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Tall Tales (Art Trade) by Western-Glider Tall Tales (Art Trade) by Western-Glider

"There I was," spoke Grehal in quiet growl, his orange fur bristling higher with every word, "back against the bottomless gorge with nowhere to run to and nowhere to hide. I could hear the beast panting in the distance, and the grating "click" "clack" of its claws on the rocky floor." 

Grehal took a deep, steadying breath and flattened his ears, looking as if the memories of the beast tormented him still. This, of course, was a lie. No beast could haunt this burly mammal's dreams, because no beast had ever beaten Grehal. However, he, being the seasoned storyteller that he was, did know that nothing complemented a yarn better than a long, dramatic pause. Besides, he wasn't telling it for just anyone, but for his biggest fan and friend, Zoshua.

"So? What happened? Were you hurt? Is it still out there?" Screamed Zoshua, hopping up and down uncontrollably. Clearly today was not the day for dramatic pauses (no matter how masterfully done).

"All right, all right," chuckled Grehal, jumping straight to the conclusion to calm his nervous little friend, "yours truly faced the beast, lured it edge of the gorge, and kicked it in. No dashing heroes were hurt, no terrifying creature on the loose, and everybody lived happily ever after. The end!"

"Oh, thank goodness," Zoshua sighed, slumping down onto the grassy floor with his hand on his chest, calm at last. "Now, tell me another one . . ."

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 I need to practice my writing and storytelling, so I figure it may be a fun exercise to start adding short stories/backgrounds/descriptions along with my drawings. I do apologize for the length of this one, it was only supposed to be a paragraph long but it somehow took on a life of its own ^^;

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Anywho, this is my half of an art trade with my friend :iconalmy-nol: who wanted a picture of Grehal (the large, orange fella) and Zoshua (the cute, tan kiddo) (refs seen here: Orange and Yellow ) in any scenario of my choosing.

 

On an unrelated note, hands are hard! Honestly, I hate drawing hands! In fact, I had to abandon Grehal's left hand (which I think is still off somehow) for my sanity's sake. Oh well, at least I tried :iconapplejackshrugplz:

(A quick side note for Almy-Nol: I had some trouble implying Grehal's height, so I tried to add a tree in for comparison. Not so sure if that helped, and to make matters worse I think I made Zoshua too large :( I hope you like it anyhow.)

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Here's a quick, animated step-by-stepTall Tales (Art Trade) Step-by-Step ANIMATION by Western-Glider

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Grehal and Zoshua © :iconalmy-nol:
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Almy-Nol Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2015
Ahh! This is amazing! You took Grehal and treated him as if he were yours! (please take him, you write him a lot better than I ever could) I was touched when you actually included a story in the description. I can totally see these two guys chatting it up when the higher ups aren't there breathing down their necks :P 

Zoshua looks downright adorable, too adorable for his own good. :) I can see how engaged he is with the story Gre's telling him. This is very well written and very well drawn! 


Yeah, sorry about the confusion on Grehal's size. His size has always been a bit inconsistent and that was just one of the many character features I neglected due to the story being incomplete. 

I'm working on your piece at the moment. Sorry I haven't been responding to anything, I've been at job training this past week and only really had the time to glance and fave.
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Western-Glider Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I'm so glad to hear that! I had so much fun adding my own artistic flavour to these two, and I'm relieved that you like how they turned out :D The story writing was one of my favourite parts of this trade, believe it or not :XD: although, I'm surprised I can write a coherent sentence with my dusty, old writing skills.

No worries! I'm pretty certain, no matter the inconsistencies, that my Grehal is undersized, and li'l Zoshua has had a growth spurt ^^; I'm just happy that you don't mind it.

Haza! I can't wait :la: And it's fine. I figured life was keeping you busy, so there is no need to worry :aww: 
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Almy-Nol Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2015
Yeah, I can tell you had a lot of fun with the story part.  Heck, I'm tempted to introduce a few more small characters to see what you do with them too. :) 

I had to scramble to get started on your part of the trade and spent a chunk of time working on it last night. Hopefully it should be done within the next few days, because I plan to get it finished before I go back to work. 
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Western-Glider Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I'd love to work with more of your fascinating characters!!!! It has been a few years, but I think it's safe to say that I've finally rekindled my love for writing. My style is still a work-in-progress but I think I'm slowly improving :aww: 
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Almy-Nol Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2015
Sounds good! I think we may be able to collaborate quite well. :) Your writing skills are great!
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Western-Glider Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
We definitely will :D And thank you :aww:
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drigulch Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2015
Good show! For a moment there i began to think during that long dramatic pause that the tale teller might answer the query as to what happened with the wry reply, Why I was killed of course" ;) Love that way of the limbs are placed so as to look like the digits are hooked in a pair of imaginary suspenders -- for proper theatrical effect for spinning a good yarn. 
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Western-Glider Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
:XD: That little quip would have made for a much more entertaining ending, I'll give you that ;p Unfortunately, my rusty writing skills and exhausted brain didn't allow in too much cleverness, all I could really do was spin 'mah little yarn. And, of course, I had tons of fun spinning it :meow:

