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GivenToFly
06-23-2015, 02:22 AM
I read a story the other day about the Mongolians who hunt with there magnificent Golden Eagles in the absolutely stunning Mongolian mountains and I was inspired to use them as my next subject. I was so inspired I dropped my last project to get started on this one (can't waste all that mojo! :lol: ).

Its a large piece, 65cm x 50cm on canson paper and done in pastel pencils.
I've put 2 days into it so far (around 6 hours a day). The mans face has a lot more definition and tone to it than is showing in the photo's so I apologise for how it looks here ... I will go back and finish working his face and a bit more on his hat again tomorrow before I move on.

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/23-Jun-2015/1971026-eaglesk2.jpg

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/23-Jun-2015/1971026-eaglesk3.jpg

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/23-Jun-2015/1971026-Eagle.jpg

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/23-Jun-2015/1971026-eagle2.jpg

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/23-Jun-2015/1971026-eagle3.jpg

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/23-Jun-2015/1971026-eagle4.jpg

mercbill
06-23-2015, 08:37 AM
Looking good

water girl
06-23-2015, 11:42 AM
Your colors just sing! I can't wait to see the finished painting.

Rockport123
06-23-2015, 12:23 PM
Looks Great so far!

Mamalynn
06-23-2015, 10:19 PM
Can't wait either! Beautiful color harmony.

pastel65
06-23-2015, 10:21 PM
Looks great so far. Pam :wave:

GivenToFly
06-24-2015, 02:42 AM
OOo Happy days! ... I didn't expect many comments and I come in to quite a few! :clap: Thank you for the support!

I started on the fellows jacket today .... its slooooow going now trying to capture the look of reindeer pelt (im assuming that's what it is made of). Im happy with hows its shaping up though and I got a chance to fix the far side shoulder up (I'd had a few goes whilst it was still in its lines stage and just couldn't get it right). Next 3 progress shots ... not to much to see today though ... I'll finish the jacket tomorrow and then ponder my background a little over the weekend (and to be honest ... the background is making me a tad nervous :clear: )

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/24-Jun-2015/1971026-eagle5.jpg

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/24-Jun-2015/1971026-eagle6.jpg

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/24-Jun-2015/1971026-eagle7.jpg

Cheers,
Emma

GivenToFly
06-24-2015, 05:04 AM
Oh and I have a question ... I have some friends following me on Face Book and I mentioned a background and a couple have suggested it would be better to leave one out ... any thoughts on this?

Cheers,
Emma

Still-trying
06-24-2015, 06:14 AM
I was just going to ask you why you were going to do one. He and the bird are fabulous, coming out of the blue. You did a super job on the man and the bird, both. I'm amazed that it is pencil. Mind sharing the brand you like best? The colors are beautiful.
I hope some experienced paste lists weigh in on the background. I'm curious to see what they say. My vote is leave it. Looks great

GivenToFly
06-24-2015, 06:57 PM
Hi Jay! I just feel without a background it looks unfinished ... its quite a large piece so to me when I look at it it looks quite stark and doesn't have much depth to it ... I think I am going to try and put in a very muted background and hopefully it doesn't detract to much from the main focus :)

The colours aren't showing very true in my photos, the camera seems to pick up the bright colours and make them more vibrant whilst washing out the duller colours (assuming its the dull colours absorbing the light and bright colours reflecting it) .... In the last three photos I put up yesterday the middle photo is closest to how it appears in person. I'm using two brands of pastel pencil, the first are just Derwents, they are very hard, so once ive covered the paper I have to move to my other pencils which are Design by Bruynzeel - Sakura .... I really like these pencils, they are a lot softer so they are my accent go to when the Derwents decide they don't want to play anymore LOL

GivenToFly
06-25-2015, 02:28 AM
I got further with my Mongolian today than I thought I would ... I finished off his coat and then .... started on a background ... I'm so glad I put the background in .... it helps tell the story and adds so much depth to it! ... So the next progress report ... still one more day left in this which most liely will be Monday.

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/25-Jun-2015/1971026-Eagle8.jpg

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/25-Jun-2015/1971026-Eagle9.jpg

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/25-Jun-2015/1971026-Eagle10.jpg

Blayne
06-25-2015, 07:21 PM
This is stunning, and the addition of snowy mountains is perfect!

GivenToFly
06-26-2015, 07:14 PM
Im so glad you like the addition of the hills Blayne ... there was a bit of a struggle with myself as to what I should put in .... so far its been positive feedback! ... now all I have to do is put the sky in without mucking it up! Skies are my killer :/

spirothet
06-26-2015, 08:53 PM
What an undertaking. Your work so far is stunning! I can't wait to see the end result. Thanks for sharing your inspiration!

GivenToFly
06-29-2015, 01:15 AM
Thank you Cali .... I spent the last few hours needed to get the sky in and .... I think maybe I'm finished :clear: ... I have put him into a frame so I can sit back and cast an eye over him for a few days before I make it official ... (He is safer in a frame because I have a bad habit of fiddling and a lot of times it doesn't do the piece any favours ...

The colours of the sky aren't showing very true in the photo out of the frame ... I should have checked the photos before I put him into the frame ... whoops ... seems the lights on my table have made the sky a lot bluer than it looks in person! :lol:

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/29-Jun-2015/1971026-eagleF2.jpg

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/29-Jun-2015/1971026-eagleF3.jpg