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Zabulation by JoeMacGown Zabulation by JoeMacGown
Watercolor and rapidograph pen on illustration board
21 X 29 inches

This painting won first place in the drawing/painting division of the juried competition at the Cotton District Arts Festival held 18 April 2009 in Starkville, MS. This festival has grown and now is considered to be one of the major festivals of its type in the Southeast. The show was juried by Sanders McNeal from Jackson, MS.

I entered this painting in the international online Energy Art Salon Competition 2009 and was a primary finalist. As a result, this painting will be included in the first annual Energy Art Salon Exhibition at Murphy Hill Gallery located on the third floor of the historic Sears & Roebuck Building in Chicago, Illinois 60624, USA ([link] ). The exhibition will run from Jan. 15 - Feb. 25, 2010.
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:iconkrystal4:
Krystal4 Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2016
amazing!!! <3
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:iconjoemacgown:
JoeMacGown Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2016  Professional Traditional Artist
thanks!
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artserge Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
brilliant job!
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Yainderidoo Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2010   Traditional Artist
This is one of my personal favorites!
It has everything I like/love in art. Theres so much to see and explore.
And the colours are awesome....
You won't be surprised that I have it as my desktop....

You did put it in surreal....do you have a name for this kind of art yourself?

Yainderidoo
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:iconjoemacgown:
JoeMacGown Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
thanks, yeah, these are fun. I am doing several more similar ones right now.

I call this style "subconscious meandering", because basically I am just letting my mind wander.
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Yainderidoo Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2010   Traditional Artist
Hmmmmm....I like that!! "subconscious meandering".
Looking forward to those new works Joe!

Yainder
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:iconjoemacgown:
JoeMacGown Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
Looking at some of your art, I think it would work for you too!

Thanks, if I ever finish them, I will post them! They take a while!
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ChiliPainter Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2009
i like the color!!! love it!!!
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:iconjoemacgown:
JoeMacGown Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
thanks! I appreciate it...
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:iconchilipainter:
ChiliPainter Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2009
your welcome master joe!!
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:iconagre76:
agre76 Featured By Owner May 3, 2009  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
that the job.
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Divinorum913 Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2009
When I look at this, I get a feeling somewhere between euphoria and vertigo . Maybe I'm just really tired, but the visual sensation for me is like going down really fast in an elevator while spinning in circles, especially when I look directly into the center...
Everything about this is beyond my powers of description, but I can see why you won some awards! :thumbsup:!
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:iconjoemacgown:
JoeMacGown Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
Cool, maybe I should post a warning about "vertigo like symptoms, stare at your own risk.."
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Cassandra-Incognito Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2009
I could spend hours looking at this and never fully get everything in it. Lovely.
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:iconjoemacgown:
JoeMacGown Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
cool! Glad you like it!
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:iconjoemacgown:
JoeMacGown Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
Great, thanks!
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anonymouslyours Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2009
how does a rapidograph pen work???
I really like the way you use colour in your works, it looks very natural, not digital. Have you ever done works with segragated colour?
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JoeMacGown Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
A rapidograph is just a refillable pen that uses India ink. They come in many different tip sizes. I use a relatively fine one, and sometimes some thicker ones. I really like the way they work and the ink is permanent. They would be similar to a micron pen, but the ink is more black and dries quicker.

