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Towards the sun by lu--24 Towards the sun by lu--24
This is my entry for the Places charity artbook's contest!
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-- edit! Since I qualified among the 3 winners of the contest, the artwork will be included in it! --


And also my first work after a really long pause from this site... but It's not like I didn't sketch anything these months, so I hope my skills didn't regress ^^
I don't know if the atmosphere is sunny enough, since the mountains in the background make a big contrast with the vivid colors in the foreground...
The reasons for the choice of the place are in the artbook description below!

preferred name: Luisa Simioni
place description: A sunflower field in Austria. Years ago, I went to Wien by train for a brief summer camp. From the trains window I could see all those endless sunflower fields, and I really wanted to get off the train and walk into those fields. I love rural landscapes so much, even if I live in a quite rural place, and they're always something really inspiring to me.
(the wheat is somewhere in the grass near the girl btw ^^ and this is a low-res version just for the submission)


On a separate note, I really felt it would be too commonplace if I chose Venice or another random place by the sea near where I live... I was really tempted to choose those or some tropical place but it just didn't feel right or with the same meaning... Besides, there are really too many places in the world I'd like to visit, so I went for one I can tell something about! ...and I really wanted to hurt myself and draw countless sunflowers :D (and I'm positive this instinct didn't come from the sunflower field in Dressrosa, I swear it's just a coincidence!)



ink pen and watercolour on Canson Montval watercolour paper
artwork and concept © lu--24
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:iconastaqte:
AstaQte Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2016  Professional Traditional Artist
Very cozy and warm picture:)
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lu--24 Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you! ^^
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AstaQte Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2016  Professional Traditional Artist
welcome:)
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SilviaGalasso Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2016  Professional General Artist
relaxing !!
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lu--24 Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks! ^^
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SilviaGalasso Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2016  Professional General Artist
you are welcome
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darknightwolf2010 Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Hi! I come from :iconprojectcomment: with the tag word sunny, so the reason that I choosed this picture is quite obvious. The picture give itself a warm feeling, and the colors contribute all together to make it bright. ^^

Ok the first thing that atracted me it's the fact it's made it traditionally, I love traditional art. Because it's the kind that asks glorious skills to handle instruments that will limit more or less your capacity to erase/remove the mistakes you do. Not that making mistakes is a bad thing, but it can be frustrating at some point. (I've been there)
Other aspect it's the calm atmosphere. Loneliness is not intensified here as a bad feeling, on the contrary, shows  the moment when a person enjoys being with other things, other than people. Flowers are a good company and great listeners when noone's watching ;). The dinamic is present here, by the moving train, that cracks the moment and atracts the viewer's attention, by it's colors in contrast. Even if yellow and red are both 'warm' (bright) colors, red always stands out more than yellow. I like the little background, the mountains full of trees, and the more distant it is, the colors fade away much more. Great Job!
Somet things are botherin me, though. There's no shadow, on either of the objects or the girl. If you intended that way, it's up
to you...just, it would make it seem more realistic and good if you can add on future artworks, the bright and the shadows.
Makes the difference, trust me. Also, you have the posibility to use other colors to make it seem like darker sides, not necesary darker colors. It's up to you, it's your art.
Other thing, is the girl's arm, don't really know what but it looks kinda stiff, from the elbow to the shoulder, while the other part, looks more relaxed...more like jelly-ish. Sorry if I'm mistaking. >.<
A little sigestion about the dinamic, because I can guess that the train actually movers, but it still looks like it's staying in one spot.
You can try to make some effects here (you don't need to know PS but it yould be much easier if you do). A traditional trick I use
on dynamic is to blur the colors in at the margin on the side from where the object is coming for. Ex: the train, I presume, comes from the left and goes to the right. You can add some white on the left side, some thin lines, for better. You can also try an use the suroundings like: some flying leaves to go on the oposite direction, or theclosest sunflowers swing on the same direction, blowed by the wind the train causes.