Hahaha! "In a pair of imaginary suspenders". Drigulch you are too much, I tells ya'! Thanks to you, I think I this orange fella will forever be a good 'ole farm boy stretching his overalls in my head from here on out. Funny thing is, I think it actually suits him lol Giggle 
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drigulch Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2015
Oh you have a bona fide yarn spinner here for sure. The boy just looks as if a story is born to roll spontaneously off the lips at the drop of a straw hat. The body language is perfect for me to picture one of those guys they interview after a Loch Ness Monster sighting .....'Ian, and Alfie and I were comin' down down the rrrrroad just about there, when Ian points out onto the the water ......" 
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Western-Glider Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Well, if 'ole Grehal (the orange fella) did meet Nessy, I'm sure we'd have one less cryptid creature in our world. You see, Grehal doesn't sight monsters, he pulverizes them.  
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drigulch Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2015
Well that would make for a very rousing finish to that story, hearing how Grehal zorched Nessy! Which, would make an excellent name for a rock band by the way. ;)
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Western-Glider Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Hahaha, well now's your chance to start that rockin' band before any online posers steal it! 
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ArtGuy404 Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I seriously wonder how you do this. Your artwork is just phenomenal and beautiful. I want to get back into digital art and traditional as well, but I really want to get my hands on digital though. I feel like I can do much more on digital than a limited 8x11 piece of paper. :saddummy: But that's just me. Good work as always, AP. :aww:
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Western-Glider Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Awww, thank you so much for the wonderful compliment, Paolo :huggle: My art isn't really all that spectacular, tbh, but I am happy to report that I have been improving slowly but surely. 

Then go do it, kiddo! There are multiple free art programs out there, or, if you're willing to save, you can get free adobe programs (ex: photoshop elements) through wacom products which are offered with every purchased bamboo tablet (check the description just to make sure). I find Amazon is a great place to start :D 
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ArtGuy404 Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I have literally have a wacom Intuos5 tablet. But sadly, my stylus is chewed up. ;-; What do you mean wacom offers programs? I'm so confused. XD
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Western-Glider Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
You can buy pens and styluses online, although they can be a bit pricey sometimes.

As for the free programs, all of the wacom bamboo tablets I've ever purchased came with free downloadable programs (usually a photoshop elements, painters corel, and one more). To access them you just need(ed) to either enter the pass codes that are taped on the back of the art program disk folder/container, or, as with some newer tablets, you need(ed) to find the sheet of paper that has the pass codes to download the programs straight from the online sites.

If you still have the tablet's box you could possibly find the pass code sheet or disk (if you didn't throw them away). If not, there's not too much I can do, sorry ^^; It's always possibly the newer and fancier tablets, like yours, don't have the codes, but I highly doubt it.
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ArtGuy404 Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Oh! I did that just yesterday! I'm so happy I got Photoshop Elements! :D Plus, my mom is so nice enough to let me buy a stylus on Amazon. It cost about $75. So pricey, but I got it. I'm just waiting for it to be delivered and now I'll be about to do digital art! YAY! :dummy:
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Western-Glider Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Holy spumoni, that is expensive! I have an outdated version of Wacom "Capture Touch and Pen" so my pens run around $35, but the features are nowhere as cool as your nifty and trendy tablet :D And haza! Welcome to the world of digital artistry :la:  
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ArtGuy404 Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
As I mentioned before, I have a Intuos5 wacom tablet. I really like it. It was difficult at first but I slowly got used to it. My art teacher introduced me to these tablets because he was a commerical art teacher. Since you told me about wacom giving out offers of free programs. I went back into my Intuos5 box and saw the special offer. I registered my tablet and got Photoshop Elements and another program called Sketchbook Pro or something like that.

I can't wait to start! :excited: I want my stylus NOW! :crying: It's so sad that my first stylus got chewed up by my cousin's dog. I was NOOOOOOOOOO!
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Western-Glider Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Kudos on the fabulous find! I'm actually in the process of buying a new tablet but I haven't decided whether to stick with my old model or go for something newer. I guess I'll have to browse a bit.

Lol I know your pain, my aunt's French Bulldog mauled my tablet pen a month ago. She's lucky her dog was so cute, or I would have happily chucked him out a window. 
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Strange-Argument Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Out of curiosity, did you use a filter on the colors, or use "cloudy" brushes to shade it all? I love how unified the color scheme is, yet every object and animal stand out very well.
Great job :D
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Western-Glider Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks, S-A :tighthug: I relied completely on brushes for colouring and shading. I like to add a layer of wet media brushstrokes, set to a low opacity, above the main base colour. Then I duplicate the entire base, multiply it, and erase it with another wet media brush set to low opacity :aww:

Thanks again :la:
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Strange-Argument Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Oh, I see! So the filter effect was just due to clever layering. Nice :D
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Western-Glider Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Awww, thanks :aww: I'm sure a filter would have been much easier though, but I've always liked doing things by hand (well, by digital hand anyways ;p).
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Strange-Argument Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
I feel ya. Sometimes I just find myself doing the long way, such as brushing in huge solid areas I could have just filled with the paintbucket :P It's just habit.
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Razska Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
You need to write a children's book because I'd totally buy it -- this looks like it came straight out of a book! Zoshua is adorable and yes, hands are hard...why do we even need to draw hands? Can't we just have everyone walking around holding pom poms all the time??
I've deliberately changed and entire pose if the hands get too frustrating for me to draw :D
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Western-Glider Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Awww, thanks, Razzy :huggle: Illustrating and/or writing  a Children's Picturebook is my biggest dream, and a major contender on my bucket list. I think I need to refine my style and really hone in on my writing skills first, but after that I'll be hunting ever publisher I can in sight Ebil Laugh 

I know right?! What is so great about fingers? And don't even get me started on opposable thumbs! I think people, and handy animals, would look so much nicer with a pair of tongs on each arm. They'd be both manageable, functional, and easy to draw. Seriously, we need to speak to whatever force designed this planet and give it some pointers!
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Razska Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Haha! I can now picture everyone walking around with kitchen tongs; think how much easier grabbing food out of a bowl would be! 
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