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Summoned: Finished Pencil by giadrosich Summoned: Finished Pencil by giadrosich
Original: 10x12
Medium: Graphite
Copyright Notice: Illustration 2013 by Bob Giadrosich/Red Dragonfly Illustration. All Rights Reserved.

While all the line work you see will be inked, a good part of the shadow and texture in this image will be laid in with ink wash. After I let it sit for a few days, I may add a glimpse of another bird or two far off in the distance in order to establish some depth. Also, at that time I'll decide whether or not to do a wash pattern in the back ground, also.
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Tindome-Art Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Oh. My. That Fair Folk I would very much like to meet. Such feeling in the picture, and such detail - as always!
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giadrosich Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks! :hug: :D
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goldenSalamander Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
I really like this. I like the design patterns of his wardrobe and the flying hair and material and the way he's flanked with the angular flying birds. They really set him off. It has a great sense of quick action caught in a moment and slowed to a point of perfect balance.
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giadrosich Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks, Sandi. I'm considering adding two more birds to the composition. These birds would be much smaller in size (establishing the background and giving the picture some needed depth). The first one would be visible just underneath his right arm and closer to his body in that elongated rectangular area. The second bird would be partially visible in the area above the tail of the (forefront) lowest bird and below the cape. Both birds would be in silhouette.

What do you think?
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goldenSalamander Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
I'm not sure. It would partly depend on how much smaller, and whether they will be more gray silhouette then black silhouette, but if you put one in the rectangular area you're going to break up not only that negative space, but also the secondary, almost negative space area created by the arm, body and weapon. And putting one behind him, above the foreground bird, while small and only partly visible might interfere with the sense of movement of the material flying around. I think I know what you're thinking of doing with that one though and I think that it is less likely to detract from what you already have going and more likely to be a good edition. Breaking up that rectangular space might be a good thing though, if the bird isn't too large. It might actually allow us to see the power of that triangle created by the body arm weapon and pay less attention to the negative space. I would try putting the birds on tracing paper in a solid dark gray, cut them out and lay them down in the spots. Maybe even try a couple different sizes and different value ranges for their shading before touching the paper.
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goldenSalamander Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
I almost feel like you need to keep the negative space you have, in the picture, to keep a comfortable flow and a comfortable balance between detail and negative space. The more you put in and the less the space, the more he's going to feel hemmed in, static and stone like. Right now you have a nice flow. I agree it could use a little more depth, but you may have to sacrifice that for the overall good and be satisfied with a shallower depth of vision.
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VARAKIENEN Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2013
reminds me of P Craig russel. Beautiful stuff.
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giadrosich Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Wow! I love P. Craig Russel's work! Thanks so much for the kind comparison, and the fave on this one, Grant! :D
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Senecal Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Excellent work! I love the razor sharpness of the lines for the birds. So kinetic.
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giadrosich Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks. I wasn't sure whether to go with the stop-motion or the blurred look on the wings. Obviously, I went for the former, lol! :D
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