That's all I can say, I personally like this piece and it's been my favorite. I just see the passion you put into it, which makes me believe that you can do it even better. ;)

And with this the tag is over, I hope that my sugestions help you improve, not to change your style, unless you want it.
You can do better! Have a nice day and have fun! ^^



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lu--24 Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you so much for this wonderful comment! I'm just sorry that I'm replying so late ^^
I'm very glad that you like it! :D
You're right about the shadows, I'm always too "shy" with them because I'm afraid of ruining everything, but I should really improve there.
And thanks a lot for the suggestion about dynamics, it's very useful and I'll try my best in my future works!
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darknightwolf2010 Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
I am really happy that I can help you, the way that I can. ^^
Don't worry, I am not as well as active because of the college.
Yeah, I feel you, but sometimes we have to encourage ourselves to break the ice, and try the things that scares us.
You will never know untill you try. ;)
Great! Can't wait to see more art from you! :D
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jempavia Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2015  Professional Traditional Artist
Cute little peice!
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lu--24 Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you so much! ^^
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jempavia Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2015  Professional Traditional Artist
:)
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neonparrot Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2015  Student Digital Artist
Seems like perspective isn't strong enough, sunflowers are equally bright on the fore- and background. You could put less details on ones on the back and maybe thicken lines on flowers that are closest to us. I really, really like the composition, though, and the train, it's my ave part here :>
I'm not sure whether it's on purpose or not, but shadows are lacking, too. It could pass as a style thing, but takes away the 3d-effect. Atm the picture looks quite flat.
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lu--24 Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
I know the perspective has some problems, but I think it's more about the height of the sunflowers... real sunflowers can be much taller than that, I noticed because a neighbour planted some of them and they're like 2,5 meters tall ^^ On paper they looked right, but when you take them on the screen you see that in a different light. I made the lines on the front thicker but it's probably not really visible... because when you scan and photoretouch, things like that are easily lost. The perspective is from an high and distant point of view so the sunflowers we see in the forefront are not so distant from the ones in the background, so the only thing I left without lines are the mountains, which are very distant instead.
For the shadows, I always make them very light so you can't see them unless you angle your screen. It's my big problem because I'm always afraid of messing it all and not being able of going back. I'll try to get bolder with them c:

I'm glad you liked the composition, I spent a lot of time thinking about how I could get the scene done and what to place in it... at first the scene should have been from the inside of the train, but it was too complicated to make the sunflowers prominent that way, so I decided for this ^^
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crownlaurel Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2015
this is SO gorgeous, I can't help but stare at all the gorgeous sunflowers! :heart: (they're one of my top favorite flowers! >w< )
can I ask, how do you even go about drawing a field of sunflowers?! you achieved such depth... :D did you start at the back or the front!? :'D
gosh, the whole perspective of it is just romantically wonderful! :heart:
I thought it was Japan for a moment, the trains and mountains through the countryside look a little bit similar I think! :D 
anyway, beautiful work!! :D
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lu--24 Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Aw, thank you! Sunflowers are just so beautiful and sunny! I love them too ^^
And I think another person who commented thought of Japan too XD

For the field, like for everything with a lot of things in it, you start more with the planning than with the drawing. So I sketched a series of more or less angled circles, starting both ways: making a few small ones on the upper part, a few big ones on the lower part and then filling it going from big to medium or from small to medium until I reached the center. When I had all the cirlces in place, I angled them better, added the stems and the inner circle, and then all the petals. It was a really long and stressful thing, so I did it in different days :P

Thank you again for all the compliments and for the fave too! ^^
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crownlaurel Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2015
Wow, thank you so much for the detailed breakdown! :D I've never planned a piece with quite so many things in it, so I'll give it a shot and see how it goes! :D I hope to make a field of sunflowers as pretty as yours! :> (it's kind of clever to break it into different days! :D I usually power through the difficult/complicated parts and feel really harried by the end! So I think your way is better... :> ) & no problem! :heart: 
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lu--24 Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
You're welcome! ^^ Yeah, try it! And then could you send a link to me? I'd like to see how it came out :D
Yeah, I always break drawings like this in several days... If you count that I had to ink everything after drawing it, it was really a lot of work. Coloring is a lot less stressing XD
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crying-king-art Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
The simplicity on the girls face really makes me like this piece a whole lot more. I don't know why but it makes me feel very nostalgic. Great work especially on each individual flower and the straight lines on the train!
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lu--24 Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you, it's nice to hear that ^^
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MabusTheDark Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
This seems like a peaceful place to rest!  The level of detail is impressive without it making everything too cluttered, also.
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lu--24 Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you so much! I'm glad to hear it doesn't look too cluttered ^^
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MabusTheDark Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
You're super welcome!  I have one question to ask... how often do you get actual comments?
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lu--24 Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Oh, hmm, it's difficult to say because I've only uploaded like 2 works this year, so it's obvious I didn't get many comments ^^ In the last 2 days I received 4 or 5 on those works I was invited to submit to project comment due to my contribution in a side project of the group. But generally I have 1-2 response comments everyday because I'm mildly active in the forums and I generally comment on people's journals and art when I have something to say :)
And I'm terrible at getting back to them, even if they're a small amount... I take too long to write an answer XD
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MabusTheDark Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Ah, I see.  I was just curious, since a trend to not comment much at all seems to be going around the community.  :|  It kind of stifles growth, eh.
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lu--24 Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Ah, yeah, that's true... it's difficult to get comments nowadays, but it gets slightly better when you submit to groups and a bit better than that when you have time to talk on the forums (sometimes the thumbnail forum is actually a good place to look for feedback). 
And it's sometimes discouraging when you don't get comments, you don't get much motivation like that XD
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MabusTheDark Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Ah, I see!

