509 comments given:
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Chalty669 says:

Really nice job, congrats on the medal

(5 years and 110 days ago)

Golden Bird
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Chalty669 says:

Congrats, well deserved

(5 years and 110 days ago)

SteampunkSpaceExplrorer
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Chalty669 says:

You got it! No other suggestions. Great job!

(5 years and 432 days ago)

Sunflowers from My Garden
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Chalty669 says:

Your work is always recognizable. Your a true modern day artist. I almost don't want to make any suggestions, because your work is so unique, it's just not my style. High grades for all the work.

Ok, I'm gonna make some suggestions. The structure of this beast is really good, but I would've left out the HDR effect and went lighter on the shading in step 13 of your sbs. After step 13 I would focus on a light source, where is it what direction is it coming from are there more than one? Every edge would then be highlighted to match these new light sources, along with shadows on the backside of those highlights. Lastly you've put too much work into this guy for it to get lost in the background. I would use a slight lens blurr to create more depth so This awesome guys gets the much attention he deserves. After all is said and done, your still one of a kind and I'm not saying to change your style. But if you did these are things I would do.

(5 years and 432 days ago)

Marching into Halloween
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Chalty669 says:

Really nice 3d image you started with. Although I must say I do very much prefer the second or third image in your sbs. I think after those steps your image became harder to read, maybe because of the darkness. Also I really didn't notice some of the nicer details, such as the birds until I enlarged the image. Would've been cool to see a camel or something in step 2 of your sbs, or a greater focus on the birds. Even if they were closer in the final composition. Overall good job, and good luck!

(5 years and 432 days ago)

Blue birds
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Chalty669 says:

Extra points for the nice sbs! Nice effect with the smudge tool. Not sure if you're trying to go for real hair or not. If you were I might suggest using a smaller brush when you use the smudge tool. Or just add a new layer set to screen and use a really small brush to paint out some small wispy hairs. Having said that, you could have easily been going for a different effect. If so, ignore everything I just said.

(5 years and 432 days ago)

Young Santa
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Chalty669 says:

Good one! Very original with a nice composition and sources. I would've like to see sharper hair on top to match some of the other hair on the elephant. But also understand the depth of field would also soften many of the hairs in the back part. Good luck!

(5 years and 432 days ago)

Elebird
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Chalty669 says:

Love the color matching! Only suggestion would be for a harsher light on top of the new guy. Just enough to match the other guys. Good luck!

(5 years and 432 days ago)

Gossip In The Parakeet Community
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Chalty669 says:

Great job. I love the details of the sbs as well. Only critique would be the bottom left flower seams to have a shadow layer that might of got moved and has a harsh edge. Good luck!

(5 years and 432 days ago)

Sunflowers from My Garden
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Chalty669 says:

Like how you darkened the pants to make it look wet. Would be nice effect to add some splashes around the areas the water is hitting him. Good luck!

(5 years and 432 days ago)

Cooling Off After A Hard Days Work
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Chalty669 says:

Really nice details, and I love the title!

(5 years and 1176 days ago)

Man
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Chalty669 says:

Lots of talent!

(5 years and 1177 days ago)

Unbilical Cord
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Chalty669 says:

Should've put android vs iOS. People probably wouldn't understand that though. I would pick iphone, although if it didn't exist I would probably go with the HTC one.

(5 years and 1192 days ago)

Which Is Better?
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Chalty669 says:

Wow, I pegged this to take the top spot. Nice entry author.

(5 years and 1434 days ago)

talisman
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Chalty669 says:

Brilliant!

(5 years and 1437 days ago)

talisman
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Chalty669 says:

Nice job making the planet and matching the color of the source. I do think the stars should at least be blurred as much as the planet though. Good luck!

(5 years and 1438 days ago)

Pinnacle
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Chalty669 says:

I like the details you added at the bottom of the island but the light on the bottom back of the umbrella is a littile distracting. Nice blend and mood. Good luck!

(5 years and 1438 days ago)

Umbrella Island
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Chalty669 says:

Lots of work and lots of details, both pluses in my book! Good luck!

(5 years and 1438 days ago)

Happy New Year!
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Chalty669 says:

I like how you placed the baby. I was looking at it for a while and the background seems really distracting, I think the original background unedited would of made the flower and baby stand out more. Good luck!

(5 years and 1438 days ago)

...the calla lilies are in bloom again
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Chalty669 says:

Really nice source finds! Would still like to see you mask out the coat on the guy which would make it perfect. Good luck!

(5 years and 1438 days ago)

Does not a Queen sit under  the same stars as any other woman?
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Chalty669 says:

Very interesting image! I like that you took the time to add the reflection of the titanic. Good luck!

(5 years and 1438 days ago)

The Royal Mail Ship and Black Swan
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Chalty669 says:

I liked it better before you added all of the black, especially if your going to have a white background. Also the tears don't look like they should be that bright with the monster being so dark. Good luck!

(5 years and 1438 days ago)

Behind the scary mask
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Chalty669 says:

One of the rings going around the guys head should also go behind the wings. Good job and good luck!

(5 years and 1438 days ago)

Icarus dream
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Chalty669 says:

I would've liked to see a darker shadow closest to the insects legs, and the front right leg looks like it shouldn't be visible from the angle it's at. Other than that, nice looking entry. Good luck!

