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December 8, 2009
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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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Sincerity-Clarke Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2011
1, 4 , and 8
DCT124 Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2010
3,4,5 I'd like to see done
sabriiel Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
I love #2.
peyz4 Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2010
definitely 2 and 7

love your work, btw
KinjiraretaNingyou Featured By Owner May 18, 2010
i'd say four and six, but what do i know?
Little-Sinner Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2010  Student General Artist
2, 7, & 8....Love your work! :)
ShaySamia Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2010
Please finish em all
emilei24 Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
2 and 6
superpower-pnut Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2010
4, 5, 7
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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