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4 Year Anniversary - Landon by DrewGreen 4 Year Anniversary - Landon by DrewGreen
Hey guys!

So this is it. Today, February 20th, 2008, I am celebrating exactly four years on DeviantART. And honestly? It only seems like I joined yesterday.

I thought it was fitting that my celebration image reflects the very first piece (if you could call it that) I ever posted on DA, which can be found here: [link]

Landon Landerson, and all of the Characters of Snailsvenue for that matter, have been a staple of my gallery ever since the moment I joined DeviantART. Those who have been with me for a while watched while Landon and his friends (and enemies) evolved into very different iterations of themselves, and as the formerly titled "Freakshow" (from whence my DA username name is based) became the currently titled "Snailsvenue."

And as my ability to use proper grammar on the internet came about. ^_^

And while their world became darker, colder, smaller, and wetter, it still contains the same elements it always has: Landon, Kitty, and even that big, nasty, carnivorous plant called the Mortoflower (who first appeared in the bottom half of this piece: [link]).

The characters of Snailsvenue have been unfortunately absent from my sketchbook, and consequently my gallery, for quite some time now. Rest assured, that is something I hope to fix, as I have always loved drawing these characters, and I feel I should devote more time, thought, and energy into fleshing them out even further before I consider doing anything serious with them. I feel a lot of my characters are sort of disposable and I tend to borrow from them a lot, but the guys and gals of Snailsvenue will always hold a very special place in my heart.

Now, about the image.

I chose to depict Landon essentially where he started: in his red, striped jacket, and his whirl-o-top hat. The checkered pants did not come along until later, but they became a trademark of his classic appearance. Landon currently lacks an sort of refined design, as every one I try to come up with sucks majorly. After drawing this, I remembered how much I enjoy his old design, and I may end up resurrecting it for further use. Who knows.

Regarding Kitty: He did not originally have an eye patch. However, I thought it would be gross if I drew him without it now that I'm more capable of making that look believable, so I chose to implement that here. After all, that's how his design has changed over the years, and this is a celebration of all four years, right? ^_^

As for the Mortoflower, I based this design of it on all of my previous pictures of the beast, and then made it a bit more evil and nasty than it has ever been. I like the results.

Alright then, I'm done blabbering on and on. Please FULL VIEW and enjoy!

Sketched in Photoshop CS, inked, colored, etc. in Illustrator CS. About 6-7 hours of work.

EDIT: I'd also like to add that I may be doing more of these. And that they may not necessarily be Snailsvenue character. I've been on here for four years, so I've accumulated a lot of characters. I should think my favorites and most iconic ones might be getting the same treatment Landon has here. ;D
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:iconmredison:
MrEdison Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2008
Wow.

Your vectoring = smex.

/discussion.
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DrewGreen Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2008
Thank you! I'm glad you find my vectoring smexy. ;D
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:iconmredison:
MrEdison Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2008
No problem. :}
It would make beautiful babies. ;D
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five50fivegirl Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2008  Student General Artist
Congrats on four whole years on DA!

Yay for Kitty! I think I love Kitty the most in this piece! I love how you shaded the pink in his ears! It's really awesome seeing how much you've progressed in four short years! Your design is definitely soaring! Landon's is so much more alive now as well! I really love your Snailsvenue characters and the cute, quirky story behind them! I hope you continue to do more of them!
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:icondrewgreen:
DrewGreen Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2008
Thanks! I will probably always be drawing Snailsvenue characters. I love them so much, and I hold them dear to me.

And yeah, 4 years does not seem like that long, does it?
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BAMillustration Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2008  Professional General Artist
Great job! As always, love the blended use of sharp edges and gradients.
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:icondrewgreen:
DrewGreen Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2008
Thank you!
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vbu Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2008   Digital Artist
Congratulations, Just notifying you that we featured this piece in Vectography: February 2008.: [link]

