Power Ups

By Chris Leavens

A tall beast packed with all types of power. (Illustration Friday, topic: packed)


I'm pretty happy with this one.

Prints: chrisleavens.imagekind.com


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This is really boss-hoggular; one of the New Best Ones. I like how warm and yet harmonious the colours are, as well as how you found a way to allude to the current woes of the Wall'd Street. It should be the responsible arm of quality regulation that turns the key on the clock-work Market Beast, but oh! That is a pinstriped arm... What goes on around here, anyway?

Also, MT won't let me log in anymore. Was it something I said?

Great piece. Very well done, bravo!

Really cool! I love the colors and texture!

I like the creature design but the hand and suited guy in the front and on the sides are great additions...my only complaint (if I may be so bold) is the background separation seems very flat...the individual elements and other aspects, especially the creature lend to a sense of depth...and it makes me very tense because I want to see the recession carried out via value shifts for the background...I need a massage now...

Brian: Your boldness offends me. Just kidding.

In all seriousness, thanks for your comment. Admittedly, I intended the flatness in the background as I was looking to create tension between the depth and the flatness. After printing a copy off on the color printer at work, though, I noticed that the color separation might be a little more subtle than I had intended.

Herein lies one of the major caveats of digital art: the monitor. What looks good on one monitor might not look good on another and might look completely different when printed. Usually, I finish a piece, let it sit for a few days, and then go back and do some touch-up work on shading and separation. I'll probably go back into this one and enhance the contrast a bit -- but not too much. I really want that sense of tension to be present, even if it requires you to seek a professional masseuse.

i understand that you're pretty happy with it - it's simply PERFECT! i can't find words...

I hear ya about what looks good on one monitor might not on another, I HATE that...but this looks FABULOUS on mine, as your work always does! You need to publish a book or something with all your cool creatures in it.

I love your topsy-turvy worlds.

lucky monster! lol

well it works!!!I really get a physical sense of tension in my shoulders as the conflict occurs betwixt my eye and my brain...and I use brain loosely..unfortunately things didn't work out between me and the masseuse and I would have to pay a heavy price for anything now plus risk death...

This is stellar. That's a tough palette to work with and you pulled it off beautifully. Outstanding characters and concept. Wow.

Oh so terrific, Chris! Sshhhhh...listen...I can hear the rumbling of the thunder and the booming of his heavy footsteps. And what a cool gang of handlers he has. I really love the colors, too. I used to have a beloved attic room that looked over the river, and I had it painted a beautiful orange (similar to your background) to remind me of blazing sunsets. Ahh, good times, good times.

ps. Thank you so much for the heads up on the order. Have a wonderful week!

Thanks everyone!

Bella: Admittedly, this type of orange is and has been my favorite color for as long as I can remember. Literally, my very earliest vivid memory is of receiving a birthday card with a big number three made out of radiating shades of orange. I remember being completely enthralled by the color and I have been ever since. Strange. I guess I was born to love the color orange.

This is so fabulous and fun! I truly love the color and the theme. You are just crazy talented. I would love to live inside your imagination for a day. Wow. It's fantastic.

Hey Chris!
I really like this fuzzy, lightning-tailed rhino-beast!
The background works for me... I see some sort of rolled-out carpet descending from a cloud... the beastie traveling along it, looking so proud and powerful... There are so many details in your work... I'm going to just sit here and bask in the orange for a while!

Thanks for your kind comment!


WOW, very dynamic one Chris! Love the hand winding him up and what looks to be an absense of eyes on the beast!

I love your style. Very bold & freash piece.
Wll done.

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