I have done some digitally colored images, but I more enjoy the process of actually applying media to paper, board, etc. I am not exactly sure what you mean by segregated color?
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anonymouslyours Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2009
haha what do i mean by segragated colour? i was very tired when i wrote that, i apologize, but i actually answered my own strange question by looking at your coloured works in your gallery so do not worry about my insanity. (Midterms/essays/readings/stress/tired-hence my lack of making any sort of sense)
i use a variety of nibs and dip them into India ink as i learnt back in high school, but i'm finding the process overly time-consuming. I tried using one of my friends pens that sounds like a rapidograph pen, but i found it to be extremely tempermental, maybe i should splurge on an expensive one...i'll look specifically for a rapidograph pen, thanks!
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JoeMacGown Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
I am relatively insane most of the time myself, so don't worry about it. I used to use the pens with nibs you dip into the ink also, and sometimes still do. But, it is more convenient for me to use the rapidograph. There are many styles, but I have been happy with the Koh-i-Noor brand. I buy them from DickBlick Art Supplies on the web. They work well as long as you clean them after the ink runs out (before refilling the cartridge). It helps to store them with the tips up. The cartridge could be bigger, but it is ok. I use a lot of ink, so I have to fill it regularly (every week or something like that for the finer tips, more often for bigger tips). They take some getting used to, but I really like them (obviously!)...
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zyphryus Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2009
Oh My ... GOD.
Your work is simply incredible! I think Im going to have to watch. The color in this piec makes me giddy. ;)
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:iconjoemacgown:
JoeMacGown Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks, I love making people feel giddy. I think I will watch you too, its more fun that way!
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celestialenvy Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2009
Amazing, I love the colour.
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:iconjoemacgown:
JoeMacGown Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
thanks!
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:iconcelestialenvy:
celestialenvy Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2009
You're welcome.
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Surrealism4humans Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2009
This is fucking brilliant
Thank You
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:iconjoemacgown:
JoeMacGown Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
Glad you like it! thanks...
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A-Q-U-A-R-I-U-S Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2009
wow great! :)
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JoeMacGown Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
thanks!
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nicktheartisticfreak Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
this freaks me out. i can see things in the drawing, but as soon as i look at them, they disappear. my eye wanders around trying to focus on familiar shapes. but there are none...
if i did finally find a familiar shape, it would likely startle me.
f_cking amazing.
also, i love the color.
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:iconjoemacgown:
JoeMacGown Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
Awesome, glad to freak you out a bit!
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:iconsavageworlds:
savageworlds Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2009
Bravo on the coloration. I read that you worked from the color first. Great approach.=)
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:iconjoemacgown:
JoeMacGown Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
thanks, working with color to begin with is sometimes more fun than the other way around, but I like both.
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savageworlds Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2009
Saves the trouble of trying to color inside the lines. lol=) Actually, a lot of my digital work starts that way.=)

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"There is a thin line between genius and insanity. I have erased this line."
-(Oscar Levant)
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rachelab74 Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2009  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
The details are phenominal!! I could never have soo much patience to do all the detailing that you do...it is a great work!! :clap:
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JoeMacGown Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
You could do it. Its not patience, its just working on something over time until it is done (whatever done is)...
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rachelab74 Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2009  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
ok, that means I must steer away from this laziness/procrastination spell I am currently under!! :blush:
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:iconjoemacgown:
JoeMacGown Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
steer away from the dark spell!
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rachelab74 Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2009  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
haha!! It is a bad one!! :XD: :hug:
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GreenPink Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2009
very very very nice :D
there is so much detail in it!
must have taken hour and hours to make something like that!
keep up the good work :D
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JoeMacGown Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
thanks, yeah, it took a while!
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flat-cat63 Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2009
Some organic form spewing it's masses across a void of entire fullness.

Colours are amazing. The blend very well. Out of curiosity, did you do the colours before or after the linework?
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JoeMacGown Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
colors first, it's more fun that way (for me anyway), makes it more random..
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flat-cat63 Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2009
A-ha, I had a suspicion that was it - similar experiments myself have gone the same way. It's like, you can use the form provided by the different edges of the colours to create shapes that meld into one another.

Or something, haha.
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JoeMacGown Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
exactly! It's like the paint created the drawing for you, all you have to do is emphasize it with the pen so others can see what you see.
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flat-cat63 Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2009
I'm glad we can agree :)
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DSil Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2009  Student General Artist
Great palette, and I like the way everything seems to radiate from a central point. The details are overwhelming!
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:iconjoemacgown:
JoeMacGown Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
thanks, I like the concept of things radiating outward.
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ZoeShulman Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2009  Student
Wow - you really materialized something here! It has a color field feeling - but also has amazing attention to detail. The pen work tightens it, while the color loosens it - it's a great balance of technical ideas. I really like how the focal point really lifts off the page, as if it were three dimensional. Geez, there are crevices everywhere :)

The teeth are a really nice touch - I would've put more of them around the whole composition - they rival the focal point's attention a tad too much because of their contrast. But alas, it's a fabulous piece - keep it comin' - and keep working with color, because it really unifies and loosens up your pen work.
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