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MoF group: Halloween Year 2 by rotten-apples MoF group: Halloween Year 2 by rotten-apples
Shamefully overdue, but hopefully the wait was worth it. I achieved what I did not have the understanding or guts to do last year-- dramatic lighting and painterly texture without having to sacrifice my love of lines. It thankfully looks less chunky, less bright, and less cartoony than last year's. I'm more than pleased in that I visually summed up what I love the most about Halloween with the background and how I feel about it in general-- the crumbling and creepy old house, moody candlelight, glowing jack-o-lanterns, somber portraits, dramatic shadows, and that cold and ominous atmosphere.

The setting is the Keeny mansion again-- the idea was to enter in on some sort of hazing ritual for poor Becky whose cane is snapped and looks like she's been shoved. It can be kind of a continuation of last year's in that Crane has now already arrived and the gang is sardonically toasting to the arrival of Batman, who's here to probably rescue Becks and break up the party.

Characters are, from left to right:
i. Great Granny Keeny's portrait-- probably the creepiest thing in here. Disapproving and ominous glare much?
1. :iconaqua-steel12334: 's Anna Craven perched on the arm of the couch, ready for action
2. :iconcholelentos: 's Doll squatting on the floor
3. :iconichbinragady: 's Ragady and Stitches sitting on the couch
4. :iconfallen-angel-lilith: 's Astraea Ann Sanrio standing, wondering perhaps what other dubious shenanigans Crane has planned for the evening
5. :iconjokerxsiren: 's Bella
ii. Batman, reflected in the grungy mirror
6. Jonathan Crane, your host this evening
7. Becky Albright looking more than a little worse for wear, almost as if she's been kidnapped into joining this party and has not been treated very hospitably
8. :icondrinkyourmilkshake: 's Teagan James, who looks like she's deferring to Crane in this situation, now that the Bat has arrived
9. :iconwheaties13: 's Annie Claw, wholly unphased by the big, bad Bat
10. my OC Anna Toll lurking near the wall by Jonathan's childhood portrait, packing more than candy in her bucket
iii. young Jonathan Crane's portrait-- a very sad, uncomfortable, and desolate sitting
11. :iconsomeonecertainly: 's AU version of Becky Albright, Raven Mocker, looking decidedly creepy; design belongs to :iconqueenharpie:
12. :iconthesilentpianistgirl: 's Apollyon sitting on the floor, giving an emotionless stare
13. :iconvixenated: 's Black Sheep on the fringe of the crowd behind the armchair

...And now to totally break the mood, the way everyone's gathered around Crane kept giving me AVPS "It's Not Over Yet" [act one, part one] flashbacks of when the Death Eaters were petting Lucius while crooning about his evilness [laughing].

Figure-less background:



medium: PSCS3
characters: all characters belong to their respective creators; Jonathan "the Scarecrow" Crane, Batman, and Granny Keeny belong to DC comics


[soli deo gloria]

to josephine--
the queen of halloween
[rip]
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:iconqtcomics:
QTcomics Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
cool
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Teq-Uila Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2012
I don't have to describe how amazing this piece is, all the details really suck you in. My favourite ones are the 'family' portraits on the wall and in general the use of lighting to create a subtle dangerous atmosphere. This piece has been featured in this group art feature: [link]
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:iconrotten-apples:
rotten-apples Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2012  Professional General Artist
Thank you :)
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MaudlinPurloinment Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2012  Student General Artist
And Riddler said Crane couldn't get a girl...
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:iconrotten-apples:
rotten-apples Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2012  Professional General Artist
When was this? :d
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SteamHead1880 Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I love group shots, and this one is fantastic!
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:iconpoorlittlebat:
poorlittlebat Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Amazing job! Thank you so much for including my character, you portrayed her perfectly.
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:iconaki125:
Aki125 Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2012
ahh!! ive finally got to look at it on a REAL computer and this is just too fanominal Apples!! everything is so CLEAN and CRISP!! 8D (drools)
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Wheaties13 Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Wow that came out amazing! I love all of the individual expressions on all of the character's faces. (As to be expected) I love how you captured Annie here. She's kinda just like "Lol hi Batman."
All the detail in this is fantastic. I love the portraits in the back, though part of me would expect Crane to use granny as a dart board. Simply wonderful.
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:iconrotten-apples:
rotten-apples Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2012  Professional General Artist
Thank you :) I was really tempted to graffiti/burn/deface the painting of Granny, but considering how terrified he still was of her in S:YO when he hallucinates her at the end [not to mention the pictures of her in Keeny manor were still untouched], I was kind of wondering if he'd be more inclined to simply ignore them, rather than take such a stand against her.
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IchBinRagady Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
Wow! So glad the DA buttons worked on my computer enough to let me see this! It was DEFINITELY worth the wait, but then I knew it would be. :)
The sheer amount of detail in this...yes. So much yes. Oh god yes. I especially love that everyone has their own expressions, their own stances that really help to show just what kind of character they are. You captured Ragady and Stitches perfectly, by the way. Her quiet yet intense focus, and boy does Stitches look smug! It's so fabulous! Lord, I can't even imagine how long this must have taken you, the work really shows in the details.

