'Tis The Off-Season, Ben Shafer - Illustration (2D)

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  09 September 2004
yeah hugh...

Originally Posted by Hugh: Very nice!

One thing I do wonder about, though, is the wind direction - you've got one flag going one way and one going the other.....

Nice work!

mm.. may be wind is blowing in diff direction since its far??? i donno.. just thoughts...
  09 September 2004
HAHA really lovely pic..very original!
  09 September 2004
Great piece! Really nice work. Regarding the wind, those flags can flip around in a second, and rarely stop moving if there's a breeze, so chalk it up as an artistic choice. I worked on PGA TOUR Golf way too long...
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  09 September 2004
Thumbs up

Very Nice!!
This artwork looks and feels fun,
I love the use of colour.
Two thumbs up from me no doubt.
  09 September 2004
awesome piece! i especially love the clouds. nice touch with the reindeer over the club.
kate kolesar. udream2.com
  09 September 2004
Very Nice.
  09 September 2004
Thumbs up

Great work!!!
nice colors ,interesting expression and action
  09 September 2004
Thumbs up

i really like the expression on santa's face, like one of those high-and-mighty businessmen types while the poor elf plays a nice role as an underling slave ;P very humoristic, like i said i enjoy the expressions and i find it that the skies and the whole golf yard both have a nice and mellow feel to them, very nice for the characteristic "when santa went on holiday" theme.. good work!

i was wondering if the grass on the right side wouldn't need just a slight bit of the clear details like in the front? not as much obviously, but perhaps a little more?
  09 September 2004

beautiful landscape,funny role
  09 September 2004
Why is this not plugged?! AWESOME lighting! Very nice colors! Wonder if he's a little warm?
  09 September 2004
Thanks everyone for all the positive feedback. Someone earlier asked to see early sketches and line art.

Here is a quick sketch in the early stages of exploring the character:

and here is the final line drawing:
"If you can't beat 'em, join 'em and then hurt the team by beating yourself." -Sage Francis

Last edited by illustr8r : 09 September 2004 at 06:36 PM.
  09 September 2004
Indeed an impressive piece. I especially like the warmth and depth of light and texture the illustration has.
The sky's transformation from orange to blue and the long shadows are great. I definitely get that late afternoon feel from it.

My only suggestion is that a bit of a divot and some flying grass and dirt would have been a nice touch to emphasize the shot.

Otherwise great work !
  09 September 2004
Very nice!
  09 September 2004
Nice Job! Great background!!
  10 October 2004
Thumbs up cool

Excellent artwork
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