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Manatee by Wildweasel339 Manatee by Wildweasel339
*Update* : Thanks everyone for your thoughtful input.  I decided to revert back to the non-blurred foreground.  Whether fully successful or not, I think it does have a more cohesive appearance.  
You can see the out-of-focus version here: sta.sh/01tmvetipr0l
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:icondjake:
Djake Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
There's a fabulous mood to this one!  You really managed to capture a sense of tranquility!
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:iconthedeedo:
theDeedo Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Inspirational! I could write a whole story based on this picture alone. It evokes much in me.
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Marty4110 Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2014
A most amazing concept! Have never seen anything quite like it before - which is a good thing. And, although your work seems to be all digital, I would have to place you in the same class with our American Brandywine school of illustrators, brought up-to-date-, of course. Will have to "watch" you!
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Wildweasel339 Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks Marty! To be compared to such an inspiring group of artists is high praise :)
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:iconspaceroses:
Spaceroses Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
Beautiful colors! This really, really cries of a warm, sleepy summer afternoon! Great work!
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:iconotakuusagui:
otakuusagui Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I think I like this ver. more :3
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:iconvaka9:
vaka9 Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Now that is just astonishing.
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:iconthedivinemissm-94:
TheDivineMissM-94 Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Gorgeous perspective and colour use.
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:icondjamorqua:
DjamOrqua Featured By Owner Edited Aug 9, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
I don't exactly know why, but this piece had something different from the rest of your gallery. Probably the point of view and even the subject. As a person who like a lot ocean and its creatures, I've got to tell you that I love this ! :D
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:iconrayame:
Rayame Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I just have to put this into my favorites just because it's a manatee *_*
No, great painting, too :) I love the colors.
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:iconlzakaria:
LZakaria Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2014
I seriously can't get over how good every one of your pieces is. I'm waiting for you to release some kind of story book that I can read to my non-existent kids. And given the quality and originality of your work, it could be a book without words, just page after page of your amazing works; each being a story itself.
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:iconemmatagada:
EmmaTagada Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2014  Student General Artist
It's just beautiful. I have nothing to add. Beautiful, amazing, fantastic. And I find it very relaxing. Very very very good job !
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:iconncmacey:
ncmacey Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2014  Student Digital Artist
love this lane! great stuff
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:icongreg-opalinski:
Greg-Opalinski Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2014  Professional
Nice work man!
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:iconsharhem:
sharhem Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2014  Professional Photographer
This is amazing! <3
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:iconshadothezombie:
shadothezombie Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2014
wow, awesome colors and idea!
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JakeMurray Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Really fun concept! Yeah I'm not sure which version I like better. The nice thing about the version without the blur is that it maintains a nice painted feel throughout and lets my eyes do the blurring as they shift focus around the piece. But the depth of field in this one is nice and really keeps your eyes fixated on the main focal point. Hmmmmm.......I'm gonna go ahead and say I like it better without the blur.
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Wildweasel339 Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks Jake!  I think that's where my gut feeling lies as well, though I probably need to noodle on the foliage a bit more to get just the right mixture of hard and soft edges.  Then again, I'm not sure a mess of leaves can every feel finished.  I might just let it go and consider it a learning experience :)
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:iconti-design:
ti-DESIGN Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2014  Professional General Artist
I prefer without... I found that the scene made more sense and, yes, had more of that painterly quality when it was all clear.
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:iconwildweasel339:
Wildweasel339 Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks for the input, that helps me clear it up. Image reverted!
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:iconlogicinwonderland:
LogicinWonderland Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2014
I actually prefer the blur. It gives focus to the center and it gives this a nice perceptive feel.
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:iconguardiandragon1:
GuardianDragon1 Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
To be honest, the brushes you used for the foliage have an out-of-focus quality to them already, without actually being blurry. I mean, they both work great, but I think the original serves its purpose without the need for additional filters.
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Wildweasel339 Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks for the input, glad to know it was working that way :)
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GuardianDragon1 Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Sure thing!
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:iconponycool42:
PonyCool42 Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2014  Student Digital Artist
I like both versions. It is beautiful scene, and I feel there is a story behind it which is always nice. :)
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ThiaminaTenn Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2014   Digital Artist
The blur gives the illustration a more cinematic feel, and since such stuff is quite popular these days it looks more modern, whereas the version without blur has a more traditional feel, depending on your painting style.. it looks more "dry" (not sure how to describe it better). I think both versions are fine, but I prefer "no blur". = )
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:iconwildweasel339:
Wildweasel339 Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Yeah, there seems to be something about the more cohesive sharpness that is more appealing. Image reverted, thanks a bunch! 
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:iconpeterstringer:
PeterStringer Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2014  Student Filmographer
I agree with the other chaps, the blur effect on the foreground gives the scene more depth.  Great job Lane :w00t:.
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:iconnovascotiadream:
NovaScotiaDream Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
the blurring in the foliage gives the viewer a voyeuristic perspective....bit creepy...or at least intrusive.  IMHO
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:icondinakars:
dinakars Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2014  Student Filmographer
awesome view awesome work love it...! am really amazed by seein this
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:iconttobserve:
ttobserve Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2014
As 10xTAGx01 remarks: 

