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and the moon by nicholaskole and the moon by nicholaskole
On my simplicity kick- thinking about the night, and a girl.

The hills were always perfect at night- dark and silent and full of secrets.

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StrefaZamknieta Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2015
I love it so much. It's simple and such creepy at the same time! :]
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ninedragons Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2013
minimalist and fantastic
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nicholaskole Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you so much- these don't get a lot of love, but I'm always happy when someone appreciates them!
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bagasuit091 Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Beautiful mood!
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aedifico Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Love the palette you chose for this one. It probably isn't the color mix I would have picked, but that's a very good thing because this is so much better. :)
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nicholaskole Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks! I try to push my colors towards new places whenever I can- still, a lot of combos recur. If you look at some of my older work...for whatever reason, this combo recurs!
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rasenth Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2012
Ahh I just love the colors and composition!
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nicholaskole Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
:) thanks!
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gweenypig48 Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2012
I wish I could have this for a background! Beautiful colors.
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nicholaskole Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
that...could be arranged :) I might have a higher res file of this, somehwere...:P
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gweenypig48 Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2012
Woo!
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nicholaskole Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
If you actually want one, feel free to send me a note at nkole@g.risd.edu, and I'll send it over :)
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gweenypig48 Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2012
Sweet! Noted.
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Greipur Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2012
Interesting composition and fish-eye-lens-like perspective. :]

The brush you're using for the trees (for example) looks great for this kind of work. Or rather, I can almost feel the "brusque" process.
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nicholaskole Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks :) I like the brush too- it adds a textural element that gives the simplicity some richness (I think? hope?) and in general it's fun to work with something that doesn't come out as slick/polished in the end.
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SnikkiPikkins Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2012
I'm not normally huge into simplicity picks (I tend to glance at them and go "oh that's nice" and nothing more), but the composition and color of this one just strikes me in a really excellent way. Perhaps the addition of the girl, as well as your author note: "The hills were always perfect at night - dark and silent and full of secrets." It dashes an exclamation through the mood with just the right emphasis.
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nicholaskole Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
:) I'm glad to have captured your interest.
I think we generally all crave simplicity- it's something I want more of in my life and my work...the more complicated things get in life, the more I want my work to be the antithesis of that...and I've always been jealous of people who are brave enough to just "let it be" and stop noodling. So I'm giving it a go! :)
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SnikkiPikkins Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2012
Hahaha - "stop noodling." I think that's the best way I've ever heard it put. I know I have such a hard time letting things go, and here you've done it beautifully.
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JamesKirkland Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2012   Digital Artist
reminds me of "Where the wiild things are"
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nicholaskole Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
ah- neat...I can see that!
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diehardzelda Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
these look like they are so much fun to make :) how long do these simple ones usually take you?
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nicholaskole Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
a couple of hours? I honestly lose track of time when I'm working...and these are kind of nebulous :)
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the-Mad-Hatress Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2012  Student General Artist
This seems a lot like a color map for an animated film.
I'd see the film.
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Catburglar002 Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2012  Student General Artist
interesting, a bit creepy :)
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nicholaskole Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
I think that was kind of the idea...juts a smidge, though!
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JohntheMurray Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
your my favorite
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nicholaskole Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
:) awww shucks- thanks!
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Creetodon Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2012  Student Digital Artist
mmm so dreamy
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hyamei Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2012
another beautiful piece! using a limited palette and making images simple are always a challenge for me, and you did a fantastic job.
I really love how the giant moon stands out from this picture. I love staring at the moon it's full and unusually big.

do you listen to a particular music while you made this and the "they go"? :giggle:
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nicholaskole Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you!
Limiting my palette and focusing on color and shape seems to make it easier for me to creep towards drawing backgrounds. As soon as I tighten up and get particular, I get paralyzed and I start hating it.

I DID listen to particular music for each piece, but I'm reluctant to share because I want people to bring their own sensibilities to the piece, and my taste in music is very particular (not sure you want it to color your perception :p)
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Ame-Kunoichi Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2012  Student Interface Designer
The title made me think in 'Stand by Me' by John Lennon :)

This drawings are beautiful!
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painted-bees Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
I'm loving these "simple" drawings * U* they've got good presence! And your limited colors are well picked!
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Upendo909 Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2012  Hobbyist
nice :)
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