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A Warm Welcome To Hell by mtomsky A Warm Welcome To Hell by mtomsky
Layered, laser cut, plywood illustration. Approximate size is 200mm by 710mm and 25mm depth.

My contribution to the Cats and Cartoonists show at Orbital Comics in London [link] . This will be up for a month so if you're in the area please come and check it out!

Available to buy now on etsy - [link]?

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:iconrazgrizinferno:
I like this a lot. So much so that I'm going to write my first ever critique on DevArt. So... here goes.

I feel like the most important aspect of working in a unique medium like this is the ability to take advantage of it's strengths and create something that would be impossible in other mediums.

This is a piece that does exactly that. The layering creates an amazing sense of depth and your use of different colors of wood makes everything stand out clearly. The whole piece just pops.

Your art style is delightful as well. There's a lot of personality in the characters even though their expressions are very simple, and there's a ton of detail without making everything feel cluttered. I also love how you've managed to tell a story and show the cat's journey in a static image.

I wish I could offer some constructive criticism but I can't find anything to complain about. As an engineer the asymmetrical wonky gears bother me, but I realize that's just part of the cartoon-ish style, and is likely intentional.

Fantastic work. You've really managed to take full advantage of the layered plywood and create something exceptional.
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Carmabal Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2014
It is very rarely that I see something this awesome.. Works like these make anyone humbled! You Sir, are a genious!
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:icononeeness:
Oneeness Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2014
this is one of the most impressive pieces of art i have ever seen!
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:iconthemedusa:
themedusa Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Interesting technique :)
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:iconvoradorhylden:
voradorhylden Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
okay i see,you stack it, very cool
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roundtower Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
* ¡Fantástico trabajo! Lo hemos destacado dentro de la carpeta "Featured nº 4 o Destacados nº 4" en Special-Groups. (Es la carpeta donde se exhiben los mejores trabajos del grupo).
¡Por favor, queremos ver más trabajos tuyos en el grupo!. 

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* Fantastic work! Featured in Special-Groups in folder Featured nº 4. (Best works of the group). 
Please, We want to see more works in the group of you!. 
the self portrait Gold Medal Emote
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:iconmtomsky:
mtomsky Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2013  Professional Artist
Thanks!
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:iconroundtower:
roundtower Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
 A Christmas Carol Two real pleasure dear friend! :xmas: Merry Christmas :D 
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crthorsegirl Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2013
I love how the cat is The Devil's pet haha
I love your style, its so unique and the work you produce is beautiful.
10 out of 10!
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GLoeNn Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
wow! O.O
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sweet-osmanthus Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2013
fantastic. this is pure awesomeness 0________________oWhaaat 
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RedLotus4 Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2013
I don't know if I'm the right person to critique.  I inevitably alternate between gaping like a fish and going hamana-hamana-hamana.
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AnimexFytraps Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
This is completely amazing! I can't even comprehend the time this must have taken!
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Dinos-Like-Flowers Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2013
No one can resist the kitteh
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:iconcristallane:
cristallane Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
P.s when I said I would stupid I ment = I sound stupid :D

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cristallane Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
You may not read your comments anymore but I hope you read mine :) I love every detail at first I did not see the cats but now I do lol I would stupid but anyways I could never do this and this is so clean very nice and ways keep doing what your doing :)
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:iconmtomsky:
mtomsky Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2013  Professional Artist
Thanks, I'm glad you like my work! I actually read every comment but mostly only reply to the ones asking a question. Anyone can do this kinda thing, it's just about taking the time to develop something that's your own and keeping at it for a very long time.
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vaness222 Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2013
wow I love all the details and the story in this art! Great work! lovely lovely cat :meow:
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T--N8 Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2013
Great things! thnks
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Blue-Koi Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2013
Aww, Satan loves his kitty!
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DeadNettlez Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
One small suggestion. Put a clock upon it, and it automatically will double the Functionality and the Metaphorical implication of the piece. Blessed Bee. I feel so glad that you are too share these laser making pieces with us. It must bee so much glueing!
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Calupto Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2013
It's incredible! You create wonderful works and (even if the details are small) you know how to maintain your style!
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SSSS7777 Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2013
:wow: amazing work !
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Ikaros-dream Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
Amazing!! just wow :wow: im speechless
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squakdoodle Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2013
EPIC!!!!
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xtwistdx Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2013
this is the coolest thing ill see all day
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RandomConfusedPerson Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
awesome
how long did it take?
not really hell like, but still like an underworld
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:iconmtomsky:
mtomsky Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2013  Professional Artist
Thanks, I would say it took around 3 weeks
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GeorgianaCt Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2013
This is sooo good! Really love it
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:iconkeren-or:
keren-or Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
This is amazing. It's just perfect. Wow.
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:iconfash-ion:
Fash-ion Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I knew! I knew that cats go down into hell to drink milk :) Fantastic work, Martin!
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TheDragonFli Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Holy Hell! Wow, you are such an inspiration even if I've never tried any woodwork (not yet, I mean!). Seeing your fantastic creations instantly make me just want to do art (right after I'm done gawking at this piece.)
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miserybahamut Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2013
My goodness, fantastic work! This is very stunning.
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2neien3 Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
hell of a kind art!... very great!
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ACrowsCollection Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Wow, this is amazing! I never imagined a woodcutting could be so detailed! :O
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Philotanus666 Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Wow, really nice
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SycamoreSea Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This is impossibly astounding. What an utterly magnificent creation. :heart:
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xionified Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Holy epic...
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bear48 Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2013  Professional
I love it
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PastYourPorchlight Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I love this for so many reasons xD
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DanFalconer Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
absolutely sick, love it man!
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GeoffRushton Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Really, really cool.
I love the detail
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ScribbleZennias Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
My cat does this every night, right after he decides my toes just aren't going to die. In his defense, he always puts up a valiant effort.
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Roskvape Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
This is too funny! I'm positive my cat is one of the kitties frolicking while people burn and suffer. :XD:
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TheOrangeSpork Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2013  Student Digital Artist
This is really cool. How long does something like this take?
i really wish i had money to buy it ;-;
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:iconmtomsky:
mtomsky Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2013  Professional Artist
Thanks, I think it took around 3 weeks to design and assemble
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:iconaywen-pasha:
Aywen-Pasha Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2013
This is very impressive!
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tessa744 Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2013
whoah!! awesome made!
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PyroStyx Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2013   Digital Artist
wow this is amazing!
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:iconmusic---junky:
Music---Junky Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Wow, this is awesome! Love it! :D
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AmandaRamsey Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2013  Student Digital Artist
wow this is amazing! if i had the money i would buy it.
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