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Jimmy: Dream Sequence 5 by mlauritano Jimmy: Dream Sequence 5 by mlauritano
And he keeps on drawing that rainbow right out the front door. Note: the pose for that third panel was definitely inspired by that classic photo of Jackson Pollock. Also, Note: the framed picture on the left has a faint portrait of the writer of the story. Ah, the joys(?) of working directly with an author...
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DeanJohnsonArtStudio Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2015  Professional Traditional Artist
This sequence tells such a clear story, even without the other story pages.  Love it!

How I wish I could just lift off like that....
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mlauritano Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2015  Professional General Artist
Glad you enjoy it!
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the-muriatic-acid Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2011
This is so nice! I can almost feel the heat from the reflection on the wall! It's a Renoir over there?
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mlauritano Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2011  Professional General Artist
Sort of! I combined the Renoir with an image of the author and her husband dancing at her wedding... Super random and un=noticeable background detail, but I like to think touches like that are why they payed me so much!
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the-muriatic-acid Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2011
I think that way too! I love to find details in a picture wich I didn't noticed before! Great work!
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willofthewisp Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2010
I like the subtle rainbow in the change in the lighting from one frame to the next. Well done.
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mlauritano Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2010  Professional General Artist
Good eye! I'm pleased that someone noticed that.
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willofthewisp Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2010
Lighting is something you do well, and I would have been surprised had you not considered doing something like that. I also once worked in theater tech, and once did that sort of thing with lights and fadders. Nice job.
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mlauritano Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2010  Professional General Artist
Ha! I often make my images (often to their detriment) as a stage I must set, light, and decorate. I'm glad we're on the same wavelength!
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willofthewisp Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2010
Did you know that A.Kurosawa, before even casting or finishing a script, would go to his favorite inn and spend months with ink and watercolors story-boarding his films. When I learned that I knew why it seems like every scene in his films looks composed like a painting. He had an amazing way of using background light to help tell the story, even in his black and white films. I see nothing wrong with setting up a picture like setting a scene in a play or film, so long as the composition works as a picture, just as I see nothing wrong with composing a scene like a painting as long as it is still dramatic. Little things like light small props and background sounds can go a long way to telling a story.
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mlauritano Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2010  Professional General Artist
Definitely evident while watching Seven Samurai! But, when I said "to my detriment," just so you know, I specifically meant that I sometimes see images like a play--I noticed at one point that all of my characters seemed to be the almost the same size within each separate picture, there were no close-up portraits, that subjects were almost never obscured by a foreground object, they were often seen from a grounded, eye-to-eye perspective. I was missing out on the narrative possibilities of space! Although great illustration CAN be structured like theater with all the kinds of limits I've noted above, illustration, even more easily than film, can bring the audience to unusual, psychologically rich view points. I still feel like I've just begun to stretch myself there!
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willofthewisp Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2010
I used to think it would be better to fly the audience rather than the actors. In my paintings I think I tend to rely too much on close ups, foreground / background juxtaposition a and unusual points of view. But sometimes it really works well.

BTW. Something I noticed and liked that last time I watched Ran: After the big soliloquy about birds laying eggs in the nests of other birds, there was a big battle scene. Between the shouts and the din of fighting you could hear the call of a cuckoo.
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dash-of-balder Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
The movement you've managed to convey in these panels is fantastic! It reminds me of what flying feels like in my dreams.
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mlauritano Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2010  Professional General Artist
Hm, interesting... Thanks!
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FranEdwards Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2010  Hobbyist Writer
I love your work. You really know how to colour.

keep on it :heart:!
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mlauritano Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2010  Professional General Artist
Thank you--that means a lot, considering that my work is often characteristically unsaturated-abnormal on deviantart.
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FranEdwards Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2010  Hobbyist Writer
bah! is great!
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LaNorthWay Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I really love your style. It's just so...so...pure, but still very dreamy! Wish I was able to make something that creates the same feeling as your art does:nod:
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mlauritano Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2010  Professional General Artist
Go for it! I believe anyone can do I what I do--all it takes is practice and dedication.
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LaNorthWay Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks for the inspiring words :hug:
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darklaela Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2010
Lovely done, very lively and vibrant colors.
I love folowing your work. It's very inspiring
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mlauritano Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2010  Professional General Artist
As always, you are too kind! I hope to continue sparking your imagination.
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darklaela Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2010
I'm just being curious now, but lately i've been very interested in childbookillustrations, and I was wondering what your techniques were.
Coloured pencil? pastels? I would love to learn some more about it.
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mlauritano Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2010  Professional General Artist
OK! Here's what I do: I draw the picture and paint it with gouache (used more like watercolor), getting a basic value structure, blending and washing to get nice subtle colors, and adding linework to help sharpen things and add personality. Then I use pastels in a couple different ways-either as a kind of dry glaze to even out paint textures or slightly alter colors OR as a kind of impasto to punch up areas of high brightness and saturation. Then I clean it all up with colored pencils-going back into the darks and cutting them nice and deep, reviving a bit of the painted linework, and adding to any areas of texture or gradation. It's a time-consuming and redundant process, but feel free to experiment with it!
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darklaela Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2010
Thanks! that's very interesting. It's too bad I can't see some of your original works, They must look even better.
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MumblingIdiot Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2010  Professional
So beautifully done. I love the breakdown of timing within the literal space. Great stuff.
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mlauritano Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2010  Professional General Artist
Ah, the ever-useful language of comics! Thanks.
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MumblingIdiot Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2010  Professional
Haha, I've just written a dissertation on them. I'm overflowing with the language of comics. There's not many times I get to whip it out.
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CarlPearce Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2010  Professional
Really like the colour and lighting on the green wall, bud.
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mlauritano Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2010  Professional General Artist
Yeah, I like that part too, thanks!
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CarlPearce Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2010  Professional
Turned out nice.
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jsmonzani Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2010  Professional Photographer
I love the rainbow-ground-light!
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mlauritano Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2010  Professional General Artist
I'm glad it's making sense for you!
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jsmonzani Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2010  Professional Photographer
Of course it does :)
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ErinHunting Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
Hauntingly beautiful.
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mlauritano Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2010  Professional General Artist
Funny you should say that, while I was in full-out 21-hour-day work mode, I often said that rainbows would haunt my dreams... *shudders*
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Hoshi-Ryu Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Oh this is so lovely!
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mlauritano Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2010  Professional General Artist
Thank you. Your colorful icon looks like it might be quite comfortable in an environment lit such as this.
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