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Monochrome meets Color by Pinlin Monochrome meets Color by Pinlin


Animated - Monochrome x Color by Pinlin

This isn't something I'd normally draw :iconpapmingplz:

The concept is inspired on a drawing done 3 years ago: Artblock. Funny enough, also done in June. I wanted to draw something before my birthday, which is today, that reflects my past before I start a new age.
During those 3 years I had many struggles and doubts about my work. I received many comments on this: Draw Again Meme 2011 - 2015 about my technical improvement. When improving, it's all about change.
I would only made this far if I was unsatisfied with my work. What I post are only results, nobody knows what I had suffered mentally. I was planning to write a journal about improvement, but it takes a little courage.
Now I've put this concept down, I'm moving on and leave those doubts behind.

About this drawing, these characters are my mind. I always keep things seperated, it's either good or bad. Dark or bright, dull or colorful... I had struggles with choosing an artstyle and didn't realize I already have my own.
I like many things, so I tried to explore everything I liked. It turns out that 'jack-of-all-trades-but-master-of-none-although-better-than-one' isn't what I wanted. Just recently I accepted what I'm doing, and that makes it my style. 
Monochrome reflects my technical side and preference for dull tones. Color is my free side and love for all hues. This piece might be my first and last where I use such saturated colors, they hurts my eyes X'D

Anyway, thanks everyone for the birthday wishes! I will post a journal soon with features plus 2 events with prizes. 
Also, thanks to all watchers and supports. You guys courage me to create more and stay positive. If I could, I'd reply to everyone personally but life is busy and introvert too much //kicked
But I read and treasure each feedback. Feel free to drop something when you pass by! 

Art and characters by Pinlin
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Bittersilk Featured By Owner 4 days ago
very nice
Krypto-desu Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2017  New Deviant Hobbyist Digital Artist
Chiyo wow Icon 
thefatassman Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2017  Student Artist
it takes me a while to find artwork that is amazing on here ,so I must praise this artwork
Sardrellas Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2017  Student General Artist
The symbolism to Shigatsu wa Kimi no Uso tho <3

This is so artistic and amazing, holy crap dude. I adore this. Karen Smile Icon 
Y2Jinstien Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2017  Hobbyist Writer
This is a great concept, and it flows so well together. Great job.
ArisaManuko Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2016
This is so beautiful! Was it inspired by akiakane? I'm just curious ovo I know that some artists hate to be compared to other artists, but I just wanted to ask out of curiosity, plz don't kill me Cry run 
Pinlin Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2016
Thank you, I'm glad that you like it! I had to google their name before I knew who you mean.
I guess they are popular, but I have never seen their works before honestly ;v;
For this piece I intended to use saturated colors which I never do normally.

Maybe most artists dislike it, but I'm quite curious to find style buddies haha. Coincidences happen,
so it would be fun to see someone making the same choices as I do.
ArisaManuko Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2017
No problem! You did a very good job with using the vibrant colours! Also, I've seen the animation and it's beautiful ;v;

I'm glad XD I had one coincidence like that. I sketched a headshot of a girl with twintails and then saw a speedpaint on YouTube with a character that looked exactly like mine(but it was waaay better than mine XD)

Also, sorry for the late reply ;v;
Nyodots Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2016  Professional Digital Artist
Lovely piece and animation. It reminded me of how me and my bf met, because he was pretty much dead, and I wanted to show him how nice the world actually is hehe..
Cyanoe Featured By Owner Edited Dec 8, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This drawing is so beautiful, inspiring, and meaningful! It has one of the best concepts in art I've ever seen :happybounce:  I love it
Arimey Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I think it is so incredibly beautiful. And without lies it is my favorite picture. My dream is sometimes to paint such wonderful pictures, pictures which simply inspire and make happy.Heart 
Rosabelle101 Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2016  Student Artist
This is beautiful
HopelessRope Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2016  Student General Artist
Reminds me of the movie Pleasantville lol. It really is fantastic though.
edgyitaly Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2016
Wow! This is beautiful!!!!
Tezeze Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Amazing!! Really like it, and I also love the animation!! :D 
JeremAx Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2016
Wow this is probably one of the best things I've seen on devian art. Keep it up
TheMagicManiac Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2016  Student General Artist
Great idea! Beautiful!!
pompom2 Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
I ship it * ^ *
RashaKadze Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Heart touching artwork ^_-..... Heart +fav 
KatanaKaylo Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Stunning contrast of colors! Awesome work
DjLaDreamer Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2016  Hobbyist Filmographer
... How many years?
treerose61 Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
This is so cool
SaraLuna07 Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
this is awe inspiring. I LOVE YOU PINLIN!!! <3
Sui-sen Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Amazing concept *A* The color is so vibrant I'm just in awe *A*
RedRavenRiot Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
this is like the song colors! 

