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Migration by oxboxer Migration by oxboxer
Happy holidays, my deer watchers.
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CakeWolfy Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This is beautiful, deer migrations are so interesting to watch!
mydlas Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2015  Professional General Artist
that is so perfect! I wasn't aware these deer would migrate? That makes me curious, but at the same time let's just look at the pieces, it's gorgeous and the colors used are just perfect.
Misted-Dream Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
Awesome piece! Love the movement and colors of this.
BeadyEyedGirl Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
there's so much life in this picture!
Kateboat Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
This is amazing! So flowing and full of movement and action. The colors are awesome too, of course. :D
And nice pun.
LeonessKLN Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Oh I love this!!
Make's me think of Bambi :D
Amazing work!!
ManoelRicardo Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2012  Professional General Artist
FANTASTIC colouring!!!
Farelle Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
oh god :o your art is so beautiful, all those dynamic and simple shapes, like you got the essence of how we perceive our world :O (yeah I know it's a bit over the top, but I don't know how I should express it differently XD)
TheLastRonin Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2012  Professional
Wow that's cool!
RazBerryShake Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2012
Your artwork is amazing!!
Gryffgirl Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2012
Elegant and graceful! I love the sense of movement! :icondeerplz:
Goroshinki Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2012  Student General Artist
очень красиво..
CaptainGenius Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2012
This is so beautiful I can hardly stand it.
Letiopa Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
this is so amazing !!!
can I ask you a question ?
whit what did you draw that ?
EvelynKawoosh Featured By Owner May 25, 2012
This is stunning. I love the layering of shades and colors. Also, the stylization and shape of this is awesome. I would totally buy that (if I had money).
samweitzel Featured By Owner May 16, 2012   Digital Artist
This is so beautiful and elegant. It's like an ocean of deer swelling up and cascading over the land. Amazing!
NorthWing Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2012  Student Digital Artist
I really like the colour scheme in this one :)
LlamaObama Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2012
I'm no good with words, but I adore this piece so I'm gonna try and say something here, heh.
Man, where to start? The simplicity achieved with your minimal use of detail coupled with the elegance of the flowing, fluid lines just blows me away. The perfect complementary colors are so stirring and... fulfilling?
I have no idea what I'm saying; I guess I'm just spouting nonsense. But, dang, it's just so beautiful!
dandelion-four Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2012
oh my goodness this is perfect. :)
imperialnova Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2012
You really have an excellent grasp of color and line, I also enjoy the simplicity of it...beautiful :)
squishart Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2012  Professional General Artist
its got a lovely flow and color!
Suhaib Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2012
Loved it! BeauuUtiful :]
WateryGrave Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2012  Student General Artist
Artist's comments are punny. xD

Awesome artwork. =)
Myaskill Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I like your style :)
vesper-stardust Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2012
Wow..insta-fav. Deer are like my fav ;__; This is seriously amazing.
CoffeeSorbet Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Simply gorgeous, the colors are amazing *w*
The-Bails Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2012
this is gorgeous!! wonderful color scheme!
EbolaBearSoda Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2012

Nice work!
whalewithlegs Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2012  Student General Artist
Hey now, a technical question for you if you don't mind! First of all, this looks really lovely - I really enjoy seeing a lot of the ways you're using gradients, among other things. What I'm very curious about is how you isolated the line color. How did you manage to color only on the lines?
oxboxer Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2012  Professional Digital Artist

Because my lineart is pretty chunky I tend to be able to just do this one:

-make sure you unlock your lineart layer- double click it and rename "layer 0" or something, or the final step won't work.
-desaturate it completely.
-set the brightness and contrast in Photoshop to 60 and 100 respectively (brightness can actually be whatever gets the lines looking okay, but 100 contrast is essential)
-you've now cut out all greys and aliasing so it's exclusively black or white pixels.
-(optional) at 300dpi, hit with a dust and scratches filter on 2px radius to clean up any scan artifacts, eraser dust, and smooth things out (might need to tweak effect radius for different dpis, haven't tested)
-grab the magic wand, make sure the "anti-alias" and "contiguous" boxes are unchecked
-select the white areas, and hit delete.

You should now be looking at crisp black lineart with transparency where the white once was... Now create a few layers under it and color as you see fit! Because it's crisp black with no aliasing, it's a breeze to paintbucket, or mass select (to apply gradients or paint in spot color).

If you want to keep the aliasing (lines are a little soft around the edges):

-again, make sure your lineart isn't on a locked background layer
-clean up the lines however you're most used to
-open the "channels" window
-in my PS version there's a button in the bottom right of the window with a faint, dotted-lined circle. This is the "load channel as selection" command. Click!
-hit delete.

You should be looking at lineart over transparency, with all the white gone and the aliased areas transparent. You may want to set brightness to -100 a couple times just to be sure it all reads as black, but afterwards you can pull the brightness up a little and color it by playing with the color balance. Compared to the sharp black+white from the first method, these lines will be much harder to color edit all on one layer (as far as I know, at least) but it's the best way to preserve details if you're doing the wispy, hair-thin thing.

If I explained that crappily, or you're trying that stuff and it's not working, please say so X_X
whalewithlegs Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2012  Student General Artist
ps: Here's something I just found that works really well: "luminance to transparency"
CoffeeSorbet Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I hope you don't mind my very late comment here, but...

do you use photoshop? I know a much easier way to color lines-only if you do, if ya wanna hear. ^^;
oxboxer Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Yes, I use PS. What's your technique?
CoffeeSorbet Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
What I do is select the lineart layer, then go to "lock," and select the icon that looks like a little checkered-box (if you hover over it, it says "lock transparent pixels"). It makes it so that when you draw, the transparent pixels aren't colored. :la:
oxboxer Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Oh that's a good one! I always forget that I can lock layers... :XD:
CoffeeSorbet Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
x3 thanks
whalewithlegs Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2012  Student General Artist
Ok, man, thank you so much for the detailed technical advice! This is almost exactly what I would do myself, but it always helps to have somebody to talk over the technicalities with!

One extra idea that you might find useful - once you have the lines isolated (off the background layer and with the white spaces deleted), it would be easy to create one or more layer masks for the lines; this might just make reworking or changing the line color easier. Unfortunately, masking is a bit of a mystery for me in PS - I mostly use SAI.
WishKitten Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2012
This is really beautiful, i absolutely love all the movement and your eye for color with this. Great work.
riachu64 Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2012
This is beautiful! I love love love your linework
wildpi Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2012  Student General Artist
this is so beautiful
crys all my days away
SailingBreezes Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Lovely! I think deer are beautiful animals, but at the same time there's something that scares me about them. The orange coloring and forest of prongs in this picture has a subtly startling effect one me.
Dangerous-sheep Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2012
awesome as always
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natonelsa Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
very beautiful work!
Dr-Stain Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2011  Student
Sugaredlychees Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2011  Student General Artist
I absolutely love the clean lines and bold colors of all your artwork.
lengeschder Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2011
The sense of movement in this is lovely. I also love the use of green! That's something I probably would have thought to avoid from in a picture with all this warm, but it adds such a nice contrast and border. I might have to try playing around with it sometime.

Nice work!
AmbrMerlinus Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2011
They're all so dynamic. Love the palette.
thebarbarians Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2011
nnnngh that is beautiful. antlers are my weaknessss
DeepBluePool Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
You beautiful person.
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