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Even when things look bad... by SynDuo Even when things look bad... by SynDuo
You'll never be alone.

This one took awhile, you can probably see why, though it was fun... Hopefully this isn't the last time you'll see the desert boy... He was fun to draw... he still needs a name, D...boy? nah...

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EDIT: OH WOW thanks for the Daily Dev <3
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Given 2009-12-18
Even when things look bad... by *SynDuo: 'What I love about the comic is that it's both simple and well-detailed. Every time I read it the ending always leaves me in pure awe." ( Suggested by Inkskin and Featured by Majnouna )
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Alrighty bro, you've gave me my first critique so now I'm returning the favor! Now bear with me, this is my first critique. And I'll admit I'm too much of a nice guy to be a real critic, because I usally look entirelly into the positives of a picture. But geuss it should'nt be too much of a problem critiqueing this then. Anywho here goes!

From what appears as a simple story of a boy alone in this world, and finding a friend is what I believe is a geniuosly visual orchistrated piece of work. With use of colors, textures, shading, lighting, and style, one can already see from the first glance how visually compelling this piece is. But it was the fourth and, the final two panels that just made my heart melt, on how beautiful those moments were. In the fourth panel, the teddy bear is introduced, and it only appears as a small broken down toy that blends into the environment as "trash". But In the first of the two last panels, that small use of lighting you used collaborated well with what the bear truly was, "a ray of hope". In the final panel, we escape from the tortures of what the desert has punished the boy with scorching heat, and isolation from any living being, and we go into a calm, cool, and serine time of the night, and the boy is finally at peace with his new found friend. It was the final panel that made this comic so amazing. Without the use of any word bubbles, the audience is free to interact with the comic, and develope their own story of what's occuring here. One can never tell what happened to the boy that led him into this situation, but it was that one line in the final panel that told the whole story, or at least what was most important, after some time of being alone in this hopless situation he "finally has a friend".

This piece in its entirety gives so much hope. "Even when things look bad..... I finally have a friend", is as beautiful as the comic itself. To be honest "comic" does'nt even seem proper for this piece, it's something more. I see it as an inspiration to anyone who feels like they're alone in this world, and have to struggle with lifes problems. In the end there's always at least one person who cares for you. As usual, you've outdone yourself, this is one of your most inspirational, and visually compelling peices you've delivered. And with that, you deserve alot respect for this, I applaud you my friend. With works like this, I know you're gonna do some great with your abilities someday!

Aaaand there ya go! *Phew* felt like an English analysis essay or something ^^;! Anywho I hope this critique really helps bro, you deserve it :clap:! You keep doin the bad-ass things you do, you're gonna be big someday man :nod:!
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You've definitely outdone yourself with this particular submission.

Visually alone it is utterly fantastic. Your selection and application of colours effectively conveys the atmosphere of the various scenes to the viewer, from the shimmering dry deserts to the grungy, partially lit interior of the abandoned van. Your attention to detail is unmistakeable too in such areas as the damaged skyscrapers with their countless windows and crumbling masonry. The use of lighting throughout is both accurate and effective.

The underlying themes are both heartwarming and yet tragic in a way. I found myself at the end not so much happy for the boy in that he found a friend, but feeling sorry for him and his present situation. I was left wondering about his past, what he's been through to end up like this.

All in all, a very well done, thought provoking piece. Looking forward to more, keep up the good work!
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DDBandit24 Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2014
I am at loss of words. Just... how?
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Albrecht-Smuten Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2013
I found this one in my faves and it broke my heart once again...
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SynDuo Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2013   General Artist
I thank you for that and the tears. :)
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DoofusKae-T Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
He's so frickin' cute!!!
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:icongustavooroza:
gustavooroza Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2012   Photographer
Gorgeous, a fine piece of art with a bittersweet story...poetry everywhere!
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JonathanElrod Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Oh, wow, I love this so much! :love: it looks exactly like something that would be in a manga or children's book! =D
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SynDuo Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2011   General Artist
Thank's very much, I am glad I gave off that impression as I was trying to aim for a story book feel. Thanks a bunch.
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JonathanElrod Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
No problem! =D
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Corodo Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2011
Lovely~
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Edli-Dark Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2011  Student
Love your backgrounds in this, and all the shading . @ v @ the scenery is just amazing. Awesome job.
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shazinaprem Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2011  Student Digital Artist
The Background is so beautiful.
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GabbyGee Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2010  Professional General Artist
I really like your coloring style <3
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Meepeh Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2010
this is so beautiful.
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SynDuo Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2010   General Artist
Thank you Mister Marston. :) Might fine game you have too...

