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Atomic Playground by CrimsonMagpie Atomic Playground by CrimsonMagpie
After experimenting with cartooning, I wanted to try using my newfound line & wash cartoon style to create a more serious illustration.

This was inspired by reading about areas where so much depleted uranium ammunition has been used that military personnel only venture there in HAZMAT suits. The native children of course don't know about the danger, and play in such dangerous areas in blissful ignorance of the damage being done to them.

Although this was very rushed I think it might be my favourite of the cartoons I did.

Watercolour and fineliner on paper, 42cm x 29.7 / 16.54 x 11.7"
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You are definitely beginning to master the watercolour technique. The colours are perfect together and you managed to add some brighter and more colourful spots without them disturbing the rest of the context. I like how the characters blend into the lower part of the background and how some soldiers stand out of the dust, thus integrating the white area of the background into the context too. All the characters have the right attitude and they definitely express your message, you've managed to create an obvious contrast between war and humanity. The only thing I would suggest is cleaning up the work area a bit, you can see some spots on the white background and shadows on the margin of the paper. You are proving yourself to be a great illustrator. ;)
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saywut97 Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2012
DU rounds are uber effective in the battle field nuff said
JohnPatience Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2011
I like this one a lot, the subject matter is interesting and I reckon you've made a fine job of it. I particularly like the kids, nice style.
CrimsonMagpie Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks John, I'm glad you appreciate it. :la: I personally think the kids look too rushed, but each to their own. =p
JohnPatience Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2011
|f I'd drawn the kids I'd be very pleased with them, but then again I know that you can be a little hard on yourself.

Bon Sunday :)
CrimsonMagpie Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
That I can.... =p

Thanks, I hope your Easter Sunday was good. :)
JohnPatience Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2011
Scary new avatar!!!

Not bad, though I think I've eaten something which as disagreed with me. :(
CrimsonMagpie Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
Indeed, there's a trend in the forums for mugshot avatars.... =p

Awww... well I hope you feel better soon. Eat something that will agree heartily with you. :manhug:
gzegzolka Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2011
Another perfect picture - Your skills are great ^^
CrimsonMagpie Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
If you insist, thanks! =p
Rayum Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2011
I really enjoy this style, but probably because I've always loved watercolours, it's my favourite medium. The art itself is great, and for some reason I love the way the smoke is somewhat enveloping their feet.
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