(5 years and 1438 days ago)

The visitor
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Chalty669 says:

Quality entry! Good luck!

(5 years and 1438 days ago)

Keeping warm
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Chalty669 says:

I would've liked to see a better source image that was more in focus. Although if you feathered the extraction point to match the blur of the source it would improve the overall image. Good luck!

(5 years and 1438 days ago)

thirsty elephant
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Chalty669 says:

This is really nice! One nitpick which would put this over the top is the exhaust pipes. The need to be moved down a little so they look centered on the top. Right now they look like they are coming out of the other side. Good luck!

(5 years and 1467 days ago)

Choo Choo !!
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Chalty669 says:

Wow, sounds like these companies really hurt you and your family. Sounds like a lot of speculations on your part.

(5 years and 1467 days ago)

Screw the Customer
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Chalty669 says:

This is something we call CBR ( chopped beyond recognition) around here. If you check the sbs, you'll see whee mr. Grumpy went. CBR is frowned upon with certain people, but many including me have no issue with it. Although I would've preferred more of mr. Grumpy's texture left. Nice entry and good luck author!

(5 years and 1468 days ago)

Night fury
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Chalty669 says:

Really nice idea and execution! Nitpick would be the perspective of the space ship vs the viewing angle. Good luck!

(5 years and 1468 days ago)

ENERGIZING
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Woodztockr, What it looks like is the author thinks Walmart and Amazon robs its customers. The customer isn't forced to buy products from either company. In fact both companies are known for saving customers money with little to no profit on many of their products. Amozon sells it's kindle Fire for a loss and many of the high end electronics at Walmart are sold at a loss or a really small margin. The other day I saw a customer arguing with a Walmart associate because he wanted a deal on a TV. The guy wanted to pay $400 for a $1000 TV and also wanted him to throw in a sound bar and wall mount for free. The guy was screaming at the employee and told hime several times to go f*** himself. I'm starting to wonder if the you or the author was the one being a d*** at the store. So I guess I'm sorry if I don't see how a store can steal from the customer, when it's the customers choice to shop there in the first place.

(5 years and 1468 days ago)

Screw the Customer
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Chalty669 says:

Not sure what you mean by this!

(5 years and 1469 days ago)

Screw the Customer
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Chalty669 says:

Work of art, and I don't say that lightly.

(5 years and 1474 days ago)

Oasis
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Chalty669 says:

Apple lawsuit in 3...2....2....

(5 years and 1557 days ago)

S
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Chalty669 says:

Really nice source, colors, lighting, and shading. Top shelf entry!

(5 years and 1593 days ago)

CAPTAIN ALFA
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Chalty669 says:

This is really nicely done author! It's a parfect mix of chopping and painting. Good luck!

(5 years and 1598 days ago)

Fifi
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Chalty669 says:

Nice blend! I would've liked to seen the shadows on the other side to match the background lighting. It would be cool to see some of those colored lights glaring off some of the body parts as well. Good luck!

(5 years and 1604 days ago)

Elephant Dance
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Chalty669 says:

Looks good, only nitpick would be some of the blurred background left behind the left legs. Fix that and it's perfect. Good luck!

(5 years and 1604 days ago)

Ewe Gotta Be Kiddin
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Chalty669 says:

Nicely done! Good luck!

(5 years and 1616 days ago)

Fenrir vs Vitharr
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Chalty669 says:

Really nice original image! Although the edits have ruined it for me.

(5 years and 1619 days ago)

Trevi fountain painting
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Chalty669 says:

Add a black and white Gradient Map adjustment layer, then set the layer mode to luminosity to kill some of the haziness of your image. Good luck!

(5 years and 1619 days ago)

shi
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Chalty669 says:

Nice masking!

(5 years and 1619 days ago)

Playing With Bubbles
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Chalty669 says:

Congrats! Well deserved!

(5 years and 1672 days ago)

One Cool Turtle
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Chalty669 says:

Really nice author! Good Luck!

(5 years and 1676 days ago)

Underwater Force
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Chalty669 says:

overall a nice image. A couple of nitpicks would be for some of the edges to be a bit sharper and for the catchlights in the eyes to be a bit brighter. Good Luck Author!

(5 years and 1677 days ago)

Time for bed
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Chalty669 says:

Nice cloning job! Didn't realize what you did until I looked at the source. Good Luck!

(5 years and 1690 days ago)

Planky Planker
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Chalty669 says:

Very surreal, so I have no suggestions for you sir. Good Luck!

(5 years and 1690 days ago)

It Happened in the Baby
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Chalty669 says:

Technically I can't find anything wrong with your technique. Great job! It would be cool to see the toilet paper roll floating somewhere though. Good Luck!

(5 years and 1690 days ago)

Zero G Privy
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Chalty669 says:

I can see just a small masking issue with the edge of one of the water sources right on top of the duck. Other than that really nice! Although A reflection of the duck in the kids eye would add that extra punch. Good Luck!

(5 years and 1690 days ago)

Hot Diggety Duck!
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If you look at the edges on the small drops they are very crisp compared to the larger ones. I would sharpen the edges of the larger drops to create more constancy between them. Good Luck.

(5 years and 1690 days ago)

Fishbowl Fiasco