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Snowball Fight Full Moon Night by BryanBaugh Snowball Fight Full Moon Night by BryanBaugh
I never used to bother drawing snowy winter scenes while growing up in Ohio. But ever since moving to sunny California in 1996, I have caught myself drawing an awful lot of them. Don't get me wrong, I love the beach, but I also miss the snow really bad. Anyway, drawing snow scenes is tricky when all you've got to work with is black ink. You've got to describe it mostly with the white of the paper. Then you have to be very strategic about just how and where to place your black shapes and lines.
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Given 2005-09-03
Snowball Fight Full Moon Night by ~BryanBaugh is a wonderful, professional-grade illustration that deserves a closer look. I think those kids have a reason to be worried.. ( Suggested by greenfroggies and Featured by silentkitty )
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JoeyLiverwurst Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
The kid throwing the snowball would make a cute werewolf.
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Rinkusu001 Featured By Owner May 18, 2012
This one of my favorite works of yours!
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BryanBaugh Featured By Owner May 18, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks!
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Rinkusu001 Featured By Owner May 25, 2012
You're welcome! Werewolves are my favorite monsters to draw, and your book really helped! :D
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fllnthblnk Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2007  Hobbyist Writer
Awww... I bet he just wants to be petted.
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BryanBaugh Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2007  Professional Traditional Artist
Haha.
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Black-Black Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2007
All the characters are so specific and individual, even the two young boys (I have alot of trouble making kids look like individuals, so major kudos!).

One of my favorite things about this piece is trying to imagine how this scene would sound. Like the two kids laughing, and then Boom! an explosion of twigs and sticks amidst the low growl from the wolf. There's a lot left to the imagination.

I don't know if anybody nitpicked the oblong-shaped moon, but it took me a while to notice, and it doesn't really pull me out of the piece anyway. Like they say, if it looks right, it is right.

Great work, as usual!
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BryanBaugh Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2007  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks for all your comments. You are too kind! I liked what you said about the sounds! Very cool!

Yeah, I think a few people did give me a hard time for not making the moon a perfect circle. Which seemed weird to me because I just think of all the horror illustrations and horror comics and Halloween art that has influenced me over the years, and it seemed like they were always doing weird distortions of the moon, to make it creepy.

I don't know what to say to those complaints, because when I hear something like that it's obvious that I'm talking to someone who doesn't "get it" and no answer I give them will make any sense to them either.

I just go for mood and atmosphere. But I think a lot of folks just simply equate "realistic" with "good artwork" and don't think about it any further than that. If it doesn't look like an imitation of reality, then they jump to the conclusion that the artist has made a mistake. And the artist can try to explain that he was trying to use surrealism to create an emotional effect, but such people just ask "what's surrealism"? or simply dismiss the answer as if you are making excuses for your shortcomings. It's funny to me how different the minds of artists and non-artists often are.
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Black-Black Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2007
Too true on some people associating photorealism with good. Photorealism was a movement in its own time, and its fine if its part your style or expression, but I disagree with it as only scale of quality. Design and composition I feel are much more important (and is the backbone of cartooning) measures. Maybe the problem is that some of the best design is made to go unnoticed...

There are definitely artists out there who get seduced by the photo-realism thing. Not a jab, but I see that more in comic artists than other mediums.

You can always tell the nitpickers that the moon is actually the underside of a UFO, or distorted by swamp gas, and listen to them go, "Ohhh...."
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BryanBaugh Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2007  Professional Traditional Artist
I always just say, the supernatural is really at work on this night and is messing it up.
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ShadowthShapeShifter Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2007  Professional General Artist
I think I saw this picture in the book "Freaks"? No... It was another book but I saw it!!!
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BryanBaugh Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2007  Professional Traditional Artist
No, it was in "SCARED!"
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ShadowthShapeShifter Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2007  Professional General Artist
Darn! I couldn't quite remember the title....
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Cerebr4l Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2006  Professional Digital Artist
Nice lines, very cool.
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ddt-poison Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2006
WHA!! BRILLIANT!! i dont think that i have enough time or space to compliment on all the stuff in this image that i see .... just then a general well done and good work!
Every now and then i come across your work and then its like "Dammit! Thats what i wanted to do *makes yet another fire to burn old works and redo all*" :D

The dog seems to be caught in the split second where he has to make the decision:
1.) Play the brave dog, take one for the team and give his life for the kids to try get away?
2.) Or run like hell knowing that 4 legs work better than 2 in the snow, get home, fake a limp, whine and pretend to faint infront of the parents and know nothing of what happened! :evillaugh:

faveing yet another one of yours!! :P
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BryanBaugh Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2006  Professional Traditional Artist
Wow, I really like all your insights into this piece. Thank you so much for that and the compliments. You are too much!
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ddt-poison Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2006
a pleasure. Apologies, I just get that way when i see something created with imagination, skill, effort and emotion!! that and i think i am short a few lighbulbs upstairs on cold morning like this!! :D * reached for frozen coffee *
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painpainting Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2006
thats is very, very cool.

