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Wonderlanding by ihni Wonderlanding by ihni
Ah, Jeff, where to begin ...?

First of all, I might as well note that I'm not portraying myself as THE Cheshire cat (you don't mess with perfection). I can't draw myself as THE Cheshire cat, obviously, because THE Cheshire cat already exists there. I'm just A Cheshire cat. And not a very smiling one either, although that might be understandable, considering what I've just been through ... in the, you know ... picture up there. *points upwards*

Now when that's cleared up ... I love Tim Burton's movies, so I was happy to read that there was going to be a contest about Alice in Wonderland. But admittedly, first I didn't feel inspired at all.

Inspiration didn't strike until I thought "Wonderland ... -ing". Hm. "Nice wonderlanding". And then my mind went into overdrive, because in order to LAND, you must first be flying, or falling, and falling kinda sorta fit the theme, so ... yeah. But I couldn't decide how I wanted to portray it, because suddenly I had all these ideas and my mind just wouldn't. shut. off. so I decided to make them all. Just to shut my brain up.

So, here's what I did:

First part; played in Photoshop with pictures. Kinda like one of those cut-and-glue-thingies you made when you were a kid and went to kindergarten, only made in Photoshop. And yes, that's me, and yes, I do work in a paint store. THAT particular paint store, too.

Second part: Drew lines by hand, scanned them, coloured in Photoshop.

Third part: Acrylics on ... canvas board? Yeah, that. I googled some pictures to have as a reference when I drew the bubbles, because honestly, it's not enough to drop stuff into the bathtub and try to figure out how they look. Yes, I tried it. <_<

Fourth part: Speed painting done in Photoshop. Same thing goes with swirls as with bubbles - photographs help as references. I especially looked at this deviation: [link]

Fifth part: Cut out pieces of paper. I mentioned I worked in a paint store, right? Yeah, well, we have this wall of lovely colour samples (or is it called "shades" in English?), and I ... err ... borrowed a few of those. And cut them up. And then glued them together.

Sixth part: An ink wash! The third time in my life I'm doing one of those ... and I still fail. *deep sigh* Oh well. For a reference there, I took pictures of myself hanging upside down on the kitchen table. Not comfortable at all. And then my feet were kinda hidden behind the table, so I looked at this deviation: [link] when I drew the legs. Very good stock, by the way.

Seventh part: Clay and acrylics. I work WAY too little with clay, but hey, at least it's a start. I don't ... really know what I was thinking here. But I couldn't NOT do it.

Eight part: Heres where it gets interesting! Its water colour on paper, done in what I hope at least resemblance manga-style You should be able to tell from the huge eyes. Im not to sure of the rest of her err, me but it was something I havent done before, and Im kinda pleased with the result. Way to go me.

Ninth part: And the interesting-ness continues! This is coloured pencils on a nature-coloured paper, with a border of white acrylics. But! Ive never tried drawing realism like this before, and it was much fun. LESS fun was to take the reference pictures The only place where I could hang upside down in my apartment (I dont do stuff half way when Ive got my mind set on something ) is the ladder up to my bed (its one of those things that has a desk underneath it, so its up right under the ceiling). Now, my camera has a ten second delay which meant that in ten seconds, I had to press the button, run to the bed, climb up the ladder and hang myself upside down on it. And then pose. Im glad no one saw me. Once, I got stuck with a foot and barely got down. In the end, I had to use parts from five different photos. Im pretty sure I sprained something or something. Ah, suffering for art (This one's going on my wall as soon as I can find a frame, btw)

Tenth part: Ah, yes, another one drawn in Photoshop. I found a great tutorial for the cloud thingies here: [link] and then another tutorial for the lightning (to separate the two parts): [link] Yay for Deviantart and learning new things! Who knew lightning could turn you into a cat?

Eleventh part: Realism. Falling cat. Pencil on paper. I googled for an image, and found a few that I looked at to get all the stuff in the right places I dont own a cat, and even if I did, Im not sure Id throw it up in the air so I could watch it fall down for reference (even though they DO say that cats always land on their feet ). Ive also come to the conclusion that I suck at drawing cats. I just dont have the patience to work on the fur.

Twelfth part: Photoshop again. Layers of colour, no lines.

