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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. :)
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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.
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*'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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:iconbkatt500:
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 Featured By Owner 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
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JRWenzel Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Congratulations!
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Teq-Uila Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2012
Thank you so much! :heart: :blowkiss: Sorry for the late reply!
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JRWenzel Featured By Owner 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!
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AshesAndEmbers Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I told you ;)
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Teq-Uila Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2012
You are right and you did, thank you! :heart: I was not expecting anything!
(So sorry for the late reply.)
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:iconashesandembers:
AshesAndEmbers Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
You're welcome!
(That's fine! I don't mind!) :3
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mulkuth Featured By Owner 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
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Teq-Uila Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2012
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:
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mulkuth Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2012  Student General Artist
anthro comic?? 8D what about!? do tell!
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Teq-Uila Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2012
I have nothing actual planned yet, I just know I want to try out some illustrations of woodland anthro critters. ^^; But I will be doing a proper anthro comic this winter, it will be about 20 pages long, because I want to redo a really old project of mine. Nothing interesting to say except that one of the characters is on my icon.
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mulkuth Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2012  Student General Artist
hmm, i think theres a book series based on that, though i just keep thinking the animals of farthing wood >.<
will the character be named tequila? :D
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Teq-Uila Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2012
Oh, there's loads of book series about woodland anthros, I love them. :la: Farthing Wood is more about wild animals with intelligence (like Watership Down). I was thinking more like Beatrix Potter's Peter the Rabbit, The Wind in the Willows or even Sylvanian Families styles of critters. :D As in clothed anthros who live in homes with furniture.

Hahaha, aww, I don't think tequila would be a good name! :lol: I'd keep imagining an alcoholic critter. :XD:
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mulkuth Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2012  Student General Artist
hmm...have you by any chance heard of bucky ohare?... i watched the first 3 eps as a kid and have recently been going back to it, its much more sci fi though,

what would you call yourself then? XD
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Teq-Uila Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2012
I've heard of him, but haven't seen anything of him. He reminds me visually of the old Jazz the Jackrabbit games, those were fun. :')

What would I call myself? :XD: Oh, no, I wouldn't be doing a comic about me, just my characters. But if I had to make myself a fursona or something representing me, it'd probably just have my own name.
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JRWenzel Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
This piece is just exquisite!

Terrific handling of the palette limitation! :clap:
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Teq-Uila Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2012
Thank you so much! :heart: :glomp:
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JRWenzel Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
:D I been glomped!:iconiloveit-plz:
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AshesAndEmbers Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
PERSON. YOU JUST WON THE CONTEST.
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Teq-Uila Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2012
Thank you for the kind comment, fellow person! :blowkiss: But nope, likely won't be anything. :)
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AshesAndEmbers Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
ARE YOU KIDDING??? THIS PICTURE IS AMAZING!!!! HOW IS THAT EVEN THREE COLOURS??? THAT'S THE MOST INCREDIBLE THING I'VE EVER SEEN!!!
Sorry for the all caps rant xD
Also, I speak Spanish, so I know that champignon means "mushroom." Even if it is French, I can tell. ^^
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Teq-Uila Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2012
It's alright, haha! I first assume an all caps message means someone is angry at me, but I know yours was friendly! :XD:

Yeah, it's just the three colours, I guess the hatching technique makes it look a bit more full coloured?

I learned French but my language also uses champignon for 'button mushrooms', it's so nice to learn the Spanish word too! :D
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AshesAndEmbers Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
YAY FOR FRIENDLY ALL CAPS!!! :D

You're right. the hatching technique does make the picture look more fully colored. I actually was thinking the other day about the "three colors" challenge and what it really means. Think about it this way. A computer can generate billions of colors by only using red, green, blue, and black pixels. (put your face really close to the screen and you'll see what I mean) Technically, you COULD draw a picture with unlimited coloring if you organized red, green, and blue dots in the proper pattern! (white is all three colors, by the way) Unfortunately, this would take about 60 years to do, and we only have a week left. XD

Yay for French and Spanish! By the way, the actual Spanish word for mushroom is "champi˝ˇn." Can you see how I could tell? XD

Wow. this is a really long comment about computer pixels. I should probably stop now.
Yup. stopping now.
Comment ends here.
No need to keep reading.
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And they all lived happily ever after.
The end.
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Teq-Uila Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2012
Oh, I see what you mean, it is very interesting, yes! I had thought of something similar to that, the 'mixing' of primary colours, but like you said, for me at least it'd take more time than the challenge deadline and also a big sheet of paper or digital file if you want to get good nuances of a colour.
I think you can see great examples on how it'd work out in vintage comic art [link] and in pointillism [link] .

Champiñón in Spanish, in my language šampinjon - it is interesting to see how different letters can spell out the same word! :)

I hope the pretty pixels in your comment indeed had a long and happy life. ;)
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Vilva Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2012  Student Digital Artist
This looks so awesome!! :la: I love the color scheme you chose and the shading/ art style you've done here; it reminds me so much of all the illustrations in some of my favorite books as a child (such as 'the frog and the toad' and the 'little bear' series !! :,D Amazing job!! :love:
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Teq-Uila Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2012
Thank you very much! :heart: :hug: I totally wanted to draw something like classic storybook pictures, so I'm really happy that it looks plausible. :aww: I read Little Bear as a child too, it was so cosy and cute. :highfive:
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