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I haven't drawn anything terribly cluttered in a while. Wanted to alleviate that. I also wanted to do something kind of screwy with the perception of the scene and how it's laid out.

I also admit that I had to brighten the blue ink a bit in photoshop because the scanner had turned it pitch black. Maybe I should be using a lighter blue pen.
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redsamsix Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2013
The turtle in the window looks like
he wants to get in there and fuck him up!
Christian-Attridge Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2013  Professional Writer
Wicked and delirante, absolutely love this, insane!
JoanLlado Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2013   General Artist
ensoul Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2012  Professional General Artist
Guh that blue face one

I like it.
TJLArt Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Freaky. Love it :)
lickthespark Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Amazing work *_*
laylassong Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2012  Professional General Artist
trippy! i love it!
blueMALOU Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
ontwerpje Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2012  Student Artisan Crafter
Keep doing what you do!
IvanMoe Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2012  Professional General Artist
I really like this.
ghada1said Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2012  Professional Interface Designer
that's so cool
Rezelsheft Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2012
I like terribly cluttered. Means you'll never see the entire picture the first time. I dunno, I looked at it and thought the chaos outside the window represented the outside world to a sheltered child who was in a clean sterile room. I like the contrast of that too. And the small accent of color popping out vs the white and grays. Good job :)
W-out Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2012   General Artist
cart00nlion Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2012   Digital Artist
I especially like the little critters lined up at the bottom of the window. Ace.
ShannC Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2012   Traditional Artist
ha interesting
GregoryTom Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I love that this is 'controlled clutter'. You have a good eye for compositions.
SnowNightFall Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2012  Student Photographer
Aw :( Such a sad little guy in there! That's how bullying feels like.
danlewis4475 Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
this is creepy and sweet. I like the complete lack of emotion that somehow also conveys terror on the little huddled guy in front of the closet. Almost Freudian. Good stuff.
BittaSweetCandy Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Cool! :D
GaiaTempe Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
that how I feel °_°
neokamatari Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
Intricate as a bad childhood... which reminds me the4 dear we use to have when we were kids... of the night, shadows and loneliness. Nice work!
SAMMIJC Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I really like it ^^, you should try playing with the thickness of your lines, itīll make the detail stand out better
christophesmith Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2012   Artist
this is great!
KingSteveandcouncil Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2012  Student Artist
I am seriously enjoying all of the details in this image!
TB8S Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This really speaks to me. I have had similar feelings to this in the past. The expression, while minimal is haunting. Great work!
Abuttonpress2Nothing Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
This is so great... you managed to combine the lingering interest that cluttered style invokes with the poetry of simplicity framing it profoundly.... the small touches of color are also put to great strategic use... just awesome...
ZombieBunny999 Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2012
Man, I love your style so much. This is freaky.
Also, the red eyes & mouth are a nice touch.
Formaldehydin Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
OMG this is so fucking awesome :heart:.
AedraSliced Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2012
Niiiice, I love it!
ComicsRaw Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
This is very interesting. I don't draw this way so it adds a level of interest
William-John-Holly Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you, I'm glad you like it! I've always tried to make my drawings something completely unique, though if you want to see more art that is similar in style to my work I've been told repeatedly that my art is very much like Superjail, a cartoon on Adult Swim. I haven't seen much of it myself but everybody seems to be in consensus that my art is reminiscent.
ComicsRaw Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
I can see super jail being like this. I imagined some of those drawings from the children's story books like "where the sidewalk ends" I can't remember who made those. Not necessarily because the style is the same, but because the subject mater.
William-John-Holly Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
"Where The Sidewalk Ends"... the kind of concepts that amused me as a child seem so dark and ominous now hahaha
LilianSK Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
aaah this is so creepy, but good!
Terat0gen Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2012   General Artist
Love the faces.
Some of your work has a bit of a Ralph Steadman (british cartoonist) look to it.
Very cool.
Cuestionador Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Excellent work!
physicalhalluc Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
realy good!
yamilseven Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2012
me gusta
simonpark81 Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
awesome details:)
love the concept too, everyone has felt that way from time to time.
Morzrom Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
It looks fine. I wouldn't second guess it here.
danlewis4475 Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
doing alot of black and white stuff myself, I know how hard it is to not only put in the details, but to have them be understandable and "pop". You continue to rock. Good stuff, sir.
Whitsteen Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Really good!
crazyruthie Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2012   Traditional Artist
well done! you do make really interesting characters (i saw that you had a poll that was asking what people wanted you to draw and was interesting characters, i agree! awesome. what was your thinking behind this piece, other than technical details, thought, emotion, etc. :D
William-John-Holly Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I was feeling awfully burnt out on a lot of things that used to bring me a lot of joy, like videogames and drinking and watching hilariously bizarre videos and the such. I formed an idea to draw a character in an empty world turning his back on a world full of fantastic imagery, with perhaps a happy version of himself amongst them. It's not necessarily supposed to be clear if the world of fantastic imagery is this character's past or future. The only thing I wanted to be certain is that that little guy in the fetal position is going through one hell of an existential crisis about where he is in life.

Thanks much for the kind words and the favorite, I really, really appreciate it :)
crazyruthie Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2012   Traditional Artist
that was very well thought out! i appreciate you explaining it. i like the way it looked, which first caught my eye, but i immediately wondered, why is that sad dude sitting all along and to me i thought it looked like me with a lot of bad memories (i'm bipolar and also my childhood wasn't the best, so i have lots of things i can't/won't think about) trying to get at me. it's very thought provoking. since i'm bipolar, i go from loving things to hating them and back again etc. it can be weird and i think it feel like what you're talking about. and you're very welcome!
MichaelJacob Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
Dude, that's absoultely incredible, I'm inlove with your style!
SleepingColor Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2012
Is that Malboro at the back? I like the clutterness. There's so much to see here!
blackiss Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
FlyingFishPeople Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I feel like if I look long enough I'll find Waldo.
Liz-Elaine Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2012  Student General Artist
Yus! This is awesome. I super love it. Your characters/figures are always fantastic
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