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TAPbagan Request by StoneLad TAPbagan Request by StoneLad
Alright, I hadn't planned on getting this done any time soon, but as it turns out, the projects I was planning on being preoccupied with are stalled out as I wait for things from other people, so I had free time. Note that I am not reopening myself for commissions, but I still plan on getting the rest of the ones in my queue done.

Anyhoo, this was a request by TAPbagan who wanted his OC Rachel sinking in dry desert quicksand with her arms bent trying to keep them above the sand. I'll be honest, I don't really care for this one (not the request, my actual artwork). I don't know, I just don't care for the finished product. Maybe it's the fact that she really doesn't look like she's sinking. Oh well, sorry if it's not what you had hoped for.

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zinc-finger Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2013
I think this is great.
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TBoneTony Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2012
that is a nice request.

I often wondered why in japanese culture in anime, manga and videogames there is often quicksand in the desert while in western culture like in america and europe quicksand is often in the forest or jungle or swamp area.
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StoneLad Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
That's a good question. My guess is it may have to do with the genres. In the US, Tarzan pretty well immortalized quicksand as being a jungle phenomenon so people associated quicksand movie scenes with the jungle. Plus, although it's clearly the work of fiction, it still takes place in our world so there's at least a slightly more realistic setup. In the Japanese stuff mentioned, quicksand is usually seen in a fantasy world and I think having traditional sand that behaves somewhat like a liquid (with whirlpools and stuff) is more fantastical.

It's also possible that it has to do with the fact that Western scenes seem like they're in live action movies moreso than animation, and my guess is replicating something that looks more like a liquid is easier. Of course, everything I just said is speculation so who really knows?

Of course, there's quicksand in both areas in real life (although I'd imagine desert is rarer, but it was at least seen in an episode of Man vs. Wild).
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Silkyfriction Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
The colors, expression, and sand texture are all very nice.
Some fingers are very detailed, did you use 3d modelling software to draw them somehow?
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StoneLad Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I create the pose in DAZ3D using a 3d model, then use that as reference. In particularly tricky spots where I can't do well enough (The hands in this case), I do end up basically tracing them. The shading is tough though because the reference image has more realistic shading and I basically have to guess how to translate it to more cartoonish shading.
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Dr-Scaphandre Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2012
Oh no Rachel! She'll get sand in her shoes!
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pete1672 Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2012
Very well done
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StoneLad Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you!
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PM2K Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2012
Nice one! :)
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StoneLad Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you!
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