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Graduation by phantom-inker Graduation by phantom-inker
My friend Anne is graduating from college today, and I made this as a congratulatory picture. Yay, Anne!

This is entirely vector art made in CorelDraw except for a quick gaussian-blur applied to the background layer after exporting it to pixels. I know people are a little paranoid around here about what is and isn't vector art, but I figure weeks and weeks of tweaking vector nodes followed by three minutes of image filtering does not produce raster art any more than spilling paint on a photograph produces an oil painting. The background is blurred (A) for the cool camera effect and (B) to protect Anne's Onymity, since that is a real place.

Next picture, I'm drawing a normal pose at a normal camera angle. This was a little crazier than I originally expected. Okay, crazier by a lot.

Forty, fifty --- aw, heck, I really have no idea how many hours went into this other than that it was a lot. Thanks also to everybody who helped me get the details right!
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david-dent-jedai Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2012
Wow! This must have been very touching to her. The over head shot is very nice! It makes it all the more actiony!
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phantom-inker Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Anne loved it. There used to be a big thank-you posting from her in the forums before the forums were rebooted, but suffice it to say that it made her day, just like it was supposed to :)
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david-dent-jedai Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2012
Awh! I hate it when a technical error destroys a historic and very lovable moment on a forum. >-<; It's like a bit of your online life just got whipped out like in Doctor Who. Ya know how those cracks appear and erase history?
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2UPA Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2008   Photographer
nice V ... precise work ;-)
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Arches Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2004
oooh, this one is really good, great perspective!
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SilentPhilodox Featured By Owner May 16, 2004
Ok, forget what I said if it's intentional.
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SilentPhilodox Featured By Owner May 15, 2004
Really nice job. But I think the background needs more details. Overall is very good.
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phantom-inker Featured By Owner May 16, 2004  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Actually, the background has as many details as it should. That's actually a real place that Anne is standing, and it's one that the real Anne knows very well. The lack of detail is intentional: First, it matches the real place (compared many, many times against photos), and second, if you could see more of it, you'd know where it is and Anne's Onymity would be right out the window. So that's as good as you're gonna get. Sorry.
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shadowsonic Featured By Owner May 15, 2004
Nice, although something strikes me as odd about the angle/composition...like she's "floating" above the background or something.
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