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01-28-2001, 02:08 PM
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Thought you wildlife buffs might find this interesting...been having fun lately doing some eye studies. I am just blown away by the diversity of nature, endless!! each creature is so well adapted to its habitat..and it shows in every feature..none more so than the eyes. Without these adaptations they simply would not be here for us to enjoy...and hopefully get serious about protecting one of these days before it's too late. Doesn't seem likely but we can always hope.


01-28-2001, 04:28 PM
Excellent study Darrell!!!! Very fine work.

I have done studies similar to this, but used the Bic Ballpoint black ink pen, fine point...and it takes a bit of patience to get the dexterity of the hand, finger pressure, etc., to get control over all the values, but when one nails it, they come off very photographic.

I think everyone interested in portraiture of any kind ought to do a major study and series such as you have!! Kudos....

Larry http://www.artsmentor.org

"Painting is easy when you don't know how, but very difficult when you do!" Edgar Degas

01-28-2001, 05:39 PM
Thanks Larry. I would love to see your studies if thats possible.
I started doing this for the eyes project and got carried away in the beauty of the eyes of even a black vulture...amazing!
these were done on Strathmore Bristol with staedtler 3H,H,2B and 4B pencils...I find them excellent say compared to derwent....which I usually end up throwing away in frustration...keep finding hard sopts in them, and the graphite is often off center. I will trust the germans to make a precision pencil.
I also used to draw with a black ballpoint and know what you mean about the effect being photographic with enough care and handling. I agree too that these studies are important if an artist wants to understand his subject fully...I love to draw and paint animals but am limited in my access to zoos for the exotics. Although you can get some great closeups there for sure. I only work from my own ref. shote but for these studies I went to my numerous wildlife books. I always find myself fortunate when I go into a bookstore that the books I am after are always on sale because nobody else wants them..lol

thanks again........Darrell

01-28-2001, 11:16 PM
Just when I thought you couldn't possibly cause me to be any more awestruck than you already have, you go and show these!
I am blown away, once again.
You have a whole landscape going on there in the center of that middle eye!

I'm not even going to think that you can't top this. You're just gonna go on to prove there just isn't an end to your amazing work!

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01-29-2001, 08:42 AM
Thanks a lot Bev...if you have any really good closeups of bird eyes I would love to see them..I find this fascinating and only spend 15 minutes or so on each eye, a nice distraction from painting. I am seriously considering an entire wildlife piece in graphite....something i can work on over time, it's so easy to stop and start again with pencil art.
I have moved this puter and desk out of my studio finally!!!lol
much less distracting and more room for a drafting table for drawings and watercolour. I now have 11 x 14 dedicated to ART ONLY!! http://www.wetcanvas.com/ubb/smile.gif

When is your next posting Bev?.....always looking forward to them.


01-29-2001, 09:22 AM
only 15 minutes? You can achieve this kind of beauty in 15 minutes?
I have a loooong way to go!
As for my next posting, I haven't decided for sure on what to paint next. I can do a couple more parrots, (if I'd get off my lazy butt and get started), but I am finding myself wanting to also try other things for me- just because I need to know if I *can*, and to fulfil my hunger to learn more and paint more.
This is why I am interested in taking outdoor photos, as I want to try a landscape. (I did quite a few landscapes in the past, but they were all from instruction books- you know- snow/barn scenes painted on sawblades, etc)
I did post a couple of faces I did about 5 years ago using Corel and just the mouse to 'paint', over in the critique forum. Don't know if you saw them. They are somewhere on the second page now, I think. I posted them to ask if I had done an okay job with colour and highlighting and compostion, seeing I made the faces up out of my head. Maybe you could take a look and let me know what I did right/wrong.
Actually, I get requests for certain species of parrots. I've got people wanting macaws, sun conure, lesser sulpher crested and galah cockatoos and various colour mutations of cockatiels. So, I *should* be doing more birds, shouldn't I" http://www.wetcanvas.com/ubb/wink.gif

01-29-2001, 06:19 PM
These are great studies Darrell! http://www.wetcanvas.com/ubb/eek.gif

I have used Derwent Pencils but would like to try Staedtler. Right now I am using Koh I Noor but I find they they aren`t as sharp as I need them to be. I really like the highlights and the diferent effects you have used for the eyes. I am also using sketch paper( Canson Sketch 9x12) and what paper would you recommend for doing animals
Would it be possible for you to do a lesson on doing different eyes? Really like the tiger eye!