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Detective Patfield by 2dforever Detective Patfield by 2dforever
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Whilst creating a repeating pattern image for work purposes, I found myself inspired to do this.

It's not 100% accurately measured out, but it could pretty much repeat over and over - a man with a gun behind him, with a gun behind that man, etc etc.

Repeating images aside, I had a lot of fun making this. There are a few different ways you could look at it, so I'll leave that bit up to you.

Totally inspired by fantastic old film noir - when trenchcoats weren't just for flashers and insurance sales men always solved crimes... for some reason.

I would really appreciate some critique on this piece. I got to a stage where I felt it could be improved but just ran out of things to do. Any thoughts? :) Thanks in advance.
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:iconafni30:
afni30 Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2014
Hi

Can I use this image in the background of a design for mystery books?
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:icon2dforever:
2dforever Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Hi there!

Yes of course you can, however I ask that you give some form of credit. So it could be my name (Tom Waterhouse) or my website (2dforever.com) written somewhere near the picture.

Thanks!
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afni30 Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2014
Great! Thanks! :)
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:icondvojce:
Dvojce Featured By Owner May 20, 2013
I love this image!
I was just wondering if i could use it for a banner?
I'm not making any money off of it.
And i'd of course put your copyright on the bottom :)
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2dforever Featured By Owner May 21, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks! I'm glad you like it :)
Of course you can use it; providing you give some form of credit somewhere then I don't mind!
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Dvojce Featured By Owner May 21, 2013
awesome!!
yes i put a water mark on his arm with your name and copy right.
in the footer i put a link to your deviant art if that's cool :)
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:icon2dforever:
2dforever Featured By Owner May 22, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
That's great - Glad it's of some use :) Thanks for letting me know!
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ThirdSun Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2012
Wow, amazingly well done!
The only thing I find somewhat odd is the position of his eyes in relation to the nose
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:icon2dforever:
2dforever Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
It was based on my friends face, so he's to blame for that ;)
I'm glad you like it otherwise, thank you!
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CBrengan Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2011  Professional General Artist
The only thing I could think of being improved is that I part of me wants to see this shot(painted) from a slightly lower perspective, where the shadows are really looming over the people. Somehow that totally says film noir to me. Or Hitchcock. I'm not sure I've ever seen a real film noir so I may just be making stuff up now. :paranoid: I really love this piece! the first thing that drew me in was the cheekbone shadows!
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2dforever Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Ooh, that's a really nice idea actually (taking the view from a lower perspective). It's not exactly something I could tweak, but it's a good idea - maybe for another picture!

Also, never seen a film noir? I highly recommend 'the third man' if you want to try one out. Like all film noir, it might seem slow to get into it, but it's a fantastic film.

Thank you for the kind and well thought out message :)
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CBrengan Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2011  Professional General Artist
I would love to see that picture if you do it! I've heard a lot about the third man, I'll have to check it out! Thank you for listening to my long winded comment! :D
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BillyColin8 Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2010
Very cool design, and a cool looking character
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GaryStorkamp Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
I modified the image to tile pretty soon after you posted this, and I've have been using it across my 3 monitors since then. It's a kick to see the image seamlessly sprawl across my entire work area. I hope you don't mind. [link]
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2dforever Featured By Owner May 26, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
Sorry I didn't reply to this sooner - that's awesome! I hope the tiled image works well.

I tried it myself quickly and I know it doesn't tile perfectly, so hopefully you've done a better job than I did!
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Earth-Below-Us Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2010
I love fedoras' they're amazing. I love the fifties too, this made my day.
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2dforever Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
Excellent :) Glad you like it so! And welcome to DA as well it seems!
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Earth-Below-Us Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2010
Magic Man
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PoetryMan1 Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2010  Student Filmographer
Hi, cool concept. The texturing on the wall is fantastic. Is that also blended into the bottom and used as a smoke effect? or is that a different layer?

I like the bits of reflected light you have at the edges which is cool. The gun looks realistic and I especially like the black part of the hat, that's my favourite effect right there. I can really tell the texture of that :clap:


my only crit is that his cheekbone looks weird, like somebody punched him in the side of his face. But it doesn't hurt the lighting. It's odd, I know. Probably cuz it's film noir,

anyway, great pic!

peace!!
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2dforever Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
Haha, thank you for such a nice comment!

Your only criticism is perfectly fine, it was actually intentional as I based his face roughly on a friend of mine. He's got quite a harsh looking face, and I guess it is also quite a film noir face!