If you find the time, please :+fav: the article to make it more popular so more deviants become aware of the vector category, and your art work! :)
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:icondrewgreen:
DrewGreen Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2008
Wow, thank you! I'm so honored to be featured amongst such amazing talent.
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shadowspark Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2008
awesome job dude. Heh, so that's where the adorable kitty in your icon came from.:nod: You got a cool series brewing here.^^ I'll try to catch up with your story as best I can.=) hope to see more from ya soon!
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:icondrewgreen:
DrewGreen Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2008
Thank you so much! There's not much in the way of story regarding Snailsvenue here on DA as I've never really said a whole lot about it (especially recently). But what is there may interest you. You'll find tidbits in the artist's comments section of many Freakshow/Snailsvenue deviations.
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:iconvbu:
vbu Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2008   Digital Artist
Congrats! This piece of art was featured in Vectors Of The Week: [link]
Just letting you know.. :)
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:icondrewgreen:
DrewGreen Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2008
Aw, thanks!
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ShrunkenJedi Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2008
Aww, he's so cute! I love the style.
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:icondrewgreen:
DrewGreen Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2008
Thank you!
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:iconlight-archangel:
Light-Archangel Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2008
How cool! 4 years already! =D congrats!
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:icondrewgreen:
DrewGreen Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2008
Thank you!
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:iconlight-archangel:
Light-Archangel Featured By Owner Feb 29, 2008
You're welcome =)
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:iconexperimettle:
experimettle Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2008  Professional General Artist
nice color scheme and lighting. very unique charcter too! awesome job, yo
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:icondrewgreen:
DrewGreen Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2008
Thank you so much!
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:iconwesternphilosopher:
westernphilosopher Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2008  Professional Filmographer
Congrats! :highfive:
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:icondrewgreen:
DrewGreen Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2008
Thanks!
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:iconmagaly:
magaly Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2008  Professional Digital Artist
looking kickass as usual.
congrats on 4 years!!
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:icondrewgreen:
DrewGreen Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2008
Thank you!
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:iconiamsla:
iamsla Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2008
well done on the Anniversary. Landon's changed a lot since the round headed retro figure and it's great to see how your art has changed for the better.... theres hope for me then!
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:icondrewgreen:
DrewGreen Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2008
Thank you!

And believe me, you're better than you think. ;D
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:iconiamsla:
iamsla Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2008
thanks, just feeling on a bit of a art low at the moment. :(
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:icondrewgreen:
DrewGreen Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2008
Oh, I know the feeling. It happens to me all of the time.
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:iconhotah:
hotah Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2008   Digital Artist
Your art style has improved!
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:icondrewgreen:
DrewGreen Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2008
Thanks!
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Kanza Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2008
I didn't notice, it was also my birthday, hu XD Anyway, happy anniversary :3

Hope I could make such vector art in the future <3
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:icondrewgreen:
DrewGreen Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2008
Thanks! Happy belated birthday, as well. ^_^
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Ingeapplegoose Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2008   Interface Designer
:clap: congratulations !!!
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:icondrewgreen:
DrewGreen Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2008
Thanks!
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:icongenfaux:
Genfaux Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2008
A good progress indeed!
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:icondrewgreen:
DrewGreen Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2008
Thank you!
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:iconeythan:
eythan Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2008  Hobbyist Photographer
I can't say I've been following you the whole time, but I can say that looking through your gallery, I can pretend I have :P. Happy anniversary, man.
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:icondrewgreen:
DrewGreen Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2008
Thank you!
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Penril Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2008
Happy anidevsary! *fails at making words up*. It's so strange that so much time has gone by since ew joined dA (I joined in 2004 too, though on November), and as you said, it hardly feels like a breeze. I can't believe I discovered you so late, but then again, your techs needed to grow up to be awesome for me to find you =P. The way have managed to evolve is so pleasant to the eye it hurts , man. Seriously, you're one of the few people I can say "IT'S BY HIM" only by looking at the style. You've coem a long way up here, man, and you're only at the base of the mountain. I can't wait to see with what you come up in another four years, hoping of course we'll both be alive and ironically having no life and whoring dA out! Cheers for 4 years gone by, and more to come!
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DrewGreen Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2008
Well, I really do appreciate that. I've worked pretty hard to achieve something unique, and I'm glad you'd be able to recognize it.

And in another four years, I'm sure I'll still be here. I love this place too much. It's almost...creepy. ;D
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:iconpenril:
Penril Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2008
Not *too* creepy! Hahaha. Also: I can't believe how many typoes I had in my post :|
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:icondrewgreen:
DrewGreen Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2008
I've seen horror stories in compliments if we're talking about typos here. ;D
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:iconmoyer:
Moyer Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2008   Digital Artist
<3 Cheers for the future mate!
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:icondrewgreen:
DrewGreen Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2008
Cheers, indeed!
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BurningStarIV Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2008
Happy Anniversary! And - I really enjoyed seeing just how much your character has changed since his first appearance here on DA. You have gotten so much better and really created your own style since then! Keep it up!! :)
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:icondrewgreen:
DrewGreen Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2008
Thank you! That really means a lot, especially coming from you. ^_^
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:iconburningstariv:
BurningStarIV Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2008
You are very welcome! I wouldn't say it if it wasn't true!
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:icondrewgreen:
DrewGreen Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2008
Aw. *hugs*
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Poila-Invictiwerks Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2008
Landon looks like your old-school 1980s cartoon smart kid kind of person - the cap with the little rotor on the top is what makes feel that way. :D
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DrewGreen Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2008
In retrospect, I think that was sort of the idea when I first came up with the character. That was back when it was all a completely nameless void with a few odd-looking characters. Everything changed so much, but he basically stayed the same.
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