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Grendel Cityscape by paperfetish Grendel Cityscape by paperfetish
This is an early color piece done for a friend’s graduation. I enjoyed the structure of the architecture in this piece. There are details in the hands and feet that seem to have bled out because of the lighting, but I took 5 pics in different lighting and this one came out best.

All of the paper is Canson, with the exception of the paper used for the sky, which was a great handmade paper I was lucky to find.


Grendel copyright Matt Wagner.
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:icondreamingwingsstudio:
DreamingWingsStudio Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2011   General Artist
Freaking brilliant!
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paperfetish Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2011
Thanks very much!
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Hangman95 Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
If I'm not mistaken this is modelled after a part in devil by the deed in which Larry Stohler should be talking to Grendel through the window very well done.
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paperfetish Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2011
Thank you! I'm going to have to trust your judgment as I don't remember. I do recall there is a character talking to him through the window, but I don't recall if it was Larry Stohler.
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fuzzy-meatball Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2011
there is so much dimension to this, i love it!
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:iconpaperfetish:
paperfetish Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2011
Thank you.
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FreshPrinceOfDrkness Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2011
Okay, I'm STUNNED! Not only did You produce an EXCELLENT rendition of Matt Wagner's Grendel, but, You fooled me into thinking this was a Tempera Painting! Just goes to show what can be done with some talent, and, persistence!
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:iconpaperfetish:
paperfetish Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2011
Thank you very much. Matt Wagner's work on Grendel was fantastic.
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:iconfreshprinceofdrkness:
No problem, I really mean it! I kind of wonder, though, how he might do with another creators characters, such as, when He did The Demon(Jack Kirby's)! Now, THAT will really Freak You Out, if You haven't seen it!
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SpawnGuy Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2009
If only I had friends like you.

Great figure work. In fact everything in the foreground looks great. Maybe the big building in the background on the far left could have been a diffrent colour, like grey, to mix things up a little, but it's still pretty good. Love the texture of the sky and you've really got the characteristics of Hunter's pose. Overall it's got all the charm of a Wagner piece. Fantastic stuff.
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paperfetish Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2009
Thanks for the detailed comment and feedback! I especially appreciate the comment about the figure. I try to make my cuts and separations of body parts as natural as possible (I make them follow the lines of the body as much as possible). This figure posed some problems with that, so I'm really glad you noticed and appreciated that aspect of it.
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BTM55 Featured By Owner May 29, 2009
wow, simply amazing!!!awesome job!!!
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:iconpaperfetish:
paperfetish Featured By Owner May 30, 2009
Thank you very much!
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:iconbtm55:
BTM55 Featured By Owner May 30, 2009
you welcome!:)
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dinomottaesmaga Featured By Owner May 14, 2009  Professional General Artist
AWESOME!
GREAT WORK!
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:iconpaperfetish:
paperfetish Featured By Owner May 21, 2009
Thanks very much!
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siccxdegree Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2009
That's amazing, all done in paper, it's all so smooth and precise with all the angles and cuts that were made it looks almost digitally done. Just makes me think, a "3D" version of Devil By The Deed would be cool, with slightly raised pages done in this style...
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paperfetish Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2009
Thank you very much!

I cut everything by hand, but I do use metal rulers to keep lines straight. I take it as a big compliment that it looks digitally done.

A paper sculpture of Devil By The Deed would be very cool, but seriously labor intensive.
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GrandAdmiralSean8 Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2009
The subtlety of detail you achieve with paper is incredible! It's more organic than some paintings!
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paperfetish Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2009
Thank you very much. I wasn't crazy about the paper I used for the night sky at first, but it in the end I was pleased with the result.
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matt136 Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2008
i love grendel. i love matt wagner's work. you know what's up.
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paperfetish Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2008
I do?

I loved the Hunter Rose and Christine Spar versions of Grendel, but the stories after that got a little loose for me. I also really enjoyed Mage.
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:iconmatt136:
matt136 Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2008
i felt mage was actually stronger than grendel. for me anyways...
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:iconpaperfetish:
paperfetish Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2008
I agree. The first Mage was really, really well done. I actually think "Devil by the Deed" was a short story published in the back of Mage and was the start of the Hunter Rose Grendel story arc.

The second Mage series fell a little short for me. The art and story didn't seem as strong to me.
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matt136 Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2008
i read both, but only own the first. in the original comic series, not collected. i only have an issue or 2 of the second.

it would be insane to see an entire comic where every panel was papercut....... i want it on my desk by next Wed.
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paperfetish Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2008
I didn't collect the first series, but read a friends copy (it helps when the friend owns a comic shop). I did collect the second series, but it didn't make the cut when I did a major comic purge a few years back.

