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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 )
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?
Albrecht-Smuten Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2013
I found this one in my faves and it broke my heart once again...
SynDuo Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2013   General Artist
I thank you for that and the tears. :)
DoofusKae-T Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
He's so frickin' cute!!!
gustavooroza Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2012   Photographer
Gorgeous, a fine piece of art with a bittersweet story...poetry everywhere!
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
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.
JonathanElrod Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
No problem! =D
Corodo Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2011
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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