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Too Late by KaiCarpenter Too Late by KaiCarpenter
Finally got the scanner back! Yay!

Pulp book covers, man - damn I wish they still needed artists for those things.

Gouache.

Print available at www.etsy.com/shop/StudioWendig… !
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:iconlaxpudding:
Laxpudding Featured By Owner May 10, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Gorgeous colors and dramatic image! :)
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density-tmr Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2013
I have featured this deviation in my journal as a thumbnail because I like it and want my watchers to see it.

If you object to your work being displayed in this manor - I have every respect for you and will remove it as soon as I receive a note from you asking me to remove it.

Keep up the really great work.

Andy
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:iconkaicarpenter:
KaiCarpenter Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2014
Oh no, that's fine, so long as it's properly credited.  So glad you like it!
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:icondensity-tmr:
density-tmr Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2013
Excellent work - especially on her dress
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MariaXXArt Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
thats really cool...could you please explain me your technique ??..I mean how do you start a draw like that ?...first with a normal pencil..and on which paper do you draw ??
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:iconimaginatik:
Imaginatik Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2012  Student Digital Artist
Amazing! I love how the shadows just pop out against the wall paper. :heart:
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:iconckoehn:
ckoehn Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2012
amazing stuff! love this pulp style, should be more of it around!
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:iconemmesaurus:
emmesaurus Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2012  Professional Interface Designer
I love the art-deco style detail in the wallpaper and the cocktail shaker. Really makes it feel authentic. <3
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:iconkaicarpenter:
KaiCarpenter Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2012
Yeah! The Shaker! First to comment on the belabored deco shaker. Thanks for looking! :)
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:iconbabymordred121:
Babymordred121 Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2012   General Artist
HA! Great angle. Also, I'm pretty impressed by how much color is in this piece, while it still retains a strong "film noir" visual flavor.
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:iconkaicarpenter:
KaiCarpenter Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2012
Great! Indeed, that's one of my primary objectives with these pieces - I love the feel of black an white movies, and I like the challenge of bringing color to those ideas without losing their spirit! Thanks for looking!
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:iconhettie-young:
Hettie-Young Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2012
This is crazy impressive. A book with such a cover would certainly sell! The fact this is traditionally done blows my mind.
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:iconkaicarpenter:
KaiCarpenter Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2012
Thanks a lot Hettie! It was a blast to make - thanks for looking!
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:iconfairville1979:
Fairville1979 Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I agree about the book covers. Do you sometimes feel like all the best reasons to be an artist are all gone?
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:iconkaicarpenter:
KaiCarpenter Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2012
Haha it is SO hard not to feel that way! How much I would love to be able to do little covers like that, one campy story after another. What a job that'd be! I think it's worth it to think that if we try hard enough, we can make our own jobs that don't exist yet. Hasn't happened to me yet, but i got a little faith i guess :)
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JCapela Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
:worship:
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decophoto32 Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Great piece. I even love the art deco wallpaper.
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:iconanotherdamian:
anotherdamian Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Really lovely piece! Love the Noire feel.
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:icongaburnz:
gaburnz Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2012
Wow! So dramatic... Very cinematographic aaaand nice colors hehe :}
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:iconsasabralic:
SasaBralic Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2012  Professional General Artist
Fantastic work!!!
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:icongreensprite:
GreenSprite Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
This is awesome, except... why does she look like a metallic sculpture that came to life? Is that on purpose? Something about the face volume and especially the uber-shiny, blue skin looks off to me, despite the fact that the colors aren't meant to be exactly realistic overall.

