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Normal New Neighbor by EmptyShadow Normal New Neighbor by EmptyShadow
*Knocks* [Hello security camera. We just moved in across your room...]

Weekly Friday submission...disappointing that I cannot submit comics, but for now this will do. :c

This picture was originally something like "Hi I'm going to kill you" but then it's a bit overused and I felt the need to practice backgrounds. Also Kai's not that evil . I've been concerned about my drawings looking too flat, but after getting some coloring advice from my sister, I'm pretty happy with the outcome. No doubt that there are still some color and lighting mistakes and that I need more practice, but it looks less flat.

There is supposed to be some sort of hard light on the ceiling, but I don't think it's indicated well enough. Lighting is difficult. Lastly, I cheated a little by using texture in the background and for the camera effect.

This is when Kai and his mommy finally moved away from his abusive father. Not the best apartment, but happy family!

On a side note, Kai's hair finally makes sense.

Kai & Artwork :iconemptyshadow: (me)
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:icondeviantyoungarter:
deviantYOUNGARTER Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2014  Professional General Artist
oh,I just read"There is supposed to be some sort of hard light on the ceiling".I thought here is really dark,my bad
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deviantYOUNGARTER Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2014  Professional General Artist
But I think it is almost perfect!And it is not that flat.maybe the problem is the light from his back but his face is too light.
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:iconsilverq10:
SilverQ10 Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2014  Student Digital Artist
I like the character ^^ Do you post the comics on tumblr or something? 
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:iconemptyshadow:
EmptyShadow Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2014
I only post them here, but I have not been able to submit much recently. Hoping to get back to it soon 
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:iconsilverq10:
SilverQ10 Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2014  Student Digital Artist
Yay! I hope you do.

On the other hand, good luck in school (since summer's over...)!
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:iconemptyshadow:
EmptyShadow Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2014
Haha I am not in school right now 
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:iconsilverq10:
SilverQ10 Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2014  Student Digital Artist
Are you in school now, if so HA!
And if not, you are one lucky tomato omg cry 
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:icondj-derpyhelmet:
DJ-derpyhelmet Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Omg kai ir so tall
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:iconrabbitibbar:
rabbitibbar Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2014
중2병 병신
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:iconleenazenyo:
LeenaZenyo Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2013
I don't know why, but this is literally one of my favorite pictures you've done. sdfiojsdo it's so nice!!
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:iconemptyshadow:
EmptyShadow Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2013
Aww thank you :hug:
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:iconjakrocker17:
jakrocker17 Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
Kai is so awesome!
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:iconraptorraz:
RaptorRaz Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2013
nice perspective
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:iconakaitsuki-san:
Akaitsuki-san Featured By Owner May 20, 2013
LOL ? xD
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:iconmegsai:
megsai Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
i love kai he is awesome
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:iconcheow12:
Cheow12 Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2012
If I saw that outside my door...I'd open it. :3
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:iconemptyshadow:
EmptyShadow Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2013
He's nice (:
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:iconcheow12:
Cheow12 Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2013
He looks like a nice person
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:iconkitten1love:
Kitten1love Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
It seems do funny!
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:iconwolfphantom21:
wolfphantom21 Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Nice
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:iconneori-salem:
Neori-Salem Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Love his expression.
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:iconliverdo:
liverdo Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2012
haha paranormal emptyShadow edition :D Nice work
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:iconlaylavanhellsing:
LaylaVanHellsing Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2012   Traditional Artist
Could you give me some coloring advice. I'm bad at coloring :(
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:iconemptyshadow:
EmptyShadow Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2012
What advice would you like specifically?
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:iconlaylavanhellsing:
LaylaVanHellsing Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2012   Traditional Artist
Making my shading fit the lighting of the picture. So it looks like the rooms illuminated by a lamp, or overhead lights, or candles, or sunlight

Thanks
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EmptyShadow Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2012
I think the most useful advice I got from someone else that helped me complete this piece is using light reflection. You can always experiment with colors, but if you add proper light reflection (reflection from walls, skin, clothing) then it will look more like an indoor lighting, and give an object a sense of presence in the field of light.

Hmm, I hope that helped. I myself is still practicing with it...
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lilith102 Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2012  Hobbyist
I Love It It reminds me About Me
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:iconrad-pax:
Rad-Pax Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
love the perspective~
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DionRainsmith Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2012   Interface Designer
Someday, you will become an animation mastermind and I will be that one hipster in the corner going "Hey! I knew that gal back on deviantART!"

Hello. :)
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:iconemptyshadow:
EmptyShadow Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2012
haha that'd be the day..
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:iconsmoker9:
SMOKER9 Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2012   General Artist
Cool.
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:iconaxalendra:
axalendra Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Featured [link] ~:heart:
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AwkwardPillow Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
gah i really cant say what it is about Kai that I love the most hes just so lovable <33 ; A ;

This is such a great pictrue as well, i really love his expressionn~
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:iconemptyshadow:
EmptyShadow Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2012
hehe thanks a lot :hug:
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:iconawkwardpillow:
AwkwardPillow Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
You're very welcome~ :hug:
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:iconpsychogirl27:
PsychoGirl27 Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2012
Kuno: :iconohfuckplz: HE FOUND ME!!
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:iconlittlemissmanic236:
LittleMissManic236 Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2012
Awww, He's so adorable! ^///^
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:iconastehrisk:
astehrisk Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2012
woah that looks so cool how did you get that video like texture O3O
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:iconzombidj:
ZombiDJ Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
ove the angle! <3
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:iconemptyshadow:
EmptyShadow Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2012
thanks :meow:
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:iconsombraluz-images:
Sombraluz-Images Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2012  Professional General Artist
Wow! This is awesome! I like his adorable expression in this one. :aww:
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Sleepyheadphone Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This is pretty ... plastic indeeed. In any case not flat. The colouring and the lighting is pretty well done, and I like that the walls have a texture. I'm really enjoying those Friday-Submissions :clap:

And kai still has that magic impact of being really adorable and creeping me out at the same time. Also a pretty overused device (little girls and blood, blood, blood and stuff) . But it works perfectly here.
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:iconemptyshadow:
EmptyShadow Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2012
the original draft was him looking straight and handing a rose (like one of my really really old deviation)

thank you~
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:iconwolfylee:
WolfyLee Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2012
Nothing weird here. :>
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:iconemptyshadow:
EmptyShadow Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2012
Now he will bring cake :u
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:iconwolfylee:
WolfyLee Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2012
Oh dear! You appear to have accidentally baked a knife into the cake Kai! :o
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:iconemptyshadow:
EmptyShadow Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2012
it's for..uh..cutting the cake }: D
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:iconwolfylee:
WolfyLee Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2012
Of coooourse it is :>
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:iconemptyshadow:
EmptyShadow Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2012
That he will cut for you, btw ;)
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Kapra90 Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2012  Student General Artist
Can Kai replace one of my neighbors that I really hate? We'd be the best of my friends and my life would be a bajillion times nicer :D

I really like this though. For some reason I think of the Gorillaz's mansion from their Demon Days album. I don't know if you've ever seen/listened to them, but I highly reccomend it. They are literally an animated band.

Is that a box in a box I see? XP
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