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Old 09-17-2019, 12:46 PM
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Trees in a pasture



Pen and ink drawing of a pasture that I drive by fairly often. Located in central Iowa. Size is 16 inches x 12 inches. Drawn on watercolor paper with a Koh-I-Noor rapidograph pen.

I'm still working on. A little. I need it to be done by next week to be scanned and so I can get it ready for a show in October.

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Old 09-18-2019, 01:18 PM
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Re: Trees in a pasture

This drawing is a testament to patience Joel - such a lot of fine work here!

Take this with a pinch of salt - I just would like to have seen a little more white left in the ground/landscape ..... but that's personal and in no way do I want to detract from your splendid work!
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Old 09-18-2019, 10:03 PM
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Re: Trees in a pasture

Hi Maureen! Thanks for the comment! I really need to figure out compression and anti-aliasing settings for my pictures of my drawings. It kind of butchers them. This image is very very coarse for what the work actually looks like. The leaves aren't nearly as visible as they seem to be here. And the cross-hatch looks very rough.

I didn't want much white in the ground. I've even darkened it a tad more than what is shown here. The overpowering whiteness of the sky hugely distracts from the water. In order to boost the white of the water I needed a darker land. The anti-aliasing is pulling white flecks out of everywhere. And with this much ink piled on, it reflects some. Making the black blacks less black.

It is actually difficult to look at the above image for me. I'll need to do a little on-line searching for assistance.

I might step back from the work and try a photo from a littler further back. I'm a little stuck with my lighting setup at the moment. But hopefully that will change.
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Old 09-19-2019, 07:35 AM
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Re: Trees in a pasture

Joel, have you tried scanning rather than photo'ing the image?
I've not tried a photo of penwork, and not at this size drawing, but have scanned paintings this size and 'stitched' together the various scans!
Might be worth a try just for showing here?
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wonderful rendering... in regards to contrasts, which pen and ink lend to, look up Yang Yu-Tang's work - might give you ideas on techniques...
https://www.artrenewal.org/artists/yang-yu-tang/6618
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Old 09-19-2019, 11:17 AM
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Hi Maureen! I have and with the same results witch makes me think that I am doing something wrong when I scale it down. I might be using an inappropriate compression algorithm. I'll need to experiment more. Thank you very much for the suggestions! Very much appreciated.
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Old 09-19-2019, 11:25 AM
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Hi Robert! His darkness is definitely appealing to me! The photo-realism looses my attention and I don't see much 'hand' but I am intriqued by his contrast. I'm really drawn to the works of Micheal Wann, Sue Bryant, etchings of Rembrandt (tree trees), Edward Hopper and some of Grant Wood's Lithographs.
Thank you for this suggestion!
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Old 09-19-2019, 03:54 PM
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When I get my car serviced I sometimes work on a drawing. Today was one of those days. I tried another photo. This one shows the modeling in the trees a little better. Still looks different than seeing it in person.
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heh - looks like a photo.... from that angle...
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Nearly a perfect design, Joel. This is gorgeous work and I'm looking forward to the end result. Remember to quit. We (at least I) tend to want to go on forever and have to just say, "I'm done."
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Old 10-16-2019, 11:09 AM
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Thank you for the comments! I did stop. Mostly because I was out of time. I needed to get it scanned and frame and mat it for a show in local regional hospital.
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