It feels weird to post something that looks like critique, because honestly I admire your work to no end (this piece included), but I was curious.
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ParadigmFallen Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2012  Professional Artist
Permission to use beautiful image as beautiful background?
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:iconkaicarpenter:
KaiCarpenter Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2012
Sure!
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:icononi-tier:
Oni-Tier Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Nice work!
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:iconolmstranger:
OlmStranger Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Aaaah, I just noticed the feet. Now the title makes sense. xD
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shoomlah Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Kaaaaiiiiii these are awesoooooommmme
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:iconkaicarpenter:
KaiCarpenter Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2012
heeeeey!! Thanks so much for all that great material - these are my starting out cracks at some more "pinup" things, at least in my own way...
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storm-nightie Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Amazing use of light, I love it. The folds of her clothing looks great. The wallpaper and the smoke add a nice touch overall. The only thing is that her skin looks like marble-ish, not really soft, but all the other textures -wood, stone, leather- are rendered very professionally. Def a fav. Congrats.
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:iconemla:
emla Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2012  Professional
Looking good, love the color!
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fox914 Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2012
*I* wish they still needed artists for those things...even though you're not supposed to judge books by their covers, I would be more likely to buy those kinds of books if their covers were as badass as this. XD
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JohnnyMech Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2012
Fantastic. Great lighting!
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:iconneeba:
neeba Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2012
Very noir <3
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KnightGainax Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2012
This is a damn nice piece right here. I love the colour scheme, the rim lighting, the whole cheesy composition of the thing. You really know your stuff, too. I like the way the woman's head and face is an interesting shape that you'd be able to recognise and not some generic anime/disney nymph who you wouldn't be able to pick out of a lineup without their hair and clothing. You really also know how to use your highlights to sell a particular type of material, like the silk (it's silk, right, or something slinky that she's wearing?), wood and metal.

If just another 0.5% of the fucktards here actually aspired to create good art like you do, it might make this place worth visiting more than once in a blue moon.

Here's where I try my luck and ask if you have any pointers for me on getting started with colouring? My drawing skills are pretty damn decent if I do say so myself (and I have gotten a lot better since my last post here --- I just don't see any point to posting stuff here, to be honest) - but I've never used colour before. I've started to learn, but it's clear I've got not idea what I'm doing at the moment. Just some basics to get me started, like how to know which colours to pick for the base colour, shadows, highlights - that sort of thing - you know, the real deal - without using the dodge and burn tool and so on.

Anyway. Great piece.
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:iconkaicarpenter:
KaiCarpenter Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2012
hey man! Sorry i kept forgetting to respond to you here - why don't you send me an e mail? kaicarpenter.art@gmail.com
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bringmepieskm Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2012
Nice picture!!!

No offense meant, but when i saw this, I thought it was Conan O' Brian in Drag XP
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EclecticConcierge Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2012
Wowzers....This looks like it belongs as the frontispiece for some Crime Noir graphic novel...Totally wicked! The wallpaper is one of my favorite details..oh my gosh....The angle of the pov is awesome! REALLY puts you on edge...not to mention the shadow on the wall....Too late indeed..:noes:
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:iconkaicarpenter:
KaiCarpenter Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2012
INDEED! Thanks a lot :)
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:iconeclecticconcierge:
EclecticConcierge Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2012
Your welcome! Thanks for sharing your art with us all! :D
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:icono0magnus:
o0Magnus Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2012
superb illustration
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:iconrodgerhodger:
RodgerHodger Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2012
Great imagery and nicely executed. Yes, it's a shame about the pulp covers. But then again, who reads these days?
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:iconlacechrizzy:
LaceChrizzy Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
It makes you think: WHAT THE HELL HAPPENED?! with only a glance. Quite astonishing!
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:iconkaicarpenter:
KaiCarpenter Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2012
haha awesome
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mythdreamer1155 Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Epic
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:iconfinnguala:
Finnguala Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I wholeheartedly agree with =toerning Your work makes me want to throw all my paintings out of the window.
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:iconkaicarpenter:
KaiCarpenter Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2012
NOOOO damnit people are getting violent in here ;)
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:iconmirroredr:
MirroredR Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2012
Just wow.
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:iconartbybones:
ArtbyBones Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Lovely work!
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:iconratula:
Ratula Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2012  Professional General Artist
love the color and the composition. Specially the shadow that subtly hints that shes looking at a hung person.
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darkriddle1 Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2012
Really awesome stuff - reminds me of the retro-vibe of the Bio-Shock video games, too. Wicked work!!
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