Thirteenth part: just a sketch. I could have worked more on it, but I kinda liked it as it was. Im pretty sure Id have that exact expression if Id fallen down a puddle of paint, gotten turned into a cat and crashed painfully into the ground of an unknown land. And a not very graceful (wonder-)landing either, just my luck.

Fourteenth (and last!) part: Photoshop. I painted the Cheshire cat first, all in one layer, and that was all good and well (have finally figured out what flow means!) because it actually reminds me of the cat from the movie. He was totally ( like, TOTALLY giggle! *does girly impression, just because I HAVE to*) my favourite character in that movie (which was why I wanted to portray myself as him but he rules so much, so I couldnt BE him, I just wanted to MEET him). The main reason for that was that he scared the crap out of my friend, whom I went to see the movie with. Every time he showed up on screen, she shuddered and turned to me and whispered He scares me help!. He he heh. He IS kinda scary. But cool. But scary. Anyway, then it was time to draw myself as a cat. And Id like to say that its supposed to look like that but the truth is that I just wanted to get it DONE because JEFF knows how many hours Ive spent on this entire thing and damnit, I want it out of my head so I can spend time doing other things, like cleaning the apartment or watch TV and eat cheese doodles mmm, cheese doodles so I just got lazy. There, I said it.

Anyhooo, after that, it was just putting all of it together. A few lines here, some blurring there, a touch up in a third place stuff like that. I could have worked more on that part too, but yeah. I didnt.

All in all? Im glad that its done. Result? Eh. Some parts are good. But I think the IDEA was good! Just IMAGINE what someone who could actually do these things WELL could have done!

Thats it! HAHA! Im DONE! Cheese doodles, here I come!
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:iconfluffytheartist:
Fluffytheartist Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Hilarious, :D.
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SJGILJ Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Awesome *_*
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aradia430 Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2011
woooooooow so many styles of drawing! did you get into the finalists?
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:iconihni:
ihni Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2011
Nope, but it was fun to make nontheless.
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Sleepwalks Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
Wowsa, such a cool idea. :D Looks awesome!
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rainbowbunniez Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2010
that is SO creative! <3
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SandraHultsved Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
Featured your amazing work here: [link]
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:iconihni:
ihni Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2010
Thank you, that was very nice of you. And whoah there, quite a collection you got there! Fun to watch!
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SandraHultsved Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
hehe yeah like I said in the other reply, it wasn't supposed to be so long..:P
Didn't see it was you first, I just saw this really cool work with all kinds of styles and thought that no way just one person can drew all that, since they all are such different styles. but then when I saw it was you, I just Of course!:D
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ihni Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2010
Well it was very nice of you to include me, anyway! :D
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Inamax Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2010  Student Artist
Wow! Now this should've atleast made it to the 25 semi-finalists! It's so creative and nicely done! It's my favorite entry for the contest no matter the winners! I can just stare at it the wholeee day!
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ihni Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2010
Thank you very much! I keep staring at it too, and I made the damn thing! :S I think it's because I keep forgetting what I did. =p
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Vivian16 Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
creative!
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panictowel Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2010
oh wow...
this is indeed a wonderful idea!
i hope you win, it's very creative and so well drawn and everything... i'll keep my fingers crossed for you!
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Fedya Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2010
Galet!!! :)
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:iconrochel-chan:
rochel-chan Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2010
that's just excellent !
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:iconamandabentes:
amandabentes Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2010
OMG! this is amazing, so creative
wow, just perfect!
you gotta win ths shit ;D
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gracelette Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2010
i love this, it's AWESOME!
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desperatelyseeking Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2010
MOA WOW. *_____*
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FlAmExxlOrD Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Really 1 of a kind
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FlAmExxlOrD Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
i didnt read wht u wrote cuz its to long hate long reading but the job is amazing
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buzzin-bim Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
this i brilliant! so creative an cute :D
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buzzin-bim Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
is*
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sophiaastock Featured By Owner May 31, 2010
this is awesome! I'm glad my photo was able to help :D
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jesslzz Featured By Owner May 31, 2010
Really coooool! I love it!
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Phea-chibi Featured By Owner May 31, 2010
Interesting concept!
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Dark-Mew Featured By Owner May 31, 2010
This is just- whoa~
(:
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DeegeCamari Featured By Owner May 31, 2010  Student Digital Artist
This.
Is.
AAAAAAAAAWWWEESSOOOOME.