Maybe the little dog with kill the bigger one ;)

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Arne
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BryanBaugh Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2006  Professional Traditional Artist
Oo! Good angle!
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painpainting Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2006
;)

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Tomoran Featured By Owner May 31, 2006  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Man, I LOVE your work. As usual, great composition (I love the angle you used and the way that the characters almost for a circle on the page--draws you right in). The snow and the forest look great. Wow, wonderful stuff--reminds me of something you might see in an old Tales From the Crypt comic.

T
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BryanBaugh Featured By Owner May 31, 2006  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you for your insightful comments! I really appreciate that! And the comparison to Tales From the Crypt I consider the highest honor, since that's what I'm always striving for.
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Tomoran Featured By Owner May 31, 2006  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Hey, you deserve the comparison. I think that's why I like your stuff so much.

Keep it up, man. I'll be watching.

T
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ShiMoonWind Featured By Owner May 30, 2006
This is an excellant piece. You have a great sense of humor.
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BryanBaugh Featured By Owner May 30, 2006  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you. I do find something very funny about the uneasy relationship between kids and monsters.
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ShiMoonWind Featured By Owner May 30, 2006
Some of the best comedies I've ever seen involved kids, and monsters.
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fensterer Featured By Owner May 30, 2006
I think you did an outstanding job! I remember trying to do something like this in my art class. Didnt work to well though! :)
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LawrenceDeDark Featured By Owner May 29, 2006
Great work ... I love how you captured the action in this piece.

I am also a transplant here in northern California... from the east coast. When I miss the snow, I just drive up to Tahoe. ;)
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silenthilljunkie Featured By Owner May 29, 2006
you did a very nice job with the snow.
and the werewolf.
:+fav:
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BryanBaugh Featured By Owner May 29, 2006  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks. And by the way, I love your avatar with the images from "The Ring". Very cool.
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silenthilljunkie Featured By Owner May 29, 2006
thanks. the ring is my favorite horror movie, next to silent hill.
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surreal32 Featured By Owner May 29, 2006
great line work!
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str4yk1tt3n Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2005
very cool pic...super cute. I face down wolves with snowballs all the time.
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DCWyverx Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2005  Student General Artist
Awesome pen art, I love the dark shading and the texture on the werewolf's fur.
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TheDeathChamber Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2005
I could not pass this without reviewing. Most excellent, you captured the snow undoubtedly well and I like the whole idea.
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labrinthnightmare Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2005
are you one of the artists from the how to draw horror book becase again i remember this from the book
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BryanBaugh Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2005  Professional Traditional Artist
Yes, you are referring to "SCARED: How to Draw Fantastic Horror Comics". I was co-author and also co-illustrator on that book.
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labrinthnightmare Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2005
wow awsome yes thats the book i brought it not long ago its a wicked book full of wicked pictures
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BryanBaugh Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2005  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks!!!
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Roaring-Flame-Cat Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2005  Hobbyist General Artist
Heh... Love the wearwolf type beast... He EES so spooky.... XD Awesome pic all and all ^_^ I really like all the little deatails here and there in the snow and the kids... lol XD RUN CHILDREN RUN!!!!!!! ............... But then again... :paranoid: DON'T MOVE!!! HE CAN'T SEE YOU IF YOU DON'T MOVE!!!!!!!!!!!!! XD
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CheetahTigerWolfCTW Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2005   Digital Artist
finally a DD worth looking at!
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flutterby-elimy Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2005
Yep I can imagine how hard it is to draw snowy scenes, its almost like drawing everything in reverse! Excellent job tho, a well deserved daily deviation!
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timbaggle Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2005   Photographer
damn, you really should design an animated short at the very least, if not an entire movie. if i wrote a children's book, i'd want you to illustrate it.
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tervaco Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2005  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Holy crap! That is awesome! Great work, keep it up!

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shirowwolf Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2005
I saw this in a book about 'Horror' drawing. ^^
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BryanBaugh Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2005  Professional Traditional Artist
Yeah, a book called, "SCARED! How To Draw Fantastic Horror Comics". I was co-author and illustrator on that book! Thanks for noticing!
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kibbles09 Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2005   Writer
whoa, thats .... friggin awesome!
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WinterDanceBlade24 Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2005   Photographer
I'm sure its very difficult, and I am know where near that experience and talent.:nod: This is one great Deviation. I really think its kinda funny too. Two kids playing in a snowball fight when suddenly a giant Werewolf charges out of the tree's, man thats great.=D One question though, the large white oval behind the tree's, is that supposed to be the moon? Its just that its an odd shape for a Full Moon. Nevertheless, this is a favorite, awesome job!=D
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BryanBaugh Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2005  Professional Traditional Artist
Yes, that is the Full Moon. Perhaps it may look distorted, but this is a weird night. When the supernatural is at work, all bets are off.
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WinterDanceBlade24 Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2005   Photographer
Interesting...So the next time I make a late night walk in the woods, during Winter, and if I see that shaped moon, does that mean i'll be attacked by a werewolf too?:rofl:
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