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Old 07-14-2019, 02:32 PM
cwilliamson cwilliamson is offline
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A couple of ravens I did a while back. One with ink brushed on to create more darkness and ambiance. The other after someone on another forum wondered about a nib only version. I still used the back of the nib to create areas of deep shadow on it.

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Old 07-14-2019, 06:41 PM
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Re: Ravens

Nice one.
Well yes I think you are right, the version done with a brush does have more ambiance but how much of that comes from the surrounding dark clouds ?
If wash clouds had been included in the the pen one , might the stronger highlights not have been thrusted forward to make a third stronger yet more subtle version ?
Certainly both versions have their merits.
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Old 07-17-2019, 05:28 AM
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Re: Ravens

For someone who just love colour it is strange to say that I prefer the second version. The reason is the raven itself, somehow it doesn't lend itself to colour so well. I like to see it stark black against the white background. Something to do with the nature of the bird I guess.
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Old 07-21-2019, 12:24 PM
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Re: Ravens

I like the second one too, though both show the sinister characteristics ravens appear to possess!
I think it's the heavy dark against all the white space which makes the raven appear to be commanding the page.
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