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Absorbent and Yellow by BenHickling Absorbent and Yellow by BenHickling
The base of this was a Sponge Bob colouring book picture, you can see it here: [link]

I've always wanted to take a kids colouring book picture and go overboard with the rendering. There's something amusing and slightly wrong about it.

Painted in Photoshop CS2

Prints are now available here! [link]
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:iconjelenadbz:
Jelenadbz Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2012  Student Filmographer
i love spongebob i have a doll of him.
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:icondavidangel54:
davidangel54 Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
he looks so real
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:iconsailor-makie-chan:
Sailor-makie-chan Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2012
Cute he look like cheese
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:iconbananas-r-awesome:
Bananas-r-awesome Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2012
Saw Whuuut! OH MY DERP YOU DREW THE SPONGE!!!!!!!
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:iconsonicspeedz:
SonicSpeedz Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
OMG, SpengoBob looks more adorable!! Love it!! :love: :hug:
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:iconragdolls-and-robots:
ragdolls-and-robots Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
This is all kinds of bikini bottom awesomeness!!!
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:icontanithlipsky:
TanithLipsky Featured By Owner May 18, 2011
cool
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:iconkitty-cat-angel:
Kitty-Cat-Angel Featured By Owner May 15, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Your painting technique is just superb! :heart:
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:iconreskull:
ReSkull Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2011   Traditional Artist
Spongy Is always cool as this one :D
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:iconpixelobsessed:
PixelObsessed Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Great work - like all your others :o
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:iconngraficos:
ngraficos Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2010
jejejeje :)
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:iconfmpuga:
FMPuga Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2010  Hobbyist Artist
I love Spongebob!!! :D
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:iconnitrox-marquez:
Nitrox-Marquez Featured By Owner May 1, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
excellent :D
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:iconzombiefruits:
zombiefruits Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2010
I love the simple style with the crazy rendering. Looks great!
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:icondiloshstar:
Diloshstar Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Amaizing work! The coloring is very realistic that it looks like a figure :D
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:icondrojan:
Drojan Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2009   Digital Artist
fantastic use of colors man. Spongebob looks awesome.
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:icongabriel-joker:
Gabriel-Joker Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2009
WOAH! Great job, Dude! :D
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:icon1-ace:
1-Ace Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2009
...and porous is he!

...too bad the new episodes are trying to hard now.
but awesome work! it's like he's staaaring at me... o.o
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:icontaylor-tot:
Taylor-Tot Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2009
Very,very nice, especially the texure you used and the way you coloured his eyes.
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:iconitinen:
Itinen Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2009  Professional General Artist
Hehe,great work!!!
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:iconthedrawn:
TheDrawn Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2009
very well done.
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:iconconstantine2530:
coNstantine2530 Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2009  Student Filmographer
LOL awesome xD
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:iconammeyellah:
ammeyellah Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2009
Oh christ this is so beautiful.
The rendering is amazing!
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:iconhubedihubbe:
Hubedihubbe Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2009
It's the beeest piic eeeveeer~~ :sing:
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:icondrseahorse235:
DrSeahorse235 Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2009  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Lol. You should sell this as a print. I bet a bunch of people on here would buy it for their kids/siblings/etc. It look just like Spongebob. XD
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:iconkornette:
kornette Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2009   Traditional Artist
I want to squish his eyes...
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:icontheodenn:
TheodenN Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2009   Digital Artist
...and porous is he!! Argh! LOL
Very good, congrats :ahoy:
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:iconrustajb:
rustajb Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2009   Photographer
Wonderful, great job.
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:iconpheyl:
PheyL Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
Amazing idea haha, not your typical children book coloring! Bob looks so alive and happy : p
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:icontsuki-shema:
Tsuki-Shema Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2009  Student Digital Artist
yeah well....I can colour inbetween the lines >_>
XD
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:iconcoidzy:
Coidzy Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2009
Awesome.

<_< Also, I knew there was a reason this seemed eerily familiar in the thumb.
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:iconbobthedancingflea:
bobthedancingflea Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2009
Hah! Fabulous. I was gonna do the same thing with a colouring book picture of a triceratops yesterday. xD It's definitely hella amusing. And I dig the fuck out of way you colour, even though I've probably said it 1000 times before. I like how you did his eyeballs. :3~
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:iconbenhickling:
BenHickling Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
thanks :)
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:iconkangarou:
Kangarou Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Really, I find it tough to believe you got the frame for this excellent artwork from that simple black and white coloring book page.
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SomeGuy117 Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2009
Spongebob...in the 4th DIMENSION!!! Really though, very good work, especially on the tints and shades; its very subtle...which is saying alot cuase theres nothing SUBTLE about Spongebob. lmao
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Lenedict Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2009  Student General Artist
Spongebob ftw!!½ :dance: Great job, the style is almost "fine-art'ish", which makes it maybe even more funny :D Keep up the good style, I would love to see your version of some other cartoon characters^^
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Max-CCCP Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2009
COOOL
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:iconjpnunezdesigns:
jpnunezdesigns Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
Great job on this!
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:iconchaosepoch:
chaosepoch Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2009
Your light source is inconsistent. Also his shoes should be black!
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:iconbenhickling:
BenHickling Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
Your face is inconsistent
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:icontyleen:
Tyleen Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2009  Professional General Artist
not only does this coloring look awsome but your comment "I've always wanted to take a kids colouring book picture and go overboard with the rendering. There's something amusing and slightly wrong about it." made me laugh, = instant win
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Raphiel4-u Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2009  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
:iconspongebobrapefaceplz:
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:icontitania-rose:
Titania-Rose Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
That is amazing, Nitro. I saw the thumbnail and about flipped at how pristine this Spongebob is. :O Wonderful job dood.
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Dragonrider1227 Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2009
WOOAAAH!!
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:iconnancher:
nancher Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
so real :omg:
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:iconmiracle-overloading:
Miracle-overloading Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2009
I'm sad.
During the 10th anniversary marathon last month, I saw "Band Geeks" so many times it stopped being funny.
I don't know who I am any more. OTL
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:iconbenhickling:
BenHickling Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
In the UK, the Nickelodeon channel has pretty much become the Sponge Bob channel. It's literally on all the time. I haven't watched that many episodes to be honest, it is funny in places, but it's never captured my interest fully, unlike Flapjack.
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:iconmiracle-overloading:
Miracle-overloading Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2009
Spongebob's early episodes were pretty good. For at least the first 4 or so seasons all was well.
Some of them are easily some of the funniest things I've ever seen.
But as with all things glorious; it has largely jumped the shark these days from what I've seen.

The episode where K'nuckles steal's the Mermaid Queen's heart had me crying.
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:iconbenhickling:
BenHickling Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
That episode had so many things I'd wanted to see
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:iconmiracle-overloading:
Miracle-overloading Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2009
I'm actually rather disappointed.
I just can't picture them topping it.
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