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At the Grand Ball by rubendevela At the Grand Ball by rubendevela

Commission for the patient :iconforsaken2544: , this piece took a whopping 6 years to complete!

It wasn't the background and architectural mockup. That was the first bit I fixed.
It wasn't the 15 original character designs that had to be incorporated into the background, showing scenes and their vibrant personalities. That was settled and decided.


What locked me down for years on this one was STYLE. The commission came at a time my art style was shifting, and I was wavering back and forth, in starts and stops, on how to execute the look and coloring of the overall piece.
This piece has taken me through 2 breakups, a change of address, and 2 different day jobs. It's taken me through a drawing style crisis where I felt like I lost my handle on this piece and my own artistic development,  and career highs and lows.
But, finally, I took a look at it this year and I thought: I finally know how to finish this up into a single cohesive piece.

And it was finished!

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RelwarcTheMighty Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2017
Wonderful job on this!
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NarutoByAri Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2017
AMAZING WOW. How much does a commision like this cost?^-^
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rubendevela Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2017  Student Digital Artist
This one cost $600 in total in installments as more and more characters were added :)
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takuan Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2016
Your object source lighting is superb! I rarely see people design that much attention to it. This is almost an animated Kinkade piece.
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rubendevela Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2016  Student Digital Artist
Thanks! you can also read how some art tasks I have can be a bit delayed :|
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Leuname-X31 Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2016  Professional Traditional Artist
Ganda! :)
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rubendevela Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2016  Student Digital Artist
Thanks!!
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rubendevela Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2016  Student Digital Artist
Thanks!! Yeah it was almost a relief!
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rubendevela Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2016  Student Digital Artist
Thanks! I was actually planning to draw every person off in the distance, but decided this year to just paint them in as blobs and shapes
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gendernihilist Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2016
It feels like a good distance for people to be cloaked in shadow from the perspective of the piece, it works! 
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Twinsnake-Coatl Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2016
So much detail. I can see why you invested so much time in it.
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rubendevela Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2016  Student Digital Artist
And thank you for your patience!
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A3Kitsune Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2016
            ONIGIRI THING 
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pika Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
Whoah. That's one heck of a piece considering how much you struggled with it over the years. O,o Congrats for finally finishing it! :happybounce:
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rubendevela Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2016  Student Digital Artist
Thank you :3 
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Jujupancakes Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2016
This is really pretty *A*

and all the people and detailssssss
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