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When I Grow Up by JeyBarnes When I Grow Up by JeyBarnes
A thing! A thing that I painted! I paint things?!

Jus' Rae paddlin' down the Amazon. Loosely inspired by this song/video: [link]
Rae is from Hero's Journey, that backburner project what barely claws its way past concept-sketch limbo. Shakin' off the rust. I am not dead! But my scanner nearly is. ):

How are you?

edit WHOOPS had the wrong file up there.
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visdviking Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2011
Such a cute little scene! I love how bold the colors are.
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JeyBarnes Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks! I've noticed that I tend to shy away from bright colors, so that was definitely a thing I was working on here. 8D
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4leafcloverVN Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2011
this is cute, but why the character stand out of the background so much dear?
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JeyBarnes Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I wanted it to resemble certain cartoons, where sometimes only the characters have outlines and the backgrounds are more realistic.
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KaiDrawn Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2011
I like how you have the cartoonier outline around Rae while the rest of the piece is more painterly, yet it works together perfectly to set her as the focus and also keep the foreground and background apart. I'm also pretty fascinated at how you have that background texture popping up in the painting on the wall and on the carpeting but it doesn't overpower the other areas of the piece. Is that something you added digitally or just a happy coincidence of the piece.

Also, not gonna lie, I'm super excited that Fever Ray played a part in this because I am deeply in love with Karin Andersson's voice to the point it hurts. Have you listened to the stuff she's done with her brother as The Knife? I am kind of obsessed with them and have nobody to babble on about this with.
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JeyBarnes Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you so much for the thoughtful comments! This is all traditional, no post editing except to make the scan look as much like the original as I could. I was really inspired by various cartoons with textured, painterly, realistic background art and flatter/more stylized characters. Wrangling this much texture is hard for me and some of the success is just happily accidental. I think the important thing to remember is to have more contrast between different elements in the scene than there is within any field of texture. Doesn't that sound scholarly?

I think I've only heard one The Knife song but I am definitely interested in hearing more. I also LOOOVE her voice and I love what Fever Ray stuff I've heard. Been putting off buying the album, but some day I will MAKE IT MINE.
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KaiDrawn Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2011
I am totally willing to send you some copies of their albums, if you want! SHARING THE LOVE IS WHAT I LIKE TO DO.
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JeyBarnes Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
80!!!!!
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MorellaSpazz Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2011
THIS. This forever. I wish I had done that when I was a kid. Actually, I'm gonna throw my water snake stuffie and Bartholomew the pirate Manta Ray into the tub AND HEAD TO THE NILE!
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JeyBarnes Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Yeah, live the dream!
Your Pirate Manta Ray has the best of names. I used to have a stuffed snake a lot like the one in this picture. : D
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MorellaSpazz Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2011
I should upload a picture of Bartholomew. He would like that. I love my stuff snake, Harvey. He is the best of poisonous water snakes.
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lazy-bunny Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2011  Professional General Artist
This is wonderful :D There's a really beautiful sense of adventure here. It's also kind of sad, because of the contrast between the inside, which is full of colour, and the outside, which is dull and gray. Still, I love it and the colours are lovely too.
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JeyBarnes Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Hmm, I didn't do that consciously but you're right! I guess what I was going for was the adventure feeling I get when I'm looking at the rain from inside. It's Jurassic Park out there and I have to ration the peanut butter and jelly while I read Harry Potter!
Thanks so much, I'm glad you like it. :)
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lazy-bunny Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2011  Professional General Artist
You captured it well, there's just two ways of looking at it :) I'm choosing to see the cheerful adventurey bit! And you're welcome :)
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Sejuay Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I DO ENJOY THIS CONCEPT!
I wish I had a bathtub with legs so I could do grownup things.
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JeyBarnes Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
You too, huh?
Thanks!
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Sejuay Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
At first I interpreted the picture to mean this was a literal depiction of "grown up" behaviour. I think I prefer that.
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andrea-koupal Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2011
This is beautiful, really nice work. :)
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JeyBarnes Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you DreeDree!
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andrea-koupal Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2011
<3
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unmatchedsock13 Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2011  Student
What does the whale want to do when it grows up?
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JeyBarnes Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I'm not actually sure! That's a good question.
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unmatchedsock13 Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2011  Student
Maybe when he grows up he wants to buy himself a bigger bathtub : D
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Busiris Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2011
This is cuuute. X3
I love the orca whale there, and all the colors. The colors are so vivid and fun. It's funny to see since outside looks all gloomy and grey. Very cool!
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JeyBarnes Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks a lot BuBu!
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