Well, thank you very much for your time!
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falcoDArgento Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Hello!
I come from ProjectComment to continue the Comment Tag Thread
I was tagged by vladimirsangel with the word "Adversity" and so I've chosen this dev to depict the word.

First off, I love this piece. It's so vibrant and bright. Traditional art strikes me as something really hard to do, firstly because you can't undo without traces and secondly because I feel it needs a lot of skill to get the job done, specially in such a beautiful way. And to make it better, you've done it in watercolors which has always been so messy to me, I'm simply astonished by your beautiful art.
Also, congratulations on getting qualified, it absolutely deserved being included.

I decided to pick this piece because it reminded me that even when "adversity" is always almost schedule to come around, as punctually as a train does, there's always a bright side to look at, or at least, something nice to make ourselves overcome anything that stands in our way until we reach" towards the sun". The atmosphere in this is so peaceful, it makes me feel like it's telling me "everything is alright even if, from time to time, the train runs by in its noisy way"
I'd suggest you add a little extra shadows in between the stems of the sunflowers, since the corolla is generally big on this kind of flowers, it'd only make sense that beneath them, there's little light, and that'd be a great oportunity to add some patchy spots of light on the floor.

And well, since this is a tag game, TAG! =D your word is Freedom and you'll have to look for it on Yetinia's gallery
Thanks a lot for sharing your awesome art with us!
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lu--24 Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Wow, thank you so much! This is one of the best comments I ever received :hug:
Yeah, you're right, I really didn't think about the shades they could project downwards... I think they're already printing it so no fixing for the artbook, but I'll keep that in mind... it's a nice touch to add ^^

And your interpretation is too beautiful... I'll never be able to look at my own work with the same eyes XD
Thank you a lot!
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Frills-Of-Justice Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Congratulations! I'm so happy to see that you won~
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lu--24 Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you! :hug:
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delta-ex Featured By Owner May 16, 2015
mmm those sunflowers look delicious (not in an edible way lol) 
i love when there's contrast between straight edges like from the train and the telephone pole with organic material like the rural fields and mountains..i don't know why i just love it <3
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lu--24 Featured By Owner May 17, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Ahah, really? I had a hard time colouring them since I exaggerated with brown at a certain point... but then I decided to try and wash some brown away and put some more yellow instead... it was a risky thing to do, but luckily it worked out better than I thought :D

I was actually afraid those straight lines clashed a bit too much with the "hand-drawn" ones, and also that the not-inked mountains would look out of place (but being in the far background it felt wrong to ink them)... so I'm glad you like them like that! ^^
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porygon-J Featured By Owner May 16, 2015  Hobbyist
sweeeeeet
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lu--24 Featured By Owner May 16, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you!
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Onyana Featured By Owner May 15, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This is so lovely. It makes me think of several places I've seen in Japan. Perhaps because of the ever present trains here. There is such a lovely energy to this piece.
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lu--24 Featured By Owner May 16, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you! I'm glad it gives off such a vibe ^^
Ahah, really? Even if its setting is Austria, I tried to make it more generic (I didn't add the train's company logo, that generally is painted on the cars) but I really didn't think it could reach even Japan! :D
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