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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.

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
ProjectCornDog Featured By Owner May 8, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist

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.
TheCures Featured By Owner May 8, 2013
congrats on the feature!!
Abby-Someone Featured By Owner May 8, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
KiwiCocktail Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
It's so easy to get lost in this piece--the detail s amazing! :)
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.
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: :)
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.
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
M053AB Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Amazing!! so full of emotions :)
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