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cup of imagination - 6 years later by len-yan cup of imagination - 6 years later by len-yan
this is a picture i have repainted based on an old piece for the 'draw this again' contest here on dA. i was going through the more ancient parts of my gallery and i liked the composition in that particular work so i chose it for a small lifting. it's almost exactly 6 years between the two versions.

i am not completely happy with how this new version turned out, if anything it feels a bit over rendered. i had no more time to work on it though so i decided to just stop at this stage. maybe i can repaint it again in another 6 years and make it more to my liking. nevertheless, i am very happy to see i have learned a thing or two.

i still remember parts of the story i had in my head while working on the original version of this pic. i also remember i had been reading neil gaiman books and listening to franz ferdinand music back when i came up with the story. i used to work part-time as a tutor and i would take a late bus back home, reading and with the headphones in my ears. the bus stop near my students' home was right next to a cemetery and once there was a really thick mist in the air.. it's funny how all these memories came back to me while working on this picture again. it was a nice journey back in time^^

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original work:



contest entry post:



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this work on tumblr: [link]

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(c) `len-yan

photoshop cs5e

20+ hours, i suppose
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:iconbubbamax1990:
bubbamax1990 Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
i love this! it looks like a poster for a game, hehe.
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:iconhaipa-kohi:
Haipa-Kohi Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
So beautiful :)
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:iconmademoisellerosa:
MademoiselleRosa Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Love it! So original and kind of mysterious... I can feel there's a story behind. Would love to know it!
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:icondecie55:
decie55 Featured By Owner May 24, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Gorgeous! I love the style and the composition!
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:iconbbyan:
bbyan Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2013
speechless~
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:iconartabstraction:
ARTabstraction Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2012  Student Digital Artist
Wow, the composition in this piece is AMAZING!
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logomaker01 Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2012  Professional General Artist
wow..O_O nice illustration. I love it. they look so real.
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:iconfelhozet:
Felhozet Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2012  Student General Artist
This is so well done, it makes me want to look at it forever and know more about them!
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:iconyellowgrin:
YellowGrin Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Gorgeous!!
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:iconxende:
xende Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2012
Really gorgeous, I love the painterly effect you've achieved with this one, and the rich use of a limited palette (:
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:iconmysticflamer:
MysticFlamer Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Wow not only have you grown over the years but you took a trip down memory lane. Although you said it didn't turn out quite to your liking I believe if you do as you stated it will definitely come out beyond your expectations. Keep up the great job though! One of these days it will feel just right!
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AutumnNightHymn Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2012
You know the feeling when you have a perfect comment in mind, and then someone else has already written it :D amazing work
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:iconanikakinka:
anikakinka Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2012   Digital Artist
podoba mi sie ten over rendering

ze mlask
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dhinx Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2012
i really love this! >_<
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:iconnatachap:
NatachaP Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2012
*--*
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:iconchloeigiggle:
ChloeIGiggle Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Wow. That is some amazing improvement. The first was good, but the second is just amazing! :)
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:iconladyselvaggia:
LadySelvaggia Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
Wow! I like it. It's very beautiful... ^_^ The composition is great and the expressions are really eloquent...
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:iconrowena-silver:
Rowena-Silver Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2012
It has great composition
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:iconreadyplayerzero:
readyplayerzero Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
Wow, that's some MAJOR improvement. xD So prettyyy! Gorgeous work, as always... I love your skin. ♥
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:iconrobotswithcookies:
RobotsWithCookies Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
This is so cool, very nice idea! :la:
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:iconfademian:
FaDemian Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
wow !!! Looks amazing !!! :D :D
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:iconhpanna47:
hpanna47 Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2012
SO beautiful and creative!
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:iconnervene:
nervene Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2012
These colors: I'm going to need new pants.
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:iconzemotion:
zemotion Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2012  Professional Photographer
Damn.. it's amazing to see how far one has come. Congrats :heart:
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:iconlen-yan:
len-yan Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
thank you so much! i've been admiring your work for a couple of years now, your gallery is full of wonders~
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May-anime Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2012
This is beautifully done. do u mind if i ask you how you did the hair on the person to the far right? I always found it difficult to draw and/or color a shaved head.
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crashmypartyhard Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
like the change(:
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:iconariannasfytcon:
AriannaSfytcon Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2012
Exquisite coloring my good man
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:iconbluekitten22:
BlueKitten22 Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2012
Sounds like a story I could sink my teeth into.
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:iconkensteinhansberg:
KensteinHansberg Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2012
Awesome I can see your improvement through this artwork:) nice
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WerewolfButcher Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2012
Wow, beautiful. Haha and as soon as I imagined Franz Ferdinand I could see it through this picture.
Would you be okay if someone wrote a story along with this photo?
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:iconitasakusasu-sasusaku:
omg this is amazing
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BigshotBazooka Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Did you ever actually write the story this drawing was based upon? If not, I would recommend you make it, as even my brother said this piece would catch his eye if it was on the cover of a book.
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kamon159 Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Woah. That's a HUGE difference.
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:iconjessadraw:
Jessadraw Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2012
those guys are actually kinda hot XDD
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:iconmangatellers:
Mangatellers Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Awesome art work. I really like the characters and how the coffe drops on the river. Wonderful job. Well done! :D
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WestlyLaFleur Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
:clap:
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:iconmickeyrony:
mickeyrony Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2012  Student Photographer
Great class in your art .So impressive and talented made Be smiling MICKEYRONY
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:iconsamhiisi:
Samhiisi Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
you really learned a lot.
it is stunning!
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RADification Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2012
Ah, I remember the old version of this piece. At the time I thought it was beautiful because I liked the composition of it too. I think the new version is a stunning improvement and I think there is something in the colours which makes me feel even more nostalgic than the old picture. I also like the hairstyle of the fellow on the far right ^^; Good luck with the contest
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:iconkurimja:
kurimja Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2012
This picture will always remind me of "The Dark of the Matinee". :) Gorgeous.
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:iconprincessoftomatoes:
Princessoftomatoes Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2012
This is so creative,I just love it!
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:iconj-ko:
J-ko Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2012
I like the atmosphere of this one, it looks like it'd be a nice dark depressing game to play.
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:iconlivix90:
LiviX90 Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Lovely! Good luck with the contest!
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:iconsugaryashes:
SugaryAshes Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2012  Student Digital Artist
Beautiful... but did you really have to put that watermark in the dead center of the image?
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:iconlen-yan:
len-yan Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
because of the contest rules i couldn't use a smaller, self made watermark. and as for uploading works without any kind of watermark - i stopped doing that after i found a self-published book online with my picture on the cover. i will change it back to the small watermark version when the contest is over.
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Fuwukai Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2012  Hobbyist
i just say awsome
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:iconfuwukai:
Fuwukai Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2012  Hobbyist
i say just wow
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memeshii-horizon Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Wow it's beautiful I love the theme behind it and the features look really soft lovely piece :iconamgtouchplz:
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