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Winter in Sherwood Forest by giadrosich Winter in Sherwood Forest by giadrosich
Original Size: 10x13
Medium: Brush, Quill & Ink
Copyright Notice: 2006 by Bob Giadrosich/Sharayah Press. All Rights Reserved.

    One of the projects that I am currently working on (which has been simmering in the background of my life for the past year) is rewriting and illustrating the Tales and Legends of Robin Hood. A lot of time has been spent researching the hundreds of books and tens of thousands of words which have been already written about this folk figure.

    More of Robin Hood and his band of Merry Gents coming soon.
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Given 2007-09-26
"The intricate details in Winter in Sherwood Forest by =giadrosich are what first drew me to the piece but what kept me look was the stark and lonely beauty of winter in Sherwood Forest." ( Suggested by DailyDeviants and Featured by Marker-Guru )
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GabiWieczorek Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
very niceFish
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Vaemi Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2016  Student Traditional Artist
This is gorgeous, really wonderful mark making and control of tone.
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akiraken Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Wow !!
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Chipmeow Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2014
Wow, I'm just speechless, it's really nice, and I like how you created this snow illusion on the branches :o :hug:
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giadrosich Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks so much for your visit, Chip! :D
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Chipmeow Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2014
You're welcome! You are a really great artist!!
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mjk-art Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2014
Wow. VERY cool.
Great mood, depth, atmosphere. I like how you have balanced highly textured and detailed areas with stark white, and it reads very well.
Your work is reminiscent of the great comic artists, like Bernie Wrightson. Have you seen his illustrated version of Mary Shelley's Frankenstein?
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giadrosich Featured By Owner Edited Oct 20, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks for the kind words (and the watch). And, yep, Wrightson has been a big influence of mine over the years, as well as another of his influences, Franklin Booth. Love both of their works! :D</i>
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MirtaFlickorn Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
woooow... Amazing... Is it snowy or just light?
I am so confused, enchanted by this view...

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giadrosich Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Hi, Marta. I wanted to portray Sherwood in the winter time, so I guess you could say it was snow, lol. Thanks so much for the visit and the fave on this one! :D
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Fred73fr Featured By Owner May 11, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Love the mood and the technique blows me away. I especially like how the contrast works for a better understanding and depth. I'll be definitely using it for my own practice. I'll then may be able to do the same in a hundred years ;)
Just one comment though ... we want more! :D
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giadrosich Featured By Owner May 27, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Lol. No worries, Fred, but thank you for your kind words! Your own work is quite intricate and detailed! Cartography is a skill that I have never mastered, although I do enjoy tinkering with maps and overviews. Keep up the fine work! :D
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maninpaperhat Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2013
This is quite interesting. I thought of maybe using it, credited of course, on a blog post of mine. Let me know what you think.

The website is:
runawayslaveunite.blogspot.com
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Trystl Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Powerful lines. I don't usually like landscapes all that much, but your technique & composition are so wonderful it makes me want to see more.
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giadrosich Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks so much for your visit, Trystl! I have to admit that I don't often do landscapes, either. I much prefer to put people into my images, but I really enjoyed taking a break from that and concentrating on the trees. :D
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cidemmmm Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
how did you do this?!
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giadrosich Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
The medium, of course, is ink. For the majority of my ink work (this one included), I use a brush, and for the smaller lines, a crow- (or hawk-) quill. Most of the time I like to ink on a hot press illustration board, because of the smooth (almost slick) surface, which gives a much more even line than a surface with texture.

With this one, it is a little deceiving, in that what looks like tree branches are really just "ink lines going nowhere." If you study them real close, you will find that they are just there to fool the eye into seeing branches. In other words, this piece works primarily because of the detail, but upon examination of the detail, one sees the illusion break down. I found this technique after studying the work of Barry Windsor-Smith. He does these wonderful pieces with his characters standing in fields of flowing grasses. Quite daunting in appearance, but when you really look at his work, only the foreground grass actually connects, and the rest is just line work which gives the appearance of grass. Does that make sense? :D

This piece is actually pretty simple when you look closely. It just took a long time because of all those crazy lines, lol. Now, as far as my process, you can view the following tutorial, submitted in stages to see how I go from a finished pencil, to ink, and then adding color. Both this and another monochrome tutorial are in the folder by the same name on the left hand side (bottom one) in my gallery.

