I know what you're thinking...Say, doesn't this pic look familiar?
It should. This is basically, the very first pic I ever posted here on DA (
), only now with improved graphics and visual effects.
When I submitted that pic four years ago, I was relatively happy with it, given that I'd sketched it out completely from scratch on Photoshop. At the same time, though, I was also fully aware of its imperfections and limitations. However, my inexperience with both PS and tablet work made it all but impossible for me to correct those problems. To that end, I always promised myself that I would go back to this pic and fix it up one day, once I figured out how. And this week, since I'm still getting the pencil work together for a request and had nothing else to submit, I decided now would be the best time to do it.
Frankly, I'm very pleased. With the bag of tricks I've acquired over the years, not only was I able to smooth over this pic's rough edges, but I was also able to throw in some added flourishes and special effects that I always wanted to add at the start, but had neither the knowledge nor the confidence to even ATTEMPT. So what you're seeing before you now is that image the way it was always MEANT to be seen. How many differences can YOU find?^_^
Having said all this, however, I WON'T be taking the original pic down from my Gallery, because for all it's imperfections, I still owe that image a lot. Like I said, when I drew this pic, I had almost no experience with Photoshop and ABSOLUTELY no experience with tablets. But more than that, I also had little to no success emulating other art styles and I drew that first pic mostly just to prove to myself that I could do it. If that image had been a failure, who knows where I'd be right now? Luckily, it was enough of a success in my eyes to keep moving forward. And today, here I am, slowly getting better, slowly gaining recognition. And I owe it to one picture...and to each and every one of you. I really can't thank you enough.
So for that, here is a very new and much improved version of my very first submission. As always, I hope you all like it.^_^