Seriously though Thanks a bunch I appreciate it.
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Meepeh Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2010
haha, that confused me for a second. you're welcome... pardner...?
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SynDuo Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2010   General Artist
Haha sorry about that, I recently been playing the game, badass icon :)
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Meepeh Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2010
haha same, i love it to bits. :D thanks!
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CloudEaterNG Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2010
really awesome textures and style
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aremOgraphy Featured By Owner May 8, 2010
nice illustration :D

Are we friends? Not yet? Wanna
exchange watch with me? I love having
friends here in DA and you at my list
will be so much. Just add me and i'll
add you back in return! thanks!
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SynDuo Featured By Owner May 8, 2010   General Artist
Thank you very much, was fun to draw : )
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aremOgraphy Featured By Owner May 8, 2010
welcome!

pls. visit my gallery
if you have time :D
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Jones101 Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2010  Student Digital Artist
I like the design of the character. Wonderful job. And congrats on Daily Dev.
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CosmicB23 Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2010
What wonderful texture this piece has! I can't believe it took me this long to see this! =D
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mightybearrr Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2010  Professional Filmographer
the bgs remind me of betteo
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SynDuo Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2010   General Artist
Betteo? have no idea what that is.
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mightybearrr Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2010  Professional Filmographer
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this fella ^^^^
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:iconmarci-bhp:
marci-bhp Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2009
Beautifully done.
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SynDuo Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2009   General Artist
Thank you kindly :)
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Wings-of-Xin Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2009
How about Devin? ^-^

Cute comic ^-^
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SynDuo Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2009   General Artist
An interesting name, Hmm...

Thanks for the input and enjoying this.
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Wings-of-Xin Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2009
^-^ Just a suggestion ^-^

Thank YOU for creating this lovely comic ^-^
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AxelofReaht Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2009   Writer
That is so precious. I love it. Simple and gets the meaning across. Fantastic.
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SynDuo Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2009   General Artist
I'm Happy that you enjoyed it, thank you very very much.
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AxelofReaht Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2009   Writer
not at all.
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DeadSt Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2009
It's always in the simplest things in life we can find true happiness! Too bad most of us stopped looking or tries to look somewhere else :( Great Piece that delivers a Great Message! Amazing Storytelling using illustrations too :D :thumbsup: :+fav:
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SynDuo Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2009   General Artist
Simple things are always the best, like waffles. :)
Thank you I'm happy you enjoyed this comic, it was my favorite of this year that I worked on.
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DeadSt Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2009
haha waffles :D i'd go for fries ;) no problema man :) keep working on them comics :thumbsup:
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echo-ofthe-rose Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2009  Student General Artist
aww...so sweet.
love the style here. =03
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SynDuo Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2009   General Artist
Thanks : ) glad you enjoyed it.
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echo-ofthe-rose Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2009  Student General Artist
you're welcome! :rose: =03
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PaperPagan Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2009
This isn't watercolor, is it? It's entirely photoshop? I must say, you've done it incredibly well. :D
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SynDuo Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2009   General Artist
Yes actually, the brushes I used here are custom made from me messing around with paint actually, I just scanned it in and tried to put in my personal touch with the digital aspect. : ) thank you for asking.
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PaperPagan Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2009
It is phenomela.. I am yet to master the mix between actual watercolors and the digital make-over... If one knows what they're doing, it is SUCH a cool result. And, well, you do :D
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suemao Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2009
^^ It makes me squeal and feel bad for the poor kid at the same time nyan! I love the art work!
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SynDuo Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2009   General Artist
Happily sad :) ? Thanks a bunch, glad to have this comic cause such emotion.
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suemao Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2009
hehe~ you're very welcome nyan!
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hunnyflash Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
I have nothing but love for this piece.

I think that you've succeeded perfectly in bringing out feeling and emotion from the viewer.
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