I'm really glad you liked all the details, and thanks for the thought out comment too.
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Aiko-Mustang Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2009  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Great job on this piece, I like that fact, that if you move the back part of the pic into the front, he would held the gun in his hand! Also I see him sweating, this picture has an amazing atmosphere! The colors are great chosen, and you did an excellent job on the fog. I love this one! :heart:
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dunwich7 Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2009
Hah! This is like... pretty much brilliant on so many levels :D
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DMajorBoss Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2009  Professional Writer
Tis an amazing bit of repetition here, my friend, and I love your artistic style.

So cool, so very well done; such talent you hold within your hands.

^_^

Thanks for sharing; keep up the goodness, and may goodness be with you in all that you do.
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2dforever Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
:) Thank you! I do like this piece. I should do more like it. Thanks for the nice comments as usual - I'll try my best to keep the goodness with me! And of course, some goodness back to you!
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DMajorBoss Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2009  Professional Writer
Hahahah, it's all good with goodness, my friend, and you're very welcome.

^_^
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darkmanx56 Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2009  Hobbyist Filmographer
Awesome
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:iconjackoozy:
jackoozy Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2009  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This work is absolutely fantastic! Literally ;)

Oh and is this just me, or this guy really looks like Tom Cruise? o_O
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:icon2dforever:
2dforever Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
Haha, thank you - I suppose it does look a bit like Tom Cruise, I'll tell my friend that as he was used as a bit of reference ;)
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jackoozy Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2009  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
So your friend looks like Cruise then =)
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Gamegeneral Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2009
I'd like to see an elongated and repeated version of this, just for proof of concept, ya know?
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watson-twenty5 Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2009  Hobbyist Artist
Dude, I like it! That's badass!
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Here's more of a critique: I like the use of shadows. It has a very "noir" feel [which I'm sure you're going for]. TONS of atmosphere. I also really like that his face is so angular. I feel that it gives him so much more character/personality than if it was smoother/rounded.
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The question is, "Is he pointing the gun at himself, or is someone pointing a gun at him?" Intriguing.
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2dforever Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
Brilliant, thank you very much for taking your time to put that in :)
I'm really glad you liked it, and the fact that you got the whole point of the gun behind him! It can be whatever takes your fancy...
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CNZ19 Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2009  Student Digital Artist
I love this style - just wonderful
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2dforever Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you :) I'm really glad you like the style in particular. To some it might not look too different to other things I've done, but I feel it's a bit special... in a strange way...

Thanks for the comment as always
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MachineGun-Baby Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2009  Professional General Artist
Looks great! But the edges don't match up when you tile them. His arm lines up perfectly, but there's an obvious line between backgrounds. Other than that, super awesome idea. I love it. :heart:
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2dforever Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
Haha, I had a feeling someone would try that ;)

Trying it myself, yeah, it isn't fantastic, but it was never the plan - simply inspired by tiling images.

Thanks for the comment -- and thanks more for directing me to your work because of it! I'm going to have a proper look later but from what I can see your gallery looks ace!
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MachineGun-Baby Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2009  Professional General Artist
No problem...and woah, thanks. I have huge freakouts when super good artists like my work...seriously. You have made my day!!! haha :D
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Dualx09 Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2009
sl trabajo esta bien logrado....nice jobs xoro
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2dforever Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
Many thanks for your comment -- although I don't speak Spanish I'm afraid! My translator doesn't seem to work either... but thank you anyway!
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Dualx09 Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2009
jajajajajaj
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crazymew Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2009
Epic, x3
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2dforever Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks :) I'm glad you liked it! Thanks indeed for all your kind words
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crazymew Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2009
You're very welcome, ^^
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:iconabstractfragment:
AbstractFragment Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2009
This is awesome!
I love detectives, ^.^
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:icon2dforever:
2dforever Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
Detectives are well known for their awesomeness ;)

Thanks, I'm really glad you liked it
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Gamegeneral Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2009
"There was one fatal flaw in your plan...
You just had to keep repeating yourself, didn't you?"
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2dforever Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
Agh... I've been looking it up, but I just don't know what the quote is from...

It sounds familiar for sure. What's it from?
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:icongamegeneral:
Gamegeneral Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2009
I don't know! I just pulled it out of nowhere to make a noirish joke!
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kgstv Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2009
brilliant work. I really like the tones and overall richness of the piece :thumbsup:
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2dforever Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
Excellent - Thanks for a decent bit of feedback :) I just had a quick peek at your gallery too, I will have a proper look later on today but it looks ace!
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