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The Oneironaut by TB8S The Oneironaut by TB8S
This is my first commission piece from a close friend/coworker. This is the largest drawing I've ever done and a new set size for future pieces. Took around 40 hours to complete. I'm very proud of it, so well worth the time spent. An oneironaut is a traveller of dreams. This is based off the phenomena of lucid dreaming as my friend is a constant lucid dreamer. I'm going to upload a better quality picture of this once I find a scanner.

14" x 17" ink on bristol
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There is a great deal of information to absorb in this picture, as it is so cluttered, that I had to view it in smaller sections at a time and then piece it together. While this may seem like a negative criticism, its actually the other way around: every little bit makes sense on its own and tells a story, and is also woven into the fabric of the rest of the dreams; collectively, they make more sense than some of the sections on their own, when you view the image as a whole....which is a catch 22, since, as I just said, it is alot of visual information to absorb if you try to analyze it this way. Really good.

On a technical level, attention to detail is what gives this portrait it's ability to express itself in the intended way. If you had little to no detail, or just skimped in order to fill in empty space, the portrait would have visually fallen apart as a disaster. There are so many little intricate details, patterns, and even different drawing techniques (I'm seeing crosshatching, for example among others).

This portrait rewards the viewer with more visual treats the more time they devote to it; I'm sure that there will be something to uncover each time it is viewed.

Great concept, great execution, and awesome attention to detail! :)
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Critique by MandieEllie Dec 10, 2012, 12:47:18 PM
What is Awesome~!
I really love the idea. It is very detailed and has a lot of meaning behind it. You really interpreted dreams and in particular, lucid dreams very well. It is obvious you put a lot of thought into this. Your shading is very well done and what you added to this drawing gives a very unique style. Makes me want to try and figure out the story within the dream.

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It is very busy and it makes the artwork seem distracting in some areas from the actual subject. Perhaps try to make things more focused in the future.

You did an excellent job~!
Keep up the good work!
I look forward to seeing your future works :)
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metalsageofarnor Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Interesting. 
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ProjectCornDog Featured By Owner May 8, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
WOWWW!!!!

Bit psychadelic hahah. Damn this is so awesome. SO much detail and so much to gaze at! I love art that you can just stare in and constantly find something new.

You are fantastic. Thanks for sharing.
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TheCures Featured By Owner May 8, 2013
congrats on the feature!!
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Abby-Someone Featured By Owner May 8, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
GREAT
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KiwiCocktail Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
It's so easy to get lost in this piece--the detail s amazing! :)
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constancelea Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Oh wow, very great concept to perform work on. :nod: Such good detailed work, the line work just continues throughout the entire piece.
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Debit Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
An excellent showcase of what one can do with a pen with a bit of imagination. I think the finer pen strokes and patterns work well in depicting qualities like dreams. The checker patterns and stairs help to add depth to otherwise the two-dimensional drawing surface.

:+fav: :)
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zeefie Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2013   General Artist
This piece is incredible! I also lucid dream on a constant basis, interestingly enough. The detail you've put into this and the constant flow of everything makes it so easy to stare at. I like the mix of rigid and organic lines.
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bear48 Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2013  Professional
You do very nice work


In my minds eye I hear Dave Brubeck Quartet "Blue Rondo A La Turk"

