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March 4, 2010
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Cacti Sunset by SynDuo Cacti Sunset by SynDuo
Bless the Cactus's

OH, art? This took me forever longer than it should have. My friend and I are doing these inanimate objects as characters challenges, today was "cactus"

I am trying to get back into the groove of drawing again, it's been toooooo long.

( Reminder to self though, quit drawing a background with a lightsource that makes no sense XD )

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Instantly recognizable as a quality :iconsynduo: creation, punctuated with characteristic razor sharp lines, serene color gradients, clean efficient character design and rich expert textures. always vividly imaginative, scoring high on vision and originality is no tough feat for this deviant. i think i've talked with him before on his ability to take something inherently 2D in design and give it meaningful form and depth. the cactusmonster has the streamlined appearance that it could easily have been used in a simple Flash animation yet the full-bodied rendering gives the character real presence. another characteristic element is his mastery of layering ethereal clouds.

i rated the impact a solid but modest 3.5. there are elements, which may be subjective, that seem to have lessened the impact for me. the floating island of dirt has some great details, worms, rocks even a mushroom. the problem is they are lost in the overall size of the piece, these are wonderful details but are just too small to really fulfill their charm. the piece was uploaded rather large for web, which doesn't help. last observation is that the fade to white seems stark to me. this would be a GREAT application for print, like a letter head or some other kind of layout. but a sunset fading in to white makes me feel uneasy somehow (completely subjective, i know)

overall this is simply a marvelous example of you talent and how far you have pushed your style and creativity. great job!
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BosaZX Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2012  Student Interface Designer
....but where does he think he's gonna go?
SirFellow Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2011
Sweet texturing, particularly for the intricate things such as the cactus guy's pores. The rendering work is also fantastic, very clear. I think what makes your approach so interesting is that you can get both elements running smoothly at the same time, alongside your quirky style.

I have no idea what the heck's happening in this scene, but I know it looks purrrr-dy.
Waffle842 Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2011
I like this....For some reason lately i have been really into floating islands...drew some on my shoes...
Don-Pitayin Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2010  Professional General Artist
Daaaamn, this is so good!
SynDuo Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2010   General Artist
Thank you very much :) was fun to color.
Starlightningify Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2010
Mushroom and little worms. I see what you did there. XD
Drojan Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2010   Digital Artist
I really envy your colouring style, its so tridimensional and solid. Also you have a great imagination that I really enjoy.
SubDooM Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2010
great art and colors!!
MaartenLijpert Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2010
haha love it fave
SychoJosh Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2010
I like it. Big Cactus on a small island. Not seen to many illustrations like this one.
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