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Aryan Sunset by jmsnooks Aryan Sunset by jmsnooks
In ancient Afghanistan a lone Aryan warrior looks out towards a ruined enemy castle. He's got guard duty for the night. Contrary to what most people think, "Aryan" is not a synonym for Indo-Europeans or white people in general. I really shouldn't have to mention that but I know I have to because most people don't pay attention in school. Anyways, the term Aryan originates in Iran and means "people of virtue." Iran means "land of the Aryans." Among historians other Indo-European belonging to the Iranic family are often referred to as Aryans. Aryans outside of Iran colonized Afghanistan, Pakistan, and northern India. This was done for ~allkhanan

This was done with colored pencil as an experiment. It's different from my usual stuff because normally I draw my lineart with graphite and erase it before I apply color, but in this case I made my lineart with colored pencils and no regular pencil ever touched this page. It was sort of a random burst of inspired impressionism.

To ~allkhanan: I know this isn't exactly what you asked for, but I'm working on another drawing that's more inline with what you wanted. As I was working on that other drawing I got this image in my head and had to get it out. So you get an extra drawing to stick in your documentary. More is on the way.
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Felfreak Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2010
Gorgeous. :) Very powerful.
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jmsnooks Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks. Do you have any particular connection with that part of the world?
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Felfreak Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2011
not really...
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jmsnooks Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
ok
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BadAnimals Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2010  Student
oh this is so gorgeous, beautiful piece :thumbsup:
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jmsnooks Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks man, I wanted to do a monochromatic, or semimonochromatic, color scheme.
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KainTheVampireLord Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2010   Traditional Artist
I like the mood of it, almost can feel the warmth of the sunset. Using pure colours and not mixing them has a great effect.
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jmsnooks Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks, yea it is almost a monochromatic scheme, with all my colors either being yellow or brown. I may have used a yellowed orange at one point but I can't remember for certain.
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allkhanan Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
Excellent!
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jmsnooks Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Glad you like it.
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TheTowerSentry Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2010
Whoa, love the colouring and lighting on this one.
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jmsnooks Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Glad you like it, the entire thing was an experiment.
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OtakuLiz Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2010  Student Writer
You know, I'm not really sure why but for some reason I love this one. :heart:
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allkhanan Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
Check your DNA, bcz you may be an Aryan!
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OtakuLiz Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2010  Student Writer
...I'm Chinese.
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allkhanan Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
Then Neighbor
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jmsnooks Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks, glad you like it. This one was really inspired. Kind of an impressionistic outburst.
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TheM-Man Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
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jmsnooks Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
My bad, I misread that image. I thought it said "Deleting large quantities of win." Sleep deprivation will really mess with your head.
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TheM-Man Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
But it's still win.
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jmsnooks Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
thanks man
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jmsnooks Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
OK that's different, I'm not sure I get it entirely though.
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philippeL Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
That's truly awesome, and you seem to master color pencils very well. Thanks also for the little lesson :)
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jmsnooks Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks man, it's no problem. BTW, are you taking art classes right now? Some of your stuff looks like it was done as an art assignment.
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philippeL Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Art classes? No, not since December. But during last fall, I had a pretty good course on mixed media (pastels, ink, washes, watercolor) and it maybe paid off in the long run.
Thanks a lot for your interest and appreciation, it makes my day :wave:
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jmsnooks Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Hey no problem man. I noticed you were getting better, but what really tipped me off was that you did some still lifes. No one normally does still lifes unless they're being made to for an art class.
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philippeL Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks so much, buddy. You're very supportive and I appreciate. Most of my still life and plant drawings are from courses, true. But this charcoal glass I did recently was done by imagination. I know that :iconmari-na: loves still life, and it was for her birthday.
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jmsnooks Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Ah OK, well that was nice of you to do something for her. I do that for people every once in a while but not too much.
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philippeL Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I like doing it, actually. It does not cost much anyway.
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jmsnooks Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Well I work pretty slowly. Maybe it's quicker for you.
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mindflenzing Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
It reminds me of Prince of Persia.
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jmsnooks Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I can see that, although in this case the design is based on ancient Indian stuff.
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Yeshua-Knight Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2010  Hobbyist Writer
i like it, sort of reminds me of "prince of persia"

the style you're talking about is similar to what they used when they did the cartoon series "samurai jack" in which they didn't use outlines at all and instead relied on colors. i encourage you to keep working with this technique because from what i've seen of other examples, it turns out some great results and i think it would be even moreso with your use of vivid colors

did you get the note i sent you about the edgar rice burroughs books?
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jmsnooks Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Well the POP is also an Aryan and his stuff is fairly well based on traditional Persian design. In this case the designs are based on ancient Indian gear but there's a definite similarity.

