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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^^


original work:

contest entry post:


this work on tumblr: [link]


(c) `len-yan

photoshop cs5e

20+ hours, i suppose
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bubbamax1990 Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
i love this! it looks like a poster for a game, hehe.
Haipa-Kohi Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
So beautiful :)
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!
decie55 Featured By Owner May 24, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Gorgeous! I love the style and the composition!
bbyan Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2013
ARTabstraction Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2012  Student Digital Artist
Wow, the composition in this piece is AMAZING!
logomaker01 Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2012  Professional General Artist
wow..O_O nice illustration. I love it. they look so real.
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!
YellowGrin Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
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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