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younger and older Spike by oomizuao younger and older Spike by oomizuao
I actually think these looked way better when they were in my sketchbook. Coloring them digitally just.. nope. Not too fond of how it turned out, IMO.
but I'd like to hear what you guys think :3

art and character (C) Elise M. Syvertsen / oomizuao 2014
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crocojuice Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2014
i really love this you dont even understand how much this is amazing
Russiaz Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
I like fury spike beeder:D (Big Grin) :D (Big Grin) :D (Big Grin) :D (Big Grin) =P (Razz) =P (Razz) =P (Razz) =P (Razz) 
Viggen009 Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
What I really like is how you showed the Older Spike's brow to be more tense than when he was younger; seeing Spike's anger

fester and boil for a long time, and becoming more concentrated as he aged.
unicorn-skydancer08 Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2014
I guess you see them differently because you're the artist. I know, because that happens to me all the time. People say something of mine looks so great, and I'm thinking, "Are you serious?"

But I totally envy your skills, in a good way. I'm especially impressed with how you use animal cartoons in a way that's not at all cutesy or little-kid-like.
fallen-sorrows Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2014
Personally, I don't understand why you shit on yourself so much on your human art. You're a fantastic artist all around from what I've seen (however I can also sort of understand it in the sense that I think that all my art sucks - including the stuff I do by pencil that doesn't get posted since I don't have a scanner - but people tell me it rocks).  It sort of bugged me that you thought so badly of your human artwork a few years ago when it looked so much more realistic than most people's art that I'd seen at the time.

Now I can understand it better and feel a bit worse about criticizing you so much for hating your own art so much since I feel that way myself about my own art. It was just really hard for me to understand how someone could be so good and believe they were so bad, but I've grown up a lot since then and now realize that no matter how good you are, you will never be satisfied with your own art (in most people's cases). 

Anyways, I've always loved your art - especially your comics and your book "Spike". Can't wait for it to get published :)

Sorry if I sound like I'm being a dick, I don't mean to be.

red-mohawk Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2014  Student General Artist
You forgot the scar.
pabs4 Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2014  Student Digital Artist
just amazing ^^ i really love the lighting and his angry expression.
Psychodragoncat Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Personally, I think his nose looks a bit weird, but what do I know? I can't draw humans! XDD
themunsterbunny Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2014  Student
perfect representation of his character in his looks. good picture!!
IsilwenStark Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2014  Student Photographer
he looks awesome O_O
joeyalmendarez Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2014
awesome work! thats amazing!
MUFFINEKJAGODOWY Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2014
WOW, that's amazing.
artboy-2 Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2014  Student General Artist
I like this. He aged well.
RichTheWolf257 Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I like how his facial features are already so hard at such a young age, and how they get even harder, but softer at the same time, as he gets older. His ears could be smaller, though.
artboy-2 Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2014  Student General Artist
My ears are like that.  His ears are proportional, and some have more angled ears.
umbreonnamedangel Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2014
It looks like he just got angrier. 
snowywolf7 Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2014  Student Writer
Awesome picture! :D
Nikuwicca Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2014  Hobbyist
i like them both :)
'......what comes to mind when i see this:
the hair is too straight doesnt look like it's following the cranial structure too much...but this might just be me..
it just doesn't look like the hair is hanging it's being pulled straight down.......idk just can't put my finger on it exactly :P but this is mostly for younger spike..
and as always...... love the expressions :D facial features are really good, especially the way you draw the eyes! spike looks haunted and angry...
the younger spike looks like he still haven't accepted why his life is the way it is....reminds me of a confused/hurt/angry child...
while older spike looks"he's been through so much, why should it matter if something more happens?" ya know? :)
HitMeWithBrokenLeave Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2014  Student Digital Artist
Ah spike :c such a serious face </3
Alice1236 Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2014  Student General Artist
It's always a pleasure to see Spike in my notifications.
ZaraSylair Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2014
what is the ages
RenaisAngel Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2014  Student General Artist
they look realy great but if you please
put the sketch version of them on
wildmandrake Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2014  Professional Writer
I like the way you've captured the difference in age... really well done as a technical exercise. very inspirational I hope to be able to do this soon...
Rad-Pax Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I adore how you draw noses omg
Kosmik90 Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I think they both look fantastic. ^^ Is it possible to see the sketches? :)
racheru-tan Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2014
I really loved the aspect of a background history that this image gives!
the comments here are  very constructive and I loved how he grew up and still didn't missed any of his major characteristics.

He looks like a tough guy, kinda rebellious and very tempestive.
Maybe his eyebrows on the older version could be a little thicker (because it's thicker on the young one)...
XeroSolace Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2014
Wow! Gorgeous work! I'd have to agree with the some of the others though about how there might be little too much muscling in the neck on the younger spike portrait. That being said, I wouldn't have even recognized that if it had not been said before. Excellent work :) ...... Is it just me or are his eyes greener in the older version? O_o
Zalanye Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
My first thought was that maybe they are painted a bit too smooth. I won't say I know a lot about your characters, but they look to be a bit on the rough end - at least in this picture. I would try painting them more roughly and perhaps with a bit of texture. Maybe that way you can get them to look more like in your sketchbook.

