Derby #59: At The Luau
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Dancing in the dark

Dancing in the dark
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klsntoe


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our second collaboration. less girlie, extra flamey. hope you like it and please vote for it if you do! thanks!

Fraglepop


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Very cool, I like the colors and all the confetti sparks stuff. Very nice work, gmv.

klswoot


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Thanks Toe for teaming up with me for this week's derby theme. You did a GREAT job with the sketch on this one. Inspired by Matisse's Dance. We wanted to try to bring the Matisse painting to life with the motions and dress of Polynesian fire dancers...tribal tattoos, grass leg bands, headbands, and all.

Thanks again Toe for bringing the sketch to life. Looks fantastic!

Here was our first collaborative idea posted earlier today:

eHalcyon


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I think this is my favourite in the derby so far. That fire looks amazing. AnnaJo's flames were pretty spiffy too and she posted some tips in her shirt's thread. Would either of you two care to offer some more insight?

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klswoot


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eHalcyon wrote:I think this is my favourite in the derby so far. That fire looks amazing. AnnaJo's flames were pretty spiffy too and she posted some tips in her shirt's thread. Would either of you two care to offer some more insight?


YAY!! I'll let Toe take the honor of explaining the fire as he did the coloring on this design. I wasn't sure if he was going to keep the fire in the middle. I had that in the original sketch that I sent him last night, but there were four men dancing. I'm glad he thinned it to 3 of the "dance" poses and kept the center fire pit. I wasn't sure if it was going to be done by tonight, but I'm so happy that Toe was able to finish it.

I'm sure he'll be happy to know folks like it! Thanks EH!

bvillarreal


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very matisse. beautiful fire, too.

AnnaJo


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eHalcyon wrote:I think this is my favourite in the derby so far. That fire looks amazing. AnnaJo's flames were pretty spiffy too and she posted some tips in her shirt's thread. Would either of you two care to offer some more insight?


WOW I too, LOVE LOVE this design! GMV!

klswoot


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Thanks BV and AnnaJo. Congratulations on breaking the fog AJ. Maybe our fire dancers can join you...3 dancing men with your lady.

bigbadblackman


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i love the dark shirt with bright colors excellent work

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2thFairy


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You two are crazy good together. This is incredible!!
I can't decide which I like better, this or Luau Girl; very different styles, yet equally amazing.

AnnaJo


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klswoot wrote:Thanks BV and AnnaJo. Congratulations on breaking the fog AJ. Maybe our fire dancers can join you...3 dancing men with your lady.


Oooh maybe your men could teach her some of their sweet moves!

klswoot


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Thanks for the votes to get this one in the hotness. Very exciting.

msj11


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klswoot wrote:Thanks for the votes to get this one in the hotness. Very exciting.


I voted for both of the collaboration designs. Before I even clicked on them, I guessed they were KLS - since I am a guy, I prefer this one.

klswoot


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msj11 wrote:I voted for both of the collaboration designs. Before I even clicked on them, I guessed they were KLS - since I am a guy, I prefer this one.


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It's funny because when we talked about the finished "Luau Girl" we said it may be too girly. So, we wanted to be sure that the fire dancers had a bit more manly look to it without losing the softness in the Matisse dance poses. I'm so impressed with Toe's highlights and shadows. Just perfect. Can't stop looking at it.

Thanks for the votes MSJ!

toe2254


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Thanks for the comments and the votes everyone I'm busy at the moment with a 3rd design so I'm sorry this is short and generalized. more later It was a pleasure working with you Kristen

theinfinityloop


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This artwork is amazing. The colors, light, and movement in this are mesmerizing. O.O Both of your colabs have my vote.


klswoot


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theinfinityloop wrote:This artwork is amazing. The colors, light, and movement in this are mesmerizing. O.O Both of your colabs have my vote.


Your pig entry is doing great too! Glad to see it getting votes. I can't wait to see Toe's 3rd entry. He's on fire this week...okay..that was bad, I know.

BigMonty


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Wow, I really love this design! The colors, the excitement...I would totally buy this one!
Good luck!
Hibiscus Dreams

klswoot


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BigMonty wrote:Wow, I really love this design! The colors, the excitement...I would totally buy this one!
Good luck!


