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Feng Huang Winter: Preview Sketch by giadrosich Feng Huang Winter: Preview Sketch by giadrosich
Original Sketch: 5.5x7.5
Medium: Brush/Ink
Copyright Notice: Illustration 2012 by Bob Giadrosich/Red Dragonfly Illustration. All Rights Reserved.

Each month this year I'll be bundling six sketches that I've drawn that month and featuring them around the first of the following month. This image is one of the six that will be included with the November group of sketches; a preview, if you will.

January Sketches: [link]
February Sketches: [link]
March Sketches: [link]
April Sketches: [link]
May Sketches: [link]
June Sketches: [link]
July Sketches: [link]
August Sketches: [link]
September Sketches: [link]
October Sketches: [link]
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:iconpsymonster1974:
psymonster1974 Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2014
my friends home town :)
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giadrosich Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
And one of my favorite places in Hunan province! :D
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P0UL Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2014
marvelous !!!
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:icongiadrosich:
giadrosich Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you kindly, Poul, for the good word!:D
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Voblin Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Perfectly capture the perspective. Your Lineart amazing me as always.
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giadrosich Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks for the fave on this one! I enjoyed the challenge of trying to imply form with the negative areas! :D
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Trystl Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Wonderful, reminds me of my stay in Japan.
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giadrosich Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
I would love to travel to Japan, especially Kyoto! Thanks so much for your kind words! :D
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taibu Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2012
I like this view :)
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:icongiadrosich:
giadrosich Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks, Meelis! This past year I've been exploring different ways to use ink. I really like the implied sections of this one, in that there is form only because the area around it boxes the form in. No snow drawn, and yet the snow is there because of the shapes around it! Lots of fun, and a lot quicker than laying down a thousand lines, lol! :XD: :D
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Gilran Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Very nice work with few contour lines. I feel inspired to try something like that too :)
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giadrosich Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Why, thank you kindly! Lately I've been trying to imply more negative space while still keeping a fair amount of detail. I've found that the success of this is really subject related, in that it works better (for me) with landscapes and such. I may try it soon with some figure work... :D
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Gilran Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I've found it almost natural to do so with landscapes or even just distant backgrounds. To do this with figure drawing... I'd like to see how that turns out!
Btw always wanted to ask. Did you ever read any of Claudia Nice's books on drawing with ink?
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giadrosich Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
No, but I looked her up on the web last week, and now I would love to read what she says about ink. I really enjoyed looking at her work. Very expressive, but with a good amount of detail. When I get back to the States, I'll probably look up her publications. Thanks for bring her to my attention! :D
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Gilran Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
She has quite a selection of books. I am not sure which one is the best to look at first, but they all share quite a bit of overlap. Please let me know what you think of it all once you get the chance!
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APFurtado Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2012
Bob...I love this. You may have inspired me to pick up a pen this evening. Thank you. :)
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giadrosich Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
YW! Glad I could be of some help, lol. As someone once told me, "Pen is good, but brush be divine." :nod: :D
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Darkmir Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Americans have a happy go lucky knack for seeing the mystical in cultures other than their own. Often when such does not exist, or is viewed in a far different way by indigenous peoples.

At the rick of being totally guilty of this, I just have to say that it seems I am seeing more and more of an oriental sensibility in your work, Bob. In the case of this piece, it seems to me that lately, more and more, I see you illustrating what is NOT there, as often, or at least with as much intent, as when you illustrate what IS there.

I like it.
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giadrosich Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
It is something I've been trying to get a grip on. So much of Chinese inking employs a lot of negative space, usually in the form of mist or water. It really serves to draw the eye along huge "paintings," some of which are 6 or 7 foot long landscapes. This was just a small exercise to try and achieve the same sense of flow, albeit on a much, much smaller scale. When I get my studio up and running again, I may try some of the larger format ink paintings!

Thanks for looking, and for your comment, as always! :D
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Darkmir Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Sub note:

After posting this, I happened to notice the post directly beneath mine...

There is NO snow illustrated in this piece...:)
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giadrosich Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Nope, nada. :D
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Darkmir Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
sub - sub note:

There more things change, the more they stay the same.

I lived there for a decade, so I know. That hill in the background could have been lifted out of any of a myriad number of similar winter tableau to be found amidst the low Catskills bisecting middle Tennessee.
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giadrosich Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
:thumbsup:
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unicornsquest Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
This is great! I want to be there, love the snow....as long as I don't have to shovel it haha.
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giadrosich Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
I heard that! I got my fill of snow shoveling when I lived in Denver. It was nice to play in, but for day to day living? No way! Thanks for the kind words on this one. :D
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goldenSalamander Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
I like.
Now then, the composition is really good. I love the white space and the way that it, in combination with the detailed areas running alongside lead the eye up and back into the drawing into the more delicate detail of the hill, up the hill and to the trees and back down into the heavier detail of the buildings again. Really nicely done.

Here, again, you have a piece that has a sense of peace and poise and completeness while still having a sense of movement. I think your time in China has had an influence on your art. It is starting to have a faint 'Chinese inflection' to some of the pieces. And it's giving your art, despite the fact that you are a mature and accomplished artist, a greater sense of maturity. And I really think that if you turn any of these pieces into larger work you need to maintain the 'soft' irregular borders like you have on the bottom half of this one. A perfect sharp 90 degree corner would kill this piece. The way it is narrower at the bottom left and also lifts a tiny bit at the bottom right really helps to 'cup' the scene and open up into it.
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giadrosich Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks, Sandi. I agree about the influence, although subtle at this point mainly because I've been holding it back, somewhat. I'm saving it for some larger pieces that I'll get to next year. I'm not going to show any of the practice stuff, 'cause it's well, practice stuff. But that being said, on the right subjects, I can let it creep into the composition more.

So much of traditional Chinese ink painting centers around negative space, particularly in the discipline of Xie Yi, which is impressionistic at first, falling into representative shapes that are composed of abstract elements (if that makes any sense). Water, mist, snow, and sky are almost always left "blank," guiding the eye into the inked parts of the composition. I'll be posting a few more examples in my November sketches in a week or so.

Thanks for looking! :D
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goldenSalamander Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Now you have me wondering just what the percolator is going to brew from all the input. :D
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Sophia-Christina Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2012
:nod: the line work that enthralled me from the very beginning. Very good work and lovely scene!
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giadrosich Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks! I really enjoyed doing this one, more so for the fact that it was done very quickly, which helps to keep the drawing fresh. :D
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Sophia-Christina Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2012
nod I get that ...when having fun time flies :) I am glad you enjoyed it!
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