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The Land of Misfit Toys by William-John-Holly The Land of Misfit Toys by William-John-Holly
This one took a little while to draw. It started as an attempt to experiment with some different types of drawing styles that would make things look more three dimensional. I used a lot more black than I usually would to try to make things pop a bit more and I spent a lot more time on each individual character than the five seconds that I would usually take.

(One year later edit): I recorded myself shining a light on the drawing to show how cool it is when the light reflects off of the ink when you see the original in person. You can check that out here: [link]
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:iconhappyhollowglass:
You mentioned using more black than you usually would, however, I appreciate the balance and contrast throughout. There's so much going on in this yet enough control to keep my eye interested without feeling overwhelmed. Positive and negative space merge together seamlessly to reveal continuous images! Your use of several styles is hinted but not overly apparent. As I always try to be too nice I have to say something constructive... I would like to see more interest or maybe depth in the largest face closest to me but It's still a difficult call as there is enough detail throughout the work as a whole. Can't wait to see more~
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:iconrskrakau:
rskrakau Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2014   Traditional Artist
Sry for asking. How do you get such super high resolution scans? Or are they photographed?
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:iconwilliam-john-holly:
William-John-Holly Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
My scanner has a setting for 1600dpi scans.  Most scanners that I've found at officer supply stores have had comparable scan quality settings.  I'm using some Lexmark scanner that isn't currently near me so I can't check the model number.  And no worries about asking questions, all questions are welcome :)
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rskrakau Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2014   Traditional Artist
1600dpi! wow, ok. I usually scan at 300 or 600 dpi, but for prints such a super hi resolution is probably much better. Thx for the answer :) I'll try it with my next pic.
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William-John-Holly Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Hahaha, no problem friend!  I usually don't like the quality of scans of my work unless I can see my fingerprints in the ink.  It really does look great blown up on prints!
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Wize-army Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2013
that picture is kinky!!!!!
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:iconstuartmonkeysmith:
StuartMonkeySmith Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Great! I love the Tic Tac Toe monster and the chess pieces on the horizon!
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Lapanda123 Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2012
Just Perfect!
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Skysworne Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Wow, this is an insane amount of detail. The creepy snake thing coming out of the easter island head guy is my favorite
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Morzrom Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I love it. Especially the morning star worm. My interpretation leastways, also the dotted humanoid.
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Garkellar Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2012  Student General Artist
I could spend forever looking at this picture it is awesome!
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federicoabuye Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2012  Professional Artisan Crafter
great!
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13-08-97 Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This is your fantasy in black-white ? Great !
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:iconblackiss:
blackiss Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Fantastic!! you have a particular singular world. you must work in this !! and of corse you have wonderfull style!
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jakethebake15 Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2012  Student Artist
IN LOVE
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knight-of-rosubia Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
these toys would be quite scary to play with!

A good way to increase the depth in any piece is to add another layer to it, create the foreground, the mid ground, the background etc. The more depth, the more 3d, no matter what. hahah. cool picture though man, your art is very unique. diggin it!
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:iconhappyhollowglass:
HappyHollowGlass Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2012  Professional General Artist
Love the contrast and surrealism! Faces just keep appearing! Nice
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:iconjames-dark-blue-wolf:
Wow neat looking!
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:iconfdrawer:
fdrawer Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
I like it! its so crazy and dark your drawing, its really surreal
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:iconkatienopockets:
katienopockets Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
This is fantastic. I love the detail and all the different styles you used.
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cerebralmindprint Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2012
Great amount of detail, I enjoy this. :)
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CthulhuCattala Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2012
Wish I could cut out your brain, stick it in my skull with mine, use that talent of yours and then murder a nun.
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AedraSliced Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2012
Love your draws! :)
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SEBASTIANESPINOZA Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2012
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hola william ,escucha esta cancion :)
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William-John-Holly Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Cool song! If I had to choose a song to fit with the style of this drawing I think that would fit really well, thanks for showing me that :D
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SEBASTIANESPINOZA Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2012
tambien me ha gustado tu estilo de dibujo , esos juguetes estan muy buenos :) saludos
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:iconwonder-waffle:
Wonder-Waffle Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2012  Student Digital Artist
i have no idea whats going on but man is this awesome! nicely done :)
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:iconmisterrawgers:
MisterRawgers Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Reminds me of the music video Supermassive Black Hole by Muse.
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jokersitaMerri Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
DAMN!! D:
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I love it!!♥ Awesome :D
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MmeLizzard Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2012
So many neat things to see, I don't know quite where to look. Great use of textures! I especially like the spotted one on the female figure in the forefront.
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Mieliharha Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Hahaha first time i find someone with really similar style to mine, yay im not alone! :D
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elegantcorpse72 Featured By Owner May 31, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Love this. Thanks for the fave on my piece as well.
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Sorazal999 Featured By Owner May 26, 2012  Professional General Artist
Very strong drawing! This composition has depth!
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Lokki-Kuutamo Featured By Owner May 18, 2012  Professional General Artist
Very cool. I like, how you use a lot of elements to fit together. Characters are very expressional, which is nice and makes picture joyable to watch. The atmosphere is very distressed, which, I think, is wanted too? Good work.
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HeliosUnos Featured By Owner May 16, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Cause nobody wants a black clown?
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DanielMalmborg Featured By Owner May 11, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
i like it ! really cool mate! Keep it up! work work work!:D
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:iconwilliam-john-holly:
William-John-Holly Featured By Owner May 12, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks for the kind words! I'm always working on more, so keep your eyes peeled.
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DanielMalmborg Featured By Owner May 13, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
hehe!: ) you too!
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SuicidalZombieChica Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
i like this one
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ryanne711 Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2012
pure awesomeness!
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:iconryanne711:
ryanne711 Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2012
pure awesomeness!
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:iconwilliam-john-holly:
William-John-Holly Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you much :)
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Tanjalotta Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2012
very much urban surrealism with many types of people trying to find a way to breathe in a concrete jungle under the flashing lights.. and really nice to see how many different structures came out with different drawing styles you used. Various different tunes you can bring out from the normal black color. There is alot of different expressions and emotions in this. I like this. And i also have drawn some what alike surrealist pictures but maybe a bit less intention and time used on one picture.
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William-John-Holly Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you for the in-depth interpretation! It's great to see somebody getting some sort of meaning from my drawing. It's one of the main things that keeps bringing me back to doing art. I see you have some really awesome art yourself, better than anything I'm capable of!
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Tanjalotta Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2012
It's no use to compare. Everybody's art is just as precious ! And you have talent! Keep on drawing William! It is awesome to learn what people see it helps to communicate in a totally new level, somethings are hard to bring to words and share like that but visual arts are international ! Good to hear you like my work, thank you!
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