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Stepford Wives 3025 by rjonesdesign Stepford Wives 3025 by rjonesdesign
Stepford Wives 3025

My take on the Stepford Wives. This is part 5 of 8, where the action has already started. On a far away planet, human men have recreated their perfect 50's style society. In this issue, Ancilla learns more of the men of Stepford's plans for their perfect town. Unfortunately for them, Ancilla and the other Wives have progressive artificial intelligence, and have figured everything out, including what their own purpose is.

It's now Happy Hour, and Ancilla seems a little, well, pissed.

This is all vector, created in Illustrator.

Model is Ancilla Tilia :iconancillatilia: Image used with permission. Thank You Ancilla! :)

Please let me know what you think.
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First off, just look at the piece again for a couple minutes and soak up the amount of detail throughout. From the reflective surfaces on the chrome of the stove, to the metallic coffee mug, and all the detail/shading on the lingerie; this has an astounding amount of detail and nuiances that will be missed at just a glance.

As for the execution, you perfectly captured the Stepford Wife-ishness - classic kitchen, sexy model, blank souless stare awaiting instruction... This would make a great Mondo poster for the movie... maybe a drye martini would've been more apropos, but thats nitpicking. Lastly, excellent choice in reference! Ancilla's piece already looked very Stepford Wife-ish, and your reinterpretation of it brought that forth beautifully.

There are only 2 issues I have with the piece. 1. I find the skintone/color to be very dark. And because of that, the shading on the skin is more severe, where as a lighter pallet might have been better. If she would have looked a little softer it could have been a nice juxtapose to her hard flesh melting robotic parts underneath. 2. The bubbles in the cup look fake just because they're too uniform in size. I can imagine layering those wasn't fun, but if you had alternated with different sizes, it might have looked more realistic.

Beyond that, excellent job!
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BobTheRanter Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Query... well, actually a couple of queries:

1. Do you try to get the models permission first before creating a piece, or do you create it, show her what you intended, and then hope for the best? Just wondering because as a HUGE procrastinator, I would feel bad fighting for permission to get to use a model/pic only to never actually complete the work because I'm lazy. Also, because you have a gallery of quality, a model can assume you would give the intended piece a level of beauty and finesse befitting giving you permission, whereas myself and my gallery only proves I can't do shit (or atleast not as skilled as yourself). For myself, I would assume to create the artwork, show the model what I can do, and hope she'll allow me to use it. Your thoughts?

2. I saw you posted this piece in the Vexelove gallery for the Extraterrestrial Contest, only later to try and get it pulled yourself because "it is no longer considered vector nor vexel work." Wahuh?! I know that's not exactly a question, but... seriously, wahuh?! When did your vector work get reassigned, and by whom? Did I miss a meeting with the DA overlords when this status changed? Just wondering....

Any insite would be greatly appreciated. Thanks!
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rjonesdesign Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
OK, second.....The vector classification thing.