Keep up the good work!
StarbyStars Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2014
some say he's still wears the same shirt to this very day..
netalivo Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2014  Hobbyist
In your novel you said Spike's a good looking guy. But here he's looking meh. His ears look kinda weird.
I like how he looks in your drawing "You now nothing of hell". 
Kosmik90 Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Sorry to bother but I think Oomi has said Spike is not supposed to be typical good-looking guy. Sam has a crush on him so he sees him in a different light than other people do, more good-looking and that kind of stuff. In reality Spike looks like an ordinary guy. Sorry I'm bad at explaining things in English, it's not my native language. :)
netalivo Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2014  Hobbyist
Oh, you don't bother me (:
Yeah, you're probably right but the first picture I saw of spike was "You know nothing of hell" and there he looks actually pretty good. So I always imagined him looking this way...
You don't have to be sorry for your english ^-^ It's not my native language either.
Kosmik90 Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
That's okay. ^^ I think Oomi said somewhere that in her earlier drawings Spike looked too goodlooking and she tried to make him look more ordinary and less handsome. :) And she has improved so much especially in human-drawings. I personally like the ordinary-looking-Spike more than the earlier versions of him. :D
richardtorres21 Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2014  Student General Artist
its been a looooooooooong tiem but my suggestion is to just enjoy and create art with absolutely no care how it turns out and just to have aton of fun on it. might be a bit refreshing! 
awesome job and great job as always with your sense of form and lighting. dont take it the wrong way but working on human ears might be where you can improve a bit more on! your skills never fail to impress and inspire me! have a wonderful day :D
CharlieK-33 Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I make copies before I colour for just that reason, happens far too often. His eyes are intense and I love the shading. But no one is more critical of you than yourself. 
MyNameIsWaterDummy Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
They look a lot like you said, different ages of the same person. The only difference I see is adult Spike's eyes seem a little closer together. That's all I see though. :)
Sabi-Arts Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Awh smile more Spike <3 
I think it's fun that he's hair doesn't change at all xD

As always it's amazingly done oomi, your really one of the best I know at drawing humans <3
Otterbane Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Just curious, what nationality is Spike? He kinda has a few facial features that remind me of one of my friends who is Eurasian
killeras58585858 Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2014  Student Interface Designer
First he looks really cool! Second, about your novel.. will it contain your characters as humans or as Athros ? o.O
XeroSolace Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2014
I had this exact same question! She answered it very well too! In the novel her characters will be human so that anyone not very familiar with her anthro-artwork won't be confused. It also makes the novel easier to relate to for some newcomers. However, she only mentions certain details about her characters, such as the way they dress, the way they smile, hair color and so forth, so that we the readers can make the final choice between anthro and human ourselves. The only thing that might be confusing if you're imagining them as anthro, however, is skin color, but that would be the only detail you might have to overlook in order to imagine them that way. Hope this was helpful! 
killeras58585858 Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2014  Student Interface Designer
So she does not want to reveal..lets say the "form" of the we are alowed to imagine then in our own special way! (after ading the characteristics you said me of course) Thats really cool! But..didnt she said..that her novel will contain prictures? (her digital drawings) :P
XeroSolace Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2014
She has tried to only mention details that both anthro's and humans can share (hair color, clothes, expressions), but details such as skin color (which she will mention to avoid confusion) will ultimately make them human. But thanks to her method, she said that if we wanted to imagine them as anthro, it be shouldn't a problem. As for her novel containing pictures... Not sure. I've never heard her mention including pictures in the novel. She may have and I just don't remember. That would be a good question to ask her. I really like seeing this kind of communication within her fan base too! I think it's good for the artist to see that her fans are helping each other fill in the blanks... It shows a healthy community :)
killeras58585858 Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2014  Student Interface Designer
Hahahaha i am glad to recieve help and also to provide some. :D Εven though i personaly wasnt used to like characters like anhros i was really suprised by Spike.. ! :) I also draw amazingly but i was never able to give personality to my characters (i have also started to draw athros) I just cant believe she managed to create such a deep character.. just amazing ! (I would really like to upload some of my drawings but i am afraid people here are bond to steal characters..what do you think :p ) :/ 
XeroSolace Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2014
I really can't say for sure... I would like to say that you should be safe, but character and art theft is what led Oomi to stop posting SPIKE chapters. You can always just try and hope for the best! I would be interested to see them for sure!
killeras58585858 Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2014  Student Interface Designer
Ohhh thanks so much "<3" xD But i prefer to keep things safe.. Even though either of us uploads something, it would take years for both of us to be promoted and obtain as many fans as eny other premium mebership member.. for example.. Alise has Oomi for over 4 years.. and she only has about 100 comments at each drawing.. Facebook is better to promote yourself in my opinion, as only friendly eyes are to take a glimpse at your work of art ;-) This site contains many disturbed people... like furries e.c.t.. :p
Vampire-Sacrifice Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Wow that was helpful to me, and spares Oomi from getting asked the same question yet again XD  Thanks!
XeroSolace Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2014
No problem!
Fawkes-Winchester Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
Very excellent! o3o
WoodHelm Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Yay more Spike :nuu:
DamaiMikaz Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
First of all; I think both of them are wonderful portraits. They're well done and detailed.
The only thing that doesn't feel exactly 'right' to me is that the faces don't exactly portray an age difference. Faces change a lot when people grow older. Especially men's faces. While boys seem to still have some feminine characteristics to their faces when they're still a child (round face, big eyes), men tend to have more square faces. The portrait of the older Spike looks fine to me. The younger Spike should have a bit less muscle definition in the neck and shoulders and a smoother face. When digital art, it's a nice trick to always make the faces of kids and young woman more smooth (by using smooth brushes) and making the faces of men a bit more rough. In this way the difference is easier to spot :)

I love the expression on the face, though. It shows that the character has been through a lot ^^
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