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Journey Through Darkwood by WesTalbott Journey Through Darkwood by WesTalbott
12x18
Watercolor and Prismacolors
strathmore Illustration board.

This is a piece I've been working on for awhile and now that break is here (halfway gone actually) I finally had a chance to finish it up.

I still can't decide if I like traditional or digital better. Digital is definitely faster, but the time required to make traditional stuff actually look good makes it more thorough...

If you guys have an opinion of what medium your prefer to see my work in let me know.
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:iconrandomdragon0412:
RandomDragon0412 Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
This is amazing!!!
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LadyScholar Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Lovely picture! But if a horse landed like that riding pillion he'd break his leg. But I love the pose! The colors are amazing.
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bubbles123karate Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2012  Student General Artist
I love the lighting! And just... Everything, I'm so jealous!
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DHBW Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2012
creepy much....?
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:iconavianpain:
AvianPain Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Oh my.. such an amazing work! Great job!! :D
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:icondaqiq:
Daqiq Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2012
Beautiful
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:iconinjeborg:
Injeborg Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Lol, can this even be called a journey? :) Great job!
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:iconinjeborg:
Injeborg Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Lol, can it even be called a journey? :) Fantastic job!
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:iconmikandii:
Mikandii Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
this is INCREDIBLE!!!!!! i seriously thought it's a digital painting until i read your description.... it's too good to be true @_@
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woesofthenorm Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Wow! This is fantastic! I love how you definitely convey the emotion and the story here!
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:iconwillgart:
WillGArt Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Fable?
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:iconcbgink:
CBGINK Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Great work Wes!!!!
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:iconsway85:
Sway85 Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This is awesome! The way you've captured the movement is just amazing!
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:iconwestalbott:
WesTalbott Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2012  Professional Artist
thanks!
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:iconnathanscomicart:
nathanscomicart Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Wow! Beautiful work. Tons of energy and wonderful color.:icongrin--plz:
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:iconwestalbott:
WesTalbott Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2012  Professional Artist
thanks!
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:iconenoa79:
Enoa79 Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2012
Beautiful work. Very well done.
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MystOfTheStars Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2012
It's absolutely gorgeous ;_;
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:iconwestalbott:
WesTalbott Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2012  Professional Artist
thanks!
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Ferlancer Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2012
Loved the action composition and the colors. Congrats! :clap:
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:iconwestalbott:
WesTalbott Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2012  Professional Artist
Thanks!
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eastphoto99 Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2012  Professional General Artist
Awesome energy and movement, you technique with water color is amazing. Thanks for sharing this wonderful piece.
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:iconwestalbott:
WesTalbott Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2012  Professional Artist
thanks!
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o0Magnus Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2012
superb illustration
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:iconwestalbott:
WesTalbott Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2012  Professional Artist
thank you.
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:iconlymandally:
LymanDally Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
This is a beautiful painting along with a great question. I've only recently (the past 4-5 months) been doing any art in digital out of a 30-year career as an illustrator. I think the greater potential ultimately lies in digital (I never thought I'd say anything like that) for the reason I'm able to mix traditionally rendered effects with computer coloring in photoshop.

That being said: I don't think anything compares to the feel of brush on paper, or brush on canvas, and I think anyone who has gone thru' the process of making traditional art will have an instinctive advantage (thru' trial and error) when they try to master some level of digital art.

