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~Nintendo Fan Art Collection~ by LeoDiamond ~Nintendo Fan Art Collection~ :iconleodiamond:LeoDiamond 47 19 ~Mario Galaxy Three~ by LeoDiamond ~Mario Galaxy Three~ :iconleodiamond:LeoDiamond 61 39 ~Mario's Advice~ by LeoDiamond ~Mario's Advice~ :iconleodiamond:LeoDiamond 53 17 ~Yoshi 64~ by LeoDiamond ~Yoshi 64~ :iconleodiamond:LeoDiamond 112 36 ~TGIMario~ by LeoDiamond ~TGIMario~ :iconleodiamond:LeoDiamond 47 40 ~A Home for Horses~ by LeoDiamond ~A Home for Horses~ :iconleodiamond:LeoDiamond 4 12 ~Majora's Fourth Day~ by LeoDiamond ~Majora's Fourth Day~ :iconleodiamond:LeoDiamond 277 60 ~Skyward Awakening~ a Zelda Throwback by LeoDiamond ~Skyward Awakening~ a Zelda Throwback :iconleodiamond:LeoDiamond 80 39 Metroid Concept Suit by LeoDiamond Metroid Concept Suit :iconleodiamond:LeoDiamond 468 87 ~A Vulture With No Prey~ a photo-manip Discussion by LeoDiamond ~A Vulture With No Prey~ a photo-manip Discussion :iconleodiamond:LeoDiamond 4 41 ~Courage of the Heart~ Nimh-fan-art by LeoDiamond ~Courage of the Heart~ Nimh-fan-art :iconleodiamond:LeoDiamond 53 24 ~The Magic Silver Shoes~ an OZ crossover by LeoDiamond ~The Magic Silver Shoes~ an OZ crossover :iconleodiamond:LeoDiamond 35 25 ~Discarded Mushrooms~ Mario fan-art by LeoDiamond ~Discarded Mushrooms~ Mario fan-art :iconleodiamond:LeoDiamond 59 19 ~Don't Shrink and Cry~ by LeoDiamond ~Don't Shrink and Cry~ :iconleodiamond:LeoDiamond 10 13 ~Death of a Baby Daddy~ by LeoDiamond ~Death of a Baby Daddy~ :iconleodiamond:LeoDiamond 6 7 Mario ~Baddies Plaid~ fabric design by LeoDiamond Mario ~Baddies Plaid~ fabric design :iconleodiamond:LeoDiamond 13 16



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Leo Diamond
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United States
My art is always FREE for the taking. So help yourself..
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Collector? Nothing would make me happier than to see my art in your collections.
In fact, go ahead and download whatever you'd like. Share and share alike!!

Zelda Fan?... REAL Zelda fan?...
I made a Video that's sure to cramp your heart…
Let me know what you think!
The Boy Who
Couldn't Draw

Can he still be an artist?

Many skilled artists are being 'shunned' in a way, for not using a pencil, pen, or tablet.. For not drawing or painting or creating 'from scratch' I can understand where you're coming from if you feel this way, but I'm here today to talk about my art methods..

Photo-manipulation-beyond-recognition using multiple sources… I guess that's what you'd call it. If you take a close look through my gallery you might be able to 'reverse-engineer' my work, see how I put it together, perhaps even recognize the materials I used. It's often obvious that it wasn't 'drawn.'
But some of my work has actually been mistaken for being drawn from scratch, and I guess that's where the 'beyond-recognition' part of the method comes into play..

Photoshop, afterall, came before the tablet.

To further explain my method, and to make it obvious and easily detected, I created this piece of Zelda fan-art…
Zelda fans have the advantage of recognizing the sources I used. They'll tell you I have combined elements from four separate games in the franchise. The finished product does not look drawn, doesn't look at all like it was 'from scratch' ..But I was hoping to blend things in a way that would truly make them One. So now they can zoom in and creep around and examine where 'Twilight Princess' ends and "skyward Sword" begins… see where and how it blends…
They all seemed to enjoy this other example… which was a blend of  over 30 different sources. It took days. I almost think drawing it would have been easier.. Almost.

Finding the right source material for this method is key, it's as important as choosing the right color paint or the right brush. I've spent countless hours on search engines, looking for something I could fit into my art a particular way. ..I may need a shirt sleeve or wine glass or bolt of lightning. Or something even tinier like an eye-lid or an ear ring. And I intentionally challenge myself; for example, I once needed a red boat. Rather than choosing the largest, ready-to-use, easily-trimmed stock photo of a red boat, I chose a small picture with a more unique angle, where half the boat was obstructed by water, waves, and other things in the way. I had to stretch, pull, twist, blur, smudge, lighten, darken, flip, and drag and distort… I had to use the clone stamp to paint in the missing parts of the boat, and to paint out things that I didn't need or want. I had to make sure that boat  sat in my water like it had always been there. The color has to work, the saturation… It goes on and on… and in the end, I can sit back and say that every pixel is mine.
Had I chosen the easiest source, I would have spent FAR less time zoomed in, holding my breath, creating… all that time I spent blending in the red boat, I was coming up with even better ideas, eventually I had an entirely new direction to take the painting in, just from having the time to brainstorm.

This is photoshop 101 we're talking. Only rather than just airbrushing a celebrity, you can actually create elaborate one-of-a-kind originals by collecting and manipulating and blending material from all over the world.  I learned it in high school, again in college, and countless times on my own at my PC. And as far as I can tell, It is just as popular a method as any other here on Deviant Art.

So how did I make THIS piece? It's all real crayon on white paper, taken from my nephews scribble pad, scanned into photoshop, and manipulated to death. I didn't draw it, but neither did my nephew.  

Let me know how you feel, this is not a negative subject, I'm trying to discuss art that's all. Do you use this method? Do you like it? Do you combine this method with traditional, drawing original creations then finishing off the job in photoshop? Do you consider it stealing? Where do you draw the line in terms of 'fair use' ? Have you been shunned?

Thanx for your time, attention, and interest. I really enjoy it here on DeviantArt
Leo Diamond


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TaeKwonDoMonk Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2016  Hobbyist Artist
:dance::party::iconcakeplz::iconballoonsplz::iconlachoirplz::iconsaysplz: Happy Birthday!
TaeKwonDoMonk Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2015  Hobbyist Artist
:iconlachoirplz::iconsaysplz: Dananana! :iconcake3dplz: I know it's a little rehashed, but Happy Birthday!
BadassSheik92 Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist… Thought you might want to see this! :D
TaeKwonDoMonk Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
:iconcake3dplz: Happy Birthday!
yuna500 Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2013  Professional General Artist
I love your gallery!! It is all so beautiful<3
13-kingofhearts-13 Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2013
Wow! You're great! I totally banked on your gallery ;) Love your LoZ stuff

MajorasWaker Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2013
Hey man, happy birthday!
Hope it will be a wonderful day for you, and that you have a good time with your family and friends. And don't forget the cake. :D
Spinarak12 Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2013
Happy birthday!
TaeKwonDoMonk Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
Happy Birthday! :D :iconballoonsplz: :party: :cake:
Championx91 Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2013
Happy Birthday!
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