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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 )

2010©:iconsynduo:
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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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:iconbosazx:
BosaZX Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2012  Student Interface Designer
....but where does he think he's gonna go?
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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.
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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...
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Don-Pitayin Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2010  Professional General Artist
Daaaamn, this is so good!
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SynDuo Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2010   General Artist
Thank you very much :) was fun to color.
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Starlightningify Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2010
Mushroom and little worms. I see what you did there. XD
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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.
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SubDooM Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2010
great art and colors!!
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MaartenLijpert Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2010
haha love it fave
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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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saxitlurg Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2010  Student Artist
Awwwwesoem! Come Bird-man, we must away! He just seems so happy I want to hug him! But i think I would die if I did that. =C
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PurplePeepBits Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2010
Wow! This is amazing. It has so much depth, texture and colors. Its really fun to look at every corner and detail. One of your bests <3
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ig0tMa-NewKix Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2010
mm.. ll u got me with the sunset i love dusk the diff colors in the sky are great! and the monster is kool i like how he has spikes for hair xD
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Selvo Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2010
My favorite part would be the little tiny reflections on his belly, the texture and detail in every single pixel is really just amazing. Flat out high quality as always. I don't know how you do it.
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Doodlz18 Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2010   Artist
details and colouring full of awsome 8>
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walkyofmilwaukee Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2010
This is the material childhood dreams are made of.
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Air-City Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2010
Oh man this is too bad ass bro! A part of me can see this as a monster on an classic RPG game or somthin' :eager:! Anywho, you really outdone yourself on the textures and coloring on this bad boy, I mean I've never seen a more beautiful..um..cactus ^^;, not to mention the birdie is a nice touch! Again nice work my bro from the cosmo :D.
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Nookslider Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
He's going to run off a cliff.
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WithoutInspiration Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This is so cool~ I love your coloring <3

..ahaha and that birdie's awesome x'D

oh oh and the simplistic background too 8D
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mightybearrr Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2010  Professional Filmographer
haha this is great

i think if i had to give constructive crits, the bird should prolly be shaded with something other than darker yellows so it doesn't look as bland and the sun should prolly be a shining mass instead of circle with shading


but otherwise great stuff, easily my favorite thing of yours i've seen in a while

right up there with that kimbo comic
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SynDuo Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2010   General Artist
Hmm? what colors would you suggest?

Glad you liked that comic, check out the others too I got in my gallery...Especially the sand one :)
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Seppukumaru Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2010
That looks really epic. :wow: :heart: Awesome character design.
Do you work on an usually big computer monitor? How do you draw such big pics? :?
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VikingDreamer Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2010   Writer
looks great! Just kinda creepy but funny xD
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Sersa777 Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2010  Student
Your digital painting amazes me to no end. Everything is done so beautifully and I love how you choose your colors. Very vibrant and colorful. I love the character design as well. Amazing work! :)
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GazTV-inc Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2010
lol Awwwww

"THARS A BURC IN MA MOWTH!!! AAAHMMMM!"
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AlopomJingle Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2010
oh wow! love the colors!<3
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DarkCosmoMX Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2010  Hobbyist Filmographer
Love the colors, compostion, and the bird into the Cactus.
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The-Knick Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
Gee, I hope he knows what he's doin. I dont see any other peice of land on the page! D:

XD all that aside, this guy's AWESOME.
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SynDuo Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2010   General Artist
Earth had enough of his running nowhere days and she punted him into the sky. I would too, I don't blame her, I wouldn't want anyone running on my face... :)

Mmm.. Monsters are fun.
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The-Knick Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
XD haha, nice!
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SynDuo Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2010   General Artist
Meeaty Monsters.... you guy's have theme challenges for the month? I'm curious, I'd jump on that.
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The-Knick Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
we have theme challenges each week, actually. But maybe it should be for a whole month...
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PsychoticTurtle Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2010
Hey, you finished it! Looks fantastic! I really like the textures and such you used. Great work! :w00t:
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:iconsynduo:
SynDuo Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2010   General Artist
Textures were fun but I feel that I could have added a bit more :)

Thanks Turtle, you are awesome.
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PsychoticTurtle Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2010
Tehe, well I think it looks fantastic. And I am most certainly not awesome. :iconwhutplz:
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DollCreep Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2010   Digital Artist
YAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAY there he is!!!! and he looks amazing, you realy work textures so awesome i realy love the effecs on his skin to give him a nice round feel
grate work on this , beautifull colour choises and design
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SynDuo Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2010   General Artist
Thanky Jojo, Happy you like this one, The textures took awhile but were worth it :) Thanks again you badass.
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DollCreep Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2010   Digital Artist
YAYAW!
very welcome meh friend
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JonnyAMax Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2010
That is something awesome bro bro, I like the background even if the lighting doesn't make sense. I also like the cactus's stout design. :)
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:iconsynduo:
SynDuo Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2010   General Artist
He is gonna Chew-CHEW-CHEW you. Thanks bro :)
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:iconspanex:
Spanex Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2010  Hobbyist
It's so full of rich and senseless fantasy that it actually makes sence.

Congratulations, you twisted the Paradox of Logic!
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SynDuo Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2010   General Artist
Senseless Fantasy XIII...... Yeah :)

Thanks though I'm happy to bring you a paradox.
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Spanex Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2010  Hobbyist
Afeihawfnak fewknfuhna qwand ffffffflump.

"'oh noez, the paradox screwed my typing,' she thought."
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:iconspanex:
Spanex Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2010  Hobbyist
lol sense*

I'm already losing my logic. D:
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:iconjajitsu:
JaJitsu Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2010  Student General Artist
can't wait to see more inanimate objects :]
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SynDuo Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2010   General Artist
Today I'm gonna try the next one which wont be easy, EGG, Though I'm up for suggestions for other objects :)
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:iconjajitsu:
JaJitsu Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2010  Student General Artist
my minds blank, haha

i have to pick an object as well for an assignment for my drawing concepts class.
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SynDuo Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2010   General Artist
Bent Tin can comes to mind, or maybe old foil with food in it :) Good luck with your class though.
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Solokin Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2010  Student General Artist
This is awesome. Your stuff is always awesome, but I cant help feel that the island is gonna collapse. xD
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:iconsynduo:
SynDuo Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2010   General Artist
XD it might if he keeps running on it, Though I drew it like some sort of floating diorama, kinda like a smashbro's Trophy stand.
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