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Okay, I have to admit it... my pumpkin garden is completely out of control. But I've heard somewhere that it should help to shackle up a witch in the garden on All Hallows' Eve, and I think I'll give that a try. After all, what's the worst that could happen?

Especially after last year's Halloween picture bombed so piteously, I was rather sure I'd break with my little Halloween tradition... but while I always included pumpkins, I somehow never went the most obvious way and put her directly into a garden, where I could use the vines for some kind of tentacle action, and even a scarecrow would fit in nicely. And so yes, here's another entry into the series...I've put quite a lot of work into the details, indeed, though that might be a problem: There are so many details, it's hard to keep the focus.

Hope you enjoy anyways, and have a

Happy Halloween!
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dannysuling Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Okay, okay. Looking at this after being prompted (ahem…) to return to it for a closer examination:

One thing for sure, there's a hell of a lot of work that went into this, and the results are clear - great detail, multiple objects in the composition to attract the eye, thematic variation, pumpkins galore, another classic damsel, and a very innovative banner, too. I mean, it's got some neat, neat stuff.

So why did I sail by it in my most recent visit? The truth is that I'm still not sure. But upon my reconsideration and re-seeing (not always a dependable thing to do), here's what I think:

* Too many pumpkins…way too many. I get the idea, truly - we're in a pumpkin patch. But although the artistry for displaying these pumpkins might be terrific (and it is), I'm not really a pumpkin person. A few of 'em in an image is enough for me to get the point. But this many? The impact is to redirect my attention away from the center…the babe…and to the periphery (see next point).

* On reviewing, I chuckled at the ravens (Poe) and the bony scarecrow ("Wizard"). They were cute gestures, and I overlooked them the first time. But I think that was because I really was trying to resist having my viewer's gaze diverted from the central figure to the periphery. It was mostly the discomfort of being pulled in two directions at once, and the reward wasn't as great as the effort made. I'd rather have concentrated on the damsel and those sneaky tendrils making their way to her naughty bits. How very unsubtle of me…but that's where my head was.

* The aesthetics of all the carved pumpkin faces, which you must have spent a lot of time on, went right by me the first time, and they went right by me the second time, too. Carved pumpkins are, speaking strictly personally, not of interest to me, unless they contribute directly to the scene in an important way. So if there had been only a couple of carved pumpkins, and their expressions were directly involved in what was happening to the damsel in the first place…that might have grabbed me more.

I suppose this is what comes of the psychology of "expectation" – I know your work pretty well, love it, and am familiar with where your sources of humor and of eroticism typically come from. I've been watching your stuff for many, many years (which you already know). So when you do something very, very different, where the focus is intended to be elsewhere, or where the image is quite busy, I get confused. I think that's what happened here. Instead of being confused, my aesthetic sense ought to have kicked in and said, "Slow down, take more time, there's good subtlety here." And perhaps in future I'll be alert to that kind of message.

I apologize for my attentional deficits. On the other hand, look how much more commentary you got from me by…ahem…suggesting that I take another look.

Very best to you!
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TheSoggo Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2013
Actually... I see what you mean, though actually the "get a strong center for the quick fix, but also offer some details for the visitor who stays somewhat longer" might have worked (see "Nordic Steel - Conquered" fav.me/d2w4iy4 which I still think is one of my best images ever), but a) it's actually not that powerful an image anyways, and b) only using grayscale I wasn't able to properly balance out all the weight of the components.

That said, well, thank you for looking again, and closer. This image may not be groundbreaking, but still worth a second look. Yet we live in the age of the internet, where everything has to be loud and gaudy and right-in-your-face, or else it will drown in a medium that serves up more meals every second than you could chew down in a lifetime.
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dannysuling Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Yeah, that's certainly an important point.

Now I'm wondering if I'm becoming jaundiced by my surfing. On a typical day moving through dA, HF, Danbooru, Artofdarkness, and maybe even Y-gallery, I probably process through over 5000-10000 images. Perhaps I need to step back from this, eh?
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TheSoggo Featured By Owner Dec 25, 2013
Guess your question was rather rhetorical, but, being a mean guy, I'll answer anyways: Yes, I'd think that is too much to really sit back and enjoy; quantity shouldn't replace quality. Though I do so understand it... sifting even through salsuginous waters to find the oyster that might hold a pearl...
And to add insult to injury, I'll even tell you another site with amazing artwork on display, to further cut down on your time: CGHub... though it might not be as anarchic as the other mentioned places.

Actually... call me old-fashioned, but... to really enjoy an image, I prefer to have it on paper. Didn't buy as much artbooks lately as I used to, but the new Spectrum is always a must, and I just recently noticed that Dan Brereton :iconnocturnals23: has a lovely collection of his works under the name of "The Goddess & the Monster", and I always love browsing though Adam Hughes' :iconadamhughes: "Cover Run"; nothing like sitting back in your favourite armchair with a great book on your knees.

