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Make Ugly version 2 by ThatSummersGuy Make Ugly version 2 by ThatSummersGuy
Update: Got some great feedback from Ricky Martinez and Luke Schroder over on Facebook, and updated accordingly. I think it strengthened the piece considerably.

I keep telling myself I’m not going to enter these contests, but I keep coming up with reasons to do so.

This one in particular hit home with me. I’ve been a smoker (albeit not a heavy one) since I was a kid, and now that I’m a dad it scares me to death that my son will pick it up. I try not to do it around him, and I’ve had “the talk” with him a few times, but who knows if it’s sticking? He still sees me doing it, even if I go out back and keep it away from him. What kind of message does that send?

I’ve quit smoking before, but I have the same problem with cigarettes that I do with some foods and beer. I know they’re horrible for me, yet I enjoy them, so it’s hard to stay away. I try to take the same approach to both, in that I limit myself to one bad meal a week, or 1-2 cigarettes a week. I can see why people have so much trouble quitting. Even knowing the risks, it’s too tempting when the product is reasonably cheap, addictive, and shoved in your face constantly. And yeah, even the anti-smoking stuff is still shoving cigarettes in your face.

Anyway, the theme was to portray an anti-smoking message through one of four themes: Monster, Giant, Undead or Mutant. I went with Monster to begin with. I reworked it and added in the Undead theme. From an emotional standpoint, that was seriously difficult to paint, let me tell you.

Hope you enjoy!
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tokiratokia Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2013  Student General Artist
I think I loke the first one better, not because I don't have the stomach for these sorts of images
but because the first one has more of an effect on me
he is such a small boy and he looks so "cool" but has a demon over his shoulder
it made a more profound effect on me
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Hanoko Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Scary zombiefication! And awesome drawing!
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ThatSummersGuy Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks a lot!
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Yuulru Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
That looks so awesome. Love the coloring and perspective! Very nicely done. Good luck! :3
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ThatSummersGuy Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks a lot! Good luck to you as well, I love the rendering on your entry!
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Yuulru Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
No prob! Thank you very much! <3
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ExDraw Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
this is really awesome~ especially the coloring and the atmosphere~ I can even feel the cold temperature slowly leaking out from the image.
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ThatSummersGuy Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks so much! I have so much trouble with color temperatures, so it's nice to know that it's working for you on this one!
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CirAD Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2013  Student General Artist
Great color palette. It adds some spooky, yet kind of sad/sympathetic emotional qualities to this. (After reading your description, seems like that started to maybe come out on its own?) I like how you can see his poor little black lungs under his pale blue skin. I feel bad for this spooky dead eyed smoking child. Which is an entirely appropriate response I think. Gesture is fantastic. Solid work. Congrats on making the semifinalists! Good luck to you.
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ThatSummersGuy Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks!!! Same to you! See you at the finish line :)
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CirAD Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2013  Student General Artist
Haha Thanks man!
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CatCouch Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
This is a pretty neat entry. The eerie green and yellow wispy smoke with the cold, sickly blue leave a pretty strong impression. The fact it portrays a child ups the impact. It taps into a instinctual need to protect our children. Very effective work!
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ThatSummersGuy Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks a lot! That's pretty much exactly what I was hoping to accomplish :D
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lukewarmwalker Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2013
Incredible artwork! Love the detail work and the care that went into it.
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ThatSummersGuy Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks Luke! Much obliged man :)
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afke11 Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2013   Traditional Artist
I'm not sure which one is stronger; the other one with still a cute baby in it, or this with the sort of blackened lungs... I seriously don't! I think they're very good.

You can never tell which way kids will go though. My dad has always smoked as well, and I've always been anti smoking. I've never ever even tried.
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ThatSummersGuy Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you! Yeah, I went just the opposite, neither of my parents smoked, yet I picked it up as a teenager and smoked pretty heavily through my mid-20s. I've managed to curtail it down to a bare minimum, but I still have one every now and then. I guess if I can't quit, all I can do is keep my kid informed of the dangers.
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afke11 Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2013   Traditional Artist
As a teenager you're the most sensitive to peer pressure. My friends didn't smoke, and I think that is of much more influence than whether or not your parents did. But yes, you as parent can inform him, teach him to be confident enough to say no.

My dad managed to get to a point where he doesn't take anything with him anymore, so when he visits me he doesn't need to step outside to smoke, he just does it at home. :)
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Katlin-MarE Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2013
Oh wow really cool! Reminds me of Bioshock! Love it!
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ThatSummersGuy Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks! Hahah, I hadn't even considered that, but yeah, it does have a little Bioshock 1 flavor. Little Brothers, maybe? :P
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Katlin-MarE Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2013
Yea little sisters! But your picture is very cool! I like the details!
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kyh224 Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
ohh... this is amazing. and scary. now im sad. T_T
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ThatSummersGuy Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
lol Thanks! I've still got a day or so 'til the deadline, so hopefully I can beef it up a little. I appreciate you taking time to comment!
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kyh224 Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Yuh huh. Wish you luck on the contest!
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ThatSummersGuy Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks again :D
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