Very nicely done
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M053AB Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Amazing!! so full of emotions :)
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blanket86 Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
This is so beautiful! Very good composition!
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TB8S Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I really appreciate it! :) I'm glad you like the composition. I'm self taught, so it has been difficult getting that to work for me. I think I have a good eye when it comes to composition, but my father was a professional photographer in his spare time and I picked up a lot of his skill when I was younger. I hope to improve with every passing piece.
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blanket86 Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
You're very welcome! Artwork made ​​a huge impression on me. Only someone who has an incredible imagination can do the drawing. I work mostly with photo or draw from nature. You're right, the photographer. Certainly inherited ability, aesthetic sense and the ability to observe the world. That's a lot. :-)
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TurquoisePastel Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
whoa..this is a lot of detail done in 40 hours! i wish i can do that much detail of work XD
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TB8S Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I think I could add a lot more detail with 40 hours, but if you say so haha. :) I have mild OCD, but it manifests itself 10 fold when I'm drawing. I suppose that's a good thing because it makes me a perfectionist and get crazy with the detailing.
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TurquoisePastel Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
ahh, well that makes sense :XD:. it is a good thing!
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ms-laika Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2013   Traditional Artist
Now this must have taken hours and hours (40 I see) to complete. I think i could look at it for a long time and always discover something new. :heart:
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TB8S Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I try to give my pieces "replay" value. It offers a distinct experience each time you look at it, but it's also fun for me trying to hide things for people to stumble upon. Too many Where's Waldo and I Spy books as a kid I suppose.
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BuuckPhotography Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2013  Professional Photographer
Amazing!
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TB8S Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you dearly friend! :)
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FireflyCaptain Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2013
I like the way I can lose myself in the painting and the surreal vibe it gives :) wonderful piece
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TB8S Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you so much! My intent is to get people to explore the piece in depth. I find myself getting lost within it even though I know exactly what's in it.
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nikifrank Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2013  Professional Photographer
I really like it!!
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LauraPatterson Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2013  Student Digital Artist
your work is absolutely amazing
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TB8S Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I really appreciate this in earnest. I just recently started calling myself an artist in seriousness because I never felt like I had reached a high enough level to be worthy of that title. It's all I do outside of my job so I finally feel like it's how I should label myself. Thank you. :)
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PygmyShreww Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
Your style has a jarring, dark quality to it, and I just love how so much crosshatching and detail has been crammed in. :)
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TB8S Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I looooooove me some crosshatching haha. I'm about to start mixing pencil and ink to enhance the crosshatched areas by giving sections a grayscale on top of my usual shading. I teach myself, so it takes me a while to get comfortable with a certain technique. I really love how you describe it as "jarring and dark". My life since I started making art has been exactly that. I've gotten straight now for the last few months, but I used to be on some really hard drugs and went through hell and back with a cast of characters and situations suitable for a Hunter S. Thompson novel. Art is my coping device now, so there's bound to be some remnants of my past life and my own mental illness (bipolar type II, OCD, ADHD) weaved into it. Thank you so much!
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PygmyShreww Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
You're welcome! I really love it when artists can take bad experiences or feelings and turn them into something really talented and beautiful via art! It's also such a deeply personal and brave thing to do, even if people can do it sub consciously - it really makes the work so much more expressive. The grayscale idea sounds brill, can't wait to see more work! :heart:
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KristynJanelle Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Wow, this is awesome. All the details you put into this are incredible!
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TB8S Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
If I had a dollar for everyone who said they loved the details, I'd have a lot more free spending money than I do now haha. It's funny because the detailing is more a byproduct of my severe OCD than just wanting to fill up space. I suppose it's therapeutic in that sense.
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KristynJanelle Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Interesting! I suffer from severe OCD as well, but it manifests itself in my case with more obsession than compulsion. I am close to what they call a "pure O" OCD case.
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nrbhyagrwl Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2013
Awesome!
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Z-GrimV Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2013  Professional General Artist
fabulous :)
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TB8S Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
You're fabulous! :) You have some fantastic photo work man.
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Z-GrimV Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2013  Professional General Artist
Thanks, TBBS. You got some great work also :)

Thanks for the faves and the watch :woohoo:
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TheWolverineCello Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2013  Student General Artist
Epic and amazing!!!
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TB8S Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you so much! I try to be "actual" epic with my artwork. Glad to see I'm succeeding. :)
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TheWolverineCello Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2013  Student General Artist
you definitely are!
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TheCures Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2012
those are some great buildings and stairs and i like the girl's eye makeup :heart:
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TB8S Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Man I love stairs. I think it's my obsession with Escher that has made me include them in my recent work. I'm getting something ready for you to collab on so get excited!
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TheCures Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2013
:eager:
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Rosane-Chawi Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2012
I want to dive into your painting and never get out!! :)
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TB8S Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Please do, this is how my dreams usually appear to me so it would be nice to have some company. :)
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Fractalvision Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
Incredible detail!
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RachBurns Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This looks like it would be one heck of a dream to have, just moving everywhere. o.o Not the most certain what Lucid dreaming is (other than there's a choice as to where the dreamer goes?). I like the shading you've done with this, especially to make so many parts of this come to the focus like they can.
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AK990 Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2012
i really like this!! always so much detail in your work, the guy on the phone was the first thing to catch my eye
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meimei808 Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
this is beautiful!! I'm sure she loved it.
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TB8S Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
She sure did. I always find inspiration in people so this one just came naturally to me. Thanks for the love!
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Tiaricale Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
The details :o
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guitarrud Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2012
is that a pencil drawing??
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