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Harvest by smbhax
Harvest
One morning I woke up really early and couldn't go back to sleep and was really tired but for some reason I had this crazy urge to get up and paint this painting, which was the biggest watercolor I've ever done (18"x24"). The character is Selenis from my hard sci-fi webcomic "Supermassive Black Hole A*" (smbhax.com) but this was different than drawing a story sequence page because it didn't need to have a specific setting or action so I could just go all crazy with the watercolor, which was what I did! Fun! I should do this kind of thing more often probably.
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Fleet by smbhax
Fleet
Whee, exaggerated sunset flare! And lots of crazy enemy spacemen. Couldn't get the light beam down all in one pass before parts started drying, but the seam across its middle doesn't seem too out of place I guess. The flare was also a little trick to break up the background, because otherwise I couldn't have done the vertical gradient across the sky in the background without a lot of seams--too much area/detail to work around, but the flare divided it up into two smaller areas that were easier to cover before the watercolor dried. Was really happy with how the watercolor sort of washed away down across her lowered knee like that, gives it this really funky atmosphere. Love it when the watercolor does cool effects for me on its own!

This is art for my hard sci-fi webcomic, "Supermassive Black Hole A*." Prints are available here.
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Plan B by smbhax
Plan B
Had more fun than I should have with crazy (pink??) quasi-anime-style (watched too much Robotech as a kid ya know) missile trails but hopefully it gets the idea across!

This art for my hard sci-fi webcomic, "Supermassive Black Hole A*." Prints are available here.
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Dancing with the Stars by smbhax
Dancing with the Stars
I was afraid the shading on the helmet was going disastrously wrong as I was slapping down the watercolor, but on the whole this one ended up with a pretty good atmosphere I think--got pretty fortunate with the shadows on the face I think, and it doesn't hurt to be able to have two big exaggerated glowing jet blasts shooting across the background. The helmet should probably be just a shade wider but ah well you can't have everything. The big gradient required across the sky was too big for my painting speed, so you can see a couple vertical seams where part of it dried before I got back to continuing it along.

This is art for my hard sci-fi webcomic, "Supermassive Black Hole A*." Prints are available here.
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Shadow Puppet by smbhax
Shadow Puppet
Kaboom! I suppose it's a little hard to tell out of context, but there was an explosion in the rooms this woman was fleeing from, and the light from that is lighting up this passage around her as its also getting shaken by the detonation. Anyway always nice to have an excuse to get dramatically abstract with the watercolors. I don't do enough cast shadows so I was glad I thought to whop a big shadow for her in there at the end.

This is art from my hard sci-fi webcomic, "Supermassive Black Hole A*." Prints are available here.
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Ben Chamberlain
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:iconwtfemm:
wtfemm Featured By Owner 13 hours ago  New member Student General Artist
love love love your art!
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helenyuqing Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
thank you for your watch!
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smbhax Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2014  Professional General Artist
You're doing great work! ^_^
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CodyOP Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Really appreciate the attention. It means a lot. And nice gallery!
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smbhax Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2014  Professional General Artist
My pleasure--and thanks! : )
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cdmalcolm Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Love you comic. Love the B/W. it my favorite type for reading and looking at great contrast.
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smbhax Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2013  Professional General Artist
Thanks! Always nice to meet someone who's also into the black and the white. : )
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TiredOrangeCat Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2013  Professional General Artist
Just read your eraser review, loved it. I too have struggled to find something reliable to pair with my graphite. I have used the Staedtlers for most of my drawing career and have been pretty pleased with the results, although as you said, it tends to scatter a bit during heavy use. You have intrigued me and I think I will purchase the top four of your list to give them a go. Your tests were in the H-B range where as I work primarily in the 4-6B range when using graphite so I am curious to see how they handle the softer leads.
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smbhax Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2013  Professional General Artist
Thanks for reading, Cat! I'm actually trying out some 4B this week, and on smooth Bristol paper--and I got in a few more erasers, like Tombow's legendary old "Mono"--so I'm going to have a follow-up eraser comparison article in a couple days. (The short version is that the erasers perform relatively similarly to what they achieved with the H-grade lead on the rougher Illustration paper, except that the Campus 2B, which was #2 for me with the H grade lead, is at 4B just slightly outperforming the Ain Dust-Gathering, which was #1 for H--the Campus erases the softer lead more completely, and requires less scrubbing.)
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TiredOrangeCat Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2013  Professional General Artist
Excellent! I am a sucker for art supplies, I have to bring cash only when I walk into art supply stores least I walk out with half the store in my pockets ready for projects. Your first review was steller, combined with your experience with heavy graphite use, made it more than informative. Been looking for an eraser to make clean up a bit easier. I am doing my series of 10 minute sketches trying to refine my skill/technique and minimize the amount of lines used. During these sessions I refrain from using an eraser, as 10 minutes is actually a very short amount of time. I am looking into adding a few 20 minute sessions to my repertoire and would like a solid eraser to quickly fix mistakes and to make clean up a breeze. The Staedtler as I said before has been my trusted go to, and in most cases suits its use well, but I do love to try out new tools. Looking forward to the next review.
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