Also, yes, I'm pretty sure they could take Batman. There's more than enough of them, he'd better have brought back-up or gone in with a good plan! >_<
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:iconrotten-apples:
rotten-apples Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2012  Professional General Artist
Thank you-- I'm glad I captured your characters the right way :)
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IchBinRagady Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
I think yours is my absolute favorite drawing of Stitches I've seen so far. God I'm so bad at drawing guys.
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AndDarkerStill Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Gorgeous. Totally gorgeous.
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:iconrotten-apples:
rotten-apples Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2012  Professional General Artist
Thank you :thanks:
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ever-so-much Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2012
This was an absolutely AWESOME surprise when I popped by dA! Stunning job with this across the board--the shadows, lighting, arrangement, coloring, and everything is just amazing! I love Batman in the mirror, the fire, all the different designs, and holy crap really digging your rendition of the Raven Mocker! And original Becky! And Crane! And the portraits! And Teagan and Death Knell and I could keep rambling for everyone because they all look way legit but basically stunning job, you should be way proud of yourself, and thanks for doing this! :D
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:iconrotten-apples:
rotten-apples Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2012  Professional General Artist
Thank you-- I'm really glad you like it and your comment means a lot :thanks:
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:iconsweetsnow73:
sweetsnow73 Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
So amazing. The lighting, the composition...

ahh Batman came to the wrong party!!
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:iconrotten-apples:
rotten-apples Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2012  Professional General Artist
I think they could take him :d
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XxXSelinaXx Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2012  Student Writer
:omg: So freakin' COOL! :D
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millenium-night Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2012  Student General Artist
So many different characters! This is proof of the MoF member's creativity :aww:
I adore the fireplace lighting, and all the details :D The shadows and contrasts create a nice Scarecrow-y atmosphere.
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:iconrotten-apples:
rotten-apples Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2012  Professional General Artist
It's fun drawing different people's characters all together in one style, under one roof :) I'm glad it turned out sufficiently spooky :3
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millenium-night Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2012  Student General Artist
I'm sure it is :)
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RockinLightningINC Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
everyone looks awesome! is that keeny and young jonny i see in those picutures? :3
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:iconrotten-apples:
rotten-apples Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2012  Professional General Artist
Mmmhmm :3
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RockinLightningINC Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
:XD:
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fallen-angel-lilith Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2012
I LOVE this. Rae looks so awesome! Heck, everyone looks awesome! Good job!
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:iconrotten-apples:
rotten-apples Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2012  Professional General Artist
Thank you :thanks:
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fallen-angel-lilith Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2012
No, thank YOU for letting Rae be a part of it. She is currently off grinning happily. I made her go away cause she was starting to concern me XD
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Aki125 Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2012
(squeals) THIS. IS. TOO. AMAZING!!!! (keeps fangirl freaking out) this is so EPIC!! kfifhgdhjgxyrezhb WORDS!! words can't even start to describe how flabbergasting this is!!! 8D
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:iconrotten-apples:
rotten-apples Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2012  Professional General Artist
I've reduced you to gibberish ^__^;; Thanks, sweetheart :hug:
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:iconaki125:
Aki125 Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2012
XD so very welcome! lmao
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licoricewolf Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
;FKDJGBFDA;GJDL;FDJKGDA;GFDGHFDS;DKAJGBFJDAK; <3
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wobblydaddy Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Oh.. Oh my.

I love how Batman is in the mirror.
Holy hell.
Wow.
Just wow. I love the shades from the fire and just...
damn. -staaaaaaaaare-
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rusting-angel Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
amazing as always <3 thank you this looks great
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:iconrotten-apples:
rotten-apples Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2012  Professional General Artist
Thanks :) You're welcome-- thanks for participating.
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theorangecrow Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
absolutely astounding!! perphaps my OC will be more developed by next year. *laughs*
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:iconrotten-apples:
rotten-apples Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2012  Professional General Artist
Thank you :) I'm hoping there's interest for a year three come October.
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NightsDarkAngel1 Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This.....THIS is incredible! the ominous lighting and expressions of the characters is astounding (even if it looks like they would like to kill me)
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:iconrotten-apples:
rotten-apples Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2012  Professional General Artist
Thank you :) [laughs] I think you're safe at the moment-- their stares seem to be directed at the recent Bat infestation.
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NightsDarkAngel1 Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
few! Im so glad i can live at the moment...although, too bad for bats. The group doesn't look too happy about him interupting their meeting
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:iconrotten-apples:
rotten-apples Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2012  Professional General Artist
Crane kinda looks like he planned it that way :d Cheers, and all.
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:iconthesilentpianistgirl:
Ow wow Thats amazing as always :D

thanks thanks thanks for bothering to put my Leon there~
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:iconrotten-apples:
rotten-apples Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2012  Professional General Artist
I'm glad you like it :)
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:iconthesilentpianistgirl:
Oh my O.O

I just got it! the final piece! Apollyon would be perfect for it and I had totally forgotten her D:

Thanks to you I remembered!

*zones out, plotting*
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