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Spillway by chateaugrief Spillway by chateaugrief

I suspect you might have heard of California’s Oroville dam by now.  If not…wait a few days.  I really should have painted that spillway actually, it’s like Niagara Falls by now.  

This is the picturesque spillway of Elmer J. Chesboro Dam, built in 1955 and named for a local doctor and president of the water district, local reservoir of choice for me.  Two weeks ago when we got 18 inches of rain in a week, I went out there to assess the likelihood that the dam would overtop, not entirely impossible at the time.  Fortunately very aggressive water releases by the water district (Kudos!) have maintained the reservoir at safe levels.  Of course, the spillway, as you can see is nicely functional, set against solid rock (the green serpentine cut), the walls are braced against solid ground, well maintained concrete that is reinforced with rebar etc.  Oroville dam apparently has none of these things.  It’s also much bigger, and perched over the state capital like a watery sword of Damocles.  I’m skeptical about NOAA’s estimates of rainfall from the classic pineapple express atmospheric setup that comes in tomorrow, and also their temperature forecast, particularly since they’ve been underforcasting rainfall in northern california all year, consistently.  It’ll be a close shave for Oroville in the best case.  

As I drive around here in the South Bay, I see signs on people’s fences and in their windows saying ‘Pray for Rain’.  Remember when there was this great California drought?  Well guys, you can stop praying now, please?

Nice knowing you, Sacramento, Stockton, Mountain View, the Internet, and stuff.  It’s time to party like it’s 1862.  en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Great_Fl…

Rains aren’t going to be done for months yet.  

Comic Link…too serious to joke about I guess.

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:iconfredericrw:
FredericRW Featured By Owner 2 days ago  New Deviant Professional General Artist
very nice :) 
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:iconfluffydoki2:
fluffydoki2 Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2017  Student Traditional Artist
Did you paint this? It looks a bit different from your comics. I guess you have worked pretty hard on this :) (Smile) 
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:iconchateaugrief:
chateaugrief Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2017  Professional Digital Artist
Yes, this is a digital painting done in photoshop.

For the comics, I hand draw the characters in pencil and scan them into photoshop to paint.

The comic backgrounds are rendered from 3d models.
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:iconcrazysimsgirl4:
Crazysimsgirl4 Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2017
Gorgeous! <3
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:iconchateaugrief:
chateaugrief Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2017  Professional Digital Artist
thanks!
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:iconchateaugrief:
chateaugrief Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2017  Professional Digital Artist
thanks!
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:icontheoutlier35134:
TheOutlier35134 Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
Amazing! It looks very majestic...
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:iconchateaugrief:
chateaugrief Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2017  Professional Digital Artist
thanks!
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:iconrayenbenali:
rayenbenali Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2017  Student Digital Artist
This is wonderful :)
You worked very hard!
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:iconchateaugrief:
chateaugrief Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2017  Professional Digital Artist
thanks for your nice comments!
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:icongmatty:
Gmatty Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2017
Gorgeous!
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:iconchateaugrief:
chateaugrief Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2017  Professional Digital Artist
thanks!
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:icongmatty:
Gmatty Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2017
Pleasure! :) (Smile) 
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:iconwelpimsleepy:
welpimsleepy Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2017
how long do these pictures take for u to draw?
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:iconchateaugrief:
chateaugrief Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2017  Professional Digital Artist
I release one picture and one comic each Wednesday about noon.
The pictures I draw one at a time over the course of a week.
The comics I work on in batches of several weeks at a time--which 
takes a few weeks per batch.
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:iconwelpimsleepy:
welpimsleepy Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2017
nice! ill be exited to see them, thx
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:iconangel99kitty99:
Angel99kitty99 Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2017  Student Traditional Artist
Very gorgeous and imaginative!
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:iconchateaugrief:
chateaugrief Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2017  Professional Digital Artist
thanks!
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:iconangel99kitty99:
Angel99kitty99 Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2017  Student Traditional Artist
No probs!
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:iconcorybryde:
CoryBryde Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Oh DAMN pls keep it up, these look fantastic!
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:iconchateaugrief:
chateaugrief Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2017  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks!  I'll try!
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:iconflitsart:
FlitsArt Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2017  Student Digital Artist
Awesome work!
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:iconchateaugrief:
chateaugrief Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2017  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks!
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:icondemonicdivine:
DemonicDivine Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2017
still looking amaizing, waiting for your new works :)
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:iconchateaugrief:
chateaugrief Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2017  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks! Coming right up...
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:icondemonicdivine:
DemonicDivine Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2017
Yayy
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:iconlibertas268:
Libertas268 Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2017
Gorgeous! :heart:
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:iconchateaugrief:
chateaugrief Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2017  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks!
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:iconlibertas268:
Libertas268 Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2017
:heart:
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:iconkoma-tsunagi:
KOMA-Tsunagi Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2017   Digital Artist
beautiful!
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:iconchateaugrief:
chateaugrief Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2017  Professional Digital Artist
welcome!
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:iconsharxbyte:
sharxbyte Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
Were you up this way? We should hang out!
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:iconchateaugrief:
chateaugrief Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2017  Professional Digital Artist
You can find me with unfailing regularity at the local south bay starbuckses....starbi...starbices? ? ?  
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:iconsharxbyte:
sharxbyte Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
I may just do that one of these days when I'm over that way! :)
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:iconcynickalcyn:
cyNickalCyn Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Bring it down, Aqua-Chan!
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:iconchateaugrief:
chateaugrief Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2017  Professional Digital Artist
haha!  
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:iconelizabeth--t:
Elizabeth--T Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
That's pretty. The waters really nice looking. ^^
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:iconchateaugrief:
chateaugrief Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2017  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you!
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:iconelizabeth--t:
Elizabeth--T Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
No problem!
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:iconrika-riastar:
Rika-RiaStar Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
beautiful
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:iconchateaugrief:
chateaugrief Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2017  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks!
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:iconmacrocosmix:
Macrocosmix Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2017
Really gorgeous art, I love the detail in the water!
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:iconchateaugrief:
chateaugrief Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2017  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you!  
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:iconremiqs22:
Remiqs22 Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2017
Best work I've seen today!! :D :happybounce: 
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:iconchateaugrief:
chateaugrief Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2017  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you!
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:iconloveautumnandnature:
loveautumnandnature Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2017  Hobbyist
Just beautiful :-)
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:iconchateaugrief:
chateaugrief Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2017  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks!
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:iconloveautumnandnature:
loveautumnandnature Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2017  Hobbyist
You are very welcome thank you too
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:iconcrimsonsunset218:
CrimsonSunset218 Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2017
*laughs*  I'm going to keep praying for rain.  Because you clearly are in dire need of it.  I mean look at your painting!!!  There's LAND showing!!!  Clearly the rains are still needed.
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:iconchateaugrief:
chateaugrief Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2017  Professional Digital Artist
Gaaaaaahhh So it's YOUR fault!!!!!  Blurb gurgle...
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