Everything is gray, is hair, his smoke, his hopes and dreams, now he's so devoid of color, he don't know what it means
Spammyx3 Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2016  Student General Artist
this is beautiful 
egoistjian Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2016
Pinlin Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2016
SlyJakRatchetGamer Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Magnificent! :D So inspiring! Well done my fellow artist. 
emmaweng Featured By Owner Edited Aug 8, 2016
though this is monochrome and color, it also looks like realism and abstraction. nice contrasts btw :) i also love the titled plane they're on. THIS WHOLE PIECE IS JUST BEAUTIFUL :')
Kreydus Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This is absolutely beautiful! The contrast between the monochrome and the bright colors is stunning, and the idea and thoughts behind are as well.
MirajaneGosh Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2016  Hobbyist
Its very interesting and orignial work, i love idea for it ^^ Each of this characters/styles has its own way and magic, as well as mix of it. As long as you like your art i believe everything is cool ^^
Yup, i love buildings in background and this paints effect ^^
Ylfing Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2016
my big brother always tells me "the world is not just 0 and 1, black and white" I'm still working on seeing grey, it's very complicating....
annoyedfortunecookie Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
This is genuinely the most beautiful and inspiring piece of art I have ever seen. Everything about it is so perfect to me :wow:
Crescentarlia Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This reminds me of a song called Leia, a vocaloid song I stumbled upon in accident sung by a youtuber called Razzy... that picture just reminded me of the song or well the concept I also love the idea of using eye catching colors, since it did caught my attention. Well good job anyways.
mabu-soda Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2016
absolutely beautiful. stay strong fam
Wolf-Therian-Sadies Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
too amazing! :D
paperc4t Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2016  Student General Artist
this is absolutely amazing *^* 
pams00 Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2016  Professional Digital Artist
this is simply gorgeous. The contrast of colors against the monochrome, the slightly off tilt of the design, and your unique style all draw in the eye.
DoctorOTK Featured By Owner Edited Jul 4, 2016  Student General Artist
If it makes you feel any better, I think your anime style is 100% original like every other style, they all have some likeness but their all identifiably different from one another. And Happy (late) Birthday Pinlin =w=.
Kirbyscreed Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2016  Professional Digital Artist
can this just be DD? *_*
npsDivStar Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2016
I love the breath-taking contrast between colors and "grayness". Even though you described what you had in mind when you drew this, to me it looks as if she is bringing the color into his ordered, yet dull life in a dull city where only shades of gray exist. I like it very much - it is different from many other pieces out there even though the colorful, free and joyful side remains rather uncertain and thus visually abstract. Great piece of art :)!
NGGIRL Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Looks like megurine luka from LEIA
animenotaizai Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
THis is so beautiful! *o*
ImLovingDN Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2016
Wow! I love this so much! Great idea and gorgeous work done!
whytlion Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2016
Great job!
PalomaGeovanna Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
So poetic. I really like this. Congratulations on your work. It's amazing and you are awesome!

(Sorry if I made a mistake in my message. I'm learning English :3)

Only the best of creativity for you.

Zynthio Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2016  Student General Artist
pepitojuanperez Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2016  Student Artist
poquitos colores usaste :v 
PD: te salio muy bien sobre todo la chica
inch color you used :v
PD: I went very well especially the girl
Ururuty Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2016
very cool
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