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Mister Mole in the Caves of Champignon by Teq-Uila Mister Mole in the Caves of Champignon by Teq-Uila
I've discovered a really cool project at #anthrochallenge, where you get to tackle a different anthro theme every month. This month's challenge is to create a picture using only 3 flat colours of your choice. I picked licorice (the lines), dandelion yellow (the light) and moss green (the shadows).
Concept: A storybook illustration of a cosy little adventure. I picked a mole anthro character as they are seriously underloved and they remind me of 'The Wind in the Willows'. :aww:
Technical details: I wanted to practice using what I think is called negative space - it is quite difficult for me. The picture was entirely hand inked, scanned and the two other colours were then digitally added. :)
Short children's story: Mister Mole is a famous explorer and gourmand. His latest adventure has taken him to the exquisite Mousseron* region, most famed for its Caves of Champignon. The caves are a dangerous place and legends say they hide the tastiest mushrooms in the land. Many explorers would have gotten hopelessly lost in the labyrinth of tunnels, but not Mister Mole! With the aid of his keen nose, he and his native friend have discovered a treasure trove of the delicious mushrooms.
*'Mousseron' is a type of mushroom in French (St. George's mushroom in English), picked because it reminded me of 'mouse'. Champignon is 'mushroom' in French.

Any comments and/or critiques are deeply appreciated! :heart:
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I love this! It's very interesting. The colours look nice together, and make a great, bold image. The use of crosshatching under the shadow colour makes it almost look like a picture in an old book. The character is well defined and expressive, it's easy to see a personality or figure out a story that goes along with it.
There are a couple of issues I have, but they are small. The first would be that Mr. Mole seems a little stiff in some places, like his left arm and right foot. another would be the lack of shading on the ground following the shadows on the objects and characters. A last would be the mushrooms peeking out of the panel. I feel that the one on the bottom left is peeking out slightly not enough, which leads to the edge of the cap where it pinches in being close to the line of the panel, and the one middle-right is sticking out too much since the line of the edge of the panel and the bottom of the cap line up.
That said, this has pleasing compositiong, character, and colour sheme, and is overall well done.
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Ellen-Souler Apr 11, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I love this! The color scheme wow! The mole everything! I like how the darker and yellow contrast reflects the images purpose
jrwenzel Dec 5, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you so much! :heart: :blowkiss: Sorry for the late reply!
jrwenzel Dec 20, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Unless you’re in an IRC very little online happens in real-time.
Wien I first stated in digital art (then simply referred to a with the catch-all “computer graphics”) you where lucky to have 4 colors to work with {out of an extremely limited palette – if you were extremely lucky} or you had connections with a university or large corporation that could afford the multi-million-dollar hardware that could do more.
Honestly it does my heart good to see an artist rise to the challenge of working within serious limitations and come up with both beautiful and creative.
Once again Bravo!
AshesAndEmbers Dec 5, 2012  Student General Artist
I told you ;)
You are right and you did, thank you! :heart: I was not expecting anything!
(So sorry for the late reply.)
AshesAndEmbers Dec 13, 2012  Student General Artist
You're welcome!
(That's fine! I don't mind!) :3
mulkuth Nov 20, 2012  Student General Artist
the 3 tones add more than if it were fully coloured, i love this piece :D do please try this out on more work in the future, it would make a great comic
Thank you very much! :hug: I agree, limited colours can sometimes really make a picture look more striking than if it were coloured 'normally' with transition tones. But it was hard for me to choose how to do this theme, I kept wishing for just a few more colours. :D

I actually might make a small anthro comic in this inking style in the future, thank you kindly for your interest! :hug:
mulkuth Nov 25, 2012  Student General Artist
anthro comic?? 8D what about!? do tell!
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