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Old 04-27-2009, 08:01 AM   #1
A strange loop
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You never catch the dragon, David Levy (2D)

Title: You never catch the dragon
Name: David Levy
Country: Israel
Software: Flash, Photoshop

Inflating and chasing our own bubbles.

Was done over the past couple weeks, a little bit here and a little bit there, after playing around with the idea for a while since my last trip. I tried to convey a serious idea in a cute disguise... not sure how well it's understood.

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Any crits are more than welcome!
Old 04-27-2009, 09:25 AM   #2
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amazing! the light-shadow-room feeling is just over the top!
question- does the wooden spinner goes around? maybe it would spinn better if id would be a bit away from the wall, but hey, dont mind my blabber, the pic is amazing!
5 from me surely!
keep it up,
Old 04-27-2009, 09:32 AM   #3
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Very well executed! Congrats Opeth!
Old 04-27-2009, 09:36 AM   #4
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Amazing!I like much this one! Nice work
Old 04-27-2009, 10:02 AM   #5
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nice draw ! love the colors !!! waw !!!
Old 04-27-2009, 10:48 AM   #6
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Thumbs up Worthy of intense staring!

This is very fun on initial inspection and I love the 'cute' style that you have used. The idea behind it, however, is a very strong one and if anything, the style enhances it even more. The perpetual turning of the wheel she is on and the fact that the bubbles are out of reach is slightly saddening but simultaneously, affects the viewer in a positive way.

It's a really interesting concept and I can see many ideas or meanings coming from it. Great job and I have to add, that I love your use of lighting and texture in the picture.
Old 04-27-2009, 11:20 AM   #7
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great work with lots of style man.
And all the small details are amazing,
like the movement marks the shoes make on the wood,
the popping bubble, the definition of the different materials etc..
surely a front page material
keep it up.
Old 04-27-2009, 11:30 AM   #8
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Simply beautifull, i love it, congratulation.
Old 04-27-2009, 04:55 PM   #9
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Nicely done. I love the palette. I’d suggest a little motion on the spinning wheel to add to the effect.

The dark side of the title (which caught my attention) in drug parlance is ‘chasing the dragon’, which beside it’s original meaning, means the constant pursuit of that perfect high, or trying to recapture the euphoria of that initial high, always hanging just of reach. The title and the bloody-kneed girl running in place on the wheel put me in mind of that.
–She's going nowhere, fast–

Get's my vote.
Old 04-27-2009, 05:05 PM   #10
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Great job! I like the colors and the lighting.
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Old 04-27-2009, 07:32 PM   #11
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This is amazingly well done! The material rendering is exquisite!

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Old 04-27-2009, 09:03 PM   #12
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great rendering of the character. it's a very cute and dynamic scene. great sense of action. very nice. I also like the color variations for the outfit. nice job.
Old 04-27-2009, 11:58 PM   #13
Timur Zinchenko
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He/She really did a lot of spins...judging by counter and blood on legs, which btw turns the piece on such a bloody scene in a way XD

But I totally love it, great colors and design!
Old 04-28-2009, 07:08 AM   #14
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amazing painting man. i really love the colors and the way
it looks like 3d but yet also like stylized 2d art.
if this one doesn't get front page then I'm going back to snowball to work on billybambam.
and that's a bold statement...

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Old 04-28-2009, 07:47 AM   #15
A strange loop
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Hey, thanks for all the comments!

gingi - you're probably right. I also noticed (too late) that the girl is too low compared to the spinner considering she's supposed to be running on it... Next time

Quadrat - Of course the phrase was first introduced to me in South Park from the game "Heroin addict". But I tried abstracting it a little here and taking it to other places. Never catching the dragon in the sense of meaning and truth.. A little big for an image to capture maybe, but that was the underlying thought.

Sabata - the counter is actualy counting backwards. Wasn't sure how to make that obvious It's a reasonable number of days left for a 14 year old girl to live.

Itay - I'mna hold you to that! I don't think the moderators here like me anymore (since I've been bitching about the portfolio uploading and authrorization process), so low chances of making frontpage to begin with :P

Thanks again everyone, I'm really glad you all enjoyed!
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