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DMNT November LATE by Cardboard-Octopus DMNT November LATE by Cardboard-Octopus
Ack, I'm a day late. XD
Busy. Whatever. I've had it hanging around for a while. Didn't get to coloring it. I'll still turn it in but whatever. XD

But this month's challenge was to design something based off a song, so my particular song is for...nostalgic reasons.

I chose, "Pioneer to the Falls" by Interpol.
This was the first song I heard by them, and the song that introduced me to what is now my favorite band.

I still don't know what the song really means, but even so, on some nights it makes me cry, it touches something inside somehow. I loved Paul Banks' voice: almost robotic, not quite monotone, yet it wrenches something inside. It was something different and I loved how it made me actually feel something and at the same time I hated it for that. It was a song that I always turned to whenever I was reminiscing or regretting something I did in the past.

"...I know you try...
You fly, straight into my heart,
You fly, straight into my heart,
But here comes the falls....."


"So much for make believe, I'm not sold,
So much do dreams deceive I'm not prepared to know,
Your heart makes me feel,
Your heart makes me bold,
Always and ever, I'll never let go...."

I envisioned an exotic traveller just wandering looking for something across a barren world, mourning for the loss of someone dear. I wanted something that could possibly be travel-hardy yet have a sense of vulnerability, something fragile, feminie and delicate, yet solid.

So, mourning garb with the black lace headband//fascinator and body suit, and an infinity scarf//hoodie to cover her identity yet protect her from eyes and the environment, and a loose tunic to keep things airy and light.
I always imagined this to be in a desert.
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PiercieShields Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
This is probably the first piece of seen while lurking around DA today that I would honestly buy. The dress, the thigh-highs, the boots, the hood - they're all marketable pieces on their own, though to a specific audience. You oughta consider selling some of your ideas to other companies. Not only will you make a few bucks, but we might see some of the more commercial styled ones on shelves somewhere c: 
Cardboard-Octopus Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Honestly, I don't think so.
The low-waisted look can't be done by a lot of people, and even if they did, it's still not a popular look right now.  
When I look back at this design, I realize the dress looks somewhat infantile.

And I'm not interested in selling my own ideas.  Heck, I haven't drawn a single clothing design in a couple of years now.  
I draw these for fun, that that is all, haha.
PiercieShields Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
You'd be surprised what a low waist can do on some figures haha It's a bit intimidating but can look great if it's tailored well. Besides, I saw it as more of a free flowing piece (perhaps with some darts to pull the waist in) with the ribbon at the waist mainly being there for decor rather than as a tightener. It'd look great either way. And waistline trends rarely last that long. They fluctuate back and forth year to year and drag in those who aren't sure what they look best in. Those who know the waistline that they look great in, though, usually stick with it regardless of the current trend. 

As far as the dress being infantile, remember that frills and fantasy aren't just for little kids! There's a huge niche market for this style of clothing for both teenage and adult women of all sizes. And in niche markets, there's definitely money; even though there won't be as many people buying a design like this, they'll be more willing to pay higher prices (especially since it's often for one time or special event purposes), which balances itself out. For example, look at "modern Victorian" styled clothing- it's surely not in fashion, but the niche market is willing to pay between hundreds and thousands of dollars for a good looking lolita dress or deco corset. 

I completely understand if you're not interested in anything commercial, though ^^
Lyllas Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
What do you use to color your pieces besides watercolors and copics (guesses)?
Cardboard-Octopus Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I use this little travel set of Van Gogh brand watercolors and no I can't afford copics, haha. These are Faber Castell Pitt Artist Pens. They're great for sketching and rough color comps.

Other than that, not much else. Mechanical pencil and Microns I guess?
Lyllas Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Wow, all those works in watercolor? Props... Well, Faber Castell is still quite a good brand. Of course, copics are crazy expensive (I only own like, seven myself). Are you in any way a designer, or do you work in the art field (if you're in age to work of course)? (I'm not trying to be a creepy stalker, but your art is one of the first styles to be so amazingly moving to me)
Cardboard-Octopus Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Yeah, I go through phases, so I'm in a watercolor phase right now. Haven't used markers in a long while. ;o

And no, I'm not an art//fashion//design//somethingcreative student. I'm an advertising major.
I'm not in the field either or doing anything like that, haha.
If things go my way, I'll try to get an internship this summer at this particular graphic design studio in my city. C:

And no, the questions are alright, I'm just pleasantly surprised that you find my work moving! ;o
Lyllas Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Oh I know that. I'll always change mediums since I'll get bored sometimes. So I'm constantly trying new things. Markers are so fun to use. They have to be one of my favorites.

Advertising uses a lot of graphic design though, so that's a field where an artistic eye can be useful :).
Goodness that's an exciting prospect!I hope you get in! It sounds like an amazing experience.
18Queens Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2011  Hobbyist Interface Designer
There's a lot going on, but it looked pulled together. I don't know how you do it, but it's awesome. :)
Cardboard-Octopus Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I know, the idea was there for a long while, but never really got the time to clean it up and such. Thanks though. c:
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