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1 Samuel by Emberblue 1 Samuel by Emberblue
Created in Illustrator. The debossing on the paper was done in Photoshop.

To create this I pretty much scanned through the whole book of 1 Samuel and wrote down the imagery that stood out to me. Then I tried to pile as much of that imagery as I could in this graphic. The book of 1 Samuel records the beginning of Samuel's life (he was a prophet and judge over Israel) the rise and fall of King Saul, and the rise of King David.

I think this is my first try at an "overprint" look. I hope you enjoy. :)

The font came from this site: Lost Type [link] They have lots of cool fonts.

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What I like about this piece is the fact that, if you know 1 Sam (like I do), you can actually recognise the images/references immediately: it is very clear, without being too explicit or dramatic.

Per example: I especially like the broken statue and sores+mice; it's not symbolic -because these literally appear in the story, but it is iconic -they represent that part of the story with great effect. (That part was subject of a paper I did with some friends).
And ofcourse David and Goliath!

I love how you made clear it is about war/battle, without making it very graphic. The chosen style prevents offense (which could be expected from the violence), without shying away from the subject.

I consider it to be a balanced work on several levels:
-the contrasting colors, and neutral gray;
-the way the style fits the colors;
-the contrast between the (nature of the) subjects and the style, whilst directly representing those subjects (:the balance between explicit and implicit)
-it is filled to the brim with seperate (story-)elements, without those distracting from the whole.

I have to admit that I'd like to give you advise on how to become even better, but I can't find any actual flaws.
Perhaps keeping this up will help you improve?

Though, a possible point for you to improve upon would be that not all parts of 1 Sam are reflected.
But I wonder if that is possible; can you add more elements without those being crammed into the work? And would they be represented equally effective, even though those images did not stand out that much to you?

What I can say is this: great job, keep up the good work!

[Vision: several small themes and an encompassing theme are reflected/presented with great effect.
Originality: a fresh way to present these serious themes in a playful yet revealing way.
Tech: the work is skillfully created and knowledge of the medium is exhibited, both by the effective usage of the style.
Impact: it's quite clear this artwork has great impact on me ;)
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:iconfcu777:
FCU777 Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2013  Student Filmographer
EPICNESS!!!
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:iconemberblue:
Emberblue Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Glad you like it!  God bless! :tighthug:
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:iconfrogmama:
frogmama Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2012
wow! nice!
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:iconemberblue:
Emberblue Featured By Owner May 3, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks!!! :D
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:iconilacirjr:
ilacirjr Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2012  Student Digital Artist
Nice Art!!
God Bless You
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:iconemberblue:
Emberblue Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you! Many blessings in Jesus! :tighthug:
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trunks-shirafune Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2012  Professional General Artist
i want to illustrate Bible books as you do :) i adore this
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:iconemberblue:
Emberblue Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Aww, thanks so much! You should give it a try! Just try it and see what happens. :D
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:icontonyzhang88:
tonyzhang88 Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Nice...very nice to see people use their talent for God :)
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:iconemberblue:
Emberblue Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
That is the best way I can thank Him for giving me my talent. :)
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:icontonyzhang88:
tonyzhang88 Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Yeaaayy!!! all creativities come from GOD :dance:
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:iconemberblue:
Emberblue Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Amen! :boogie:
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:iconspicemaster:
spicemaster Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2012
Love this style!!
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:iconemberblue:
Emberblue Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
You are very kind. Thank you. :aww:
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:iconblugi:
Blugi Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Wow! This is awesome! I love the design colors illustration and everything!
Very good job, Keep it up! :thumbsup:
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:iconemberblue:
Emberblue Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
That is so kind of you, thanks! :glomp:
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:iconblugi:
Blugi Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Your welcome I just said what it deserves :)
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:iconblugi:
Blugi Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
btw Thanks for the fonts link!
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:iconvioletasilvestre2011:
Great and awsome!
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:iconemberblue:
Emberblue Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you! :glomp:
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:iconvioletasilvestre2011:
np
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veinsofmercury Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2012
Terrific work! You are so good at these designs
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:iconemberblue:
Emberblue Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks! :D
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:iconmeowsap:
meowsap Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thats so creative, I love it. :) Great synopsis of 1 Samuel!
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:iconemberblue:
Emberblue Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks! God bless! :glomp:
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:iconlucaspinduca:
lucaspinduca Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
great! =]
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:iconemberblue:
Emberblue Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks! God bless! :tighthug:
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:iconlucaspinduca:
lucaspinduca Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
:hug:
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:iconfiliale:
Filiale Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2012   Traditional Artist
ok,
that is just plain cool.
simple, and pretty awesome E.
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:iconemberblue:
Emberblue Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
You are awesome! :aww:
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:iconvanzkie:
Vanzkie Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2012  Student
I like how you portrayed it :)
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:iconemberblue:
Emberblue Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you so much! :tighthug:
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Nikolaj Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Absolutely love the style!
Nice and creative, professional looking work.
Nice to see that. The overprint thing works well and the colours are well chosen.
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:iconemberblue:
Emberblue Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks so much! :D
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:icondylan-bonilla:
Dylan-Bonilla Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2012   Digital Artist
Looks great:)
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:iconemberblue:
Emberblue Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you! :heart:
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:iconlevite:
levite Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2012   Artist
Awesome... truly nice.
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:iconemberblue:
Emberblue Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
:boogie:
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ArtistXero Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
For some reason I think there's "more" to this story ;)
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:iconemberblue:
Emberblue Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Nawww..........:ninja:
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DeerNectar Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
the only critique I can offer is that they eyes does not seem to move smoothly through the image and it may take some minor adjustments just to make it flow better visually. While its good that it is eyecatching and bold the eye stops, then looks at the busy elemnts of the image then leaves the piece while it should keep directing you back "into" the art but this is a concept I am just now trying to learn for myself and am becoming familiar with in others work so dont think that I'm any authority on art. This is just what I noticed. Other than that I think this is very well done, I like that from the harp to the oxen that flow does seem to be there and your eye moves across the page while the "headline" (well, scripture verse) really pops. Nice choice on the complimentary colors, always good for design. I think this is overall a very fine piece of artwork with a few adjustments, like I said I'm sure it would come together maybe a bit better. Maybe try eliminating one or two of the smaller elements and making another in the same area slightly bigger?
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:iconemberblue:
Emberblue Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
I really appreciate your critique. :heart: I see what you mean about the eye getting stuck and not moving smoothly through the image. Thanks for taking the time to think through and write that. :tighthug:
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FiskXPhantom Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2012  Student General Artist
:wow:
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:iconemberblue:
Emberblue Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
:squee::tighthug:
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FiskXPhantom Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2012  Student General Artist
^^; You're welcome. :iconyesyesyesplz:
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