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04-14-2017, 10:07 PM
WhaleDream is finished. I've noticed that when a piece starts to look to me like a messy collection of scratches and smudges, it's time to stick a fork in it. I will get a better pic done, put it in a nice simple frame - but first it has to come off the easel and get cleared away.
17" x 23" assorted pencils and graphite powder

04-14-2017, 11:20 PM
Nice intricate work Mark.

Vivien Maloney
04-14-2017, 11:59 PM
Beautiful, expressive, imaginative work!

04-15-2017, 12:15 AM
Well done. I like the comparison of whale and porpoise sizes.

04-15-2017, 08:55 AM
Most excellent work with a lot going on.

04-16-2017, 10:11 AM
Thanks so much Vivien! I spent so much time on this one in the studio I was afraid I'd lost the real connection to why I wanted to spend that time in the first place. You reassure me :)

Thanks Christel. It seemed like a natural, putting the little guys with the big guy, and use them to tie the dreamer into the dream. It was fun :)

Thanks Kay. I worry sometimes that there will be too much going on, it will make me lose track of the main purpose of the piece. Hopefully experience is beginning to have results, and what is going on in the work is an addition instead of a subtraction.

04-16-2017, 11:55 AM
Amazing so much detail - it must have taken hours:cat:

04-16-2017, 12:45 PM
Thanks Lisa. Re the time the drawing took - over the course of a month, I spent somewhere north of 100 hours.
I think of my art as a process as opposed to a product. If the process is flawed, or the result too uneven, then I've spent a lot of time on something that didn't work. In this case I like to think that on balance the result is positive :)

04-16-2017, 03:11 PM
Wow this is superb work, I love it. I really like the sense of movement, with the flowing lines that connect everything together. Time well spent. :thumbsup:

04-16-2017, 06:07 PM
Thanks Jay :) Interconnection is a major theme I like to explore :thumbsup:

04-16-2017, 06:20 PM
Its magical - beautiful detail on all the figures!

04-16-2017, 09:00 PM
Thanks Pat. You should see how deeply the reference image printouts stack up when I'm working :)

04-18-2017, 12:57 AM
I thought I'd include an in-progress studio shot with a couple of the reference pictures I mentioned. I downloaded and printed quite a pile of them. Photoshop lets me lump multiple images on one sheet, which can be handy. The drawing board is 1/4" clear acrylic with the edges flame polished for safety. I like the innovation of clamping wood strips (well sanded!) to the board - the clamps move up and down as I draw to fine tune the position of my mahl stick :thumbsup:

chammi kaiser
04-19-2017, 08:23 AM
Wow, this is amazing. All those wonderful negative shapes. Love it.

04-19-2017, 03:21 PM
Such great detail, it's beautiful.

04-19-2017, 05:06 PM
Thanks Chammi :) As time goes by and more drawing is getting done, I'm finding the flow of negative space is becoming so much more an integral part of what I'm doing.

Thanks very much Pam. I'm so glad you like the drawing :).

I managed to pick up a matte and frame today from Victor Gallery down on Queen St. here in Toronto. I think the latest pair of drawings look good together over the mantle in their matching graphite grey frames :thumbsup:

04-20-2017, 07:37 AM
Inspiring work.... All those waves... :)

04-21-2017, 02:46 PM
Thanks fedetony - but I know that my waves and water and light will be needing a lot of work if I really want to do justice with the themes I have in mind for the next while.

04-24-2017, 07:03 PM
Wow!! Fabulous detail!

04-26-2017, 11:11 AM
Thanks Sheila :)

Rod Turner
04-27-2017, 09:35 AM

06-06-2017, 03:53 PM
Thanks Rod :)