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English summer rain by gabrielleragusi English summer rain by gabrielleragusi
"Always stays the same, nothing ever changes,
English summer rain seems to last for ages.

I'm in the basement, you're in the sky,
I'm in the basement baby, drop on by." - Placebo



I haven't done something for myself in a while, so here there's something quite inspired from the legend of Agartha, from the movie "Upside Down", from a drawing of the mangaka Morishita Suu (in the manga "Mada Amanogawa ni Ikenai") and, of course, from the amazing song "English summer rain" by Placebo :heart:
I hope you like it! :meow:


Paint Tool SAI + Photoshop CS3
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Ordinary world - English Summer Rain Gabrielle Ragusi 2013


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:icontouchedvenus:
Wow, this is absolutely beautiful and I adore the coloring and composition! I find the use of the grid box very creative in creating a wonderfully surreal atmosphere. You've got great use of color reflection, too, and your style is adorable.

The only thing that bothers me is that I get the feeling there is too much negative space or that the characters should be increased in size. Sadly I can't think of what could be used to fill in the negative spaces on the sides, and enlarging the characters would take away the eerie space of the scene.

Still, the current amount of space in the image feels too much. Perhaps finding a happy medium between the two like a little less space and the characters being a little larger and moved a little closer to the viewer would help to fix this. Of course, this is also simply a personal preference as the image is still incredibly lovely and well done.

Keep up the great work!
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I clicked on the image because of the vibrant colors. They're gorgeous. Not too saturated, but bright. The second thing I noticed right away was the characters, completely contrasting color-wise to the background.

I love--whether it was intentional or not--the expressions on the character's faces. There's a lot of emotion about these two and it's pretty powerful.

I'm not sure whether I like the background WITH this emotion, though. And maybe that's the point. The emotion is kind of a sad, dull, gray in feeling and the background is completely bright, almost happy. In any case, it's an interesting combination. There's a lot a viewer can get from this piece, many different interpretations and imaginative back stories.

The technique and technicality shows off obvious skill and artistic knowledge.

All in all, a beautiful and gently powerful piece.
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fiorinosulaco Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2014
Adorable Girl Anime Emoji (Sho happy) [V6] Chica Emoticon Icon GIF - Five Nights at Freddy's  Nice work!
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:iconrittleberri:
rittleberri Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2014  Student Digital Artist
Wow! I really like your choice of colors and the way you painted their hair. The clothes look a little boxy, like that scarf... regardless I still really like this picture. Great atmosphere! I wish I safely stand in water that deep, while it was raining!
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Yagamiseven Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2014
looks great 
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Nazue Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2013  Hobbyist
oh my! this is really well done!
I actually love the imressionistic style you used for the water ♥
Also.. the choice of colors is magneficient *3*
keep this great work up! - I'm gonna watch you~
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:iconmariela-hb-neko:
MARIELA-HB-NEKO Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
IS AMZING!!!
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:iconcrying-king-art:
crying-king-art Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Oh my the blue and purples just look so good together! <3 This piece is so lovely! :icondizzyplz:
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:iconlilliannthecutebunny:
i love the picture, it's really cute! :3
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:icontulf42:
tulf42 Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Okay, this is cool. Confused a little about the grid but I'll ride with you...
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:icongabrielleragusi:
gabrielleragusi Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2013   Digital Artist
Thanks =)
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:iconfreelance-writer:
Freelance-Writer Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2013
I love the chosen pallete usage of color. The couple looks so cute together. The concept is interesting and well-executed.
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:icongabrielleragusi:
gabrielleragusi Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2013   Digital Artist
Thank you!
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:iconnekito-mary:
nekito-mary Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
:D genial
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:icongabrielleragusi:
gabrielleragusi Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2013   Digital Artist
Thank you!
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:iconblossom-lullabies:
Blossom-Lullabies Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2013   Photographer
It's like another dimenson :faint: The colours and the shapes, the entire composition are just magical.
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:icongabrielleragusi:
gabrielleragusi Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2013   Digital Artist
Thank you!
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:iconjonathanjo:
Jonathanjo Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2013
You will be featured tomorrow in the morning on my :facebook:acebook page [link]
See on and share my page to your friends (& watchers if you want ) please
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:iconmariko014:
mariko014 Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I love you drawings, they're so beautifull :d i love them <3
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:icongabrielleragusi:
gabrielleragusi Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2013   Digital Artist
Thank you very much! =)
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:iconmariko014:
mariko014 Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
You're welcome :D
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:iconerladino:
Erladino Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Have you considered writing tutorials, or writing stuff to inspire our young audience of artists out there?
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:icongabrielleragusi:
gabrielleragusi Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2013   Digital Artist
I have submitted a few processes + tips here on dA ( [link] )
The fact is that these aren't tutorials, just explanations of my processes.

