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cast 2: pre-sell by raocow cast 2: pre-sell by raocow
the cast, updated to include two characters I had forgotten and a more recent one..

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Yes, the art is odd on this one, for a few reason.
Earlier today I have uploaded the piece named 'selling out'
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where I kinda ranted a bit about the system here and where I feel where I stand there and whatnot. The good thing is that I got a wonderful response, which I tried to respond to but dA was being slow and ate my message.

:(

Instead of trying to remember what I said, consider this piece a reply with some elaboration.

It is true that most hyper popular dA folks seem to dwell in the art of Fan-Art. I mean, sure, that's swell, more power to them, except it's frustrating for someone who tries to make original works. I'm always excited to chip off a new piece of this improvised semi-continuity, even if I may be one of three or four who may actually care. It's just that, well, the analyst in me cannot help but look at numbers, and get frustrated.

There's not much I can do, and I'm aware my barrier of entry is difficult. My art is too cartoony for the serious art-people here, and it's not cartoony/manga-y enough for the folks who go to dA for those things. Adding the fact that I'm a big fan of non-polish-ness - to willingy not polish my works entirely to add to the flavour, the effect - and you get work who, I guess I must admit, may be somewhat easy to dismiss.

Knowledge doesn't make it any less frustrating but... yeah.

At least the comment to my prior rant gave me some hope, to know someone who's art I find simply delicious took roughly four years to garner serious attention.

I'm still going to trudge foward on my own path though. Win or loose. My legion may be small, at least we'll be at the same wavelength.

Oh yeah, there's an image up there. At first I wanted to do something semi-anime like in 'selling out', since I needed to redo my cast page anyway. Thing is, after I did the linework and booted up Photoshop.... I think I forgot I was supposed to imitate serious production values and just kinda flailed about in my usual manner. Hence the usual overbearing texture and odd random touches of colours..

Wow, I sure wrote a lot.
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lain-connected Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2007
These Characters are great! Like your style!
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raocow Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2007
Ah, thank you, though the style doesn't really do justice to what I can do, heh..
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ultema Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2007
:thumbsup:

Seriously. I'd love to see something like this out there than 95% of the things that I do see. It's a shame that all we're being exposed to is essentially the same damn mediocre stuff all the time because... that's what the mob prefers. And you know the power of the hive mind :( The potential I've been seeing (even if I haven't had a chance to comment -- apologies, as I've been working on lots of things all at once here) surpasses so many popular artists here not only in texture, character and originality, but also thought and all around creation. There's so much personality it's fantastic. Totally keep it up on your own pace. It may take a while and the road is long, but I think it's important to do what you want to do and make people realize it's worth than just bending to the desires of those that change their interests with whatever the newest big thing is.
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raocow Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2007
'sides, knowing the laws of statistics, at some point my thing has chances of being a 'big thing' one day, and then I can go "HA! MO...ther lovers *coughs* I WAS THERE BEFORE IT WAS BIG! EAT THAT!"

Silliness aside, I'm glad you took the time to do that one mini-dissertation since it made me realise, you know, "why do I even care all that much ?"

This is a lot more fun to do anyway.

So, again, thanks a lot!
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raocow Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2007
For the love off...

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raocow Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2007
Hmm, that 'thumb' thing didn't work there...

Will it work here?
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