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Hill Song by giadrosich Hill Song by giadrosich
Original: 10x13
Medium: Brush and ink
Copyright Notice: Illustration 2016 by Bob Giadrosich/Xiangbala Studio. All Rights Reserved.

The second of three, Hill Song explores texture and value with pure ink strokes, allowing the stroke to define mass. Another way of doing that, of course, is to use an outline around the object, building value with thickness of line work. Heavy lines in shadows, with thinner lines on the highlights to bring it forward. 

Here, instead of using graphite to determine an atmospheric condition (as in Hu Zhua Shan fav.me/da1sn82), the strokes simply cease, and the weather becomes negative space, which brings a balance to the image.

The final piece in the "series" is more of a character study...well, characters-in-the-middle-of-a-journey-study, where the environment plays a key element in the narrative of the tale. 

Image 3: On the Road to Find Out fav.me/da7jz5d
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chocochelo Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
What do you call this kind of art ?
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giadrosich Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2016  Professional Traditional Artist
Hi, C! A few things, perhaps. I guess that would depend on what you would like to know. It could be called a "brush and ink landscape," since it was done with ink and no people are visible. It could be called an "architectural study, because the buildings in this image were influenced by the Miao of south-central China (around Guizhou) and some of the peoples of northwest Hunan province, set in that environment.

Does that help? :D
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chocochelo Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Wow you know your piece,im so impressed! Good job!
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unicornsquest Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2016  Professional Traditional Artist
sweet, do you use various nibs, dip pens, or mechanical pens?
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giadrosich Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2016  Professional Traditional Artist
On this particular piece, everything was rendered with a few brushes. I've got a favorite that I use which is a 2/0, but beyond that, nothing really fancy, what ever I had current. Thanks for stopping by, Leslie! :D
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faile35 Featured By Owner May 30, 2016   Traditional Artist
Again, this is stunning and beautiful. :worship:
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giadrosich Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2016  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks for stopping by, Jeff, and for faving this piece! I'm really trying to break up the line work a little, however, in the third piece (soon to come), I tend to strike a closer balance between "proper" line work and improv... :D C'ya! 
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Tiisa Featured By Owner May 25, 2016  Hobbyist
woah it´s so pretty.... O.o this is such an inspiration! I love it ! :D
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giadrosich Featured By Owner May 27, 2016  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks so much for the fave on this one, Denise! I'm making a conscious effort to loosen up the compositions a little. At least here, anyway, 'cause things really took a complicated turn in #3 (coming soon). :D
 
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Colin-Bentham Featured By Owner May 23, 2016  Professional General Artist
Really nice piece. :)
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giadrosich Featured By Owner May 25, 2016  Professional Traditional Artist
Xiexie, Colin! This is going somewhere, lol. I do think the 3rd image will bring together all the various elements that the first to have, technically. Totally different subject matter, however... :D Thanks for faving! 
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Colin-Bentham Featured By Owner May 25, 2016  Professional General Artist
I really enjoy seeing your work, great stuff :)
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Aerwis Featured By Owner May 22, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
it's very beatiful
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giadrosich Featured By Owner May 25, 2016  Professional Traditional Artist
And you are being kind, Aerwis. Thank you for faving this piece! :D
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Aerwis Featured By Owner May 28, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
You're welcome! It deserved it ^^
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baiwuzhi Featured By Owner May 21, 2016  Hobbyist
I really love these series so far, can't wait to see the third one!
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giadrosich Featured By Owner May 25, 2016  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks for the fave on this one, baiwuzhi! The third piece is much more a character study in a well defined environment! :D A party of people, actually...
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MEQuick Featured By Owner May 21, 2016  Student Traditional Artist
The amount of detail is so beautiful!!
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giadrosich Featured By Owner May 25, 2016  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks for stopping by, MEQ! As so often with these series of images, the whole process "jells," more or less, by the time the 3rd piece is done, and then, onto color! :boogie: :dance: :D
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GDupons Featured By Owner May 21, 2016
Does this village really exists or is it fantasy?
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giadrosich Featured By Owner May 22, 2016  Professional Traditional Artist
Hi, Guillaume! As with so many of my pieces, it's kinda "all of the above." I use a lot of different reference, and then (usually) form a composite which takes a little bit of this and a little bit of that. If something doesn't fit, I leave it out, and if I need something to balance out, I'll add another building or shape to do so. I've been doing a lot of research into various ethnic groups in China (such as the Miao and Dong peoples), some of who live in similar mountain villages. The architectural form is very ancient, and often, the meeting halls and bridges are build without metal nails.

Here is another example: giadrosich.deviantart.com/art/… Thanks for looking! :D
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GDupons Featured By Owner May 22, 2016
Thank you for the kind answer!
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SirDNA109 Featured By Owner May 21, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Wonderful work! Keep it up!
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giadrosich Featured By Owner May 22, 2016  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks, Andris, for stopping by and faving this piece! I enjoy doing two or three pieces in a row that "connect" in some form or fashion, even if it is only by solving a few similar challenges over the course of the series. Good practice, lol. :D
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Shogon910 Featured By Owner May 21, 2016
Brilliant!
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giadrosich Featured By Owner May 22, 2016  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks for the fave and the kind word, Shogon! :D
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DriPoint Featured By Owner May 21, 2016   Digital Artist
Like this
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giadrosich Featured By Owner May 22, 2016  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks, Jon! I tried not to get too hung up in the details, instead wanting to concentrate on how the strokes lent structure to the final shape of objects, etc. :D
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DriPoint Featured By Owner May 26, 2016   Digital Artist
When to stop - the hardest part!
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giadrosich Featured By Owner May 27, 2016  Professional Traditional Artist
This one wasn't too bad, but the last image in the "series," On the Road to Find Out, lingered on for weeks as I struggled with the technical aspects of making a good picture a great picture...without ruining it in the process! :D I don't know how many times I thought it was totaled.
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DriPoint Featured By Owner May 30, 2016   Digital Artist
Looks great from this end without the burden of knowing how its arrived at!
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giadrosich Featured By Owner May 30, 2016  Professional Traditional Artist
:D
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Dagger-13 Featured By Owner May 21, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
The level of detail is just right in all the right places :nod: Very nicely done!
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giadrosich Featured By Owner May 22, 2016  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks! It's been a while since I've done an architectural piece without people. Lots of fun, with further exploration of this theme in the future! :D
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