I don't know if I'm the right person to write tutorial or stuff to inspire others because I don't know if I'm good enough =)
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:iconerladino:
Erladino Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2013  Student Digital Artist
It is a fact, everyone us good enough. I see how you're trying to improve the community, and bring the best out of it. I commend your effort. I truly enjoyed your gallery, and I am sure others will too.
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:icongabrielleragusi:
gabrielleragusi Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2013   Digital Artist
I will try to write something then, when I will have time. Thanks for the suggestion! =)
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Karakleos-Hime Featured By Owner May 29, 2013  Professional General Artist
love the use of colors in this. i love the rain (as long as i'm not driving in it lol)
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:icongabrielleragusi:
gabrielleragusi Featured By Owner May 29, 2013   Digital Artist
Ahah, I can understand you! Thank you very much! =)
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:iconaceofkeys72:
AceOfKeys72 Featured By Owner May 23, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
there is something romantic about this piece. A "let me share this moment a little longer" feel to it ;)
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:icongabrielleragusi:
gabrielleragusi Featured By Owner May 23, 2013   Digital Artist
Thank you!
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:iconglorifield:
glorifield Featured By Owner May 22, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I love the feeling this give me. I honestly can't put it to words.
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:icongabrielleragusi:
gabrielleragusi Featured By Owner May 22, 2013   Digital Artist
Thank you!
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:iconninz-c:
ninz-c Featured By Owner May 17, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
This is so sweet! Your works are so colorful and you put a lot of effort into the backgrounds. This picture in particular has a great composition with the box and the falling rain. Nice!
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:icongabrielleragusi:
gabrielleragusi Featured By Owner May 17, 2013   Digital Artist
Thank you so much! =)
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ninz-c Featured By Owner May 17, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
You're welcome!
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KuroArts Featured By Owner May 3, 2013  Student Interface Designer
Hi, I represent the staff of SekaiMusicNetwork, we are a new network which has just opened in the Japanese community, we're music promoters.
we've saw your gallery and we find it beautiful,we would like to have them on our network like background for the songs.
can we use your artworks in some of our videos in exchange for a sponsorship on our part? :D
thank you

Kuro,SekaiMusicNetwork staff
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:icongabrielleragusi:
gabrielleragusi Featured By Owner May 3, 2013   Digital Artist
Sure, as long as you don't remove the credits on my works (my signature I mean).
Go ahead ;)
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KuroArts Featured By Owner May 3, 2013  Student Interface Designer
thank you very much! ^^
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WalkinginDreamlight Featured By Owner May 1, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I'm quite fond of any visual or written art that depicts rain in such a beautiful way :)

Your drawing cries out in its own soulful language, the poetic serenity of rain falling in a moment of perfection. The glowing rain for me, feels like a combination of rain as molecules of water and also imbued with an almost spiritual sentience.

I like the contrast of the grid, the rain, and the two characters in the centre of this wonderful creation.

I love the first two lines of the song in your description, and I thank you for sharing! :)
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:icongabrielleragusi:
gabrielleragusi Featured By Owner May 1, 2013   Digital Artist
Thank you very much for the critique! I'm speechless =)
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:iconwalkingindreamlight:
WalkinginDreamlight Featured By Owner May 1, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
You're welcome :)

I'm not too sure about a critique though - I have no idea how to do that.

I just comment on nice things I see :)
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:icongabrielleragusi:
gabrielleragusi Featured By Owner May 1, 2013   Digital Artist
It's fine... the thoughts of the viewer are always a critique for me, even if the comment is short and modest. I appreciate it!
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WalkinginDreamlight Featured By Owner May 1, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
:)
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:iconkitsuru:
Kitsuru Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2013   Digital Artist
Oh I love this! ;-; Your color usage is so pretty and I love the concept.
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:icongabrielleragusi:
gabrielleragusi Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2013   Digital Artist
Thank you very much!
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:iconkitsuru:
Kitsuru Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2013   Digital Artist
No problem! :hug:
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Burning-Languages Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2013
It reminds me of Tron. Great job!
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ForTheLoveOfSound Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Jesus, this is such an amazing concept; and I'm in love with the way the rain is just glowing.
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:icongabrielleragusi:
gabrielleragusi Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2013   Digital Artist
Thank you so much! =)
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Whisper-Sky Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
:iconfavoriteplz: ♥♥♥
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lucium55 Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2013
Real cool job, girl!!!
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:icongabrielleragusi:
gabrielleragusi Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2013   Digital Artist
Thank you very much! =)
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MissRiku Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I love the contrast between the dark background and the almost neon rain. :)
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