This goes back at least 3-4 years now, back when the rules of vector and vexel were being written by the then current vector and vexel GM's, and some of us from the community as well. At that time, they had THREE vexel GM's and TWO vector GM's, it was fantastic! There was HUGE community involvement, lots of contests, lots of everything really. DA was a LOT different then. You would actually get a comment FROM A GM on art you did!!!!
ANYWAYS...back when all the classifications were being discussed and agreed upon. There was one person (the current vector GM), that felt that my work should be classified as "mixed media" because I use outer glows and "gleams" sometimes to make my images pop. She went so far as to report a lot of my images as miscats, and threatened to have my entire gallery moved if I didn't move everything myself. I didn't think this was fair because 99.9% of my work is vector, created in Illustrator. I use the extra touches to try to set my work apart from my competitors. BUT, in an effort to keep the peace, I WENT THROUGH ALL MY ART AND CHANGED IT ALL!!!! That's right, I took off all my extra touches for her so I could still be considered a vector artist. After that, the GM's agreed that the types of embellishments I did were considered "raster" and therefore, no matter how small, it made my vector a vexel. I agreed on this, as it is indeed a raster effect, to make things easy (even though the effect is NON-DESTRUCTIVE, and a filter readily available IN ILLUSTRATOR, and is added only AFTER an image is sized properly for printing), whatever....vector, vexel, at least I fit into the community, all my friends and stuff were there, I also felt I had a good chance of becoming a senior in vector because I had done a LOT of features, articles, club work, chat rooms, etc., so everyone was happy......except one.
Fast forward to now, none of the original GM's are currently GM's. The current GM apparently waited till everyone went off to do other things and then quietly changed the rule. When I submitted this to vexel, I didn't think much of it till I was told by the vexel GM to remove it from the vexel gallery and that the vector GM said it was MIXED MEDIA!!! So that kinda takes me out of the contest lol (AND out of the vector and vexel galleries!!). So then I'm told that if I just switch it to vector gallery then maybe the vector GM won't see it and move it (and everything else in my gallery) to mixed media. I was asked why I had a problem with being reclassified a "mixed media" artist. I have a problem cause I'm a vector artist lol. I don't know anyone in the mixed media gallery, I spent all my time trying to get to know other vectorists and vexel artists, not mixed media artists, lol I don't even know what that is, could be ANYTHING.
SOOOO, at this point we are waiting to see if I get caught. I don't know if I'm a vector artist, a mixed media artist, or whatever, I know I feel like I'm not welcome in vector though, that's for sure!
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BobTheRanter Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
That is BIZARRE! How does an outer glow or a solar flare completely change your category? Like, if your piece is 98% vector with 2% non-vector "enhancements", does that really make it invalid?!! What the f#$k?! I think someone is getting too anal with the rules there and needs turn & pivet back to reality with the rest of us.

And lets be serious here: even if that 2% somehow justified the suggestion of a switch, really, what does it matter what category YOU placed yourself in? Let me explain: If I was a painter and I categorized my work on DA as "Literature", the only person it would be hurting is myself since no one would be able to ever find my work. So really, it should be your choice as to where you feel your artwork belongs in. Like I have no idea where I fall in category-wise. Some of my stuff is "people" but it could also be "abstract" or it could be "surreal". I know atleast its vector and I accept that if I put it in the wrong category I could scew myself over to get my artwork out there... but thats my choice! It shouldn't really be someone else's to forceable & radically change my categorization.

Also, it's not like you're misrepresenting yourself on here or trying to defraud people interested in your artwork. Like really, is anyone on DA actually making a living selling there work on here? NO, we're all here because we love artwork, we want to be challenged & inspired, and because we want to be involved in a like minded community of fellow artisans. This just pisses me off and is petty for no reason! Come on folks, stop the madness!
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rjonesdesign Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
OK, first, the models thing. I have a release I have a model sign first if I am shooting the model myself. I will usually have an idea of what I'm going to use the pictures or the model for beforehand. Then I can develop any images on my own after as I own all the images. Because I'm really nice, I pay a bonus to the model if a picture is used (even if I vector it), the amount varies depending on what the budget is for the project, but I always try to at least get a model between $100-300 per image used. I can usually pass this cost onto my customer as they understand models are not free.

If you are using an image from Deviantart, I always ask first before I start a drawing or portrait. Most Deviants will not mind being your muse as long as you ask, in fact a lot are flattered that you want to draw them! Remember to ALWAYS credit the artist in your comments as well! I can't tell you how many great vectoring images I have found on dA, most here understand your also an artist and won;t mind helping you progress. The ONLY time I have used a image without permission first is for secret Santa gifts. One year I drew a picture from an artist's own gallery of her for her in vector. She didn't mind the gift lol.
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BobTheRanter Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks for the tips! I've actually started a few pieces using artwork from fellow DAs, but I have all intention when completed to ask/show them first before I'd put anything on DA. I just have no idea if I'd ever finish them so I thought to wait and "show & tell" later, properly crediting and all. Maybe I'll have to rethink what I'm doing on here before I start anything new.
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Charmed-Ravenclaw Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
This looks brilliant
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rjonesdesign Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you very much!
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m-a-c-h-o Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2013
perfect work!
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rjonesdesign Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you!!
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m-a-c-h-o Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2013
No prob~! ^_^Wonderful work!
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