Within Tutorial: [link]

Thanks so much for your interest, Cidemmmm! :nod:
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cidemmmm Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
THANKS for your great explanation! i'm glad to explore your wonderful works, i appreciate your own style,, congratulions:)
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faux-fox Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2012
cold:)
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giadrosich Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks, FF, for the visit and the word! :D
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grobles63 Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2012
Beautiful
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giadrosich Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks so much for the kind word and fave on this one, Gil. Needless to say, after this, I'd "gone off" tree branches for a while. :D
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xmaryxedgex Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
this is stunning
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giadrosich Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you so much, Mary, for your kind words on this one, and of course, the fave! :D
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kakobrutus Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2012
Featured in [link]
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giadrosich Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you! It's an honor! :D
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Voblin Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Amazing depth.
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giadrosich Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you kindly!! :D One of my favorite subjects to draw is trees!
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writetopaint Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Beautiful work indeed!
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giadrosich Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks so much, for your kind words and the fave on this one! :D
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writetopaint Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Welcome.
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Colin-Bentham Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2011  Professional General Artist
this in pen and ink work at its best... This is a really stunning piece of work. :)
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giadrosich Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks so much for your kind words, Colin! Usually I tend to stick inside the fantasy genre, but with this piece, I tried to "branch out" a little bit... :XD:
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Colin-Bentham Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2011  Professional General Artist
i find it quite inspiring. I started off drawing and painting when i was much older. then I went to Uni and they kind of forced me out of it with all the contemporary bullshit. but i'm trying to get back into it. I really love the old school etching look. I'm trying to recreate it digitally with limited success. So it's great to see people still doing it for real. I am currently doing local buildings and landmarks. maybe I should take a leaf out of your book and illustrate an old story. :)
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giadrosich Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
Well, I absolutely love the old stories, and of course, the illustrators who brought them to life, visually. Folks like Arthur Rackham, Franklin Booth, Maxfield Parrish, Howard Pyle, and N.C. Wyeth are constantly influencing my work. Of course, more current artists I enjoy are Barry Windsor-Smith, Bernie Wrightson, and Jeffry Jones, along with a host of others.

University (ah, the joys of higher learning) Art courses will tend to do that. "Academic" art has never been high on my list of art which is particularly brilliant or in-depth. But, most of them probably would feel the same way about the work that I am producing. From the many folks who have shared their stories about attending University classes, almost all have related that realism (where something is supposed to look like the object or person it is representing) was strictly, and sometimes vehemently, looked down up.

Enjoy, live, and create! :D
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Colin-Bentham Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2011  Professional General Artist
I do like Arthur Rackam's style of work. i work similar many years ago as a teenager. unfortunately when i lef home my Father burnt all my work. Anyway there's a few names for me to check out. to thanks for that. at least that gives me a nice little research project to do.

I sometimes wonder if going to uni was a good idea. but here in the UK most galleries won't touch you if you don't have a degree. The course i was on consider the kind of work i'm doing now as illustration and not fine art. funny though, the Royal Academy fine Art course still do traditional figurative work and call it fine art.

its what brings the bacon home at the end of the day. and i've just sold 4 prints this week so i can eat :)
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John-Siemssen Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2010
This is gorgeous.....
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peninha3 Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2010
* you have the most patience of all you've ever seen lol great jog ^^
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Darkmir Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
I am pretty sure I spotted Calvin there behind #75 (counting in from the left) but I think you are just plain fibbing about Hobbes.

The level of depth and realism in this piece when viewed small is amazing, Bob. Looks like a B&W photo. Of course, it holds up perfectly well at the larger view size, but your vision of the scene in toto hit me square on when I first saw this in it's smaller presentation size.

Nice piece.
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mkornatka Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2009
nice work
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Moonshadow1968 Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
I am almost speechless over this. Its THAT ****** good! This is...just....whoa...I can't put it in words.
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Sabis Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2008
Wow wow wow detail! All those little branches. I've done a few forest drawings and though mine where childish sketches, it took me forever to draw in all the trees! Bravo!
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Rex-n-Tiger Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2008  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
man wow, whn you think about it itts just alot of little lines but when u see the whole picture it all comes togethr O.O
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ElenaR Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2008   Traditional Artist
Featured this in my new journal --> [link]
Hope you don't mind ;)
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giadrosich Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
Don't mind at all! Thank you!

:D
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jussta Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2008  Professional Digital Artist
Hi, you've been featured in Fridaylicious: [link] :santa:
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giadrosich Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you!! :hug:

:D
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mimose-stock Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2008  Hobbyist Photographer
you've been featured here : [link]
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llinderv Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2008  Hobbyist Photographer
:boing: Hello! I've featured this lovely drawing here: [link] :boing:
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giadrosich Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you so much for the feature, Liz! :hug:

:D
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