the leaves in the foreground are painted with a soft and delicate touch that almost makes them seem out of focus already.

Agreed!
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:iconbellalove13:
BellaLove13 Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
I would love it if you one did a video of how you do your paintings!!! I'm no expert but I love it! 
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:iconjyundee:
Jyundee Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
The blur gives it a nice effect to it. Love the serenity of this drawing
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artfromlife Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2014
I prefer the other one. The blur gives a sense of viewing the scene though a lens that the other does not have. I find lens disruptive to the sense of wonder because it creates the assumption of a camera. I don't like the idea of the camera because it implies this is a fiction rather than a memory.


If that makes any sense at all.
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:iconparkurtommo:
parkurtommo Featured By Owner Edited Aug 3, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Without blur is better. BUT if you just darkened the foreground foliage to darker than the focal point, it would look much better (with it blurred). 
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:iconkytranart:
KyTranArt Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2014
I love it! 

I think the blur gives it better focus but I liked the painterly quality. If you check out work from Jamie Jones he does an incredible job of directing the eye while keeping it very painterly.  
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:iconhsherran:
hsherran Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2014
The blurred effect looks much nicer for effect. :)  Lovely piece. :D
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:iconevevictus:
EveVictus Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I like it better with the blur. :} It makes it feel more original and serene. 
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:iconearthatraserenity:
EarthAtraSerenity Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2014
I like the blurred one. It adds more contrast and makes the woman on the manatee stick out more (in a good way). It also makes it look like we're looking down on the two people and the manatee from a higher place.
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:iconvenellah:
venellah Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
i prefer the unblurred one, it looks more .. crisp or something :D but beautiful any way!
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pixel-putty Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
That is gorgeous! The best paintings tell their own story. I like both versions and in my mind's eye I think I'd prefer something "in between" so you still see the brush strokes but blurred a little to get the depth of field. Either way, this is a beautiful painting.
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:iconkroizat:
Kroizat Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Would love to see a WIP picture of this! :D
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:iconcrelcreation:
Crelcreation Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2014  Hobbyist Interface Designer
The blur makes a really sick depth man ! Good job
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:icongabrielegabba:
gabrielegabba Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
I'm beginning to associate your work with intimate scenes.  I love this idea.  Great beautiful happy work. :)
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:iconjoelduggan:
joelduggan Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2014  Professional General Artist
I think the blur adds a lot. Despite the lovely painterly quality, the blur makes it feel like a photograph. A snapshot into a world. It also adds to the control of the viewers eye. Well done!
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:iconloveless-nights:
Loveless-Nights Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2014
That's beautiful
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:iconleiko-pl:
Leiko-pl Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2014
Hmm... I think I like blurry version better (before checking out non blurry one I was sure it will be otherwise, but in the end, after seeing this one as first I was feeling like there was something missing in non blurry one.) I guess you can not forget that depth effect. Gives specific, dreamy like feeling to that piece. :)

Aside from that I absolutely love the colors, very calming atmosphere thanks to that. Lovely concept. Great work. :)
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sno-fox Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2014
definitely agree about the depth with the blur - I think maybe without the blur, it's just too flat, and the leaves draw the eye too much..... Perhaps a bit less blurred, though, and maybe the water and manatee a bit more detailed as well? Really like it, though :)
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