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Obnoxious art.... by chrisscalf Obnoxious art.... by chrisscalf
Here's a painting I've grown to hate. Why? because it was just a simple little 1 hour doodle-- not a serious effort what so ever-- and for some reason-- it has sky-rocketed to 1,128,177 views on youtube (as of this posting). But I hate it for a couple of reasons... First-- It's one of those weird tangent pieces that is supposed to depict forced perspective. Some see it, some don't.

But if you poke through the comments, every so often you get a comment about the bottom jaw being TOO BIG. And then you get others who see it as just fine, and can totally see what I saw in my head when I made it... Art is so subjective... The opinions of whether or not this is correct perspective is split right down the middle.

Anyhow... I leave it up cuz of the insane amount of hits it gets... But part of me wants to take it down since it's probably a bad representation of what I really can do.

As far as the jaw goes-- it still looks fine to me. I even did a 3D model of it, and was going to post an animated version of this painting and put it up on youtube, but never finished it. There is however, a WIP vid of it here:

Part of me does like the debating of the jaw... It truly shows how all of our perspectives in how we see things truly differs from one another. And I mean beyond art even. ;-)

Anyway... Enjoy it. Hate it. Pick it apart.. Whatever... It's fine with me. ;-)

Oh, yeah.. and the original youtube link is here:
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Kitsuneru Feb 22, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist…
someone copied you, and then edited his description to say that it was inspired by you. Thought that you should keep an eye out!
ElviraDark Nov 3, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Wow. This is so amazing!
kiltic Aug 22, 2013  Student Digital Artist
So good, man!  
Blackbell93 Jun 21, 2013  Student General Artist
This is fucking amazing! >_<
ConfusedPumpkin Jun 3, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I think this looks fine, but that's probably because I haven't looked at too much of your work yet. I may revise my opinion later on. But as of now, I have to say that the dragon looks great.
GregLakowske Apr 5, 2013  Professional General Artist
This dragon looks great.
RobertGorske Feb 9, 2013  Professional Artist
Don't take it down! It's a great piece!

With a forshortened snout, it's the lower jaw that gives you the clue as to how long the snout actually is.

I see it all the time looking at foreshortening in photographs. When you aren't used to viewing objects this way, even though it is correct, it looks odd.
McTalon Feb 9, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I remember the day I first watched "Speed Painting a Dragon Again", some 3 or 4 years ago. I was awestruck by how incredible your painting was. Now, after seeing more of your work, I have to agree with you when you say that you didn't put any serious effort into making it. It's still a cool looking dragon though!
Well, you, sir, may be suprised by the incredible amount of views your "simple little 1 hour doodle" got, but I must say, that it is deinitely my favourite of all your dragons too! :D It just... has got something unique. Aaand, it was my personal motivation to buy myself a tablet and start creating stuff! So I guess, I should thank you! :)
Still hope that some day I can achieve your level of skills!
BTW, the jaw looks just fine, as for me. ;)
Kajenx Nov 6, 2012  Professional Artist
Haha, I think the perspective problems you're talking about are because the jaw doesn't seem to be on the same perspective plane as the rest of the face. Like, the way the teeth are facing and the flatness of the fire (it could be shooting sideways out the mouth), and the width of the nose on top all add to the problems. So it's not the bottom jaw specifically, it's just the easiest thing to point out.

The picture isn't terrible or anything, so I wouldn't worry about it too much. To me, the uniform softness is more of a problem, but your more recent pictures are much more sophisticated there. The lighting is probably the best thing about this picture.
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