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Fisheye Placebo: Electric Violin by yuumei Fisheye Placebo: Electric Violin by yuumei


This is the electric violin I designed half a year ago for my next graphic novel, Fisheye Placebo. You can see this original design here and Frey playing it here

This particular drawing used a 3D model that I built in Sketchup (the other two were hand drawn) which I then added a few filters and painted over to take away the stiff 3D look. All this is for testing out the techniques I mentioned in this 3D background tutorial

I noticed in some of the tutorial comments that not everyone understood why I choose to use 3D models, and asked if that's "cheating". I want to emphasize that the sole purpose of using 3D is for the sake of speed. Since Fisheye Placebo will be a fully colored panel by panel comic, it would save a lot of time to not have to draw the same background over and over again. The goal is to tell a story in a time efficient manner, not to see who can draw the best background without reference. So unless I'm lying about not using 3D when I actually am, it's not cheating, it's just a faster workflow. Nevertheless, it's still important to learn how to draw without 3D aid. I only started using the techniques mentioned in my tutorial about 1.5 months ago. Everything else before that was hand drawn. If you do not learn the old school way of drawing, you would not have the skill set you need to paint over the 3D models to make them look less stiff. 3D is not an easy way out of learning how to draw, it just speeds up the process for those who work in the comic industry. I hope that clarifies any confusion!

For other artwork I that I have yet to post on dA, check out my facebook or tumblr
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queen-observer Apr 11, 2014  New member Hobbyist Traditional Artist
LOVE IT! so beautiful!Flowering Vine 
Moonrose95 Apr 10, 2014  New member Hobbyist General Artist
I can't wait for more of your comic! It's so cool!!!  XD
Nathika Mar 28, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
This is stunning! I hope it gets a DD~
XDigitalxBeatsX Mar 25, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
So gorgeous :love: :love:
You're an amazing artist :)
Aryore Jan 25, 2014  Hobbyist
So... Is this the picture Alex took of Frey's violin when they were checking out the flat?
She's a good phtographer
Emeoo Jan 14, 2014  Student Artist

So, since you're using these 3D models for, basically, all the major settings... what would be the possibility of you turning these 3D designs into a virtual world for fans to explore? Late, of course, maybe a year or two after the comic is finished.
Or, are any of these designs available in the warehouse for other users to use them in fan-made things/explore them/make them into a virtual world by themselves?

I know Andrew Hussie is making an adventure game based on Homestuck and I just thought that kind of thing would be awesome to make for this other obssestion of mine, Fisheye Placebo.

as soon as i saw the violin i thought of this as the theme song for the novel:
watch it, it's fantastic
Emeoo Jan 14, 2014  Student Artist
Aw, you beat me to it, lol. And that's the only time Pentaonix uses instruments, with great reasoning of course. In fact it's probably my second favorite video done by them.
TheseAreTheWords Oct 20, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
Wish I had that... and played the violin :S
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