in' the picture as there is no perspective and a bit of gleaming on the windows as the light reflects from it would do some help. I am not so good at watercolors so I can't give advice as to how to implement it but it would be worth a try. The cat in the last hole looks cute but she blends too much with her background because of the spotted floor and fur. Either the cat needs some more outlines or the floor needs less detail. The mice (or rats) are funny though and I like how the dog tries to catch the seagull through the window! Anyway, pretty picture, keep up with the good work! :)
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lu--24 Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
Hi, and thank you very much for this!
I was going for a very simple flat colouring style for this, but I'll definitely keep the blue reflecting tip in mind for the next paintings! There's always something I forget ^^
I also agree on the light on the windows: that would have definitely helped in making them feel a bit more "real".
Yes, I made a mistake while colouring the cat and I'm not happy with how it doesn't stand out, it's too dark, I think, and the details of the shelf don't help at all. But I'm glad you like the other scenes! :D
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LuckyStarhun Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
Yeah, it's pretty and it's all a matter of practice you know! :D Sometimes we have to make mistakes to improve, keep up with the good work! :)
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IndigoArcadia Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2016  Professional Digital Artist
  Hello, First off I want to say that this definitely a fun and creative piece! I like the different scenes in the windows. I think the colors are fine especially for a water color piece, but I would add a bit more shading to help the painting not feel as flat. My last suggestion is copy the window with the cat, you can see the floor in that part, and since they are all on the same floor of the ship I think they all need that same unity with either the floor showing or not, I like the floor though because it helps with depth. =) nice job and hope this was helpful.
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lu--24 Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you a lot! Actually ,for this one I wanted to keep it more or less flat in colouring, it's more like a little comic than a full-fledged illustration. But I agree  on the portholes' background, they should have more consistency. The one with the cat wanted to show a place with shelves and boxes, but it ended up looking like a floor and that's pretty confusing... But you're right, in a way it looks a lot more "complete" than the others with a little background!
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Juneberry-chan Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
I find the different colored backgrounds in each porthole confusing, especially since we can see the floor only in one. However, outside that, I think it's really nice getting to peak through the different portholes and see so many different things going on! And the water splashing alongside the wall is beautiful! That bird looks a little small- could it be a baby seagull flying by? I have an affinity for seagulls due to my surname being said that way...So this art also brings in my personal emotions and thoughts of family. That leads me to feel even more drawn to the fellow with the dog- who looks like it's trying to catch that bird! Why does she seem so dazed, though? So many things to wonder.
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lu--24 Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you for the comment! I'm glad that you liked the water and idea!
About the different backgrounds, yes, in hindsight it was not the best idea. The last one was supposed to show boxes and shelves, but it doesn't look like that at all.
I'm glad that the scene with the seagull had a meaning to you! The dog's behavious is inspired by my own dog, who is silly enough to run and jump after birds trying to catch them ^^
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JMFAnimations8 Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2016  Hobbyist Filmographer
awesome art bro.
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lu--24 Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks! ^^
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JMFAnimations8 Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2016  Hobbyist Filmographer
you are very welcome.
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Sketchman147 Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2016   Traditional Artist
This is actually pretty neat. :)
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lu--24 Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you so much! ^^
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Sketchman147 Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2016   Traditional Artist
You're welcome. :)
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