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2009 Unfinished Artwork by MichaelO 2009 Unfinished Artwork by MichaelO
Like the past two years, I wanted to share the fact that nearly half of the images I start never get finished. This seems to happen when I take a reference photo with a concept in mind, then, once I start in on it, it doesn't turn out like I had hoped.
While I enjoy using real models and the ease of photo-manipulation, it also limits me to a specific lighting setup and expression. It's just part of the job!

As always, I'd like to hear which ones you would have liked to see finished. Pick a maximum of 3 please.

Votes after 48 hours:
1. 11
2. 39
3. 12
4. 30
5. 34
6. 31
7. 9
8. 55
9. 19

Some notes:
#1 I had an idea to make a figure out of wax with candle sticks as hands. It didn't translate well with this reference photo but I have another shot in mind so I can keep the idea.

#2 Looking back on this one, it's not so bad but I feel it could have been composed better,, possibly with a background environment.

#3 Pretty and Punk - Half the model is 'bubblegum looking' while the other half looks like a punk rocker. Kinda silly.

#4 'Melting Pot' - I wanted to do many skin colors mixing into one. I guess I forgot to mix them :/

#5 This was going to be a sequel to SheAnn [link] Maybe this one could still work.

#6 Why didn't I finish this??? One of my favorite faces. [link]

#7 A mermaid lost in the desert - :giggle:

#8 A decent reference photo for this skin stitching style. I suppose I should have finished this one too.

#9 It's hard to tell from what you see here but I wanted to show the sun coming up and the figure turning human from stone as the sun touches her. Another idea I'd like to keep but I need a new reference photo.
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:iconsincerity-clarke:
Sincerity-Clarke Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2011
1, 4 , and 8
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:icondct124:
DCT124 Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2010
3,4,5 I'd like to see done
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:iconsabriiel:
sabriiel Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
I love #2.
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:iconpeyz4:
peyz4 Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2010
definitely 2 and 7

love your work, btw
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:iconkinjiraretaningyou:
KinjiraretaNingyou Featured By Owner May 18, 2010
i'd say four and six, but what do i know?
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:iconlittle-sinner:
Little-Sinner Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2010  Student General Artist
2, 7, & 8....Love your work! :)
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:iconshaysamia:
ShaySamia Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2010
Please finish em all
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:iconemilei24:
emilei24 Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
2 and 6
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:iconsuperpower-pnut:
superpower-pnut Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2010
4, 5, 7
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:iconzachdoug:
ZachDoug Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
    Every artist has a list. Most of what I start does get posted. But most of what I start isn't most of what I want to start.

    I want to draw billions of pictures but the idea sometimes never even makes it..

    But that could just be due to the fact I'm lazy. LURL. These're pretty nice but I totally understand the whole "... -Makes a different PSD file and never turns back.-" area.
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:iconnadohs:
Nadohs Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2009
4, 5 & 8
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:iconladychestnut:
LadyChestnut Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2009
Al of them look lovely, but I find number 5 specially amazing :heart:
It would be awesome to see it finished someday! :)
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:iconingvbo:
Ingvbo Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2009
Gah. I ment number 4, not 3. Sorry.
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:iconingvbo:
Ingvbo Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2009
I vote for #6! :) And for #5 and #3, as we're allowed three picks. :)
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:iconcrux-ansata:
crux-ansata Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2009  Hobbyist Photographer
5 and 9
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:iconisabellakay:
isabellakay Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2009
4 and 5
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:iconphunnie-phaise:
Phunnie-Phaise Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2009
Number 4! But if not number 4, then number 3 :)
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:iconleaturtle:
LeaTurtle Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2009
5 and 8
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:iconeclipsy:
eclipsy Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2009  Student Digital Artist
1,5 and 8
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:icondevouredex:
devouredex Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2009
A stunning selection of art, love the mindblowing colours and detail work. 6 and 9 stand out more to me, well done indeed :D
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:iconurikoneko:
URIKONEKO Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2009
#2 looks done.. why do u say this is unfinished?
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:iconsuperbonder:
superbonder Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2009  Professional Interface Designer
5.6
popcorn
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:icontnovos:
tnovos Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2009
they would all be amazing but... #2 is the best
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:iconlolifant:
lolifant Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2009  Student General Artist
7, 6, (maybe 3)
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:iconlady-symphonia:
Lady-Symphonia Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2009  Professional
:giggle: i liked the 1 too...also i think 9 would have a good result..
anyway!
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:iconlady-symphonia:
Lady-Symphonia Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2009  Professional
8 \o\


...if one of this pics was mine i had surely gave up!
u are genius, have a good december
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:iconchubbyfingers:
chubbyfingers Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2009
2, 4, 8 looks awesome :)
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:iconc-kat:
C-Kat Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2009
Number 8, 4 and 2
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:iconaahzmandiuz:
AahzmandiuZ Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2009
6 & 5.
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:iconmy-element:
my-element Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2009  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
2,6,8
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:iconovermood:
overmood Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
5,6,7
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:iconqueenjuicy:
queenjuicy Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
2, 7 and 8
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:iconswimmingflutie:
swimmingflutie Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2009  Student
i love 2, 8 and 9.
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:iconshimshims:
Shimshims Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2009   General Artist
2, 4, and 6 all look incredibly promising.

Looking at these, your works in progress, really amazes me with realisation of just how much detail and process you put into every one of your images so that they become seemless and perfection. Kudos to you =D
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:iconhyannah77:
hyannah77 Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2009  Hobbyist Photographer
I would love to see 6 and 4 finished, particularly 6.
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:iconmr-heli:
Mr-Heli Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2009
I vote No. 6 and No. 8 :-)
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:iconvampyre-lover:
Vampyre-Lover Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2009
I Vote NO.9...
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:iconmelaniematerne:
MelanieMaterne Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
5,6 & 8

all of them are awesome!
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:iconddev:
DDev Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2009
Wanna see what 4, 5 and 8 look like finished.
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:iconellizjum:
ellizjum Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
second one! SECOND ONE LOOKS GORGEOUS!
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:iconblitzroyale:
blitzroyale Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2009
7 doesn't get enough love O_O geez... assuredly a beached mermaid could be cliche, but I have no doubt you'd pull it off beautifully T^T.
I have a thing for mermaids~ <3

2 and 8, definitely.
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:iconjimmytheogre:
JimmyTheOgre Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2009
3
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:iconbloomsinthenight:
bloomsinthenight Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2009  Professional Artisan Crafter
8, 4 & 5. :)
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:icontaleaco:
TaleaCo Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2009
8 oooo 8!
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:iconbukkoroshiteyaruzo:
BukkoroshiteYaruZo Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2009  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Hm, please finish #9, #4 and #7 :D
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:iconsmartrams:
SmarTramS Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2009
Loving 8, but they all look good of course. :)
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:iconlpfreak20c:
LPFreak20c Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2009
2
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:iconf0re1gn:
f0re1gn Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2009
I'd say #5 and #3 :)
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:iconembrisionarts:
EmbrisionArts Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
6,8,9 :)
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:iconfantasywoman:
Fantasywoman Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2009
my fav is 6 and 8
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