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99 Red Balloons by Risachantag 99 Red Balloons by Risachantag
Based on the lyrics of "99 Red Balloons" (To see the lyrics, go here: [link] )

This is actually an idea that I attempted two years ago, but at the time I didn't have the skills to finish it satisfactorily. I spent something like 10 hours on the first version before giving up ^^;. ...but I thought I'd have another go at the concept for my Digital Image Design class (the same class I did Tron: The Virus and My Universe for). It's a fantastic feeling to have finally finished this.

As part of the course, we were asked to try as many techniques as we could. I ended up using a bit of photography for the buildings, with heavy repainting. :XD: The people in the city must have thought I was such a tourist running around taking photos of buildings! The rest of the picture is all CG painted in my normal technique.

^_< ...and before you ask, yes, there are 99 red balloons.

*EDIT* Details available here: Details

-Done over four weeks, no idea how many hours any more
-Photoshop CS2 & Wacom tablet, Pentax digital camera,
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Given 2009-06-05
99 Red Balloons by *Risachantag has wonderful expression with an awesome perspective! ( Suggested by dr-tedley and Featured by JunkbyJen )
peccatori Featured By Owner May 15, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Wow! Balloon Boy's Coming for that booty(batteries) 
Awesome work :heart:
Jassy2012 Featured By Owner May 7, 2015  Hobbyist Interface Designer
Gold Cup by KmyGraphic Congraz you´re Deviation is featured by :iconeyecatchart: have a great day Roses-and-Butterfly by KmyGraphic
lstjules Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
this looks fantastic. I really love the the simple thing as her toes dipping in the puddle, it's very well done. Sometimes putting certain projects away for quite some time is a good thing. When you have a really great idea, it's worth it to take the time to get it just right. I do that sometimes, when I know at the time I can draw it as many times I want, but I just don't have the skills just yet to achieve exactly what I have in mind, but then return to it maybe years later and nail it. I still have thumbnails and basic sketches that's been lying in a folder for years that I'll eventually be able to create.
And don't feel bad about looking like a tourist, I do that on a daily basis in this city. It's a great way to get references. I'm glad you got back to it, it was a piece worth creating.
sieghart969 Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2015  Student Digital Artist
love the song and love this so much :D (Big Grin) 
camelopardalisinblue Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I used this wonderful picture as part of a basis for a prompt on a children's story just now. Thank you so much for sharing your art! I included a link back to your artwork.

(And please let me know if you want to read the children's story. I don't expect you to, I just want you to know the option's there if you want it.)
Knifapotamas Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Fantastic composition and detail! Great work. :heart:
anthonytaitz Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2014  Student General Artist
Huh, I mistook it for 'Romantically Apocalyptic' fan art :P

Your art pice is very lovely!
fullmetalshaman34 Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2014
IvanBraginskyKolkol Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2013
This is beautiful!
shayn-art Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Speechless!!! I love it! Shared at BEST ART EVER - Fantasy & Surrealism Clap 
Shades411 Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2013
Awesome piece. 
SQuid21 Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2013
Love this and that song!!
SugarBit Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This is incredible :)
apachiart Featured By Owner May 30, 2013  Student General Artist
cant describe ... how this makes me feel, just.....feels.
tyw7 Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
TheEvilPeanut Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I had to count them.
DigiDarkStudio Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2012  Professional Photographer
Amazing. Looks like you did the buildings perfectly and I can't even imagine how much time you spent on this. There are so many little details that just bring this entire image together and it's very impressive.
EstebanLeon Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2012  Student Digital Artist
So beautiful, love it!
LyssaOmega Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Nickster098 Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Amazing...loved the detailing especially the ripples....beautiful!
Ramiroidiazguirao Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2012   Digital Artist
que buen punto de vista
EvaSpan Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2012
Looove it
s0larclaw812 Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2012
I love that song!!! 8D
deaththekidluv8 Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2012  Student Artist
I was just about to ask "Is there really 99 balloons?" Then I read the artists comments.
roselilly312 Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2012  Student General Artist
Love the song "99 Red Luft Balloons"

This is awesome!
Mew44 Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2012
Beautiful work, Also I love that song :heart:
MarionettexPoison Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2012  Student General Artist
This is breathe taking, it's so beautiful.
ScarletTilly Featured By Owner May 30, 2012  Student General Artist
Crazy awesome!!!!
starmic Featured By Owner May 26, 2012  Student Filmographer
MasterSamwise Featured By Owner May 25, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Fascinating use of perspective!
theGREATorange Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2012
the lyrics and this picture are both so beautiful :love:
Galaxyae Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2012
MDCarter7 Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
I got 99 balloons because a pin popped one, hit me (a little Jay-Z reference).

Great Piece!!!!
EclecticNinja Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2012  Professional General Artist
love this song!! awesome painting, btw :)
For-Teh-Evulz Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2012  Student Filmographer
This is just so, so awesome. You've captured the song perfectly!
ako-si-boi Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
this is very nice
eatpraylove Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
*hums song*
Chibidreamer22 Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Wow that is amazing and really just beautiful.
Luna-Simba-Neon Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
i've always really loved this song and had an image in my head somewhat similar to this, but have never attempted a sketch, let alone this.
just wondeful!
Elisabetta-Avalone Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
This is really neat! I love the details and the perspective you used.
panchithatimus Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2011
this is a beautiful piece of art work! i have been looking for a bit of artwork inspired by the song for a tattoo and i did not trust my kills enough to draw it myself. would you be upset if i got this or something quite simmilar tattooed?
Risachantag Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Sure, if you'd like to use it (or a similar design) for a tattoo, that's fine by me. Please send me a photo if you get it done! =)
Starry-Anime Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2011
this looks amazing.
Kopachris Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
Neunundneunzig Luftballons
Auf ihrem Weg zum Horizont
Hielt mann für UFOs aus dem All
Darum schikte ein General
'ne Fliegerstaffel hinterher
Alarm zu geben, wenn's so wär
Dabei war'n dort am Horizont
Nur neunundneunzig Luftballons
Great song, and great artwork, but the German version of the song was better. :D
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