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This was supposed to be a quick little sketch, drawn because I had the idea for a dumb joke picture rattling around in my head ever since I came across Ranarh's waterfall tutorial on deviantArt and it wouldn't quit bugging me until I drew it. Like Comfy?, it sort of spiraled out of control as I started putting more and more detail into it.

As Ranarh explains, real waterfalls don't look like the pretty, delicate ribbons of water that you see all the time in pictures, cartoons, video games, and so on. So my warped sense of humor demanded that I draw a waterfall that breaks every one of her rules and put it next to a bunch of more plausible specimens.

Since this did start out as a sketch, I wasn't initally planning to worry much about the details. It's not surprising, then, that I ended up getting several of the details wrong. For instance, the lighting and the position of the sun don't match very well. (I'd have saved myself some trouble by leaving the sky overcast, but I needed to show that the sun wasn't behind the viewer.) What were supposed to look like splashes look more like fur. I'm also not thrilled with the trees: I used to have a halfway decent technique for leaves, but it seems to have devolved into scribbling.

By the way, have you ever tried to draw a rainbow in gray pencil? It ain't easy!

I'm fairly pleased with how this turned out, even despite the issues. Something I'm working on is just sticking with projects until I actually finish them. On that level, this is a success.

A note on the tags: Because this came from my sketchbook, I had planned on tagging it with "sketch" the way I did with Comfy?. It is fairly loose, after all. On the other hand, it's more detailed--and way more finished--than what I normally call a sketch. Rather than go with "sketch" anyway, and give myself a way to excuse laziness by slapping the "sketch" tag on an unfinished drawing, I decided to create the "sketchbook" tag for just this kind of situation.

Here's a larger copy if you're interested: View full-size version. Also see this image on deviantArt.

This image is tagged with: 2012, landscape, shaded, and sketchbook.

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