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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 )
JoeyLiverwurst Feb 6, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
The kid throwing the snowball would make a cute werewolf.
This one of my favorite works of yours!
BryanBaugh May 18, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
You're welcome! Werewolves are my favorite monsters to draw, and your book really helped! :D
fllnthblnk Oct 13, 2007  Hobbyist Writer
Awww... I bet he just wants to be petted.
BryanBaugh Oct 14, 2007  Professional Traditional Artist
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!
BryanBaugh 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.
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...."
BryanBaugh 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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