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The Chinese Zodiac by a-fools-paradise The Chinese Zodiac by a-fools-paradise
I tried for some odd reason using the photography HDRI tech with my scanner, to hopefully help my scanner not destroy the colors. It brought out the texture more though :confused:
I'm not sure if that is a good or bad thing.

^^; I also have alot to say about this picture... but as its almost 2 am and I have to be at work by 7am... I don't have time to umm type up the best description ever.

>>I don't usually draw groups, so this was healthy for me. I got too lazy, as this was supposed to be a digital project, but it became a COPIC COLORING PAGE *squee* <<

Piece before using the HDRI tech on it: [link]


.. I should probably note that the HDRI tech should probably only be used for photography... O_o I just wanted to see if I could apply the concept to my scanner to attempt to match the color.
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:iconpurplesnakebomber67:
PurpleSnakeBomber67 Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
hdri= good :::)
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gummiGAMER Featured By Owner May 9, 2011
loooove the sheep
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XxChibiLoVerxX Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2011
WoW Cool Pic! :)
Love the hair colouring (really interesting!)
The charcters are really cute
ChibiLoVer
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Jesus-Kate Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2010
aahh! so many shiny eyes :iconblush--plz:
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Double-L-46 Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2010
such a cute idea for a picture =D
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gurugu-mawaru Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2009
[link] :heart:
Don't forget to fave the news! :hug:
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kateikyoushi-hitman Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2009
This is really cute! One thing though, is in it supposed to be a boar? Not a pig?
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a-fools-paradise Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
It's all in the interpretation and representation. I choose to represent the Ox as a "cow",the Boar as a "pig", the Goat as a "sheep"... think of it as turning the manly animals into feminine. :D The terms change from source to source- but the animal representation is the same, regardless of. :heart: I hope that explains it pretty well.

Thank you! :rose:
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whirlwynd Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
Cute =) I like how you draw faces -
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a-fools-paradise Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
Aww thank you :D
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ktk3 Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2009  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
That is so cute!! I love it
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:icona-fools-paradise:
a-fools-paradise Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
Aww thankies!
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kinkei Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
you should have coloured it in flash 2, just 2 see how it looked. :)
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a-fools-paradise Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
:P I might go ahead and try.
I colored that when I first got my copics, I was over-eager to use them :D
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LadyLey Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2009
Absolutely adorable. :D
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a-fools-paradise Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
*squee*
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Chiyubelle Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2009
OMG!! o.o this is so spooky.. I recently started reading fruits basket and it has THIS to do with the story XD this family is cursed by the animal spirits and if someone of the opposite sex hugs them they turn into their animal form XD
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a-fools-paradise Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
Reading the manga is way better then watching the anime from what I hear.
I watched the anime, and they left the ending rather open ended >_>

Great story though XD
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Chiyubelle Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2009
yeah I am not sure if I'll attempt to watch the anime of it, it depends on how I feel :/ hehehe but the story is lovely so far what I have seen in the manga <3

Yes it is! ^_^
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LCom Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2009   Digital Artist
You finally finished! Yay!
Also, the HDRI thing seems to make it...more shiny? It looks like...I'm not even sure how to describe it without saying "flat jelly glass". Looks great either way tho ^_^
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a-fools-paradise Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
XD Awesome, thanks!!

Yeah, I was amazed I finished it! *holy grail of my art* XD
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AnonTheDarkOne Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
rawr baby rawr! *purrrs* XD
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16nyu Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2009
I"m amazed and impressed! That pic has so much cutness hidden inside those little faces and energetic colours!! I'm also vert happy because horse is very adorable!! (it's my sign!) :heart: :hug:
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a-fools-paradise Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you :glomp:

:P I'm glad you liked the way your Zodiac was drawn!
I don't know too many horses :heart: Its really cool that you are one!
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Berhane-Negus Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2009  Hobbyist Writer
Amanda, this is precious! You always make stuff that pulls at my heart strings! I love it! I'm a Dragon myself ^^
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a-fools-paradise Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
:glomp: Thank you!!
Ohh, a dragon! No wonder you're so creative!
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Berhane-Negus Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2009  Hobbyist Writer
:hug: You're very welcome!! And thank you! ^^;
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CrazedPotato Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2009
:iconohfuckplz: I can't find the monkey. Is she the one on the far left?
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a-fools-paradise Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
XD yes
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Shinigamipm Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2009  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
that is just too cute. and i like this one it does bring out the colors more.
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a-fools-paradise Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
Yeah, that what HDRI does for photos, so I figured, if it worked for photos, maybe it would also work for scans, since its all based on different exposures of light.

:heart: :heart:
Thank you :D
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Shinigamipm Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2009  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
is that a program u can get? i would like to see what it would do for mine since i can't this scanner to catch the colors on my pic.
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a-fools-paradise Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
I use photomatix pro. [[link] Free trial version ftw!
Then I take it to photoshop, duplicate it blur and turn down the opacity so that it seems less stiff (because using photomatix can make it stiff sometimes.)

Use one very light scan (+1) one normal scan (0) and one very dark scan (-1) and then use photomatix to merge them into a HDRI image, and then you tweek the product of that with the tone mapper to get the colors just right. Then you do the photoshop step I said before.
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Shinigamipm Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2009  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
i will have to try that
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Yumefish Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2009
That's adorable! I love the colouring too :heart:
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a-fools-paradise Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
:heart: :dance:
Thank you!!!! :glomp:
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raininess Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
ah, I remember you submitted the uncolored version quite a while ago, nice to see the finished version ^^
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a-fools-paradise Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
Yes, I was working on the lineart in flash, but I never could dreg up the energy to finish the lineart there so I colored it with copics instead of doing a digital version ^^;

Thank you :D
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StardustHorizon Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2009
Hahah, that is adorable. Year of the Dragon ftw. 8D They all look so adorable so I don't have a favorite..(I bet they'd make great plushies >D)
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a-fools-paradise Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
:giggle: Thank you!

Now that is an idea. Make them into plushies!!! We would have to send Dan the bunny one, even though he isn't a bunny zodiac XD

:heart:
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StardustHorizon Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2009
XD XD Yes I think Dan would love it. :D
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Shiori-K Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2009
Nice pic! I like the coloring style!
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a-fools-paradise Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
:heart: Thank you
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draumstafur Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
They're all so cute, love the coloring :giggle:
I'm a dog in the chinese zodiac XD
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a-fools-paradise Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
:heart: Thank you!!!!!
:glomp:
Mai daddy is a Dog in the chinese zodiac :giggle:
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draumstafur Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
Nice :giggle:
My gran is a tiger :lol:
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a-fools-paradise Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
Awesome :D
Tigers are so cool!

Thankies
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Past-Chaser Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
They're all so adorable X3. Horse ftw!
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a-fools-paradise Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you so much!!!!

I take it you're a horse? XD I only know like one other horse!
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Past-Chaser Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
Yup =3

though it doesnt really suit me o.O
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