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January 22, 2013
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Seeing but not Reaching by Dex91 Seeing but not Reaching by Dex91
Just a quick Abstract thingie i wanted to draw, which also was an excuse to practice some anatomy/new things/angle and a different style of coloration (although the coloration was quick as well).
I just love to experiment. xD

Aanyway, this time the meaning of this isn't open:
The worst punishment ever would be to see The Light/Heaven while chained in the Darkness/Hell forever.
Seeing something we want makes us want to reach it, and Seeing but not Reaching is even worse than not seeing it.

As they say: "What the eye doesn't see, the heart doesn't grieve over".

I didn't want to show sadness, anger or pain..
I wanted to show Resignation mixed with Struggles, as you can see by the curve of his body and the arm..
This is more about subtle Feelings rather than evident and strong ones.. this is more of a melancholy work.
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The lines are too sketchy. You should use about 3 lines to get the shape you need. Lines close to your light source should be thinner and thick where there is shadow. The ring and pinky finger on the right hand bend awkwardly. Other than that I like the overall lighting and colors are muted. You should consider using a taller canvas (portrait orientation) I think that would add a more dramatic effect. Plus a taller canvas will allow you to finish the calf and foot which you can also use to extend the feeling of being drawn up towards the light.
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Horse-Freedom Featured By Owner May 29, 2013  Student
Wow, awesome pic.....
PotterGirl1998 Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
I quite like what you did with the light there.
VAXION Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Very cool sketch and concept! :D altho, I think it would have been cooler if you had done a little more with the other arm, like showing his hand expressing some more of that struggle hes having. I also think it would have been a nice contrast to the light on the upper left corner if you had done total darkness on the bottom right (full black) and have it blend with the grey/shadow areas to create a better darkness-light concept! But it is a very good piece over all, nice job! ;)
Dex91 Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Why, thank you! :glomp:
Well, i just wanted to keep the overall colouring something light and "delicate", as this was just an experiment with the rendering of the light and a new colouring technique xD

As for the the other hand - you noticed it - i tend to avoid drawing them because i'm not good enough to match the other parts of the drawing... trying to fix that, though! :heart:
VAXION Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Your welcome! Experimenting is always something good! :D
painfulkisses13 Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2013
Really lovely effects here :)
bluedragoneye Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I think it looks amazing
Vonny88 Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2013  Student Filmographer
Awesomeness!!! I'm really loving the pose!!! :lol:
jupiterjunky Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
really great anatomy and physical structure; i like it
yelenaienczak Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2013  Professional Artist
great pose @_@
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