Just, I can't even, like, make a comprehensible sentence for the level of EXTREME EPIC that this is. YOU KNOW WHAT, STOP BEING AWESOME. Sssstop it.
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Asia14 Featured By Owner May 31, 2010
OMG I LOVE THE CHANGE OF STYLE
Fantastic job!
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yoursweetseptember Featured By Owner May 31, 2010  Student Photographer
Wowowowow, the best I've seen so far. Loved the whole mixing-styles part :)
You're great :)
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MarinaMannelli Featured By Owner May 31, 2010
Altough I'm also killing myself to get domething for thids contest I must admit that your piece is unique and extremally beautiful/cute/funny . . . . and must've taken a heck of a time to get done. I just loved it.
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colorpen94 Featured By Owner May 31, 2010
its really really good :) so cute!
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TheWeirdandWonderful Featured By Owner May 31, 2010
This entry? Wow. The concept, and execution, is so unique and is a really clever twist on the scene when Alice falls through the rabbit hole. ("Wonderlanding" as you so cleverly called it ;])
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OffaOffa Featured By Owner May 31, 2010
Amazinggggg~ This is such a cool idea! <3
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awmynamewastaken Featured By Owner May 31, 2010
awesome (:
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Knitchi-chan Featured By Owner May 31, 2010
wow... well i think you'll win! :heart:
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arthawk87 Featured By Owner May 30, 2010   Traditional Artist
So this is what you meant... :D

This is fantastic - absolutely fantastic!!! The bubbles, the swirl, the turning into a cat thing, actually the realization of the whole idea - just simply brilliant. I wish I could do something even half as good as you did....(I mean the work with Photoshop and combining all the pieces). I hope you'll win the contest, they just have to let you win!!!
Thanks for the detailed description, it's really funny and very interesting to see how you came up with the idea and how you got your reference pics together (I can imagine how you tried to 'hang' yourself from your ladder in 10 seconds so well :D). Plus I really love that every 'step' of the fall is made in a different style - and your clay-figure is adorable!
How long did it take you all together?

Wohooo, way to go!!!
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ihni Featured By Owner May 31, 2010
Thank you for your very nice comment. :) I don't think I'll win, but I'm very content anyway because my brain's letting me rest for the first time in ... I guess almost two weeks. Yeah, it's been a couple of weeks, and considering I've been working almost every day aswell, it's taken just about all of my free time. But it was worth it, now I'm all content and happy and ... well, that's enough, isn't it? :p Thanks!
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arthawk87 Featured By Owner May 31, 2010   Traditional Artist
Correction: "I mean i.e. the work with Photoshop...." :-), of course it's not just that! The whole piece is brilliant (ok, now that I'm starting to repeat myself it's time for me to eat something.... how were those cheese doodles ;p?)
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Si73x Featured By Owner May 30, 2010
i cracked up when you suddenly turned into a cat.. the expression of that cat is priceless lol.. nice job
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Grimm-Lupe Featured By Owner May 30, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
That was amazing! <3 <3 < 3< 3< 3< 3< 3
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Grimm-Lupe Featured By Owner May 30, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
That was flipping amazing! <3 <3 <3 <3 <3 <3 <3 <3 <3 <3 <3
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wolfunit Featured By Owner May 30, 2010
wow, thats really creative.
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BlackWolf96 Featured By Owner May 30, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
... wtf?
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au-re Featured By Owner May 30, 2010
amazing! nice concept :D
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Shmemymi Featured By Owner May 30, 2010
wonderfully done and skillfully too
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KiwiPulse Featured By Owner May 30, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Stunning!
I love every single part of it! :D
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Scolastica Featured By Owner May 30, 2010
wow that looks awesome!!
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Artoveli Featured By Owner May 30, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
WOW! This is fantastic!:wow: You have so many different styles here! It's a joy to look at, and it's a really original take on the theme. I can't believe you only have three comments so far, this deserves much more attention!

Also I admire your commitment to this project. That hanging-upside-down-from-desk thing sounds pretty harsh.:XD:
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Yuusaku Featured By Owner May 30, 2010
Wow, Moa! It just turned out wonderfully great!
And the grin of that gray cat... Hrligt scry! :)
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