Really nice painting Wes. Thank you for posting it.
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:iconwestalbott:
WesTalbott Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2012  Professional Artist
Thanks! I have noticed that dabbling in both mediums has changed the way I use the opposing medium. I agree digital has more potential, and that traditional has a unique feel of it's own that simply cannot be made digitally.
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LymanDally Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
You're welcome. I use digital to color my online cartoon (quadra-blu.com) that I post 2xweek, so I need the speed, and find that I can retain the crispness of the black line that the cartoon art is built on. (Before then I'd color over the inked line w' watercolor and then have to go back and rescribe the black.) Backgrounds are done on marker paper with markers and pastels, scanned and then blurred in photoshop before dropping-in behind the colored "master".
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mallettepagano Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
amazing! :D
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:iconwestalbott:
WesTalbott Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2012  Professional Artist
thanks!
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:iconwestalbott:
WesTalbott Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2012  Professional Artist
Thanks!
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AlbertBruun Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2012  Student Digital Artist
awesome work :)
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:iconeterniss:
eterniss Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2012
Wow, fantastic!
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Protecious Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2012
very good
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:iconkelloth:
Kelloth Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
the traditional is hardest, but thew result much times is great, and in my opinnion is better because requires more experience and pulse, this is a really great work, I love it
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Archon0419 Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2012  Student Digital Artist
awesome!
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scarletalizarin Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This is fantastic!
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:iconshadowdude7:
shadowdude7 Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2012
"Darkwood is a dangerous place, Hero."
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:iconmudora:
Mudora Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2012  Student General Artist
You have a lot of talent in both. I suggest to use whatever strikes your fancy. The results we get are still nice regardless what medium you use.
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:iconwestalbott:
WesTalbott Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2012  Professional Artist
thanks!
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:iconobsessedkitten:
obsessedkitten Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
This is very traditional! Very nostalgic :)
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AngelicAdonis Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Oh Darkwood, nothing good ever comes out of there :P

Great colours and I like the expressions on the riders and the look of the beast chasing them :)
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:iconwestalbott:
WesTalbott Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2012  Professional Artist
Thanks! painting faces traditionally is a pain so that means alot.
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AngelicAdonis Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
You're welcome, man!

lol. As skilled as you are, I doubt there is not much of anything you cannot pint :)
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Tatmantats Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2012  Professional General Artist
I am from the "old school" who later was introduced to digital media. When I work on my watercolor/pencil artworks on paper I find more satisfaction of creating each stroke and getting the desired effect through building each layer. True, it can't be undone as easily as digital art. Each media has its own place. But I find that digital media has it limitations on complete control over what you see in your mind and transferring it onto paper/computer. I work on digital arts all day everyday at work. But it never gives me the satisfaction that holding a tangible utensil that I can become zen with and transfer those thoughts and feelings onto the paper to create a masterpiece. Sometimes I feel that digital art almost has a nontangible, plastic, virtual quality. Not reality. Only reality comes when it is printed on high quality media. And that can be a trip in itself to get it to look exactly how you perceive it from the monitor. I have viewed your digital media and am astounded at the same detail that you can create and I often think......"how can this be acheived through traditional media?"......It is a give and take issue. So it could come down to what exact effect you are looking for in the piece. I use filters and all that with my digital work, but even though filters don't satisfy me. Their textures are never in the exact place I want it to be. And it could take several tries before I get it right. Again, the control over the media is different. But then I may just be used to the traditional when I put pencil/brush to the paper, I know exactly how I will apply the stroke and to what degree and I know the effect that I am going to get will be pretty darn close.
I must say that your artwork does surpass mine in its quality and detail. Different subject matters. But I enjoy watching you grow in your art.....digital or traditional. You always amaze me!

Your cuz, Mark
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WesTalbott Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2012  Professional Artist
Thanks Mark!

Yeah I agree with what you are saying and I think that's why I have a hard time just taking the easy way of digital (although one could argue that it's not easier, just faster) It's more fulfilling to have an original piece of artwork that is truly one of it's kind, that can actually be held and viewed with the human eye rather than the original needing to be viewed on a screen to get the full effect. I'm sure I will probably use digital more often for my job, but I think I'll always be working on something traditional on the side. Thanks for the comment!

-Wes
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mailorderhero Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2012
Sigh, as always, it's incredible. You're technique in different media is evolving insanely fast. As far as my opinion which media you should use I think you're pretty deadly with Watercolor/Prismas (the one used here obviously). BUT I still can't quit lovin' your digital painting.
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WesTalbott Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2012  Professional Artist
haha that's where I'm at. I'm sure I'll use both off and on I'm just trying to decide if I should stick to one or the other for illustrations. haha I'll probably never decide.
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Ryan-Nichols Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2012   Artist
I want to see more watercolor stuff from you. This is absolutely gorgeous.
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:iconwestalbott:
WesTalbott Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2012  Professional Artist
Thanks man!
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