Anyways, I'll definitely take that under consideration. It was a big step for me when I gave up ink outlines, another big step when I erased my graphite outlines before coloring at all. The next big step will be eliminating that stage entirely.

Nope, what was it you wanted to tell me?
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Yeshua-Knight Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2010  Hobbyist Writer
i'd asked you if you had done any art based on burroughs' barsoom series. it seemed to me that at some point either you had done some or you and i had a conversation about it or something along those lines. reason why i brought it up is because i found the first 5 books in audiobook form free to download on itunes and i've gone all the way to the beginning of number 5 and will probably finish it by the middle of next week
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jmsnooks Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I did once, but I took them down because of the rather unique costume worn on Barsoom. I didn't want to give anyone wrong ideas about me and my intent behind the artwork. I can email you the illustrations if you want to see them.

Which series? Because there's the Barsoom series, the Venus series, the Moon series, the Pellucidar series, and a few others that I don't have yet.
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Yeshua-Knight Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2010  Hobbyist Writer
it's the barsoom series, and i did a bit of snooping and found out that disney is doing a movie based on the series. all i really know is that the cast they have for it looks really good (see [link] ). i think that if they really wanted to do it justice, they could do very well with this series, though i think it would be more beneficial for them to perhaps combine some of the storylines because the flow of the plot in the books wouldn't work quite as well as in the movies, unless it was done by the same guys who did the matrix movies or something, i dunno.

yeah, i know what you're talking about with the "unique" costume (or lack there of) that you're talking about. you can email them to me if you want, but it's not like a pressing issue or anything, i just couldn't remember whether it was that you'd actually done the artwork or not.
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jmsnooks Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Well it should be interesting to see how they pull it off. I'm sure it won't be following the books any better than LOTR or Narnia, but it might still be fun to watch and there's huge potential for a franchise there. Looks like the person they cast for the Incomparable Deja Thoris isn't so incomparable. They should have caste someone younger and better looking. I always pictured here as looking more like Aylar but with red skin. Anyways, we shall see. I'll probably see it in any case.

One thing that I noticed about Burroughs is that his stories usually consist of a series of adventures or short stories about a specific character bound together by a larger metanarrative. Quite often it's a quest like chasing down a woman that got kidnapped.
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Yeshua-Knight Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2010  Hobbyist Writer
well, in this day and age when you can pay to have a face like helena of troy, it's basically impossible to find someone who really has the kind of beauty that stands out, though i will say that i think they did pretty well with casting the girl they did. a lot still remains to be seen as to how they'll portray her, it can't be any worse than the lame straight to dvd version that came out in '08 or '09. seriously, i saw just the preview for it and i could tell how bad it was.

actually, from what i've read about burrough's writing, you're probably more right than you know about his writing style being like short stories bound together because a lot of these books started out as stories that were published weekly and later on a publishing company put them all together in one book, i think the one that might stand out in this series is one of the last ones that's about john carter's granddaughter, it's four main short stories about different things (at least that's the impression that the wikipedia article gave me)

i'm not gonna lie, i'd really like to see a well done game come out of this, perhaps something in a style along the lines of KOTOR or, if (and that's a big IF) they do it right, perhaps an mmorpg, but doing such a game properly would be very unlikely
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jmsnooks Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Well I always thought of her as looking more like Aylar or Aishwara Rei. She needs to look at least somewhat eastern, with dark hair and smooth flawless skin. Of course it has to be red skin. Anyways, maybe that woman will look better when they paint her red.
Wow, and I didn't even hear about that.

Yea I think you're right, I remember reading that some of the stuff was published in magazines in bits and pieces.

That could be interesting, although I'm too poor at present to purchase any new game system and my most current device is a PS2. Anyways, how about noting me your email so I can send you those drawings?
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BROKENHILL Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2010   Artisan Crafter
very very cool work.love the colors
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jmsnooks Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks man, and eventually I'll be making something like this for the Aztecs also.
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BROKENHILL Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2010   Artisan Crafter
I will keep an eye out for that.
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