An all paper comic page could kick ass.....too bad one won't be on your desk by next Wednesday.
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matt136 Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2008
....then the following Wed. but, no later!
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:iconpaperfetish:
paperfetish Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2008
Yes SIR!

(but don't hold your breath...)
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maridawood Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2008
you know for the sky i thought u spray painted that paper! its really fun to use spray paint, some people find it difficult to control but thats what i like about it- whatever u get, u get! try using different objects for masks (cut out forms, crumpled paper, tiny torn paper, pebbles.....)
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:iconpaperfetish:
paperfetish Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2008
Thanks for the tip. I'm a bit of a purist with paper though, I try to only use paper as much as I can, but I have used paint and pen before.
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:iconmaridawood:
maridawood Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2008
true, give it a try, i think ull like it :)
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:iconiabeth:
Iabeth Featured By Owner May 31, 2008  Hobbyist Digital Artist
you just keep amazing me with such few pieces colors of paper u use X3
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:iconpaperfetish:
paperfetish Featured By Owner May 31, 2008
Thanks. I think this one has a fairly low number of individual pieces compared to other pieces. I think there is about 46 pieces in this piece.
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:iconiabeth:
Iabeth Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2008  Hobbyist Digital Artist
wow 8D your so amazing! i wish i had some patience for something like so ^ x^
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:iconpaperfetish:
paperfetish Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2008
Patience is pretty essential, I have to admit. It's all about the long game.
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:iconiabeth:
Iabeth Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2008  Hobbyist Digital Artist
XD i wish i had some *loan me some!*


J/K ♥
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:iconpaperfetish:
paperfetish Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2008
I don't think it works that way...
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:iconiabeth:
Iabeth Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2008  Hobbyist Digital Artist
i know D: but it should!
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Meemow Featured By Owner May 26, 2008  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I like the atmosphere of this work
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:iconpaperfetish:
paperfetish Featured By Owner May 26, 2008
Thank you.
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Scummy Featured By Owner May 20, 2008  Professional Digital Artist
Neat! Really neat! Love the paper used for the sky.

Just out of curiosity do you properly white balance your photos? Your images always seem yellowish or blue in the shadows, and I don't think it shows their true colours which is kind of unfortunate.
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:iconpaperfetish:
paperfetish Featured By Owner May 21, 2008
Thanks!

I am not a photographer, at all. I also have very limited knowledge of Photoshop so, no, I don't properly white balance my photos. I'm not completely satisfied with my shots either for the exact reasons you mention.

Should I prepare to be embarrassed because the process for balancing white is so simple my rabbits could do it?
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Scummy Featured By Owner May 21, 2008  Professional Digital Artist
No, it's just a trick I learned in a photography class and I thought you might also find it helpful. If you take a photo under the same lighting with a grey card (a neutral grey paint chip from the store) then you can white balance all your photos in Photoshop. What version of photoshop do you have? Do you use RAW photos at all?
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paperfetish Featured By Owner May 22, 2008
Thanks for the suggestion and information.

I have CS2 at home, but have access to CS3 at work. I haven't used RAW photos.
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Scummy Featured By Owner May 22, 2008  Professional Digital Artist
Alrighty. Here are a couple of tutorials on how to do it. By the way, you don't actually need to buy a grey card just go and get a neutral grey paint ship from the hardware store and you're pretty much set. It sounds like work but really you get awesome results in the end. I'm incredibly lazy but I use it all the time now.



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paperfetish Featured By Owner May 23, 2008
How awesome are you!? Thank you for taking the time to find and post these for me.

I actually may have a grey card from when I took a photo class (but that was a long time ago....) and if not, there is a paint store close by. I'll give this a try to see what I can do.

Thank you so much for the advice and resources.
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:iconscummy:
Scummy Featured By Owner May 23, 2008  Professional Digital Artist
No problem!
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:iconpaperfetish:
paperfetish Featured By Owner May 23, 2008
So, I tried it during lunch today and holy crap what a difference! I'm definitely going to do this with new work.

Thanks again!
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Himmapaan Featured By Owner May 19, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
I'm especially impressed by the shape of his back in this - and I can glimpse a knuckle on his right hand. I imagine the rest of the hands are just as beautifully done.
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paperfetish Featured By Owner May 19, 2008
Thank you. This is one of the earlier color pieces and I was very pleased at how the figure came out. It was one of those pieces that came together perfectly. My favorite part is the motion of the ties on his mask.
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