Thanks BigMonty! Glad you like it. Sounds like Toe is working on an additional design too, so you may see another one by him this evening.

I agree...there's a lot of excitement and movement in this one.

rachel1aaron


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Wow, you two DO make a great team! I consistently find myself voting for each of your designs in the derbies and this one is great! KLS, your sketch/concept is beautiful and Toe, your lighting skills are top notch! GMV

earthart


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kls, toe, another great collaboration. GMV. Best of luck with all of your designs.

caspianta


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cool design, but i'm not diggin the coloring. might be better in a really nice monochromatic arrangement maybe?

klswoot


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caspianta wrote:cool design, but i'm not diggin the coloring. might be better in a really nice monochromatic arrangement maybe?


Thanks for the comment Caspianta. You've given Toe and me something to think about should we decide to submit this design elsewhere.

Here' s my take on the current colors, but Toe may comment too on the color selection. My guess as to why Toe chose the colors he did is because we were inspired by Matisse's Dance painting, we wanted to keep elements of the bright colors of Matisse in the final composition of our fire dancers design. I would think that a monochromatic arrangement might dull the energy of the design.

But, again...you've given us a good suggestion that we can keep in mind 60 days from now.

ieatrulers


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a lot better than the other fire dance one

toe2254


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eHalcyon wrote:I think this is my favourite in the derby so far. That fire looks amazing. AnnaJo's flames were pretty spiffy too and she posted some tips in her shirt's thread. Would either of you two care to offer some more insight?


the main thing to remember when doing fire is that it's the light source in your image so it should be the brightest part of the design. the second thing is the shape. as long as you keep them kind of pointy and jagged you should end up with something that looks more or less like fire. my flames here are more abstract to fit the Matisse style we were going for, but the principle applies to any style. hope that helps!

Josephus


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toe2254 wrote:the main thing to remember when doing fire is that it's the light source in your image so it should be the brightest part of the design. the second thing is the shape. as long as you keep them kind of pointy and jagged you should end up with something that looks more or less like fire. my flames here are more abstract to fit the Matisse style we were going for, but the principle applies to any style. hope that helps!


I think with fire, you could add subtle realism by adding highlights to your other stuff using halftones- not for the fire itself, but for the highlights it would add to the stuff around the fire. You'd get the same color as the brightest part of the fire, but much less bright, if you did it right.

...fire is seductive, isn't it?

toe2254


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caspianta wrote:cool design, but i'm not diggin the coloring. might be better in a really nice monochromatic arrangement maybe?


to add my two cents to Kristen's, a monochromatic color scheme, which is just shades and tints of a single color, wouldn't have worked here. i went with more of a analogous color scheme to capture the mesmerizing effect of the swirling flames. not something you can really do with monochromatic colors. although in hindsight i probably should have gone with more of a violet color for the stylized tribal smoke to stay within the analogous scheme. glad you like the design though! thanks!

toe2254


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Josephus wrote:I think with fire, you could add subtle realism by adding highlights to your other stuff using halftones- not for the fire itself, but for the highlights it would add to the stuff around the fire. You'd get the same color as the brightest part of the fire, but much less bright, if you did it right.

...fire is seductive, isn't it?


good point, Joe. oddly enough it had just occurred to me while typing my previous comment that using more halftones in this might have been helpful, but they still make me a little nervous. i use them a lot at work and in none woot designs, but with woot's somewhat dodgy restrictions i don't want to rely on them too much.

as for fire, i agree. it is extremely seductive.

klswoot


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Thanks everybody for the comments and votes this week. Toe and I appreciate it!

And...mollib...what on earth did you do to get 30 hours of probation. That must be a mistake, no?

ekaywhy


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...can't staaaart a fiiiiire withoooout a spark...

klswoot


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ekaywhy wrote:...can't staaaart a fiiiiire withoooout a spark...



I saw this comment earlier...and now I can't get the song out of my head!! I've caught myself singing it a couple of times already!

klswoot


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Yay! We hit the 200 mark. Thanks everybody. Hope Toe's happy with the votes as well. See you Thursday for the new theme!

esmokah


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as a fire dancer, i totally support this tee!

hockeymama


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I want this shirt !!!!!!! Are you going to sell it somewhere??

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