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Flexible Reality by underwatertoons Flexible Reality by underwatertoons
Ever go back to one of your old drawings and decide you want to revisit the subject matter?

Looking at this drawing from December 2007 [link] , I suddenly had an urge to draw Marge underwater in the kitchen again. Only this time, I implemented a few new techniques. First of all, I tried my hand at a much more realistic underwater pose, one that made it look like she was not only really floating, but also kicking her legs to stay in one spot. Then I tried my new Paintbrush shading method. I also used my new transparent bubble trick.

And then, after all that, I spontaneously decided to try a new method for making a scene look like it's underwater - a full-screen Gaussian Blur effect, coupled with my previous method of a semi-transparent layer of flat blue. It all combines together to make what I consider to be one of my finest-looking underwater drawings yet! What do you think?
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JustinTheDog Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2015
Gulliver63 Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2013
I love the hell out of this picture...I'm going to have to do something aquatic for you sometime.
TSH678 Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2011  Hobbyist Filmographer
The title is SO clever! It's from the DVD commentaries, is it not?
SideshowBobLover Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2010  Student Digital Artist
She has a awesome smile! :3 Great bakcground, all this details. I like it!
bubbletoons Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2010
very nice pose..
Seawolf1090 Featured By Owner May 22, 2010
It definitely works to convey the sense of her being underwater!
TheCrimsonEmo Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2009  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
How does she breathe, I think sooner or later your gonna have to be drawing dead bodies floating around, Im pretty sure even toons can't hold their breath forever, lol
Redtriangle Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2009  Student Digital Artist
Again, I hope I'm not offending anyone, the one who obsess with water has no fear when polar ice cap melts.
ritagirl Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2009
you style is unusual)
DovesCryForMe Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2009  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I like fluidity, no pun intended I swear to God, that you use when you draw simpsons fan art. Its gives it a sense of movement and animation. I remember a pic you made of Homer pushing a box into a (whatever you call them)and I was so impressed beause it looked like he was actually actively shoving the box. Nice.
magik2005 Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2009
Cool pic :)
broad86new Featured By Owner May 21, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Marge looks beautiful underwater.:D

Very nice.:)
J-DAmertume Featured By Owner May 17, 2009  Student Traditional Artist
Amusig ;)
EmperorNortonII Featured By Owner May 1, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
Pretty cool! :D
Fyuvix Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
I love how on-model you get the backgrounds! Really great perspective in this one and the FG one
Kinggigasmon Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2009  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Wow.... you actually got Marge to show off cleavage. I don't know whether to be proud or disturbed.
omgmangaw00t Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2009
You've outdone yourself, JB. Probably the most convincing underwater effects I've seen from you. I still can't get over how easily you seem to mimic other artists' styles. Outstanding!
qwertypictures Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Certainly a huge and effective difference between these two Marges, mate. I reckon you've mastered the art of water very well :)

BTW, the floating pepper in the background is a good touch ;P
Severflame Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2009
LDLAWRENCE Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2009  Hobbyist Photographer
:clap: You really have the underwater feel here. :nod: Everything from Marge's pose to the towels floating really give it that feeling! Love the paper towel rack to!
Matt-the-Hydra Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2009
Excellent upgrade, I say! You've really gone all-out on the pose, as well as the background - completly redone with your improved technique, what with the shaded window and newly transparent glass near the sink!

The shading's great, everything's the way it should be underwater, even her hair. Give yourself a pat on the back mate. =D
ToonEGuy Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2009  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I like these new effects! Using darker colors does give the impression of being underwater. Good work as always. =D
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