Oh, I really wanna collect my own favourite stuff into a book, too... one day, one day, for sure.
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dannysuling Featured By Owner Dec 25, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
No insult in what you say…at least to me.

My surfing behavior has gotten good enough, though, that I can triage through the images that don't interest me at all, focus on those with potential, and then select those that really strike me as innovative, or extremely erotic, or aesthetically very pleasing, or yet another great example from an artist I admire and respect (such as…ahem…my present conversationalist). That allows me, then, to sit back and really look hard at these selections, while passing through a lot of others.

I also tend to go through phases of interest over the course of weeks. So, for example, there might be days when I spend my time on anime and hentai, looking for certain examples of certain topics, themes, or compositions. And then other days when I'm focusing on 3D technology images in dA or artofdarkness or Renderosity. And then again times when hand-drawn work like yours (and mine) has taken over my brain and that's what I want to immerse myself in. I just go with the flow. There's way too much stuff out there to be indiscriminate, that's for sure. It's why I have my personal "A-List" of perhaps 100 +/- artists here at dA (including you) whose galleries I'm constantly checking, whereas the remaining dA galleries in my spreadsheet get checked once every 4-6 months.

I think I'm much like you in that I prefer to see art on paper, not digitally, but these days I have neither the physical room nor the financial room to purchase many art books, especially of the type of art I surf for, so virtualizing my aesthetic pleasures has become almost a necessity. I still do collect books of images of traditional art from certain parts of the world, and especially art of musical instruments. But otherwise I'm very circumspect about such things. Whereas when it comes to digital art I tend to be…um…profligate!

Very very interesting idea to product a volume of "favorites" (or, as you say, "favourites"). The next question would then be: "And show them to…whom?" Aye, there's the rub!   ;)
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spherco Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2013
Ok, I'm pretty embarrassed that I missed this.

Love the text/logo-design/composition. 

I think my favorite part is the sky because the superb execution makes me believe the whole story...which is brilliant!

...and um...big boobs are cool too:)

Awesome work Soggo!  I wish every night was Halloween.
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TheSoggo Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2013
Oh well, the numbers are telling me quite a lot of people have missed that one... then again, if a bondage image is praised for its sky and logo, something must have gone wrong. But the sky really did come out well (while I clicked each and every little star into its place I was once again wondering how mouse buttons are the most durable technical element I know about), and the logo... it was just meant to be a simple text, but then one shouldn't miss to turn the O into a pumpkin, and isn't there space for even more vines? Yeah, I guess it came out very well, too, while the rest of the picture is quite a mess of little details... guess nobody's even noticed the few rats. And the scarecrow, which seemed to be sure-fire, refused to become scary. Look at that... even the crows don't care about it.

Guess this one didn't bloom into all it could have been, but, yes, it's still a nice image; thank you for your kind words :)
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DoktorSpankenstein Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2013
Thanks very much for letting us feature your work in #SexyXmasParadise group!
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TheSoggo Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2013
Hey, thank you for featuring :)
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susan34 Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2013
Wonderful :)
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TheSoggo Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2013
Hey, thank you... I'm glad you enjoy :)
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Sarenaph Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2013
Happy Halloween to you too! Great image and another fantastic situation for our favourite witch to get into! 
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TheSoggo Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2013
Thank you; and I'm glad you enjoy :)
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Egoak Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Looks like someone is in for a fun night. Not sure that it's the witch though :devilish:
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TheSoggo Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2013
You sure? Pumpkin vines are famous for finding that one special spot that human males usually miss... I know it's true 'cause I just made it up. :nod:
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Egoak Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I know that. But I also know that they go into every "body opening" =P
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VaryagOfMiklagaard Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
I know where this is going.
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TheSoggo Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2013
Of course you do: The rats gnaw through all the vines, and are the heroes of the day. PUMPKIN SOUP FOR EVERYBODY!! :shakefist:

Or did you have something else in mind? ;)
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VaryagOfMiklagaard Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
TENTACLE GRAPE!
HUEHUHUE!
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Splicerion Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2013
oh my. O:
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TheSoggo Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2013
:pumpkin:
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Splicerion Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2013
:D
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Sir-Talen Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
She'd better hope that pumpkin patch is really sincere.
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TheSoggo Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2013
Cauliflowers? Don't trust 'em. Eggplants? Scallywags all. Radishes? Don't even stay for breakfast. And don't get me started on cucumbers. But pumpkins... straight as a die, I tell you. C'mon, I wouldn't draw philandering vegetables, now would I?
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jennypoussin Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2013
The Pumpkins counterattack!! too funny Soggo!!! ♥♥♥
GREAT Halloween pinup! :)
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TheSoggo Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2013
Thank you, sweetie, so glad you enjoy :D
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captmaim Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2013
I always enjoy your Halloween art. Have a Happy Halloween.
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TheSoggo Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2013
But if people stay silent, how can I know what they think? :worry:

So, thank you for speaking up, I'm glad you enjoy; Happy Halloween :pumpkin:
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