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A tribute to Bill Watterson by Armel A tribute to Bill Watterson by Armel
EDIT: made some minor corrections on Calvin so he doesn't stand out too much. That drawing is so old!

A fanart of Calvin and Hobbes (best comics strip that was, is and will ever be) in a semi realistic way. For all of those who know Calvin and Hobbes, you'll know that Calvin likes to distort reality (Hobbes being the best example), introducing parts of his child fantasies into everyday life. Well, the idea of the picture was to try to do a realistic Calvin (I hope I at least succeeded in making him more realistic than he is in the strip) but while still placing him in a background that would bear the influence of his fantasies and thus would look more like the comics strip's style. I didn't copy Watterson's style for the bg though (I'm not yet good enough to make photoshop look like watercolor), but I tried to make something similar to it.

I know that Calvin usually bears a much more agressive, determined, even often mischievous look on his face. But here I wanted to show another part of his personality: the innocence of childhood, which, despite Calvin being a great sinner, is very present in some episodes of the strip.
The picture is not perfect yet, but I don't think I'll work on it anymore, I like it the way it is now.


I discovered Calvin and Hobbes when I was 15 (I think), in a summer camp in Switzerland. I instantly fell for the strip's ambiance, humour, and Watterson's wonderful drawings. There are many funny strips, but no other can create the same feelings in me. I was a very imaginative little boy, and reading Calvin is like reading about my childhood a second time. (For instance, although I very rarely disobeyed my parents, me and my best friend used to invite girls to our birthdays in order to have persons to anoy all day long).
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:iconassesina:
ASSESINA Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2008
awwwwwwww te quedo adorable!!
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:iconarmel:
Armel Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2008  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
^^ Thx for the fav
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elegaer Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2006
well I'm not going to say that Calvin looks too realistic LOL, I really like the idea of mixing the cartoon with a different, realistic look. Its a great idea. What I would say though, is that maybe *more* traditional bits are needed - if you ever wanted to rework it! If there was a more gradual transition between the two styles, maybe people might not feel Calvin "sticks out" so much
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Armel Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2006  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Yeah, you may be right. I don't know if I'll rework this pic (so many new projects + unfinished ones), but if I do I'll surely take your advice in notice :D
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PyroHiroshi Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2006  Hobbyist General Artist
Sorry bout that... forgot to check for smileys... :P


                                                                                        
                                                                                        
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:iconarmel:
Armel Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2006  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
ooops, yes, this one is perfect :D
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PyroHiroshi Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2006  Hobbyist General Artist
                                                                                        
                                                                                        
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:iconarmel:
Armel Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2006  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
loooooooooooool
excellent one!
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chuux Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2006
le ptit ya lair davoir peur/souffrir
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deathlegionare Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2006
i thought calvin wore pants. :P

calvin doesn't look so calvin. like the rebel that i used to know him as. but cool..

so fantastical
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ArtistoftheWar Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2006
wow this is sure great piece of art :D :D nice job! :D
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CandyWarlock Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2006
Compared to the rest of the pic Calvin seems outta place. Hobbes fits more with the rest of the environnement while Calvin's style is just too reallistic to fit with the rest.
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:iconarmel:
Armel Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2006  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Yup... but that was the idea of the whole pic... oh well
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:iconarmel:
Armel Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2006  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Yeah, I fear you're right.
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CandyWarlock Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2006
I thought it was too. I interpreted this way: the imaginary and the real. You get it? I thought that was the thing you wanted to illustrate but yea... It could've been portrayed in a better way, that idea.
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:iconarmel:
Armel Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2006  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Yeah, I fear you're right.
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NoBlemeAnimations Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2006
Kalkhran is right, Calvin looks wierd, but Hobbes is so well drawn.

Excellent stuff anyway :D

Bravo! ;)
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:iconarmel:
Armel Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2006  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks :)
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NoBlemeAnimations Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2006
De rien :D
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Kalkhran Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2006
Hobbs>Calvin. I prefer the way to draw Hobbs...
I didnt recognize Calvin, he looks too .. innocent


I discovered the Comics for one or two years, it became one of my favourite.
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:iconarmel:
Armel Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2006  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Yeah, everyone says this, but it was a conscient choice: I represented one aspect of Calvin which is my favourite, although it isn't the one under which he appears in most episodes.
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